Nerd Hurdles — the podcast that helps you overcome your geek prejudices… with snark

Nerd Hurdle – nerd hur’dle – (nûrd hûr’dl) n., v. -dled, -dling -n. a barrier or blockade of ‘nerdiness’ that an individual not of the nerd persuasion must metaphorically ‘leap’ over in order to enjoy or fully appreciate a given experience or situation. She loves Mel Gibson but the aliens were just too big a nerd hurdle for her to really enjoy Signs. -v. to successfully overcome a nerd hurdle.

Each week one of geekdom’s sacred cows is put on the chopping block as Jakob and Mandi dissect it with an irreverent and ruthlessly critical eye. Occasionally the cow makes it out unscathed, but even when when the blood of your favourite movie, TV show, book, comic, game, character or pastime is spilled, there’s something to laugh about (as they twist the knife).


Episode 218: Scandalous Scandals of Scandal

Having run out of quality shows to watch on (Canadian) Netflix, Jakob and Mandi get Scandalous.

Episode 217: Mimico Insane Asylum (Doors Open Toronto)

Jakob and Mandi take a trip to the tunnels underneath the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital (aka Mimico Insane Asylum, aka Mimico Hospital for the Insane, aka The Police Academy, aka Humber College) during Doors Open Toronto. ( They also talk about Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express, Midsomer Murders, London Spy and M:I Rogue Nation.

Episode 216: Netflix Grab Bag

Jakob and Mandi talk about a totally random assortment of things they've been watching on Netflix. Mainly Daredevil Season 2, Downton Abbey Season 5, House of Cards Season 4 (well, the first 3 episodes), most of Poirot, and the Ender's Game movie.

Episode 215 – Love and Marriage

A Valentines Day special! Our good friends James and Nicole pop by to talk our fabulous wedding, their rad wedding, weddings we've been to that were maybe not so awesome and married life. Thanks to Joe Strutt for the very special easter egg (valentine's heart?) so stick around after the credits. And be sure to check out James' book, Our Inland Sea. |

Episode 214 – The Force Awakens in Los Santos

We stopped sleeping on The Force Awakens and went and saw it finally. It took us a while on account of all the GTA V we were playing.

Episode 213 – Watching The Detectives

Detectives. Private Dicks. On TV. Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Jessica Jones Season 1, Death In Paradise Season 3 and Bones Season 10.

Episode 212: Trains, Tangents and Tinder updates

Before heading back to Africa, Kathie wanted to slam the new E.L. James book. Mandi wanted an update on her Tinder adventures and tangents ensued. So much so neither topic gets talked about much—"Grey" not at all. We do however critique the so-called "best selfie ever". Heck, even the title of the episode is a reference to a post-credits easter egg at the end of the episode. Have fun. We did.

Episode 211: Kathie Gets Tinder

Regular co-host Kathie (What introduced Mandi to fanfic, apparently) signs up for Tinder just in time to leave the country for nine months. Married couple Jakob and Mandi live vicariously through her (potential) online dating adventures.

Episode 210: Mandi Goes Camping

After Mandi comes back from a camping trip, the Hurdlers discuss one of Jakob's biggest hurdles: Camping. They also discuss Sense8 (spoiler free!) and Age of Ultron.

Episode 209: Earthseed – Books of The Living

Kathie drops by to talk about Octavia E. Butler's harrowing post-collapse books 'Parable of the Sower' and 'Parable of the Talents'. Thanks to Matthew Fava for giving us these cheery reads.

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