Charm Bomb2021-10-02T19:16:57+00:00

Welcome to Charm Bomb, the podcast of the Geek Girl Pen Pals! Join your IGGPPC Directors Sumsy and Joanna every other week as we chat about what we’re into, answer a question from the community, and dive into our “top 5” faves on the topic of the week! 

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I like being a Joanna (Charm Bomb 51)

This episode summer and Joanna chat about Douglas Adams and lighthearted sci-fi, homemade apple cider, and their shared love for the Mediterranean climate.

Topics this week include cats because of course, the Dragon Prince season 3, Dirk Gently, soup season, and their top 5 things they are thankful for.

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: What is your favorite biome and what animal there would you be?
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charmbomb@geekgirlpenpals.com

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  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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November 25th, 2022|

California Dreaming (Charm Bomb 50)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about hanging out together in California in which they explore the outdoors, enjoy local beer, and tell terrible jokes to Mickey Mouse.

Topics this week include terrible humor, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, deserts and oceans, and their top 5 sea creatures.

To submit a question to Ask Charm Bomb, email your question to charmbomb@geekgirlpenpals.com

Credits and Thanks:

  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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November 11th, 2022|

Pen Pals in a Digital World (Charm Bomb 49)

This episode Joanna chats with Felix, founder of PenPal.me, about connecting folks in a digital world, the joys of being outdoors, and the art of cooking.

Topics this week include travel, fly fishing, the art of ramen, pen pal origin stories, and the fun of meeting an online or pen pal friend in person. 

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This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: What’s your pen pal origin story?
To submit a question to Ask Charm Bomb, email your question to charmbomb@geekgirlpenpals.com

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  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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October 28th, 2022|

Bog Witch Libras (Charm Bomb 48)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about Halloween and spooky season, birthdays (and cake), and about getting older with fandoms (you’re never too old!).

Topics this week include Hocus Pocus 2, Great British Bake Off, Mighty Ducks, Libra season, and their top 5 Halloween costumes from the past.

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: Am I too old for fandom?
To submit a question to Ask Charm Bomb, email your question to charmbomb@geekgirlpenpals.com

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  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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October 14th, 2022|

Force Ghosting (Charm Bomb 47)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about the impact of “super hero level conflict” on everyday people and how to get back in touch or figure out if a pen pal has ghosted you.

Topics this week include Andor (tv show), autumn weather, sword camp, and their top 5 Star Wars characters.

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: Should I reach out to a pen pal who ghosted?
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  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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September 30th, 2022|

Burnout Badgers (Charm Bomb 46)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about different strategies for fighting burnout with personal experiences and suggestions for managing burnout in both the short term and long term.

Topics this week include She-Hulk, The Cryptonaturalist, Goosebumps, Carnival Row, mental health, and their top 5 fantasy fairies.

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This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: How do you fight burnout?
To submit a question to Ask Charm Bomb, email your question to charmbomb@geekgirlpenpals.com

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  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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September 16th, 2022|

Collections and Cats (Charm Bomb 45)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about places they’d like to visit, books and graphic novels they’re reading, and their favorite memories of one another.

Topics this week include Dead End: Paranormal Park, Calico (game), Sandman, Mothman, collectables, and their top 5 favorite things about cats.

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This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: What are your favorite memories of one another? (And other questions submitted during live recording!)
To submit a question to Ask Charm Bomb, email your question to charmbomb@geekgirlpenpals.com

Credits and Thanks:

  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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August 26th, 2022|

Best of the Most (Charm Bomb 44)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about staying safe online, using pen names when writing to pen pals, lots of lake camp activities and IGGPPCamp.

Topics this week include Inside Job, e-biking, Hacks, canoeing, and their top 5 IRL summer camp activities.

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This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: How do you stay safe when exchanging pen pal information?
To submit a question to Ask Charm Bomb, email your question to charmbomb@geekgirlpenpals.com

Credits and Thanks:

  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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August 12th, 2022|

It’s Time to Play the Music (Charm Bomb 43)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about upcoming IGGPPCamp fun (without any spoilers), cats and tea, and aspirational creativity.

Topics this week include Timberborn (game), Only Murders in the Building, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Paper Girls, and their top 5 Muppet Show Muppets.

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This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: What can you tell me about this year’s CAMP?
To submit a question to Ask Charm Bomb, email your question to charmbomb@geekgirlpenpals.com

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  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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July 22nd, 2022|

The Answer is 42 (Charm Bomb 42)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about their recurring dreams (not quite nightmares?), what they’re enjoying about the new Ms. Marvel show, and the etiquette of meeting a pen pal IRL for the first time, including the story of how they met for the first time!

Topics this week include Minx, Gentleman Jack (show), the Haunted Mansion at Disney, Stuff You Missed in History Class, awkward pauses, and their top 5 Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy moments.

Mentioned this episode: 

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: What is the etiquette for meeting a pen pal IRL?
To submit a question to Ask Charm Bomb, email your question to charmbomb@geekgirlpenpals.com

Credits and Thanks:

  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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July 8th, 2022|
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