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  • Episode 220 – Arts and Crafters

    12970943_10154106297814324_2919040806205212609_oThis week, we are joined by regular guest Byron Miller.  Byron is a crafter on the Renaissance Festival circuit and we talk to him about what he does for a living.  It is interesting to listen to how much work goes into the process of selling wands, brooms and walking sticks.  The next time you walk into a craft shop at a Renaissance Festival or art fair, we suggest that the first thing you say shouldn’t be “HOW MUCH???”

    Check out the work of Byron (and the rest of his staff) at the Etsy site for Broomhilde!


  • Episode 219 – God’s Not Dead 2

    Gods-Not-Dead-2-SoundtrackThis week, we gather our three good festival friends Tony Miller, Ronn Bauman, and Byron Miller in one room so the six of us can experience the glory that is God is Not Dead 2!  Glory is not a good word to describe the film.  Torture might be a bit more appropriate. It is not even that the film is horribly insulting to atheists (and Christians), either.  It is also badly written, acted, and researched.  Just pretty much all around awful.  You can listen to us describe the excruciating time we spent with the movie which, we hope, will be more entertaining than the movie itself.  Note: DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE FOR YOURSELF.  We would save you that pain.

    After you listen to the podcast, make sure to text this message to all your friends:  God’s not dead but God’s not dead 2 sure as hell tried to kill him.


  • Episode 218 – Triggered!

    352456-triggerWe have begun that time of the year where we are recording in the beautiful trailer studios!  We are joined by frequent contributor Ronn Bauman to talk about the idea of Trigger Warnings.  We’ve discussed this issue before and because it is a pretty big deal right now, we will no doubt discuss it again.  While we have a good conversation going, the whole thing gets derailed when Ronn says that Batman vs Superman is a better film than The Force Awakens.  Talk about being triggered!

    Also, Ronn write a comedy advice column and we forgot to promote it on the show so here’s a link!

    There are a few recording problems that cropped up on the intro and outro for this episode.  It doesn’t appear to have affected the episode proper.  But hey, that is exactly why we have our Patreon site!  We’d like to upgrade our equipment and you can help!


  • Episode 217 – Grief Without God

    tear-griefThis week, we sit down with our friend Shea Roberts to talk about grieving as an atheist surrounded by believers.  Sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge are you are expected to accept everyone else’s faith but they are not expected to give you the same consideration in return.  Shea recently lost her brother and she has some powerful thoughts about going through that process and how being a non believer can be even more challenging in times of loss.

    Also, if you are an atheist dealing with grief, check out Grief Beyond Belief!


  • 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.