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Minisode: Versus Comic Con & Beyond

Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley discuss their trip to Seaside, Oregon for Versus Comic Con, present some highlights from people stopping by the booth to debate some nerdy topics such as whether or not Star Wars is science fiction, and finally, they react to a couple trailers out of SDCC.


Summertime Check-in: What We've Been Watching

Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley sit down for a check-in on what each other have been watching all summer while they work on Season 3 (coming this fall!). Westworld (1:45) Luke Cage (13:00) Solo: A Star Wars Story (18:55) Ant-Man and Wasp (32:00) The Incredibles 2 (35:55) Deadpool 2 (41:00) Legion (49:00) Fahrenheit 451 (53:30) Come see Nick and Dyer at Versus Comic Con this weekend in Seaside, Oregon!


NW NERD minisode: Four Seattle-related stories from Season 2

Four back-to-back features from Season 2 that all have something in common -- they have a connection to Seattle. From educational video games, to why Seattleites are like that. You know what we mean, they're just so, ya know, cold. Also, the story of a band that endeavored to record a Star Wars tribute album before "The Last Jedi" was released. And finally, we return to a Seattle home that a former resident never left. This is a perfect episode to experience NW NERD for the first time, or...


NW NERD minisode: The Cuts (Season 2)

Not everything makes it into an episode of NW NERD Podcast. Some interviews never emerge as features, or some discussions stray way off topic. But we saved them and present them to you here. These are the cuts from Season 2 of NW NERD. Dyer's story about waiting hours in line to see the first "Twilight" movie; a comic and hobby shop owner talks about how Dungeons and Dragons is very different these days; and a scientist discusses everything from modern-day prospecting to ghost towns.


Episode 45: What the Funko? (S2 finale)

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....


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

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...


Bonus Episode: Geek Dating and Relationship Advice

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 Geek-conomy

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...


Episode 39: Black Panther Round Table

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.


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

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...


Episode 37: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain For Beginners Round Table

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.


Episode 35: Magic The Gathering Round Table

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


Episode 34: The Seattle Freeze

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 --...


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 Episode: Best of S1 Features

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: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Round Table

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...


Episode 30: Marvel Cinematic Universe Round Table

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.


Episode 29: Nerdiest Place in Vancouver, Net Neutrality

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...


Episode 28: Justice League Round Table

In this season’s fourth Round Table episode, hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley are joined by Matt Jarin and Jordan Kamin. 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 both are intimately knowledgeable 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...


Episode 27: Nerdy Burlesque, Media Clean-up, Lord of the Rings TV

Hosts Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley start things off with a survey of news in the geek world, including why Gal Gadot reportedly threatening to leave Wonder Woman, DC Comics parting with an editor with a history of sexual misconduct allegations, and why Amazon is ponying up to buy the rights to a Lord of the Rings TV show. Dyer quizzes Nick on Tolkien versus Martin facts, and then dives into the world of nerdlesque -- the growing wave of nerdy burlesque shows. Finally they play an interview...