The Department of Nerdly Affairs
By The Department of Nerdly Affairs
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The Department of Nerdly Affairs is a bi-weekly talk podcast dedicated to exploring different aspects of nerdly arts and culture. Together bringing over 80 years of experience to the table, the hosts, Rob and Don, try to take a seasoned, knowledgeable, and real-world approach to looking at the creation of nerd culture and the forces shaping it. The podcast covers topics ranging from from film and comics to writing and history, and pretty much everything in between. If it's a hobby shared by few or by many, you can expect to hear it talked about by the Department of Nerdly Affairs. New episodes every second Friday! Come chat with us at obeythedna.com!
||CleanDNA Podcast 062 – Taiwanese Comics with Julia Chien||In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Taiwanese writer Julia Chien to discuss the past, present and future of Taiwanese comic books. Along the way, they talk about comic codes, what life for comics artists was like under military rule, and why many||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDNA Podcast 61 – What is Fantasy?||In this episode, Don and Rob take a look at the Fantasy genre and explore some of their favorite Fantasy RPGs. Along the way, they discuss Don’s five types of Fantasy, look at how RPGs have redefined what Fantasy is, and debate the difference betwe||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 060 – Chinese Webnovels with Jeremy Bai||In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with translator and author Jeremy Bai to discuss the world of Chinese Webnovels. The trio discuss the history of Chinese adventure fiction being translated to English, how Chinese heroes differ from English heroes,||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 059 – Portrayals of Strength in the Media||In this episode, Don and Rob look at cultural views of strength in the media. The pair explore why lead characters being strong is so important to North American audiences, how views of strength have changed over time, and what a strong female fighter r||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 058 – Light Novels with Justus R Stone||In this episode, Don and Rob head East with Justus R. Stone, YouTube Light Novel Reviewer, to discuss the ins and outs of the Japanese and American Light Novel markets. Along the way, Justus takes the pair on a tour of the origins of Light Novels, why t||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 057 – Culture War Profiteering||In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward to discuss Culture War Profiteering. What is Culture War Profiteering? And how is it being used on you on a daily basis? The trio will delve into this, the issues surrounding it, and what we can do ab||1/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDNA Podcast 056 – Writing Shonen Manga||In this episode, Rob and Don sit down to discuss Rob’s new book- Write! Shonen Manga. The pair discuss the history of Shonen manga, the different types and meta-genres, and how the Japanese approach writing stories differently than Americans do. Al||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 055 – Making the Biff Straker RPG||In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with their friend Jack Ward to help him construct a tabletop RPG system for his Audio Drama series Spaceways Starring Biff Straker. In the process, the trio discuss the benefits of different dice systems, damage sys||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 054 – TV Superheroes||In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the history of American TV superheroes. From the open plains where the Lone Ranger roams, to Gotham City and Smallville, the pair chart the history of TV supers as from the dawn of TV to the present day.||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 053 – The Horror of Paul E. Cooley||In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with horror author Paul E. Cooley to talk about his genre of choice. The three discuss exactly what horror is, Don’s Eight Types of Horror, and the good and bad sides of podcasting your work. All this, and a he||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|