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It's podcast season on the ol' Warner Brothers lot. That's right, this week the gang is joined by Culture King's own Jacquis Neal to discuss Looney Tunes! From Bugs to Marvin, the trio discuss their favorite characters, moments, and even a little history on this week's episode of Nerdificent! That's all folks!

FOOTNOTES:

History of the Looney Tunes


IMDB: Top 20 Looney Tunes Cartoons


Exploring the Hidden Racist Past of the Looney Tunes




Shine your green diamond and prepare to build a family because this week we're talking about The Sims! Dani is joined by Chris Bryant and Claire Max to discuss the game with the Guiness Record for Most Expansions of a Single Franchise! The three discuss how they got into The Sims and why it was more important to their personal growth than you might think! Whether you started with Sim City or just found Sims 4, this episode of Nerdificent is for you!

FOOTNOTES:

Claire on Twitter

Chris on Twitter

The Best and Worst The Sims expansions


 

Episode 60: The X-Files

Get your flashlight and gun, we're exploring the unknown! This week Dani is back with Ify and the two are joined by Erin Mallory Long of the Best of Friends podcast to discuss Mulder, Scully, and everything X-Files! From their favorite episodes to the least/most believable plot lines, no story is spared! The truth is out there on this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Erin on Twitter


Variety's BEST X Files Episodes


X-Files Fan Wiki




Episode 59: The Witcher

Turn on your Blood Scent, I smell a new episode of Nerdificent! This week Ify is joined by Jesse Neil and Keith Kingbay of New Player Has Joined to discuss the adventures of Geralt of Rivia from the franchise, The Witcher. Starting from the fantasy stories of the 80's to the multi-million selling video game series of today (mostly the games), the gang gets into all the clean and very dirty details of one of the World's most popular monster hunters. Save your daughter, and the rest of the World, on this week's episode of Nerdficent!

FOOTNOTES:

New Player Has Joined on Twitter

Sale of 'The Witcher' Over 33 Million


'The Witcher' Script Heavily Edited for English Audiences

A 'Witcher 3' Primer




Episode 58: Intro to Harry Potter

Check the mail, your letter has arrived! This week Ify is joined by Buzzfeed's Kelsey Impicciche to discuss one of the most famous franchises of our era, Harry Potter. The gang breaks it down book by book to give you a taste of the story of Harry Potter. The two share their favorite moments and characters hoping that you too will want to crack open a book or sit down and watch one of the many films of this awesome franchise. If you're new to the franchise, get in line for the sorting hat and find out where you place on this week's episode of Nerdificent!


FOOTNOTES:

Bio of JK Rowling


What are the Houses of Hogwarts?


IGN Top 25 Most Important Characters

Kelsey on Twitter


Buzzfeed Multiplayer on Twitch

Episode 57: Street Sharks

Put on your swim trunks, we're turning into Sharks! This week Dani and Ify are joined by actor, rapper, and theater company owner Malcolm Barrett to discuss the '90s TV series, Street Sharks! In the era of animal heroes, the Sharks cut out their own legacy among other pizza obsessed players. Learn a little about these awesome, aquatic action heroes right here on this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Malcom / Verbal on twitter

Ammunition Theatre


Interesting 'Street Sharks' write up

Jawsome: Remembering Street Sharks







Episode 56: Intro to WWE

As the dust STILL settles from Wrestlemania 35 the gang tags in for a little lesson in wrestling. This week Dani is joined by host of Tights and Fights, Danielle Radford, host of Dark 5, Rachel Evans, and HyperRPG's Janel Santa Cruz to talk faces, heels, works, shoots, and a little bit of everything you need to know about the wonderful world of the WWE.

FOOTNOTES:

Superstars of the WWE


Glossary of Wrestling Terms


Danielle on Twitter


Rachel on Twitter


Janel on Twitter

BONUS EP: 'Avengers: Endgame' Review **SPOILERS**

Dani and Ify are joined by Culture Critic Joelle Monique to discuss Avengers: Endgame!

***YES THERE ARE SPOILERS***

Episode 55: Intro to 'My Hero Academia '

This week on Nerdificent, Dani and Ify are joined by Chris Lam of Nerdist to give the listeners a introduction to the world of My Hero Academia. What's a Quirk? Who is All Might? Can you be a superhero? Find out all this and more on this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Chris Lam on Twitter


The Best Episode of My Hero Academia


Unofficial Boku No Hero Wiki

Episode 54: Top Moments from the MCU ** NO SPOILERS **

It's almost time! The Endgame is coming! This week, Dani and Ify are joined by legendary guest Hector Navarro of DC Daily and Hyper Heroes to discuss their absolute favorite moments from the MCU as a lead up to the release of Avengers: Endgame on the 26th. Come relive your favorite moments and get a little primer before the big showdown this weekend!

** NO ENDGAME SPOILERS **

FOOTNOTES:

Hector on Twitter


BusinessInsider: Top Moments of the MCU Ranked


ScreenRant: Best Moments of the MCU so far

Episode 53: Teen Titans

Nerd-pod-cast, yeah! This week the gang talks about Teen Titans! Dani and Ify are joined by Ashley Robinson of the Geek History Lesson podcast to break down their favorite moments from the many iterations of the 'Titans' franchise. Whether you watched the cartoon growing up or are a new fan from the live action; get to know all the young heroes on this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

DC Comics: It's Time to Rediscover the Teen Titans


TheGamer: Inappropriate Things You Never Noticed in Teen Titans


CBR: 15 Best Teen Titans Episodes


Ashley on Twitter!





Episode 52: 'Game of Thrones' RECAP

Hello, people of the North! Today the gang is gearing up for the final season of 'Game of Thrones'. Need to catch up before season 8? We got you! With the help of tech and gaming host Trisha Hershberger, Dani and Ify delve into their favorite moments from the show and books. SEASON 1-7 SPOILERS AHEAD !!!

FOOTNOTES:

The Books and The Show

Episode 51: The History of Shazam

Dust off those mint conditions and get ready for a history in comics. This week the gang is discussing the history of the old Captain Marvel ahead of the release of the movie, Shazam! Dani and Ify are joined by Amy Dallen of Geek and Sundry to discuss the many forms of Shazam from early comic appearances leading up to Zachary Levi’s portrayal on the screen. Fear not, there are NO SPOILERS ahead, just a good old fashioned discussion on this week’s Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

DC Database: Captain Marvel

RottenTomatoes: DC’s Most Fun Movie Yet

Variety: Zachary Levi is Pure Pop Charisma - ‘Shazam!’ review

Digital Spy: Here's Why There's Two Captain Marvels on Screen This Year

Amy Dallen on Twitter

Episode 50: The Bechdel Test

Welcome to another educational edition of Nerdificent where we learn about the representation, or lack thereof, of women in film as determined by the Bechdel Test! This week, Dani and Ify are joined by Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante of HowStuffWorks and iHeart's own The Bechdel Cast. The group discuss the history of the test from its first appearance in the comic by Alison Bechdel to the many further tests it has inspired and the awareness they have brought to the many inequalities in Hollywood. Learn a thing or two about your favorite films on this week's episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Bechdel Cast Twitter

What is the 'Bechdel Test?'

FiveThirtyEight: The Next 'Bechdel Test'


GOOD: The 'DuVernay Test'


The Atlantic: Beyond the 'Bechdel Test'

Episode 49: Afro Anime

Welcome to another incredible edition of Nerdificent! This week Dani and Ify are joined by Onyi and Obi Udeh of Kolanut Productions to discuss the history and progression of Black representation in comics, animation, and culture as a whole. The two brothers share the successes and failures of some of the most successful works featuring Black characters as a lens to guide their own work with Kolanut Productions. Links to their excellent work are right below in the footnotes but sit back and enjoy another episode of Nerdificent!


FOOTNOTES:

Kolanut Patreon

Kolanut Productions Youtube

Kolanut Productions Twitter

WebToons: 'Red Origins'


YouTube: Kisi the Electron Girl Origin Story

The Nerds of Color: Black Masculinity as Performed in Japanese Visual Media


LATimes: American, Japanese pop culture blend in 'Afro Samurai'




BONUS EP: 'Captain Marvel' Film Review **SPOILERS**

Bonus Episode! Dani and Ify are joined by Sam Bashor and Joelle Monique to discuss the 'Captain Marvel' film! SPOILERS AHEAD! 

Episode 48: "How We Got Started"

Grab your pencils and get ready to take notes! This week Dani and Ify delve into their own histories and share some of the moments that got them to where they are today. From sleeping on floors to their first panel, Dani and Ify share the stories and crucial secrets that can help an aspiring talent get started. Learn a little about the voices you love on this episode of Nerdificent!

Episode 47: Captain Marvel

Are you ready to save the Avengers? Answer your pager, it’s time to talk about Captain Marvel! This week Ify is out on Birthday duty and Dani is joined by the owner of the Perky Nerd Comic Book shop, Tiffany Melius, to talk about her favorite 90’s heroine. From Carol Danvers’ love of Star Wars to her many places in the multiverse of Marvel, consider this a primer to the soon to premier Captain Marvel film - all on this week’s Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

Captain Marvel is Becoming The MCU’s Most Controversial Movie (But It Really Shouldn’t)


CBR: 20 Weird Facts About Captain Marvel

Digital Trends: Everything we know about Captain Marvel so far


NYT: Can 'Captain Marvel' fix Marvel's Woman Problem?






Episode 46: Horror Noire

Hello again, nerds, and welcome to another Horror filled episode of Nerdificent! This week Dani and Ify are joined by Writer and Director, Xavier Burgin, to talk about his film ‘Horror Noire’, a documentary about the representation of Black people in Horror films (the first of its kind). Starting way back with ‘Birth of a Nation’ up to where we are today with ‘Horror Noire’. Curl up and get ready for a history lesson on this weeks episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

For the Filmmakers Behind This Timely Documentary, Black History Is Black Horror
COLLIDER: 'Horror Noire' Review: A Captivating Deep Dive into the History of Black Cinema and the Horror Genre

NBC: 'Horror Noire' shines a much-needed light on the history of African-Americans in horror films
VERGE: The Enlightening Doc 'Horror Noire' lays out Black History through Black Horror Films
INDIEWIRE: Jordan Peele Lectures UCLA Film Class on 'Get Out': 'The Sunken Place is the Silencing' of Marginalized People-
VULTURE: 'Horror Noire' is a Lively, Essential History Lesson






Episode 45: Black Panther

Put your Vibranium armor on and get ready to protect Wakanda, this week we’re talking about Black Panther! Dani and Ify are joined by Black Panther Showrunner, Geoffrey Thorne, to discuss all things T’Challa. From the original comic runs to the record-shattering film, every adventure of this Marvel hero is covered in great detail. Sharpen those claws and settle in for another episode of Nerdificent!

FOOTNOTES:

TIME: The Revolutionary Power of Black Panther

NYT: Why ‘Black Panther’ is a Defining Moment for Black America

VOX: Black Panther is a gorgeous, groundbreaking celebration of black culture

Rolling Stone: Black Superheroes Matter: Why a ‘Black Panther’ Movie Is Revolutionary

Marvel Wiki: Black Panther