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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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 Miranda July on writing books, living clumsily, and meditation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Miranda July talks about her new book, what it was like to make the Somebody App, and the overarching theme of her work: coming together clumsily. Plus, remembering Great Lady Nerd of History Bessie Coleman and a Shakespearean nerd confession.

 Astronaut and NOAA head Kathy Sullivan, Indira Gandhi's legacy and beating the winter blahs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

We talk to the first U.S. woman to walk in space: Kathy Sullivan. Now she's in charge of NOAA and leads research on everything from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the sun. We get to know Indira Gandhi on the anniversary of her election as Prime Minister of India. And we dig up a recipe for beating the winter blahs from Mike Royko.

 Getting to know Invisibilia, Susan B. Anthony, and Vinyl Me Please | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

We're baaaack! We talk with Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, hosts of the new NPR show Invisibilia. Then we get to know Great Lady Nerd of History Susan B. Anthony, and the inspiration behind Vinyl Me Please...because everybody's a little nerdy about something.

 Roxane Gay on being a 'Bad Feminist' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Roxane Gay is the author of the fantastic book of essays 'Bad Feminist' and many of our favorite tweets. We discuss what it takes to keep fighting the good fight on social media when there is so much turmoil 24/7.

 Dinner Party Download Edition | File Type: application/octet-stream | Duration: 00:00:00

We talk with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam about who influenced their (impeccable) taste, how they stay afloat in the sea of pop culture, and what their worst dinner party memories are. Also, some musical homework that will BLOW YOUR MIND.

 Peter Sagal: A nerd we're thankful for | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

This week we revisit our conversation with Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me host Peter Sagal. Hear him discuss his love of running, Lord of the Rings and Ray Bradbury.

 Margaret Atwood on feminism, science fiction and the future of books | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Author Margaret Atwood is the queen of speculative fiction. We discuss feminism, the future of books and her latest collection of stories: Stone Mattress. Also: Why she loves duct tape. All that plus your nerd confessions.

 Ask a Mortician's Caitlin Doughty nerds out about death | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Caitlin Doughty is host of the popular YouTube series Ask a Mortician and author of the new memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory. We talk about the history and present of how cultures handle death. Plus a nerd confession that includes a Gollum impression.

 Author Simon Rich on 'Spoiled Brats' and being a history nerd | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Simon Rich was the youngest staff writer ever on Saturday Night Live. His new book 'Spoiled Brats' is a collection of funny stories, including one about time travel in Brooklyn that's being turned into a movie. We also talk with a producer at NPR who reported a story about how young-lady voices are received on the radio. Plus your nerd confessions.

 Lady spies of the Civil War, Harry Potter and a Halloween challenge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

The author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy uncovers maverick women of the Civil War. A night at a campfire with war reenactors. Plus Harry Potter homework and nerd confessions collected live while people drank Game of Thrones beer.

 Hank Green, Cameron Esposito and the history of lady pockets | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Super nerd Hank Green on the evolution of YouTube. Comedian Cameron Esposito gives homework. And Ariana Tobin of Marketplace on the disappearing act of pockets in women's fashion. Plus your nerd confessions.

 Ada Lovelace Day, Hopscotch, Lucius and Serial's Sarah Koenig | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

It's Ada Lovelace Day! In celebration of the mother of computer programming, we get to know a great lady nerd of today: Hopscotch app co-founder Jocelyn Leavitt. Then we go behind-the-scenes at Serial, the new podcast from This American Life. Lauren Chooljian talks to singers from indie pop powerhouse Lucius about their nerdy passions. Mr. Superlative stops by. And a Gilmore Girls-related nerd confession.

 Comedian Judah Friedlander and puzzlemaster Will Shortz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Turns out comedian Judah Friedlander and New York Times Crossword editor Will Shortz both really, really love ping pong. We also talk about Judah's time on 30 Rock, Will's puzzle prowess and hear an intense Lord of the Rings nerd confession.

 Author Lydia Netzer and a powerful nerd confession | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

An out of this world conversation with author Lydia Netzer and a pretty powerful nerd confession from our intern Patrick.

 Comedian Rob Delaney, banned books and Josh Gondelman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Comedian Rob Delaney on being open about mental health without glorifying the 'tortured artist' trope, being a Twitter superstar and the most unexpectedly sexy thing about his marriage. Plus homework from Josh Gondelman and your nerd confessions.


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