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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!

Nerdette Greta Johnsen

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 1.3K Ratings

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!

    Nerdette Book Club: Celeste Ng on ‘Our Missing Hearts’

    Nerdette Book Club: Celeste Ng on ‘Our Missing Hearts’

    This October, Nerdette Book Club is reading Celeste Ng’s new novel, ‘Our Missing Hearts.’ It follows Bird, a 12-year-old boy living with his father in an alternate version of the United States, which has undergone a “crisis.” Anti-Asian hate is rampant, children are quietly being taken from their families, and books that are seen as unpatriotic are disappearing from library shelves. Celeste Ng joined us for a spoiler-free conversation on the historical influences behind the novel, the power of myth, and the paradoxes of motherhood. Listen, read, then tell us what you think! Send a voice memo to nerdettepodcast@gmail.com to participate in our panel discussion on the book at the end of the month. Happy reading!

    • 21 min
    One less thing to worry about

    One less thing to worry about

    This week, the hosts of NPR’s Invisiblia, Yowei Shaw and Kia Miakka Natisse, stop by to discuss NASA’s asteroid mission, the CIA’s new podcast and a child art prodigy.
    Then, we dive into the history of literary pseudonyms with Carmela Ciuraru, author of ‘Nom de Plume.’
    Plus, Autostraddle CEO Riese Bernard explores why so many queer TV shows have been canceled after one season with Nerdette producer Anna Bauman.

    • 33 min
    Nerdette Book Club: ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’

    Nerdette Book Club: ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’

    Nerdette Book Club is back to discuss our September book, ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’ by Gabrielle Zevin. Our panelists are Jason Concepcion, co-host of ‘The Official Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon’ with Nerdette’s Greta Johnsen, and Amber Sparks, author of ‘And I Do Not Forgive You.’
    Special thanks to all of the listeners who contributed your voices to this chat! We love y’all.

    • 38 min
    Hell, or hell yeah?!

    Hell, or hell yeah?!

    WBEZ’s Adora Namigadde and Lauren Ober, host of the podcast ‘The Loudest Girl in the World, discuss ukuleles, ants, and scrunchies, all of which had news-worthy moments this week.
    Plus, what should you do with old clothes? We ask The Atlantic’s Amanda Mull.

    • 23 min
    God save the new boy Queen

    God save the new boy Queen

    WBEZ’s Meha and Ahmad and The New Yorker’s Helen Rosner join Greta to talk about King Charles’s standoff with a pen, the new unsend feature for iPhones, and pumpkin spice’s entrée into Merriam-Webster.
    Then, we talk to romance writer Jasmine Guillory about her eighth book, ‘Drunk on Love.’

    • 26 min
    Does ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ need a special master?

    Does ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ need a special master?

    We are living for the drama behind the scenes of the film Don’t Worry Darling. Our fabulous guests, Christina Tucker, co-host of Autostraddle’s ‘Wait, Is This a Date?’ podcast, and Margaret Willison, culture writer and podcaster with Not Sorry Productions, unpack it all.
    Plus, W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz stop by to discuss their new book ‘Do the Work! An Antiracist Activity Book.’

    • 27 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!

RiffRandle1234 ,

Links please!

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

Passanie ,

Love it

I always look forward to this podcast. Great blend of news, book clubs, science and pop culture. Highly recommend

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