Originally Aired: 04/28/17

We talk with Christian Lipski, one third of The PDX Broadsides. This Portland based nerd band is in the middle of a successful kickstarter campaign that’s funding their next album, Trust Issues, which focuses on things that scare them. Other themes covered on the album include: geekery, social justice, feminism, and self-esteem. Christian talks to us all about it and inform us on which stretch goals they’ve yet to unlock. Christian has been a comics journalist, a judge for the 2014 Eisner Awards, and a tech support engineer. He plays drums, listens to David Bowie, and acts as a pirate in PDXYAR, but is very bad at video games. You can check out the kickstarter campaign for Trust Issues HERE!

Our review of The Circle starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega. Synopsis: Mae Holland (Emma Watson) seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world’s most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company’s founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity.

We also talk with author Jeff Vandermeer. Best known for his Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff joined us to tell us all about his new book, Borne, which hits bookstores this week. Here’s a quick synopsis on Borne: In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined, dangerous city of the near future. The city is littered with discarded experiments from the Company and punished by the unpredictable attacks of a giant bear. From one of her scavenging missions, Rachel brings home Borne, who is little more than a green lump (plant or animal?) but exudes a strange charisma. Rachel feels a growing attachment to Borne, a protectiveness that she can ill-afford. It’s exactly the kind of vulnerability that will upend her precarious existence, unnerving her partner, wick, and upsetting the delicate balance of their unforgiving city – possibly forever.

It was a great show!

Plus for our Patreon supporters, our latest Geek Hard Extra After Credits segment discussing Hollywood’s constant fear of trying to innovate instead of covering the same stories.

If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!

Production Credits:

Geek Hard Logo – Candice Hibbard and Rich Robbins
Technical Production – Gary LaBarr, Recorded at the Reality Radio 101 Studio
Producers – Andrew Young & James Green

Music Credits:

Opening Music “Eterna Teen” by Mark Holman
“Wash Your Face In My Sink” by Dream Warriors
“Hamlet’s Lament” – The PDX Broadsides
“Far Away and Distant One” by The PDX Broadsides
“Private Eyes” by Lenachka
“The Golden Age” by Beck
“My City of Ruins” by Bruce Springsteen
Closing Music “Kelly’s Heroes” by Black Grape