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 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


Episode 23 - Searching for the 'real' Springfield


Urban legends linger throughout the Northwest where Simpsons creator Matt Groening grew up and went to college. Were pieces of Oregon included in the iconic show? What is history and what is folklore on this NW NERD feature. 

Also, an interview with actress Michelle Harrison from The Flash. She opens up about her Puyallup roots and reveals what she did to raise money for acting school. 

2:00 -- Space Race: Should pop culture inform what we name spaceships, moon bases? 
8:10 -- Twitter: Is it toxic or helpful? 
19:40 -- The New Mutants
25:45 -- Rick and Morty nugget sauce
31:00 -- Amazon HQ2 with a Dyer Prediction
37:30 -- FEATURE: The Real Springfield
1:00:30 -- INTERVIEW: Actress Michelle Harrison from The Flash

1:06:20 -- Nerd Alert: Geeky events coming up

Episode 21 - NERDS vs SPORTS

Cassius Marsh is not only a NFL player, but a major Magic: The Gathering enthusiast. 

Cassius Marsh is not only a NFL player, but a major Magic: The Gathering enthusiast. 

Seahawks (Patriots) Cassius Marsh suffered a car prowl and lost his most prized possession – a collection of Magic: The Gathering cards. But that is just the start of a story where nerds and sports collided. Is there really a difference between these two stereotypical groups? Featuring NFL player Cassius Marsh, Danny O’Neil with 710 ESPN Seattle, and Jim Demonakos (founder of Emerald City Comic Con).

3:00 -- Blade Runner shorts ahead of 2049
10:00 -- Reviewing Star Trek: Discovery
17:00 -- Showtime cryptocurrency mining

22:00 -- FEATURE: Sports vs. Nerds
44:40 -- An interview with Think Geek
48:15 -- Nerd Alert (geek events in the NW)

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. 

(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!

(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.

(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.

(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?

(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?

(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.