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!
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 068 – Super Sentai with Squall Charlson||In this episode…everybody say HAI! Because Rob and Don sit down with YouTuber and Tokusatsu fan Squall Charlson to discuss the history of Japan’s Super Sentai genre. Donning the colours of Red, Blue and Yellow, the three heroes discuss the ge||6/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 67 – Intelligence in Popular Culture||In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Jack Ward to discuss portrayals of Intelligence in popular culture. The three delve into the hows and whys of the way smart people are portrayed the way they are in the media, the difference between wisdom and||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 66- A History of Mecha Anime Part Two – Real Robots||In this episode, Rob and Don continue exploring the world of mecha anime with a journey into the “Real Robot” subgenre. The pair discuss how the Real Robot genre split off from the Super Robot subgenre they covered in the last episode, and th||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 65- A History of Mecha Anime Part One – Super Robots||In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the origins of Super Robot mecha anime. The pair discuss how it exploded onto Japanese TV in the 1970’s, how it changed and evolved over time, and it’s invasion of the minds of youth everywhere||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDNA Podcast 064 – Russian Science Fiction with Simon Vale||In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Simon Vale of Magic Dome Books, a company which specializes in translating Russian science fiction into English. The trio discuss Russian geek culture, Russia’s fascination with litRPGs, and the nature of||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDNA Podcast 063 – A History of GI Joe with Tim Finn||In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Tim Finn, author of the upcoming book GI Joe: A Real American Book, to discuss the history of GI Joe. The trio discuss Joe’s origins as the first Action Figure for boys, how the GI Joe comic helped reboot||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|