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Down and Nerdy episode 301: Something Nerdy This Way Comes

So for the Halloween episode (and the launch of our third season!), we talk about why watching a movie in a movie theater is better/worse than watching at home. We talk about the new Avengers trailer, and our favorite things about fall and Halloween. But we also spend a pretty large amount of time talking about some disturbing stuff, and whether it’s possible to separate an artist from their art, especially when the artist turns out to be a person who might have done some terrible things.

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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.)