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!
The Doctor Is In — Again!
You asked, we delivered! Infectious disease expert Emily Landon is back to take your questions on variants, vaccines, and more.
When The Pressure’s Just Too Much
This one’s all about anxiety! We talk about how Naomi Osaka is paving the way for all of us with WBEZ education reporter Susie An and Axios Today host Niala Boodhoo, then neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki talks to us about why anxiety is still so misunderstood. Plus, we catch up with Lauren Groff about her wonderfully weird novel, 'Matrix.'
Book Club: Bonus Interview with Leigh Bardugo
Today on Nerdette we're bringing you a fascinating interview from another WBEZ podcast - Art of Power. Leigh Bardugo is the author of the bestselling 'Shadow and Bone' trilogy. Leigh talks with Aarti Shahani about the many ups and downs she traversed before ultimately landing at success.
Queens Of Pop And Vampire Slayers
How is it September already?! We talk music news with Certified Music People™ Jasmine Garsd (NPR) and Jill Hopkins (Vocalo). Then, we check in with actor Harvey Guillén, who does all his own stunts as Guillermo de la Cruz in 'What We Do in the Shadows,' and walk through a recommendation from the American Medical Association that could make life a lot easier for trans and intersex folks.
Nerdette Book Club: ‘Klara and the Sun’
It's our long-awaited episode on Kazuo Ishiguro’s 'Klara and the Sun'! We dive into the Nobel prize-winner’s latest with writer Anita Felicelli, who recently reviewed ‘Klara and the Sun’ for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and author Veronica Roth (‘Divergent,’ ‘Chosen Ones’).
Is Anything Even Good Anymore?
WTTW anchor Brandis Friedman and WBEZ reporter Araceli Gómez-Aldana talk to us about Lil Nas X’s new gig with Taco Bell, if anything we watch is “good” in the age of armchair critics, and why the baby from the cover of Nirvana’s 'Nevermind' isn’t smiling anymore. Then, TV critic Kathryn VanArendonk christens a new genre we can get behind (White Man As Obstacle) and author Jess Zimmerman takes a feminist spin on Greek myths.
This podcast is a DELIGHT.
Fun, funny, smart, and inspiring. Thanks for making a podcast for nerds! I love what you’re doing to keep it going, Greta!
Not every podcast needs to be a science podcast, but…
This was the week that got me to stop listening. I couldn’t stomach the uninformed speculation about COVID safety (Greta’s feelings aren’t science, and a comedian has no business giving public health advice). The discussion about this week’s heatwave in the Pacific Northwest was similarly irresponsible. Not every podcast needs to be a science podcast, but if you’re going to talk about these kinds of things, well, as Greta would say, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Or at least invite guests who have! I’ll probably keep coming back for book club— those won’t have scientific misinformation, hopefully, but I’m done with the news roundups.
Greta’s mix of literary criticism, pop culture, science, and politics is podcast perfection.