• Episode 170 – Trigger Warnings

    triggerwarningThis week, we are joined by our friend Carr Hagerman for a conversation about trigger warnings.  Is the push to be more aware of triggers having unintended side effects?  Could it limit expression to an unacceptable degree?  On the other hand, does it help provide some level of safety to individuals who might otherwise find themselves subjected to disturbing images and ideas?  The topic is challenging and charged and we discuss some of our own experiences around the issue.  Then Carr gets a crack at our new five questions!

  • Episode 169 – Pope Francis

    130919_FG_PopeFrancisLiberal.jpg.CROP.article568-largeThe Pope was in the US last week and we got together with our friend Byron Miller to talk about the religious leader even atheists seem to love.  Francis may not be a bad guy but is he as liberal as he seems?  In our conversation about the pope, we talk about visits both Byron and Tim took to the Vatican and the amount of control the Pope has over the decisions of the Catholic Church.  Byron also gets a chance to answer our new five questions!

  • Episode 168 – God’s Not Dead

    godsnotdeadLast year at this time, we sat down with Ronn Bauman and Tony Miller to record an episode about Dark Dungeons. We had a lot of fun so this year, we brought them back to watch God’s Not Dead, a fundamentalist Christian film that Tim calls fundie porn.  What we had hoped would be good for a few laughs was, instead, a plodding, dull, and predictable film in which everyone who isn’t the right kind of Christian is a horrible person in need of redemption.  It includes a straw-man atheist character played by Kevin Sorbo and a whole lot of bad apologetics.  The podcast is, we hope, entertaining.  Skip the movie.


  • Episode 167 – Rape Culture

    rape-culture1This week, we are joined by frequent guest Tony Miller to talk about rape culture.  We talk about some recent events that enforce the idea that our culture, in Tony’s opinion, actually encourages rape.  We talk about recent incidents at college campuses and ever #blacklivesmatter. So you know, a super cheerful conversation!  As always, Tony’s opinions are thoughtful, intelligent, and very interesting.

    Note: Tim is a dork and forgot to edit out the original, botched intro.  So you get two intros this week!

  • Episode 166 – Gun Control

    gun-controlWe’re getting controversial with one of our favorite guests this week!  Ronn Bauman re-joins us so we can talk about guns and gun control.  Ronn is a big fan of guns but has a pretty pragmatic opinion regarding guns, gun safety, and gun control.  We cover the topic as well as we can given we are talking about complex issues and spending about thirty minutes on them.

    The topic was, at least partially, inspired by a blog post Tim wrote a little over a week ago.

  • Episode 165 – The Satanic Temple

    0MEchYtThis week, we are joined by John Wreisner, Minneapolis chapter head of the Satanic Temple. We talk about the mission and ideals of the Satanic Temple, which are actually pretty cool.  We also learn a lot about some seriously messed up shit taking place in a Minnesota School district.  John was a really great guest and this episode is really terrific.  We hope to work with him and The Satanic Temple  in the future!

    Note: There is some weird stuff going on with the sound on this one.  I’m not sure what caused it but I’ll be looking into it so it will not become an issue on future podcasts!  Sorry if you have trouble understanding anything! – Tim

    Here is a link to their Facebook page!

  • Episode 164 – The Healing Power of Prayer

    This wprayer_3eek, we take a look at the belief that prayer can be a useful medical tool.  Not so much the idea that you can pray away cancer but more the idea that prayer can help doctors do a better job.  Is prayer that is basically being used to comfort people who are powerless in the face of a catastrophic health emergency harmful?  We talk through a few recent experiences to explore our feelings about prayer and doctors.  We also read off the last five answers to our original five questions!

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  • Episode 163 – Bible TriBond

    $_35Good friend and frequent guest Brianne Bilyeu was at a garage sale recently and she came across an unopened copy of Bible TriBond.  Knowing, as she does, our interest in lame Christian board games, she bought the game and gave it to us as a gift.  We re-gifted her by having her join us for a podcast where we play the game!  TriBond, by the way, is not the best designed board game to begin with.  When you slap the Bible on top of it, it doesn’t get better.  While by no means as awful as Left Behind: The Board Game, we certainly can’t recommend this game to anyone.  And we aren’t just saying that because we’re atheists.  If you want to borrow the game to try it out yourself, though, Tim still has it.  For now.

  • Episode 162 – Doxxing

    everyones-getting-doxxed-thumbThis week, we explore the practice of doxxing.  Inspired by the outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion, we asked the question: is doxxing always wrong? Are there times when someone deserves it?  We talk about the intent behind the behavior and complex questions that arise when you try to figure out what is right and wrong.  Then we read off the penultimate set of answers to our original five questions!

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  • Episode 161 – Ocarina of Boners

    ocarina-of-timeOur podcast is once again swollen with a new set of geeky boners!  Tim has another show in the Minnesota Fringe Festival.  Molly has a new (old) game on her DS.  Nick has gotten caught up on some DC television shows.  We are also working through the last three listener answers to our original five questions!  Then we’ll get started on the new ones so send ’em in!

    As of this posting, there are three more performances of Tim’s show at the Fringe.  Here’s when and where they will be!

    Also as of this posting, there is still one Geeks Without God guest spot available if you back  the Vermin Kickstarter!  Just a few days left!