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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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 Tavi Gevinson, Tracy Letts and a comic genius | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Tricia and Greta gush over their favorite name on the new MacArthur genius grant list. Plus we revisit a conversation with Rookie editor - and now Broadway star - Tavi Gevinson. Then writer Tracy Letts gives homework.

 Nerdette in Space: Intergalactic interviews | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

An interview with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, profile of great lady nerd of history Sally Ride and Klingon nerd confession make up this medley of our favorite space stories.

 Memory Palace's Nate DiMeo on history, Parks and Recreation and pop music | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

We picked the brain of one of our favorite podcasters: The Memory Palace's Nate DiMeo. Nate talks about bringing history to life, writing for Parks and Recreation and what we can learn from pop music. Oh, and SPACE. Plus a potentially shocking Simpsons-related nerd confession.

 Elizabeth Gilbert, polite botany, and Sex In Your Garden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Author Elizabeth Gilbert talks about corgis, fairies, and her latest book about a lady botanist in the 1800s. Then plant expert Angela Overy describes what makes our gardens inherently illicit. And your nerd confessions.

 The History of Wonder Woman, author Lev Grossman and a tearful nerd confession | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Author Lev Grossman on his new book The Magician's Land, reviewing books for Time and raising nerdy kids. Then we get to know the story of Wonder Woman with comic historian Tim Hanley. And a tearful nerd confession about Chance the Rapper.

 Author Edan Lepucki and TLDR podcast's PJ and Alex | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

A summer reading list from Edan Lepucki, breakout author of the novel California. Then the hosts of On the Media's TLDR podcast stop by to chat about everything from explaining Reddit to old people to why Chipotle is a cruel mistress.

 Author Tom Perrotta on The Leftovers and Lord of the Rings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Tom Perrotta talks about his novel and new HBO show The Leftovers, why his nickname in high school was Frodo and what he learned from a summer working as a garbage collector. Plus a nerd confession about a Tinder match gone awry because of Game of Thrones.

 Richard Linklater on Boyhood and the Facebook generation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Richard Linklater explains why it took 12 years to make his new film. Plus, Dan Weissmann from Marketplace on why killing comic characters is good business. Then Lauren Chooljian takes a road trip to meet Detroit's McClure brothers with her pickle nerd boyfriend. And your nerd confessions.

 Jessi Klein on her nerd origin story, Inside Amy Schumer and horses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Emmy nominee Jessi Klein, a stand up comedian and head writer for Inside Amy Schumer, nerds out with Tricia and Greta about the Marx Brothers, Black Stallion and the fearlessly funny feminism of her sketch show.

 Ain't I a Woman: Freedom fighters of American history | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Nerdette takes a trip back in time to get to know great lady nerds of history like opera singer Marian Anderson and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Hear a tapestry of voices recite Sojourner Truth's 1851 rousing call for equality. Plus a conversation with LGBT equality activists of today about the role of trans folk at Stonewall and beyond.

 Mad houses, Mississippi Goddam and Modernist art | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

For America's birthday, a patriotic rejection of the patriarchy. Hosts Tricia and Greta bring you the stories of muckraker Nellie Bly, painter Georgia O'Keeffe and jazz singer Nina Simone. We talk to authors, unearth archives and send contributor Lauren Chooljian on a road trip. Plus, your #nerdconfessions.

 Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner and the story of Sally Ride | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Freaks and nerds unite! Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner teaches Tricia and Greta how to think like a freak. Plus a portrait of astronaut Sally Ride on the anniversary of her first trip to space, news Freaks (and Geeks) can rejoice over and your Cosmos-related #nerdconfessions.

 Author Mary Roach wants you to spit in your food | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Pop science author Mary Roach tells Nerdette hosts Tricia and Greta about answering gross questions most of us are too afraid to ask. Plus a conversation about the nerdy new AMC show Halt And Catch Fire. And, of course, your #nerdconfessions.

 Peter Sagal on Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and being a nerd before it was cool | File Type: audio/x-wav | Duration: 00:00:00

NPR news quiz Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal abandoned his passion for science fiction and fantasy when he went to college, but tells Tricia and Greta that Game of Thrones brought him back into the realm of nerds. Plus his tips for introducing kids to your favorite movies, why he loves Ray Bradbury and homework that will require you to lace up your sneakers.

 Nerdette LIVE with Brain Scoop's Emily Graslie | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Nerdette LIVE featuring Tricia, Greta and Brain Scoop host Emily Graslie of The Field Museum in Chicago. Plus audience nerd confessions and the musical stylings of Drew Edwards from Blue Police Box Music. Our live audience? A heap of WBEZ members. Speaking of WBEZ... we have a pretty giant announcement in this episode.


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