Episode 221: Hurdles Beyond

August 31, 2016


Popular guest host Kathie rejoins Jakob and Mandi for an impromptu episode to talk about Star Trek Beyond. They all saw together a few weeks ago and have varying opinions about the latest Star Trek fan-film, some of which they’d forgotten already.

Making It Out Alive

By Jakob

As often happens, as soon as I hit “stop” on the recorder, I remembered what I mean to talk about on the podcast. It ties in to the premise of my previous blog post, which was how Hollywood movies, especially franchise films, have taken on the characteristics of fanfiction. I’d written the piece just previous to seeing Star Trek Beyond (because I didn’t expect to see it until it made its way to Netflix) but if I had, it would’ve been a prime example of the phenomenon.  And not just because Simon Pegg, an avowed Star Trek fan, co-wrote the script making it literally a fanfilm.

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Episode 193: Not All Nerds?

June 26, 2014


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. It comes as a surprise to me because the nerds I’ve known have inherently striven to be true gentlemen. I think their is a misconception where the nerds are actually being confused with the creeps of this world. Perhaps I’m wrong, though. I don’t know. I’d be very interested to hear yours and Mandi’s take on the subject. I think you guys would provide an insightful view without the bullshit confusion I’ve read in many articles and commentaries.”

Articles and blogs referenced in the episode:

To the Princeton Privileged Kid 


Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds


The amazingly cute and awesome Scarborough community cable show from 1993 Ten Forward (so obliquely referenced by Kathie you may have missed it).




Episode 015: Nerd Pride (Special Edition)

April 26, 2009

Say it loud, I am a nerd and I am quite proud, to be honest! Jakob and Mandi explore what it means to be a nerd in our society and why it should be a source of pride. Other topics include the Nerd of the Month and the ginger havens.

A NOTE ON THE SPECIAL EDITIONS: Before we joined the Simply Syndicated network, the first 31 episodes of Nerd Hurdles were hosted on Podbean. Technically, they still are. But since letting our pro-account lapse there’s been a bandwidth problem were the files are only available for the first half of the month before they hit the Podbean ceiling. While SimSyn’s hosting was on Libsyn, we started releasing these episodes as “Special Editions” with newly recorded introductions. When SimSyn moved our hosting to Soundcloud, those files were again lost (and we’d only managed to upload the first 10 anyway). So, here they are once more; uploaded to a 3rd audio service and hopefully the last.

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