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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

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.

Nerdette

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.”

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

Summer Reads!

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

Nerdette

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."

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

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.

Nerdette

‘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.

Nerdette

Nerdette’s Finest: Negin Farsad

Nerdette is FIVE years old! We're celebrating by showcasing our favorite interviews, like this one with comedian Negin Farsad.

Nerdette

Nerdette’s Finest: Neil deGrasse Tyson Assigns Homework

Nerdette is FIVE years old! We're celebrating by showcasing lovely interviews, like these TWO homework assignments from Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Nerdette

Nerdette's Finest: Tom Hanks

Nerdette is turning FIVE! And we're celebrating our birthday by showcasing delightful interviews, like this one with Tom Hanks.

Nerdette

Nerdette's Finest: Roxane Gay

Nerdette is turning FIVE! And we're celebrating our birthday by showcasing delightful interviews, like this one with author Roxane Gay.

Nerdette

Refueling Advice From Design*Sponge’s Grace Bonney: ‘Ask For Help’

“If you don’t ask for help you end up making the mistakes that I think are more problematic in the long run,” Bonney tells Nerdette.

Nerdette

‘This Is Not Relaxing!’: Unwinding With The Kondabolu Brothers

We brought the siblings on Nerdette to talk about self-care in the freelance economy, but instead they started unpacking their relationship.

Nerdette

How To Kill Time In Space

“You’re in space," astronaut Megan McArthur told Nerdette podcast. "You don’t want to go to bed. You want to look out the windows.”

Nerdette

How Amy Schumer And Aidy Bryant Power Up

“I literally will say to myself out loud in the mirror, like, ‘You got this, bitch,’” Schumer says. Power Up is a new project from Nerdette.

Nerdette

Power Up: A New Project From Nerdette

We all have the same number of hours in a day. So how do inspiring people set themselves up for success in an exhausting world?

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