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Episode 45: What the Funko? (S2 finale)

4/4/2018
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Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley kick off the Season 2 finale with a look at Seattle’s newest, most mysterious convention, then discuss a local company looking to mine asteroids. Right before the News Warp, Nick bemoans the early cancellation of the Glover brothers’ Deadpool animated series. Dyer’s feature this week looks at the rise of Funko and their Pop! vinyl figures. Nick quizzes Dyer on other second seasons of things before making Dyer pay off the last quiz bet by reviewing Legion....

Duration:01:18:14

Episode 44: Guilty Pleasures Round Table

3/28/2018
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In this season’s tenth Round Table episode, hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley are joined by Genevieve Haas and Andrew Walsh of After These Messages, a podcast about TV commercials. Together, the four discuss the concept of a guilty pleasure TV show or movie in an era when nerd culture is pop culture and there’s too much good TV for any one person to watch. Now that online communities are waiting with open arms for you to nerd out on whatever show it is that you’re into, what’s left to feel...

Duration:01:08:52

Episode 43: Twitch Streamers, WA State Toy & Geek Fest

3/21/2018
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Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley start things off with a round-up of nerdy news, including a major esports event leaving Seattle for Vancouver and why Washington has become a crypto-mining hotspot. Then, they warp through some other news bites before playing Dyer’s feature story, which focuses on Twitch streamers and the harassment that they face. Later, Dyer quizzes Nick on some Superman history. Nick pays off the last quiz bet with some reactions to Star Trek: The Next Generation. They...

Duration:01:22:01

Episode 42: Cosplay Dress Code Round Table

3/14/2018
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In this season’s ninth Round Table episode, hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley are joined by cosplayers Jerikandra, Abie Ekenezar, and Brian Morris. Each of them brings a different and crucial perspective to a discussion on cosplay dress codes. The group starts by listening and reacting to an interview Dyer did with Eric Colbert, an organizer with RadCon in the Tri-Cities. They recently got into some hot water over the way that another organizer told cosplayers not to dress like a...

Duration:01:09:58

Episode 41: ECCC Weekend Recap & Altered Carbon

3/7/2018
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Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley recap Emerald City Comic Con weekend, including their cosplay contest and after party on Friday night where some very impressive cosplayers showed off their hard work. In the second half of the episode, the two review Netflix’s Altered Carbon and question why it left so much of its potential on the table. 3:00 -- Cosplay Contest 13:45 -- ECCC 23:40 -- Altered Carbon

Duration:00:57:13

Bonus Episode: Geek Dating and Relationship Advice

3/2/2018
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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.

Duration:00:25:06

Episode 40: The Geek-conomy

2/28/2018
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Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley start things off with a round-up of nerdy news, including Tacoma’s new park dedicated to the creator of Dune. Dyer’s feature delves into the big business of conventions. Nick gets grilled on his knowledge of sci-fi writer Frank Herbert’s northwest connections, and then pays off the bet for losing the last quiz. 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...

Duration:01:08:49

Episode 39: Black Panther Round Table

2/21/2018
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SPOILER ALERT: The gang discuss key plot elements of Black Panther in this episode. In this season’s eighth Round Table episode, hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley are joined by Tim Hall AKA the People’s Critic and That Guy Named John from the About to Review Podcast to discuss Black Panther. They discuss the themes of the film, including #KillmongerWasRight and how it addresses the relationship between people in diaspora and people still in their homeland.

Duration:01:05:46

Episode 38: Dating in the Nerdy Northwest, Police Cosplay Stories

2/14/2018
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Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley start things off with news that Game of Thrones’ showrunners are taking on a Star Wars trilogy, before quickly reacting to a slew of other news, including new trailers for Solo and Deadpool. Then, Dyer asks a panel of experts questions about relationships and dating in the nerdy northwest (33:50). They wrap things up with two exclusives: An interview with Seattle Police on their experiences with convention weekends (51:09) and a stewing controversy over the...

Duration:01:06:48

Episode 37: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain For Beginners Round Table

2/7/2018
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In this season’s eighth Round Table episode, hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley are joined by Dan McKeon, a software engineer, crypto owner, and blockchain enthusiast. He opens up the world of cryptocurrency for novices like Nick and Dyer. 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.

Duration:00:55:39

Episode 36: Oregon Trail, Black Panther GoFundMe

1/31/2018
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Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley kick off the show with an announcement about NW NERD’s upcoming cosplay contest and con after party on March 2nd (4:30). Then, Dyer reveals that he was among the many Americans who were notified by Twitter that he interacted with Russian troll tweets (6:00). Wrapping up the news section, Dyer interviews Edwin Lindo, who launched a very successful GoFundMe for black youth in Seattle to see Black Panther in theaters (12:25). This episode’s feature looks at the...

Duration:00:58:51

Episode 35: Magic The Gathering Round Table

1/24/2018
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In this season’s seventh Round Table episode, hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley are joined by Seattle Met Magazine arts and culture editor Darren Davis. They discuss Davis’ piece in the January issue of Seattle Met on the origins of Magic: The Gathering, including the underrated role of men in large cowboy hats and the surprising lack of fantasy art experience that the game’s early artists had. https://www.seattlemet.com/articles/2017/12/18/spell-casters-a-magic-the-gathering-origin-story

Duration:00:41:18

Episode 34: The Seattle Freeze

1/17/2018
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Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley start things off with a look at the top gadgets from CES, a splashy introduction to Netflix’s Altered Carbon, and some exciting Black Panther headlines in the news section. Next, Dyer digs into the history and causes of the dreaded Seattle Freeze. Nick quizzes Dyer on another type of Freeze and then pays off the quiz bet from the last magazine episode by giving his reaction to Supernatural. 3:25 -- Consumer Electronics Show 8:30 -- Altered Carbon 15:00 --...

Duration:00:59:24

Episode 33: Achievements in Nerd 2017

1/10/2018
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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).

Duration:00:39:25

Bonus Episode: Best of S1 Features

1/3/2018
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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).

Duration:00:44:20

Bonus Episode: Season 2 Feature Stories

12/27/2017
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In a special episode, we present a collection off four of Dyer Oxley's stories from this season: Nerdlesque (1:00), The Real Springfield (15:00), the Nerdiest Place in Vancouver (31:40), and Nerds and Sports (42:30).

Duration:00:56:49

Episode 32: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Round Table

12/20/2017
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In this season’s sixth Round Table episode, hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley are joined by comic book artist/writer/creator Corey Lewis (Sun Bakery, Sharknife). The gang review The Last Jedi, including what it means for the franchise going forward, how the movie pushes past the original trilogy’s black-and-white ethics, and ratings on our N-E-R-D scale. Later, Corey Lewis talks about his latest work and his move from Seattle to Bremerton, which he has dubbed the Pawnee of Washington (which...

Duration:01:21:09

Episode 31: The Hoot Hoots, Star Wars Music

12/13/2017
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Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley start things off with a survey of news in the geek world, including the upcoming Wolverine podcast and the possibility of a Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie. Dyer goes behind the scenes with Seattle band The Hoot Hoots as they unveil their new Star Wars-themed EP, Rainbow Squadron. The quiz this week is on even more Star Wars-themed music. Finally, Dyer interviews comic book artist Chrissie Zullo about how she broke into the industry. 3:40 -- Wolverine...

Duration:01:19:18

Episode 30: Marvel Cinematic Universe Round Table

12/6/2017
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In this season’s fifth Round Table episode, hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley are joined by Damien Randle of the Curly Nerd podcast. In celebration of the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, the gang look back on the previous Marvel movies and each rank their Top 3. Spoiler Alert: No one picked Iron Man, but they explain why.

Duration:01:02:10

Episode 29: Nerdiest Place in Vancouver, Net Neutrality

11/29/2017
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Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley start things off with a survey of news in the geek world, including the FCC’s moves on net neutrality and some Seattle Marvel news. Then, Dyer takes us to the nerdiest place in all of Vancouver, BC: A tavern like straight out of a fantasy book called the Storm Crow. Then the guys payoff their bet on the last quiz with Dyer’s take on Attack on Titan. Finally, Dyer surprises Nick with another quiz. Who will win this time? They wrap things up with an interview...

Duration:01:16:55

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