About Nicnac And Their Podcast

Nicnac (they/them) is a passionate, neurodivergent and queer person in their 30s. Nicnac debuted their personal podcast The Nicnac Podcast in May of 2006.  The podcast is a scripted/improvisational mix featuring conversations and armchair philosophizing about Nicnac’s passions and strife including a dedicated series on flight simulation called FSRideAlong which debuted in 2010.

In the past 15 years, Nicnac has produced over 400 episodes across their main podcast and their FSRideAlong Series. Nicnac has also volunteered their time in their community to produce and host audio content for radio and streaming. They are an avid technology user and an all-around geek for knowledge and system design. They are extremely passionate about social justice and favor societal structures that ensure individual needs are met and work out communal concerns through Dynamic Governance. They are currently serving as an organizing council member of The Chico, California chapter of The Democratic Socialists of America.

As a podcaster and writer with a degree in game design, Nicnac places a high value on creative projects that communicate and create the potential to address the issues encountered in our society.

Please support Nicnac’s hard work by sending a donation or leaving a kind constructive review in your favorite podcast app. Nicnac can also be reached via Twitter and email.

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The music used in the podcast opening is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Nicnac thanks both groups for allowing their creations to be used in the production of other work via The Creative Commons.

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The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

What Is Neurodivergance?

In this episode, Nicnac gives explaining and defining Neurodivergance another try, having felt that they may have glossed over a few things in recent episodes. They return to their favorite historic Psychologist Abraham Maslow to point out an important oversight in his research that some current scholars are beginning to understand. Namely, the internal experience of autism and other forms of neurodiversity. 

They highlight the recent work done by Dr. Dora Raymaker and The Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education at Portland State University around the topic of Autistic Burnout and the age range when it becomes most severe. Generally speaking, around the time of transition into adulthood between about 15 and 25. In Nicnac’s case, this period extended well into their early 30’s. Nicnac notes that they relied heavily on and connected strongly to the work of John Lennon and The Beatles during this period of their life. Nicnac notes some notable parallels between John’s life experience and their own with both Nicnac and John seeming to express less external public distress by their early to mid-30s. Nicnac suspects that in both cases it’s more a matter of masking and avoiding known triggers than anything else.

Nicnac makes mention of a recent survey invitation they got to contribute to the creation of a guidebook for autistic teens as one example of improved research and collaborative methodology that is inclusive of the first-hand internal experience. Nicnac hopes that if researchers continue to include and involve people with the lived internal experience that mental health at large might slowly turn an important corner. 

Nicnac again notes the importance of the neurodivergent online community. A community that often seems to be lightyears ahead of researchers especially when it came to finding an overlap between neurodiversity and gender diversity. Nicnac mentions where they are in their translation and that they are hoping they’ve found the right support in this area.

Finely, Nicnac mentions plans they have to branch out with the podcast despite their social limitations. This will hopefully include an interview with Antony Rotunno in the next episode. A podcaster, teacher, truth seeker and recording artist who knows John Lennon about as well as anyone who wasn’t John Lennon can. They also mention the story of Robert Pirsig. A person they hope to research and cover in some depth down the line. Finely, they mention their desire to interview other neurodivergent people and activists who are similarly hell-bent on making the world better even if we can’t stand humanity overall.

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The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com


The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Silicon Valley Meets Hellhole, CA

In this episode, Nicnac covers the history of Hellhole, Ca (Chico, CA) from the little they know about The Mechoopda Maidu to the days of The Bidwells, the agriculture migration, the segregation and sundown era, The Cold War and the town being discovered by Silicon Valley retirees as the nearby foothills burn and the creeks go dry. Nicnac sees what city planners and developers are doing. Namely trying to create a quaint clone of Scottsdale Arizona for the retirees. But, this planning approach ignores Chico State along with the unhappy tempest-tossed shelterless, welfare and working-class lifers stuck here for lack of an alternative. 

Nicnac points out “you grew up in this hellhole too” and tries to settle for the value of simply reporting things as they are. Nicnac ends by pointing out the hypocrisy of The iPhone using Silicon Valley person. They were almost that person. They are glad that they’ve moved on but they remain unsure of how to deal with a demographic that thinks listening to NPR makes any sort of personal human crimes a nonissue. Moreover, they wonder why they keep caring so much about the fate of humanity when they clearly hate all humans.

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The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com

The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Ninac Podcast: The Truth Is Out There

In this episode, Nicnac ends up going back to their formative years in the 1990s to examine a bit more of how they become who they are referring to it as “90’s X-Files Culture”. This cultural upbringing when combined with their pre-existing neurodivergent tendencies and childhood cancer trauma made Nicnac into the unique neurodivergent skeptical geek that they are today.

They pose the notion that being in the twilight years of Earth’s ability to sustain current life isn’t so bad if truth-seekers can gather together to extrapolate the lessons of the failed human experiment. They acknowledge their failings and liabilities in the area and seek your help to give any nuggets of truth they have found the legs they need to contribute and make the human endeavor worthwhile.

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The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com


The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Eastbound With A Moral Compass and a Mask

In this episode, Nicnac recovers from burnt out for long enough to try and catch listeners up on their recent life journey. They use their recent virtual cross-country flying experience as a metaphor for their life experience and attempts to fly as far east as possible before ultimately flying west. They are making this metaphorical eastbound trip with nothing more than a highly calibrated moral compass, maps, and ride reports from other life pilots. They will know it’s time to land when their work produces some income but not enough income to screw up their delicate safety net. The struggle, of course, is to avoid the high terrain and dangerous weather of conformity culture. They’ve got a rough five-year plan if nothing else.   

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The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com


The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Trying To Make It Work

In this episode, Nicnac starts to puzzle over how to adjust to what they now know about themselves. They review their various coping systems and lament the “return to normal” humbug that is currently adding to the already oppressive normalization meat grinder. They conclude that their best path forward is to stick with what they know works and learn to say no when needed. This includes minimizing social interactions in any form, rolling with their energy flows, and trying to figure out how to conduct their life from home. Fortunately. Covid gave them a head start. Now if all the back to normal people would go away!

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The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com

The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Learn By Doing

In this episode Nicnac traces how they came into podcasting and attempts to convey what they are aspiring towards along with how their own experiences and limitations have shaped their work. Nicnac is excited about the process of taking their work to the next level and thankful for all who have contributed to the craft and taught it to them. Having a podcast that combines Nicnac’s unique interests, strife and limitations is interesting. It seems to work almost despite itself. Nicnac hopes you will continue to join them on this journey wherever it may lead. 

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The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. 

The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com.

The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Harm Reduction

In this episode Nicnac talks about the poor state of social services in their community of Chico, California and lists two organizations among many that are trying to help in the face of violent city policy and public opinion; Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition and Chico Housing Action Team. Nicnac calls for real pluralism in policy in their community, state, city and world.

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Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition at https://nvhrc.com/ They need volunteers!

Chico Housing Action Team at https://www.chicohousingactionteam.net/

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The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com
The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

The Moral Bankruptcy Of Conformity Culture

In this episode Nicnac tries to succinctly synthesize and summarize  their work and call out US conformity culture for what it is. They briefly summarize their historical findings before sharing their view that now is the time to connect with like minds, help where you can but lay low and stay safe in hopes that humanity will see better days in some far distant future. Sometimes The Obi-Wan Kenobi approach makes the most sense….

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The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com. Nicnac thanks both groups for allowing their creations to be used in the production of other work. 

Nicnac shares and knows the value of The Creative Commons approach to intellectual creations.
The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Integrity III: The Painful Search For Truth

In this episode Nicnac tries to connect their recent progress in self identity to the work that they’ve done and how they came to do that work. They try to explain that they are driven to strive for a better world because they’ve experienced pain and indeed have caused pain. Nicnac does this by talking a bit about the podcast, their desire to be accepted, their more problematic coping techniques and explaining why they wrote and released their early song “Say What You Want To Say” at the age of 19.

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Say What You Want To Say

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The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com. Nicnac thanks both groups for allowing their creations to be used in the production of other work. 

Nicnac shares and knows the value of The Creative Commons approach to intellectual creations.
The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

The Value of Finding Safe Communities

In this episode Nicnac tries to articulate how finding safe communities that embrace and support who they are in recent times has made them feel. They don’t feel they can adequately express how much these discoveries have helped them and will help them in the times ahead. They also express how damaging attempts to modify or suppress who they are have been over the years. Given that advocating for and creating a global community that embraces diversity and supports people’s needs is their greatest passion, they resolve to continue focusing on this ambition in the hope of allowing others to feel safe and thrive through creative self expression. They hope they can use their podcast and expertise to help others who aspire to self expressive goals.

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Nicnac’s work is very much made possible by the safety and support of listeners like you.

They thank you!

The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them at atticaattica.bandcamp.com

Nicnac thanks both groups for allowing their creations to be used in the production of other work. Nicnac shares and knows the value of The Creative Commons approach to intellectual creations.

The Nicnac Podcast & FSRideAlong Series is © 2006-2021 by Nicnac Marsh and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License 

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