The GeekMoms Podcast #38: All Things Doctor Who

This week GeekMom Nicole Wakelin talks Doctor Who with her co-host from The Whoniverse podcast, Michael Gaines. Fans of The Doctor got so many new things in the Christmas special. There was a new companion, a new TARDIS and even a new intro for the series. Of course, in typical Doctor Who fashion, no one quite knows what’s going on so Michael and Nicole try to sort out the facts. Join them for a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey Doctor Who discussion.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #37: Kaijudo Rise Of The Duel Masters Interview

GeekMom Nicole Wakelin talks with actress Kari Wahlgren who voices Allie on The Hub Network’s Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters. This animated series just aired their season finale and Kari talks about what it’s like voicing a strong-willed character like Allie and what to expect in the next season. She also shares advice for kids who hope to someday be the voice of an animated character.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #36: Deciphering Video Game Ratings

Plenty of kids have put video games and consoles on their wish lists this year. If you’re a gamer parent, then you know what your kid can handle, but if you’re not, how do you know what’s okay? Not all games are created equal, even with the same E or T rating and it’s confusing if you don’t play them yourself. In this episode GeekMom Nicole Wakelin is joined by her husband, Russ Wakelin of The D6 Generation Podcast, who’s come up with a great way to help non-gamer parents figure out just which games will make them and their kids happy.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #35: Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program Inspires Kids to Invent

In this episode, GeekMom Nicole Wakelin gets to do a face-to-face interview with the kids on the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam from Nashua North High School in Nashua, New Hampshire. They started working on a bacteria-powered battery at the end of last year and have just received a grant to make it a reality. She talks with some of the kids on the team as well as their advisers about how they developed their idea, what they’re going to do next, and how other kids can foster their love of science and invention from grade school right through college.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #34: The GeekMom Book With Natania Barron and Kathy Ceceri

GeekMom editors Natania Barron and Kathy Ceceri join Nicole Wakelin to talk about their new book, GeekMom: Projects, Tips and Adventures for Moms and Their 21-st Century Families, which has just arrived in bookstores! They share the story of how they got started with GeekMom and how the book made its way into print. You’ll also hear about their favorite projects and how each of their individual geek obsessions is reflected in the stories and tips they chose to include.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #33 Video Games and Kids

It’s all Nicole, all the time as GeekMom Nicole Wakelin is joined by the fabulous Nicole Spagnuolo of the Ladies of Leet podcast. They’ve both been gaming since long before they had kids and have no intention of stopping any time soon. Still, it can be a challenge balancing mom time and kid time and deciding how to share their passion for gaming. How young is too young for Halo? How much gaming is too much? They talk about their experiences as gamer moms who hope to raise gamer kids.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #32 Stopping The Cycle of Bullying

It’s been about two years since we all heard the story of little Katie who was bullied by the boys at school because she carried a Star Wars water bottle. Practically overnight the geek community came to her aid, offering support and encouragement for Katie and for everyone who’s been the target of bullying.

Katie’s Mom, Carrie Goldman, has become a spokesperson for the anti-bullying movement. She’s first and foremost a parent and her new book, Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher And Child Needs To Know About Ending The Cycle Of Fear, combines that experience with an extensive amount of research. This is truly a must-read for all parents, but especially for those whose children are dealing with the affects of bullying targeting them and their friends.

Listen in as GeekMom Nicole Wakelin talks with Carrie about how we can help kids stop bullying, teach them to help each other when it happens, and most importantly create an environment where bullying is simple not acceptable.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #31: Is Cosplay Normal?

October is a month of cosplay and costumes with kids and adults having fun pretending to be their favorite characters. But what about adults who like to dress up and cosplay for more than just Halloween? Clinical Psychologist Andrea Letamendi joins GeekMom Nicole Wakelin to talk about cosplay. Is it healthy? Is it okay for adults to become so immersed in pretending to be someone else? Andrea also speaks to the negative stereotypes associated with the hobby from her point of view as both a Clinical Psychologist and an avid cosplayer.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #30: Help Your Geek Kids Feel Like They Belong

It’s tough fitting in as a kid but it can feel impossible if you’re a geeky kid. Your kids might be into less mainstream things because you’re a geeky parent or because they happened to gravitate toward fantasy or science fiction all on their own. Either way, it can leave them feeling like no one “gets them.” Actress and writer Jessica Mills has been there as a geek kid growing up in rural Texas. She even turned some of her experiences as an adult into the hit web series Awkward Embraces. Listen in as she talks about her challenges, how she overcame them, and how parents can help their kids feel like they’re not weird and find a place where they belong.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #23 Breaking Into Comics

This week Nicole Wakelin is joined by GeekMom Editor and fiction author Corrina Lawson who can now add comic book writer to her list of accomplishments. She recently wrote her first short comic for Gray Haven Comics. Her story will appear in The Gathering #12 which is a special all women issue of the anthology. Listen in as Corrina talks about how she got a chance to write a comic and the creative processed that followed. You’ll also learn how you, too, can write your own comic, and cross that item off your geeky bucket list.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #22: Are You Mom Enough?

The recent Time magazine article about Attachment Parenting had a cover photo of a woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old son as well as the headline “Are You Mom Enough?”

To say it caused a bit of a controversy is putting it mildly. GeekMom Andrea Schwalm wrote a fantastic post about how what was disturbing wasn’t so much the picture, but the antagonistic headline. Listen in as she joins GeekMom Nicole Wakelin to discuss how each and every one of us is absolutely mom enough.

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The GeekMoms Podcast #21: All About LARPing

LARPing or Live Action Role Playing is an incredibly popular and misunderstood part of geek culture. The image many have of loners who live in their parents’ basements eating junk food only to emerge on the weekends as wizards and warriors couldn’t be further from the truth. Lizzie Stark decided to find out just what LARPing was all about and then wrote about it in her new book, Leaving Mundania. Listen in as Lizzie and GeekMom Nicole Wakelin chat all about her LARPing adventures and why everyone should try it at least once.

(You can also check out the written interview with Lizzie over at GeekDad.)

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The GeekMoms Podcast #20 Geeky Cupcakes And Food With Just Jenn Recipes

As Moms, we’ve probably baked about five gazillion cupcakes. Some of them were simple but some, usually the ones that were special requests by the kids, have been a bit more challenging. In this episode, GeekMom Nicole Wakelin talks with Jenn Fujikawa of Just Jenn Recipes about her geeky food creations, especially cupcakes. From Star Wars to Skylanders to Game of Thrones, she’s created it all and has recipes and step-by-step instructions on her site so you can, too. Listen in and find out how she got started, and how you can make these delicious treats!

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Music by Rebecca Angel

The GeekMoms Podcast #18 Zach Meets The Zombie

This week GeekMom Nicole Wakelin sits down with Lou Gaccione and talks about his new Kickstarter project Zach Meets the Zombie. Sure, we all know what to do when the zombie apocalypse happens, but what about our kids? Lou has the solution with his humorous, kid-friendly book. Tune in and find out more!

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Music: Rebecca Angel

The GeekMoms Podcast #17 The Walking Dead

This week GeekMom Nicole Wakelin is joined by Kristin Rielly of Geek Girls Network  to talk about the biggest zombie show on television, The Walking Dead. Do they love it? Do they hate it? Has the show, um, jumped the zombie? Tune in and find out!

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Music: Rebecca Angel

The GeekMoms Podcast #16 Hunting and Teaching Kids How Food Gets to the Table

GeekMom Nicole Wakelin talks with author Tovar Cerulli about his new book The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance and his journey from vegetarian to vegan to hunter. He discusses how his decisions changed as he came to understand more about how food really gets to our table. Tovar also talks about how we can help our kids understand the process, and that food doesn’t just magically appear in the grocery store. You can also check out GeekMom Jennifer Day’s review of the book.

Nicole Wakelin: Website and Twitter
Music: Rebecca Angel

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The GeekMoms Podcast #14 Star Wars, Hugo and 3D

 

 

Nicole Wakelin is joined by GeekMom Mandy Horetski to talk movies, from The Avengers to The Hobbit and even the age old debate, is 3D worth the fuss? First there’s Hugo with Oscar nominations galore and then later this month Star Wars fans get The Phantom Menace in 3D. Should you jump at the chance to see them or save your money? Tune in and find out!

Nicole Wakelin: Website and Twitter
“Chaos” Mandy Horetski: Website and Twitter
Music: Rebecca Angel

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The GeekMoms Podcast #13 WoW, Lady Gaga and Angry Birds

In this episode Nicole Wakelin is joined once again by GeekMom Jules Sherred to talk about games, games, games! Jules has been working on putting together a fantastic assortment of panels and guests for the GottaCon gaming convention on February 3-5 in Victoria, British Columbia and she shares all the details. They also talk about bridging the gap to bring gamers from one niche, say PC games, to another, like RPGs.

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Jules: Website Twitter Radio Show
Music: Rebecca Angel

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The GeekMoms Podcast #12: Pokemon, Sportsmanship and Genetics?

GeekMoms Corrina Lawson and Cathe Post join Nicole Wakelin to talk about how to catch ’em all with your kids. It’s more than just a collectible card game that sucks the cash out of your wallet.  Kids learn everything from sportsmanship to genetics.  No really, give it a listen and you’ll see just how much your kids can learn from this popular game.

Head over to Pokemon.com and click on Trading Card Game for information on leagues and events in your area!

Nicole: Twitter and Website
Corrina: Twitter and Website
Cathe: Twitter
Music: Rebecca Angel

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The GeekMoms Podcast #11 The Nerdist and The Sparkle in Nathan Fillion’s Eyes

Nicole Wakelin is again joined by GeekMom Kristen Rutherford to talk about her work on the special The Nerdist Year in Review which airs right after Doctor Who this Christmas Eve on BBC America. She also shares some interesting tidbits about the show’s special guests including Wil Wheaton and Nathan Fillion. They also talk about the scary of American Horror Story, and the wonder that was In Search Of.

Nicole: Twitter and Website
Kristen: Twitter and Website
Music: Rebecca Angel

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The GeekMoms Podcast #10 Science Fairs

The season of the school science fair is fast approaching.  How do you pick a project? How much should you help your kids? And when do you put on the brakes and keep them from accidentally blowing up the neighborhood?  Nicole Wakelin is joined by fellow GeekMoms and science aficionados Patricia Vollmer and Helene McLaughlin to help guide you, and your child, in the right direction.

Nicole: Twitter and Total Fan Girl
Patricia: Twitter and Ground Control to Major Mom
Helene: Twitter and Lady Astrid’s Laboratory
Music: Rebecca Angel

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The GeekMoms Podcast #9 Entrepreneur Moms and Kids

Starting your own business is a challenge, but it also brings unique rewards to parents and kids. In this episode, Nicole talks with Emma T. Capps, a fourteen year old girl who has created a wonderful webcomic called The Chapel Chronicles. Hear how she has turned her passion into reality and read the GeekMom post on her work.

Then Nicole is joined by Hollie Kelley of Kelley Event Services and Kylee Lane of Luxury Lane Soap to discuss how they came to start their own businesses and how they keep the balance between work and family.

Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email us at podcast@geekmom.com

Emma: Twitter
Kylee: Twitter
Hollie: Twitter and Email
Nicole Wakelin: TotalFanGirl and Twitter

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The GeekMoms Podcast #8: GeekDad Ken Denmead Interview and Encouraging Kids in Music

First up is an interview with Ken Denmead, Editor and Publisher of  GeekDad.com and Publisher of GeekMom.com about his latest book The Geek Dad Book  for Aspiring Mad Scientists. Then Nicole Wakelin is joined by GeekMom Rebecca Angel who  wrote the show’s theme music!  She talks about how to encourage kids in their  musical explorations and how it’s never too late to give music a try.

Questions?  Thoughts? Suggestions? Email us podcast@geekmom.com

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Nicole Wakelin: TotalFanGirl and Twitter
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The GeekMoms Podcast #7: Halloween, Comics and Kids, GeekMom Book

This time Nicole is joined by Corrina Lawson, GeekMom editor, and Amy Kraft, GeekMom core contributor, to talk about the fun of making unique Halloween costumes and our personal strategies for snagging the best treats.  They also discuss the DC reboot and how the portrayal of superheroes is important for our kids.  Lastly, big book announcements for the site and for Corrina. Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email us podcast@geekmom.com

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Nicole Wakelin: TotalFanGirl and Twitter
Corrina Lawson: Website and Twitter, Phoenix Rising for Kindleor Other Formats
Amy Kraft: MediaMacaroni and Twitter
Theme Music: Rebecca Angel

The GeekMoms Podcast #6 GeekGirlCon: Inspiring Kids and Parents

The show kicks off with an interview with Amber Love about Women of Wonder Day, an annual auction and in-store event where you can bid on beautiful art and collectibles in support of domestic violence charity programs.  Then Nicole is joined once again by GeekMom Cathe Post to talk about her weekend with her husband and daughter at the first ever GeekGirlCon in Seattle, Washington.  This new entry on the convention scene drew some big Geek Girl names to help promote a positive attitude toward all geeks, men, women and especially kids.  And you’ll also hear how the GeekMoms took a stab at the Google+ Hangout feature and ended up having a chat with Felicia Day.

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Nicole Wakelin: Total Fan Girl and Twitter

Cathe Post: GamerMom V1.0 and Twitter

Theme Music: Rebecca Angel

The GeekMoms Podcast #5 Lupus Awareness, Star Trek and Zombies

This episode Nicole Wakelin is joined by GeekMom Jules Sherred to talk about World Lupus Awareness Month and how it affects her as someone who deals with Lupus every day.  We then attempt to settle the eternal debate of Kirk vs. Picard and finish up with a little braiiiiins! Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email us podcast@geekmom.com

 

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Nicole Wakelin: TotalFanGirl and Twitter

Jules Sherred: Website Twitter Google+ Radio Show Lupus Info

Theme Music: Rebecca Angel

The GeekMoms Podcast #4 Skywalker Ranch and The Nerdist pilot

In episode four Nicole Wakelin is joined by fellow GeekMom writer Kristen Rutherford  who just spent some time at the Mecca that is Skywalker Ranch. She also talks about working on the pilot for Chris Hardwick’s new The Nerdist television show airing on BBC America on September 24th. There’s even talk of a special, super-secret guest, kinda sorta. Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email us podcast@geekmom.com.

 

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Theme Music: Rebecca Angel

The GeekMoms Podcast #3 PAX and Great Games for Kids

In episode three Nicole Wakelin is joined by Cathe Post to discuss her recent adventure at PAX in Seattle including the latest games from the convention as well as old favorites on the shelf back home.  And because it was THE geek issue of the week, they also talk about the Gizmodo post that rocked the geek world and the fantastic GeekMom response written by Ruth Suehle.  Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email us podcast@geekmom.com.

 

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Nicole Wakelin: Total Fan Girl and Twitter

Cathe Post: GamerMom V1.0 and Twitter

Theme Music: Rebecca Angel

The GeekMoms Podcast Episode #2: Zombies, Dragon*Con and Autographs!

In episode two Nicole Wakelin and “Chaos” Mandy Horetski talk about the perils and benefits of exposing your kids to zombie cosplay, attending Dragon*Con while pregnant (it can be done) and the fun of collecting autographs. Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email podcast@geekmom.com

(Note: Mandy was bit soft at the start, but it levels out within a minute or two.  I blame zombies.)

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Nicole Wakelin: TotalFanGirl.com and Twitter

“Chaos” Mandy Horetski: The Shiny Adventures of a Browncoat Mommy and Twitter

Music: Rebecca Angel

The GeekMoms Podcast Episode #1

Yes, we’ve gone and started our own podcast! We’ll be recording new episodes every other week in which we talk about the latest GeekMom news, upcoming events on the site and all the latest and greatest in the GeekMom world. This week GeekMoms Nicole Wakelin and Helene McLaughlin kick things off with a conversation about our upcoming Music Week as well as InterventionCon. Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email podcast@geekmom.com.

 

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Nicole: TotalFanGirl.com and Twitter

Helene: LadyAstridsLaboratory.com and Twitter

Music: Rebecca Angel