DNA Podcast 115 – Spies in Popular Culture

In this episode, Rob and Don go on a mission with guest Jack Ward to reveal the truth about spies in popular culture. The trio explore the 60’s Spy Craze, talking about what led up to it, how it played out, and what parts of it are still influencing our popular culture today. From The Scarlet Pimpernel to Jason Bourne, and everything in between, this podcast takes listeners into the shadowy world of men and women who might not exist. All this, and why Mission Impossible might be the greatest spy TV series ever, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Spies
Super Spies
Mission Impossible
The Scarlet Pimpernel
TURN: Washington’s Spies
Secret Agent X
Counterspy OTR
I Was A Communist For The FBI
The Saint
James Bond
Secret Agent/Danger Man ( UK TV series)
Secret Agent Man by Johnny Rivers
The Avengers (UK TV series)
Matt Helm
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
GET SMART
ARCHER
I SPY
Leverage TV Series
Mission Impossible Mask Reveal
The Prisoner
The Champions (Uk TV series)
Sapphire and Steel
The Six Million Dollar Man
Nemesis (DC Character)
The Human Target (DC Character)
Doomwatch
Remo Williams
Charlie’s Angels
The A-Team
Knight Rider
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
A Man Called Intrepid
The Manchurian Candidate
Jason Bourne
The Sting
TRON


DNA Podcast 114 – Board Games with Stephen Fraser

In this episode, Rob and Don roll the dice with Stephen Fraser, a high school teacher and board game collector. The three of them discuss Stephen’s collection, the evolution of board gaming, and even the current trends in the hobby. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Secret Hitler, and develop Nictophobia as they try to find their way out of the maze of games on the market. All this, and Dwar7s, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

BoardgameGeek Website
Settlers of Catan
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Pandemic
Charterstone
Marvel Champions
Star Wars Destiny
Stuffed Fables
Husband at Large
Fog of Love
Nictophobia
Galaxy Trucker
Captain Sonar
Secret Hitler
Red Dragon Inn
Colt Express
Twilight Imperium
Axis and Allies
Discover: Lands Unknown
Dwar7s Fall
Munchkin


DNA Podcast 113 – Dark Corners Interview

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Graham Trelfer and Robin Bailes, the hosts of the Dark Corners Reviews YouTube channel to talk about their show. Together the group discuss the ups and downs of running a popular YouTube channel, the origins of their show, and more bad horror movies than you can shake a severed hand at! All this, and the two hosts’ secret guilty pleasures, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Dark Corners Reviews YouTube Channel
The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak
The Blood of Dracula
Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity
Roller Blade
The Black Sleep
Bob Wilkins
Rockula
Ganjasaurus Rex
Chainsaw Hookers
Black Christmas
Plague
Zoltan: Hound of Dracula
Vampire Hookers
Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
Creation of the Humanoids
Journey to the Center of Time
Corona Zombies
The Evolution of James Bond Posters
Secrets of Cinema TV show
Slaughter of the Vampires
The Playgirls and the Vampire
The Monster and the Girl
The Seance
Monster A Gogo
Hard Ticket to Hawaii
The Ski Bum
Hard Rock Zombies


DNA Podcast 112 – Science in Popular Culture

In this episode, Rob and Don explore the ways that science is presented in popular culture, for better and worse. Along the way they discuss what science is, how our views of it have shaped society (and how our society has shaped science), and the shifting view of science in the United States. All this, and statistics on who is more scientifically literate republicans or democrats (the answer may surprise you), is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Edward Bernays (or this link.)
Terrorists Take Action Figure Hostage
The Movie Titanic Changed the Constellations
Startalk Podcast
Dr. Stone
Shonen JUMP
MacGyver
The Deadly London Fog
PEW Research Poll on the Public and Science
Granny Weatherwax


DNA Podcast 111 – The Secret Origin of Generation X

Generation X (1994) comic books
No! Not the Marvel comic! Technically, none of those kids are actually Gen-Xers, since they were born after 1980!

In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward to discuss the cultural foundations of the children born between 1965 and 1980 – Generation X! Like the mutant superheroes they share a name with, these young people were bridges between the old world and the new – the pre and post internet ages. From Saturday Morning TV to Dungeons and Dragons – this episode looks at the things that have shaped their choices as they’ve stepped out to take the reins of society. So, come join us as we explore, the secret origins of Generation X in this episode of The Departemnt of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Gen X Notes
Generation X *(definition)
Generation Eccchh
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland
The Prime Time Access Rule 1972
Goofus and Gallant
Highlights Magazine
Weird Al’s UHF
William Shatner’s “Get a Life” Speech
Mazes and Monsters
Pirates of Silicon Valley (film)
Starsuckers Documentary (YouTube)
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
CNN’s first broadcast
Bubblegum Crisis


DNA Podcast 110 – H.P. Lovecraft with Dave Towers

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with their friend Dave Towers to talk about the legendary horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. They talk about Lovecraft’s life, his approach to writing, his legacy, and make a few story suggestions for those who want to dip their tow into Inssmouth Bay. Along the way, they discover that Lovecraft may in fact be one of the most inspiring writers of all time, if he could get off the damn Internet! All this, and more, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

HP Lovecraft (wikipedia)
HP Lovecraft Archive
On Writing by Stephen King
Lovecraft: A Biography by L. Sprague de Camp
Robert E Howard
Call of Cthulhu RPG
Ghost Masters : Weird Tales from Famous Writers
The Lovecraft Lexicon: A Reader’s Guide to Persons, Places and Things in the Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
Jojo’s Bizaare Adventure
Night Gallery
Junji Ito (who cites Lovecraft as an inspiration)
Brian Lumley
The Enigma of Amigara Fault
HP Lovecraft Movie Adaptations
HP Lovecraft Podcast (note, I mistakenly thought they did readings, but they actually do summaries and discussion in each episode, not read the story. They have done some full story readings, which can be found here.)


DNA Podcast 109 – Competition in Popular Culture

In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Jack Ward to discuss the concept of competition as it plays out in our society and media. Some societies see competition as healthy, while others consider it destructive and wasteful, and the media often goes back and forth between the two approaches. Along the way, the three discuss comics, politics, old TV, and crappy movies, and how each offers an insight into competition. So come on and join us, if you think you can handle it! All this, and the most watched TV show of all time, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Act-Age Manga
Ratemypoo.com
Geeks versus Nerds
Most Watched TV Show of All Time
Cerebus the Ardvark
John Carter of Mars
Dark Shadows
Magnum PI
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
Life of the Party
The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment (Don calls it candy, but the experiment with kids was originally marshmallows.)
Tragedy of the Commons
George Orwell’s Theory of Revolution


DNA Podcast 108 – 80s Action Movies with Chad

In this episode, Don and Rob are again joined by their friend Chad for a dangerous mission back in time to the 1980s where tough guys ruled the screen and one-liners flew thick and fast. Along the way, the three discuss what makes an 80s action hero, how these movies reflected the times they were made, and their top three 80s action films. All this, and why Miami Connection is the greatest 80s action movie you’ve never heard of (but not in a good way), is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Rambo: First Blood Part 2
Commando
The Terminator
Red Dawn
The Karate Kid
The Last Action Hero
Die Hard
Commando Mall Scene
Escape from New York
Damnation Alley
Dead Heat
ALIENS
AVATAR
PREDATOR
No Retreat No Surrender
Corey Yuen
The Street Fighter (Sonny Chiba)
Sukeban Deka
ROBOCOP
Robo Attempted Rape Scene
Robocop Trivia Page on IMDB
Future Kill
R.O.T.O.R
Lady Battlecop
Metal Hero Japanese Superhero TV Series
The Running Man
Total Recall
Miami Connection
YOR: Hunter From the Future
The Killer (John Woo)
A Better Tomorrow
Police Story
Police Story Opening Sequence
Death Wish III
Invasion USA


DNA Podcast 107 – Dinosaur Movies

In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad to talk about their common childhood passion – dinosaur movies! From The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms to Jurassic Park, the trio explore the history of dinosaurs on film and how they’ve been portrayed through the decades. Along the way, they discover there are really only six kinds of dinosaur films, and delve into the many techniques people have used to bring dinosaurs to life over the years – some more successful than others! All this, and giant robot apes, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

List of Films Featuring Dinosaurs (Wikipedia)
Evolution of Cinema Dinosaurs (1920-2015) (YouYube)
Charles R. Knight (dinosaur artist)
Charles R. Knight Dinosaur Art
Brute Force (1914)
Willis O’brien
Ray Harryhausen
The Lost World
King Kong (1933)
Lost King Kong Spider Footage
Giant King Kong Robot
Dino De Laurentiis
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Stop Motion Monster Trailer Reel (YouTube)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
THEM
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Poster
Charlton Comics GORGO
The Land of the Lost
The Last Dinosaur 1977 great clips (Tsubaraya Foam Rubber Dinosaurs)
FLESH (2000 AD Comic)
Attack of the Super Monsters (Izenborg)
Dinosaur Prince
The Land Before Time
Dinosaucers
Terra Nova TV series
Primal TV series
DINOSAURS TV series
Velocipastor
Tammy and T-Rex
Roger Corman


DNA Podcast 106 – Lost Genres 2 Sitcom Bugaloo

In this episode, Don and Rob dive into another round of the genres that time forgot as they explore more things that have washed away into the river of time. The pair jump right into the types of TV shows and TV stories that once ruled the airwaves but have faded, and then go on to explore lost corners of print, toys and music. All this, and why Pac Man Fever was the end of an era, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Variety TV Shows
Texaco Star Theatre
Pink Lady and Jeff
Carol Burnett Show
Smothers Brother’s Comedy Hour
Sitcoms
The Spin-Off
All in the Family
Happy Days
Laverne and Shirley
Hooterville Trilogy
Good Times
Diff’rent Strokes
High Concept
Mork and Mindy
Quark
Herman’s Head
My Mother the Car
The Munsters
Daytime Soap Operas
Christmas Specials
That’s Incredible!
America’s Funniest Home Videos
Magazines
Korean Webtoons
Video Game Market Crash of 1983
Pac Man Fever
Shining Force
Novelty Songs
Dr. Demento
Nerdcore
Gloryhammer
Edguy
Beast in Black
Outlaw Country
Crooners
Surf Music
Gangsta Rap