THE PODCAST THAT ASKS THE QUESTION, IF NERDS HAVE WON... WHY ARE WE STILL CALLING THEM NERDS?
info_outline "Who You Callin' Emo?" w/ Matt Pryor (COMING SOON!) 03/10/2019
"Who You Callin' Emo?" w/ Matt Pryor (COMING SOON!) Mathew Klickstein interviews pioneering "emo" rocker Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids.
info_outline "Buzzing With Too Much Coffee Man" w/ Shannon Wheeler 04/20/2018
"Buzzing With Too Much Coffee Man" w/ Shannon Wheeler Time to get caffeinated! On the this episode of NERTZ, we have one of our favorite all-time comix folks: Mr. Shannon Wheeler, the creator of one of the great indie comix of all time: TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN. Tah-dah!
info_outline "The Nerdiest Nerd Who Ever Nerded (Nerdily)" w/ Toby Radloff AND Wayne Alan Harold 03/08/2018
"The Nerdiest Nerd Who Ever Nerded (Nerdily)" w/ Toby Radloff AND Wayne Alan Harold We speak with "Genuine Nerd" Toby Radloff from American Splendor and his production partner Wayne Alan Harold.
info_outline "Is Diablo Cody Actually A Nerd?" w/ Diablo Cody 04/07/2017
"Is Diablo Cody Actually A Nerd?" w/ Diablo Cody For our TENTH EPISODE (!) of NERTZ, we have an extremely special guest in screenwriter and TV show creator Diablo Cody. There's so much to be said about Ms. Cody, but we'll leave that for the episode, a fun and informal frolic through her thoughts on what it means to be a nerd or a geek, whether or not there's such a thing as "nerd cultural misappropriation" and even a little bit about why she kind-of-sort-of agrees with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis that Millennials are a bit too cuddly (and why that may kind-of-sort-of be okay). We're truly honored to have Diablo Cody celebrate our Tenth Episode Anniversary and can't wait for you to check out what makes her so damn deliciously devilish ...
info_outline "How To Make Love Like A Geek" w/ Missy Suicide 02/18/2017
"How To Make Love Like A Geek" w/ Missy Suicide What can one say about Suicide Girls? The world-renowned iconic and iconoclastic collective of ever-growing young women who champion their inner and outer beauty in the most unique fashion while being at the same time totally embracing of their un-fashionability. There's plenty more wonderful contradictions ahead with our episode involving the proud mama of the Suicide Girls bunch, Missy Suicide, who speaks with us about how being a misfit or outsider can sometimes be pretty damn sexy. In the process, we'll discuss how nerds and geeks have become so hot (in more ways than one) over the past two decades and what Suicide Girls may have had to do with it (especially when we consider one of their last photography collections, GEEKOLOGY.)
info_outline "You Got Steampunk'd" w/ James Blaylock 02/04/2017
"You Got Steampunk'd" w/ James Blaylock Before Steampunk was "fashion," it was literature. And before that, there was Philip K. Dick who wrote the books and short stories adapted into such films as: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck, Screamers, Vanilla Sky, Next and the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle (some would also say The Truman Show, but that's for a later discussion ... that you'll also hear in this episode). In this episode of NERTZ, we speak with one of our foremost sci-fi/fantasy writers James Blaylock about how he sat at the feet of Dick as a burgeoning young author, some truth-is-stranger-than-fiction anecdotes about the man himself ... and how Blaylock co-created Steampunk back in the late Seventies. (**HUMBLE APOLOGIES: Due to the nature of the original interview, which took place in a noisy restaurant, there is a fair amount of ambient sound in this one. But we thought the actual interview was worth sharing and our genius producer did a fine job in keeping Blaylock's discussion clear, so hopefully no worries!)
info_outline "How Loud Is Mumblecore?" w/ Andrew Bujalski 12/16/2016
"How Loud Is Mumblecore?" w/ Andrew Bujalski Hailed as one of the rising stars of the DIY/indie film scene at the turn of the 21st century -- including a "favorite filmmaker" designation by perennial bellwether critic Amy Taubin and a "Someone To Watch" Award given by the Independent Spirit Awards -- Andrew Bujalski, rather unwittingly, has been called the pioneer of the so-called "Mumblecore" movement in cinema. Perhaps the most recent alternative film ethos (or maybe just a marketing catchall by lazy journalists -- you decide), Mumblecore has boasted such "graduates" as Greta Gerwig, the Duplass Bros., Lynn Shelton and Joe Swanberg, amongst many others. And it all started -- for good or ill -- with Bujalski, whose films include Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation and Computer Chess. As the Mumblecore gang has grown up, with Bujalski himself having had recent mainstream success with his Support the Girls and screenplay for Disney's upcoming live-action Lady and the Tramp, we can now ask: What happens when film nerds and geeks become major movie stars and big-time directors? Find out on the this episode of NERTZ when Bujalski does far more than merely ... ahem ... MUMBLE his own thoughts on the answer.
info_outline "And The Award For Biggest Geek Goes To ..." w/ Kristen Nedopak 10/21/2016
"And The Award For Biggest Geek Goes To ..." w/ Kristen Nedopak Geekie Awards founder and geek mainstay Kristen Nedopak talks about how she developed her unique awards ceremony -- which has brought in such icons as Stan Lee, Kevin Smith and Seth Green -- why she chose to award "geeks" over "nerds" and what it takes to be a true independent in today's ever-changing creative market.
info_outline "The Simpsons Go Geek" w/ Mike Reiss AND Maggie Roswell 07/10/2016
"The Simpsons Go Geek" w/ Mike Reiss AND Maggie Roswell We finally uncover our long-lost Episode Four, a very special segment involving two different mainstays from The Simpsons. Join Mike Reiss (who has written for the show since day one and was showrunner during Seasons 3 and 4, co-created The Critic and was a writer for National Lampoon) and Emmy-nominated voice actress Maggie Roswell (Maude Flanders, Luann Van Houten, Helen Lovejoy, Shary Bobbins, et al) as we finally distinguish the differences between the nerd, the geek and the dork, all while keying into some easy-to-understand examples from the beloved animated series that helped to raise us all as young'ns.
info_outline "Alex Winter's Excellent Adventure" w/ Alex Winter 04/12/2016
"Alex Winter's Excellent Adventure" w/ Alex Winter Alex Winter is far more than merely Bill from Bill & Ted's or actor in such other modern classics as Lost Boys. He's also a filmmaker and uber-tech geek who's made a few docs on the subject (including the Napster flick, Downloaded). He now holds the record for most fundraised project on Kickstarter (for his Zappa documentary) and is just a darn nice guy. Smart too. Check out what he has to say about how tech and culture are intersecting more and more today. Please?
info_outline "Why We Geek Out So Damn Hard" w/ Dr. Sandra Calvert 02/20/2016
"Why We Geek Out So Damn Hard" w/ Dr. Sandra Calvert Dr. Sandra Calvert has spent much of her career investigating how media affects children and thus the rest of us. In this debut episode of NERTZ, Dr. Calvert reveals some fresh new research about why we connect so intimately with fictional characters, especially those onscreen. It's really weird, gang, but it's true. Probably. Harry Potter gets discussed a bunch, so there ya go.