The League of Nerds

#197 – Fun with Mormonism

February 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The dynamic duo of James and Rebecca Waa, I mean Natalie Newell are back. This time we are talking with Bryce Blankenagel of the Naked Mormonism podcast. Bryce is a former Mor-mo and now researches the history of the church and its influential [...]

#196 – Tyranny

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Buck read a book, he thought you might like it too! The book is ‘On Tyranny: twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century’ by Timothy Snyder. The book takes a look at 20 things that caused and allowed tyranny in many forms to prosper in the 20th century. It is unabashedly anti Trump but neither pro left or right wing. It is a nice short read that will liekly make it way into class reading lists in the coming years, provided we don’t start burning books. Sic semper [...]

#195 – Holocaust Denialism

January 28, 2018 // 1 Comment

Yesterday was International Holocaust remembrance day, on the 27th of January 1945 Auschwitz was liberated. Roughly 6 million Jews, 250k mentally disabled, 200k Romani, and close to 10k homosexual men. Despite being highly documented, having 1000s of complimentary personal accounts on both sides, and Nazi admitting it, some people still think the Holocaust was fictional. The nerds watch a video which is banned in parts of the EU. This documentary makes so many blatant mistakes it’s hard [...]

#194 – Conspiracy Conspiracy

January 21, 2018 // 0 Comments This film was dull and the person who made it is too. Basically calling things conspiracies is a conspiracy to discredit people who believe [...]

#193 – Let’s Engage some Millennials!

January 7, 2018 // 0 Comments Vance is back… this time he talks to the nerds about his time at Monsanto. The nerds were the first podcast to interview Vance and his position as the director of millennial engagement for Monsanto. Engaging with millennials is a crucial project, terrifyingly millennials are moving into more and more positions of power. That dumb kid in your class who traded his lunch for a pokemon card, yeah he’s now running for your local [...]

#192 – Get Your Life Back Now

December 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

The alt-nerds are joined by Dr Chad Hayes ( to talk about the joint project to send him to the woo conference ‘Get your life back now’. In a moment of jest Natalie twitted the conference. Plans quickly emerged to send a real Dr to this conference. Thanks to many generous donors we sent Chad down to Florida to go see such big names as Mr Andrew Wakefield and Mercola. [...]

#191 – Battle of Ideas

December 24, 2017 // 0 Comments In late October Myles was invited to Battle of ideas down in London. He went to see Vance Crowe, the man from Monsanto. Vance was shocked about Myles’ height. The Battle of ideas tries to bring multiple different view points for debate and encourages rigorous cross [...]

#190 – I was a 9/11 Truther -TLoNs Podcast

December 10, 2017 // 1 Comment Buck is really milking in the lime light, he tells us, in depth, about he old beliefs on 9/11. Like many truthers Buck had seen and read opinions online and felt that gave him enough evidence to know the ‘truth’. He then also went out of his way to avoid information that challenged those [...]

#189 – Extremism

December 4, 2017 // 0 Comments The nerds this week have Chris Shelton on once again. Chris has a lot of experience with Scientology which some might consider an extremist ideology. What is an extremist ideology and what makes a person fall into that [...]

#188 – Plant Whispering and Random DNA with Prof Kevin Folta

November 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

It finally happened! We spoke with Kevin Folta about his research. Professor Folta (if you want to be formal) works on plants and how they work out their environment, they call this plant whispering. By changing the light Kevin and his team can ‘tell’ plants things. His group has also began to work on a very interesting project. By using random DNA sequences they have shown a range of new proteins that have cool effects on plants. As a biologist I would think this wouldn’t [...]

#187 – The Waco Siege

November 12, 2017 // 0 Comments The Waco siege was a siege of a compound belonging to the group Branch Davidians by American federal and Texas state law enforcement and US military. The siege lasted for 51 days between February 28 and April 19, 1993 and ended with an FBI assault, during which the compound burned down, killing 76 people inside including David Koresh. In this episode, the Nerds talk about the the siege and the documentary [...]

#186 – The Anarchists Cook Book

November 5, 2017 // 2 Comments

The Anarchist Cookbook, first published in 1971, is a book that contains instructions for the manufacture of explosives, rudimentary telecommunications phreaking devices, and related weapons, as well as instructions for home manufacturing of illicit drugs, including LSD. It was written by William Powell at the apex of the counterculture era in order to protest against United States involvement in the Vietnam War. In this episode, the Nerds talk about the instructions the book contains and many [...]

#185 – An Ex-scientologist

October 30, 2017 // 2 Comments   A full complement of nerds this week with a special guest in the form of Chris Shelton. Scientology describes Chris as ‘difficult to find a more unqualified person to speak on the subject… A self-proclaimed arrogant know-it-all, Shelton is really just a fringe figure on the Internet, where he obsessively vents about the religion that expelled him for misconduct.’ Chris spent a large portion of his life [...]

#184 – Agent Orange

October 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

The tactical herbicide Agent Orange, which was used in South-east Asia by the United States Department of Defence during the Vietnam War, was made from equal parts of the n–butyl esters of 2,4,5-T and 2,4,-D. For almost half a century, controversy has surrounded its use, mainly because it contained a highly toxic dioxin impurity (TCDD). Despite this impurity being thoroughly investigated, there is still a lot of confusion by the public regarding how it was formed and why it took so long to be [...]