HTGYG Show #157: DragonCon Report Part 1!

The Avengers cosplayers
The Avengers cosplayers

The Avengers cosplayers

I’m thrilled to tell all of you about this year’s DragonCon events and activities. Amanda and I had a great time! I start off talking about the Atlanta Star Party in honor of Cosmoquest.org, run by our friends Pamela Gay and Nicole Gugliucci. If you’re interested in supporting science and STEM education, please donate here! Then we move on to discussing various panels and events we attended, including seeing Jim Butcher at the live Sword & Laser Podcast, and the stars of Warehouse 13! There’s so much, I’ll have to continue in the next episode!

Don’t forget that you can donate to Disaster Relief efforts going on in Colorado and elsewhere by visiting RedCross.org!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

Logo Art by Tim Coffey

Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #155: Fitness and Weight Loss – Getting the Kids (and Me) Active!

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This show, I play a voicemail from RapidEye about the Meteorite Men, I discuss fitness/weight loss/getting kids active, and I call for folks to watch the Cosmoquest.org Google hangout this weekend.

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

Logo Art by Tim Coffey

Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Click on the banner below for Cosmoquest Hangout details!

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HTGYG Show #150: A Look Back, Better Late Than Never!

This long-overdue episode, I take a look back and tell the story of how I got into podcasting, the people who inspired and helped me, and the wonderful folks I’ve met and enjoyed knowing during this time! Plus, we have a voicemail from Rapideye!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

Logo Art by Tim Coffey

Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #148: Twelve Days of Christmas Day 13: Self-expression!

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I’ve been recommending a great geeky gift for your kids for the first 12 days of Christmas, and since I started a day early, this is your baker’s dozen bonus!And for this last entry in our gift guide, I go a little outside the box and discuss ways that you can give your child the gift of being able to express themselves.

Help your child by finding the way that they want to express themselves, be it art, music, writing, movie-making or podcasting! Give them the simple tools and let them be creative! Be it crayons and paper or Garageband and a microphone, help your child find out how they want to express themselves, and give them the outlet for that creativity!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music: Alien for Christmas cover by IFightDragons

HTGYG Show #134: Kids and Conventions- A Good Idea?!? Yes!

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This episode, we talk about kids going to conventions! My kids got a chance to go with me to Dragon*Con in Atlanta, and in addition to working at the Parsecs, we had a great time enjoying the convention.

Kevin in the "Pod"

Kevin in the “Pod” controlling a Mech

Captain America and Thor

Captain America and Thor

And then our contributor Laith and his family went to ConX in Kansas City, and reported on the fun they had attending that convention.

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Laith’s daughter meets Alien

Starry Eyed over Star Wars!

Starry Eyed over Star Wars!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

Logo Art by Tim Coffey
Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Promo from  Marc Gunn’s Irish and Celtic Music Podcast

HTGYG Show #114: Science and History Podcasts for Kids & Teens

Hey everyone! This episode I talk about some of my favorite science and history podcasts for kids, teens and adults. By no means are these all that are out there, but these are some that I regularly listen to and enjoy!  Here are the links!

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Here’s Aaron and his Parsec Award! (Photo by Kyle Nishioka at kylenishioka.com)

Aaron’s World – A young boy shares his love and knowledge of dinosaurs – great for all ages!

Princess Scientist’s Book Club – Princess Scientist and her parents share the books that they’ve been reading.

Astronomy Cast – Pamela Gay and Fraser Cain present astronomical topics in easy-to-understand detail for non-scientists – and they’re fun to listen to as well!

Monster Talk – Blake “Doctor Atlantis” Smith, Ben Radford, and Karen Stollznow discuss cryptozoology – the study of animals that haven’t been proven to exist, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and others. They also have fun with related topics such as ninjas and ghosts! Generally good for all ages – will usually have a tag if the episode contains content inappropriate for kids.

Science Friday – NPR’s reliable science news show, usually hosted by Ira Flatow, covers lots of current and relevant topics in the science world. They often have great interviews, and they also have fun videos on their site.

This Week In Science (TWIS) – Kirsten “Dr. Kikki” Sanford and Justin Jackson talk about lots of the current topics in science, and often have discussion and interviews with scientists and writers. Usually kid-safe, unless Justin is on a rant, and has great music.

Stuff You Should Know – General info podcast by the How Stuff Works website. Chuck, Josh and Jeri cover lots of great topics that you may have never thought about, such as “How Does Silly Putty Work?” and “How Does the Peace Corp Work?”

Stuff to Blow Your Mind – Science info podcast by the How Stuff Works folks. Robert and Julie discuss science news and innovations, a single topic at a time. A great way to catch up on things you didn’t know or missed in the news!

Tech Stuff – Tech info podcast, again by the How Stuff Works people. Jonathan, friend, podcaster, RenFair actor and writer for HSW, co-hosts this podcast with Chris, where they talk about computers, gadgets, the internet, and all kinds of tech topics. A great way to catch up on the new cool toys everyone is talking about!

Stuff You Missed in History Class – History info podcast by the How Stuff Works website. These ladies choose specific subjects within history, and discuss the “real deal” of what happened. Jack the Ripper, Catherine the Great, the Freedom Riders – you name it in history, these ladies have probably talked about it. Great for getting a kid started on a research project  on a particular person or event in history!

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – This is for serious history buffs, but if you are, you’ll love how much detail and time is spent on each subject. Dan discusses lots of wars and conflicts, as well as particular periods in history and specific figures of note. His shows are infrequent, but worth the wait!

I hope you find some shows that you like or can use! I’ll have more selections soon, and we’re still looking for Halloween costumes and pictures!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Promo: Technorama and Podculture

HTGYG Show #110: Mythical Creatures, MonsterTalk and Colorado Voicemails

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A lovely Chinese parade dragon

In this episode, I detail our tour of the Mythical Creatures exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, guided by Blake “Doctor Atlantis” Smith of the MonsterTalkpodcast, one of the official podcasts of Skeptic Magazine. Blake did a great job of giving us background information and possible origins behind the various mythical creatures we saw, including the kraken, mermaids, the Cyclops, and of course dragons.

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Blake “Doctor Atlantis” Smith, discussing the “Feejee Mermaid,” and you can see Kevin front and center!

A quick note, if you are in the area, Fernbank is replacing the Mythical Creatures special exhibit with one about Darwin, beginning Sept 24. The description on their site: this special exhibition features live animals, amazing fossils and an array of scientific tools used by Charles Darwin.

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my NEW voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Promo: Technorama and Podculture

HTGYG Show #101: Interview with Michael Taylor of Story Hour Audio Adventures

In this episode, recorded before my computer messed up, I interview Michael Taylor, author of the children’s story series Story Hour Audio Adventures, and we discuss how his children inspired his stories, and how they enjoy listening to the podcast!

And don’t forget to go over to the Parsec Awards site and nominate your favorite speculative fiction podcasts – nominations are open until June 1!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my NEW voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

Logo Art by Tim Coffey
Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Promo: The Chronic Rift and The One Tree Hill Podcast

HTGYG Show #58: Part 1 of our 365 Days of Astronomy Podcasts

In honor of the successful completion of the first year of the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast, and of my daughter’s inclusion in the highlight podcast, I wanted to send out the episodes we did for you.  Here are the first two episodes we did, and I’ll send out the next two soon. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them for you!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek – at-gmail -dot-com, or call my voicemail number at 206-202-7309 and leave your thoughts. You can also visit our forum at the Farpoint Forums. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Check out this article about the International Year of Astronomy!

Children Celebrating the International Year of Astronomy!

Children Celebrating the International Year of Astronomy!

HTGYG Show #56: Holiday Wishes and Voicemails!

This show, I play lots of the voicemails that I have gotten from all of you! Thanks to Paul, Frank, Gary, and Tim for sharing great ideas and experiences! Also, check out these promos for the Friends in Tech Geek Christmas Story (in which I play the Mom) and the Dollhouse Podcast (a great group of friends)! Please have wonderful holidays, and we will have a review of Avatar up soon!

Don’t forget to check out the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast! We had a new show that went up on Dec. 8 about Kuiper Belt Objects!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek – at-gmail -dot-com, or call my voicemail number at 206-202-7309 and leave your thoughts. You can also visit our forum at the Farpoint Forums. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

Promos: The Friends in Tech Geek Christmas Special and The Dollhouse Podcast

Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton