117 episodes

Recovering from a stroke or brain injury can feel very lonely, but the NeuroNerds are here to help through their love of all things nerd! Each Monday, join Joe Borges and his co-host Lauren Manzano as they share stories from their personal recovery journeys; offer tips for coping and thriving; interview fellow survivors and experts; and talk about varying nerd topics from comics to superhero movie theories to video games and more. If you’re a stroke or brain injury survivor, a caregiver or family member of a survivor or just a big lover of nerd culture, this podcast is for you.

The NeuroNerds Joe Borges

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9, 25 Ratings

Recovering from a stroke or brain injury can feel very lonely, but the NeuroNerds are here to help through their love of all things nerd! Each Monday, join Joe Borges and his co-host Lauren Manzano as they share stories from their personal recovery journeys; offer tips for coping and thriving; interview fellow survivors and experts; and talk about varying nerd topics from comics to superhero movie theories to video games and more. If you’re a stroke or brain injury survivor, a caregiver or family member of a survivor or just a big lover of nerd culture, this podcast is for you.

    Music On The Brain

    Music On The Brain

    Joe and Lauren talk all about music and how it affects the brain, how the brain processes it, how the brain creates it and how it can help heal the brain.  They explore the process of memory and music.  Plus they discuss studies that reveal a lot about how the brain works through its relationship to music.  What’s your favorite song and memory connected to it?  Please share on our socials!

    • 36 min
    Cali Lockdown #2 Virtual Reunion

    Cali Lockdown #2 Virtual Reunion

    As California locks down again during this pandemic, our co-hosts, Joe and Lauren reunite for a virtual episode.  They talk being safe during this time as brain injury survivors, things to fill our time like video games, movies, tv shows and nerdom!  What are you doing for fun to get through this pandemic?  Please share on our socials!

    • 42 min
    Amplify Black Voices with Octavia Burrell

    Amplify Black Voices with Octavia Burrell

    This episode is a part of our Amplify Black Voices series.  In this series, we are featuring Black stroke and brain injury survivors sharing their experiences of being Black in America as well as their recovery journeys.  This episode features blogger and stroke survivor, Octavia Burrell.  Octavia shares her recovery journey, her perspective on the racial and political climate today and the new tide of change.  Let’s continue the discussion on our various social channels.

    • 55 min
    Amplify Black Voices with Courtney Washington

    Amplify Black Voices with Courtney Washington

    This episode is the first in our Amplify Black Voices series.  In this series, we are featuring Black stroke and brain injury survivors sharing their experiences of being Black in America as well as their recovery journeys.  Our first interview in this series is with Courtney Washington, a stroke survivor from Atlanta, Georgia.  She shares a rich and often heartbreaking history of her family’s incredible tenacity and strength in the face of slavery and racism.  Some of these stories may be difficult to hear especially for young listeners, but we hope that her family’s history and her personal stories will help further remind us all of the work that needs to be done to make real change in America.  Let’s continue the discussion on our various social channels.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    The Future Of The Justice League + Lauren Makes Yummy Noises

    The Future Of The Justice League + Lauren Makes Yummy Noises

    Special Note:
    This episode was recorded before the events of the past month of June 2020 where several black people in America including George Floyd were murdered at the hands of police brutality.  The NeuroNerds stand in solidarity and support of our black brothers and sisters and will not be complicit in a system that has encouraged decades of violence and oppression.  We hope this message makes you uncomfortable and ready to act.  Click here for resources and ways to help change the system and make a difference - https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

    Episode Summary:
    In this episode, Joe and Lauren discuss The Justice League and the DC Extended Universe’s future while Lauren makes yummy noises about Superman aka Henry Cavill.  In the spirit of celebrating black lives, who’s your favorite black DC superhero character?  Please share on our socials!

    And stay tuned for our Amplify Black Voices series of episodes which will spotlight black stroke and brain injury survivor guest interviews.

    • 36 min
    TBI's In A Galaxy Far Far Away

    TBI's In A Galaxy Far Far Away

    Joe and Lauren are talking about TBI survivor Hohass Ekwesh, a very very obscure character in the Star Wars Universe.  Ok ok, we have no idea who this character is, but it was May the 4th earlier this month so in honor of that, we’re honoring the only TBI survivor we know of in Star Wars.  They talk all about the Star Wars TBI remedy called Anti-Shock and other fandom. Star Wars has a cure for TBI’s, who knew!? Plus they discuss a new ailment from too much screen time that Dr. Andrew Huberman from Stanford University calls digital concussions. Is anyone suffering headaches from too much screen time during this quarantine?  Please share with us on our socials.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

kimberlynicc ,

Neuro geeks rock!

New to this podcast, so funny, interesting, and a lot of knowledge gained! Joe is awesome!

Mommaberna ,

They had me at Harry Potter

I am listening to as I am writing this review. Finally, a podcast that I could totally relate to. I am a young stroke survivor (older than the hosts, but still...) and I am a big nerd/geek. Harry Potter is everything! The hosts are funny and easy to listen to. Extra points for hating on Gwyneth Paltrow 🤮! Update on my review: I have been listening to this podcast for a year and I still love Joe & Lauren. They are informative, fun and knowledgeable. Lately though they added sound effects. And they can be jarring! We are brain injury survivors! Sometimes the sound effects are a bit much.

ashenthorn ,

Amazing podcast

Joe and Lauren are great! A combination of stroke and brain injury content, & nerd stuff. Which is actually perfect for me.

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