Episode 1

"Why We Geek Out So Damn Hard"

w/ Dr. Sandra Calvert - Director, Children's Digital Media Center @ Georgetown University

One of the foremost experts investigating how media affects the psychology of children (and, by proxy, the rest of us), Dr. Sandra Calvert reveals fresh research on how and why we connect so intimately with fictional characters, especially those onscreen. Ever wonder why newscasters talk directly to the camera? For the same reason you're obsessed with Harry Potter. Find out what this all means on our inaugural episode of NERTZ! (READ THE COMPLEMENTARY ARTICLE IN WIRED)