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Nerdette Podcast

Summary: The Nerdette Podcast is co-hosted by Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda. It's a safe space for nerding out about all the things you're watching, reading, listening to and encountering IRL.

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 Caitlin Moran on strident feminism, giddy optimism, and riotous laughter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:41

If you're not sure how you feel about feminism, you need to get to know Caitlin Moran. The brilliant British columnist is incisive, tenacious, inspiring, and hilariously fun. She talks with us about her own definition of feminism, why cynicism is the worst, and how the most effective tool against patriarchal nonsense is subversive laughter. Because everyone-- even Britain's filthiest feminist-- is a little nerdy about something.

 Science on the beach with Clare Fieseler | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:02

Ecologist Clare Fieseler grew up as a secret geek on the Jersey Shore. Now she travels to the world's most beautiful places in the name of science.

 Alexandra Petri on being awkward, joining cults, and making puns | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:02

Washington Post blogger Alexandra Petri, author of A FIELD GUIDE TO AWKWARD SILENCES, discusses the most uncomfortable highlights of her life, joining a cult, and mastering the art of the pun.

 Flora Lichtman on making climate change stories accessible and interesting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:42

Flora Lichtman, host of the actually-fun podcast about climate change called The Adaptors, talks about HER nerd origin story, her fascination with nature, and her efforts to make science--and climate change--interesting and exciting.

 Rock critic Jessica Hopper is Kool-Aid Man | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:15

Yes, rock critics are nerds too. We talk to Jessica Hopper, author of 'The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic' about finding your voice, busting through barriers and life changing mix tapes.

 #11 BONUS Game of Thrones Recap w/ Peter Sagal (S5E10) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:15

Listener Q&A about the finale of Game of Thrones from our live event at plus a follow up conversation about all the things that happened in Winterfell because, um, there were technical difficulties at Cards Against Humanity HQ.

 Sex from Scratch, the history of birth control, and homework from Dan Savage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:47

Sarah Mirk couldn't find a helpful relationship how-to, so she wrote her own. We highlight two women who helped make oral birth control a reality, and there's homework from Dan Savage.

 #10: Game of Thrones Recaps w/Peter Sagal (S5E10) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:31

Recap of “Mother’s Mercy,” the season 5 finale of Game of Thrones: in which we discuss who is actually dead, who is in trouble, who we couldn’t care less about, and what to read/watch while we wait for season 6.

 Erik Larson on journalling. fatalism, and time travel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:48

Erik Larson, who brings history to life in his nonfiction, discusses how he documents his own life, how he makes his own luck, and where he'd go if he had a TARDIS. Plus, how the bicycle informed feminism and some transatlantic homework.

 #09: Game of Thrones Recaps w/Peter Sagal (S5E9) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:35

Season 5, Episode 9, The Dance of Dragons: In which we confirm that Stannis is the worst, compare Arya’s new job to the tamale guy, and predict who will die in the season finale.

 Inside the weird world of Welcome to Night Vale | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:51

We talk to the creators and cast of Night Vale, a bizarre and beloved fictional podcast, about the extreme enthusiasm of their fans and taking the show on the road. Then we get to know trans women who made history in the fight for LGBT equality.

 #08: Game of Thrones Recap w/Peter Sagal (S5E8) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:27

Recap of Season 5, Episode 8, “Hardhome.” In which we delight in the interactions between Tyrion and Dany, wonder what’s next for Cersei, and realize none of it actually matters because white walkers.

 Neil DeGrasse Tyson! Andy Weir! Space, pop culture and physics! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:41

Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains how pop culture fits into his plan to inundate us with a love of science. Andy Weir, author of The Martian, talks about his nerdy origin and what makes good sci fi believable. We remember the first professional female astronomer Maria Mitchell, and there's a nerd confession from BJ Leiderman.

 #07: Game of Thrones Recap w/ Peter Sagal (S5E7) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:50

Recap of Season 5, Episode 7, The Gift. We discuss the great many gifts given and received, debate Stannis' moral standing, maybe almost feel a little bad for Cersei, and predict how the season will end.

 Nuclear Engineer J'Tia Taylor on mixing hard science and pop culture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:23

J'Tia Taylor was labeled a 'mad scientist' on Survivor. But her real passion? Using her PhD in nuclear engineering to work on nonproliferation at Argonne National Laboratory. We talk about the intersection of pop culture and hard science. And ahead of Memorial Day, we get to know Rosie the Riveter.


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