108 episodes

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!

The Department of Nerdly Affairs 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!

    DNA Podcast 108 – 80s Action Movies with Chad

    DNA Podcast 108 – 80s Action Movies with Chad

    In this episode, Don and Rob are again joined by their friend Chad for a dangerous mission back in time to the 1980s where tough guys ruled the screen and one-liners flew thick and fast. Along the way, the three discuss what makes an 80s action hero, how these movies reflected the times they were made, and their top three 80s action films. All this, and why Miami Connection is the greatest 80s action movie you’ve never heard of (but not in a good way), is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.




    Closing Music:Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt




    Things Discussed:




    Rambo: First Blood Part 2 Commando The Terminator Red Dawn The Karate Kid The Last Action Hero Die Hard Commando Mall Scene Escape from New York Damnation Alley Dead Heat ALIENS AVATAR PREDATOR No Retreat No Surrender Corey Yuen The Street Fighter (Sonny Chiba) Sukeban Deka ROBOCOP Robo Attempted Rape Scene Robocop Trivia Page on IMDB Future Kill R.O.T.O.R Lady Battlecop a href="https://en.wikipedia.org

    DNA Podcast 107 – Dinosaur Movies

    DNA Podcast 107 – Dinosaur Movies

    In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad to talk about their common childhood passion – dinosaur movies! From The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms to Jurassic Park, the trio explore the history of dinosaurs on film and how they’ve been portrayed through the decades. Along the way, they discover there are really only six kinds of dinosaur films, and delve into the many techniques people have used to bring dinosaurs to life over the years – some more successful than others! All this, and giant robot apes, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.




    Closing Music:Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt




    Things Discussed:




    List of Films Featuring Dinosaurs (Wikipedia) Evolution of Cinema Dinosaurs (1920-2015) (YouYube) Charles R. Knight (dinosaur artist) Charles R. Knight Dinosaur Art Brute Force (1914) Willis O’brien Ray Harryhausen The Lost World King Kong (1933) Lost King Kong Spider Footage Giant King Kong Robot Dino De Laurentiis Mighty Joe Young (1949) Stop Motion Monster Trailer Reel (YouTube) The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms THEMa href="https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=1

    DNA Podcast 106 – Lost Genres 2 Sitcom Bugaloo

    DNA Podcast 106 – Lost Genres 2 Sitcom Bugaloo

    In this episode, Don and Rob dive into another round of the genres that time forgot as they explore more things that have washed away into the river of time. The pair jump right into the types of TV shows and TV stories that once ruled the airwaves but have faded, and then go on to explore lost corners of print, toys and music. All this, and why Pac Man Fever was the end of an era, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.




    Closing Music:Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt




    Things Discussed:




    Variety TV Shows Texaco Star Theatre Pink Lady and Jeff Carol Burnett Show Smothers Brother’s Comedy Hour Sitcoms The Spin-Off All in the Family Happy Days Laverne and Shirley Hooterville Trilogy Good Times Diff’rent Strokes High Concept Mork and Mindy Quark Herman’s Head My Mother the Car The Munsters Daytime Soap Operas a href="https://tvtropes.org

    DNA Podcast 105 – Disaster Films

    DNA Podcast 105 – Disaster Films

    In this episode, Don and Rob struggle to understand the apocalypse they’ve found themselves in by talking about disaster films and how they reflect human society. They’re joined in the raging chaos by Jack Ward and Dave Towers, who drop by to share a few thoughts on the genre. Along the way, the group discusses Irwin Allen, Social Anxiety, and why disaster films may have been ruined by CGI. All this, and Jack Ward’s creepy new hobby, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.




    Closing Music:Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt




    Things Discussed:




    The Fire (1901) The Omega Man The Poseidon Adventure The Children of Men 2012 Godzilla (1953) War of the Worlds (1950) Empire of the Ants The Birds Kingdom of the Spiders The Swarm Left Behind Twister A Night to Remember Top 100 Best Disaster Films Virus Towering Inferno Irwin Allen a href="https://www.yout

    DNA Podcast 104 – Lost Genres

    DNA Podcast 104 – Lost Genres

    In this episode, Don and Rob cast a look back in time to the 20th century and look at comic book and film genres that were once popular but have faded into the past. Hillbillies, Funny Animals and Greek demi-gods abound in this journey into the vaults of time. All this, and the amazing art of Mel Birnkrant, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.




    Closing Music:Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt




    Things Discussed:




    Cracked Podcast – How We Get the Old West Wrong Hillbilly Comics L’il Abner The Hooterville Trilogy The Beverly Hillbillies Deliverance (film) Sports Comics Joe Palooka Anthology Comics Heavy Metal Magazine Jungle Comics Romance Comics Funny Animal Comics Howard the Duck Movie Adaptation Comics Gorgo Reptilicus Kongaa href="https

    DNA Podcast 103 – Murder Hobos

    DNA Podcast 103 – Murder Hobos

    In this episode, Don and Rob explore the concept of the “murder hobo” and how this approach to fantasy roleplaying connects with other parts of movies, games, and popular culture. The pair look deep into the roots of D&D, discuss how murder hobos reflect the fantasies of the audience, and the idea’s connections with Westerns. All this, and why Bridget Jones just might be a murder hobo, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.




    Closing Music:Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt




    Things Discussed:




    Knight Errant Ronin OGRE Tabletop Wargame Aaron Allston’s Strike Force (for Champions RPG) Buckaroo Banzai Ramayana Unforgiven The Boys Into the Badlands Deadlands Death Wish Films Fist of the North Star Isekai

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