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NPD August 2019 Gaming Estimates and Analysis

The long, hot summer of 2019 is finally at an end, though we’re not quite done checking out what’s the new (and old) hotness heating up the gaming charts at retailers and checkout queues across the nation. This is where our reliable number-crunchers Cory Galliher and Nate Evans step in with their own analysis and colorful commentary in a vain attempt to make sense of it all.


The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – The Future is Muppet

Return to another world, another time in the world of Thra on this enchanting episode of the Popzara Podcast as Skeksis Nathan Evans talks with his Mystic counterpart, Kevin from YouTube’s StoryDive, about the welcome return to Jim Henson’s pioneering all-puppet fantasy classic in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.


Filmmakers Brad Faye and Kelsey Dickerson Talk Geeks, Comics and Empathy

Get ready, true believers! On this courageous episode of the Popzara Podcast our own mild-mannered reporter Nathan Evans talks with Brad Faye and Kelsey Dickerson, the writing/producing and hosting dynamic duo behind the new documentary examining our never-ending love affair with comic books: Geek, And You Shall Find, now available on streaming and Blu-ray from Gravitar Ventures.


NPD July 2019 Gaming Estimates and Analysis: 20 Years of Madden

Chronologically, the summer may be coming to an end, but in the world of analyzing videogame sales it’s still mid-summer all the way! For this very purpose who better to have at the ready than our trusty number-crunchers Cory Galliher and Nate Evans ready and willing to dive into the NPD reports for July 2019, a month so completely dominated by one company that we’re tempted to give those gamers not completely smitten by all-things Nintendo a fighting chance to opt-out now while they still...


Writer Christopher Malone Talks Romantic Ghost Stories and Love of Typewriters

On this nepotistic episode of the Popzara Podcast our own Nia Bothwell talks with fellow contributing editor Christopher Malone about his latest book Harold in the Name of Love, now available online and in printed form. It follows the sad tale of Harold Dancy, a man who will go to any length to be “reunited” with his deceased wife. Ghosts may be involved. Rock stars, too.


Cryptozoologist Linda S. Godfrey Talks New Monsters and Ancient Lore

Our guest on this mythical episode of the Popzara Podcast is acclaimed cryptozoologist, author and investigator of strange creatures Linda S. Godfrey to talk with Nathan Evans about her latest collection of incredible sightings and encounters with unknown nature in I Know What I Saw: Modern-Day Encounters with Monsters of New Urban Legend and Ancient Lore, available now from TarcherPerigee.


NPD June 2019 Gaming Estimates and Analysis: Mario Makes Money

Summer 2019 is well underway, but that won’t stop us from taking a look backward – to June 2019 as our indefatigable number-crunchers look at, examine, tear apart and analyze the monthly NPD report that gives gaming nerds across the land their best (and only) real look at the health and vitality of the videogame market in the United States. For this June, unfortunately, that snapshot could use a whole lotta happy filters.


Disney’s The Lion King 2019: Royal Roar or Realistic Bore?

In this episode of the Popzara Podcast we’ve assembled a most impressive pride, led by chief lionesses Annette Palmer, Nia Bothwell and – lurking in the shadows, Nathan Evans to talk about Disney’s all-new CGI remake of The Lion King. Directed by Jon Favreau (2016’s The Jungle Book), it’s the third film this year, after Dumbo and Aladdin, in The Mouse House’s continuing mission to remake, rework, and otherwise redo every animated feature left in their coveted Disney Vault.


NPD May 2019 Gaming Estimates and Analysis: MK Wins Again

As the hustle and bustle of yet another E3 begins to fade from our collective memories (until next time, of course) we’ve got another thrilling, number-crunching look at The NPD Group’s monthly estimates for the gaming industry. On the chopping block this go-around is May 2019, and with it come our own Cory Galliher and Nate Evans ready to nit and pick everything that made the cut.


E3 2019 Aftermath: The Best, Worst, and Everything Else

Herman Exum, Cory Galliher, Nathan Evans and James McKeever (making his E3 Podcast debut) gather around their microphones to talk all about the biggest surprises, biggest disappointments and just about everything else that went down on the mean streets in Los Angeles at E3 2019.


NPD April 2019 Gaming Estimates and Analysis: Flawless Victory

April showers bring May flowers… but that still means showers, which means getting wet. Thank goodness you can stay inside where it’s nice and warm (and dry), content to play blockbuster games while everyone else gets soaked. Join our number-crunchers Cory Galliher and Nathan Evans as they, once again, take a closer look at the NPD Group’s monthly estimates and guesses at what’s been selling at US retailers across the land, this time for April 2019.


Professor Michael Behe Talks Darwin Devolves, Intelligent Design

How did life begin? WHEN did life begin? So many questions…and just as many answers. Joining our ‘professional skeptic’ Nathan Evans on this evolving episode of the Popzara Podcast is Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University and senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, to discuss his latest book theorizing what mainstream evolutionary theory gets wrong and how Darwinism fails to explain how life itself was created: Darwin Devolves: The...


Cobra Kai Season 2: Another Cruel Summer with StoryDive

Fear does not exist in this dojo! On this episode of the Popzara Podcast our own sensei Nathan Evans is joined by Kevin from StoryDive to talk, spoil, explore and geek over the second season of Cobra Kai, the follow-up of last year’s breakout Karate Kid continuation that crane-kicked onto YouTube Originals on May 2nd.


Assembling the End with Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame

On this heroic episode of the Popzara Podcast we’ve assembled our own avenging editors, a group of personalities that include Annette Palmer, Ethan Brehm, and Christian Stirling joining Nathan “Fury” Evans to talk, discuss, decode and spoil any and everything they can about the 22nd film in the MCU.


Journalist Peter Laufer Talks Dreaming in Turtle, Conservation

Our guest on this cheloniologically pleasing episode of the Popzara Podcast is journalist Professor Peter Laufer, whose extensive work documenting conservation, hunger and animal rights all come together nicely in his latest book: Dreaming in Turtle: A Journey Through the Passion, Profit, and Peril of Our Most Coveted Prehistoric Creatures, available now from St. Martin’s Press.


NPD March 2019 Gaming Estimates and Analysis: The Division Rules

On the cusp of spring comes the latest estimates for the gaming industry’s relative strength, otherwise known as The NPD Group’s tallies, culled from physical and digital registers across the nation. And, just as predictable, we’ve got number-crunchers Cory Galliher and Nathan Evans at the ready to help make sense of them all.


Cartoonist Brian Fies Talks Graphic Novels and A Fire Story

On this episode of the Popzara Podcast our own Nathan Evans talks with Brian about the fire that would change his family’s lives forever. The two discuss the lingering effects of survivor’s guilt and helplessness, which came flooding back watching the recent inferno that devastated Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral. Already an Eisner award-winner for his heartfelt 2009 memoir Mom’s Cancer, Brian is no stranger in using the power of comics to help make sense of a senseless tragedy.


NPD February 2019 Gaming Estimates and Analysis: Anthem Rises

February may be the month of hearts and love, but only one of those things was in evidence at busy retail shelves (and those online outlets) reporting to our friends at The NPD Group. Once gain, our number-crunchers Cory Galliher and Nathan Evans take NPD’s monthly report on the gaming industry’s relative health and viability in America to task, calculating and analyzing all those funky digits into an easily palatable paste for your listening pleasure.


Disney’s Captain Marvel: Ginger Cats and Mostly Marvelous

In this largely unspoiled episode of the Popzara Podcast you’ll discover most of these secrets and more. For this, we’ve assembled our own team of superhero editors to talk and discuss Captain Marvel, with Nate “Fury” Evans, Christian Stirling, Annette Palmer, and Ethan Brehm all reporting for duty. Let’s get to it!


NPD January 2019 Gaming Estimates and Analysis: King Disney

The holiday shopping blitz has concluded, and the dust has finally settled over retail counters picked clean and digital stores depleted of every deal and bundle they could stock. As things begin to return to normal so will sales of gaming hardware and software across the land, and few document this change as well as our friends at The NPD Group. Our number-crunchers Cory Galliher and Nate Evans bravely (if we do say so) are back to dive right into these very estimates as they look, talk,...