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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 135: What's Nerd Poppin for 2019

Hard NOC Life is all new for 2019! Shawn returns to talk about his thoughts on Aquaman and Into the Spider-Verse, before he and Keith reveal what's Nerd Poppin for 2019, including movies like The Kid Who Would be King, Glass, Hellboy, Captain Marvel, Shazam, Avengers: Endgame and television series like Stranger Things, Deadly Class, and the offerings on the DC Universe streaming service. What's #NerdPoppin this week: Image Comics' Die by Keiron Gillen and Stephanie Hans and Tidying Up with...


Episode 134: The Year in Superhero Media with Jon Lee Brody

For the last Hard NOC Life of 2018, Keith is joined by actor, writer, filmmaker, and professional nerd Jon Lee Brody to recap the year in superheroes in film and television. Jon shares about his experiences at the Hollywood premiere of Aquaman and what it was like getting his start in the industry on the set of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. They also rank the best superhero films of the year and recap the ups and downs of 2018's superhero TV shows. All this and more on Hard NOC...


Episode 133: Hard NOC Live From Oakland

Recorded live at The Hatch in Downtown Oakland, Hard NOC Life is back! Joining Keith are Robyn from TARBIS and YOMYOMF's Dominic. Since the show has been on hiatus, the panel takes time to remember Stan Lee and share their favorite cameos from the last two decades of comic book movies (2:30), with a brief detour into an epiphany Robyn had about Joss Whedon (6:00). They also break down the pros and cons of Marvel Studios developing a Shang-Chi movie (12:30) and reflect on the death of Marvel...


Episode 132: #NOCtheVote

Hard NOC Life will be going on a brief hiatus. But before it does, Keith and Shawn have to break down the election, its relation to Nerd Pop, and a special announcement about the podcast. After one of the most consequential mid-term elections in modern history, Keith and Shawn put on their politics nerd hats to discuss the results (1:00). Then, Shawn contemplates the role of fandom in our new political reality (8:00) before he and Keith have a brief tangent on education policy in the...


Episode 131: Halloween Shuffle

It's a special post-Halloween edition of Hard NOC Life! Keith and Shawn share their kids' trick-or-treating experiences and discuss what is and what isn't a racist Halloween costume (1:00). Then, Shawn shares his complicated thoughts on the new Greg Berlanti-produced Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series on Netflix (11:30). Later, they go over some of the major shake ups in blockbuster movie scheduling, including the delay of Wonder Woman 1984 to 2020 (23:00) and the cancellation of...


Episode 130: Exotic Field of Vision

This week on Hard NOC Life: Marvel cancels more Netflix shows and opinionated writers; 1990 Flash is Reborn on The CW, and Doctor Who has a very special Civil Rights episode. Keith and Shawn start with Marvel's controversial firing of Star Wars writer Chuck Wendig (1:00) and the uncomfortable intersection between fandom and trolling (5:30). Then, they try to understand why Netflix and Marvel canceled Luke Cage after a well-received second season (10:30), while Keith tries to convince Shawn...


Episode 129: The Show That Shall Not Be Renewed

Iron Fist is cancelled, Titans is launched, and Superman returns to The CW! All this and more on a new episode of Hard NOC Life. Keith and Shawn start by going into why Netflix cancelled Iron Fist. First, Keith explains why he has complicated feelings about it (1:00), and Shawn describes how they should just turn it into Daughters of the Dragon (3:00). In happier superhero TV news, they go over all of the developments we've been seeing for The CW's annual DC crossover, including costume...


Episode 128: The DCEU is Gunning for Marvel Studios

Shawn returns to Hard NOC Life to go over the latest and greatest developments in Nerd World. Keith and Shawn kick off with a discussion about some of the news coming out of New York Comic-Con, including Attack the Block alum Jodie Whittaker's turn in Doctor Who (2:00), the trailers for Daredevil Season 3 -- with a slight tangent into Ben Affleck and Batman v Superman (4:30) -- and Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 (12:30). Then they weigh in once again on Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian and its...


Episode 127: Inktober Surprise

Since October is officially Filipino American Heritage Month and Inktober, who better to guest host Hard NOC Life than artist Glenn Urieta?!! Glenn joins Keith to discuss their New York Comic-Con FOMO (1:00) and working together on a Hamilton lyric-inspired story for Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez's Ricanstruction anthology (2:00). They then go into the news of the week, including the announcement of Jon Favreau's Star Wars television series The Mandalorian (4:30) -- though this was recorded...


Episode 126: Foxy Talks to 'Night School' Director Malcolm D. Lee

Extra Hard NOC Life this week! Foxy Jazzabelle goes one-on-one with the director of the new hit comedy starring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart, Malcolm D. Lee! 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 Hard NOC Media family on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and TuneIn Premium! Support us on Patreon! As always, our official theme music is brought to you by the super team of Adam WarRock and Chops.


Episode 125: Tracking Trailers with Melissa Slaughter

This week on Hard NOC Life, Shawn and Keith are joined by We're Not All Ninjas co-host Melissa Slaughter to run down all the trailers that just dropped this week (there are so many, we didn't get to talk about Creed II or X-Men: Dark Phoenix)! Shawn, Keith, and Melissa start the show sharing their favorite trailers before deep-diving into each of them (2:00). They start off discussing last week's trailer for Captain Marvel (4:30). Then, Keith shares how he's coming around on the Joaquin...


Episode 124: Kickstart Their Art with Greg Pak and Lynn Chen

In this bonus edition of Hard NOC Life, Keith speaks to two Friends of the NOC about their respective Kickstarter projects. Up first, comic book creator Greg Pak returns to discuss the launch of his Kickstarter for The Princess Who Saved Her Friends (1:00). Later, actress and filmmaker Lynn Chen returns to Hard NOC Life to talk about crowdfunding her directorial debut I Will Make You Mine (30:00). All this and more on Hard NOC Life! Watch it on your screen, hit "play," and check this....


Episode 123: Olivia Munn vs. Super Predator

This week on Hard NOC Life, Keith is joined by his DC TV Classics co-host Britney Monae to fill in for Shawn as they break down the week in Nerd Pop. They kick it off with a discussion about Henry Cavill's apparent departure from the role of Superman (1:00), then transition into the personal hell Olivia Munn has had to suffer through while promoting her new film The Predator (6:45). The pod briefly transforms into a sports show as they go into what happened during the U.S. Open tennis final...


Episode 122: Feels Like the End of Summer

This week on Hard NOC Life, Shawn and Keith discuss the news from the waning days of summer, including Childish Gambino's latest, the new Jack Ryan series on Amazon, and the reveal of Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. Shawn kicks it off with a discussion of Eminem's latest album (1:00) and Childish Gambino's brand new "Feels Like Summer" video (3:00) with a brief digression into the history of Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff. Then Shawn dives into the racial politics of the new...


Episode 121: Outside the Batcave with Bryan Edward Hill

On a new Hard NOC Life, Shawn and Keith are joined by Detective Comics writer Bryan Edward Hill to discuss all things Batman! Shawn and Keith kick off the show by running down the latest Batman casting rumors, including the (now defunct) news that Alec Baldwin is playing a Trump-like take on Thomas Wayne in Todd Phillips' Joker movie and Oscar Isaac's potential role in Matt Reeves' The Batman (1:00) before Bryan, aka "Black Sinatra" joins to set everyone straight (5:00). Bryan also shares...


Episode 120: A New Era of Representation

Hard NOC Life with Shawn Keith return from a brief hiatus to share what's Nerd Poppin' this week. This week, Keith reveals what it was like watching Crazy Rich Asians on opening night with a theater full of non-Asians (1:00) and why Michelle Yeoh deserves an Oscar nomination to make up for being snubbed for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2001 (3:00). Shawn and Keith then take a deep dive in some of the discourse around Crazy Rich Asians (10:00) and why folks are trying to get a #GoldOpen...


Episode 119: Crazy Random Acts of Convenience

Shawn returns to Hard NOC Life as he and Keith break down the week that was in Nerd Pop. This week, Shawn talks more about decolonizing fandom (1:00) and decentering whiteness in pop culture (10:00). Meanwhile, Keith goes on an extended rant about Crazy Rich Asians backlash (14:00). Then they turn to television and talk about overlooked shows like HBO's Random Acts of Flyness (23:30), Netflix's Kim's Convenience and One Day at a Time (30:00) before diving into a show that definitely isn't...


Episode 118: Asian August

This week on Hard NOC Life, Laura Sirikul fills in for Shawn and joins Keith for another week in Nerd Pop and celebrate the beginning of "Asian August!" Laura, who also co-hosts the Titans Podcast, shares her thoughts on the show's trailer (1:00), meeting Ryan Potter at Comic-Con (6:00), and why they started the hashtag #ImWithAnnaDiop (10:00). Then, they discuss Henry Cavill becoming a meme, why he should only do spy movies from now on (14:00), and why they couldn't watch it with MoviePass...


Episode 117: Mystery Science Theater Oakland

This week on Hard NOC Life, Shawn and Keith recap the week in Nerd Pop, by running down what happened at Comic-Con and diving into the rise of the Black Auteur and Afro-Surrealism. Keith kicks off the show by recalling what he did in San Diego (1:00) before he and Shawn dive into the James Gunn fiasco (6:45), Rally For Rose (10:30), the problem with Johnny Depp (16:00), and Warner Brothers' Hall H extravaganza (21:00). Then, Shawn breaks down his Sorry to Bother Your review and take a deep...


Episode 116: Remixing the Classics

On a new episode of Hard NOC Life, Shawn and Keith Chow have another talk about the week in Nerd Pop, with a special focus on rebooting and reimagining classic shows. Before diving into the topic of the week, Keith and Shawn sing the praises of New York congressional candidate -- and low-key Nerd of Color-- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (1:30) and determine the difference between calling out someone for insufficient wokeness and calling out an actress like ScarJo for taking roles she shouldn't...