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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

A Love Letter To Cabbage

'Ruffage' is a cookbook by Abra Berens, who explains her roundabout way to meal prep and why cabbage is her favorite vegetable.

Nerdette

In A New Novel, Oak Park Is Home To Secrets, Lies And Forgiveness

Greta talks with Claire Lombardo about her debut novel, described by Chicago Magazine as the Midwestern ‘Big Little Lies.’

Nerdette

Rad Girls Who Changed The World

Ruby Bridges was one of the first children to desegregate an all-white school in the 1960s. Her story is highlighted in ‘Rad Girls Can.’

Nerdette

Watch These TV Shows This Summer

Is summer a great time for watching TV? Heck yeah it is.

Nerdette

How To Write Your First Novel In Your 40s

NPR’s Linda Holmes just wrote her first book at 48. “Your identity is not set in stone when you are any particular age,” she tells Nerdette.

Nerdette

Tripping Hard For Science

Could drugs like MDMA or LSD help treat depression? An investigator at the University of Chicago is testing the effects on volunteers.

Nerdette

‘Booksmart’ Reminds Us That Your Person Doesn’t Have To Be Your Romantic Soulmate

The film, which stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, comes out Friday.

Nerdette

Bill Nye Wants You To Think Critically And Take Care Of Your Moon Rocks

Bill Nye talked to 'Nerdette' about meeting dubious scientific claims with critical thinking and evidence. Also: be good to your moon rocks.

Nerdette

Lizzo Is About To Sing, Rap And Flute Her Way Into Your Heart

Lizzo’s newest album is on repeat around here. In its honor, Nerdette revisits a 2016 interview with the multi-talented Minnesota musician.

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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.

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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.

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