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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

Victoria Schwab On Monsters, Mayhem And Magic

The YA author on her Master’s in Monsters and why her newest book feels the most personal.

WBEZ News

Another Violent Weekend In Chicago

After another violent weekend in the city of Chicago, one of the latest to be killed is the son of a Chicago Police Officer.

Nerdette

Messing With Nature: Exploring The Future Of Food, Fertility And More

This week, a special episode. We talk to five entrepreneurs and scientists doing pretty futuristic sounding stuff.

WBEZ News

Black Lives Matter Take On Police Killing of Paul O’Neal

Two days after the agency that investigates police misconduct released videos of the death of 18 year-old Paul O’Neal, about 300 protesters took to downtown Chicago.

Nerdette

Hari Kondabolu On Turning Politics Into Comedy

Comedian Hari Kondabolu chats why comedy isn’t the same as activism, and how to laugh in a deeply divided America.

Nerdette

Jessi Klein On Grown-Up Tomboys, Motherhood, And Backpacks

Jessi Klein, head writer for Inside Amy Schumer, talks about the awkwardness of being a grown-up tom boy.

WBEZ News

Pay Now Illinois To State: Stop Gap Budget Not Enough

Social service providers are suing Governor Bruce Rauner. They say Illinois’ temporary spending plan isn’t sufficient.

Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

611 Epilogue: Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

The endgame is set to begin. Is Daenerys' coalition of the willing the squad to beat? What can Cersei do after her conflagratory masterpiece, and is she beholden to the second half of her miserable prophecy? What new brutality can we expect from Those Who Do Not Sow? What of Jon? Littlefinger? Arya? Sam? And will any of it matter against an army that grows as quickly as their enemies fall?

Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

The Winds Of Winter: Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

A whole lot happened on the season finale of Game of Thrones. Listen to the analysis of each twist and turn from the action-packed episode.

WBEZ News

Chicago Cop Blames CPD For Poor Mental Health Tools

A Chicago police officer who shot and killed two people says the City isn’t properly training police in mental health response.

WBEZ News

Photos: Chicago's 47th Annual Gay Pride Parade

Chicagoans came out in force to celebrate the LGBT pride, reveling, but also remembering the recent mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 people dead.

Nerdette

Lindy West And Andi Zeisler On Fierce Feminism

Lindy West on fat-shaming, fighting trolls and finding your voice.

Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

609 Battle Of The Bastards: Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

And only one bastard remained. Also, is dragon muscular atrophy a thing? Is smirking becoming its own language?

Nerdette

Tig Notaro And Gillian Flynn 'Just' People

Comedian Tig Notaro talks about how she turned a string of personal tragedies into comedy. Then Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, discusses her nerdy obsessions.

Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

608 No One: Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

The Mother of Dragons arrives just in time to save her friends and their seemingly doomed city. (Shock!) Tyrion drinks wine, spouts bland dialogue and does nothing. (Gasp!) Arya somehow survives her wounds and the T-1000 that casually pursues her. (Heresy!) Is the show's lack of source material beginning to reveal itself in a not so appealing way?

Nerdette

Judy Blume And Kwame Alexander On The Books That Shape Childhood

The authors tell us why they write books for their inner tween.

Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

607 The Broken Man: Nerdette Recaps GoT

The Hound returns to the screen, but will he also return to his past form? And more discussion about the latest episode.

Nerdette

W. Kamau Bell On His New Show, The Hulk, And Denzel

W. Kamau Bell talks about how he ended up with a comedy show on a news channel, why he loves The Hulk, and what makes Denzel the best actor of all time, period.

Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

606 Blood Of My Blood: Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

Zombie Night’s Watch guy to the rescue! Just how does Bran avoid a frigid end beyond The Wall? What surprise ally has apparently joined forces with Bernie Sparrow? Is The Mother of Dragons actually the villain of this series? And is it too much to ask for one family dinner to pass without grandiose political gesturing?

Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

Hodor, Time Travel and the Iron Islands

Peter Sagal joins Nerdette to discuss Game of Thrones episode 605.

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