Hey You Geeks #40: The Dark and Light Sides of Superhero Movies

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Welcome to Hey You Geeks, a new addition to the GeekDad Podcast Network where geeks of all kinds are invited to celebrate and criticize all that we love with a sense of unapologetic nerdiness. From film to TV, comics to gaming, we’re here to look forwards and back to the greatest and sometimes worst geek culture has to offer. This week on Hey You Geeks, we’re talking about the dark and light sides of comic book movies, the ‘Ghostbusters’ multiverse, ‘Rogue One,’ and more. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 3 – Interview with Jim Zub

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This episode we welcome Jim Zub to the show, talk about his work in comic books, and focus on his role as author of the ‘Figment’ miniseries for Marvel’s Disney Kingdoms imprint. Continue reading

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 2: What It Is

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Episode one of the new (improved?) Radio Free Hipster started cold; I didn’t give a lot of information about what the show was–I more of less just jumped back in and dragged you with me. This time around, however, I step back and try to talk a bit about the podcast’s geeky musical slant. And fail miserably. Continue reading

The Dice Section #25: ‘Wrath of Ashardalon’ and the Perfect Dungeon Crawl

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This week on the podcast, we talk about the perennial geek favorite: the dungeon crawl. Why does the lure of loot always get us back down into those dark, dank catacombs? What makes the perfect dungeon crawl experience, and why do so many games fall just short of what we’re hoping for? We play Wrath of Ashardalon, one of the Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System games, and talk about everything from Descent: Journeys in The Dark to Diablo III. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 2 – Courage and Kindness

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This episode, we welcome Matt Blum, GeekDad’s own editor-in-chief, as Third Host! We discuss the new ‘Cinderella’ movie, the ‘Frozen Fever’ short, the meager information we have about ‘Star Wars: Rogue One,’ and the mistakenly announced rebranding of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 1 – Introductions

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I’m thrilled to announce the latest addition to the GeekDad Podcast Network: The Great Big Beautiful Podcast. In the ridiculously crowded field of Disney-related podcasts, we are happily launching another volley into the fray. (Did I just mix my metaphors?) Continue reading

Sunday Evening With Captain Owen Episode 004: Happy Birthday

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In today’s episode we talk about Captain Owen and Sebastian’s second birthday party, robots, the aquarium, Octonauts (again), Captain Owen’s new baby doll – Baby Sam, his birthday dinner at Cafe Flora, an abbreviated reading of ‘The Gruffalo,’ the ABC song, Daniel Tiger, and the Oh, David! books. Continue reading

The Dice Section #24: ‘A La Kart’ With Daniel Solis

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In the latest episode of the GeekDad gaming podcast The Dice Section, Dave and Mike take a spin around the karting course with Daniel Solis and his new game ‘A La Kart.’ They also wax nostalgic about ‘Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,’ which just may be the best video game ever made. Continue reading

Sunday Evening With Captain Owen Episode 003: Aquarium and Zoo

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In today’s episode we talk about Captain Owen’s friends Sebastian, Eli, Sufi, and Mason, a visit to the Aquarium, the latest issue of National Geographic Kids, a visit to the zoo, and sing Old MacDonald. Continue reading

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 1: Starting Over

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Radio Free Hipster is back, in part, because I offered to return as a feature of GeekDad’s ongoing Patreon campaign. But it’s also back because making and distributing a curated, narrated, custom mixtape for even a few disparate friends and listeners is something I enjoy. I hope you enjoy it too. Continue reading

The Dice Section #22: ‘Dungeons & Dragons’

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The Dice Section is a podcast about tabletop games and what makes them great. On and off for the past few years, my co-host, Dave Kirby, and I get together and talk about what we’ve been playing and why. We try to go in-depth with the games we love and explain what’s so special about them, how they fit in with our own personal day-to-day stories, and why we keep coming back to the table to play more.

I’m excited to bring the show over to the GeekDad Podcast Network and host it here. Continue reading

GeekDad Patreon Update: $10 Away From Radio Free Hipster

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We are that close, people! If we get just $10/month more in patronage, the amazing Radio Free Hipster podcast will be re-born. And we’re still working on more rewards for our patrons, so be assured that getting in now will bring you more geeky rewards in the future! Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #9: Jennifer Holm and The Fourteenth Goldfish

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Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is an interview with Jennifer Holm about her latest book, The Fourteenth Goldfish. Holm has written several books for kids, both novels and comics, and has won three Newbery Honors and an Eisner Award. In the podcast, we talk about Holm’s inspiration for The Fourteenth Goldfish, what it’s like being a parent and a writer, and why Jonas Salk was so cool. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #8: Elissa Brent Weissman Takes Us Back to Nerd Camp

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In today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm, I interview Elissa Brent Weissman, author of several middle-grade books about smart kids. Her latest is Nerd Camp 2.0, a sequel to her 2011 book Nerd Camp. Listen in as we talk about her inspiration for the books and parenting little nerds-in-training. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #7: Tony DiTerlizzi, Ralph McQuarrie, & Star Wars

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Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is an interview with Tony DiTerlizzi. He’s an author and illustrator of many books for kids, including one of my family’s favorites, the WondLa series, and I’ve actually interviewed him a couple of times before. Today we’re talking about his new book, a picture book about Star Wars featuring paintings by the late great Ralph McQuarrie. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #6: Paul Pope, Battling Boy, and The Rise of Aurora West

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Today’s episode is an interview with Paul Pope about his latest comic book series, Battling Boy. Paul Pope is a prolific cartoonist and illustrator, perhaps best known for Batman: Year 100, for which he won two Eisner awards. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #5: B.J. Novak and The Book With No Pictures

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Between a trip for my high school reunion and Gen Con, it’s been a while since I’ve had time to conduct any interviews, but Bounded Enthusiasm is back! Today’s episode is an interview with B.J. Novak about his brand-new picture book … with no pictures. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #4: Gene Yang and Sonny Liew on The Shadow Hero

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Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is a double interview with Gene Yang and Sonny Liew, author and illustrator (respectively) of The Shadow Hero, a new comic book just out this month from First Second Books. It’s a new origin story for an obscure WWII-era superhero named the Green Turtle, created by a Chinese-American artist. If the rumors are true, the Green Turtle is the first Asian-American superhero. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #3: Daniel H. Wilson Thinks Like a Machine

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Today’s episode of the Bounded Enthusiasm podcast is an interview with Daniel H. Wilson, author of several books including Robopocalypse and its sequel, Robogenesis (published this week). We only had time for a short conversation, but I asked him about what it means to have a Ph.D. in robotics, the plausibility of various robot scenarios like Terminator and Short Circuit, and the awesome spaceship simulator he built for his kids. Continue reading

Mac Power Users Podcast Episode 193 — Now With Bonus GeekDad!

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I go back and forth on podcasts… I’ll listen to a few like crazy during vacation or when I’m wanting to dive deep into a topic and then I’ll leave them for a while. Not so with the Mac Power Users podcast from David Sparks and Katie Floyd; since I discovered this podcast a few years back, I’ve been struggling to find time to go back and listen to the ones I’ve missed. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #2: Jonathan Auxier and the Spud Cannon

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Bounded Enthusiasm is a new podcast I’ve started to talk about books and games and whatever else comes to mind. Today’s episode is an interview with author Jonathan Auxier, the author of an upcoming book The Night Gardener. Continue reading