Joy Sandwich
Episode 021: Surfing

On Episode 21 of Joy Sandwich, Non sits down with semi-regular guest Josh to talk about surfing! Perfect time of year for it, we think! We chat our surfing origin stories, the time Josh was hit in the noggin by a longboard, and the very biggest and scariest waves we've ever surfed! Plus, fascinating surf culture, wacky lingo, and the importance of being encouraged and supported to embrace the things you love in life. Surf or die, dudes! Oh, and happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year, friends!

Follow us on Twitter at @JoySandwich! Non and Jessica are on Twitter at @SubjectPlusVerb and @ReadSchmead.

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 21_Episode_021__Surfing.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:11pm PDT

Episode 020: Joyous Holiday Gift Ideas

On Episode 20 of Joy Sandwich, Jessica and Non talk nerdy, joyous holiday gift ideas! No matter what you celebrate or don't celebrate, it's a great time of year to reflect upon the year, and upon those we love. What better way to express our love than with material goods? But, in all seriousness, these are some pretty fantastic gift ideas for the nerd, book lover, comic book geek, invention aficionado, and kindness monger in your life. We hope this list helps inspire your gift giving! Thank you so much for listening, and happy holidays and happy New Year and happy end of the year, friends!

Follow us on Twitter at @JoySandwich! You can follow Non and Jessica at @SubjectPlusVerb and @ReadSchmead.

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 20_Episode_020__Joyous_Holiday_Gift_Ideas.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 5:02pm PDT

On Episode 19 of Joy Sandwich, we bring you something new! Jessica and Non kick off the show discussing some of the recent books and movies they've consumed, along with some other joyful goings-on. The second half of the show, Jessica takes a break and Non sits down with guest Josh to discuss Childlike Wonder! If you remember folks, Josh is a childhood friend of Non's and he sat previously on the show for Episode 8: Childhood Stories. Our Childlike Wonder discussion jumps into the curiosity of children, the importance of asking questions, and how we, as old farts, try to maintain that joyful childlike wonder! Plus, as an added bonus, we play clips of actual real-life children (that's right!) talking about what they love about being a kid. Hope you enjoy the show! Thank you so very much for listening!

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 19_Episode_019__Childlike_Wonder.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:40pm PDT

Throw on your creepy costumes and grab a fist-full of candy corn, Episode 18 of Joy Sandwich is all about HALLOWEEN tales and costume ideas and fun, silly--some could be described as cruel--ways to freak the crap out of your children! Plus, we talk about two new movies we watched, The Boxtrolls and In a World, Jessica invents a charming new word, and Non has the memory of a newt or a goldfish or some other tiny-brained creature! Do you have a fun Halloween Story? What are you dressing up as this year? We'd love to hear your stories and costume ideas! Please tweet us at @NerdQuestHQ or you can find us on Facebook at! Jessica is on Twitter at @ReadSchmead and you can tweet with Non at @SubjectPlusVerb! Thanks so very much for listening, friends!

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 18_Episode_018__Halloween_Tales_and_Costume_Ideas.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:24am PDT

On Episode 17 of Joy Sandwich, Jessica and Non are back talking about books! Well, that isn't a surprise if you know the show. They love books! With Banned Books Week coming to an end, they ponder the implications of book censorship, their favorite banned books, hilarious parody titles from scrubbed-clean versions of children's book titles, and so much more! Plus, Jessica invents a Battlestar Galactica sex move, and Non reads Kafka! You can follow the Joy Sandwich podcast on Twitter at @NerdQuestHQ or on Facebook at If you want to chat about banned books, please say hello. Thanks for listening, friends!

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 17_Episode_017__Banned_Books.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:21pm PDT

On Episode 16 of Joy Sandwich, Jessica and Non welcome back their friend Justin to the show! Justin, movie nerd that he is, makes a perfect guest for our topic: Fall Movies! Or, more specifically, our most anticipated 2014 fall movies! We have some big budget fare, some indie picks, perhaps a bit of Oscar bait, and a dark, American-accented Harry Potter! Plus, we yammer on about some favorite television and Netflix picks we've been watching, the reason for the neverending poop train (not Snowpiercer), and a book giveaway! Thank you so very much for listening. We love you like whoa.

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 16_Episode_016__Fall_Movies.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:51pm PDT

On Episode 15 of Joy Sandwich, Jessica and Non sit down to record once again on the bed (only to record; PROMISE)! Beds are comfy! It is, in fact, our very last recording from the Ponderosa. That's right. So we hopped aboard the Joy Sandwich train for another step in our splendiferous journey! Our main focus for this episode is GISHWHES! The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen! To describe in 11 words, we'd say this: Insane, unabashedly joyous, hilarious, odd, creatively-inspiring, kindness-embracing scavenger hunt. Also it's the best thing ever. Yes, even better than mom's twice-grilled bacon-banana pancakes. If you listen to this episode and had to take away one thing, it's this: partake in the silliness and fun that is GISHWHES in 2015! You can be on our team :D.

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 15_Episode_015__GISHWHES.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:52pm PDT

And we're back! On Episode 14 of Joy Sandwich, Jessica (@readschmead) and Non (@subjectplusverb) record from their bedroom (gross!) and kick off the show giddily discussing their love for the sci-fi dystopian film, Snowpiercer! Plus, they get into books they've been reading, Non's weird fascination with the aliens in our dogs, and, the main topic, their Top 5 Disney Animated Characters! If you love Disney animation. How can you not?! Why not share with us your favorite Disney animated characters?! Share on Twitter @NerdQuestHQ or on Facebook! Thanks so much for listening!

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 14_Episode_014__Top_5_Disney_Animated_Characters.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:51pm PDT

Episode 013: Fun Staycation Ideas

On Episode 13 of Joy Sandwich, Jessica (@readschmead) and Non (@subjectplusverb) stay true to the season and talk about fun STAYCATION ideas! If you don't know, a staycation is a vacation wherein you stay close to home! Sometimes we don't have the money to go places. Sometimes you have pets (two big dogs and two gargantuan horses like we do!) which makes it difficult to go places. The good news is that you don't need to go anywhere to have a fun vacation! On this episode of Joy Sandwich, we chat about the upcoming GISHWHES week, matinee movies, water fights, board game nights, museum trips, creative hours, surf days, and so many more amazing staycation ideas for families, friends, partners, lovers, nerds, and pets! We'd love to hear about your staycation experience, or if you have any fun staycation ideas. Tweet us @NerdQuestHQ, and thanks so very much for listening!

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 13_Episode_013__Staycations.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 8:52am PDT

Episode 012: Music From Our Youth

On Episode 12 of Joy Sandwich, Jessica and Non chat about some of their favorite and most memorable music from their pre-teenage and teenage years! Music from our youth! Plus, Non sings poorly but as only a giddy nerd can, Jessica battles her desires to be Madonna and Cyndi Lauper and a unicorn simultaneously, and both of them reminisce about the tunes that really kicked off their independence. Music fun! If you have any fun music stories from when you were young, or you'd like to share your favorite band from your teenage years, please let us know. We'd so love to hear! Tweet the show @NerdQuestHQ or on Facebook at Thank you kindly for listening!

And, as always, embrace your joy!

Direct download: 12_Episode_012__Music_From_Our_Youth.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:44am PDT