Episode 410-With Ken Napzok

On July 9, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

John Anealio is flying solo (get it?) for episode 410, chatting with Broadcaster / Host / AnchorNerd Ken Napzok! His new book, Why We Love Star Wars: The Great Moments That Built A Galaxy Far, Far Away, is available now. About Ken: Ken Napzok started his entertainment career as a disc jockey in Pismo Beach […]

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Episode 409-Just Us and Tacopalooza

On July 2, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Patrick and John are back talking about street tacos! Additionally mentioned in this episode: The Wheel of Time tv show, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, cooking shows and FoodNetwork, hickory smoked bbq, Solo, audiobooks, The Chef Show, upcoming fantasy and science fiction adaptations, Tacopalooza and Keb Mo, to name just a few… For the rest – hit […]

 

Episode 408-With Tracy Townsend

On June 25, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

For episode 408, Patrick and John welcome back (for the second time this year!) – Tracy Townsend! Her new book, The Fall, is now available from PYR. About Tracy: Tracy Townsend holds a Master’s degree in Writing & Rhetoric from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from DePauw University, a source of […]

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Episode 407-Just Us and Summer Snow

On June 18, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

June has arrived and with it brought record snow storms across the US… That didn’t stop Patrick and John from an afternoon get-together AKA recording the Functional Nerds podcast, wherein they discussed such heady topics as: Summer snow storms, Constantine, Always Be My Maybe (Netflix), John Wick Chapters 1 & 2, Good Omens (Prime), broken […]

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Episode 406-With Max Gladstone

On June 11, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

We’re glad to welcome back Max Gladstone – author of Empress of Forever – coming June 18th from TOR. About Max Gladstone: Max Gladstone has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia and nominated twice for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award. Tor Books published FOUR ROADS CROSS, the fifth novel in Max’s […]

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Episode 405-Just Us and Dick Grayson

On June 4, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

It’s the post-Memorial Day slump AKA SUMMER! Patrick and John are back with the latest episode of the Functional Nerds aka Just Us and Titans, Young Justice and Kickstarter + buying furniture and other things online. Also mentioned in this episode: The Expanse RPG, Game of Thrones, social media, HBO Go, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, […]

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Episode 404-With Callie Bates

On May 14, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This is not a 404 error – it’s episode 404 of The Functional Nerds podcast and our guest this week is Callie Bates – author of the the Waking Land trilogy: The Waking Land, The Memory of Fire, and the latest book: The Soul of Power… About Callie Bates: Callie Bates is the author of […]

 

Episode 403-With Mike Cecchini

On April 30, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

The Functional Nerds assemble for a discussion with Mike Cecchini – Entertainment journalist and Editor-in-Chief for Den of Geek US. In addition to a SPOILER FREE chat about the crowd experience that is Avengers: Endgame, and the continuing power and influence Prog Rock has on John, we also talk about the new book, TV Geek: […]

 

Episode 402-Just Us, Disney+ and Star Wars Episode 9

On April 23, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

Ep 402. It’s all downhill from here, folks! Probably. This week, Patrick and John talk about Star Wars Celebration and the release of the teaser trailer for Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker. That leads to a deeper discussion of Disney+ and the future of streaming that Patrick is pretty sure will piss someone, somewhere, […]

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Episode 401-With EC Myers and Andrea Phillips

On April 16, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

For 401, Patrick and John welcome back authors EC Myers and Andrea Phillips – two of the creative minds behind the new Serial Box project – Alternis. About Alternis: Game designer Tandy Kahananui has been developing Alternis for nearly a decade, perfecting its monsters and dungeons. But she never imagined her game would be co-opted […]

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Episode 400-With Gail Carriger and Tom Merritt

On April 9, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

For the truly Epic 400th episode of The Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John welcome not one, but TWO amazing guests! Gail Carriger and Tom Merritt! With such combined intellect and wit, we tackle what’s changed in the 9 years since the Functional Nerds began, including but not limited to the following topics: podcast, publishing, […]

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Episode 399-Just Us and The Dirt

On April 2, 2019, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This week, Patrick and John pre-celebrate the upcoming 400th episode of the Functional Nerds by recording the 399th episode and talking about The Dirt, Motley Crue, media hosting, podcasts, podcast and advertising networks, DVDs, music concert DVDs, Bohemian Rhapsody, VH1, Chicago, The Miami Showband Massacre, and more… Links: John Anealio on Twitter Patrick Hester on […]

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Episode 398-Just Us and Crisis On Arrow-verse Earths

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

Episode 398 dawns and our intrepid Functional Nerds – Patrick and John – chat about many things, including but not limited to: Crisis On Infinite Earths and the Arrow-verse, The Magicians, Game of Thrones, Jack Ryan, The Umbrella Academy, Facebook, Battlestar Galactica, The BSG Orchestra, Supergirl, The Flash and Batwoman, Triple Frontier, Magnum P.I., S.W.A.T. […]

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Episode 397-With Tracy Townsend

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

For episode 397, Patrick and John welcome back another old friend – Tracy Townsend! Her new book, The Fall, will be released on June 11, 2019 from PYR. About Tracy: Tracy Townsend holds a Master’s degree in Writing & Rhetoric from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from DePauw University, a source […]

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Episode 396-Just Us and The Umbrella Academy

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

Time for Episode 396 of the Functional Nerds Podcast! This is a mostly spoiler-free chat about The Umbrella Academy, as well as but not limited to the following random topics: groceries, Netflix, Fall Out Boy, the Arrowverse, The Tick, King Soopers, My Chemical Romance, Gotham, Mark Millar, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Dragon Prince Season 2 and […]

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Episode 395-With Howard Andrew Jones

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

For episode 395, Patrick and John welcome back an old friend – Howard Andrew Jones! Howard’s new book – For The Killing of Kings is out from St. Martin’s Press in Hardback, eBook and coming soon – Audiobook! About Howard Andrew Jones: Howard Jones’s debut historical fantasy novel, The Desert of Souls (Thomas Dunne Books […]

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Episode 394-Just Us and some Deep Thoughts

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

Episode 394 of the Functional Nerds Podcast is here! What are Patrick and John talking about this week? A host of things including but not limited to: the hosting glitch we had, podcasting for as long as we have – and what’s changed in that time, SFSignal.com, John DeNardo, politics and social media (DUN DUN […]

 

Episode 393 – with Becky Chambers

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

It’s 393 people! And this week, Patrick and John welcome Becky Chambers – part of the team of writers who wrote The Vela, a brand new season of fiction from Serial Box! The writing team includes Becky, Yoon Ha Lee, Rivers Solomon, and S.L. Huang. About Becky Chambers: Becky Chambers is the author of the […]

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Episode 392 – Just Us and the Polar Vortex

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

It’s the 392nd episode of the Functional Nerds podcast and both Patrick and John are hiding from the polar vortex, safe and sound indoors and recording a Just Us episode for you. What do they talk about? A better question might be – what DON’T they talk about?! Topics this week include but are not […]

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Episode 391 – With Django Wexler

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

In the 391st episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John welcome back former SFSignal.com contributor, anime enthusiast and author – Django Wexler! Django has a new book out – Ship of Smoke and Steel – the launch of Django Wexler’s cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy Wells of Sorcery trilogy. About Django Wexler: Django Wexler […]

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Episode 390 – Just Us and a Flame Thrower

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

Episode 390 dawns, the snow has fallen and the only option left to Patrick and John is to talk about the story of some random guy clearing his driveway with a flamethrower. (We do not actually endorse using a flamethrower to clear a driveway, or for anything else now that you mention it.) Also in […]

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Episode 389 – With Beyond The Trope

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

Patrick and John welcome Giles Hash and Michelle Graham – cohosts of the Beyond the Trope Podcast – to the show to talk about their own podcast and how they balance life of writers and podcasters with their day jobs and families. About Beyond the Trope: Once upon a time, three friends went crazy and […]

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