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Greta Johnsen

Greta Johnsen

Anchor/Host

Greta anchors Weekend Edition Saturday and hosts and produces 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. She enjoys waking up early, reading, knitting, and walking her corgi.

Recent Stories

Nerdette

De-Extinction: How, Why, And What If?

Scientists are working to bring certain extinct animals back to life. It’s a concept full of promise and potential pitfalls.

Nerdette

Kids + Science = AWESOME

Sahana Srinivasan is the host of 'Brainchild,' a science TV show for kids available on Netflix. She's also a senior in college.

Nerdette

Lindy West Subverts A TV Trope

“Usually what we get are weight loss narratives and makeover narratives," West tells Nerdette. "You deserve a life that's bigger than that."

Nerdette

Wash Your F-ing Hands

People in our office are sick. Why? Because sick people are in our office. That's what one biologist says about persistent office illnesses.

Nerdette

Podcats In Space

Astronomer Heidi Hammel explains the significance of the 1994 Jupiter comet crash, pronounces ‘Uranus’ and relates cats to planets.

Nerdette

Winter Watches!

Nerdette co-creator Tricia Bobeda offers a binge-watchers guide to navigating the winter cold.

Nerdette

Move Over Holden Caulfield

Dana Czapnik is the author of a new book, 'The Falconer,' which has been favorably compared to the classic novel 'The Catcher in the Rye.'

Nerdette

Dessa Changes Her Mind

Dessa is a singer, a rapper, an author, and so much more. She talks with Nerdette about a breakup, overcoming grief, and her album, ‘Chime.’

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

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.”

Nerdette

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.”

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

‘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.”

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

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

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.

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