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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

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?

Nerdette

Class Is In Session: The TV That Makes You Cry

Jason Katims, the brains behind ‘Friday Night Lights’ and other high school TV dramas, explains why adolescence makes such good TV.

Nerdette

Need A New Read? How About ‘Black Panther With Magic’

The ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ author says she was motivated in part by racist online comments made about ‘The Hunger Games’ films.

Nerdette

I Have A Rare Genetic Disease. CRISPR Might Fix It.

Scientists are working on a gene therapy specifically for WBEZ’s Greta Johnsen. The implications are reminiscent of science fiction.

Nerdette

‘West Wing’ Actress Anna Deavere Smith Takes You To Prison In New HBO Special

Smith says her new HBO special, ‘Notes From The Field,’ aims to illustrate the school-to-prison pipeline that minority students often face.

Nerdette

How To Be Aggressively Delightful

If you’re looking for a way to combat the online trolls fomenting unrest in America, comedian Negin Farsad might have a solution for you.

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