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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

Neil deGrasse Tyson Wants You To Put Down Your iPhone

Neil deGrasse Tyson and former astronaut Jim Lovell talk about ‘Hidden Figures,’ smartphone apps and how war fuels space exploration.

WBEZ Updates

What Do Illinoisans Think Of Taxes?

It’s tax season, so we asked IL residents what they think of taxes. Their answers might surprise you.

Nerdette

Roxane Gay On Writing, Trashy TV And Channing Tatum

Author Roxane Gay on how Beyoncé, Law and Order SVU and Channing Tatum’s neck all helped her write her latest book.

Nerdette

Let’s Talk About Sex (And Religion) With Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus

Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, founder of one of the largest women’s sexual health clinics, discusses helping women, particularly Orthodox Jewish women, resolve sexual issues.

WBEZ News

Quigley: Investigations Into Russia Most Important Since Watergate

“This is, in my mind, the most important thing I’ve ever worked on," the U.S. representative said.

Nerdette

Animating Disney’s Moana with Amy Smeed

The leader of the animation team for Disney’s Moana, talks about what it’s like to build a character who is decidedly not a Disney princess.

WBEZ News

Police Union President Optimistic Despite Runoff

Dean Angelo says he’s not worried about having to face a runoff election.

Nerdette

How To Build The Best Bad Robots

Simone Giertz tells us how she became the queen of crappy robots and how engineering and comedy go so well together.

Nerdette

The Past, Present And Future Of Sci Fi With N.K. Jemisin

Hugo Award-winning author N.K. Jemisin tells us how she builds fantastical worlds and why science fiction is evolving for the better.

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.

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