NW Nerd

These are the stories that make us nerds

NW Nerd is a podcast with feature stories on geeky interests, as well as talk on current and past issues within fandom and pop culture. 

Minisode - The Cuts (Season 1)

Not everything Nick and Dyer records makes it into the NW NERD podcast. Sometimes there's an interview that doesn't get into an episode, or even just portions of an interview that didn't fit into a feature. Maybe even a bit that didn't quite work out. But they're still great to listen to. These are the cuts.

For better or for worse, these are a few such cuts from Season 1 of NW NERD.

00:00 Intro
2:43 A conversation with Grapes of Rad / Quantum Leap: A Look Bakula podcast about troubling media.
6:35 An interview with Costume Characters for Causes and how cosplay can do good work.
13:14 The failed Superman music quiz. Can you pass?
23:15 Chris Rowlands with Card Kingdom discusses how one change in Magic The Gathering's retail requirements led to the very popular Cafe Mox.
28:50 Chatting with the R2 Builders Club about what it takes to make these remote controlled Star Wars droids.
35:30 This quirky corner of Washington boasts a range of geeky wares at this Port Gamble shop, including a special Harry Potter room.

NW NERD: Episode 17 - Mermaids of the Northwest

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How can one word change our entire perception of the animal kingdom? Or at least our laws? NW NERD podcast talks anthropology in court. Also, how many Game of Thrones spinoffs can there possibly be? And the internet just got hit with a bevy of trailers that will continue to make 2017 the year of nerd films.

This week's feature is on the Northwest mermaid community and how diverse it is.

Also, the Seattle Bike Blog’s Tom Fucoloro explains how Seattle is about to see thousands of smart bikes loaded with tech rolling into town.

Finally, (spoiler warning) the guys review "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Did we mention spoilers?).

6:00 -- One word could change the law for chimpanzees
12:15 -- The three trailers creating a ton of buzz around fandom
23:00 -- Game of Thrones spinoffs
34:20 -- FEATURE: Dyer’s Deep Dive with Merfolk
52:20 -- REPORT: Seattle’s biking future with the Seattle Bike Blog
58:00 -- "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" review (with spoilers)

Presented by Game of Thrones obsessed Nick Jarin and Sean Gunn fan Dyer Oxley. Music by Kevin MacLeod.

Episode 16: Police on Twitch

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FuzzFeed206 is the Seattle Police Department's Twitch channel where they play video games while talking about policing issues and more. (FuzzFeed206, Twitch)

FuzzFeed206 is the Seattle Police Department's Twitch channel where they play video games while talking about policing issues and more. (FuzzFeed206, Twitch)

There's a new subreddit for Seattle-area podcasts -- r/SeattlePodcasts. Show some love for your favorite podcasts. Nick comes clean and admits something on the podcast.

Also, American Gods is poised to be the internet’s next favorite show; Apple smacks down Uber; Sleight could be a surprise hit, or at least spark curiosity for film goers; and ThinkGeek has another announcement for Northwest shoppers. 

Dyer takes you behind the scenes of the Seattle Police Department’s pioneering Twitch channel.

Editorial: Marvel is bringing back their classic heroes. What’s that mean for their current, diverse iterations of Captain America, Hulk, Wolverine, Iron Man, and others?

4:00 -- American Gods and Sleight in one weekend
13:30 -- Apple vs. Uber
19:00 -- Many more Avatar movies
25:20 -- FEATURE:  Seattle Police on Twitch
42:30 -- Marvel brings back the classics

Music by Kevin MacLeod

Episode 15: Hobby games and indie creators

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Chris Rowlands is the creator of the indie game "Under My Bed" and the co-creator of "The Last Garden." (Dyer Oxley, NW NERD)

Chris Rowlands is the creator of the indie game "Under My Bed" and the co-creator of "The Last Garden." (Dyer Oxley, NW NERD)

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Captain America's current story definitely has nothing to do with Donald Trump ... or so the creators claim. LSD can help people with depression, and Dyer knows how to make it socially acceptable in America. Also, we discover Northwest states' guilty pleasures. And Portland's Ground Kontrol is expanding. How many barcades can you name in your area?

This week's feature is on the exploding hobby game scene, the independent creators striving to get their games in your hands, and why the Northwest is a special area for the scene. 

1:45 -- Captain America and Trump
10:00 -- Microdosing LSD to treat mental illness
14:00 -- Ground Kontrol expands in Portland -- how many barcades can you name?
19:00 -- Northwest online guilty pleasures
24:20 -- FEATURE: Inside the indie hobby game scene

Music by Kevin MacLeod and The Doubleclicks.

Episode 14 - MoPop, Lauren Landa, and casting issues with "Ghost in the Shell"

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The Star Trek exhibit at Seattle's MoPop. (Dyer Oxley, NW NERD)

The Star Trek exhibit at Seattle's MoPop. (Dyer Oxley, NW NERD)

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The upcoming Justice League film finally has a trailer - and Dyer is upset. Also, proof that the Pacific Northwest is the pinball capital of the U.S., mostly thanks to this city. NW NERD special correspondent Cheri Trusler takes us behind the scenes at Seattle’s MoPOP and answers why they keep changing their name. Not to mention, some great coverage of the Star Trek exhibit in Seattle. Then Dyer sits down with voice actor Lauren Landa (Sailor Moon S, Attack on Titan, Seven Deadly Sins). And then another NW NERD quiz! Can Nick guess which Guardians of the Galaxy cast members chose these songs to create a mixtape for Empire Magazine. Finally, the guys get deep on the issue of casting (especially when it's problematic)  just ahead of "Ghost in the Shell" - criticized for its choice of actors to play Japanese roles. 

1:20 -- Justice League trailer
9:00 -- Portland pinball
13:00 -- GPS and your brain
17:20 -- Feature: MoPOP
20:50 -- Interview: Voice actor Lauren Landa
27:00 -- NW NERD Quiz: Guardians of the Galaxy mix tape (Read Empire for the answers)
40:30 -- Ghost in the Shell and Hollywood casting

Episode 13 - Timelines of the DeLorean; what Seattle and Portland hate the most

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Nick and Dyer dive into the news with VW’s new self-driving “car,” how Google is watching you to see if you're a bot, Grimm is selling off their props in Portland, and the new Wonder Woman trailer. Dyer goes deep into the history of the Delorean DMC-12 and why the car is still an icon. Nick gets quizzed on what Seattle and Portland hate. Play along at home!

2:30 -- VW’s self-driving car
7:00 -- Google’s CAPTCHA
11:54 -- Grimm sale in Portland
17:30 -- Wonder Woman’s new trailer
27:30 -- The Delorean
48:00 -- What Seattle and Portland hate the most

Episode 12 - The Superman project; Jedi(s); Nuclear diamonds; and ECCC 2017

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What happens when someone has avoided a cultural touchstone their entire life, and is suddenly thrown into the phenomenon? This is the story of when Dyer forced his friend Cheri to binge watch all the Superman films. But there's much more to the story than that -- like how Dyer learned about the birds and the bees ... and spaceships. 

NEWS
(7:20) International posters reveal insights, and pose more questions, for the coming Star Wars: film -- The Last Jedi.
(15:40) What ever happened to Jar Jar Binks. For better or worse, we find out.
(20:00) Diamonds go nuclear and could power our future while cleaning up the environment. Thanks science!

FEATURE
(25:50) Did you know Superman was once, sort of, Jewish? Or that there was drama on the set of "Superman: The Movie?" And what's the deal with the Superman Curse? Cheri has avoided the popular character all her life. This is what happens when she binge watched every film. That and much more.

Emerald City Comicon 2017  
(42:50) Nick and Dyer preview Emerald City Comicon 2017 and provide some tips for making the most of the giant convention in Seattle. 

Episode 11 - In Retrospect; 'Powerless' vs 'Legion'; and Kirby Krackle

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(1:15) NW NERD is throwing a March 4 after party and cosplay contest.

NEWS
(4) Gamer spends a crazy amount of money to get a character … that he never received.
(11) Emerald City Comicon 2017 has an official beer. Nick loves it, but what is Dyer's problem?
(16) Romantic quiz: Which states use these dating apps the most? Nick tries to guess. Click here for answers after you take the quiz.

FEATURE
(23:40) In Retrospect: What do you do when you massively love a movie, TV show, comic book, video game or other media … but in retrospect, it’s a little offensive. Maybe it’s from another time, or just has a blind spot. How do you deal with problematic media when it contains racism, sexism, or other offensive content?

REVIEW
(39:50) “Powerless” and “Legion” have debuted. One, a sitcom about average people in a world of DC comics superheroes. And the other is about lesser-known characters in Marvel’s X-Men universe. How did they hold up at first glance?

INTERVIEW
(1:01:00) Kyle Stevens of the nerd rock band Kirby Krackle talks about writing songs about geek culture and discusses the upcoming Kracklefest – a nerd concert March 3 during the Emerald City Comicon.

Special thanks to Aaron Mason and Nick Ahlers with Grapes of Rad and the podcast Quantum Leap: A Look Bakula, Heather Finley, Jesus Areyano, Ireland Reid, Andrea Gilroy. Music by Kirby Krackle and Kevin MacLeod.

Episode 10 - Where is Hollywood North? Pig men, tigers, wolves and Trump ...

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1:20 Big announcement!

3:20 The rise of pig men! And what it all means. 

10:10 Why Amazon is sold out of Orwell’s 1984.

18:20 How Full House predicted Donald Trump and explains the American political system.

35:45 FEATURE: The booming film industry in the Pacific Northwest and why Vancouver is called Hollywood North

50:00 Why Seattle has fallen behind other PNW cities when it comes to making movies.

52:00 Dyer reveals why he has an Oscar winner’s toilet paper.

1:00:00 NW NERD cinematic quiz! Which films have a Northwest connection. Play along at home!

1:07:00 Nerd Alert!

Music by  Kevin MacLeod.

Episode 9 - Video games used as medicine, Batman's cousin, and the rise of AI

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From all our devices becoming "smart," to AI taking over our homes, and how UW researchers are using video games to treat mental illness. Oh, and also, Batman has a cousin now?!

1:30 All the wacky offerings from CES.
9:20 Growing pains introducing Alexa and Google to homes across America.
17:15 Why Batman has a cousin now.
25:50 Nintendo Switch’s launch its first titles -- are they a good idea? 
31:20 FEATURE: Researchers at the University of Washington are treating mental illness with video games. What could the implications be when using media like this?
44:50 The guys discuss their past with video games and how much they can affect us on a psychological level.
1:02:10 Nick gives Google Home a try. This is the result.

Music by  Kevin MacLeod.

Episode 8 - NW pinball scene, Bill Gates Secret Santa

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(2:20) Comic book and other nerdy material will sweep the big screens in 2017. It will be a year for film nerds. Nick and Dyer predict two bombs, two hits, and two classics we can expect from Hollywood  

(32:30) Pacific Northwest’s pinball phenomenon, including the rise of pinball gangs.

(56:00) Meet a Redditor who got Bill Gates in a Secret Santa gift exchange. It renewed her faith in the internet.

Episode 7 - A Festivus For the Rest of Us / 2016 moments in nerd

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(2:00)
News including talking monkeys ... sort of. 

(6:50) The Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has been released.  
(17:10) FEATURE: A hole in the wall in Portland where there is always a Festivus for the rest of us ... also, why Dyer is such a Scrooge and no one likes to celebrate Christmas around him. 
(26:10) Review Rogue One: A Star Wars Story -- with spoilers so skip ahead if so inclined.
(45:40) Awards for 2016's best Achievements in Nerd.

Featuring "Ice King Christmas Ninja Party" by Jonathan Mann.

Episode 6 - Fake Geek Girls

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News on Star Trek Discovery (2:00) followed by some revolutionary tech news (13:50). The surprisingly controversial name change to Seattle’s EMP Museum (19:00). Dyer takes a hard look at the “fake geek girl” 
phenomenon (31:30). ThinkGeek opens their first West Coast store in Seattle (1:00:00). The guys wrap things up with a Nerd Alert that could help with your holiday shopping (1:05:00).

Episode 5 - Pop Culture and Diversity

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It seems that 2016 has been a year of audiences questioning Hollywood's casting choices -- from whitewashing issues to character representation. Are we lacking diversity in our art? This episode of NW Nerd features a story on diversity and inclusion in pop culture. With Seattle-based actress Keiko Green and Portland-based indie comic book artist and writer Taneka Stotts. Also, Nick and Dyer's insights followed by a review of the recently released Doctor Strange (50:30).

Music by antlechrist (soundcloud)

Episode 4 - A Washington Haunting

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Season 1 - Episode 4: Nick and Dyer kick things off with some nerdy news, including: the Nintendo Switch announcement; who should make it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year (10:30); and Donald Glover joining Han Solo (21:30).

This week's feature is "A Washington Haunting." Nick and Dyer head out to the paranormal Port Gamble where the whole town is haunted. Yes, some weird stuff happened.  

Finally, they discuss the first four episodes of Westworld (40:20), which has some obsessing over it, and others wondering what the big deal is. 

Music: "Ghost Processional" by Kevin MacLeod. "Ghost" by Big Quiet. 

Episode 3 - A Scorching Lick

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Season 1 - Episode 3: What is behind all that sci-fi, comic and pop art that we see and love? Artist Dave Ryan talks about the most interesting year of his life, and what Boba Fett has to do with it. 

Also, nerdy news, including Wonder Woman being officially queer (1:30), the premiere of HBO’s Westworld (10:30), and a big move in eSports (20:00). Dyer sits down with local artist Dave Ryan of Manticore Stencil Art (24:30). Finally, the guys talk about Luke Cage (40:50).

Episode 2 - Cosplay is not Consent

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Season 1 - Episode 2: Nick and Dyer discuss upcoming TV debuts, and the changes coming to some shows. Dyer expands on his "butt chin" theory of superheroes. Also, the latest invention that Star Trek predicted. 

FEATURE: The cosplay scene and the emergence of anti-harassment policies known as "cosplay not consent." Including interviews with cosplayers Panda Manda Pants and Suzaru. 

Featuring "Cosplay Delight," by the Second Hand Ska Kings.