Goadkicker: The Podcast

Books, comics, movies, music... parenthood, religion... pretty much anything that falls out of my head. Companion podcast to the BCWYWF (Be careful what you wish for) comic/magazine series, and the growing line of Goadkicker products.
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Jan 15, 2017

The Thunderdads talk how accessible the toys were without comics/toons to help prime the story

Jan 15, 2017

I found a Slime Pit for $5. Hear my glee.

Jan 11, 2017

A new he man cartoon in the Filmation continuity... released in 2016!

Jan 10, 2017

first episode of 2017. We're calling is season 3. We talk about the life of Carrie Fisher, make a resolution to think about our online offenses, and look into how death can help nerds focus on loved ones still living. 


Intro/Outro Music by Nation of Ulysses, used with generous permission of Dischord Records

Jan 9, 2017

Eddie talks Man E Faces... the tri-polar hero

Jan 9, 2017

first installment of my new bonus podcast within a podcast Make Eternia Great Again. In this episode, Carl talks about Mer-Man.

Dec 13, 2016

its the 2016 Christmas show! So naturally I talk about a Gremlins, idolatry, mall bookstores, and hope.


thanks to Dischord Records for permission to use Nation of Ulysses music for our intro and outro!!! Too rad!

Dec 9, 2016

On this episode, we chat about the notion that the jobs and relationships we have will not make us blissfully happy every waking moment, and that somehow we need to learn to put effort into things that may not immediately reward us.

Thanks as always to Dischord Records for allowing us to use two clips of the fantastic Nation of Ulysses as our intro and outro.

Dec 1, 2016

On this our 30th episode (recorded live in Council Bluffs) we talk about inspiration, the cons of using iPhones but forgetting they are primarily phones, fan fiction, Waterworld, Infinity Blade, and the tremendous breech of trust that comes when fan fiction meets journalism/social media. 

Thanks as always to Dischord Records for their generous permission to use Nation of Ulysses' music as our show intro and outro!  

Nov 22, 2016

Unlike Thanksgiving, this episode is probably better in well-spaced smaller portions.

on this episode (recorded live in Council Bluffs, Iowa), we chat about what I'm thankful for and the notion that kayfabe (a shared delusion between spectator and performer) exists in more than pro wrestling, but in our social institutions too. 

Thanks to Dischord Records for letting me use Nation of Ulysses music as the show intro and outro. 

Nov 18, 2016

This week I attended the funeral for a family friend's 11 year old son. Things like that get you thinking. And with 2000+ mourners in line at the visitation, you have lots of time to think. 


This episode we discuss how we live our nerdy lives knowing the end is always looming overhead. We talk about the role hobbies and distractions play in keeping us sane. We end by wondering if networking is a crucial behavior and if hobbies don't supplant that behavior... and set us up for failure as adults. Oh, and I talk about King Kong, Black Hole, Batman, and so on

Nov 10, 2016

On this episode we join in the first Podcast Arcade crossover event! On every podcast released from this network this week, you will hear Bigfoot related joy!

check out all the podcasts at 

why is Bigfoot such an alluring myth? 

Who is Bigfoot Jones?

Nov 5, 2016

What is culture? Would anyone buy a Goadkicker devotional? How great is adventure time? Is the internet a remorseless beast bent on man's destruction?

Nov 1, 2016

in this episode we finish the story of Roger Martinez, the frontman of one of the first Christian metal bands who later turned to a life of atheism and blasphemy. What happens when we are uprooted from our world view and social connections? How frayed are the ties keeping us tethered to sanity? And what about the notion that a field such as Christian heavy metal may harbor frauds? 


Next episode we return to nerd culture in general and take a break from the marginal world of Christian musicians. Thanks for indulging me! 

Oct 27, 2016

In this episode we shed some light on 3 different types of nerds

1. Sports - how the national past time is really just Magic the Gathering for the masses

2. Nanowrimo - why an aspiring writer needs to avoid it and just get to work, and why a writer that says "someday I want to..." will probably never do it. 

3. Christian pop rock - in nerd church we talk about hypocrisy is a charge that is often leveled at people but isn't always truly fair... and we set up the topic for next episode... Roger Martinez, the Christian heavy metal front-man that after years of ministry and recording with Vengeance Rising began to deny the existence of Christ and started pursuing atheism. 

Oct 20, 2016

On this episode I ask how much of us as nerds is determined by genetics. I also talk about autumn in Iowa & the harvest. On nerd church I ask where we draw the line ethically when it comes to interacting or advertising to us nerds, if one knows we have exploitable attributes.


Oct 15, 2016

in this episode, recorded LIVE in Council Bluffs, Iowa... We talk about the pros and cons of introducing children into an otherwise perfectly self-indulgent adult nerd lifestyle. We also chat about toy collecting, specifically the results of my informal online poll about your favorite GI Joe, Star Wars, He Man, Transforner, and assorted other toys. 

There are some strange audio gaffs at the transitions between segments. I apologize for these and I think I figured out why the music was cuing up in duplicate. 

Thanks to Dischord Records for use of Nation of Ulysses' music 

Sep 29, 2016

Live from Council Bluffs... It's another episode of Goadkicker. We talk about hijacking meaning in art, the Simpsons, animal cruelty, violence, and during Nerd Church we talk stewardship and the tendency for nerds to hoard. 

Reach me at Twitter @carlsmithwriter, email, or look Goadkicker Podcast up on Facebook to comment or discuss! 

Thanks as always to Dischord Records for use of Nation of Ulysses' amazing music 

Sep 20, 2016

in this LIVE episode, we talk about the need to move on from exciting things... And wonder what happens between childhood and adulthood that we loose the sense of wonder? Then we talk about me starting my own church. Lastly, I explain that I truncate the third segment so it's better served and explored. 

The episode ends with the full version of Stork by Carbon Copy Dream, the music we hear as transitions between segments. CCD is really just me from 15 years ago.

Sep 15, 2016

In this second half of this LIVE episode we focus entirely on the finale of the Mike Warnke story... the former self-professed Satanic practitioner and expert and Christian stand up comedian who was discovered to be a fraud. We look at what happened after the outing, and discuss the lessons we nerds can learn about character and integrity. 

Look us up on Facebook, as we now have a Goadkicker Podcast page! Be sure to LIKE and share the site and the show, reviews are nice on iTunes... and as always feel free to discuss the show's topics with me and others online!

Also we are on twitter @carlsmithwriter 

Sep 15, 2016

In this, the first half of our latest LIVE episode, we talk about stewardship and accountability when choosing WHERE we buy our nerd wares. While we are at it, we talk about a wonderful indie comic called The Magician, published by 5D Comics. The writer is David Brown and the artist is DNS (on BCWYWF issue 2 cover art fame). 

The comic can be purchased at 

Support indie art... and buy a copy... tell them Goadkicker sent you. 

5D comics are on twitter and facebook as well, track them down!


Thanks as always to Dischord Records for the use on Nation of Ulysses music!

Sep 8, 2016

On this LIVE episode of Goadkicker we talk about the hypocritical way I stumble around the issues of zoos, eating meat, and guns. Then we look at how Valiant comics is schooling everyone on how to manage a continuity, and how wonderful their summer event 4001 AD was. Lastly we get into part one of the crazy story of Mike Warnke... a Christian comedian and evangelist that was a driving force behind the Satanic panic of the 80's and was found to be a fraud. When do we "believe" in something because of what it is versus WHO is selling it to us? What happens when that WHO is a phony?


Thanks as always to Dischord Records for allowing us to use Nation of Ulysses music as our intro and outro... but their stuff! 

Sep 3, 2016

in this hastily conceived LIVE episode we apologize for being too real, expose my hip hop fandom, talk about Hip Hop Family Tree, and dissect the four stages of fandom. Thanks forever to Dischord records for allowing use of Nation of Ulysses music. 


Next episode will be our special 18th coming of age! 

Aug 27, 2016

Today we explore the notion of an ultimate end, and how until the last century that religion seemed to corner the market on finality. Three examples that have arisen since 1900 that are extra-faith ends include the Mythos possibility (HP Lovecraft and supernatural with no care for man), the Atomic Age, and the one I want to talk about, the Singularity.

Is there any way a created, intelligent construct can't despise its creator? Will developing AI doom mankind? And what does the whole thing say about existence of G-d or the relationship between man and G-d? Blade Runner, Terminator, 2001, Her, and Rick & Morty may help us understand.

I for one fear our electric overlords.


Reach me at @carlsmithwriter on Twitter or to discuss your thoughts on this or any show-related matter.


Should I strive to release a Nerd Church only episode on Sundays? Let me know.

thanks to Dischord Records for allowing me to use music from one of my favorite bands ever, Nation of Ulysses.

Aug 27, 2016

On this LIVE episode I talk about the need for those of us in the nerd culture to support one another... whether it is in our creative pursuits or as human beings.

It clocks in at over an hour, and is effectively three 25 minute chapters to one audiobook. Listen as such if you prefer shorter experiences.

First segment is about support... and the Podcast Arcade.

In the second segment I talk about how being a nerd comes with a class trait of unhealthiness.  I also skewer nostalgia and gripe about the good old days never being allowed to pass out of frame. I also explain the rich history of the shopping malls of Council Bluffs, Iowa. You may be shocked to learn I haven't skateboarded much this summer and have also gained weight.

I name drop a lot of nerdy things, like the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, Megaforce, Dune, Salute Your Shorts, Dinobots, No Man's Sky, and so on. If that matters.

Thanks as always to Dischord Records for allowing us to use music from The Nation of Ulysses ("Ulythium" and "Depression III") on our humble podcast.

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