Episode 444-With Stephen Blackmore

On May 19, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Stephen Blackmore – author of GHOST MONEY, book five in a dark urban fantasy series that follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts. About Stephen Blackmore: Stephen Blackmoore is the Los Angeles based author of the noir / urban […]

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Just Us, Food and Fandom

On May 5, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Having survived April, Patrick and Tracy are talking about food and fandom this week. Both enjoy cooking for themselves and others, and in this episode explore the links between food and the genre’s we love. Plus – they play the inaugural game of THUNDERDOME… Links: Tracy Townsend on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional […]

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Episode 441-With Steven Barnes

On April 28, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and Tracy welcome New York Times bestselling author Steven Barnes! About Steven Barnes: STEVEN BARNES is a New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and educator who has written more than thirty science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels. Octavia E. Butler called Barnes’s Endeavor-Award winning novel Lion’s Blood “imaginative, well researched, well written, […]

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Episode 439-Just Patrick and John

On March 24, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In John Anealio’s last regular episode, he and Patrick reminisce about how they got started while commiserating about staying home during the Coronavirus pandemic, how it’s impacting everyone, about the future and more. Links: John Anealio on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional Nerds Patreon Page Patrick Hester on Instagram Patrick’s Book: Into the […]

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Just Us and Big Changes

On March 17, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat about some big life changes affecting the podcast, including some fantastic news from John, as well as the coronavirus, working from home, Journey and the attempted coup from the drummer and bass player, life, and… You just need to listen to this one, okay? Links: […]

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Episode 437-With Shannon Lawrence

On March 10, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome Shannon Lawrence, author of a SLEW of horror short stories (see what I did there?), published all over the place and links to which can be found on her website www.thewarriormuse.com. About Shannon Lawrence: A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes in her dungeon when […]

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Episode 436-With KB Wagers

On March 3, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome KB Wagers, author of the Indranan War trilogy, the Farian War trilogy and the new book – A Pale Light In The Black. About KB Wagers: K.B. Wagers is the author of the Indranan War trilogy as well as There Before the Chaos, the start of the Farian War […]

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Episode 435-Just Us and Star Trek

On February 25, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat Star Trek Picard, Discovery, birthdays, music, not having a plan (we’re looking at you, Disney), The New Universe, Brandon Sanderson and more… Links: John Anealio on Twitter Patrick Hester on Twitter The Functional Nerds Patreon Page Patrick Hester on Instagram Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire […]

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Episode 434-With Sarah Kozloff

On February 18, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome author, Sarah Kozloff, whose Nine Realms epic fantasy quartet is complete and will be released by TOR one a month starting today, February 18th, with A Queen in Hiding! About Sarah Kozloff: Sarah has spent her life immersed in literature, narrative, and film. After a degree in English at […]

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Episode 432-With Stace Johnson

On February 4, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome long time listener, supporter, writer and musician, Stace Johnson! About Stace Johnson: By day, Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered IT guy for a Colorado 9-1-1 facility, but at night, he transforms into a mild-mannered writer, poet, and musician with an affinity for the Oxford comma. Stace has written more […]

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Episode 431-Just Us and a Lot of Music Talk

On January 28, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat about everything under the sun, including but not limited to, Rush, The Dragon Prince, Doctor Who, The Witcher, Journey, Dracula, The Eagles, Willie Nelson’s guitar (Trigger), Salt N’ Pepa, Whitesnake, The Expanse, Travelers, Lost In Space 2, Queen, The Beach Boys, The Dresden Files, and […]

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Episode 430-With Travis Heermann

On January 14, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome Travis Heermann, author of Legend of the Ronin and, under the name T. James Logan, Dawn of the Deadly Fang. About Travis Herrman: Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The […]

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Episode 429-Just Us and the New Year

On January 7, 2020, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John return from the holidays to ring in the New Year and the roaring ’20s chatting about: The Far Side, 1992, nostalgia, the ’90s, Family Guy, Disney+, Mad About You, The Transformers, The VW Bug, Panic at the Disco, The World According to Garp, The Beatles, The […]

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Episode 428-Just Us and the end of the year

On December 17, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat about music, including The Red Headed Stranger, the Nashville sound, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead. We also meander around several other topics, including: The Mandalorian, The Black Hole, Gina Carano, Haywire, Black Widow, Mulan, CBS randomly using the Star Trek […]

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Episode 427-With Tosca Lee

On December 10, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome NY Times Bestselling author, Tosca Lee, author of A Single Light, the sequel to her critically acclaimed dystopian thriller, The Line Between. About Tosca Lee: Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 11 novels including The Progeny, Firstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, and The […]

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Episode 426-Just Us And American Mythology

On December 3, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John share more Patron picks while talking about Robert Johnson, documentaries, Netflix, The Dragon Prince Season 3 (holy epic season!), Supernatural, Doctor Who, Spotify, Ken Burns County Music, Disney+, Jedi: Fallen Order, The Witcher, Crisis on Infinite Earths (CW), Kickstarter, The Blues, American mythology and some new […]

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Episode 425-With Paul Levinson

On November 26, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome back Paul Levinson, author of 19 books and – as long time listeners remember from way back in episode 40 – is also a musician. His new LP is out – Welcome Up: Songs of Space and Time will be released in early 2020! About Paul Levinson: Paul Levinson, […]

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Episode 424-Just Us and The Rickenbacker

On November 19, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John discuss everything from Disney+ to Echo in the Canyon, and beyond. We start with an intense look at… MUSICAL GEAR! Specifically, guitars and amplifiers and software, which leads us into the Echo in the Canyon documentary, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Rickenbackers, the Rolling Thunder Review, the […]

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Episode 423-With Elle Katharine White

On November 12, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome Elle Katharine White, author of Flamebringer: A Heartstone Novel (Heartstone book 3), to the Functional Nerds podcast! About Elle Katharine White: Elle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes (a lot easier […]

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Episode 422-Just Us and Disney+

On November 5, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

On this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John discuss all manner of streaming things, including Disney+, Netflix, Prime and Hulu. Also discussed: Fox movies placed into the Disney vault, MileHiCon 2020, The Mandalorian, Goliath Season 3, SpiderMan: Far From Home, binging versus weekly episode drops, Carnival Row, Stranger Things Season 3, Parks N Rec, […]

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Episode 421-With Peter Orullian

On October 29, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John welcome back Peter Orullian! Peter’s latest project – The Bell Ringer from Symphony North – is a mixture of his love of soaring vocals, anthemic orchestrations, powerful rhythms, and groups like Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In fact, the album features several former recording and/or touring members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, […]

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Episode 420-Just Us and Closed Captioning in Audiobooks

On October 22, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Would you purchase an audiobook with closed captioning? That’s the main topic this week as Patrick and John discuss how Audible wants to add CC to audiobooks, and the publishers of those books are crying foul… On top of that, we discuss Facebook Pages vs Groups, and Patrick goes down a digital marketing tutorial for […]

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