Our fabled 200th episode has arrived! Recorded live on stage at the Bryant Lake Bowl, we are joined by Barb Abney and Jeremy Messersmith to talk about the mix tapes of our lives. All five of us go through a list of songs that sort of tell a story about who we are. There’s a lot of music and we probably should have put together playlists that we could link to but at this point, you should probably just go look all of this music up for yourself. Unless you already own it. Then good for you!
Technical note: Molly’s microphone was going in and out during the recording of this episode so she can be a little difficult to hear. For those of you who know Molly, it is definitely not because she is too quiet.
I’m writing this blog before episode 200 airs because the live event has already happened and that means as long as there is not a global apocalypse or I die suddenly, it will most definitely air.
And while both of those things are possible, they are not probable. So I’m assuming we’ll make it. Just in case I’m wrong, I’ve included some pictures from the event.
If you missed our live show, you missed the announcement of our Patreon launch.
This is a big step for us because it means we are asking for listener support to help us improve our product. We’ve had a great time getting this far but we want to go further and get better.
Here’s just a few things we are really proud of:
We’ve recorded 200 episodes in which none of the three of us have missed an episode
We have never missed a week
We’ve had great conversations with a number of really interesting guests including Trace Beaulieu, Zach Weinersmith, Jennifer Oulette, Rebecca Watson, and so many more!
We’ve mentioned Jeremy Stomberg a lot. We really don’t know how many times but it is definitely over 100.
I’ve been responsible for putting together the podcast each and every week and since the beginning, we’ve been recording on a omnidirectional microphone that works just fine. But we can do better.
That’s why we are launching a Patreon campaign. If you listen to our show and enjoy what we do, you could help us out. Here’s what your money can get us:
If we reach $50 a month, we’ll record two special episodes a year that are going to be available only to Patreon supporters. These could be episodes that explore specific issues more in depth, or episodes where we go on a field trip, or episodes suggested by a Patreon supporter.
If we reach $100 a month, we’ll be upgrading our equipment! We’ll get some new microphones, a mixing board, and some software to help us record more remote episodes, which will really help us increase the number of great guests we can get to join us.
If we reach $150, we’ll be able to hire a web designer to improve our web site!
If we reach $200, we’re going to get ourselves a button machine!
If we reach $500, we’ll be able to take some epic field trips. Like maybe visiting the Creation Museum or going to the Vatican!
I know that $500 seems like a lot. But we have over 1000 regular listeners and if only half of you supported us with $1 a month, we’d be there already!
And we know you might not be able to support us. That’s cool. It’s your money.
But if you enjoy the show and you can throw a little bit towards making it even better, we’d not only thank you, we will shower you with special stuff! Like early access to our podcasts or even the opportunity to eavesdrop while we record!
So thanks for listening. I can’t believe we made it to 200 episodes.
At least I hope we will. You never know when that comet is going to hit.
If you want to know more about our Patreon campaign, you can click on the Patreon button in the right hand column. Right there. The orange one. That says Patreon on it.
If you are a fan of our live shows, we have three of them coming up in April!
The first two will be at Die Laughing, a 50 hour comedy marathon produced by Fearless Comedy. It is their annual fundraiser and as partners, we are happy to help them raise money for their production budget again this year.
Both of our live podcasts will be on Saturday, April 9th. The first will be at 4:00 PM and will feature Melissa Kaercher (recently heard on episode 185 – GMOs) and her new husband Fes Works. By new, we mean that at 3:30, they will be married live on stage as part of the comedy marathon in an improvised wedding ceremony!
The second podcast will be at 9:00 PM on the 9th and will feature Twin Cities actor, designer, writer, and director Ariel Leaf!
You can donate at any time (a donation button is on the Die Laughing website right now). Just make sure you mention that this is a donation for the Geeks Without God challenge in the notes field.
Finally, we are recording our 200th episode LIVE at the Bryant Lake Bowl on April 16th at 10:00 PM. Our guests are radio personality Barb Abney and musician Jeremy Messersmith. We’ll also have a bunch of other special guests and cool announcements! You can buy tickets online through the Bryant Lake Bowl website or reserve them by calling 612-825-8949.
In case you missed Tim and Nick’s appearance on Atheists Talk this week, we have a copy of the show so you can listen NOW! They were part of a panel of atheist and skeptic podcasters from the Twin Cities and spent most of their time talking about how Molly wasn’t there.
This week’s episode was recorded live at Die Laughing 2015! We sat down with Levi Weinhagen, who is something of a podcasting expert. His current slate includes Pratfalls of Parenting, Regret Labs, and Reason Gone Mad. He is also one of the minds behind the spectacularly funny Comedy Suitcase, a company devoted to making smart comedy that is accessible to all ages. We talk with Levi about his podcasts and then get into the meat of our conversation – the challenges of being out as an atheist. We also make a lot of inappropriate jokes about Bill Cosby.
Also, check out a list of all sorts of podcasts produced in the Twin Cities at http://tcpods.us!
Die Laughing is this weekend and our Geeks Without God schedule is all set to go! All times are Central Standard Time. You can come out to see us at the DoubleTree in Bloomington or you can stream us online!
At 12:00 noon, we will be talking with comedian, podcaster, and writer Levi Weinhagen. We’ll be talking with him about the baggage that comes with identifying as an atheist.
At 9:0o PM, we will have Comic book writer Z.M. Thomas, writer of “The Bible 2” and “Abe the Aborted Fetus.” He will talk to us about his work and about a new project coming out soon!
Remember, if we can raise $1000 by the end of our 9:00 podcast, the three of us will go to a Scientology center and be audited. We will then record a podcast about our experience so you can all share in our pain!
ALSO, the silent auction will feature a guest spot on our podcast! If you’ve ever wanted to be a guest but we just haven’t gotten around to asking you, come out and bid! Last year, a few out of town folks made bids by proxy so we’ll be happy to help with that.
This week’s episode was recorded live at Die Laughing. It features comedian Elizabeth Ess talking about the Supreme Court and Hobby Lobby. They sell yarn, in case you didn’t know. They also really don’t want to be “forced” to provide certain kinds of contraception to their employees. While we were talking to Elizaabeth about serious legal issues, we were also trying to raise money for Fearless Comedy. You can hear how we did on those challenges, if you didn’t already know.
There is some editing of the podcast during times when we were having really exciting conversations with people in the back of the room.
We here at Geeks Without God have been partners with Fearless Comedy since their coming out party last January.
In April, Fearless is going to do something truly crazy – a 50 hour comedy marathon! From April 4th – 6th, they will make comedy happen non-stop. And we’ll be there to help.
We’ll be doing two live podcasts during the weekend. The first will be on Friday, April 4th from 11:00Pm – Midnight. Our scheduled guest is comedian Patrick Bauer.
The second podcast will be from 1:00AM – 2:00 AM on Sunday, April 6th. Our scheduled guest is comedian Elizabeth Ess.
We hope you will join us for these events live or streaming on the web at the Die Laughing home page. We also hope you will donate to Fearless Comedy.
To that end, we have created a challenge for ourselves. Our goal is to make $666 during our two live appearances. If we do, we’ll do something horrible. We even made a video about it. Check this out!
We can’t get the thing to embed so…shit. The video is really funny but here’s the practical details:
If we raise $333 over our two shows, Nick and Tim will shave their heads. That weekend. You’ll be able to see them being bald for the rest of the show.
If we raise $666 over the weekend, we will go to Sunday services at Grace Megachurch in Eden Prairie and then record a podcast about our experience. We will not attend the services as angry atheists. We won’t wear buttons or T-shirts. We will respectfully attend the service.
Here is your chance to make Geeks Without God go to church! Please join us in April and be prepared to give generously.
A couple of weeks ago, we were guests on the Atheists Talk Radio Program. Our house was friend of the show Brienne Bilyeu. We talked about the genesis of the podcast, some of our favorite episodes and all sorts of other fun stuff. Want an mp3 of the show? Done!
If the player below doesn’t work for you, you can always find the episode on the Minnesota Atheists web site!
For the second of our live CONvergence reocordings, we were joined by PZ Myers from FreethoughtBlogs. PZ has been sporting a Geeks Without God sticker on his iPad case since last year’s convention and we were excited we could finally thank him for taking our sticker all over the world. We talked with PZ about the evidence for evolution and how you can establish a beachhead with Creationists. PZ, of course, was also asked our five questions. Hard to believe he was able to give us only one answer when we asked him about the stupidest thing anyone has ever said to him about his atheism. We could probably do an entire podcast with PZ about that one question. Perhaps someday we shall.