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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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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!

    I want those three years back!

    I want those three years back!

    This week, we are making space to commemorate three years since COVID first hit the U.S. Shoes Off: A Sexy Asians Podcast co-hosts Susie An and Esther Yoon-Ji Kang of WBEZ help us to reflect on what we learned about ourselves during the past three years and what we hope to keep with us in the future.
    Plus, actor Mae Whitman tells us about starring in the new Hulu musical ‘Up Here,’ out now! You may remember Mae as Anne Veal from ‘Arrested Development’ (her? Yes, her.). We chat about treating yourself gently, the power of vulnerability and how Mae got the courage to take on her first singing role.

    • 26 min
    It’s gonna be ok!!!!!!

    It’s gonna be ok!!!!!!

    This week on Nerdette, we feature two of our favorite interviews from 2022, both with people who work to find hope and joy in tandem with difficulty and grief.
    First up is Dylan Marron, whose book ‘Conversations with People Who Hate Me’ is based on what he learned from his podcast with the same name.
    Then, poet Ross Gay reflects on an often overlooked emotion in his newest book, ‘Inciting Joy.’

    • 27 min
    How old do you feel?

    How old do you feel?

    This week, co-hosts of the podcast ‘Just Between Us,’ Gabe Dunn and Allison Raskin, stop by to talk about the dark side of credit card rewards programs, TikTok’s pros and cons for kids, and how old we feel in our brains.
    Also, did you know fewer and fewer teens are getting their driver’s licenses? We unpack the phenomenon with The Washington Post’s Caitlin Gibson. Plus, we hear a Nerdette listener and her high school sophomore, Kim and Bryce Herring, hash out why Bryce is dragging their feet on getting a learner’s permit.

    • 28 min
    Nerdette Book Club: Rebecca Makkai on ‘I Have Some Questions for You’

    Nerdette Book Club: Rebecca Makkai on ‘I Have Some Questions for You’

    Our March Book Club book is ‘I Have Some Questions’ for You by Rebecca Makkai! It’s a whodunit that interrogates the true crime genre, the carceral system and #MeToo narratives. The novel follows Bodie, a true crime podcaster who’s invited back to the boarding school she attended to teach a class. While back on campus, she is flooded with memories of her former roommate, Thalia, who was murdered during their time at school. A staffer, a Black man, was convicted of the crime. Yet, gaps in the investigation draw Bodie back into the case and push her to determine if the killer is actually still out there.
    Author Rebecca Makkai joined us for this spoiler-free conversation about the book! You’re invited to take part in book club too! Get your hands on a copy of the book and tell us what you think. You can record a voice memo on your smartphone and send the file to NerdettePodcast at gmail. We’ll try to include your voice in our spoiler-filled panel episode out on Tuesday, March 28!

    • 18 min
    Brown butter FTW

    Brown butter FTW

    This week, we are leaning into baking! First, our panelists, senior producer of WBEZ’s Reset Meha Ahmad and the host of WNYC and Futuro Studio’s La Brega podcast Alana Casanova-Burgess, stop by to chat about the decline in college English majors, a study that finds a connection between mask-wearing and self-perceived hotness, and our most recent baking endeavors.
    Then, Bon Appétit food editor Shilpa Uskokovic stops by to discuss her March cover story all about cakes! We explore her philosophy on food and her secret to the best brown butter.
    Plus, baker and food stylist Jesse Szewczyk shares four surprising and delicious cookie recipes from his book ‘Cookies: The New Classics.’
    You can find all of the recipes mentioned in today’s episode at our website: https://tinyurl.com/35zsvrsv

    • 26 min
    Nerdette Book Club: ‘How Far the Light Reaches,’ discussed!

    Nerdette Book Club: ‘How Far the Light Reaches,’ discussed!

    Nerdette Book Club is back to discuss ‘How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures’ by Sabrina Imbler! This sparkling essay collection explores themes of community, queerness, and survival by weaving marine biology with stories from the author’s life.
    Kat Chow, former NPR reporter and the author of the memoir ‘Seeing Ghosts,’ and Rachel E. Gross, science journalist and author of ‘Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage,’ join us for the discussion. We gush about Sabrina’s writing, the power of empathy, and the beauty of creatures so unlike ourselves.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Mrs.W 2008 ,

Love Fridays!

Always look forward to Nerdette on Fridays. Greta is such a great host, and I love the recap and variety of topics. Always the best book recommendations too!

Brian Goulet ,

Elevate Your Language Here, Please

Constantly shrieking, “ oh my god, oh my god” is tedious enough but to then add “ like “ five times, like, to each, like, sentence is, like, reason for me to, like, press the STOP button and, like, move on to another podcast. Don’t like.

RiffRandle1234 ,

Links please!

Love listening to Nerdette every Friday. Can you please link the books in the show notes? Thanks!

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