The “Flying Cars” ride at Riverview Park, Belmont and Western, 1954, Chicago.
Freaks and nerds unite! On the latest Nerdette Podcast, Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner teaches Tricia and Greta how to ‘Think Like a Freak’. Plus a portrait of astronaut Sally Ride on the anniversary of her first trip to space, news Freaks (and Geeks) can rejoice over and your Cosmos-related #nerdconfessions.
Competitive hot dog eaters. Cancer-curing scientists. Glass-ceiling shattering astronauts. Cosmos-related nerd confessions.
There’s lots to love about the latest nerdettepodcast.
Listen, share and let your freak flag fly.
Going through a little Game of Thrones withdrawal tonight? This University of Chicago A Capella group’s performance of the HBO show’s theme song might help.
Thousands will flock to the Indiana Dunes this summer. But if it weren’t for a little-known landscape architect, the miles of beaches along southern Lake Michigan might not be around today. Listen to hear the story of how Jens Jensen saved the dunes.
Pop science author Mary Roach tells Nerdette hosts Tricia and Greta about answering gross questions most of us are too afraid to ask. Plus a conversation about the nerdy new AMC show Halt And Catch Fire. And, of course, your #nerdconfessions.
Listen to the latest Nerdette Podcast for a conversation about sex, space and spit. Author Mary Roach doesn’t shy away from any topic in her pursuit of science.
Sound Opinions’ Jim DeRogatis finally remembered where he’d seen the quietest character on Orange is the New Black before — rocking with 70s punk band The Shirts.
NPR news quiz Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal abandoned his passion for science fiction and fantasy when he went to college, but tells Tricia and Greta that Game of Thrones brought him back into the realm of nerds. Plus his tips for introducing kids to your favorite movies, why he loves Ray Bradbury and homework that will require you to lace up your sneakers.
You really should to listen to Peter Sagal on the new @NerdettePodcast. It’s going to make you want to watch Silence of the Lambs again, read Harry Potter aloud and get a dog.
Remember when the band Here We Go Magic talked about John Waters hitchhiking with them on Afternoon Shift?
Our very own David Green got to hang out with JOHN WATERS and talk about his new book, Carsick — I am so jealous, I think I’m gonna run out and die for art!
On the people he met along the way and whether he turned them into movie characters
I didn’t have to turn them into extreme characters to be interesting to me. What was interesting to me was how matter-of-fact they were about being kinda great, and being accepting and being completely unjudgmental, but at the same time trying to help people — that farmer that gave me money, or that other woman who wouldn’t leave until I took the money. …
It reaffirmed my belief in the goodness of people. They treated me very nicely — that had nothing to do with any kind of fame or seeing me on a talk show or that kind of stuff, so that was very comforting to me. Now, some of the people when they would ask me what I do, I would tell them and they didn’t even believe me.
But I didn’t care, I mean, I wanted to talk about them. And the ones that did, then I’d give them what they want. I’d tell them anecdotes about movie stars and everything they wanted to hear. That’s fair. That’s my job! I got picked up hitchhiking! Your job is to talk. Or have sex. And no one asked.
Learn why ridesharing is driving taxicabs crazy in this ride-along video.