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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

Nerdette

Popular vs. Cool With Derek Thompson

Senior Editor of The Atlantic, Derek Thompson, explains why some paintings are so unbelievably famous when other, similar paintings are not.

Nerdette

Life On Mars With Dr. Sheyna Gifford

Gifford tells us about her year living in a biodome on a Hawaiian volcano with just five other people as part of a NASA mission to simulate life on Mars.

WBEZ News

Immigrant Community Concerned By Possible ICE Raids

Immigrant rights attorneys say there hasn’t been an increase in home raids in Chicago. Families are concerned about the possibility.

Nerdette

Brain Pickings Creator Maria Popova Only Stops Working To Play Bridge

'Interestingness hunter-gatherer' Maria Popova explains Brain Pickings, a site that hosts insights about pretty much everything.

Nerdette

Lizzo: She Sings, She Raps, She Flutes

The multitalented artist talks about her early days in music, from being a band geek to starting girl groups as a kid.

Nerdette

Tom Hanks And Typewriters: A Love Story

This is what happens when you put Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks in a recording studio with a pre-WWII Underwood Champion typewriter.

WBEZ News

ACA Repeal Could Mean “Significant” Job Losses In Illinois

If the ACA is repealed, Illinois could see as many as 114,000 lost jobs, according to a new study.

Nerdette

The Nerdette 2016 Year-End Special

Bye 2016! Nerdette looks at the year’s best podcasts and checks in with Bravo’s Andy Cohen and Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly.

Nerdette

Stephanie Beatriz, Reality Bytes And Cookies With Dorie

Stephanie Beatriz of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and her best friend Courtney Kocak on how to have a real relationship in the age of swipe-y apps.

Nerdette

Phoebe Robinson On Why You Can't Touch Her Hair

Robinson is a comic, author and the host of two podcasts. Plus, she says being a black feminist can be a full-time job.

Nerdette

Gilmore Girls Revival With Dinner Party Download And Miss Patty

We challenge Dinner Party Download co-hosts Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano to watch the first episode of the new series. Plus a chat with Miss Patty.

Nerdette

Rad Ladies We’re Thankful For

Author Kate Schatz gives us a tour of some well-known and unsung ladies of history.

WBEZ News

Two Teens Charged With Murder Of Rep. Danny Davis’ Grandson

Chicago police have charged two juveniles with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Illinois congressman's grandson following an argument over a pair of basketball shoes.

Nerdette

Design Sponge’s Grace Bonney On What She Learned From 100 Boss Ladies

She talked to 100 women doing creative work.

WBEZ News

'Doomsday Clock' Considers Impact Of Donald Trump

A group of global safety experts start meetings on Monday in Chicago to determine how close we are to the end of the world.

WBEZ News

During The Most Segregated Hours In America, A Postmortem On The Election

Chicagoans from both sides of the political spectrum spent time Sunday looking for guidance in church pews.

WBEZ News

CPD Boss Agrees To Monthly Meetings With Black Lives Matter Group

After racial tension in Mt. Greenwood, Black Lives Matter Youth made demands of Chicago Police and an alderman.

Nerdette

Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun On The 2016 Election

Carol Moseley Braun, the United States' first female African American senator, helps us put this election into context.

WBEZ News

As Chicago Early Voters Break Records, One Man Has Finger On City's Pulse

With over 275,000 votes casted, Chicagoans have broke new records for early voting, and the communications director for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners says the city is ready for this election season to be over.

Nerdette

Issa Rae On Adulting, Oversharing And Her HBO Show

Issa Rae is the creator and star of HBO’s Insecure. She tells us why we can’t all be Olivia Pope.

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