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Interviews with your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) authors, artists, astronauts and more. From WBEZ.

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Interviews with your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) authors, artists, astronauts and more. From WBEZ.

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Nerds unite.

By Boomnyrcar - Jun 12 2019
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Thank you Peter Sagal and GOT for showing me this podcast.

Nerdette’s the best

By tech editor - Jun 05 2019
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Always interesting and enlightening.

iTunes Ratings

1108 Ratings
Average Ratings
969
106
14
11
8

Nerds unite.

By Boomnyrcar - Jun 12 2019
Read more
Thank you Peter Sagal and GOT for showing me this podcast.

Nerdette’s the best

By tech editor - Jun 05 2019
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Always interesting and enlightening.

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Interviews with your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) authors, artists, astronauts and more. From WBEZ.

George R.R. Martin Still Hangs Out In Westeros

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Good gravy! It's George R.R. Martin! If you're unfamiliar, he's the author of that little book series that became one of the most popular TV shows of all time, Game of Thrones.

These days, he’s in the midst of writing the final two novels in that series.

Before he sat down with Greta, his team told us that he couldn’t answer the question on everyone’s mind ("So, like, when’s the next book coming out?"). So we didn’t ask that one, but Martin did tell us plenty about how writing is going, how he’s managing fan expectations and what he expects for the future of fantasy TV. 

Plus! We have a super-special announcement at the end of the interview!

Nov 01 2019

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A Smorgasbord Of Delight

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To celebrate the approach of another wonderful two-day break, Nerdette host Greta Johnsen talked with Alison Roman, author of the new cookbook Nothing Fancy, about three ways to make sure you host the most badass dinner party possible (she prefers to call it “having people over”).

And did you know that the largest 3D printer in the world just printed the world’s largest 3D-printed boat? We talk to Habib Dagher, the executive director at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. His team was responsible for this accomplishment, so we asked him why they did it, how much pizza it took to do it, and what it might mean for the future of innovation and manufacturing.

Plus, if you’re a grammar nerd, this episode may tick you right off. Gretchen McCulloch is the author of Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, and she explains how the internet has given us all access to the writings of normal people, which has led to more and more people writing with less formality and more creativity — and without obeying grammar rules.

Then she goes on to tell us why that’s awesome. You'll either love it or hate it!

(And oh yeah: Check out this week's Nerdette newsletter and sign up!)

Oct 18 2019

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Book Club: ‘The Testaments’ Part 3 (The Whole Darn Thing)

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We’ve finished The Testaments!

Press play and join Nerdette host Greta Johnsen, New York Magazine’s Heather Havrilesky and Vocalo’s Jill Hopkins for this final installment of the #NerdetteBookClub.

You’ll hear how each of us rated the book on a scale of 1-10 warm milks (10 being the best, obviously), what the professional reviewers thought, and how much your fellow book club members liked it!

Plus, if you need post-Testaments-reading recommendations, check out this week's Nerdsletter (and subscribe)!

And hey! Thanks for being a part of our inaugural book club. Did you enjoy it? Please send feedback, good or bad, to nerdettepodcast@gmail.com. We want to know what you thought!

Oct 04 2019

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Book Club: ‘The Testaments’ Part 2 (Chapters 24 Thru 46)

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We’re two thirds of the way through Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, and we’ve got a lot to talk about.

This week is all about chapters 24 through 46, and our panel of intrepid feminists questions whether these storylines are just a little toooo convenient, whether it’s really possible to rip a person apart with your bare hands … and what the deal is with all that warm milk.

Want to be a part of the #NerdetteBookClub? Easy! Just press play and join Nerdette host Greta Johnsen, New York Magazine’s Heather Havrilesky and Vocalo’s Jill Hopkins.

Just make sure you finish The Testaments before next Friday, October 4. That’s when we’ll talk all about the ending.

And we want to hear what you thought about the book! (Please tell us how you felt on a scale of 1 to 10 warm milks.)

Share your thoughts with us by recording your voice with your smartyphone. Then email the audio file to nerdettepodcast@gmail.com, preferably by Tuesday evening. You may hear yourself in the final episode!

Sep 27 2019

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Book Club: ‘The Testaments’ Part I (Chapters 1 Thru 23)

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Our reading of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments has commenced!

This week, we’re talking about book chapters 1 through 23. So … spoilers abound.

Join Nerdette host Greta Johnsen, New York Magazine’s Heather Havrilesky and Vocalo’s Jill Hopkins as they contemplate the motives of Aunt Lydia, wonder what’s in that darn safe and talk smack about the mean girls of Gilead.

To follow along with us, read The Testaments through chapter 46 (pages 124-282) before next Friday, September 27.

And hey, we want to hear from you too! Share your thoughts with us by recording your voice with your smartyphone. (Please be succinct!) Then email the audio file to nerdettepodcast@gmail.com, preferably by Tuesday evening. You may hear yourself in an episode!

And when you need to tweet or Instagram something really important about the club, just use #NerdetteBookClub on the internets, and so will we.

Sep 20 2019

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Book Club: ‘The Testaments’ Preview

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Welcome to the Nerdette Book Club! It’s just like a normal book club but in podcast form, and you provide your own booze.

In this episode, we're taking a look back at Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel 'The Handmaid's Tale' before sending you out to read Atwood's brand new sequel, 'The Testaments.' 

What are the rules of a book club podcast, you ask? Well, after this 'Handmaid’s Tale' refresher, we're all going to read 'The Testaments' together over the next three weeks — and talk about what’s happening, why a sequel to a 35 year old book is relevant today and whether the bastards really will get us down.

And we’ll do it in three chunks. Here are your assignments:

  • By Friday Sept. 20, read The Testaments through Chapter 23 (pages 1-133)

  • By Friday Sept. 27, read The Testaments through Chapter 46 (pages 134-282)

  • By Friday Oct. 4, finish The Testaments (pages 283-end!)

  • Listen to this podcast each of those Fridays!

Joining Nerdette’s Greta Johnsen is the wonderful Jill Hopkins, host of the Morning Amp on WBEZ’s sister station Vocalo, and the delightful Heather Havrilesky, who writes the Ask Polly advice column for New York Magazine. And hey, we want your crazy interpretations too! Share your thoughts with us by recording your voice with your smartyphone. (Please be succinct!) Then email the audio file to nerdettepodcast@gmail.com, preferably by Tuesday evenings. You may hear yourself in an episode!

And when you need to tweet or Instagram something really important about the club, just use #NerdetteBookClub on the internets, and so will we.

OK let’s do this!

Sep 13 2019

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An Introvert’s Guide To The Good Life

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September is right around the corner, which means fall is coming.

To celebrate, Nerdette host Greta Johnsen talks with Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, author and illustrator of the new graphic novel Pumpkinheads. It’s about Deja and Josiah, two high schoolers who love working at an amazing pumpkin patch every autumn. But the story starts on their last day of work as they try to enjoy everything the patch has to offer one last time.

We also check in with an atmospheric scientist who’s about to head north — way north — for the world’s biggest climate study.

And then, for your weekend enjoyment: Booksmart is now available to stream in your home, a recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies ever, and a song to help you groove through the day.

Aug 30 2019

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A Love Letter To Cabbage

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Abra Berens is a Midwest born-and-bred farmer-turned-chef. And her cookbook, Ruffage, is a gorgeous A-to-Z guide to vegetables.

The idea, she tells us, is this: You go to the grocery store, buy what inspires you and then you go home to look up meal ideas in her cookbook.

Abra’s not a pretentious chef who poo-poos comfort food. Instead, she’s all about meeting people where they are (and encouraging you to enjoy your veggies).

She talks with Greta about how she approaches cooking, why her book is called “Ruffage” and why cabbage is her favorite vegetable. (Weird, right?)

Aug 16 2019

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Bonus Book!: ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’

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Chicago Magazine called this novel "a Midwestern Big Little Lies — an intimate character study of a group of affluent, secretive women."

In this bonus interview, Greta talks with author Claire Lombardo about her debut novel, ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had.’

It’s the story of four radically different daughters from suburban Chicago. And it’s about love, family, forgiveness and the importance of showing up.

Aug 09 2019

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Rad Girls Who Changed The World

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These days there are more and more celebrations of women who might have otherwise been relegated to the footnotes of history.

As you can imagine, here at Nerdette we’re all about that. Totally into it. Zero complaints.

But what is equally as wonderful is when the spotlight also lands on accomplished young girls. And that’s what author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl have done with their book Rad Girls Can, which tells the stories of inspiring young women who have made positive impacts on the world before turning 20.

We talk with the author and illustrator about some of their favorite stories of young ladies who changed the world, and how you can be one too.

Aug 02 2019

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