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Last update: 2013-01-02

GMP 38: All Things Doctor Who

2013-01-02
Length: 15s

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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GMP 37: Kaijudo Rise Of The Duel Masters Interview

2012-12-18
Length: 13s

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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GMP 36: Deciphering Video Game Ratings

2012-12-05
Length: 18s

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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GMP 35: Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program Inspires Kids To Invent

2012-11-20
Length: 17s

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 advisors 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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GMP 34: The GeekMom Book With Natania Barron And Kathy Ceceri

2012-11-05
Length: 23s

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 21st-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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GMP 33: Video Games And Kids

2012-10-16
Length: 25s

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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GMP 32: Stopping The Cycle Of Bullying

2012-10-07
Length: 23s

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 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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GMP 31: Is Cosplay Normal?

2012-09-24
Length: 23s

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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GMP 30: Help Your Kids Feel Like They Belong

2012-09-09
Length: 25s

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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GMP29: Star Wars Celebration VI Recap With Amy Ratcliffe

2012-08-29
Length: 20s

If you were lucky, then last weekend you were in Florida enjoying the wonder of Celebration VI in Orlando. One of those lucky people was geek blogger Amy Ratcliffe. She covers all sorts of geekery on her blog, Geek With Curves, and is just about the biggest Star Wars fan ever. Listen in as GeekMom Nicole Wakelin talks with Amy who shares all the details from Roxie the Rancor, to a stint in the garbage chute to what it was like being in the same room as George Lucas!

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GMP 28: Taking Kids To Cons

2012-08-08
Length: 21s

This week GeekMom Nicole Wakelin is joined by fellow GeekMom Mandy Horetski to talk about some upcoming conventions and how to manage them with the kids in tow. Mandy is attending Dragon*Con at the end of the month and Nicole is at GenCon right now playing all the games. Listen in as they talk about the things they're most looking forward to, how to manage those scary cosplay moments, and what each con has to offer to people with families. They also talk about their various panels so you can stop by and say hello!

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GMP 27: Fight For Space, Reigniting Our Passion For Space Exploration

2012-08-01
Length: 21s

Have you ever wondered how the US got to the point where funding missions to space just isn’t that important? Paul Hildebrandt wondered, and he's launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary and answer that question. GeekMom Nicole Wakelin talks with Paul about Fight For Space: Exploring the Future of Manned Spaceflight and learns what he hopes to achieve with his film. He's already interviewed notables like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye and plans to speak with many more to discover how we can reignite our collective passion for space not just in ourselves, but in our kids.

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GMP 26: Chevy's Mom Engineers Talk Cars, Encouraging Kids' Dreams

2012-07-18
Length: 22s

General Motors recognizes the importance of having women involved in the development of its cars and had a whole team of mom engineers working on the new Chevy Malibu. GeekMom Nicole Wakelin talks with two members of that team and discusses what it's like being a woman in a predominantly male field as well as how to encourage kids to pursue their dreams in spite of stereotypes that might tell them otherwise. 

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GMP 25: First Lego League Global Innovation Award Winners Interview

2012-07-04
Length: 16s

This week I'm joined by two members of the First Lego League team Moderately Confused which recently won the Global Innovation Award. Arjun Kumar and Jacob Hoylman talk about how they got involved in First Lego League and the process that led to their team winning the $250,000 award to bring the team's product to market. Listen in as these guys share their enthusiasm and excitement for building, creating and solving problems that affect us all.

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GMP 24: Spider-Man and Batman Trivia Author Alan Kistler

2012-06-21
Length: 25s

This week Nicole Wakelin is joined by Alan Kistler, author of the recently published The Unofficial Spider-Man Trivia Challenge and The Unofficial Batman Trivia Challenge. Each has over 800 questions about your favorite heroes and will put any fan's knowledge to the test. Listen in as Nicole and Alan talk about how he came up with all those questions, why these superheroes resonate so strongly with fans, and if the forthcoming movies will live up to all our expectations.

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GMP 23: Breaking Into Comics

2012-06-07
Length: 25s

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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GMP 22: Are You Mom Enough?

2012-05-24
Length: 30s

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 absolutely mom enough.

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GMP 21: All About LARPing

2012-05-09
Length: 19s

LARPing or Live Action Role Playing is an incredibly 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 GeekMom Nicole Wakelin chats with Lizzie about her LARPing adventures and why everyone should try it at least once. 

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GMP 20: Geeky Cupcakes and Food with Just Jenn Recipes

2012-04-25
Length: 18s

As Moms, we've probably baked about five gazillion cupcakes. Some of them 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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GMP 19: PAX East and Plague Town Author Dana Fredsti

2012-04-12
Length: 30s

This week GeekMom Nicole Wakelin is joined by two special guests starting with Dana Fredsti, author of the new zombie novel Plague Town. They talk about her book, zombies, sword-fighting and her time on the set of Army of Darkness. Later, Jessa Phillips of Good To Be A Geek chats with Nicole about PAX East. They both attended this epic game convention last weekend, never once found each other, but still had a fantastic game-filled time. Tune in to hear all the details!

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GMP 18: Zach Meets The Zombie

2012-03-26
Length: 19s

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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GMP 17: The Walking Dead

2012-03-15
Length: 27s

Kristin Rielly of Geek Girls Network joins GeekMom Nicole Wakelin to talk about the biggest zombie show on television, The Walking Dead. With the season finale just days away, do they love it, or hate it? Has the show, um, jumped the zombie? Tune in to find out!

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GMP16: Hunting And Teaching Kids How Food Gets To The Table

2012-02-28
Length: 22s

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.

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GMP15: Feed the Monster and NEW GeekMom Book Club!

2012-02-16
Length: 29s

GeekMom Nicole Wakelin talks to Kristin Fitch, CEO and Co-Founder of ZiggityZoom.com about how she started this family oriented website with her Mom. You'll hear what got her started, some of the challenges of running the site, and about the wonderful things you can find there, including an adorable app for kids called Feed the Monster. And GeekMom Mandy Horetski stops by to chat about the new GeekMom Book Club launching this Monday.

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GMP 14: Star Wars, Hugo and 3D

2012-02-01
Length: 31s

GeekMoms Nicole Wakelin and Mandy Horetski 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!

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GMP 13: WoW, Lady Gaga and Angry Birds

2012-01-19
Length: 31s

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. We also talk about bridging the gap to bring gamers from one niche, say PC games, to another, like RPGs.

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GMP 12: Pokemon, Sportsmanship and Genetics?

2012-01-04
Length: 26s

GeekMoms Corrina Lawson and Cathe Post join me 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.

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GMP 11: The Nerdist and The Sparkle in Nathan Fillion's Eyes

2011-12-21
Length: 33s

GeekMom Kristen Rutherford returns 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. We also talk about the scary of American Horror Story, and the wonder that was In Search Of.

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GMP 10: Science Fairs

2011-12-07
Length: 28s

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?  GeekMom 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.

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GMP 9: Entreprenuer Moms and Kids

2011-11-23
Length: 30s

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.

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.

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GMP 8: GeekDad Interview, Kids and Music

2011-11-09
Length: 38s

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 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.

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GMP 7: Halloween, Comics and Kids, GeekMom Book

2011-10-26
Length: 33s

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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GMP 6: GeekGirlCon, Women of Wonder Day

2011-10-12
Length: 31s

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

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GMP 5: Lupus Awareness, Star Trek and Zombies

2011-09-28
Length: 31s

This episode I'm 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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GMP 4: Skywalker Ranch and The Nerdist pilot

2011-09-14
Length: 31s

In episode four I'm joined by fellow GeekMom.com 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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GMP 3: PAX and Great Games for Kids

2011-08-31
Length: 29s

Nicole Wakelin talks with Cathe Post about her fabulous PAX Prime adventure, including the latest kids games and favorites that never grow old. They also discuss a recent post on Gizmodo that ridiculed a World Champion Magic player, and the fantastic response posted on GeekMom.com by Ruth Suehle.

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GMP 2: Zombies, DragonCon and Autographs

2011-08-17
Length: 32s

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.

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GMP 1: InterventionCon, Music Week and Science!

2011-08-02
Length: 30s

In the premier episode of The GeekMoms podcast, Nicole Wakelin and Helene McLaughlin talk about InterventionCon, the upcoming Music Week on GeekMom.com and Science!

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The GeekMoms

The GeekMoms is a bi-monthly podcast hosted by the writers at Wired's GeekMom.com. They've got tips for raising geeky kids and encouraging their interests, and for sharing what you love with your family. From comics to cons, movies to music, science to superheros, there's something here for every geek! Also check out The GeekDads, the official podcast of the GeekDad.com site.

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