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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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 Your stepmom's guide to Game of Thrones, 538's Walt Hickey on women in film and more | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Maria's back! We talk Game of Thrones with our favorite stepmother and chat about HBO's new Silicon Valley and the return of Veep. Plus Walter Hickey from breaks down the numbers on women in film. Plus homework from Tricia's trip down a Steve Jobs-related Netflix rabbit hole and Greta wants you to read The Leftovers.

 Nerding out with author R.L. Stine about Goosebumps, confronting fear, and Ray Bradbury | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:39

This week, Nerdette contributor Logan Jaffe shares a recording of the interview she had with Goosebumps author R.L. Stine at the 2013 C2E2 in Chicago. There's also some bees.

 Astronaut Chris Hadfield on space, mustaches and Star Trek | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Astronaut and author Chris Hadfield nerds out with Tricia and Greta about living in space, his substantial mustache, making science cool on social media and the science fiction that helped spark his interest in space travel as a kid.

 Ed Begley Jr. and homework from lunatic farmer Joel Salatin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. nerds out about building a green home and his new digital shows for Amazon and Evox. Plus we talk about his favorite memories from Arrested Development, Six Feet Under and other great gigs. Then 'lunatic farmer' Joel Salatin gives great homework on how to make yourself a little happier.

 Tricia learns to play Dungeons & Dragons and how women stack up in STEM fields around the world | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

It's D&D time! Tricia dives into the world of Role Playing Games with expert guides from One Shot podcast, Greta gives Veronica Mars homework and The Atlantic's Olga Khazan highlights how women rank around the world when it comes to STEM jobs, the Second Shift and more.

 Girls in the band, Emily Pilloton's teen toolbox, Mr. Superlative's bath tips and True Detective | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

The director of Girls in the Band helps us get to know the hippest women who played in big bands. Why Emily Pilloton blew up shop class and rebuilt it for teens. Special homework from Mr. Superlative. And a debrief on the finale of True Detective.

 Mapping the brain, competitive puzzlers and an ode to Parks and Recreation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

A chat with the director of Wicker Kittens, a new documentary about competitive jigsaw puzzlers. Then scientist Deanna Barch talks about how the Human Connectome Project is mapping the brain and what it might mean for people dealing with depression. And an ode to the best show about adult nerds on TV: Parks and Recreation. Your homework? Get ready to binge watch HBO's True Detective.

 Oscar preview with A.V. Club's film editor, how we got to HER and an animation-inspired cocktail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

We nerd out about the Oscars - the nominees and the awards - with A.V. Club editor A.A. Dowd. Logan Jaffe offers a sound-rich essay about how we got to HER's Samantha and why Siri, and so much of our technology, sounds like a lady. Then our booze nerd Rebecca Poulson offers up a cocktail inspired her favorite Oscar nominee.

 The romance of horror movies, author Deborah Blum and a boozy hot chocolate recipe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum on the science of attraction, filmmakers fess up about how much horror movies and romantic comedies have in common and a boozy hot chocolate recipe to cozy up with on Valentine's Day. Plus your song dedications to the nerdy loves of your lives.

 Tavi Gevinson nerds out about Rookie, music, art and gives stellar homework | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor of Rookie Mag, has a budding media empire that celebrates unabashed enthusiasm. She talks about the music, TV and more that she's obsessing over lately. Plus she gives homework. (Which she's still very familiar with.) Did we mention she's still in high school?

 Supernatural fangirls, Ladies Against Humanity and Harry Potter World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

Two professors turned Supernatural fangirls tell us about how the show has changed their life. Plus get to know the biting and brilliant voice behind the new "Ladies Against Humanity" Tumblr Kate Stayman-London. Her jokes went viral and she got to visit Harry Potter World in Florida. Not a bad week.

 Nina Simone, Lena Horne and more black female performers who sang their civil rights | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

From Ella Baker to Abbey Lincoln, Lena Horne to Dorothy Height, let's get to know women central to the civil rights movement. Some preferred staying behind-the-scenes, others performed their civil rights on stage and screen. Then we bring the conversation up to the present by talking about what's changed since then (and what hasn't) for performers like Beyonce.

 Tracy Letts gives homework, rainforest nerd Meg Lowman and an August Osage County cocktail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

On this week’s episode, Tracy Letts (August Osage County! Homeland!) gives some sonic homework. And lady nerd extraordinaire Meg Lowman talks about climbing trees, convincing her kids to count bugs and rainforest conservation. Plus an August Osage County-inspired cocktail and a heartfelt nerd confession from co-host Tricia Bobeda.

 Cocktail recipes to keep you warm, the best of the worst PR pitches and 2014 TV picks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

This week, a cocktail recipe to help you stay warm (and classy). Then WBEZ political reporter Alex Keefe counts down the best of the worst story pitches in his inbox. And we talk Orphan Black, Alpha House and more in a round up of our favorite TV from 2013 and a list of things we're definitely going to nerd about in 2014.

 Nerdette Holiday Special on WBEZ | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:00:00

The good folks at WBEZ gave us an hour to nerd out on the radio over the holidays. This episode is that mix of old and new, with some of our favorite conversations from 2013 all wrapped up into one hour.


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