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Episode 205 - Bone-picking, Area 51, and LARPing with Rob Ballmaier

Rob “Robo” Ballmaier returns once again to pick a few bones with Doug about grilling and food and then the dorks discuss the Area 51 raid that the general public is planning. Things are rounded out with a spirited exploration of Live Action Role Playing (LARPing).

We wrap things up with a throw-down featuring LARPers vs. the people who have seriously committed to storming Area 51.

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Episode 204 - Storytime

This week, Doug and Justin spend some time telling some fun stories from their youth before turning to Reddit’s writing prompts section to get inspiration to create a beginning, middle, and end of a yet untold tale.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Brandon the Hilton Honors call center guy vs. Seat Sniffer (you’ll get the references eventually).

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Episode 203 - Fourth of July and Traditions

On this week’s episode, Justin and Doug explore the idea of the 4th of July, the concepts of tradition, and why we do what we do for holidays. The dorks then talk about the deeper meaning behind those government sponsored days off and how things can get creepy from time to time when you really stop and think about the details of what we ask kids to do in the name of the USA.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald vs. Francis Scott Key.

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Episode 202 - Strengths, Weaknesses, and Storytelling with Beth Strandlund

After such a long wait, the wonderful Beth Strandlund joins this week’s podcast to chat with Doug and Justin about their greatest strength and weakness and also about how storytelling in movies, TV shows, and books has changed over the years. The heroes discuss what makes a great story and some of their favorite moments in movies and TV shows. 

Things are wrapped up with a Walking Dead throw-down featuring Herschel vs. Dale.

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Episode 201 - Space Station 13 with Dave Cochrane

The powerful Dave Cochrane returns this week to chat with Justin and Doug about a very niche game called Space Station 13. It’s an insane and non-intuitive game full of shenanigans and top-notch tom foolery. We then chat about the enigma that is Twitch, Dave shares some best poop attack stories, the identify of a mysterious and supportive Twitch follower is finally revealed, and Dave shares more of the legend of his Eve character Xris Dranard.  

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring a Dungeons and Dragons dungeon master vs. a Magic the Gathering player.

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Episode 200 - Music, Acting, and Effective Communication with Taylor Mallory

The wonderfully talented and thoughtful Taylor Mallory joins the podcast this week to chat with Doug and Justin about how music affects us, how it works as a mode of time travel, and how our parents’ taste in music influenced us. The heroes then discuss their relatively spoiler-free thoughts on the recent Black Mirror episodes before turning to the topic of acting and finding a way to be vulnerable and access real emotions. The nerds then talk about effective ways to communicate, giving good feedback, and how to be a good person.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Jared Leto vs. Marlon Wayans.

Be sure to check out Taylor Mallory on all social media (@taylormallory), give his album Take Control a listen wherever you get your music, and check out his music collective, Level Next Music.

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Episode 199 - Chernobyl with Jenn Jones

This week, Justin and Doug are joined by the fantastic Jenn Jones. That’s Jenn with two “n”’s by the way and you better remember it, chump! The dorks chat with her about spectacularly annoying people at work, email etiquette, and then Doug provides an update on his recent D&D adventures. The heroes then turn their attention to the new hit HBO show Chernobyl and discuss the wrath of nuclear catastrophes.  

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring the Toxic Avenger vs. Shrek.

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Episode 198 - Creating a Grandchild

This week, Justin and Doug chat about whether or not grandparents should be able to harvest their dead son’s sperm to make a grandchild, why America’s Funniest Home Videos was terrible, and what would be the worst job for us to do while getting paid insane amounts of money. We go down some great rabbit holes and come out all the better for it.  

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Frozone vs. Mr. Incredible.

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Episode 197 - Drunk Shakespeare with Chelsea Dàvid

This week, Justin and Doug are joined by a Mind Gap all-star - the absolutely wonderful and inspiring human known as Chelsea Dàvid! She stopped by to talk about acting, why Shakespeare is intimidating to most people, and how awkward it is to network with people. Chelsea is also a new cast member of the Drunk Shakespeare show, which she describes in great detail and it sounds amazing! It’s also right across the street from Elephant and Castle at 182 N. Wabash, so grab a drink at E&C and then head over and check out her show! You can find all of the performance dates and ticket info at http://drunkshakespeare.com.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer vs. the cast of Supernatural.

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Episode 196 - Feige it Out with Matty Robinson

The incredible comedian and actor Matty Robinson joins Doug and Justin this week to talk about wrapping presents, whether or not you’re allowed to swear in front of your parents as an adult, and then the nerds do a breakdown of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. The dorks then talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and then the heroes have a long discussion about the state of Star Wars.

You can follow Matty on Instagram @mattydor11 and you can listen to him on the Hood Nerds podcast. You can also catch Matty on Comedy Central’s new show Southside, which premiers this summer.

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Episode 195 - Leaving Facebook and Game of Thrones

This week, Justin and Doug are joined by the great and wonderful Chris Vellucci. The dorks then talk about Justin’s decision to leave Facebook, how social media companies capture users data and sells it, and whether convenience is worth the price of privacy. The nerds then discuss disappointments with Game of Thrones.

Things wrap up with a pretty contentious throw-down featuring Hela vs. Thanos.

You can see Chris performing with the Chris at Matt Show at Second City.  Buy your tickets now!

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Episode 194 - Avengers Endgame, Star Wars Episode 9, and Game of Thrones with Dave Cochrane

The mighty Dave Cochrane returns this week to discuss all spoilery things about Avengers Endgame, the Star Wars Episode 9 teaser, and the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. The nerds break down their favorite moments, questions, and beefs.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Wolverine vs. Black Panther.

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Episode 193 - Greeting Cards are Lazy with Robin Minkens

The wonderful actor Robin Minkens joins Doug and Justin to talk about Alan Moore’s From Hell, how social media is affecting humans, and podcast fan Jarryd tells a story about how Dean Cain blocked him on Twitter. The dorks then discuss pet peeves that create friction when dealing with other people, why greeting cards are stupid, and how Justin and Doug don’t look forward to getting older for a very specific issue.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring a young, rebellious Drew Barrymore vs. young, rebellious Miley Cyrus.

Big thanks to all of the folks on Twitch who added to the conversation like Waterspeech, 2GoodHips, Snowtraag, and TheJurbas!  

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Episode 192 - The best $2000 Story with Seth Gersbach

The mighty actor and comedian Seth Gersbach joins Doug and Justin to talk about why malls seem pointless nowadays, the music that was important in their formative years, and flat-earthers. Twitch followers try to convince Doug to reach out to a woman he kissed when he was in 8th grade, the dorks share their stories of wanting to leave their hometowns, and annoying low-hanging comedic fruit. Then, Seth tells a $2000 story.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Flat-Earthers vs. Anti-Vaxxers.

Big thanks to all of the folks on Twitch who added to the conversation like Waterspeech and TheJurbas!

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Episode 191 - “Great Things Happen, Start With Fire” with Becca Russo

The amazing and incomparable Becca Russo joins Doug and Justin this week to chat about their tells when lying, how temporary employees are treated as sub-humans, and some of Becca’s dating disasters. The dorks then talk about what their perfect days would look like, Doug says one of the dumbest sentences, and then the nerds talk about perfect foods.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Rashida Jones’ character from The Office, Karen, vs. her character from Parks and Rec, Ann.

Big thanks to all of the folks on Twitch who added to the conversation like 2 Good Hips, Boba Fetish, and Snotraag!

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Episode 190 - Order of Operations with Erika Hakmiller

The amazing writer and actor Erika Hakmiller joins Doug and Justin to learn about Thanos and his master plan, discuss weird films, and vent about what makes them walk out of a movie.  Then, the nerds talk about the order of operations of normal tasks and what makes the most sense. Do you put the milk in the bowl first or the cereal? Do you put your right or left leg in your pants first when putting them on?  Do you shower or brush your teeth first in the morning? The dorks answer these questions and more!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring the 1975 SNL cast vs. the 2019 SNL cast.

Big thanks to all of the folks on Twitch who added to the conversation (we’re looking at you, Snotraag).

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Episode 189 - Alien School Play and Unanswered Marvel Cinematic Universe Questions

Doug and Justin are joined by the mighty Pat Dwyer this week and the nerds talk about whether or not Keebler elves are actually elves, how Paul Revere’s story was misleading, Jon Bon Jovi, the amazing high school drama production of Alien, and movies from the 80s and 90s that could never be made today.  The dorks then discuss a Cracked article which asked five unanswered questions from the Marvel cinematic universe.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Gollum vs. Bilbo Baggins.

You can find Pat Dwyer through his website http://patdwyerwastaken.com/ and @IKnowPatDwyer on all social medias.

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Episode 188 - Captain Marvel with Jamie Yates

The wonderful and amazing Jamie Yates stops by on this week’s podcast to talk shop about Facebook and it’s unnatural nature, being a theater and band nerd, and Celine Dion, before providing a relatively spoiler-free breakdown of Captain Marvel because, you know, JUSTIN HASN’T SEEN IT YET!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Captain Marvel vs. Thor.

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Episode 187 - Lawyering and Film with Adam Smestad

This week, Justin and Doug are joined by the mighty commercial litigator, director, writer, and actor, Adam Smestad. The three nerds talk about creating the web series, Chicago HR, moving from personal injury lawyering to commercial litigation lawyering, what it’s like playing a small role on a TV show, what it must be like to prepare for a romantic scene in TV and film, and the recent debate over whether a movie should be a theatrical release in order to be considered for an Oscar.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring personal injury lawyers vs. commercial litigators.  

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Episode 186 - A Mind Gap Experience with Megan Renner Rieck

Doug and Justin are joined by the wonderful and amazing actor, mother, and beer drinker, Megan Renner Rieck. The heroes talk about a buffet of topics such as “dirty pleasure” reality shows, Intervention, Bright Burn, bad movie trailers for kids, Star Wars, and so much more!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring the hosts and casts of A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila vs. Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.

You can find Megan doing her fine work in the upcoming Chris and Matt Show at Second City in May.

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