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. 

Bonus Episode: Geek Dating and Relationship Advice

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In a special bonus episode of NW NERD, we return to our dating / relationships panel from episode 38 -- Jay Edidin, Stacy Rost, and Harris O'Malley aka Dr. Nerdlove. There were a few more listener questions we didn't get to and they have some advice to relate. This bonus episode comes just as Emerald City Comic Con takes over Seattle, so take a listen while you're walking the floor.

Episode 40 - The Northwest Geekonomy

The Northwest is home to a community of conventions. From horror festivals to sci-fi conventions, anime parties and renaissance fairs – it’s all here. The conventions and all the activity around them has created a “geekonomy” -- an economic boost for local businesses. Victoria BC is the latest city to get in on this geekonomy and it has the nerd cred to pull it off.

Also, why Tacoma’s newest park is dedicated to the author/creator of “Dune.” Washington lawmakers are preparing for a future with flying cars … seriously. Nick gets grilled with a quiz about sci-fi writer Frank Herbert, and pays off his bet from the last episode (he had to watch “Gilmore Girls”).

5:45 -- News: Dune Peninsula in Tacoma
11:00 -- News: Preparing for flying cars
17:20 -- News: HasLab
20:45 -- News: Joss Whedon leaves Batgirl
28:30 -- Feature: The Geekonomy
43:00 -- Quiz: Frank Herbert in the NW
54:40 -- Payoff: Gilmore Girls

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Episode 38 - Dating while nerdy (geek relationship advice)

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3:24 -- News: Game of Star War Thrones
14:15 -- News: WA vs ticket bots
20:59 -- The Updown: Legion returns
22:40 -- The Updown: Goku Sanchez
24:00 -- The Updown: Deadpool, Jessica Jones, Solo, Venom trailers
27:59 -- The Updown: Old Spice D&D
30:05 -- The Updown: Black Panther soundtrack
33:50 -- Feature: Dating in the Nerdy Northwest
51:09 -- Interview: SPD on cosplay

57:36 -- Radcon cosplay rules

NW NERD gathers a panel of perspectives on dating and relationships. Is it possible to date in a small cosplay community? How can you get a partner more involved in your comic con passion? And what's the deal with Seattle / Northwest men? Harris O'Malley (aka Dr. Nerdlove), Jay Edidin, and Stacy Rost with Single Living Seattle weigh in. 

News about Game of Thrones showrunners getting into the Star Wars franchise, just in time for the new "Solo" trailer -- what can be assumed after watching that. Also, Washington state's attorney general is suing an East Coast man who used bots to buy concert and sports tickets out from under locals.  

Special report: Nick and Dyer discuss a controversy at a Northwest convention after it changed its dress codes and costume standards. Why attendees were not happy with the way the new codes were presented, and why the convention felt the need to make the change in the first place. 

Episode 37 - Cracking cryptocurrency


Dan McKeon, a software engineer, crypto owner, and blockchain enthusiast opens up the world of cryptocurrency for novices like Nick and Dyer. A topic gaining popularity, especially as financial markets experience volatility. They start off defining what cryptocurrency and blockchain are before discussing whether you should invest in crypto (you shouldn’t), how cryptocurrencies are a lot like gold, crypto's energy use problem, and much more.

Episode 36 - Oregon Trail and 'Black Panther' for a good cause

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Thousands of Americans were notified by Twitter that they interacted with a “Russian troll farm” – tweets designed to irate and an influence ahead of the 2016 election. Dyer … was one of them.

Also, Edwin Lindo talks about The Peoples Party and its GoFundMe campaign. The organization raised money to pay for special screenings of Black Panther for Seattle's black youth. 

Feature: The rise of the computer lab classic Oregon Trail. Nick gets quizzed on Northwest geography / history before paying off the last quiz bet (it involves Cowboy Bebop).

4:30 -- Cosplay contest announcement
6:00 -- Dyer and Russian Twitter
12:25 -- Interview: Black Panther GoFundMe
20:30 -- Feature: The obsession over Oregon Trail

40:00 -- Quiz: Oregon Trail history and geography
50:46 -- Payoff: Nick on Cowboy Bebop

Email Edwin Lindo at Edwin.lindo@gmail.com for more information about the Seattle Black Panther campaign.

Music by Kevin MacLeod

Episode 35 - Untold origins of Magic: The Gathering

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Seattle Met Magazine's Arts and Culture Editor Darren Davis joins NW NERD to discuss the surprising origins of Magic: The Gathering.

Magic has roots in the Northwest. Davis chronicled a history on the iconic card game in the January issue of Seattle Met, including the underrated role of men in large cowboy hats and the surprising lack of fantasy art experience in the early '90s.

Read Davis' article on the history of Magic here


Episode 34 - History and hype of the Seattle Freeze

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What is the big deal with the Seattle Freeze? Some say it's real and others are offended you brought it up. Are Seattleites really unwelcoming? Is it really that hard to make friends in the Emerald City? 

Also, a look at the top gadgets from CES, a splashy introduction to Netflix’s Altered Carbon, and some exciting Black Panther headlines. Nick pays off the quiz bet from the last magazine episode by giving his reaction to the show "Supernatural." Finally, can Dyer pass his first quiz on the podcast? 

3:25 -- Consumer Electronics Show
8:30 -- Altered Carbon
15:00 -- Black Panther
20:30 -- Feature: The Seattle Freeze
42:50 -- Quiz: Mr. Freeze quotes
52:00 -- Payoff: Nick on Supernatural

Episode 33 - Achievements in Nerd 2017

Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley look back on 2017 by shining a light on some of the year's best Achievements in Nerd. They celebrate the moments, stories, and people who made 2017 a marvelous march into the future that won't be eclipsed for ages. Did we miss anything? Let us know on our Facebook (NW NERD Podcast) and Twitter (@nw_nerd).

BONUS - Best of Season 1 Features

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In a special episode, we present some of our most popular feature stories from Season 1. First, Dyer goes inside the Pacific Northwest pinball boom (1:00). Second, we investigate the rise and spread of the term "fake geek girl" (12:40). Finally, we address diversity in Hollywood casting after a string of high profile failures like Ghost in the Shell (29:40).

Episode 32 - 'The Last Jedi' round table with Corey Lewis

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Comic book artist/writer/creator Corey Lewis (Sun Bakery, Sharknife) joins NW NERD to discuss the good, bad, and ugly of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” What does it mean for the franchise as a whole and how will it rate out of the podcast’s N-E-R-D system?  

Corey also talks about his latest work, and why he moved from Seattle to Bremerton, which he has dubbed the Pawnee of Washington (which means there’s also an Eagleton nearby).

Episode 31: The Rainbow Squadron -- The Hoot Hoots make a Star Wars EP

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With only a few months to do it, Seattle band The Hoot Hoots decided to take on a mission: write and record an EP as a tribute to Star Wars -- titled The Rainbow Squadron -- while also organizing a Star Wars themed laser show to debut it. The EP would have to be recorded before "The Last Jedi" was released into theaters. One week before their deadline, they hit the stage at the Seattle Laser Dome. This is their story. 

Also, an interview with comic book artist Chrissie Zullo. She discusses her unique entry into the industry and what she learned from it. Zullo also explains one quirky obsession that she holds. 

3:40 -- Wolverine podcast
12:40 -- Batman makes kids work hard
20:00 -- Tarantino Star Trek
29:30 -- Feature: The Hoot Hoots
45:20 -- Quiz: Star Wars-themed music
1:02:00 -- Payoff: Dyer on Cinema Sins
1:11:00 -- Interview: Artist Chrissie Zullo

Episode 29 - The nerdiest place in Vancouver BC

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If you can travel beyond Fairhaven and the Bellingham, match wits with border guards under the Peace Arch, then avoid supernatural Ladner among the Delta, you will come to a watering hole that is Vancouver BC's nerdiest spot. A special travel edition of NW NERD for geeks south of the border. We visit The Storm Crow Tavern to try a Romulan Ale and roll some dice. 

Also, Seattle's Anglicon is set to celebrate British fandom with Doctor Who celebrities. Abie Ekenezar with the convention explains how it is going the extra mile this year. It took a massive kickstarter campaign, and now fans will be able to travel in an interactive TARDIS ... and more. 

3:00 -- Net Neutrality
18:30 -- Chadwick Boseman on his Wakandan accent
27:30 -- Marvel exhibit at MoPOP
33:45 -- Feature: Nerdiest place in Vancouver
48:00 -- Payoff: Dyer on Attack on Titan
56:00 -- Quiz: Real fictional drink or fake fictional drink?
1:07:45 -- Interview: Abie Ekenezar with Anglicon

Episode 28 - 'Justice League' Round Table

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Amid uneven reviews and an uphill battle from the poor reception of its other films, did DC pull off "Justice League?"

For answers we turn to Justice League fanatics. Matt started his comics collection because he fell in love with the Justice League of America book. Jordan used to work at comic book shops before joining the tech sector. They share an intimate knowledge of the JL, so they joined super friends Nick and Dyer for a review of the long-gestating film. How does this team-up stack up to Marvel's? Why is Wonder Woman shot in a completely different way than in her standalone movie? Are the heroes trying to be too funny? And where is the line between directors Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon?

Episode 27 - Northwest Nerdlesque

Vancouver BC's  Geekenders  perform Star Wars burlesque. (Courtesy of the Geekenders)

Vancouver BC's Geekenders perform Star Wars burlesque. (Courtesy of the Geekenders)

It's a mature form of theatre that is experiencing a revival and immense popularity in the northwest -- nerdlesque: burlesque for nerds. Shows like "The Burl-X-Files" to "Star Wars: A Nude Hope" are selling out minutes from when tickets go on sale. What is behind this trend? And is there more to it than the Hollywood-style striptease the genre has been known for? Nerdlesque performers -- Jo Jo Stiletto and Kitty Glitter -- provide some answers.   

3:45 -- Gal Gadot takes a stand
10:50 -- DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza ousted
19:30 -- Navigating complicit media
26:30 -- Brian Michael Bendis moves to DC Comics
31:20 -- Amazon eyes Lord of the Rings deal
35:00 -- Quiz: Tolkien or Martin?
52:00 -- Feature: Nerdlesque
1:08:30 -- Interview: Daniel Way

Episode 26 - How do we deal with toxic Twitter, social media? (Round Table)


ROUND TABLE EPISODE: What do you do when you’re outraged every time you check your social media feed, but you just can’t stop yourself from looking anyway? How do we deal with toxic Twitter, ferocious Facebook, and social media that has grown to be less social and more sociopathic?

Nick and Dyer are joined by Genevieve Haas of After These Messages and the Grapes of Rad podcasts. The gang talks about some Twitter self-care and how social media platforms are designed to be habit forming, even addictive for their users.

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Episode 25 - A haunting in Madrona; George Romero interview

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When director Dan Gildark's family moved into a new home in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood, they new it had a history. But the history they discovered kept them up at night. Rachel Belle (Your Last Meal with Rachel Belle podcast) helps tell a true ghost story just in time for the spooky holiday. 

Also, George Romero passed away earlier this year, but his legacy lives on. NW NERD resurrects an interview with the late zombie director. Romero talks with radio personality Frank Shiers and describes making his iconic film "Night of the Living Dead," how he accidentally invented a new type of zombie, and more.  

News bites
4:00 -- Stranger Things 2
13:15 -- Welcoming tech workers to Seattle (and Portland, and Vancouver B.C.)
23:40 -- Robo-citizen Sophia stirs controversy
32:30 -- Which would win: Shark vs. alligator
37:00 -- FEATURE: A Haunting in Madrona with Rachel Belle
48:45 -- INTERVIEW: George Romero and Frank Shiers

57:20 -- Ghost stories