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Summary: 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!

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 Fall TV With Linda Holmes And Jim DeRogatis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:29

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: 00:32:21

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: 00:31:26

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: 00:37:14

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: 00:26:47

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.

 Messing With Nature: Exploring The Future Of Food, Fertility And More | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:00

This is a special episode of Nerdette: hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen hear from entrepreneurs and scientists who are forging into the frontier with pigeons, infertility, food, and feces.

 Hari Kondabolu On Turning Politics Into Comedy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:55

In Hari Kondabolu’s new comedy album, Mainstream American Comic, Kondabolu takes on issues like Black Lives Matter, the presidential race, abortion, and white privilege. On Nerdette, Kondabolu chats about why comedy isn’t the same as activism and how to laugh in a deeply divided America.

 Jessi Klein On Grown-Up Tomboys, Motherhood, And Backpacks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:52

Jessi Klein, head writer for Inside Amy Schumer, talks about the awkwardness of being a grown-up tomboy and when you’re finally too old to carry a backpack. Then she explains that there may only be two types of women in the world: wolves and poodles. Her new book is called You’ll Grow Out of It.

 Lindy West And Andi Zeisler On Fierce Feminism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:09

Lindy West on fat-shaming, fighting trolls and finding your voice. Her incisive, hilarious new book is Shrill. Then, Bitch Media Group co-founder Andi Zeisler looks at one of our favorite TV shows through a feminist lens.

 Tig Notaro And Gillian Flynn 'Just' People | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:55

Comedian Tig Notaro talks about how she turned a string of personal tragedies into comedy. Then Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, discusses her nerdy obsessions.

 Judy Blume And Kwame Alexander On The Books That Shape Childhood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:17

Judy Blume's iconic books have defined the childhoods of multiple generations. And Newberry Award-winning writer Kwame Alexander crafts books for reluctant young readers. Both tell us why they write books for their inner tween.

 W. Kamau Bell On His New Show, The Hulk, And Denzel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:20

W. Kamau Bell is the host of CNN’sUnited Shades of America, a show that explores the contentious, misunderstood corners of American culture. He talks about how he ended up with a comedy show on a news channel, why he loves The Hulk, and what makes Denzel the best actor of all time, period.

 Felicia Day On Being Weird, Hard Work And Women In Hollywood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:42

In this recording of a live event in Chicago, actress, gamer and internet royalty Felicia Day talks about being a weird kid, the importance of hard work, and how women can take over Hollywood. She's the author of a new memoir called You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Find Nerdette via iTunes | RSS | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr Like Game of Thrones? Check out our other podcast: Nerdette Recaps Game of Thrones with Peter Sagal.

 Dan Savage On Nerdy Kink, Musical Theater, and Cultural Catholicism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:39

Dan Savage is a relationship advice columnist, the creator of the “It Gets Better” project, and the host of the Savage Lovecast. We talk to Dan about the intersection between nerdiness and kink, the beauty of musical theater, and what it means to be “culturally Catholic.” Plus, a nerd confession from a merman.

 Politics On TV: West Wing's Joshua Malina And Madam Secretary Creator Barbara Hall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:53

First, we obsess over The West Wing with Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway, hosts of the recap podcast The West Wing Weekly. We discuss the musicality of Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue, the importance of W.G. Snuffy Walden’s scoring, and exchange serious trivia. Then, Tricia talks with the creator of Madam Secretary Barbara Hall.


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