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Dragonfly Ripple: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Nerds

Nerd dads Carlin Trammel (Nerd Lunch and Pod, James Pod) and Michael May (Michael May's Adventure Blog and Kill All Monsters comic) explore the concepts of and put into practice what it means to pass along their nerdy/geeky interests to their kids. Join them in their nerd parenting journey.
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Dec 20, 2017

"Ho! Ho! Ho!" everybody! It's the Dragonfly Ripple Holiday Special! Carlin and Michael begin by talking about Christmas movies and TV specials that they grew up with. Which have stood the test of time? Which are still annual must-watches?

When Annaliese and David join in, they discuss a couple of specific Christmas productions from Jim Henson and Ernest P Worrell. And on a special Jetpack Tiger, Dashiell flies solo to talk about the experience of learning The Truth about Santa. There are SPOILERS about the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy as well, so be careful about listening around young ears.

Finally, the gang talks about which nerdy Christmas ornaments they wish existed to hang on their trees. 

Dec 18, 2017

Hear what the Dragonfly Ripple kids thought about the new Star Wars movie. And get a Jetpack Tiger with more Last Jedi thoughts. Do the kids love this movie? Are they satisfied with it as a sequel to The Force Awakens? What about the reveals and surprises? BEWARE! Spoilers galore in this fun episode.

Nov 26, 2017

Carlin and Dashiell made an outing to see Justice League. You've probably got your feelings about this team up of classic DC Comics characters, but what about the opinions of an almost nine-year-old boy? Was the movie a success for him? Listen to this extra long "Jetpack Tiger" and find out! NOTE: There are big spoilers for the movie in this.

Sep 19, 2017

After Michael and Carlin share some thoughts about kids and social media, Carlin talks to David about the trip he and his folks recently took to England and Scotland and all of the pop culture locations they visited. Michael discusses the Rocky movies with Annaliese and then the whole crew picks their dream houses from movies and TV. And in a very special Jetpack Tiger, Carlin takes another stab at introducing Dash to Star Trek. Did it finally take? Tune in and see!

Aug 8, 2017

In honor of Buckaroo Banzai Day (a day that Carlin just declared as being 8/8), Carlin, Annaliese and Dashiell watched The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension. Well, what does a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old think of this crazy movie? Find out in this quick Riplet recorded in honor of Buckaroo.

Jul 12, 2017

This episode is comics Comics COMICS! Michael and Carlin talk about how they got into collecting comics, what they imagined it would be like to pass their collections on to their kids, and whether or not that's really how it's going. Then Annaliese and David join the discussion to talk about Jeff Smith's Bone and John Byrne's Alpha Flight. In the Jetpack Tiger segment, Dash and Carlin cover The DC Comics Encyclopedia, then the gang wraps up with a dinner table discussion in which they create regional superhero teams for Florida and Minnesota.

Jun 25, 2017

Annaliese, David and Delaney are back for another round of "Kid Talk."

Jun 1, 2017

The Dragonfly Ripple porch gets a little more crowded when Michael and Carlin invite friend Rob Graham over. They get a new perspective on "nerdin' those kids." Then Delaney, Rob's daughter jumps in and the whole crowd of six discuss Star Trek, the Star Wars radio dramas and Disney World. In an extra special segment, the kids take over the show and kick out the parents. Plus everyone designs their own amusement park ride. And in a special Jetpack Tiger, Annaliese talks to Dashiell about Minecraft. This one is chock full of nerdin'!

May 1, 2017

The Dragonfly Ripple crew tackles sci-fi on this episode. After the dads talk politics (WAIT! Don't let that scare you off! We just talk about how we introduce our kids to politics and don't get too far into actual politics...) we talk about some sci-fi TV with some political angles. First up was the V and V: The Final Battle mini-series from the 1980s and then Firefly. Plus, on Jetpack Tiger this episode we talk about our experience with Star Wars Celebration.

Feb 14, 2017

We're back! Our Valentine's Day present to you is this brand new episode in which Michael and Carlin talk about the challenges of scheduling nerd training as kids get older and busier. And with time being so limited, how do we curate what we show them to make sure that it's worth everyone's time?

When Annaliese and David join us, Michael talks to Annaliese about the humor of Police Squad, then Carlin asks David about the differences between the 1942 serial The Phantom and the 1996 feature film starring Billy Zane.

On Jetpack Tiger, Carlin and Dashiell chat about Adam West's Batman. And we close out the episode with everyone's creating their own nerdy Valentine's candy.

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