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The Department of Nerdly Affairs is a talk podcast dedicated to exploring different aspects of nerdly arts and culture. 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.

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DNA Podcast 100 – Failure
Picture by &#8216;ccPixs.com&#8217; &#160;www.ccPixs.com In this, the hundredth episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs, Rob, Don, and Jack sit down to discuss their greatest creative failures. The trio talk about the challenges they&#8217;ve faced, what they&#8217;ve learned from them, and what failure really means. Along the way, they delve into the power of psychology,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-100-failure/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 099 – Trust Us, We’re Lying
In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward to discuss the book Trust Me, I&#8217;m Lying by Ryan Holiday and the implications that come with his tell-all book about media manipulation. The three delve into the techniques used by Holiday and media manipulators, how the media hacks human psychology, and why fake... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-099-trust-us-were-lying/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 098 – Vampires in Popular Culture
In this episode, Don and Rob explore vampires and their place in history and popular culture. The two intrepid stalkers of the night discuss vampire legends, obscure vampire lore, and the history of vampires on film. All this, and Rob&#8217;s rant about stupid vampire lords, is waiting to suck your attention in this episode of... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-098-vampires-in-popular-culture/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 097 – Education in Popular Culture with Jack Ward
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their favorite teacher Jack Ward to discuss education and how it&#8217;s reflected in popular culture. The three explore the roles education plays in society, and how pop culture and education both reflect and change each other. They also discuss the different kinds of movies about teachers... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-097-education-in-popular-culture/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 096 – Rules Heavy and Lite RPGs
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Jack Ward to discuss the difference between Role Playing Games that use detailed rules systems (rules heavy) versus those who use minimalist rules (rules lite) and how each affects gameplay. Along the way, the trio discuss lots of oldschool RPGs, Japanese vs. American RPGs,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/2019/08/23/dna-podcast-096-rules-heavy-and-lite-rpgs/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 095 – Fantasy Tropes People Love with Jack Ward
In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward to discuss a recent Reddit survey on fantasy tropes people love. They discuss how people might be misusing the word and idea of tropes, and then go through people&#8217;s top choices for fantasy tropes, from the heroic last stand to the plucky young hero,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-095-fantasy-tropes-people-love-with-jack-ward/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 094 – Gaming Tropes
In this episode, Rob and Don dig into the concept of tropes and discuss how they connect with tabletop RPG gaming. Few people think about how Hit Points are actually an artificial idea created by games, and how they affect the way we think about games- this is an example of a gaming trope. Don... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-094-gaming-tropes/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 093 – Death to Evil Overlords!
In this episode, Don listens as Rob goes on a tear about one of his pet peeves- Evil Overlords in Fantasy and Science Fiction. The pair discuss the origins of the Evil Overlord trope, why is exists, and what the problems are with it. Along they way, they discuss &#8220;Villains who say Bah!&#8221;, the Asian... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-093-death-to-evil-overlords/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 092 – Police in Popular Culture
In this episode, Don and Rob take a look at the messy history of the police in popular culture. Starting off with a history of the police themselves, the pair explore how police stories are very much a reflection of the society which produces them, and how we seem to alternate between two forms of... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-092-police-in-popular-culture/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 091 – tReading the Path of Heaven
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Jonathan Kinney and Richard Curtissmith from the tReading the Path of Heaven podcast to talk about Asian Light Novels and webnovels. The four of them discuss the differences between Japanese, Korean, and Chinese webnovels, some of their favorites, and what makes webnovels characters unique. All this,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-091-treading-the-path-of-heaven/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Episode 90 – Crime and Villainy in Popular Culture
In this episode, Rob and Don delve into society&#8217;s dark underbelly and explore how popular culture and our image of criminals have become intertwined. Along the way, the pair discuss where our concepts of villainy come from, how the roles of hero and villain have switched places over history, and how TV and movies have... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-90-crime-and-villainy-in-popular-culture/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 089 – Mysticism Continued with Lothar Tuppan and David Towers
Following up on the last episode, Don and Rob continue their exploration into the world of the occult with new guest Lothar Tuppan and returning guest David Towers. The four of them pick up where Dave left off, giving more context to the ancient Abrahamic origins of modern mystic thought, and then tumble forward in... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-089-mysticism-continued-with-lothar-tuppan-and-david-towers/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 088 – Mysticism with David Towers
In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Don&#8217;s old friend David Towers to discuss mysticism. Dave has had a lifelong interest in the subject, and he shares the fruits of his research with the pair. Spiraling off from Don and Rob&#8217;s earlier episode about the Satanic Panic, the three of them delve deep... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-088-mysticism-with-david-towers/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 Pathfinder led him to look for ways to create scripts that would... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-087-automating-tabletop-gaming-with-brian-welcher/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 Science Fantasy Society (LASFS), how she started her APA, and... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-086-interview-with-lee-gold/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 those who make the fun. Along the way, they discuss how copyright law has... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-085-media-and-the-law/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 over time. Along the way, they ask the big questions, like &#8220;Can you... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-084-food-in-popular-culture/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 game which rules basement tables and hobby shops across the UK. Along... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-083-warhammer-with-professor-otaku/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 082 – Character Progression and Gamerisms in Media
In this episode Don and Rob discuss Don&#8217;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) litRPGs. All this and a deep discussion into where Dr. Who went wrong and how... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-082-character-progression-and-gamerisms-in-media/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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&#8217;s nerdly arts club into a branch of the Department of Nerdly Affairs. We naturally were flattered, and accepted- thus the DNA Millwood Chapter was born! Now we... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-081-dna-millwood-chapter-with-anika-and-matt/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 interview, the trio discuss Sam&#8217;s journey to becoming a publisher, the nature of... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-080-j-novel-club-with-sam-pinansky/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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, and the nature of mecha anime characters. Then, for the main event,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-079-giant-robot-smackdown-professor-otaku/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 means to be human. Along the way, the trio explore possible definitions... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-078-robots-jack-ward/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 077 – Hub Comics with Tim Finn and Jesse Farrell
In this episode, Rob and Don team do an international team-up with Tim Finn and Jesse Farrell of Hub Comics of Somerville, Mass. to expose the true nature of owning a comic shop in this modern age. Thrill as the intrepid foursome discuss the perils of pissing off your comic reading audience. Gasp as Tim... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-077-hub-comics-tim-finn-jesse-farrell/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 076 – American Superhero Comics
In this episode, Don and Rob delve deep into the history of American superhero comics. From their early murky and pulpy origins to the modern digital age, the pair explore the rocky history of superhero comics and how they reflect American society.  All this, and the Crimson Bee, is waiting for you in this episode... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/2018/10/05/dna-podcast-076-american-superhero-comics/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 074 – Toxic Fandom
In this episode, Rob and Don delve into the weird and wacky world of fandom. They talk about their own fandom backgrounds, explore modern fandom&#8217;s roots, and talk about how it evolved. Along the way, they discuss fandom&#8217;s positive side, and try to define toxic fandom. All this, and why the My Little Pony RPG... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-074-toxic-fandom/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 073- UFOs in Popular Culture
In this episode, Don and Rob explore the place of UFOs in our popular culture with the help of Jack Ward. The trio explore the earliest UFO reports, talk about how UFOs have changed with the times, and what our ideas about aliens say about us. Along the way, Jack tells the story of his... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-073-ufos-popular-culture/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 072 – Time Travel in Popular Culture
In this week&#8217;s episode, Rob and Don sit down to talk about time travel! The pair discuss the past, present, and future of time travel stories, how time travel seems to have developed fictional &#8220;rules&#8221; that everyone agrees on (but have no basis in fact), and what some of their favorite time travel stories are. ... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-072-time-travel-popular-culture/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 071 – Fake News
In this episode, Don and Rob discuss The News, exploring the past, present and future of our primary source of knowledge about the world around us. In the process, they discuss the relationship between the news makers and the audience, how the news has evolved to meet the needs of different eras, and how the... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-071-fake-news/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 070 – Trinidad Dreams with Justin Charles
In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Justin Charles of the A Dude and Chick Walk Into a Studio podcast to talk about Justin&#8217;s life growing up as a geek in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The three explore how Trinidad and  Justin&#8217;s early loves of anime, video games, storytelling,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-070-trinidad-dreams-justin-charles/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 69 – Retro TV Recycle Bin with Jack Ward
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with their friend Jack Ward to talk about the TV shows that might have died too soon (or not soon enough!). The trio leave no unfinished stone unturned as they delve into shows about science fiction, fantasy, comedy and cartoons that never made it past their freshman... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-69-retro-tv-recycle-bin-jack-ward/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 068 – Super Sentai with Squall Charlson
In this episode&#8230;everybody say HAI! Because Rob and Don sit down with YouTuber and Tokusatsu fan Squall Charlson to discuss the history of Japan&#8217;s Super Sentai genre. Donning the colours of Red, Blue and Yellow, the three heroes discuss the genre&#8217;s origins, how it evolved over time, and the highlights of Super Sentai&#8217;s 43 year... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-068-super-sentai-squall-charlson/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 intelligence, and how it&#8217;s all linked with the ways... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-67-intelligence-popular-culture/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 &#8220;Real Robot&#8221; subgenre. The pair discuss how the Real Robot genre split off from the Super Robot subgenre they covered in the last episode, and then recombined with Evangelion, to form a whole new kind of titanic... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-66-history-mecha-anime-part-two-real-robots/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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&#8217;s, how it changed and evolved over time, and it&#8217;s invasion of the minds of youth everywhere. All this, and the story of how the genre started... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-history-mecha-anime-part-one-super-robots/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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&#8217;s fascination with litRPGs, and the nature of the Russian book markets. All this, and why the Strugatskie brothers are the greatest Science Fiction... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-064-russian-science-fiction-simon-vale/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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&#8217;s origins as the first Action Figure for boys, how the GI Joe comic helped reboot the franchise, and the GI Joe: A... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-063-history-gi-joe-tim-finn/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 of Taiwan&#8217;s best and brightest artists are working in the... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-062-taiwanese-comics-julia-chien/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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&#8217;s five types of Fantasy, look at how RPGs have redefined what Fantasy is, and debate the difference between magic and theology. All this, and the great debate over... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-61-fantasy/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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, and the best Webnovels for people new to the genre to check out. All... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-060-chinese-webnovels-jeremy-bai/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 really means. All this, and how Free to Be You and... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-059-portrayals-strength-media/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 they&#8217;re growing in popularity in English, and how... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-058-light-novels-justus-r-stone/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 about it. All this, and the sad... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-057-culture-war-profiteering/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 056 – Writing Shonen Manga
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down to discuss Rob&#8217;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. All this, and Rob shamelessly hawking his book, are waiting for you in this episode... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-056-writing-shonen-manga/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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 systems, character design approaches, and how to bring the feels to an... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-055-making-biff-straker-rpg/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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. Along the way, they define what a... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-054-tv-superheroes/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA 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&#8217;s Eight Types of Horror, and the good and bad sides of podcasting your work. All this, and a heaping helping of Dead Robots&#8217; Society lore, are... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-053-horror-paul-e-cooley/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 052- A Brief History of American Comics
In this episode, Rob and Don plunge into the vast history of American comic books and try to make sense of it all. The pair explore the origins of the first comic books, and how the name Gains changed the comic book world not once, but twice! Then they face the challenge of the superheros... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-052-brief-history-american-comics/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 051 – Comedy Tabletop RPGs
In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by their friend Chad to discuss Comedy Tabletop Roleplaying Games. The three delve into the classics of the genre like Paranoia and Toon, check out their old Alma Mater, hang with Beach Bunny Bimbos with Blasters, and reminisce about being Teenagers from Outer Space. All this, and... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-051-comedy-tabletop-rpgs/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 050 – Horror Tabletop RPGs
In this episode, Don and Rob trip the night fantastic with their friend Chad and discuss the creepy subject of Horror Role Playing Games. Long regarded as one of the harder types of RPGs to run, the three probe the different types of horror RPGs and do an overview of the classics of the genre.... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-050-horror-tabletop-rpgs/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 049 – Star Trekking with Jack Ward
In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward to go where no man has boldly gone before! The past and future collide as the three discuss the history of Trek and whether or not it&#8217;s still relevant in today&#8217;s world. All this, and Jack and Rob&#8217;s big throwdown on Star Trek Enterprise,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-049-star-trekking-jack-ward/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 48 – History of Manga (Part 2)
In this episode, Rob and Don finish their discussion of the History of Japanese Comics. Starting in the 1980&#8217;s, they discuss the rise and fall of Shonen Jump, how Dragonball changed everything, and how modern manga have been influenced by animation. All this, and Bakuman, in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs. Closing... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-48-history-manga-part-2/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Episode 47 – The History of Manga (Part 1)
In this episode, Rob and Don journey back into the past of Japanese comic books to explore it from its roots 1300 years ago until the great experimental manga age of the 1970s.  They explore the European roots of Manga, how the medium was shaped by the winds of Japan&#8217;s history, and the major figures who... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/2017/07/29/dna-episode-47-history-manga-part-1/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 046 – Interview with Larry Houston
In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Larry Houston, storyboard artist and animation producer, to talk about his history in animation and work on X-men: The Animated Series. The trio discuss how Larry broke into the animation industry back in the 1980&#8217;s, what  it was like to work with Stan Lee, and his techniques... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-046-interview-larry-houston/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Episode 045 – Affluence in the Media
In this episode, Rob and Don delve into the topic of Affluence in the Media. Where do our ideas of wealth come from? How does the media shape our ideas of what it is to be wealthy? And why is Richie Rich a post-apocalyptic warlord? All this, and Sigmund Freud’s Nephew are waiting for you... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-045-affluence-media/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 044 – Musical Brains
&#160; In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by their friend Richard Moule to discuss music and how it affects us. The trio explore the physical processes behind our reactions and interactions with music and discuss how music and humans evolved together over time. The three also delve into music as soundtrack, and discuss... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-044-musical-brains/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 043 – Post Apocalyptic RPGs
In this episode, Don and Rob are joined again by their friend Chad to discuss Post-Apocalyptic (Tabletop) Role Playing Games. The three discuss the different ways in which an RPG can be Post-Apocalyptic, the importance of post-apocalyptic hygiene, and then go through the history of the Post-Apocalyptic gaming genre with side trips into movies, anime... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-043-post-apocalyptic-rpgs/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 042 – Dungeons and Dragons
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by fellow gamer Jack Ward to discuss the granddaddy of tabletop roleplaying- Dungeons and Dragons. The intrepid trio throw on their adventuring gear and delve deep into the many editions of D&#38;D while sharing their thoughts on how D&#38;D became a cultural fixture in our society.  All... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-042-dungeons-dragons/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 041 – Remakes, Sequels and Reboots. Oh My!
In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the issues involved with remakes, prequels, sequels and reboots, and why at best they&#8217;re a tough act to pull off well, and at worst they&#8217;re totally awful. Along the way, they delve into the nature of story itself and how stories reflect the writers and... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-041-remakes-sequels-reboots-oh/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 040 – Mister Kitty’s Stupid Comics
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by Shain and Dave from Misterkitty.org to talk about their ongoing Stupid Comics project where they showcase some of the most awful and unique pieces of comic book art visited upon mankind. Along the way, the four talk about the pair&#8217;s Mister Kitty&#8217;s Lo-Fi Landfill audio project,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-040-mister-kittys-stupid-comics/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 039 – Bad Movies We Love
In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by their friend Chad to talk about the movies that they know are awful, but can&#8217;t help but have soft spots in their hearts for. This journey takes the trio from classic 50&#8217;s monster movies, to the heights of 80s cheese and the depths of Asia&#8217;s cinematic... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-039-bad-movies-love/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 038 – Interview with Spiritual Medium Mary Bezaire
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with psychic medium Mary Bezaire to discuss what it&#8217;s like to see spirits and be a channel into the unknown. The three discuss a wide variety of topics, from the nature to spirit guides, to the most haunted places in Essex County, to the existence of evil... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-038-interview-spiritual-medium-mary-bezaire/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 037 – Death and the Nerdly Arts
Rob, Don and Jack Ward explore the place of death in the nerdly arts. From superheroes who never die, to the real life celebrities who do (for now), and how our own fears of death shape our entertainment of choice, the trio head down a funerary rabbit hole. It&#8217;s an episode of grave humour, and... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-037-death-nerdly-arts/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 036 – Interview with Will Meugniot
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by comic artist and animation director and producer Will Meugniot to talk about Will&#8217;s long history in the comics and animation industry. In this deep exploration of the animation industry of the 80&#8217;s and 90&#8217;s, they discuss the DNAgents, Will&#8217;s role as showrunner for X-Men the Animated... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-036-interview-will-meugniot/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 035 – The Hero’s Journey Strikes Back!
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by Jack Ward for a spirited debate about Joseph Campbell&#8217;s Hero&#8217;s Journey. Does Campbell&#8217;s opus really hold the key to writing satisfying stories? Jack thinks so, but Rob and Don aren&#8217;t so sure, and this leads to a long discussion involving comparative mythology, newspaper comic strips, 1970&#8217;s... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-035-heros-journey-strikes-back/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 034 – What are litRPGs?
Don and Rob are joined by the awesome Ramon Meija of the litRPG podcast to talk about the biggest new genre you&#8217;ve probably never heard of- litRPGs. The three discuss the origins of the genre, what makes a litRPG, what books you should be checking out, and how the litRPG genre reflects the world we live... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-034-litrpgs/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 033 – Writing Formulas
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down to discuss story structure. They explore the origins of the 3-act structure, discuss Chris Fox&#8217;s Write to Market strategy, and break down the Lester Dent Master Pulp Writing Formula and Michael Moorcock&#8217;s How to Write a Book in Three Days method. All this, and why Buffy the... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-033-writing-formulas/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 032 – Voice Acting with Kimlinh Tran
In this episode, Rob and Don explore the possibilities of sound by talking with voice actress Kimlinh Tran about her experiences and perspectives gained voice acting in anime and video games. They talk about her efforts to improve her craft, why being near entertainment production centers is a must, and why recording walla is so much... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-032-voice-acting-kimlinh-tran/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 031 – Comics Creator Ben Dunn and Antarctic Press
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by comic book creator and founder of Antarctic Press, Ben Dunn. The three of them sit and chat about Ben&#8217;s long career in comics, how Antarctic Press came to be, and the ups and downs of running a comic book company. Along the way, Ben gives great... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-031-comics-creator-ben-dunn-antarctic-press/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 030 – Interview with Dr. R.N. Shukul
Rob and Don sit down with Journalist and TV Producer Dr. Rashid Narain (R.N.) Shukul to discuss Television and Media in India. Along the way, they touch on RN&#8217;s career as a cameraman and war correspondent, his time as TV game show producer in India, his time producing documentaries for Fremantle Media, and some of... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-030-interview-dr-r-n-shukul/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 029 – Our One Year Anniversary
Rob and Don have been at this for a year, and take a show to look back on 28 episodes of the Department of Nerdly Affairs and how far they&#8217;ve come. They discuss the origins of the show, some behind the scenes thoughts about the different episodes and their guests, and finish with a special... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-029-one-year-anniversary/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 028 – The Nature of Nerdliness
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with guest Jack Ward to discuss what it means to be a nerd. The trio discuss exactly what nerds are, where they came from, and whether nerds as a concept is even still relevant in modern culture.  All this, and why The Nutty Professor was the great... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/2016/11/04/dna-podcast-028-nature-nerdliness/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 027b – Horror Hosts Extra with Michael Monahan
This is an extra after-show conversation which occurred after the recording of episode 27 and continues on from where we left off. Among other things, we talk about the passing into history of the original horror hosts, how Horror Hosts dealt with national tragedies like the Kennedy Assassination and 9/11, and the changing relationship between... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-027b-horror-hosts-extra-michael-monahan/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 027 – Horror Hosts with Michael Monahan
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Michael Monahan, author and co-producer of the documentary American Scary, to talk about Horror Hosts. We delve into the origins of the Horror Host phenomena from its early days with Vampira to the megahit Ghoulardi and the modern incarnations which still stalk the airwaves. All this,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-027-horror-hosts-michael-monahan/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 026 – Indie RPGs with Graham MacLean
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by scholar and game designer Graham MacLean to talk about the Independent Tabletop RPG scene. The trio talk about the origins of Indie RPGs, why D&#38;D was the first Indie RPG, and how the Fruitful Void can make you look at games in a new way. All... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/2016/10/08/dna-podcast-26-indie-rpgs-graham-maclean/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 025 – The Kevin Doak Comedy Hour
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with comedian Kevin Doak to discuss comedy and the nerdly arts. The trio debate which superhero you want to have over for dinner, why the Walking Dead needs more laughs, and the depressed turnout of Batman v. Superman. All this, and why Shawn of the Dead is... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/2016/09/23/dna-pocast-025-kevin-doak-comedy-hour/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 24 – Science Fiction Author Gary Gibson
In this episode, Rob and Don interview Scottish science fiction writer Gary Gibson about his career, writing Space Opera, and why Science Fiction has become boring. All this, and why Zardoz is a classic film, in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs. Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt  Things Discussed:... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-24-science-fiction-author-gary-gibson/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 023 – Why You Shouldn’t Be a Writer
In this episode, Rob and Don discuss the cons of becoming a professional writer (or artist). While the internet is filled with people telling you that you&#8217;re one Kindle book away from quitting your day job (mostly by people selling writing how-to advice and services) Rob and Don look at some of the cold, hard costs... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-023-shouldnt-writer/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 022 – Heavy Metal Thunder
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by music historian Richard Moule to discuss their mutual love and admiration for the musical art form known as Heavy Metal. The trio trace Metal&#8217;s history and inspirations, and talk about how metal became THE nerdly music of choice. All this, and why Death Metal is really redneck... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-022-heavy-metal-thunder/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 021 – Interview with Tim Eldred
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with comic artist and director of Marvel&#8217;s Avengers Assemble animated series Tim Eldred to discuss his career in the comic book industry and how it led him into the world of animation. Along the way, they discuss Tim&#8217;s advice for aspiring comic book artists, why getting your... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-021-interview-with-tim-eldred/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 020 – Tabletop RPG Memories
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad to discuss their love of Tabletop Role-Playing Games. The trio explore the history of TRPGS, and talks about their own experiences and growing up playing these games. Along the way, they discuss the appeal of Gamma World, point based vs. random character creation,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-020-tabletop-rpg-memories/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 019 – Ghosts of Saturday Mornings Past
In this episode, Don and Rob discuss North American TV animation, tracing it from its roots in the 1950s to the rise of Saturday morning television and its eventual evolution in the age of Netflix. Along the way, they spend time with Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, Josie the Pussycats, the Micronauts, and Goober and the Ghost... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-019-ghosts-of-saturday-mornings-past/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 018 – Edd Vick and MU Press
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Edd Vick, founder and publisher of MU Press and Comics F/X magazine, to discuss Edd&#8217;s history in comics and the independent comics scene of the 80s and 90s. Former guest Jeff Wood, one of Edd&#8217;s friends and contributors also stops by, and the four of them... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-18-mu-press/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 017 – All About Ultraman
In this episode, Rob and Don do an overview of the Japanese media titan Ultraman, delving into the concepts behind the series, doing an overview of Ultraman&#8217;s long history, and talking about their personal connections to the character. All this, and a trip into the world of 80&#8217;s independent television, are waiting for you in... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-017-all-about-ultraman/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 016 – Exploring the Hero Pulps with Gregg Taylor
In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Gregg Taylor of the Decoder Ring Theatre podcast to talk about a subject that&#8217;s near and dear to Gregg&#8217;s heart- Pulp Heroes! We talk about the original Batman v. Superman- The Shadow and Doc Savage, how a pulp hero is made by their choice of hats,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-016-exploring-the-hero-pulps-with-gregg-taylor/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 015: Podcasting Audio Drama
In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by Jack Ward of the Sonic Society podcast to talk about Jack&#8217;s experiences hosting the Internet&#8217;s greatest audio drama showcase for over a decade and the thrills and frustrations of being an audio drama producer in the podcast age. Slap on your Podjectors and Flip the switch to... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-015-podcasting-audio-drama/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 014: Talking 80’s Independent Comics with Jeff Wood
In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with former Comics F/X magazine founder and editor Jeff Wood to talk about the West Coast independent comics scene of the 1980&#8217;s. The three discuss the origins of Comics F/X magazine, MU Press, the small press black and white comics explosion, and how &#8220;three adjectives and a noun&#8221;... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-014-talking-80s-independent-comics-with-jeff-wood/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 013: Collectible Card Chaos
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by James Wegg of No Dice Games to talk about collectible card games (CCGs). The three of them discuss Collectible vs. Living Card Games, the current state and future of CCGs, and the pros and cons of running a gaming store. All this, and (Butt) Crack Gate,... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-013-collectible-card-chaos/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Episode 012 – Pokemon Turns 20!
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad to discuss 20 years of Pokemon! They discuss how and why the phenomena has lasted so long, the origins of the game, and why a dark Pokemon movie is inevitable. All this, and a heaping helping of Nerd Rage is waiting for you... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-012-pokemon-turns-20/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast Episode 011 – Teen Culture
In this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs, Rob and Don discuss the dreaded creatures known as teenagers! Slouching their way from post-WWII suburbia, these strange beings have had a huge effect on culture and media, and the pair are joined by the Sonic Society&#8217;s Jack Ward to discuss their past, present and future.... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-episode-11-teen-culture/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 010 – Twisted Robot Mego Chicken Theatre
In this episode, Rob interviews Don about his Mego toymaking hobby. They discuss the history of the Mego company, the current state of Mego fandom, and the future of toys in a 3-D Printing world. All this, and the Mego Mangler are waiting for you in this 10th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-010-twisted-robot-mego-chicken-theatre/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 009 – Clap if you Love Gamera!
In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad to discuss all things Giant Monster! They discuss why the genre has an enduring popularity, and then delve into their favorite Giant Monster films and guilty Daikaiju pleasures. Finally, they talk about the future of Giant Monster movies and what it would take... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-009-clap-if-you-love-gamera/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 008 – Are Superhero Movies Bad for Us?
Welcome Operatives to the Department of Nerdly Affairs. In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by indomitable Jack Ward, host of the Sonic Society Podcast, to discuss actor/writer Simon Pegg&#8217;s article about the infantalization of popular culture and society. The trio go deep into the topic, and come out having discussed Nazis, Adult Films... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/2016/01/29/dna-podcast-008-are-superhero-movies-bad-for-us/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 007 – Welcome to Cyberpunk
Greetings Operatives! In this episode Rob and Don discuss the ways in which the reality has come to mirror Cyberpunk fiction. It&#8217;s 2016, and in the 1980&#8217;s Cyberpunk promised us Netrunning, Posergangs and Rockergirls! What did they get right? What did they get wrong? We also discuss why AKB48 are the perfect girl group, For-Profit... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-007-welcome-to-cyberpunk/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 006 – A New Years Look at 2015 and 2016
Greetings Operatives! In this episode Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad to discuss the nerdly films of 2015. What was awesome? What barely made the grade? And what didn&#8217;t the trio like from 2015? Then we forge on into 2016, and discuss why a new film version of The Little Prince excites... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-006-a-new-years-look-at-2015-and-2016/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast 005 – Star Wars Memories
Greetings Operatives and welcome to the Department of Nerdly Affairs. In this episode, Rob and Don explore the effects that Star Wars has had on their lives, and the culture around them, as they’ve grown up. Comics, cards, toys and the origins of Don’s Beilert Valance action figure are all explored in this episode of... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-005-star-wars-memories/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast Episode 004 – Satanic Panic
Welcome Operatives! In today&#8217;s show, Rob and Don explore the Ritual Satanic Abuse panic that gripped America during the 1970s and 1980s and how the game Dungeons and Dragons became wrapped up in it. Then, in the second half of the show, the pair dig deep into the cinematic roots that laid the groundwork for... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-episode-004-satanic-panic/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast Episode 003- Nerdly Speculators
Welcome Operatives to the Department of Nerdly Affairs, tonight your hosts Rob Paterson and Don Chisholm discuss whether the nerdly spectulators markets of the 80s and 90s helped or hurt nerd culture, and how this crept into the action figure market as well. Don gives us the comic shop eye view of the industry during this period, and we talk about how the Punisher was responsible for the comic speculator's boom of the 1980s. All this and more are waiting for you in Episode Three of The Department of Nerdly Affairs!
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DNA Podcast Episode 002- Audience Expectations
Welcome Operatives to the Department of Nerdly Affairs, tonight your hosts Rob Paterson and Don Chisholm discuss how audience expectations shape how people create media and react to it. In addition, we discuss Jack Campbell&#8217;s The Lost Fleet series, what really makes a story &#8220;Adult&#8221;, why Hollywood can&#8217;t get Wonder Woman right, and International Comics... <div class="read-more navbutton"><a href="http://obeythedna.com/podcast/dna-podcast-episode-002-audience-expectations/">Read More<i class="fa fa-angle-double-right"></i></a></div>
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DNA Podcast Episode 001- Writing Scifi and Horror
Rob Paterson and Don Chisholm discuss the books Ready Player One and H. Beam Piper's Space Viking. We're also going to discuss the idea behind the common writing advice "Write what you know", the techniques of Stephen King, and why writers have a lot to learn from HP Lovecraft and the Scottish pirate metal band Alestorm. All this, and a heaping helping of magic white guys are ahead for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.
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