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35 minutes | 5 days ago
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.
24 minutes | 8 days ago
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 minutes | 12 days ago
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’!)
24 minutes | 19 days ago
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.
45 minutes | 22 days ago
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!
32 minutes | a month ago
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.
31 minutes | a month ago
Police Violence, Podcast Recommendations, And The Pandemic Wall
It’s been a heavy week… Come process with us! This week we’re joined by Negin Farsad, comedian and host of Face The Nation, and Aarti Shahani, host of Art of Power. We discuss the ongoing issue of police violence and wonder whether the Johnson & Johnson clots are really worth the hype. Then, podcast critic Nick Quah recommends his favorite new shows of the season. And Sarah Lyall reminds us that the pandemic wall is still a thing!
25 minutes | a month ago
Nerdette Book Club: Danielle Evans On 'The Office Of Historical Corrections'
Welcome back to Nerdette Book Club! This month’s pick is ‘The Office of Historical Corrections’ by Danielle Evans. It’s a funny and expertly crafted new collection of short stories from the award winning author of ‘Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self.’ Listen to our spoiler-free discussion of the book with Danielle herself! And be sure to come back later this month for a spoiler-filled conversation with our distinguished panel. And don’t forget: we want to hear from you too! Record your thoughts about the collection and send an audio file to email@example.com.
36 minutes | a month ago
Is Re-watching 'Grey's Anatomy' A Cry For Help? A Shondaland Investigation
Would you carry a vaccine passport? Should we have to rely on corporate overlords to ensure our right to vote? Will you still watch “Bridgerton” even though Regé-Jean Page won’t be around? IS RE-WATCHING “GREY’S ANATOMY” A CRY FOR HELP???? We are joined this week by Hanna Rosin, who runs podcasts at New York Magazine, and Gillian B. White, managing editor at The Atlantic. Plus, Sarah Langan stops by to talk about her new book Good Neighbors, which we CAN’T RECOMMEND ENOUGH! AND, Margaret Lyons, TV critic for the New York Times, offers some suggestions for what to watch this spring.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
The Boat Is Unstuck! Time For A Satanic Panic, I Guess
Oh gosh, let’s see. COVID cases are rising again. The boat is no longer obstructing the Suez Canal. Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd. And Lil Nas X is winning the internet! Jacoby Cochran, host of the City Cast Chicago podcast, and Jill Hopkins, host of Jill Afternoons on Vocalo, help us unpack the week that was. Plus, like the strident feminists we are, we are refusing to let go of Women’s History Month! So historian Rosalind Miles joins to discuss her latest book ‘The Women's History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels, and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years.’ AND Bethanne Patrick explains the phenomenon that is #BookTok.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Nerdette Book Club: 'Piranesi'
It’s time for our March Book Club panel! This month we are discussing ‘Piranesi,’ Susanna Clarke’s long-awaited second novel. It’s a strange and compelling tale that will keep you wondering even after it ends. Joining us to unpack it are V.E. Schwab, author of (among many other things) ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue,’ and Madeline Miller, author of ‘Circe’ and ‘Song of Achilles.’ Listen now!
33 minutes | 2 months ago
The USPS Is Not A Girl Boss And Neither Are You
Amazingly, we have made it through another week. This one was all about women’s basketball, girl bosses, and the USPS… and the canceled shrimp guy, but we won’t get into that here. Niala Boodhoo, host of the Axios Today podcast, and Lauren Chooljian, who makes podcasts for New Hampshire Public Radio, join to unpack the week that was. Then, we talk to wellness writer Virginia Sole-Smith about what’s really going on with BMI. AND Rebecca Schuman stops by to talk about her recent article “Hamsterkauf! Coronazeit! There’s a German Word for Your Pandemic Experience.”
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Working Moms, Spring Books, And Hot Cast Iron Tips
It’s been a rough week. WBEZ’s Race, Class & Communities reporters Natalie Moore and Esther Yoon-Ji Kang join us to unpack it. Plus, a spring book preview with Liberty Hardy and cast iron tips from the TikTok famous expert: Matt Bright.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Nerdette Recaps: 'Promising Young Woman'
Authors Micaiah Johnson ('The Space Between Worlds') and Carmen Maria Machado ('In the Dream House', 'Her Body and Other Parties') join Nerdette host Greta Johnsen to discuss the Oscar-nominated film ‘Promising Young Woman.’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ is a genre-busting rape revenge tale starring Carey Mulligan as a flinty avenger on the hunt for so-called "nice guys." It has been nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. Bo Burnham, Connie Britton, Alison Brie, and Adam Brody also appear.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Vaccine FOMO? Don't Worry! All Your Social Skills Have Atrophied Anyway
Vaccine FOMO, royal drama, and our own personal Grammys. We unpack the week that was with author Saeed Jones and host of NPR’s Embedded podcast Kelly McEvers. Then, Devon Price, a social psychologist and professor at Loyola University, debunks the lies we tell ourselves about laziness. (Spoiler alert: Laziness Does Not Exist.) Plus, Katie Heaney joins us from The Cut to talk about her recent article “I Forgot How To Hang Out.”
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Maybe We SHOULD Cancel The Culture
Texas and Mississippi are reopening. Cancel culture IS a thing. Also, have you ever imagined Helen Mirren smoking weed? We unpack the week that was with Leigh Bardugo and Emily Graslie. Plus, Anna Malaika Tubbs joins us to talk about the mothers of three civil rights icons. AND Sherry Turkle stops by to discuss her new memoir.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
April Is Around The Corner, And We’re Standing By That
People are hitting a “pandemic wall.” Presidents are making podcasts. And teenagers are kidnapping themselves to get out of work. We unpack the week that was with rapper Dessa and Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Nerdette Book Club: Rumaan Alam’s ‘Leave The World Behind’
Book critic Bethanne Patrick and Professor Lisa Page, director of creative writing at George Washington University, join us to discuss this month’s book club pick: Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam. Alam’s third novel is a witty and unnerving take on the apocalypse genre that is already being turned into a Netflix film starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Your Weekend Starts Here: ‘Buffy,’ ‘Tarzan,’ And Cat Problems Solved
Joss Whedon is not the feminist showrunner we thought he was, but is that a surprise? Plus, remembering the complicated legacies of two of America’s first female doctors. Then, a cat expert offers some advice to owners whose cats don’t love their home-based lifestyles.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Your Weekend Starts Here: Britney Spears, Mercury Retrograde And Your COVID Questions Answered
Former President Trump is being impeached … again, Britney Spears is back in the news, and it’s the 10th anniversary of the viral TGIF earworm “Friday.” We unpack the week that was and catch up with Nerdette’s resident epidemiologist Dr. Emily Landon, who also works at the University of Chicago. Plus, Madam Clairvoyant stops by to explain why the heck things have been so weird lately (according to the sky).
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