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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


How To Ask For More Money

Short answer? Just do it. Nerdette talked with a financial expert and compiled three big tips for taking charge of your finances.


A Pile Of Last-Minute Homework

The year is ending. So we talked with some people who make great things about the music, TV, and books they loved from 2018.


Mandë Holford: Killer Snail Hunter

Snail venom is being used to treat pain and slow the growth of cancerous liver tumors. Dr. Mandë Holford is a venomous snail hunter.


Redefining Representation With ‘Well-Read Black Girl’

What does being a “well-read black girl” mean? Author Glory Edim says it’s “a call to action.”


Barbara Kingsolver Calls Her New Novel ‘My Love Letter To Millennials’

“Today’s problems can’t be fixed by yesterday’s people,” Kingsolver said on Nerdette. “They’re going to be fixed by tomorrow’s people.”


Salt, Fat, Acid, Ask For What You Want

Samin Nosrat is the chef behind ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat,’ a book and a new Netflix series. She’s also a proponent of articulating your dreams.


‘Gender Is Irrelevant’: Jodie Whittaker On The New ‘Doctor Who’

The new star of ‘Doctor Who’ says being a woman isn’t what makes her unqualified for the role: “I’m playing an alien with two hearts.”


Why Someone Might Want To Turn Men Into Pigs

Author Madeline Miller has given Circe, a witch who turns men into pigs in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey,’ a leading role in her recent book.


One Woman’s Quest To Fight Pay Disparity

Aileen Rizo was working in education when she learned a male coworker earned far more for equal work. Six years later, her story’s not over.


Changing Seasons, Changing Channels: Nerdette’s Fall TV Preview

From ‘Murphy Brown’ to ‘Kidding’ to ‘Doctor Who’ and more, New York Times TV critic Margaret Lyons reveals the shows she’s excited about.


Duckworth: ‘Who Knew Getting Knocked Up Would Be Such A Big Deal?’

The Illinois senator and Iraq vet talks about becoming the first woman to give birth while serving in the Senate. (And her love of coupons.)


Nerdette's Back To School Special

Nerdette hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen take you on two scientific journeys in this back-to-school special. On air at 9 A.M. on WBEZ.


3 Ways To Be Happier Right Now

Nerdette talked with the professor responsible for the most popular class in Yale history: “Psyc 157: Psychology and the Good Life.”


Is The Real-Life Upside Down At The Argonne National Laboratory?

No, but Tricia and Greta did see a lot of cool science going down at the high-security facility.


Summer Reads!

Three bookworms offer up their recommendations for great summer reads. Enjoy!


Musician Neko Case Isn’t Superstitious, Except When She’s Superstitious

Case says she began congratulating herself as she worked on her newest album, 'Hell-On.' “And then my house burned down."


Breaking The Tech Industry’s Glass Ceiling … In 1962

“We were memorable,” says Dame Steve Shirley of her female-majority software company that broke into the tech boys club.


Getting Harassed For Exposing Sexual Harassment

A Teen Vogue reporter talked to 54 women who say they were harassed at Coachella. Her story led to more harassment online.

Curious City

Nerdette: Why Does John Hodgman Like Malört So Much?

We curate an episode of the WBEZ podcast, Nerdette, featuring an interview with comedian John Hodgman and the very Chicago story of Malört.


‘This Is A Work In Progress’: NPR’s Audie Cornish On Being A New Mom

The ‘All Things Considered’ host told Nerdette how things are going in her first year of motherhood.

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