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Exploring the weird and wonderful world of fandoms!Every week, we deliver fandom-related "fanalysis" complete with hard data, guests, and, of course, rampant speculation!

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Welcome to Fanthropological

Welcome to The Nickscast's new show, Fanthropological! In Fanthropological, The Nickscast crew of G, T, and Z pick a fandom and then talk about it. We'll be talking about Trekkies, Deadheads, Leafs fans, and many many more. Every episode we'll bring you facts and trivia about that episode's fandom, give you a brief history of the fandom, discuss issues in that fandom (and in fandom at large), and share what that fandom's community is saying. New episodes release every Friday. Subscribe to us onPodBean, or add us to your pod catcher of choice (Z recommends Podcast Addict to all you Android users out there!). Thanks for checking out the new show, and remember: Everyone's a fan. The“Glasses”icon featured in the Fanthropological logo is the creation ofAnton Anuchinand is used underCC BY 3.0 US.

3 MIN2016 OCT 1
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Welcome to Fanthropological

#1 - Trekkies

We start off Fanthropological with a look at the fans that often get credit for starting it all: Trekkies. Which activist leader loved Star Trek? What did the fans do when the original series ended? How did the first Star Trek conventions get started? We'll answer all of these questions and more as we deliver a history of Star Trek fandom, its key players, and its greatest moments directly to your ears. And be sure to set your phasers to fun! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play00:00 – Cold Open00:05 – Theme Song00:45 – Introduction01:05 – What is Star Trek and who are Trekkies?03:20 – Trivia17:05 – Special Trivia: Nichelle Nichols and Martin Luther King Jr.20:55 – History of Star Trek? No, the history of fandom!37:10 – Who owns a fandom?...

73 MIN2016 OCT 8
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#1 - Trekkies

#2 - Deadheads

At the Nickscast Fanthropological Institute this week we move away from our wheelhouse and get into a crunchy groove as we dig into an interesting fandom of Americana: Deadheads. In what ways are Deadheads like the modern day fans we've come to know? Which prominent figures also happen to be Deadheads? What's the enduring legacy that Deadheads have contributed to fandom-at-large? We can't answer everything, but we'll try not to noodle around too much as we give a history of deadhead fandom, rap about how it has changed over time, its impact on the world, and, in general, keep on truckin'. Everyone's a fan!Find more like this: fanthropological.comFind us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.comPlay-by-play00:00 – Cold Open00:08 – Theme Song00:30 – Introduction01:27 – What is the Grateful Dead and who are Deadheads?02:30 – Tri...

66 MIN2016 OCT 15
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#2 - Deadheads

#3 - Leafs Fans

Continuing on their journey out of typical fandoms, this week's Fanthropological starts a foray into sports fandom: Toronto Maple Leafs fans! How are Leafs fans different from other hockey fans? From other sports fans? What is it about one of the most losing-est teams in NHL history that draws people to it? We try to unravel the puzzle of this much beloved (and hated?) team and ask: Who are Leafs fans? Everyone's a fan!Find more like this: fanthropological.comFind us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.comPlay-by-play00:00 – Cold Open00:10 – Theme Song00:43 – Introduction00:56 – Who are the Toronto Maple Leafs and Leafs fans?02:20 – Trivia14:30 – Loyalty and fandom47:05 – Z Rants: Leafzilla48:48 – Community Post52:32 – Spotlight: Voices.com55:16 – Goodbye!56:23 – OuttakesCitations "Demographics - Toronto Maple Leafs" ...

58 MIN2016 OCT 22
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#3 - Leafs Fans

#4 - Twilighters

Love them or hate them, they have definitely been a very visible and vocal fandom, even in the mainstream. This week, we're talking about fans of the Twilight movies and books: Twilighters. What happens when fandoms hit the mainstream? What's the backlash like? What was it that allowed the franchise to connect people across different generations? We cunningly avoid taking sides, and instead focus in on what defines Twilight fans. Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.comFind us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:04 – Theme Song 00:29 – Introduction 01:03 – Who are the Twilighters? 05:07 – Trivia 19:07 – When fandom hits the mainstream 43:13 – Cross-generational fandom 57:57 – Community Post 61:12 – Spotlight: Her Eternal Moonlight 63:52 – Goodbye! 65:00 – Outtak...

65 MIN2016 OCT 28
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#4 - Twilighters

#5 - Moonies

Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight, never running from a real fight, they are the fans of Sailor Moon: Moonies! Why was Sailor Moon so influential in its time? Why has it endured as long as it has? And for that matter, what was it like being a fan in the 90s? In this week's episode, we fight in the name of love and justice... stay tuned! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:06 – Theme Song 00:26 – Introduction 00:56 – Who are Moonies? 02:59 – Trivia (Yes, we had a lot this time!) 40:42 – Feminism, Femininity and Fandom 64:19 – Community Posts 68:20 – Spotlight: Sailor Moon Screenshots Redraw and Moon Animate Make-Up! 74:36 – Goodbye! 75:43 – Outtakes Citations Official Sailor Moon Fan Club Finally ...

76 MIN2016 NOV 4
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#5 - Moonies

#6 - Bruce Campbell Fans

If chins could kill, you'd want to watch out for fans of this week's topic: Bruce Campbell Are fans of Bruce Campbell distinct from similar fandoms (e.g. Evil Dead, Horror)? What makes them special? Does Bruce Campbell do a better job with fanalysis that we do?! Good. Bad. We're the one's with this week's episode. Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:06 – Theme Song 00:26 – Introduction 02:01 – Who are Bruce Campbell fans? 04:25 – Trivia 16:05 – Is Bruce Campbell fandom a thing (vs Evil Dead)? 30:02 – Does celebrity fandoms exist (through the lens of Bruce Campbell)? 36:06 – So, what is it about Bruce Campbell then?? 46:32 – Fans of the week 52:19 – Spotlight: Anime Feminist 56:08 – Goodbye! 57:32 – Outtakes Citat...

59 MIN2016 NOV 12
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#6 - Bruce Campbell Fans

#7 - Potterheads

You'd best Accio Seat for this episode, as we enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter fandom and talk about Potterheads! What's it like growing up along side the object of fandom? Is Young Adult (YA) just for kids? Why do people of all ages love Harry Potter? Whether you're Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, you won't need a Nimbus 2001 to catch this week's episode! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:04 – Theme Song 00:31 – Introduction 01:22 – Who are Potterheads? 02:10 – Trivia 21:00 – The work and the fans growing up together 36:35 – YA on the rise and Harry Potter fandom 56:16 – Fans of the week 61:58 – Spotlight: Harry Potter Alliance & GeekyCon 66:19 – Goodbye! Citations "Political Scholar St...

67 MIN2016 NOV 19
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#7 - Potterheads

#8 - Esperantists

We take a departure from the ordinary as we get a bit more international, and talk about the "fandom" of this week: Esperantists! What is Esperanto? Are speakers of a language "fans"? What is its appeal and how did its followers come to be? Stay tuned for an educational episode! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open (Esperanto???) 00:07 – Theme Song 00:29 – Introduction (Esperanto???) 00:56 – Introduction (English) 01:20 – Who are Esperantists? What is Esperanto?! 41:30 – Fans of the week 47:16 – Spotlight: Springboard to Languages 50:46 – Goodbye! 52:03 – Outtakes Citations "The Joy of Esperanto - The Daily Beast" "The Serious History Behind Esperanto | TIME" "Esperanto: the language that never was | Prospect Magazine" ...

56 MIN2016 NOV 26
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#8 - Esperantists

#9 - Steampunks

Do you have your your goggles fastened? Are your firmly seated on your velocipede or dirigible? Tune in over the wireless as we talk about Steampunks! What is Steampunk (and is it over)? Who are they and what makes them... tick? Stay tuned (as we stoke the coals)! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:05 – Theme Song 00:25 – Introduction 01:10 – Who are Steampunks? What is Steampunk? 03:31 – Trivia 09:42 – Why Steampunk? 1:03:38 – Spotlight: Soulless and Girl Genius 1:06:17 – Goodbye! 1:07:40 – Outtakes Citations "Steampunk = Mad Scientist Inventor [invention(steam x airship or metal man/baroque stylings) x (pseudo) Victorian setting] + progressive or reactionary politics x adventure plot" –Jeff Vandermeer, The Steam...

74 MIN2016 DEC 3
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#9 - Steampunks

Latest Episodes

Welcome to Fanthropological

Welcome to The Nickscast's new show, Fanthropological! In Fanthropological, The Nickscast crew of G, T, and Z pick a fandom and then talk about it. We'll be talking about Trekkies, Deadheads, Leafs fans, and many many more. Every episode we'll bring you facts and trivia about that episode's fandom, give you a brief history of the fandom, discuss issues in that fandom (and in fandom at large), and share what that fandom's community is saying. New episodes release every Friday. Subscribe to us onPodBean, or add us to your pod catcher of choice (Z recommends Podcast Addict to all you Android users out there!). Thanks for checking out the new show, and remember: Everyone's a fan. The“Glasses”icon featured in the Fanthropological logo is the creation ofAnton Anuchinand is used underCC BY 3.0 US.

3 MIN2016 OCT 1
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Welcome to Fanthropological

#1 - Trekkies

We start off Fanthropological with a look at the fans that often get credit for starting it all: Trekkies. Which activist leader loved Star Trek? What did the fans do when the original series ended? How did the first Star Trek conventions get started? We'll answer all of these questions and more as we deliver a history of Star Trek fandom, its key players, and its greatest moments directly to your ears. And be sure to set your phasers to fun! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play00:00 – Cold Open00:05 – Theme Song00:45 – Introduction01:05 – What is Star Trek and who are Trekkies?03:20 – Trivia17:05 – Special Trivia: Nichelle Nichols and Martin Luther King Jr.20:55 – History of Star Trek? No, the history of fandom!37:10 – Who owns a fandom?...

73 MIN2016 OCT 8
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#1 - Trekkies

#2 - Deadheads

At the Nickscast Fanthropological Institute this week we move away from our wheelhouse and get into a crunchy groove as we dig into an interesting fandom of Americana: Deadheads. In what ways are Deadheads like the modern day fans we've come to know? Which prominent figures also happen to be Deadheads? What's the enduring legacy that Deadheads have contributed to fandom-at-large? We can't answer everything, but we'll try not to noodle around too much as we give a history of deadhead fandom, rap about how it has changed over time, its impact on the world, and, in general, keep on truckin'. Everyone's a fan!Find more like this: fanthropological.comFind us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.comPlay-by-play00:00 – Cold Open00:08 – Theme Song00:30 – Introduction01:27 – What is the Grateful Dead and who are Deadheads?02:30 – Tri...

66 MIN2016 OCT 15
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#2 - Deadheads

#3 - Leafs Fans

Continuing on their journey out of typical fandoms, this week's Fanthropological starts a foray into sports fandom: Toronto Maple Leafs fans! How are Leafs fans different from other hockey fans? From other sports fans? What is it about one of the most losing-est teams in NHL history that draws people to it? We try to unravel the puzzle of this much beloved (and hated?) team and ask: Who are Leafs fans? Everyone's a fan!Find more like this: fanthropological.comFind us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.comPlay-by-play00:00 – Cold Open00:10 – Theme Song00:43 – Introduction00:56 – Who are the Toronto Maple Leafs and Leafs fans?02:20 – Trivia14:30 – Loyalty and fandom47:05 – Z Rants: Leafzilla48:48 – Community Post52:32 – Spotlight: Voices.com55:16 – Goodbye!56:23 – OuttakesCitations "Demographics - Toronto Maple Leafs" ...

58 MIN2016 OCT 22
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#3 - Leafs Fans

#4 - Twilighters

Love them or hate them, they have definitely been a very visible and vocal fandom, even in the mainstream. This week, we're talking about fans of the Twilight movies and books: Twilighters. What happens when fandoms hit the mainstream? What's the backlash like? What was it that allowed the franchise to connect people across different generations? We cunningly avoid taking sides, and instead focus in on what defines Twilight fans. Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.comFind us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:04 – Theme Song 00:29 – Introduction 01:03 – Who are the Twilighters? 05:07 – Trivia 19:07 – When fandom hits the mainstream 43:13 – Cross-generational fandom 57:57 – Community Post 61:12 – Spotlight: Her Eternal Moonlight 63:52 – Goodbye! 65:00 – Outtak...

65 MIN2016 OCT 28
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#4 - Twilighters

#5 - Moonies

Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight, never running from a real fight, they are the fans of Sailor Moon: Moonies! Why was Sailor Moon so influential in its time? Why has it endured as long as it has? And for that matter, what was it like being a fan in the 90s? In this week's episode, we fight in the name of love and justice... stay tuned! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:06 – Theme Song 00:26 – Introduction 00:56 – Who are Moonies? 02:59 – Trivia (Yes, we had a lot this time!) 40:42 – Feminism, Femininity and Fandom 64:19 – Community Posts 68:20 – Spotlight: Sailor Moon Screenshots Redraw and Moon Animate Make-Up! 74:36 – Goodbye! 75:43 – Outtakes Citations Official Sailor Moon Fan Club Finally ...

76 MIN2016 NOV 4
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#5 - Moonies

#6 - Bruce Campbell Fans

If chins could kill, you'd want to watch out for fans of this week's topic: Bruce Campbell Are fans of Bruce Campbell distinct from similar fandoms (e.g. Evil Dead, Horror)? What makes them special? Does Bruce Campbell do a better job with fanalysis that we do?! Good. Bad. We're the one's with this week's episode. Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:06 – Theme Song 00:26 – Introduction 02:01 – Who are Bruce Campbell fans? 04:25 – Trivia 16:05 – Is Bruce Campbell fandom a thing (vs Evil Dead)? 30:02 – Does celebrity fandoms exist (through the lens of Bruce Campbell)? 36:06 – So, what is it about Bruce Campbell then?? 46:32 – Fans of the week 52:19 – Spotlight: Anime Feminist 56:08 – Goodbye! 57:32 – Outtakes Citat...

59 MIN2016 NOV 12
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#6 - Bruce Campbell Fans

#7 - Potterheads

You'd best Accio Seat for this episode, as we enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter fandom and talk about Potterheads! What's it like growing up along side the object of fandom? Is Young Adult (YA) just for kids? Why do people of all ages love Harry Potter? Whether you're Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, you won't need a Nimbus 2001 to catch this week's episode! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:04 – Theme Song 00:31 – Introduction 01:22 – Who are Potterheads? 02:10 – Trivia 21:00 – The work and the fans growing up together 36:35 – YA on the rise and Harry Potter fandom 56:16 – Fans of the week 61:58 – Spotlight: Harry Potter Alliance & GeekyCon 66:19 – Goodbye! Citations "Political Scholar St...

67 MIN2016 NOV 19
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#7 - Potterheads

#8 - Esperantists

We take a departure from the ordinary as we get a bit more international, and talk about the "fandom" of this week: Esperantists! What is Esperanto? Are speakers of a language "fans"? What is its appeal and how did its followers come to be? Stay tuned for an educational episode! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open (Esperanto???) 00:07 – Theme Song 00:29 – Introduction (Esperanto???) 00:56 – Introduction (English) 01:20 – Who are Esperantists? What is Esperanto?! 41:30 – Fans of the week 47:16 – Spotlight: Springboard to Languages 50:46 – Goodbye! 52:03 – Outtakes Citations "The Joy of Esperanto - The Daily Beast" "The Serious History Behind Esperanto | TIME" "Esperanto: the language that never was | Prospect Magazine" ...

56 MIN2016 NOV 26
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#8 - Esperantists

#9 - Steampunks

Do you have your your goggles fastened? Are your firmly seated on your velocipede or dirigible? Tune in over the wireless as we talk about Steampunks! What is Steampunk (and is it over)? Who are they and what makes them... tick? Stay tuned (as we stoke the coals)! Everyone's a fan! Find more like this: fanthropological.com Find us on social media Twitter: @thenickscast Instagram: @thenickscast Facebook: fb.com/thenickscast Youtube: youtube.com/thenickscast Email us about fandoms you want to hear about: nick@thenickscast.com Play-by-play 00:00 – Cold Open 00:05 – Theme Song 00:25 – Introduction 01:10 – Who are Steampunks? What is Steampunk? 03:31 – Trivia 09:42 – Why Steampunk? 1:03:38 – Spotlight: Soulless and Girl Genius 1:06:17 – Goodbye! 1:07:40 – Outtakes Citations "Steampunk = Mad Scientist Inventor [invention(steam x airship or metal man/baroque stylings) x (pseudo) Victorian setting] + progressive or reactionary politics x adventure plot" –Jeff Vandermeer, The Steam...

74 MIN2016 DEC 3
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#9 - Steampunks
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