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Nerd Hurdles is a podcast. Chances are if you’re here, you know that already. But just in case you got sent here by Google or a link sent to you by someone in your office, Nerd Hurdles is a podcast about things nerds like. Things that regular people (”normals”) scoff at or outright shun. We discuss these things in a generally humorous and vaguely intelligent way. Or is that intelligible? It might be neither intelligent nor intelligible. Jakob and Mandi discuss all manner and forms of nerdery and geekery and what makes them magnificent and tragic. This weekly epic explored the depths of what fandoms mean to their fans. Sacred cows of the scifi, fantasy, comic book and any other genre that makes the general public squirm with discomfort get the irreverent Nerd Hurdles treatment (and nerdy love).
||ExplicitEpisode 216: Netflix Grab Bag||Jakob and Mandi talk about a totally random assortment of things they've been watching on Netflix. Mainly Daredevil Season 2, Downton Abbey Season 5, House of Cards Season 4 (well, the first 3 episodes), most of Poirot, and the Ender's Game movie.||12 4 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 215 – Love and Marriage||A Valentines Day special! Our good friends James and Nicole pop by to talk our fabulous wedding, their rad wedding, weddings we've been to that were maybe not so awesome and married life. Thanks to Joe Strutt for the very special easter egg (valentine'...||11 2 2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 214 – The Force Awakens in Los Santos||We stopped sleeping on The Force Awakens and went and saw it finally. It took us a while on account of all the GTA V we were playing.||31 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 213 – Watching The Detectives||Detectives. Private Dicks. On TV. Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Jessica Jones Season 1, Death In Paradise Season 3 and Bones Season 10.||21 12 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 212: Trains, Tangents and Tinder updates||Before heading back to Africa, Kathie wanted to slam the new E.L. James book. Mandi wanted an update on her Tinder adventures and tangents ensued. So much so neither topic gets talked about much—"Grey" not at all.||14 10 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 211: Kathie Gets Tinder||Regular co-host Kathie (What introduced Mandi to fanfic, apparently) signs up for Tinder just in time to leave the country for nine months. Married couple Jakob and Mandi live vicariously through her (potential) online dating adventures.||22 9 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 210: Mandi Goes Camping||After Mandi comes back from a camping trip, the Hurdlers discuss one of Jakob's biggest hurdles: Camping. They also discuss Sense8 (spoiler free!) and Age of Ultron.||2 9 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 209: Earthseed – Books of The Living||Kathie drops by to talk about Octavia E. Butler's harrowing post-collapse books 'Parable of the Sower' and 'Parable of the Talents'. Thanks to Matthew Fava for giving us these cheery reads.||27 7 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 208: Cosplay||A topic suggested by listener Rose, Jakob and Mandi talk about cosplay (something they admittedly don't know all that much about), dress codes and personal identity.||7 7 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 207: Manic Pixie Dream Girls||Jakob and Mandi watch one of the seminal "manic pixie dream girl" movies, 'Harold and Maude' (1971), then talk about the MPDG trope.||29 6 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 206: Furious Furiosa Fury Road||Jakob and Mandi go for a drive on Fury Road.||19 5 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 205: Two Hundred and Five Shades of Grey||Kathie (what came back from Chad and made us watch the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, apparently) joins Jakob and Mandi to talk about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.||10 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 204: Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey||Dan drops by to travel back in time and get trippy in the year 2001.||2 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 203: Sitcoms||Jakob and Mandi talk about television sitcoms. The TV genre which, previous to the advent of reality TV, was considered the lowest form of TV. Well, after soap operas and afternoon talk shows. Anyway, in this episode they primarily discuss as examples ...||3 2 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 202: The Omega Man (1971)||Dan joins Jakob and Mandi to discuss the 1971 sci-fi cult classic The Omega Man starring Charlton Heston's teeth and sweaty man boobs.||23 1 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 201: Five Armies, One Hobbit||Riddles in the dark: What comes at the end but sits in the middle, is the last of six but only the third? Answer: It's The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies, of course. Even Gollum could get that.||23 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 200: Preview Reviews||To celebrate their 200th episode, Jakob and Mandi return to the halcyon days of Jakob's previous podcast (P)reviews where he'd review movies based on their trailers. This episode they take a look at the four big upcoming franchise reboot/sequels—Jurass.||15 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 199: King of Kong||A fistful of tangents. Mandi, Jakob and Dan talk about the 2007 video game documentary King of Kong as well as Downton Abbey S4, Hunger Games Mockingjay P1 and texts from superheroes.||8 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 198: Sacred Rock’n’Roll Cows||The first ever Nerd Hurdles without Mandi. Instead Jakob is joined by Stephen(from episode 130: Going To The Library)to talk about the sacred cows of rock music. Visit Stephen's blog: Shelf Dwindle http://shelfdwindle.wordpress.||24 10 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 197: THX 1138||The fifth installment in our DAN'S DEVIL'S BUCKET LIST series in which we watch classic movies of dubious quality that Dan has never seen. In this case, the seminal sci-fi, dystopian thriller love story: Geroge Lucas's 'THX 1138' — the film that made '.||26 9 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 196: We went to Vancouver Island||A second trip in as many weeks. We went to Vancouver Island where Jakob's friends and family reside. This makes us seem like jet-setters which we're so very not.||29 8 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 195: We Heart Nerd York||We went to New York with some nerdy friends to see NPH in Hedwig and The Angry Inch.||15 8 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 194: The Edge of Groundhog Day||Tom Cruise is back to join the Starship Troopers and help Incept Groundhog Day in "The Edge of Tomorrow". As always... spoilers.||8 7 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 193: Not All Nerds?||This week, with Kathie's help, we answer a listener letter. Darryll writes: "I'd like to make a suggestion for Nerd Hurdles. Lately, the topic of nerd misogyny and nerd rage toward women has been very present in social media.||26 6 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 192: Ramblo||Another movie crossed off Dan's Devil's Bucket List — the seminal 1982 action flick, starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, First Blood. A film many may still have the wrong idea about.||30 5 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
Calling This Nerdles Just To Winde Mandi Up!
Sorry for that Mandi. This is a fandabulous look at all things nerdy. So nerdy that you look at the hurdle it presents and think "I don't know if it's worth it!" Well, get a pair of experts opinion on whether the Nerd Hurdle is worth tackling...then go away and make your own mind up! Fantastic podcast, great humour and very funny. ori-STUDFARM gives it 2 thumbs up...but only because he only has 2 thumbs. I'd reward more if I could!
I have a weird love hate relationship with this show. I love the banter and sense of humour of the hosts, but I sometimes hate what they say about certain subjects and genres. Then, I remember its all just opinions, and my friends and I do the same thing about mainstream media. They get things horribly wrong at times, but its easy to forgive them and come back for another dose.
Just listen to it.
You'll know before long if it's your cup of tea. I happen to think this podcast is made almost entirely out of awesomness.