For this week’s episode on New Wave we spoke with Lori Majewski, author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.
Everyday this week we’re posting one of her top five New Wave music videos.
#4. “Whip It,” Devo
Lori loves it “because it was an act of subversion that totally infiltrated the mainstream.”
Cycling through World War I
WBEZ political reporter Alex Keefe recounted his recent cycling trip through prominent sites in World War I. Listen to his story, and check out these striking images of how a 100-year-old conflict still scars Europe. (Photo and editing courtesy of Keenan Wells)
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.