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  • Episode 216 – Fringe Festival 2016

    characters_showtimesThis week, we run down our experiences at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival.  All three of us tried something new artistically and that was pretty cool.  A lot of belly button staring and back patting but that’s because we are, collectively, pretty awesome.  If you aren’t from Minnesota, maybe this episode will make you want to come check us out the next time Fringe rolls around.

    Please note: there has been some controversy around the alleged censorship of an artist at the Fringe.  This episode was recorded in the very early stages of that emerging controversy and we do not address it.  If you have no idea what we are talking about, it is probably just as well.


  • Episode 215 – Pokemon Goners

    unnamed-3It is time for another round of geeky boners!  As the title of the episode might suggest, we spend a fair amount of time considering the latest mobile phone game that has definitely been entertaining 2/3rds of our hosting team.  We also touch on some new books and a movie that turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  Mostly, though, we are talking about Pokemon.  We will definitely not be the ones to harsh your Pokemon squee.


  • Episode 214 – Stranger Things

    JmkrQA8yWe’ve been tackling some socially charged issues for the last few weeks.  That means it is time to return to a little good old fashioned geeking.  This week, we are going to geek all over the Netflix original series “Stranger Things!”  If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to go and do so before you listen because we will be spoiling the shit out of the show.  It’s only eight episodes long and you will find yourself wanting to binge the entire show.  So just get that done and come back to listen.  You’ll be happy you took our advice.  For the rest of you: THAT WAS SO AWESOME, RIGHT????


  • Episode 213 – Butthurt Kerfluffle

    IIFeaturedPresenters.logoThis week, we are joined by returning guest Andrew Hackard – the Munchkin Czar!  We take a look at a “controversy” in the gaming world caused by the inclusion of 13 women on a 25 person slate of gaming professionals to be featured on the Industry Insider program at Gencon this year. Apparently, some gamers are butthurt that they managed to find so many qualified women to sit the panels and feel some men were “unfairly” excluded.  Hack, who is an industry professional, gives us the rundown on this really dumb argument and we talk about the inroads women are making into gaming and the ways gaming has been working to be more inclusionary.

    Note: This episode was recorded remotely and that means the sound can be sketchy at times and there can be some weird delays.


  • Episode 212 – Black Lives Matter

    orangesmirk_400x400This week’s episode features our friend Gregory Parks, who joins us to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement and his personal experiences as a person of color in America.  For reference, the murder of Philando Castile took place just over a mile away from Tim’s home so this killing, while not unique, touches a little closer to home than some others.  Gregory has been eloquently talking about racial issues in our country and we wanted to help his voice reach new listeners because what he has to say is so very important.  He’s also a very funny and talented gentleman and you should go see all of his things!


  • Episode 211 – Amanda Marcotte

    xDN_rrIBThis week’s episode was recorded live at CONvergence 2016 and features political journalist Amanda Marcotte.  Much as we did a couple weeks ago with C. Robert Cargill, we spend this episode discussing the current political climate.  While the episode was recorded before the National Conventions, our conversation is just as relevant today as it was then.  We do delve into how Amanda got into the world of political journalism and make many jokes at Donald Trump’s expense.  If you like Trump, we’re sorry-not sorry.


  • 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!