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. 

Episode 330: The 30th anniversary of Quantum Leap

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Aaron Mason with KIRO Nights and the podcast The Leap Home: A Look Bakula chats with NW NERD about the iconic sci-fi show Quantum Leap 30 years after its first episode. The show ran from 1989 to 1993, and has left a lasting impression — some good, some not-so-good — on fandom.

Nick, Dyer, and Aaron talk about the show’s highlights, lowlights, and signature moments, including the time Sam leapt into a woman about to give birth, the time he helped the Civil Rights Movement, and much more. Finally, they discuss what episodes they’d like to see if Quantum Leap ever returned.

Episode 325: Why Seattle's Superhero Phoenix Jones is retiring

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Ben Fodor, aka Phoenix Jones, was patrolling Seattle to fight crime, and other problems, long before he started garnering headlines nearly 10 years ago. He has built up a persona as Seattle’s superhero. But now he says he is giving up being a superhero and retiring Phoenix Jones. Fodor gets personal and explains his decision, whether people like what he says, or not.

Episode 323: Game Jamming hate in America

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The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has started hosting game jams – when avid gamers gather to create a video or tabletop game under a tight deadline. Normally, indie games can take years to develop. These gamers are building one in a weekend. Last fall, the ADL hosted a game jam with the theme of identity, and the goal of creating empathy and fighting hate. This is what happened. Feature story at 33:00.


33:00 Feature: ADL Game Jam

Episode 319: Mephisto The Card Game (Round Table)

Indie game designer Dylan Mangini joins the show to discuss the success of his fully funded Kickstarter tabletop game. How did he do it? What role did the local tabletop scene play in his success? Who said that the game is "better than Pokemon"? Dylan provides an account of his journey as an indie tabletop game designer — from player, to designer, to a successfully funded kickstarter, to the final product.

Mephisto Kickstarter.

Episode 316: 2 interviews with Robot of the Day and Captain Cannabis

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NW NERD presents two interviews from last summer’s Versus Comic Con.

Robot of the Day is Brian Johnson’s mission to exercise his art daily. But it has grown into something more — something that fans look forward to each day.

Captain Cannabis is a superhero marijuana activist with his own comic book, rap song, and video game. He started his fight to “legalize it” in the 1990s. Despite recreational marijuana being legal in the Northwest, is still fighting.

Episode 314: Bowling with Nicholas Brendon

Feature only: Why Nicholas Brendon goes bowling

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Actor Nicholas Brendon garnered headlines as Xander in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Then again as he struggled with addiction, depression, and multiple arrests. Now, he goes bowling, raising awareness of depression and anxiety. The events foster a community of fans, supporting each other. But he also receives criticism. The actor discusses it all with NW NERD.

3:20 -- News: Game of Thrones teaser
13:45 -- News: Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer
22:45 -- News: Aquaman makes $1 billion
29:45 -- News: Mephisto
33:00 -- News: Nike goes back to the future
37:45 -- Feature: Bowling with Nicholas Brendon

Check out the Mephisto Kickstarter.

312: A Festivus for the Rest of Us (Round Table)

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The final episode of the year is also the longest episode of the year. Pour yourself a mug of your favorite holiday beverage and listen as Dyer Oxley and Nick Jarin welcome in some secret guests to help them celebrate Festivus by airing some grievances and competing against each other in feats of strength.

Featuring: Andrews Walsh (TBTL, After These Messages, Spotless), and Emily (Dead Beat Film Society).

Episode 310: Seattle's Comic Book Cop

Feature only: Seattle’s comic book cop

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Comic books have been a part of Officer Kevin Stuckey’s life ever since he was a kid growing up in Detroit and New York. Today, he draws from them to be a hero in his own way in Seattle.

1:20 -- News: Black Panther Golden Globes nomination
14:00 -- News: The new space race
20:45 -- News: Amy Adams out as Lois Lane
25:35 -- News: Dark Luke Skywalker
30:15 -- News: Captain Marvel over-hyped?
38:30 -- Feature: The Comic Book Cop