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This Week on the Nerdist Podcast Network: Ben Gibbard, Grace Helbig, Kristen Schaal, and more….

This Week on the Nerdist Podcast Network: Ben Gibbard, Grace Helbig, Kristen Schaal, and more….

What did we have on the Nerdist Podcast Network this week? Plenty. Here’s the roundup:

Chris and Jonah went over to SIR Studios on Sunset to chat with Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service’s Ben Gibbard on the Nerdist Podcast. The discussion goes from trying to keep up with new music as you get older to influences and the impulse to get upset when a band you like gets “too big.” And Ben lets us in on his songwriting process and the different approaches to writing for Death Cab as opposed to The Postal Service.

Looking for strategies for The Price is Right? Grace Helbig returned to the Nerdist Podcast with insight on being a Web video sensation and parlaying it into her new E! show, but also with ideas for winning on game shows. That’s just one of a lot of topics addressed, from Vine stardom vs. YouTube stardom to working at chain restaurants (you’ll learn what to order at Applebee’s). And everyone talks about their old pre-celebrity jobs. You may have purchased pleated jorts from Chris!

(NOTE: I know, this next one is posting AFTER this post goes up. Patience! It IS coming shortly.) Kristen Schaal did the Nerdist Podcast, and it starts with talk about… doing talk shows, because both she and Chris did the podcast immediately after doing TV (she was on Conan and he was just coming off @midnight). Naturally, there’s talk about Kristen’s work on The Last Man on Earth and being Mel on Flight of the Conchords, and how Kristen’ career managed to grow outside of the traditional comedy club circuit. And there’s the tale of her terrible bike accident, which ends up funnier than you’d think.

Blair Butler was back on The Indoor Kids talking about comics and, of course, video games. After Kumail’s analysis of the effect of Breaking Bad on stevia (really), Blair revealed her new favorite comics, her excitement over the current iteration of Miss Marvel, video game playing on TV shows, and the ethics of using exploits in games.

Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss joined Pete on You Made it Weird, and there’s talk of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, of course, and the differences between doing stand-up in the U.S. versus the U.K. Oh, and drugs.

But that wasn’t all: There are few more talented human beings than Phil Hendrie, and the master of talking to one’s self brought his unique perspective on pop culture to Pop My Culture this week. The awesome ESPN SportsNation co-host and noted San Antonio Spurs and Super Troopers fan Michelle Beadle came on Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve. Actor/Writer/Director Peter Horton is promoting his new series American Odyssey, and he joined the Nerdist Writers Panel to talk about it.

More: Moshe Kasher’s Hound Tall offered the unusual history of San Francisco with Emily Heller, Rory Scovel, Jay Chandrasekhar, and historian Chris Carlsson, plus music. We had a double dose of The Todd Glass Show this week, with part 2 of the return of Troy Conrad to the show, and another episode with Rye Silverman. Swedish podcaster Kristoffer Triumf joined Razzle and Matt Kirshen for some factual material on Today We Learned. Vice’s Nat Towsen returned to talk about Marvel’s “Secret Wars” on Comic Book Club.

Yet more: We had a little Legend of Korra reunion thing of sorts with Zelda Williams visiting Janet on The JV Club. Legion of Leia’s Jenna Busch examined the mysteries of Tarot on Bizarre States. Comic Ryan Singer spoke of exotic Dayton, Ohio and other life experiences on Terrified.

Still more: The Matts were (finally!) back with a new James Bonding, looking at Moonraker with special guest Agent 420 (sorry), Doug Benson. We looked back at more of Cash and T.J.’s randomness on another Worst Of compendium of Cashing In with T.J. Miller. Kurt and his lovely bride Lauren Cook returned with another round of relationship advice and stuff on The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler. The Legacy Music Hour was back with another Free Play episode. Tom and John answered more of your questions on fitness and wellness on Pro You. And our own Kyle Clark was Gil’s guest on The Mutant Season.

Hear it all by going to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page to keep up with everything. Enjoy the holiday weekend….

Contributors: Kyle Clark, Joshua Quail

Photo: BenjaminGibbard.net

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