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DNA Podcast 135 – Breaking Up With Fandom Is Hard To Do

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In this episode, Don and Rob discuss the thorny issue of why people break up with their media darlings. The two delve into the reasons why people and the properties they love might go their separate ways, and explore whether that’s a good or bad thing. Along the way, the duo discuss heavy metal, isekai, and manga, but everything they talk about can be applied to anything that brings joy to peoples’ hearts. All this, and a healthy dose of nerd rage, is coming to you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Marie Kondo
The Phantom
Ghostbusters- Afterlife
A Headbanger’s Journey
The KISS Army
Venom (Band)
Kylie Jenner Diet Pepsi Commercial
Isekai
Truck-kun
Hikkomori
Being an Influencer is Soul Crushing
Sentai
Samurai TV DNA Episode
SLAM DUNK!
MASHLE
SPRIGGAN
MAZINGER
DEVILMAN
All-Star Squadron
The Desert Peach
The Streisand Effect

Don’s Four Ways Fans Break up with a Property
-(fans) Age Out
-(fans) Reach Saturation (with a property)
-Style Drift (of the media property)
-Hardcore Nerd Rage (because fans don’t get what they want from it anymore)

Rob’s Fifth:
-Fans are driven away by toxic fandom even though they still like the property.


DNA Podcast 133 – Malls in Popular Culture

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In this episode, Don and Rob head to the mall to discuss capitalism and the place of malls in popular culture for the past hundred years. Along the way, the duo discuss the history of shopping, the origins of malls, and how malls reshaped capitalism. All this, and why the 80s were the peak of mall culture, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Jesus and the Moneylenders
Shopping Centers Wikipedia
A History of Malls
The Medicis
Yoshiwara [“Prostitute Island”]
Shopping District
Sears
80s Mall TV Commercials
Arcology
Post WWII American Prosperity
The Golden Mile
White Flight
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Tiffany (singer)
7 Totally Radical 1980s Mall Events
Fast Times in Ridgemont High
Masonville Mall, London ON
Chopping Mall movie
American FLAGG


DNA Podcast 131 – Samurai TV

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In this episode, Rob and Don walk the path of meifumado and explore the golden age of Samurai television on Japanese TV during the 70s and 80s. Along this path to hell, Rob discusses what he learned after watching way too many Japanese jidaigeki period TV shows, why he loves them so much, the different types of samurai TV series, and why Sonny Chiba is the Japanese William Shatner. All this, and how Australia lost it’s mind for a Samurai TV series in the 60s, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

James Bond Manga
Golgo 13
Kazuo Koike
Hirata Hiroshi
Desilu Productions
Keiretsu
Police Procedurals
Jitte
Zenigata Heiji
The Falcons of Edo TV series
Toshiro Mifune
Red Sun movie
Kirisute Gomen TV series (License to Kill)
Abarenbo Shogun TV series
Matsudaira Ken
Kiku TV
Toyama no Kinsan (Magistrate Toyama) TV series
Kage no Gundan (Shadow Warriors)
Sonny Chiba
Japan Action Club (JAC)
Tokugawa Buraicho TV series
Onimitsu Kenshin (Shintaro the Samurai) TV series
Nemuri Kyoshiro
The Yagyu Conspiracy TV series
Lone Wolf and Cub TV series
Zatoichi TV Series
Usagi Yojimbo
Taiga Drama
jp-film.com
Message from Space film (Japanese Star Wars knockoff)
Mirai Ninja (aka Cyber Ninja, which I mistakenly called Robo Ninja in the show) film


DNA Podcast 130 – The Mandela Effect

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In this episode, Don and Rob explore the intersection of reality and human perception and how these two things often fail to match up. Along the way they discuss Don’s four ways reality and humanity tend to disagree, how the internet has been both a help and destructive force in determining reality, and more high weirdness than you can shake a Sasquatch at! All this, and how rye bread may have caused the Salem Witch Trials, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

The Matrix
The Weekly World News
The Slenderman
Slenderman Murders
Richard Gere Gerbiling
The Jersey Devil
The Satanic Panic
The Salem Witch Trials
Did Climate Change Cause the Salem Witch Trials?
How Rye Bread May Have Caused the Salem Witch Trials
Cognitive Dissonance
Paul is Dead
Zines
CKLW The Big 8
King Diamond
Officially Pronounced Dead Patch
The Thunderbird Picture
The Berenstain Bears
The Mandela Effect
Penn Jillette
Roy the Game from Rick and Morty
STTNG The Inner Light
Ape Canyon Bigfoot Tale
The Legend of Boggy Creek
The Paterson-Gimli Film
Mysterious Monsters 1975 Movie
The Loch Ness Monster
In Search Of TV Series
Amityville Horror
In Search of The Amityville Horror
The Silly Season
Reddit Bazaar of the Bizarre group
Merman Seen off the Coast of Brest (1725)
The Necronomicron
SCP Foundation
SCP Abridged
Creepypasta


DNA Podcast 129 – Anime Tabletop Roleplaying

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The Coolest Anime RPG Cover of all time! Courtesy of comics artist Ben Dunn.

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to talk about tabletop roleplaying’s relationship with anime and manga, and the many successful and failed attempts to simulate anime style adventures through RPGs. Along the way, the duo discuss Rob’s four types of anime RPGs, how anime and RPGs have both evolved over time, and the enduring question of whether BattleTech is actually an anime-style game. All this, and more references to Mayfair’s DC Heroes RPG than you can shake a 5 AP stick at, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Bubblegum Crisis RPG
Weird War Comics
Dragonball Z
Prefectural Earth Defense Force
Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow’s Joe)
Mekton RPG
Cyberpunk RPG
Teenagers from Outer Space
Urusei Yatsura
DC Heroes RPG (Mayfair)
Tenra Bansho Zero
Galaxy High Cartoon
TOON RPG
Robotech RPG
BattleTech Wargame
Armored Trooper Votoms: The Role-Playing Game
Cartoon Action Hour Season 2
Big Eyes Small Mouth (BESM) RPG
Sailor Moon RPG
Champions RPG
Vampire: The Masqurade
Ninja Crusade RPG
Blue Rose RPG
Magical Girl Meg-Chan
Tunnels and Trolls
Quick-Ass Gaming System


DNA Podcast 126 – Injuries in Popular Culture

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In this episode, Don and Rob explore how the way that injuries are portrayed in a story has a bit effect on how the audience perceives both stories and reality. Along the way, the two discuss how movies, role playing games, and comics have shown injuries, and what it says about their presentations of reality. All this, and 16 Lies Movies have Told You About Violence, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy Cartoon Ethnic Cast
The Last Action Hero
The Hays Code (aka The Motion Picture Production Code)
New Hollywood
Pam Grier
CHAMPIONS: The Superhero RPG
DC HEROES (Mayfair RPG)
16 Lies About Violence that Movies have Told You (from CRACKED.com)
Fight! Dragon TV series
The Dragon Man Skull


DNA Podcast 112 – Science in Popular Culture

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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

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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 109 – Competition in Popular Culture

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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 106 – Lost Genres 2 Sitcom Bugaloo

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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