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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

Nerdette’s Finest: Negin Farsad

Nerdette is FIVE years old! We're celebrating by showcasing our favorite interviews, like this one with comedian Negin Farsad.

Nerdette

Nerdette’s Finest: Neil deGrasse Tyson Assigns Homework

Nerdette is FIVE years old! We're celebrating by showcasing lovely interviews, like these TWO homework assignments from Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Nerdette

Nerdette's Finest: Tom Hanks

Nerdette is turning FIVE! And we're celebrating our birthday by showcasing delightful interviews, like this one with Tom Hanks.

Nerdette

Nerdette's Finest: Roxane Gay

Nerdette is turning FIVE! And we're celebrating our birthday by showcasing delightful interviews, like this one with author Roxane Gay.

Nerdette

Refueling Advice From Design*Sponge’s Grace Bonney: ‘Ask For Help’

“If you don’t ask for help you end up making the mistakes that I think are more problematic in the long run,” Bonney tells Nerdette.

Nerdette

‘This Is Not Relaxing!’: Unwinding With The Kondabolu Brothers

We brought the siblings on Nerdette to talk about self-care in the freelance economy, but instead they started unpacking their relationship.

Nerdette

How To Kill Time In Space

“You’re in space," astronaut Megan McArthur told Nerdette podcast. "You don’t want to go to bed. You want to look out the windows.”

Nerdette

How Amy Schumer And Aidy Bryant Power Up

“I literally will say to myself out loud in the mirror, like, ‘You got this, bitch,’” Schumer says. Power Up is a new project from Nerdette.

Nerdette

Power Up: A New Project From Nerdette

We all have the same number of hours in a day. So how do inspiring people set themselves up for success in an exhausting world?

Nerdette

Class Is In Session: The TV That Makes You Cry

Jason Katims, the brains behind ‘Friday Night Lights’ and other high school TV dramas, explains why adolescence makes such good TV.

Nerdette

Need A New Read? How About ‘Black Panther With Magic’

The ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ author says she was motivated in part by racist online comments made about ‘The Hunger Games’ films.

Nerdette

I Have A Rare Genetic Disease. CRISPR Might Fix It.

Scientists are working on a gene therapy specifically for WBEZ’s Greta Johnsen. The implications are reminiscent of science fiction.

Nerdette

‘West Wing’ Actress Anna Deavere Smith Takes You To Prison In New HBO Special

Smith says her new HBO special, ‘Notes From The Field,’ aims to illustrate the school-to-prison pipeline that minority students often face.

Nerdette

How To Be Aggressively Delightful

If you’re looking for a way to combat the online trolls fomenting unrest in America, comedian Negin Farsad might have a solution for you.

Nerdette

From ‘Empire’ To ‘The L Word,’ How A Creative Boss Gets It Done

Ilene Chaiken is an executive producer of TV shows that bring minority voices to the mainstream. Here’s how she does it.

WBEZ News

When It Snows, Chicago Police Ticket Minority Communities More

South Side neighborhoods get hit with a disproportionate number of winter-related tickets, a WBEZ data analysis finds.

Nerdette

Feminism, Fear, And Physics At The Winter Olympics

Olympians and experts on the science of fear, the physics of sliding down ice super duper fast, and the feminist fight to get women into more sports.

Nerdette

Sex, Drugs, And Singing Ovaries

A noted scientist explains why it’s problematic that many prescription drugs were only tested on men. Plus, ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ for sex ed.

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

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.

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