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Nerdette is a weekly interview show that helps you unwind with fun conversations, inspiring ideas, and delightful recommendations. And join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month for the Nerdette Bookclub!

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    • Society & Culture

Nerdette is a weekly interview show that helps you unwind with fun conversations, inspiring ideas, and delightful recommendations. And join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month for the Nerdette Bookclub!

    This Week We're Going "Off The Rails!" (Wearing Slippers In Public And Leaning Into Dry Shampoo)

    This Week We're Going "Off The Rails!" (Wearing Slippers In Public And Leaning Into Dry Shampoo)

    This week we’re joined by Amy Ratcliffe, author of ‘A Kids Guide To Fandom’ and managing editor of Nerdist, and Jasmine Warga, who wrote ‘Other Words For Home’ and ‘The Shape Of Thunder.’ They tell us about their “off the rails” pandemic moments, opinions on the Golden Globes, and how often they’ve been showering as of late.

    Then, Anna Sale, host of WNYC’s ‘Death, Sex, And Money’ joins to discuss her new book ‘Let’s Talk About Hard Things.’

    AND, chemistry Youtuber and author of 'Chemistry For Breakfast' Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim nerds out about the science of everyday things.

    Nerdette Book Club: Susie Yang On ‘White Ivy’

    Nerdette Book Club: Susie Yang On ‘White Ivy’

    Welcome back to Nerdette Book Club! It’s just like a regular book club only you never have to leave your house! This month’s pick is ‘White Ivy’ by Susie Yang. It’s a thrilling debut about a young Chinese American woman harboring a dark obsession for her childhood crush.

    Listen to our spoiler-free discussion of the book with Susie, and be sure to come back later this month for a spoiler-filled conversation with our distinguished panel. PLUS, don’t forget: we want to hear from you too! Record your thoughts about the collection and send an audio file to nerdettepodcast@gmail.com.

    Bye Bye Herd Immunity, We Hardly Knew Ye

    Bye Bye Herd Immunity, We Hardly Knew Ye

    Greta’s back in the host seat this week, joined by the host of ‘Galaxy Brains’ Dave Schilling and WBEZ politics reporter Mariah Woelfel. They discuss the YOLO economy, Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce, and say goodbye to all hope for an end to the pandemic.

    Then, Megan Ganz and Charlotte Nicdao stop by to tell us all about their Apple TV+ show ‘Mythic Quest,’ a workplace comedy about a company that makes a massive multiplayer online RPG. (Think ‘Fortnite’!)

    Flashing Face After The Vax? It’s More Likely Than You Think

    Flashing Face After The Vax? It’s More Likely Than You Think

    Once again, we have made it to Friday.
    This week, Vocalo’s Jill Hopkins takes over while Greta is away enjoying the exotic sights and sounds of central Michigan. Our panelists are Madison Malone Kircher and Rachelle Hampton, the hosts of Slate’s new internet culture podcast 'ICYMI.' They discuss the surprisingly fraught landscape of post-vax unmasking, Biden’s first 100 days, and the impending demise of Yahoo Answers. (RIP Babby!)
    Then, Greta Johnsen returns to chat with Alison Bechdel about her latest graphic novel.

    • 22 min
    Nerdette Book Club: 'The Office Of Historical Corrections'

    Nerdette Book Club: 'The Office Of Historical Corrections'

    Welcome back to Nerdette Book Club! This month we’re reading ‘The Office of Historical Corrections’ by Danielle Evans. It’s a totally immersive short story collection that’s as funny as it is searching. If you love short stories, you’re in the right place. And if you’re still a little ‘meh’ on them, these stories will make you a believer!

    What makes a good collection? What are the stakes of historical accuracy? Can apologies still be meaningful when they’re public?

    We discuss these questions and more with guests Rebecca Makkai, author of ‘The Great Believers,’ and Jenn White, host of NPR’s ‘1A.’ Listen now!

    • 42 min
    The Chauvin Verdict, 'Mother Grains,' And The Incoming Cicada Rager

    The Chauvin Verdict, 'Mother Grains,' And The Incoming Cicada Rager

    Once again, we have made it to Friday y’all. Congratulations.

    This week we are joined by Lucas Silveira, musician and host of ‘Shine True,’ as well as Tre’vell Anderson, journalist and co-host of the podcast ‘FANTI’. We discuss the Mars helicopter, comedians who are swole, and of course the Chauvin verdict.

    Plus, Roxana Jullapat joins to talk about her highly anticipated cookbook ‘Mother Grains,’ which is all about the wonderful world of WHOLE GRAINS!

    And because we’ve all been thinking about (dreading?) it, we check in with entomologist Sammy Ramsey, aka Dr. Buggs, about the upcoming Cicada emergence.

    • 30 min

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