Revenge of the Nerds

05.17.2009
(was 05.25.2008)

Nerds are an easy target for humor in movies and on TV... with their thick black glasses, hopelessly out-of-fashion clothes, and over-enunciated diction. But there's a dark side to nerds. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll find out how the nerd stereotype is harming our children. Also, we'll explore a new kind of music called nerdcore hip hop, alias geeksta rap.

  1. Benjamin Nugent on "American Nerd"

    Benjamin Nugent is the author of "American Nerd: The Story of My People." He tells Jim Fleming there are two main categories of nerds and something about their history and the different nerdy subcultures.

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  2. Dan Lamoureux on "Nerdcore for Life"

    Dan Lamoureux is a self-described dork who produced and directed the documentary film "Nerdcore for Life."

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  3. David Anderegg on "Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them"

    David Anderegg is a Professor of Psychology at Bennington and the author of "Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them." He tells Steve Paulson about his inspiration for writing the book.

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  4. Holly Black on Girl Nerds

    Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. Her work includes "The Spiderwick Chronicles." Black tells Anne Strainchamps that girl nerds and geeks definitely exist.

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  5. Gary Brecher on "The War Nerd"

    Gary Brecher is a data entry clerk in Fresno, California. But he's better known as "War Nerd," which is the title of his column in Moscow's English language alternative newspaper and his book, "The War Nerd."

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