DNA Podcast 030 – Interview with Dr. R.N. Shukul

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Rob and Don sit down with Journalist and TV Producer Dr. Rashid Narain (R.N.) Shukul to discuss Television and Media in India. Along the way, they touch on RN’s career as a cameraman and war correspondent, his time as TV game show producer in India, his time producing documentaries for Fremantle Media, and some of the political figures he’s encountered. Are Indians into Scifi? What is their preferred style of heroic fiction? And what’s up with all the singing and dancing? All of these questions and more will be answered in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Fremantle Media
Press Trust of India
Indira Gandhi
$64,000 Dollar Question Scandal
Margaret Atwood
Media Convergence
Marshal McLuhan

 


DNA Podcast 029 – Our One Year Anniversary

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Rob and Don have been at this for a year, and take a show to look back on 28 episodes of the Department of Nerdly Affairs and how far they’ve come. They discuss the origins of the show, some behind the scenes thoughts about the different episodes and their guests, and finish with a special announcement. (No, the show isn’t ending.) So, come on in and join us to celebrate one year of the Department of Nerdly Affairs!

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Check individual  episodes for show notes.


DNA Podcast 028 – The Nature of Nerdliness

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In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with guest Jack Ward to discuss what it means to be a nerd. The trio discuss exactly what nerds are, where they came from, and whether nerds as a concept is even still relevant in modern culture.  All this, and why The Nutty Professor was the great nerd hero of the 20th century are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:
Nerds
The Anarchist movement
The IT Crowd
Oscar Wilde
The Nutty Professor (trailer)
Trekkie
Science Fiction Conventions
Our Gang
Otaku
Zines
Fanzines
Fanfiction
Starfleet Command Fan Organization
Mysterious Universe
Snake Theory of Human Evolution
Metal- A Headbanger’s Journey (trailer)
Led Zeppelin and Tolkien
Star Wars and Flash Gordon
Easy Riders – Raging Bulls
Howard the Duck (movie review)
C-3PO’s Cereal (video review)
B.A.D.D.
Heavy Metal Magazine
Custer’s Revenge (video review)
The Nintendo Power Glove (video review)
Oliver Twist
The Picwick Papers
Hammy Hamster’s Adventures on the Riverbank (video)


DNA Podcast 027b – Horror Hosts Extra with Michael Monahan

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The horror host Rob grew up with- WUAB Channel 43 Cleveland’s Superhost!

This is an extra after-show conversation which occurred after the recording of episode 27 and continues on from where we left off. Among other things, we talk about the passing into history of the original horror hosts, how Horror Hosts dealt with national tragedies like the Kennedy Assassination and 9/11, and the changing relationship between people and local media.

Don grew up with a variety of Detroit horror hosts, which you can see here:

 


DNA Podcast 027 – Horror Hosts with Michael Monahan

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In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Michael Monahan, author and co-producer of the documentary American Scary, to talk about Horror Hosts. We delve into the origins of the Horror Host phenomena from its early days with Vampira to the megahit Ghoulardi and the modern incarnations which still stalk the airwaves. All this, and why Bob Wilkins is a name every scifi fan should know, is coming to you in this, the 27th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

American Scary Trailer
American Scary (First 10 mins)
Z-Team Productions YouTube Channel (has bonus and deleted Horror Host interviews)
3 Minute Horror Hosts Montage from American’s Funniest Videos
Bob Wilkins
Horror Hosts
E-Gors Chamber of TV Horror Hosts (more detailed host list here)
Shock Theatre Package
Midnight Spook Show
EC Horror Comics
Vampira
Turn Blue: The Short Life of Ghoulardi (Documentary on Cleveland Horror Host)
Interview with Horror Host Tom Leahy (Documentary on Kansas Horror Host)
Zacherle
Ghoulardi
Svenghouli
Dinner with Drac
Hillarious House of Frightenstein (episode one)
Elvira
YouTube Horror Host Playlist (nice random sample of horror host schtick)
Doctor Morgus from New Orleans hosts a showing of Godzilla (video, full episode)
Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Youtube Channel
Reptilicus Trailer
American Scary- The Book
Dr. Ghoulfinger
doctorghoulfinger@gmail.com


DNA Podcast 026 – Indie RPGs with Graham MacLean

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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by scholar and game designer Graham MacLean to talk about the Independent Tabletop RPG scene. The trio talk about the origins of Indie RPGs, why D&D was the first Indie RPG, and how the Fruitful Void can make you look at games in a new way. All this, and heaping helping of Paranoia are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

D&D 1st Edition
Empire of the Petal Throne
Bully Pulpit Games
Evil Hat Productions
Palladium Books
Apocalypse World
It Came from the Late Late Late Show
The Forge Indie RPG Community
Narrativist Theory
Over the Edge
Dogs in the Vineyard
Fruitful Void
Sorcerer
Mekton
Emily Care Boss
Story Games
Paranoia
Dog Eat Dog
Ron Edwards (game designer)
Do- Pilgrims of the Flying Temple
Polaris
Microscope
RPGNow
The Unstore
Robin D. Laws
Pelegrine Press
Legend of the Five Rings
Shotgun Diaries
Cosmic Patrol
TORG
Wushu
Feng Shui: Shadowfist
The Mountain Witch
Lady Blackbird
Fiasco
Castle Falkenstein
Old School Renaisance Games
Monster Hearts
Golden Sky Stories
Weapons of the Gods
401 Games in Toronto
Kingdom
Hetalia
Alternate Reality Games
Second Life


DNA Podcast 025 – The Kevin Doak Comedy Hour

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In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with comedian Kevin Doak to discuss comedy and the nerdly arts. The trio debate which superhero you want to have over for dinner, why the Walking Dead needs more laughs, and the depressed turnout of Batman v. Superman. All this, and why Shawn of the Dead is the most realistic zombie movie ever, is waiting for you in this, the 25th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things discussed:
Don Rickles
Honest Trailers Batman v. Superman
Shawn of the Dead
Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon
The Dresden Files
Terry Prachett
Piers Anthony

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DNA Podcast 24 – Science Fiction Author Gary Gibson

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    In this episode, Rob and Don interview Scottish science fiction writer Gary Gibson about his career, writing Space Opera, and why Science Fiction has become boring. All this, and why Zardoz is a classic film, in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.
    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Gary Gibson’s Homepage
Gary’s Amazon Author Page
Robert Heinlein
Marvel UK
Stealing Light
Starship Troopers
New Wave Science Fiction
Angel Stations
Scrivener
Neal Stephenson
Corey Doctorow
Nick Mamatas
Chuck Tingle
Ed Wood’s Orgy of the Dead
Zardoz
Andromeda


DNA Podcast 023 – Why You Shouldn’t Be a Writer

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In this episode, Rob and Don discuss the cons of becoming a professional writer (or artist). While the internet is filled with people telling you that you’re one Kindle book away from quitting your day job (mostly by people selling writing how-to advice and services) Rob and Don look at some of the cold, hard costs and challenges that come with trying to write for a living. Along the way, they discuss ways to overcome those challenges and make yourself a better writer if you’re determined to follow the hard road. All this, and a heaping helping of Dinosaur Porn are waiting for you in the 23rd episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

 


DNA Podcast 022 – Heavy Metal Thunder

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Rob and Richard Moule at an Iron Maiden Concert (Rob is the tall guy!)

In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by music historian Richard Moule to discuss their mutual love and admiration for the musical art form known as Heavy Metal. The trio trace Metal’s history and inspirations, and talk about how metal became THE nerdly music of choice. All this, and why Death Metal is really redneck music, here for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Black Sabbath
Judas Priest
Transformers the Movie (1986) Soundtrack
Jethro Tull
The Moody Blues
Hammer Horror
Dennis Wheatley
Iron Maiden
Motorhead
Nightwish
Blind Guardian
Opeth
Manowar
Children of Bodom covers Vivaldi 
Tri-tone
Algeron Blackwood
Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult in Comics!
331E-Rock
Frog Leap Studios
Global Metal Documentary