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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TANGOUT (Charm Bomb BONUS episode)

This episode Summer and Joanna try a whole lot of Tang recipes during IGGPPCamp 2023. Was it good? Not really. Was it entertaining? You be the judge!

Topics this week include Tang cocktails, Tang friendship tea, and Tang baked goods.

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This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: How much Tang can we safely consume?
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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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September 8th, 2023|

Shout Out to Flashlights (Charm Bomb 64)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about the way friendships change over time, especially as things in common, like school, work, or fandoms change.

Topics this week include Dungeons and Drag Queens, Mythology 101 (book), and their top 5 things to take time traveling.

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: How do I keep friends from a fandom when I’m not in the fandom anymore?
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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 25th, 2023|

Caaaaaaaamp? (Charm Bomb 63)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about the tenth annual IGGPPCamp, which this year is Time Travel themed. 

Topics this week include Barbie (the movie), The Woman in the House Across From the Girl at the Window, and their top 5 IGGPPCamp memories.

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This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: Camp??
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  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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August 11th, 2023|

The Musical Episode (Charm Bomb 62)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about the etiquette of gaming in public (and what to do when you encounter gamers in the wild), as well as the classic genre of the “musical episode” without talking about any actual musicals. 

Topics this week include Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, playing the accordion, Pokemon Go, and their top 5 cute costumes for cats.

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This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: Etiquette for gaming in public?
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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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July 28th, 2023|

Grief is Weird (Charm Bomb 61)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about grief and its many strange facets, and what to do when you lose a friend (spoiler: nobody knows so you just do your best). 

CONTENT WARNING: death, grief, dark humor related to death, cancer

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: How do I cope with losing a friend who doesn’t live near me?
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  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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July 14th, 2023|

Keeping Up is Hard to Do (Charm Bomb 60)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about ways to remember friends’ birthdays, how to stay on top of sending cards, and the benefits of scheduling things in advance.

Topics this week include Muppets Mayhem, Animal Crossing New Horizon, organizing spaces, and the tea they would serve to their top 5 favorite dinosaurs.

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: Advice for remembering to send birthday cards?
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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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June 23rd, 2023|

Dinosaur Tea Party (Charm Bomb 59)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about finding fun things to do outdoors even if you aren’t “outdoorsy” by leaning into the stuff you love. 

Topics this week include Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves, Jurassic Park LEGO play sets, Dinosaur Train, themed picnics and photoshoots, SUE the t-rex, and their top 5 dinosaurs (will they match on all 5??).

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This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: How do I have fun outdoors if I’m not outdoorsy?
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Credits and Thanks:

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

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June 9th, 2023|

Stuck in a Rut (Charm Bomb 58)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about how they change perspectives when feeling stuck in a rut, using art as a way to refresh the mind, and live-action Disney movies they have (or haven’t) seen. 

Topics this week include Eurovision, renaissance faires, and their top 5 Would You Rather Lord of the Rings edition questions.

QUESTIONS: 

  • Live in The Shire or live in Rivendell?
  • Be an Ent or an Orc?
  • Have the Dwarves over for dinner for a week or live with Radagast for a year?
  • Hang with Merry or Pippin?
  • Go to Valinor and live forever without your friends or stay in Middle Earth and die with your friends?

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: What do I do if I feel stuck in a rut?
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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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May 26th, 2023|

Hobbitcore (Charm Bomb 57)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about forgiveness and boundaries after a friendship breakup, Summer tells a classic yarn about dream casting a musical with Lord of the Rings actors, and Joanna gets super excited because it’s Hobbit month. So, the usual.

Topics this week include Queen Charlotte: a Bridgerton story, Extraordinary Attorney Woo,, and their top 5 things they’d like about being a Hobbit.

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: How do I navigate a very late apology after a friend breakup?
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  • Thanks to OmniBoi for letting us use his track Cloudsurfing. Check him out on SoundCloud!

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May 12th, 2023|

O, Neopia! (Charm Bomb 56)

This episode Summer and Joanna chat about saying goodbye to favorite shows, series, or characters, finding shared community with fellow fans, and what makes a reboot or reunion show work (or not).

Topics this week include Star Trek: Picard (and The Next Generation), Bowser’s Fury (and Super Mario 3D World), and their top 5 memories of playing Neopets. So. Many. Neopets.

This week’s Ask Charm Bomb question: How do I face the end of my favorite show?
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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April 28th, 2023|
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