I am an analog nerd. I love the library. I go there at least once a week to peruse the aisles and check out physical books. I like math and have read many books about it. I watch PBS. A lot. One time my cousin made a joke about the W.M. Keck Foundation and I laughed when everyone else just stared at her. I don’t play video games because I have no talent for them (except for LEGO Star Wars, for some reason I clean up on that one). I can barely figure out how to use this laptop, my cell phone is a mystery I have zero interest in figuring out. I have never seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies and I have only ever seen the Star Wars movie that was called Star Wars with nothing else tacked on to the title when it came out in the 70s. I think it is now number 4, which is irritating since it came out first, but whatever, I don’t care about learning the reasoning behind that, either.
So, in the modern, tech savvy, science fiction/fantasy film devotee sense, I am not much of a nerd. Because of that, I never listened to the Nerdette podcast until it was time to find a podcast that intersected with Tina Fey.
Huh? But Tina Fey is an analog nerd. Aren’t the Nerdettes fancy modern nerds who know a lot about things that either I don’t care about or frankly don’t understand?
Turns out I was wrong. Again. The older I get, the more often I am wrong. I don’t mind the wrinkles and wobbles but I am really getting tired of the correlation between how long I have lived and how often I have been wrong. If I had died at 32 I would only have been wrong like 20 times in my life but I’m creeping up on 46 and I have been wrong about 487 times in the past year alone. No wonder old women tend to be so grouchy. I thought it was the years spent wearing uncomfortable shoes and pants with no pockets, but it turns out I was wrong about that, too.
Anyway, Nerdette is a great podcast and not just because they interviewed Tina Fey in 2012.
They talk about everything. And they get really smart, interesting, funny people to talk to them about everything. I have never listened to a podcast that covered topics as diverse as Tina Fey, the practice of drug testing that harms women because most of the drugs have only been tested on men (turns out women metabolize Ambien much slower than men and that is why some women have been crashing their cars into trees the morning after they take the medication prescribed to them) and Doctor Who. I admit I haven’t listened to the one about Doctor Who, but that is because I have been trying to like that show for years and it just hasn’t happened for me. Same with Star Trek in all its iterations. Please don’t be mad. I have tried.
Anyway, we had an idea that we would recommend a specific episode from each podcast as a jumping off point to discuss the particulars of why we like that particular podcast. I just can’t pick one episode I like more than any other one so I will recommend you start with Sex, Drugs and Singing Ovaries. It’s the one about how drug trials are conducted. It is interesting, it’ll probably make you mad, and it might save your life.
One can not ask for more than that from a podcast.
And I will go now and try once again to like Doctor Who.