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Down and Nerdy Episode 040: Oh grow up!

An article in this week’s New York Times Magazine posits that nobody in America wants to grow up anymore. This week, the team argues childishly about that article.

Well, perhaps not childishly, but we do try to unpack the very dense article by A.O. Scott, “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture,” which you should probably read first before listing to this episode. Continue reading


Down and Nerdy Episode 039: Introduction to advanced gender politics

The gang talks about gender roles in popular media, what the recently leaked nude celebrity photos say about us, and also this year’s Emmy Awards. It’s a lot more cheerful and happy than it sounds! Continue reading


Down and Nerdy Episode 038: Oh captain, my captain

A conversation about this weekend’s “purge” non-event leads to a larger discussion about where we are as a nation in terms of our underlying fears. The “sharing economy,” as seen in popular apps like Lyft and Uber and Airbnb, is the opening to a conversation on trust. We wax rhapsodical about the fantastic “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and then get emotional about the passing of Robin Williams.

On the Robin Williams topic: Rachel mentions a fantastic little relic called “Back to Neverland,” the full video of which can be viewed below:

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(Photo courtesy Touchstone Pictures.)


Down and Nerdy episode 037: What’s the best Pixar movie?

It’s a simple question, really. What’s the best Pixar movie? The conversation leads to an unlikely controversy about “The Incredibles.” We’ve also got a lengthy exploration of the Sarah Polley documentary “Stories We Tell,” and we’ve got a nice list of what to read next.

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