What is WFYI Nerds?

WFYI Nerds is an in-person event series designed for college and post-college adults, early and mid-career professionals, and new parents between the ages of 20-40 who have an interest and passion for public media programming. Our purpose is to gather regularly for fun, meaningful conversation and networking opportunities to connect with others in our community.

Should I attend WFYI Nerd events?

  • Did you dig LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow when you were growing up?
  • Were you an NPR “backseat listener” as a child?
  • Do you have kids of your own who you watch Sesame Street with?
  • Was your ox able to ford the river while playing Oregon Trail?
  • Was your first pet a Tamagotchi or a Furby?
  • Did you hope your collection of Ty Beanie Babies would one day make you millions?
  • Do you love meeting new people, engaging in conversations, and having fun?

If you answered "yes" to one of more of these questions, then WFYI Nerd programming is for you!



What type of events does WFYI Nerds offer?

Events and programming are created to offer opportunities to connect, engage in conversation, and meet new people in the city. WFYI Nerds offer in-person opportunities to:

  • Connect with other public media “nerds" and 
  • Receive "behind-the-scenes" information and special event opportunities centered around some of the best that public media has to offer, including national content from PBS, NPR, and local content from WFYI.
  • Have memorable experiences that increase your knowledge in ways you may not expect

In the past, WFYI Nerds have hosted Happy Hours, Exclusive Podcast Listening Parties, Screenings, and more. Find out about our upcoming events on the WFYI Events page and by signing up for our mailing list.

Is there a fee to join WFYI Nerds?

All WFYI Nerds events are open to the public, and most events are offered at no cost or low cost. Though, we certainly encourage you to support your local public media station. (That’s us.)

So, feel free to bring a friend (or three) and we’ll see you at our next event!

Stay Connected

Want to be the first to know about upcoming WFYI Nerds events and programming? Sign up for our e-mail list. Also, follow WFYI on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Parents Pick the Schedule

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 3-5 pm, @ WFYI
Are you a parent of young children who love watching PBS? Help WFYI to build the PBS Kids schedule for the spring. Hear about upcoming available programs, and share your input about current programming offerings and times. Lunch provided. Space is limited to first 3 respondents--so act quickly! RSVP by Nov 22.

Coffee with the New York Times

Friday, December 8, 2017, 8:30-10 am, @ WFYI
Farah Stockman, a national correspondent with The New York Times, is returning to Indianapolis for a discussion about jobs and the economy. Join us for coffee and conversation with Farrah and her editor, and share your thoughts about Stockman's story, our community and what's important for the rest of the world to know. Read about how one female steelworker grappled with the loss of her job as it moved to Mexico.

WFYI News and Brews: Current Events Pub Trivia
Monday, December 18, 2017, 7-9 pm @ Sun King Brewery - Downtown
Do you find yourself always saying the phrase "I heard on NPR..."? Are you always up on the latest news? Time to put that knowledge to use during WFYI's News and Brew Trivia Night, hosted by WFYI's Matt Pelsor. Play for Sun King and WFYI prizes, but mostly for the glory of being named the WFYI current events trivia champion. Teams of all sizes are welcome. RSVPs suggested. Event is FREE to attend. Drinks and food are the responsibility of the attendees. RSVPs open November 29th.

Save the Date - WFYI Ice Miller Wine Fest

Friday, March 2, 2018, 6-9 pm @ Old National Centre
Save the date for the 19th annual WFYI Ice Miller Wine Fest on March 2, 2018 at the Old National Centre. This event supports WFYI's mission to inform, educate, entertain and engage our community through news, programs and important community conversations. Tickets on sale Monday, November 27, 2017.

Official 'WFYI Nerds' T-Shirt

Wear your Nerd pride on your sleeve with an official 'WFYI Nerds' t-shirt.

'WFYI Nerds' t-shirts are now available for only $25.00, and all proceeds go to support future 'WFYI Nerds' programming. Snag yours now.. and be able to tell all your friends that you got one "before it was cool."