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Greta Johnsen

Greta Johnsen

Weekend Anchor/Reporter

Greta anchors weekends and reports on everything from Pi Day to innovative ways of saving endangered ferrets. She also co-hosts WBEZ’s Nerdette Podcast. Prior to joining WBEZ in 2014. Greta hosted Morning Edition at WCQS in Asheville, North Carolina and at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Greta has a BA in English from Saint Olaf College and a MS in Journalism from Northwestern University. In her abundant free time, Greta enjoys reading, knitting, and walking her corgi.

Recent Stories


The Ultimate Nerdy Compendium

On 'Nerdette', we’ve asked Tom Hanks, Jenny Slate, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and many more nerds to assign us homework. Here’s ALL of it.


Why Does John Hodgman Like Malört So Much?

The comedian sat down with Nerdette and an official from Jeppson's Malört to talk about the lovingly-reviled Swedish liqueur.


Pulitzer-Winner Jennifer Egan Almost Abandoned Her Latest Novel

‘Manhattan Beach,’ a noir-esque crime novel set in the early 20th century, was in the running for a 2017 National Book Award.


‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Says ‘Harvey Weinstein Moment’ Will Last

Author Margaret Atwood spoke candidly with ‘Nerdette’ about the near-daily claims of sexual assault that grab national headlines.


Daveed Diggs Does All The Things

The former ‘Hamilton’ star talks about his new film, ‘Wonder,’ and also his TV show, his rap group, and why he can text Busta Rhymes.


Eve Ewing Says Never Knit A Sweater For Anyone

Want to never see someone again? Ewing says knit them a sweater. The author also talks about Afrofuturism, Prince, and leaving social media.


If Supreme Court Justices Were Muppets, Which Muppets Would They Be?

‘Nerdette’ talks to the reporter who created “Muppet Theory” and she tells us which Muppets are which Supreme Court Justices.


Epic Podcast Crossover: ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ Hangs With ‘Nerdette’

It’s the podcast mashup you didn’t know you needed — but you definitely do!


Jane The Virgin’s Yael Grobglas Meets Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli

Grobglas tells us why she was initially hesitant about playing the villain Petra, and Guarnaschelli shares the best weeknight French dishes.


Star Trek With Brooke Gladstone And Captain Janeway

Strap in because this ‘Nerdette’ is all ‘Star Trek,’ discussing our favorite characters, series and episodes.

WBEZ Updates

Chicagoans React To Athletes Participating In #TakeAKnee Protests

President Donald Trump is criticizing the National Football League for not reprimanding players who protest at games. WBEZ asked people outside Sunday's Bears game what role political protest should have in professional sports.


'Doctor Who' Star Talks About The Women Who Drive A Sci-Fi Franchise

Alex Kingston discusses her role on ‘Doctor Who’ as fan-favorite River Song, which helped pave the way for the show’s first female Doctor.


The Viola And The Octopus: Nadia Sirota’s Two Loves

Violist Nadia Sirota talks about working with Kesha and why she spends so much time in aquariums.


Separating Fantasy From Reality With Author Kurt Andersen

The author of ‘Fantasyland’ argues the Internet and, to some degree, cosplay can be toxic to rational thinking.

Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

Live Season 7 Recap Party ... With Costumes!

Tricia, Greta, Peter and about 400 wildlings met up in Chicago’s Lincoln Square for one last review of Season 7.


How The U.S. Poet Laureate Finds Poetry In Justin Bieber

Tracy K. Smith is using her new post to make poetry more accessible throughout the country.


An Everest Climber’s Never-Ending Quest For Adventure

Mountain climber Melissa Arnot Reid talks about reaching Everest’s peak without supplemental oxygen, and why she is obsessed with true crime stories.


Three Takeaways From Governor’s Day And School Funding (In)Action

Illinois Democrats are gathering in Springfield Thursday for a day of fundraisers and political speeches as part of the Illinois State Fair.

Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

Jon Snow, Zombie Hunter

This week's 'Game of Thrones' shows Jon teaming up with other fan favorites, a big reveal from Cersei, and a Tarly family barbecue.


Rainn Wilson: All About That Bassoon

On a special Nerdette all about bassoonery, we talk with 'The Office' star Rainn Wilson about being “The Bassoon King.”

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