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The Homework Compendium

At the end of every Nerdette episode, we ask our guests for homework.
Here’s all of it:

Tomi Adeyemi
Anna Deavere Smith
Negin Farsad
Host, Fake The Nation
Ilene Chaiken
Showrunner, Hollywood Boss
Teresa Woodruff
Ovarian Biology Expert
John Hodgman
Jennifer Egan
Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Margaret Atwood
Author, The Handmaid's Tale
Daveed Diggs
Eve Ewing
Ann Friedman
Aminatou Sow
Greta Johnsen
Nerdette Co-host
Alex Guarnaschelli
Iron Chef Winner and Chopped Judge
Tricia Bobeda
Nerdette Co-host
Alex Kingston
Actress, ER and Doctor Who
Nadia Sirota
Kurt Andersen
Author, Fantasyland
Tracy K. Smith
U.S. Poet Laureate
Rainn Wilson
Actor, The Office / Amateur Bassoonist
Jessica Pimentel
Actress, Orange is the New Black
Jenny Slate
Actress, Parks and Recreation
Jill Tarter
Former SETI Institute Director
Lesli Linka Glatter
TV and Film Director
Hanna Rosin
Invisibilia Co-host
Carrie Nugent
Asteroid Hunter
Sean Gunn
Actor, Guardians of the Galaxy and Gilmore Girls
Jaime Camil
Actor, Jane the Virgin
Jessamyn Stanley
Yoga Teacher
Rebecca Skloot
Author, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Jim Lovell
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Kelly Jensen
Author, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
Roxane Gay
Author, Difficult Women and Bad Feminist
Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus
Sex Therapist
Amy Smeed
Disney Animator
Simone Giertz
Robot Engineer
Derek Thompson
Author, Hit Makers
Dr. Sheyna Gifford
Space Doctor
Maria Popova
Creator of Brain Pickings
Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda
Nerdette Co-hosts
Tom Hanks
Academy Award-winning Actor
Andy Cohen
Bravo Host, Producer
Dorie Greenspan
Phoebe Robinson
2 Dope Queens Co-host
Carol Moseley Braun
Former U.S. Senator (D-Illinois)
Issa Rae
Director, HBO's Insecure
Ben Sinclair
Director, HBO's High Maintenance
Katja Blichfeld
Director, HBO's High Maintenance
Jessi Klein
Author, You'll Grow Out of It
Lindy West
Author, Shrill
W. Kamau Bell
Stacy Schiff
Author, The Witches
Sloane Crosley
Author, The Clasp
Nick Hornby
Author, Funny Girl
Sandra Cisneros
Author, A House of My Own
Jolie Kerr
Columnist, "Ask A Clean Person"
Caitlin Moran
Author, How To Build a Girl
Clare Fieseler
Jessica Hopper
Rock Critic
Dan Savage
Savage Lovecast Host
Jeffrey Cranor
Welcome to Night Vale creator
Joseph Fink
Welcome to Night Vale creator
J'Tia Taylor
Nuclear Engineer
Kate Mulgrew
Actress, Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is The New Black
John Kapelos
Actor, The Breakfast Club
Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster
The Best Show Co-hosts
Kelly Borden
Steve LeVine
Author, The Powerhouse
Maz Jobrani
Amy Stewart
Author, The Drunken Boranist
Richard Linklater
Filmmaker, Boyhood
Melody Kramer
Digital Brainiac

Tomi Adeyemi's assignment

Go see Black Panther!

Anna Deavere Smith's assignment

Think outside your bubble

Negin Farsad's assignment

Be aggressively delightful

Ilene Chaiken's assignment

Consider: Has your story been told?

Teresa Woodruff's assignment

Read Lab Girl

John Hodgman's assignment

Listen to The Dana Gould Hour podcast

Jennifer Egan's assignment

Listen to Anthony Trollope’s Novels, read by David Parker Shaw

Margaret Atwood's assignment

Watch the documentary A Better Man

Daveed Diggs's assignment

Choose to be kind

Eve Ewing's assignment

Read Octavia Butler

Ann Friedman's assignment

Subscribe to the Small Victories newsletter

Aminatou Sow's assignment

Set a financial goal for next year

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Call your girlfriend

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Read Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust

Alex Guarnaschelli's assignment

Make a vinaigrette

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Try some sci-fi

Alex Kingston's assignment

Take 10,000 steps every day

Nadia Sirota's assignment

Listen to Caroline Shaw's "Partita for 8 Voices"

Kurt Andersen's assignment

Listen to The Ezra Klein Show

Tracy K. Smith's assignment

Look deeply at something that’s not pretty

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Watch Ozark

Rainn Wilson's assignment

Check out a bassoon/piano duet

Jessica Pimentel's assignment

Try "give and take" breathing

Jenny Slate's assignment

Check out this fabulous Instagram account

Jill Tarter's assignment

Think of yourself as an earthling

Lesli Linka Glatter's assignment

Watch an amazing movie or TV show

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Listen to Invisibilia

Hanna Rosin's assignment

Buy yourself a titanium spork

Carrie Nugent's assignment

Go watch a meteor shower

Sean Gunn's assignment

Read The World Without Us By Alan Weisman

Jaime Camil's assignment

Watch Ancient Aliens

Jessamyn Stanley's assignment

Look in the mirror and observe yourself

Rebecca Skloot's assignment

Watch "The Immortal RAP of Henrietta Lacks"

Jim Lovell's assignment

Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos

Neil deGrasse Tyson's assignment

Think about all of the many problems society faces and how to solve them

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Watch The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Kelly Jensen's assignment

Watch a movie by yourself

Roxane Gay's assignment

Go see Get Out

Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus's assignment

Do something sexy

Amy Smeed's assignment

Nerd out about animation

Simone Giertz's assignment

Make a robot

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Read the Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read Hit Makers by Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson's assignment

Read Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Dr. Sheyna Gifford's assignment

Be a space cadet

Maria Popova's assignment

Read Maria Mitchell: Life Letters and Journals

Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Listen to Lizzo's EP Coconut Oil

Tom Hanks's assignment

Buy a typewriter and keep it handy

Andy Cohen's assignment

Read Conversations on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Dorie Greenspan's assignment

Make cookies

Phoebe Robinson's assignment

Read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Watch 3%

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz

Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Listen to Making Oprah

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Read In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

Carol Moseley Braun's assignment

Read the United States Constitution

Issa Rae's assignment

Watch this NSFW video

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Watch Insecure on HBO

Ben Sinclair's assignment

Reconsider your self-diagnosed synesthesia

Katja Blichfeld's assignment

Read a bunch of feminist memoiry nonfictions

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Read everything by Victoria Schwab

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Watch Stranger Things on Netflix

Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Listen to Politically Reactive

Jessi Klein's assignment

Read Shrill by Lindy West

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Watch Star Trek: Beyond

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Watch Ghostbusters

Lindy West's assignment

Watch Columbo

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Watch UnReal

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler

Caitlin Moran's assignment

Dream about where you'd like to be in five years

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Read Booked by Kwame Alexander

W. Kamau Bell's assignment

Watch these Denzel Washington flicks

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Watch Zootopia

Stacy Schiff's assignment

Read the Neapolitan quartet by Elena Ferrante

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Sloane Crosley's assignment

Read The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Watch Madam Secretary

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Watch Amy Tan whip Stephen King's butt

Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Nick Hornby's assignment

Read A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro

Sandra Cisneros's assignment

Read Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

Jolie Kerr's assignment

Make your bed

Greta Johnsen's assignment

Listen to Hamilton

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Learn more about women in science

Clare Fieseler's assignment

Invite a family member to read something important to you

Jessica Hopper's assignment

Read Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark by Sean Nelson

Dan Savage's assignment

Read So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Jeffrey Cranor's assignment

Watch all of Roy Andersson's movies

Joseph Fink's assignment

Read something outside your comfort zone

Neil deGrasse Tyson's assignment

Watch the YouTube video "A Fascinatingly Disturbing Thought"

J'Tia Taylor's assignment

Find out what household item has a radioactive isotope

Kate Mulgrew's assignment

Read Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy

Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

John Kapelos's assignment

Listen to the Beatles album Abbey Road

Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster's assignment

Watch the movie American Harmony

Kelly Borden's assignment

Play around with Zooniverse

Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read The Powerhouse by Steve LeVine

Steve LeVine's assignment

Look into the life of John Goodenough

Maz Jobrani's assignment

Listen to WTF with Marc Maron

Amy Stewart's assignment

Make a vermouth drink

Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda's assignment

Read The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

Richard Linklater's assignment

Watch Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander

Melody Kramer's assignment

Follow the New York Public Library on Instagram

Roxane Gay's assignment

Watch Love & Hip Hop Hollywood

Margaret Atwood's assignment

Read The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
No homework!