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Summary: A safe space for nerding out about all the things you're watching, reading, listening to and encountering IRL.

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  • Artist: Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen
  • Copyright: Copyright 2015 Chicago Public Media


 Tom Hanks And Typewriters: A Love Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Tom Hanks is a little obsessed with typewriters. So when we put the Academy Award-winning actor in front of a pre-WWII Underwood Champion, he gave Nerdette hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen an impromptu master class on the machines he calls “self-contained printing presses with which you can change the world.” Want to support this show and get a sweet Nerdette mug and/or notebook as a thank you gift? Go to

 Margot Lee Shetterly, Andy Cohen And The Best Podcasts Of 2016 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We talk to Andy Cohen, the man behind Bravo’s Real Housewives, about celebrity obsession. Then we break down some of the best podcasts of 2016 with help from Lauren Ober, host of NPR’s The Big Listen, and Brittany Luce, of Gimlet. And finally, author Margot Lee Shetterly on her book Hidden Figures (the inspiration for the new film by the same name) which tells the stories of black female mathematicians who played crucial roles in the early days of NASA.

 Stephanie Beatriz, Reality Bytes And Cookies With Dorie | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Stephanie Beatriz plays Rosa on the Fox series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Beatriz and her best friend Courtney Kocak also host Reality Bytes, a show where they discuss the myriad confusing things about having real relationships in the age of emojis and swipe-y apps. Then, delicious homework from cookie expert Dorie Greenspan.

 ‘2 Dope Queens’ Host Phoebe Robinson On Why You Can't Touch Her Hair | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic, the author of You Can’t Touch My Hair and host of two podcasts: 2 Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys. She talks about why people online flipped out about the title of ‘Sooo Many White Guys’ and how being a black feminist can be a full time job.

 Gilmore Girls Revival Recap | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The Gilmore Girls revival is finally here, and we’ve got a LOT of feelings. First, we challenge Gilmore newbies (and Dinner Party Download co-hosts) Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano to watch the first episode of the new series. Then, we chat with Liz Torres, the actress who plays Miss Patty. Finally, Tricia and Greta share their major takeaways from the revival.

 Rad Ladies Of History With Author Kate Schatz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Author Kate Schatz tells us about a few historical heroines and explains why Rad Women Worldwide is a book for boys.

 Design Sponge’s Grace Bonney On What She Learned From 100 Boss Ladies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Grace Bonney is the brilliant creator behind the website Design*Sponge. She talked to 100 women doing creative work and tells us what she learned by turning those conversations into the new book In The Company Of Women. She talks about the beauty of creative messes, what to do if we magically had an extra hour in the day, and the ever-elusive notion of work-life balance. Plus, we chat with the host of WBEZ's new podcast that tells the inside story about how Oprah's media empire came to be.

 Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun On The 2016 Election | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It’s been an interesting week to be alive! We have a new president-elect, and we almost elected America’s first female president. To help us understand what happened we’re joined by Carol Moseley Braun, the first African American woman to serve as a United States senator.

 Issa Rae On Adulting, Oversharing And Her HBO Show | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Issa Rae is the creator and star of HBO’s Insecure, a show about 29 year-old, her best friend, and their life choices. Issa tells us why we can’t all be Olivia Pope, how her new show reflects her own personality, and how a life crisis in your 30s is more interesting than one at 22.

 How 'High Maintenance’ Creators Turned Their Web Series Into An HBO Hit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld are the creators of the web-turned-HBO series High Maintenance. (Ben also plays “The Guy,” the show’s pot peddler.) On Nerdette, Katja and Ben talk about how the show has changed now that it’s an HBO production, why the simplest episodes are the most effective, and how they love to talk to strangers.

 Fall TV With Linda Holmes And Jim DeRogatis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Two of our favorite podcast hosts and pop culture opinion-havers stop by to nerd out about their television favorites. NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour host, Linda Holmes, and Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions join us to talk about the most under appreciated and most anticipated shows in their queues. 

 Luvvie Ajayi Is Judging You | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We chat with the pop culture writer, known for her blog and now a new book brimming with well-intentioned side-eye. Plus, a conversation with Kimberly Hebert Gregory of HBO's Vice Principals.

 Dr. Eugenia Cheng On Why Math Is Magic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Eugenia Cheng teaches math to artists and makes it delicious. Plus, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!'s Peter Sagal stops by.

 G. Willow Wilson on Ms. Marvel and Millennials | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

G. Willow Wilson writes Marvel’s Ms. Marvel comic. She tells us how a comic about an American Muslim teenager with superpowers came to be, what it’s like to write stories about outsiders, and why millennials can be hard to understand.

 Victoria Schwab On Monsters, Mayhem And Magic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Author Victoria Schwab is a twenty-something wizard at writing sci-fi and fantasy. Her books are fast-paced, fascinating and often feature fierce feminist protagonists.


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