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Two friends, Austin and Brenda, delve into the rich history of niche nerd topics near dear to their hearts in their own loose and light-hearted way.

Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries Brenda & Austin

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 42 Ratings

Two friends, Austin and Brenda, delve into the rich history of niche nerd topics near dear to their hearts in their own loose and light-hearted way.

    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 69 History of Fanfiction

    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 69 History of Fanfiction

    Episode 69 (nice) sees Brenda dive into the history of fanfiction, an often maligned and misunderstood art form.  How did fanfiction get its start?  What writer is notorious for sending DMCAs to their fans for creating fan works? Find out the connection between fanfiction and Russian journalists trying to find a place where they express themselves freely. And finally, are all fanfics really just horny wish-fulfillment?   All this and more on a very special episode!
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 68 Wishbone

    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 68 Wishbone

    He’s a little dog with a big imagination and a thirst for knowledge.  Childhood friend or undefeated eldritch creature?  Find out, on this week’s episode featuring the 90’s PBS kids show:  Wishbone!
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 67 SHoNM Goes to the Movies #11 Cinderella 3: Tower of Terror / Hocus Pocus

    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 67 SHoNM Goes to the Movies #11 Cinderella 3: Tower of Terror / Hocus Pocus

    Did you know that there was a movie based on the Disney ride Tower of Terror?  Host Brenda knew (because of course she did).  This month on Goes to the Movies, Host Austin and Host Brenda talk about two Disney Halloween movies, Tower of Terror and Hocus Pocus.
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 66 Hanna-Barbera

    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 66 Hanna-Barbera

    Animal crossing fans, thou are eating well.  Hope you are having fun on your island.  Brenda is here to talk about once prolific animation studio Hanna-Barbera, who not only created beloved characters like Scooby Doo and the Flintstones (and Brenda’s favorite Top Cat) but revolutionized television animation as we know it.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 65 Gargoyles

    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 65 Gargoyles

    This episode starts off with Brenda and Austin workshopping a revolutionary new kind of beer, “Possum Pee”, a warm apply concoction with notes of dead leaves.  After that we dive into Disney’s first foray into serious gritty cartoon world-building with “Gargoyles” a cartoon about ancient gargoyles that are cursed to be stone by day and alive at night, and also, they’re in New York now.
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 64 Muppet Vision 3D

    Secret Histories of Nerd Mysteries: Ep. 64 Muppet Vision 3D

    Hey everyone, we are BACK.  First off, we have to talk about Crisp Rat as Mario, and then Brenda deep dives right into the history of one of Jim Henson’s final projects:  The Disney Hollywood Studios attraction Muppet Vision 3D.  We talk about Pizza Rats (not the one you’re thinking), have many references to undisclosed amounts of money, and how kind of weird it is that we all just accept that Muppets are real, and they interact with people now.  It’s fine.  Don’t worry about it!
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    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

snowrno ,

Getting to console wars

I just got to 50. Fiiiifffffftttttttttttyyyyy. lol. Alright if y’all can answer this early PlayStation 2 days there was a game I think a 3rd person shooter you had teams and it was usually 3v3 but there was powers. Austin we use to play it back when we live around the corner from grandma I can’t find it not remember probably because I was young but if I can get an answer next episode. BLESSED. lol

Brit. L ,

Like the best parts of hanging with friends!

The hosts have such an amazing rapport, and the love they have for their topics is so clear. Listening to this podcast is good for ones emotional well being.

Old Coot Rising ,

The Only Podcast for Me

Hosts Brenda and Austin have such a fun, comfy dynamic, and it's a joy to hear them banter educationally every week.

Their perspectives on comics and nerd culture and nostalgia are refreshing to hear, and it's so nice to have a podcast to listen to where I know I won't have to contend with feeling alienated from the things I love because of the off-color or insensitive jokes that plague so many nerd spaces. They're truly wonderful people who bring so much life to the topics they discuss.

And I now know more than I ever really wanted to about Charles Entertainment Cheese.
Thank you, for that.

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