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  • Episode 210 – Laughing at the Darkness

    KellyPortraitNewThis week we present the first of two episodes recorded live at CONvergence 2016!  Our first guest was author Kelly McCullough, who was invited to talk with us about using humor to illuminate dark situations.  In addition to that important topic, a lot of time is spent reminiscing about how much time Tim and Kelly spent together in their youth and how Kelly’s current career might just be Tim’s fault.  In a roundabout sort of way.


  • Episode 209 – Brexit and Trump

    3feWZw5m_400x400This week we talk with our friend C. Robert Cargill.  Cargill is a novelist (Dreams and Shadows) and screenwriter (Sinister, Dr. Strange) but we talked to him about politics.  Cargill is a Christian and a moderate conservative so he provides a considerably different viewpoint from one normally found on our podcast.  We spend some time looking at the Brexit situation in Britain and how it relates to the rise of Donald Trump in America.  Then, after bemoaning the sad state of politics in our country from the left and the right, we move on to our five questions.   Hopefully, we can get Cargill back to talk about his work on films like Sinister and Dr. Strange after Strange hits the theaters in November!


  • Episode 208 – From Tits to Toddlers

    12310607_618651851608563_7238600207497193244_nThis week, we are joined by Holly Spilker, who is also burlesque performer Holliedazzle!  We talk with her about a bunch of stuff including her burlesque work, her experiences growing up in a deeply religious home, and her current crusade against the anti-vaccination movement.  So basically, we talk about a whole ton of stuff and we even manage to squeeze in our five questions at the end!


  • Episode 207 – Safe Spaces and CONvergence

    Connie-as-Redshirt-web-290x300Well, CONvergence is just a few days away and that means it is almost time for our birthday celebration!  For those that are new to our podcast, we debuted at CONvergence four years ago and it is a bit of a homecoming for all of us.  We spend a bit of time talking about what we’ll be doing at the convention this year but we also take a look at the question of safe spaces as it pertains to Vilification Tennis.  Does a convention that claims to be interested in creating safe spaces have an obligation to ensure that if something finds something offensive, it shouldn’t be allowed at all?  Obviously, we have some opinions!

    Come find us at the con this year!  We have badge ribbons!


  • Episode 206 – Utah Boners

    IMG_1686This week, we explore our latest geeky boners!  Tim took a big trip with his family and gets unnaturally excited about a lot of the stuff he saw including double arch, which was a filming location for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (pictured here).  Molly and Nick pretend to care.  Molly is playing a new Game of Thrones video game and loves it to death.  Nick is in the middle of a really good book by Joe Hill.  We also talk about CONvergence, which is coming up in just a couple of weeks!  We say it’ll be only one week because Tim still doesn’t know how to read a calendar.


  • Episode 205 – The Way of the Heathen

    Greta-christinaThis week, we are joined by Greta Christina, writer, blogger, and founder of The Orbit. Greta joined us to talk about her new book “The Way of the Heathen.”  The book was released on June 1st and it looks at how atheists live their lives without god.  Greta joined us remotely and things went pretty well.  There are a few places where the call got a little bit glitchy.  The book is a quick, easy read and available in just about every format you can imagine.  So pick up a copy and give Greta that legendary Geeks Without God bump!


  • Episode 204 – Book of Mormon

    015_AUS_1314_Season_LogosThis week, we are joined by Tim’s wife Pat Wick to discuss the Tony award winning musical “The Book of Mormon.”  The four of us went to see a touring production of the show and we share our observations about the show as well as some experiences during the show.  Is the play anti-Mormon?  Does it pull punches?  Is it funny?  Why did we wait so long to see it?  We answer very few of these questions but you will probably wish we had!  Pat, though, finally gets a shot at our NEW five questions and she DOES answer them!


  • Episode 203 – Civil War

    captain-america-civil-war-02082016This week, we take a spoiler laden look at the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain America: Civil War.”  We spend time comparing the film to the original storyline that took place in the comics. We all agree the film is very good but are maybe not quite as excited about it as other parts of the Marvel Universe.  We also all agree there is a wrong answer to the question #teamcap or #teamironman.  What is the wrong answer?  YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW!  Also – did we mention there are spoilers a-plenty?


  • Episode 202 – Theater and Paganism

    2546This week we have another live episode recorded at Die Laughing!  We sat down with Ariel Leaf, who is a actress, designer, and director in the Twin Cities.  We talk about her theater career and we also spent a little time exploring the pagan phase that all of us had in common.  The conversation covered a lot of ground and was very interesting.  Enjoy!


  • Episode 201 – Contemporary Christian Music

    Our guests for episode #200 - Barb Abney and Jeremy Messersmith Photo by Bob Alberti
    Photo by Bob Alberti

    Recorded live at the Bryant Lake Bowl for our 200th episode celebration, we are joined once again by Barb Abney and Jeremy Messersmith!  Jeremy was home schooled and has a lot of experience with Contemporary Christian Music so he brought in some samples for all of us to “enjoy”.  We get clips from Amy Grant, The Newsboys (who we discussed when we watched God’s Not Dead), and more!  Listen to our horrified responses to this amazing musical salute to Jesus.  To help cleanse our palette, Jeremy then performed his song “The Return of Jesus Christ” for the first time EVER! It was a whole lot of fun – or at least as fun as it can be when you are listening to Contemporary Christian Music.