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This Week on the Nerdist Podcast Network: Bill Gates, Grace Helbig, Rainn Wilson and More

This Week on the Nerdist Podcast Network: Bill Gates, Grace Helbig, Rainn Wilson and More

So, Bill Gates was on the Nerdist Podcast, but you knew that. It was just one notable thing on the Nerdist Podcast Network this week, but it was so huge that it bears repeating: Bill Gates was on the Nerdist Podcast. You guys. Bill Gates. There’s a quick rundown of what they talked about here along with the podcast itself, but just listen and read the Gates Foundation’s 2015 Annual Letter.

That was not the only don’t-miss podcast on the network this week, Grace Helbig was Pete Holmes’ latest guest on You Made It Weird, and Grace lived up to her reputation as being a consistently great guest with talk about what to do with visiting family members in L.A., leading to the issue of spending time with your parents and how it makes you feel like a child again. And then they talked about fans, surfing, and much more.

Rainn Wilson was also a Nerdist Podcast guest, returning (he was on an early episode that spawned the “Enjoy Your Burrito” credo) to promote his new Fox series Backstrom. There’s reminiscing about Rainn and Chris’ co-starring gigs in House of 1,000 Corpses, and then they get to talking about cover bands, Rainn’s Soul Pancake website, parenting, The Office, fast food pizza, high school clubs, and Zonkeys. No other podcast will give you that kind of range AND Zonkeys.

Nell Scovell did the Nerdist Writers Panel, and if that name isn’t familiar, her work is: She created the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch series, wrote for David Letterman and on shows like NCIS, Newhart, Murphy Brown, Charmed, and Warehouse 13, and even co-wrote “Lean In” with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. And she talks about all of it with Ben Blacker (hey, she’s a Thrilling Adventure Hour fan, but who isn’t?), including how she got the “Lean In” gig, how she became a writer, what it’s like to be the only woman in the writer’s room, the perils of being a showrunner, and advice for aspiring writers. Nell’s a fascinating person with a fascinating career, and this episode is…. what’s the word?… yeah, fascinating.

We had a live episode of The Indoor Kids recorded at RIOT L.A. with a quick visit from Kumail’s Silicon Valley co-star Thomas Middleditch, who’s got a problem with the latest FIFA, folllowed by Pat Cassels and Troy Baker, and it’s off to the video game races (although Pat says he doesn’t play much anymore). Stay tuned for when they “porn up” video games.

And so much more: As Sleepy Hollow dips into American history, Michelle Trachtenberg came onto the SleepyCast to talk about being Abigail Adams on Monday’s episode. Once again, Sleepyheads have to be listening to get the scoop.

You know him as Otter in Animal House, or from The West Wing, or more recently Hart of Dixie, but Tim Matheson will always be the voice of Jonny Quest to the guys on Today We Learned, and, naturally, Jonny Quest was among the many topics about which they traded actual facts.

Kurt dragged My Brother, My Brother, And Me‘s Travis McElroy on an adventure on The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler — this one took more than one day, and a lot of stamina, too, and a narrow path into a scene Travis likens to something from DragonAge. Where did they go? Gotta listen to find out.

Eliza Skinner and Set List‘s Troy Conrad came by the showroom for a musical edition of The Todd Glass Show. Max Landis talked creepy, eerie disembodied-voice-type stuff on Bizarre States. Actress Seychelle Gabriel visited her Legend of Korra pal Janet Varney on The JV Club. Plus-size porn was the topic as Kelly Shibari guested with Sex Nerd Sandra. Kevin and Steve answered your questions on things like their TV pilot, Super Troopers 2, and lime Tostitos on Chewin’ It. David Gallaher talked about the DC Convergence on Comic Book Club. The Wrestling Compadres previewed Royal Rumble with Xavier Woods and Booker T. Comic Marty DeRosa discussed depression and wrestling on Terrified with Dave Ross. Our very own podcast producer Aristotle Acevedo was Gil’s guest on The Mutant Season. And there was more of the usual weirdness (any show that pulls a Mackey Sasser reference is as weird and wonderful as it gets) on Cashing In with T.J. Miller.

These are all very good reasons for you to go to the Nerdist Podcast Network homepage to listen and subscribe, and also to join us at the Nerdist Podcast Network Facebook page. It’s where the A-Listers are. And you’re an A-Lister to us, too. (Awwwww.) Okay, enough of that – go listen!

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