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 087 – Automating Tabletop Gaming with Brian Welcher||In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with teacher, martial artist, and gamer Brian Welcher to discuss his project to automate some parts of tabletop gaming. The three discuss how Brian first got into gaming, and how his fascination with the RPG Pathfin||3/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDNA Episode 086 – Interview with Lee Gold||In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with the incomparable Lee Gold to discuss her life as an early RPG designer, editor of the long-running APA Alarums and Excursions, and filk songwriter. Along the way, the trio discuss the history of the Los Angeles||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 085 – Media and the Law||In this episode, Rob, Don and Jack Ward discuss the relationships between the law and entertainment media. These three gumshoes leave no stone unturned as they delve into the seedy and often antagonistic relationship between those who make the rules and||2/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 084 – Food in Popular Culture||Ronald McDonald 1.0 In this episode, Rob and Don explore the weird relationship between food and popular culture. From C3POs to Mac Tonight, the pair discuss how food is both shunned and adored in popular culture, and how this relationship has changed o||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Episode 083 – Warhammer with Professor Otaku||In this episode, Don and Rob are joined again by Professor Otaku to discuss the legendary tabletop miniatures game Warhammer. From the original Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay to the glory that is Warhammer 40k, the trio dive deep into the dark lore of the g||1/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 082 – Character Progression and Gamerisms in Media||In this episode Don and Rob discuss Don’s view that tabletop RPGs and video games have influenced the way people write and consume stories. Delving deep into the topic, the pair discuss Kung Fu movies, westerns, Isekai stories and (naturally) litRP||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDNA Podcast 081 – DNA Millwood Chapter with Anika and Matt||First Group picture pic.twitter.com/Ue75tvKTZy — DNA Millwood Chapter (@dnamillwood) November 10, 2016 A while ago, friend of the show Jack Ward approached us about making his High School’s nerdly arts club into a branch of the Department of Nerdly||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDNA Podcast 080 – J-Novel Club with Sam Pinansky||In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by J-Novel club founder Sam Pinansky. J-Novel club is the largest online seller of translated Japanese Light Novels, and one of the pioneers in bringing these Japanese works to English readers. During this great i||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 079 – Giant Robot Smackdown with Professor Otaku||In this episode, Don and Rob enter the arena of giant robot combat with blazing hearts to face off with Professor Otaku- mecha history expert extraordinaire! The three discuss why Japan is so darn fascinated by giant robots, super robots vs. real robots||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNA Podcast 078 – We Robots with Jack Ward||In this episode, Rob, Don, and their friend Jack Ward attempt to delve into robots in popular culture, but what was intended as a light jaunt into robots and their place in entertainment turns into a deep existential discussion about what it really mean||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|