Jose Rodriguez

Indiana Public Media

Today:  "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden joins us to talk about the stories he offered in print and online, including news of major bills at the General Assembly that will have an impact on northwest Indiana.  They include what may be the resolution of the issue of the town of Griffith wanting to secede from Calumet Township.  "Region Nerd Alert" podcaster Jose Rodriguez talked with two vendors at last weekend's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, C2E2, and he gives us his conversation. Ron Taylor with the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District has the latest on the household hazardous waste collection dates in 2020, the cleanliness of the county's recycling drop-off sites and a sneak peek at the 2020 northwest Indiana Earth Day observances in April.  And Jesse Kharbanda with the Hoosier Environmental Council is at the Statehouse with the latest status in the General Assembly of bills dealing with the Indiana environment.

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo or C2E2 is one of the countrys biggest Nerd Conventions, where fans, cosplayers,  and movie stars gather for 3 days to bring you the latest on everything pop culture. With All the big events and speakers there is also a multitude of vendors, selling their wares and conducting business like the street markets of ancient lands and kingdoms. I got to take some time with one of my favorite shops there and ask the ins and outs of being a vendor at a convention. 

Conventions for an Attendee can be super fun, but how much does it take to really put it all together? Ticketing, booking guests, putting together panels and events, there is a lot of work that goes into making that comic con a success. We are joined with Brain Grabinski, founder and showrunner of NWI Comic Con to talk about the ins and outs of putting on conventions and also how one of the regions biggest conventions got its start on this weeks Region Nerd Alert!

The Ring, The Grudge, One Missed Call, Dark Waters. Well all those movies are part of a subgenre of horror movies known as Jhorror or Japanese Horror. The origins of Japanese horror can be traced to ghost story classics of the Edo period and the Meiji period, which were also known as kaidan. Elements of several of these popular folktales have been worked into the stories of modern films, especially in the traditional nature of the Japanese ghost. We here at Region Nerd Alert put our research caps on and delved into what is widely known as J-Horror. Nerd Out with us on a special spooky episode of Region Nerd Alert.