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“Hard NOC Life” is the flagship podcast of The Nerds of Color and Hard NOC Media. We cover pop culture with a different perspective. Watch it on your screen, hit “play,” and check this

“Hard NOC Life” is the flagship podcast of The Nerds of Color and Hard NOC Media. We cover pop culture with a different perspective. Watch it on your screen, hit “play,” and check this
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“Hard NOC Life” is the flagship podcast of The Nerds of Color and Hard NOC Media. We cover pop culture with a different perspective. Watch it on your screen, hit “play,” and check this




Episode 107: Al Letson Reveals Errthang

This week on Hard NOC Life, Peabody-winning journalist, poet, and podcaster extraordinaire Al Letson joins the pod! Keith and Al engage in a wide-ranging conversation that touches on, well, Errthang: how comics taught him to read, the ways nerd culture predicted the rise of Trumpism, his time in DC Comics' Talent Development program, Superman's red trunks, why he sobbed during Black Panther, and what to look forward to in the second season of Errthang! All this and more on Hard NOC Life!...


Episode 106: Jen Yamato on 'Isle of Dogs' and the Need for Film Critics of Color

LA Times film reporter Jen Yamato is the special guest on Hard NOC Life as we break down the reaction to Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs. Ever since Anderson's latest animated feature was released in select theaters, the conversation around the film has revealed a split in the way white film critics and Asian American film critics perceive the movie. Yamato has received a fair amount of blow back on social media from Anderson's rabid following which places Isle of Dogs in the middle of the...


Episode 105: Ricanstruction with Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

On Hard NOC Life, we continue Ricanstruction week on The Nerds of Color as Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez joins the show to talk about the origins of the anthology. Originally announced in the New York Times, Ricanstruction brings together over 100 artists, writers, and celebrities telling stories of Puerto Rico's past, present, and future, including crossovers between DC characters and La Borinqueña. In addition to discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria -- and how a conversation with Dan...


Episode 104: Making 'Puerto Rico Strong'

Out in comic shops this week is Puerto Rico Strong, a new anthology from Lion Forge Comics created to aid in the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. On Hard NOC Life, we speak to one of the book's co-editors, and fellow NOC, Desiree Rodrguez. Keith and Desiree discuss the work that went into turning a massive project like this around in a matter of months, and why it's important that the book be seen as an educational tool for readers to understand the history, culture, and people of Puerto...


Episode 103: Daniel Wu Unlocks the Secrets of 'Tomb Raider'

On Hard NOC Life, Keith is joined by one of the stars of Warner Brothers' upcoming Tomb Raider movie, Daniel Wu! Daniel talks about his role as Lu Ren and being a leading man in Hollywood and how movie magic turned South Africa into Hong Kong and the South Pacific. He also gets fans excited for season 3 of Into the Badlands, which returns to AMC on April 22. Tomb Raider, starring Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, opens in theaters everywhere on March 16. All this and more...


Episode 102: Pornsak Pichetshote Discusses 'Infidel'

Former Vertigo editor Pornsak Pichetshote comes to Hard NOC Life to talk about Infidel, his new comic series from Image! Keith and Pornsak take a deep dive in to the comic book industry and discuss how comics have evolved into the dominant creative force of Hollywood. Later, they discuss the inspiration for Infidel and how to tell stories outside your own experience. All this and more on Hard NOC Life! Watch it on your screen, hit "play," and check this. Subscribe to all of podcasts in the...


Episode 101: The Sunken Place to Wakanda Feat. Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes

With historic Oscar nominations for Get Out and record-breaking ticket pre-sales for Black Panther, 2018 is shaping up to be a watershed year for mainstream genre pictures that center Black characters. Acclaimed speculative fiction writers and educators Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes, who currently offer an online course dedicated to Jordan Peele's box office phenomenon, join Keith for a frank discussion of both films and their place in American popular culture. But first, Laura Surikul...


Episode 100: Behind the Scenes at 'DC in D.C. 2018'

Over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend in the Nation's Capital, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment held the first ever "DC in D.C." event, bringing together the stars and creators of television and comics to celebrate and honor the diversity of the DC Universe's superheroes. We also finally announce a Patreon and ask you for your support! The Nerds of Color was lucky enough to get invited to participate, along with our friends from Joe and Patrick from New Release Wednesday. So for...


Episode 099: The 'Genius' of Marc Bernardin

Writer, journalist, and podcaster Marc Bernardin returns to Hard NOC Life! Keith and Marc engage in a wide-ranging conversation about representation in media. Together, they handicap the Oscar potential of films like Get Out, Logan, and Wonder Woman; investigate the balkanization of fandom; discuss how his Top Cow series Genius holds a mirror up to society; relive the summer he spent interning on Deep Space Nine; reveal what it was like writing for the upcoming Hulu series Castle Rock; and...


Episode 098: Breaking Down 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

All week, rabid Star Wars fans have been debating the merits of the most recent entry into the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Kelly Marie Tran, Carrie Fisher, and Luke Skywalker, The Last Jedi has proven to be the most polarizing entry in the Lucasfilm canon. To break down what they thought of the movie, Keith invited his DC TV Classics co-host Britney Monae. If you don't want to be...


Episode 097: How Janina Gavankar Became the NOC Face of Star Wars

Since the NOC launched in 2013, actress Janina Gavankar has been one of the community's biggest celebrity boosters. Now, finally, Janina is able to join us on Hard NOC Life! In the intervening years, she has racked up the nerd bona fides by starring in Arrow, True Blood, and Sleepy Hollow. But now, she is part of the biggest nerd franchise of them all: as Iden Versio in the blockbuster game franchise Star Wars: Battlefront II. Keith and Janina discuss her upbringing in an immigrant...


Episode 096: 'Justice League' and the Future of the DCEU

Two weeks ago, Justice League -- WB/DC's attempt at uniting all of its iconic heroes in a single movie -- fizzled at the box office, calling in to question the future of the DC Universe on film. To talk about the movie, and what it portends for the rest of the DCEU, Mashable movie reporter Angie Han joins the podcast to discuss where Justice League failed to deliver as a follow-up to Batman v Superman. In addition to discussing Angie's essay on that very topic, she and Keith talk about the...


Episode 095: EW's Shirley Li on 'Crazy Rich Asians'

This weekend's cover story in Entertainment Weekly features Constance Wu and Henry Golding from next year's can't-miss romcom Crazy Rich Asians. Since Asian Americans on the cover of EW is so rare, we brought in the story's author, Shirley Li, to talk about her behind-the-scenes look at the movie all of Asian America is pinning its hopes and dreams on (no pressure, Jon Chu!) All this and more on Hard NOC Life! Watch it on your screen, hit "play," and check this. Subscribe to all of...


Episode 094: #BeingLatinx on Supergirl

On the most recent episode of Supergirl, the producers doubled down on Maggie Sawyer's problematic Latinx identity. To discuss the show's mishandling of this latest storyline, its whitewashed casting, and the Latinx community's history of under representation in Hollywood, Hard NOC Life brings back Desiree Rodrguez, and welcomes Latinx Geeks founder Alexis Sanchez, and writer Anthony Otero. All this and more on Hard NOC Life! Watch it on your screen, hit "play," and check this. Subscribe...


Episode 093: One-on-One with Yoshi Sudarso

On Hard NOC Life, Keith sits down with actor and stunt performer Yoshi Sudarso. Keith and Yoshi discuss Iron Fist, the problem with whitewashing and why it's okay to cross-cast Asian ethnicities, and Buffalo Boys, the movie he's currently shooting in Indonesia. They also talk about his Daniel Wu fandom and Keith tries to get him cast on Into the Badlands by trying to trend #Yoshi4Badlands. All this and more on Hard NOC Life! Watch it on your screen, hit "play," and check this. Subscribe on...


Episode 092: The Tiger Hunter with Director Lena Khan

This week, Edward Hong and Josephine Chang guest host with special guest, director Lena Khan of the brand new film starring Danny Pudi, The Tiger Hunter. Set in the 1970s, The Tiger Hunter is the story of Sami Malik, a young Indian man who travels to America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father — a legendary tiger hunter — back home. When Sami's job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends...


Episode 091: Reviewing Netflix's Death Note

Hard NOC Life returns with a rundown of the nerd news with Desiree Rodriguez. Later Edward Hong and Josephine Chang join to help review Netflix's Death Note adaptation. Keith and Desiree, a Starfire superfan, discuss the casting of Anna Diop in the live action Titans series before they tackle Hasbro's lawsuit against DC Comics over the Bumblebee trademark. Then, Edward and Josephine join in to analyze the aftermath of Ed Skrein dropping out of Hellboy. Then, the whole crew gives their...


Episode 090: Southern Fried Asian

Southern Fried Asian is a new podcast from The Nerds of Color hosted by Keith Chow. Typically, stories about Asian Americans are centered on the experiences of those who grew up on the coasts -- New York, Southern California, the Bay Area -- where communities of different Asian American subgroups have lived for many years. On this podcast, though, we're gonna look at a region of the country that isn't typically associated with these stories and unpack what it means to be Asian American in...


Episode 089: Greg Pak Discusses 'Mech Cadet Yu'

This week, Boom! Studios has finally released the first issue of Mech Cadet Yu, the most recent collaboration between comic book stalwarts Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa. To celebrate the book's release, Greg returns to Hard NOC Life to explain the book's creation, including its origins in the Secret Identities follow-up anthology, Shattered. Greg and Keith also discuss everything from the lack of Asian American representation in lead roles, the evolution of the story from Shattered to...


Episode 088: #AACC2017: #AAIronFist - Bringing an Asian American Hero to Life

Recorded live during the Asian American ComiCon Summit on Art, Action, and the Future. Marvel's Iron Fist has generally been seen as a major disappointment — and it could've been so much more, if only Marvel and Netflix had embraced a not-so-radical rethinking of their martial artist hero as an Asian American. Some Asian American filmmakers actually brought their reimagined concepts for an Asian American Iron Fist to life, and they'll share their short videos as part of a conversation with...


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