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Episode 212 - Back to Front with Jarryd Urbas

It finally happened; the mighty Australian superfan came to the USA just to see Justin and Doug! The nerds talk about Jarryd’s adventures in the US, Aussie and US slang, and the dangers of over consumption.

Things are wrapped up with a three-way Aussie throw-down featuring Russell Crowe vs. Mel Gibson vs. Hugh Jackman.

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Episode 211 - Star Wars and D23

This week, Justin and Doug chat about the Star Wars trailers that came out during Disney’s D23 conference. The dorks discuss The Mandalorian as well as Rise of the Skywalker and Doug gives Justin some story ideas that would improve Rise of the Skywalker and also posit an interesting debate question: Are the Star Wars prequels better than the new trilogy?  

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Han Solo vs. Poe Dameron.

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Episode 210 - Sony Kills Spider-Man

This week, Justin and Doug try to think of the state with the hardest sell for tourism, how they wish they could speak another language, and how the morons made a faux pas on Twitter. The heroes then discuss the news about Sony ending their partnership with Marvel Studios with the Spider-Man franchise.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring the three Spider-Men: Tobey Macguire vs. Andrew Garfield vs. Tom Holland.

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Episode 209 - Anniversary Gifts and The Hunt

On this week’s episode, Justin and Doug explore the list of traditional gifts that were expected to be given for certain years of wedding anniversaries before discussing the recent controversy surrounding the cancellation of the Universal’s movie The Hunt. The nerds then debate about whether a product of art should be judged before it is viewed.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Wayne Szalinski vs. Dr. Emmett Brown.

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Best of Year 4

It's been four years and 208 uninterrupted weeks of Mind Gap Podcast! Here is a a wonderful smattering of clips from the last year. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 208 - Space Station 13 with Mr. Tex

Happy birthday, Mind Gap Podcast! This episode marks the start of YEAR FOUR for us! This week, we are joined the one and only Mr. Tex of the Black Pants Legion. Tex is a YouTuber and game aficionado and is well known for his videos detailing his adventures in the game Space Station 13. We chat with Tex about his gaming adventures, his favorite stories, his incredibly talented fans, and how he’s created a community of awesome humans.

We wrap things up with a throw-down featuring Han Solo vs. Indiana Jones.

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Episode 207 - First Romance and Parenting

This week, Doug and Justin chat about the the upcoming movie Blinded by Light which leads to some nostalgia on what it was like coming of age and dating for the first time. They tell stories of what it was like trying to hold hands with someone for the first time, making that connection, and how much it would suck to be a junior high teacher. The dorks then talk about what they would do to mess with their kids as they get older and what they would overemphasize in parenting to make up for what they were missing when they were growing up. 

We wrap things up with a throw-down featuring Pennywise from Chapter 1 vs. Pennywise from Chapter 2.

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Episode 206 - Get on the Stream

This week, Doug and Justin chat about the potential tech boom in Chicago and how it could affect the city, the cost of progress, and then Doug and Justin invent a new gross corporate word to start using. The dorks then talk about the fanaticism of Disney workers, what they could do to provide a Disney experience in their current jobs, and what empowerment really means.  The nerds then discuss marriage and how it should be updated to the modern age. 

We wrap things up with a throw-down featuring Disney employees vs. Universal employees.

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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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