Nerdist Podcast - Episode 823
I think I reached peak nerd this week thanks to Chris Hardwick and the Nerdist Podcast. For those of you that don't know the Nerdist - it's an amazing media empire and brand built by Hardwick for the love of all things nerdy.
The Nerdist Podcast is Chris and his two friends Matt Mira and Jonah Ray chatting with movers and shakers in Hollywood (mostly), but not just the ones in front of the camera - they often talk with writers, directors, and producers too. Chris describes it as such:
I am Chris Hardwick. I am on TV a lot and have a blog at nerdist.com. This podcast is basically just me talking about stuff and things with my two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, and usually someone more famous than all of us. Occasionally we swear because that is fun. I hope you like it, but if you don’t I’m sure you will not hesitate to unfurl your rage in the ‘reviews’ section because that’s how the Internet works.
Their conversations are always enlightening and entertaining and genuinely sincere. I highly recommend giving it a listen. Even more so because I WAS JUST ON IT. I have no idea why I am lucky enough to be in the company of such amazing people, but there you have it.
Chris and I met in March while taping an episode of Star Talk with Neil Tyson (to air on NatGeo later this fall). The theme of the episode was the portrayal of women in science in Hollywood, a topic near and dear to my heart. We hit it off and he extended an invitation to be on the podcast if I were ever in L.A. Needless to say, I LEANED THE EFF IN. ;)
You can listen to the full podcast here.
And if you're reading this because you listened already and want to know more, here are links to some of the things Chris, Matt, and I talked about:
- Chris's nerdy t-shirts in all their glory
- My article for Smithsonian.com on the arrival of the Juno spacecraft at Jupiter
- My Jupiter manicure
- Public Lecture & Stargazing Series at Columbia University
- "You're never too old for Space Camp, dude." clip from Stranger Than Fiction
- The Golden Goose Awards for seemingly obscure federally-funded research resulting in scientific breakthroughs
- STARtorialist - astronomy & science related fashion blog
- Star Trek: TNG "Tapestry" episode
- Defective Heart Girl Problems (direct link to surgery photos if you have a strong stomach)
- Seth Mnookin article on addiction and issues with patient treatment
- Milky J's "Hubble Gotchu" skit from Jimmy Fallon with even better follow-up skit about JWST
- "That Other Shirt" with women in STEM all over it (and the original tweet)
- Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
I *think* that's all of it, but if I missed something please let me know!