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  • Episode 142 – Getting Jobbed

    job-changeThis week’s episode was recorded in a hotel room at Die Laughing.  We sat down with Josh Nite,  who has joined us before. Previously, we had talked about his now former job with Kingdom of Loathing.  This time, we talked with him about job transitions as all four of us have made some major career changes in the last few months.   Somehow, we manage to tie it back to atheism and the idea that you need to make the most of the life you have.  Josh also asks us three questions.  So he still owes us two.  We’ll probably have to invite him back.


  • Episode 141 – Blasphemous Comics

    0_0_0_0_239_363_csupload_45417958This week’s episode was recorded live at Die Laughing 2015.  Our guest was ZM Thomas, author of The Bible 2, Abe the Aborted Fetus and the soon to be released Joseph Smith in Space.  We talked with him about his talent for blasphemous puns, his favorite subversive comics and more. We also managed to raise $1000 for Fearless Comedy Productions and will be going to Scientology camp!

     


  • Episode 138 – Out at Work

    _72221104_reutersThis week’s episode features our friend Andy Wilkins, who has several experiences coming out at work.  She’s come out as atheist, a gay man and finally a transgender woman.  We talk about the differences in those experiences and the challenges in coming out at work versus friends and family.  Of course Andy also gets a crack at our five questions.


  • Episode 135 – Religion in the UK

    canterbury-cathedralThis week we are joined by our friend Elliot James.  Born and raised in England, Elliot talks with us about the differences in how religion is viewed in the UK vs. the United States.  He’s had some harrowing close calls due to IRA bombings and other conflicts that may, or may not have to do with religion.  We cover as much ground as possible in our short time together and then, of course, he answers our five questions!

    At the very end of the episode (post theme song), we mention our listener Steve, who has been ordered to take his son to Catholic Mass.  If you’d like to sign an online petition protesting this ruling, here is the link.


  • Episode 133 – Calendars

    calendarThis week’s episode brings our friend Jon Olsen to the basement studios for a conversation about calendars.  Jon has a long held interest in how we mark time and it makes for a broad conversation topic.  We even learn why the seventh day of the week isn’t a Sunday!  Jon also has the distinction of being only the second theist to appear on our podcast, a fact we almost completely ignore.

    Jon will be performing The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver at the Bryant Lake Bowl in February, 2015.  The show opens on the 5th and will also play on the 6th, 12th and 13th.  Go see his show!

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  • Episode 131 – Holy Wars

    18k1cgty5wueujpgThis week we get together with our friend David Elwyn Traylor to talk about holy wars.  The central question is whether or not religion drives people to commit despicable acts or if it is merely one potential means to an end.  We manage to do little more than scrape the surface of so broad a topic so feel free to continue the conversation in the comment section if you are so inclined.  After we cut our main conversation short, David gets to ask us five questions.

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  • Episode 128 – NALT

    250squareOn this week’s episode, we explore the Not All Like That Christians Project.  Endorsed by  Dan Savage in this video, the project was started to give Christians the opportunity to come out of the closet and publicly state their support for LGBT rights.  Our friend Eric Knight joins us for a conversation that includes the tricky question: why is the NALT project a good thing and #notallmen a bad thing?  Eric also asks us five questions and we  spend a lot of time talking about vegetables.

     


  • Episode 116 – Dark Dungeons

    0046_01This week, we sat down with Tony Miller and Ronn Bauman to watch “Dark Dungeons,” a faithful adaptation of a Chick Tract of the same name.  For those unaware, Chick Tracks are fundamentalist comic books and the makers of the film got permission to adapt this particular comic as long as they did not produce something satirical.  Instead, they produced something far more entertaining.  The four of us watched the film and then recorded a episode that started with our response to the film and then moved into our thoughts on religion, performing and, above all, gaming.  Our role playing pasts are laid bare for all to see!  We hope you have as much listening as we had recording.

    Correction:  on the closing stinger, Nick says that Dark Dungeons costs $2.50.  Actually, the extras cost $2.50.  The movie itself costs $5.00.  Sorry for the error.

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  • Episode 115 – Crisis of “Faith?”

    atheist-prayerAnother recording in the trailer studios brought Ronn Bauman back to our show!  This time, Ronn suggested we talk about having an atheist crisis of “faith.”  We talked about superstitions, hopes for what we know aren’t true and other ways that we, as atheists, sometimes still “believe.”  Or at least we want to.  At the end of the episode, Ronn was asked five questions submitted by our listeners.  A note about the recording: Tim had the wrong microphone settings on the computer for this episode so the sound is a little bit clipped and tinny.  Sorry about that!

    Thanks for the listener questions!

     


  • Episode 114 – Proselytizing

    No-preachingThis weeks episode is our annual visit with our friend Tony Miller!  Tony suggested we discuss Proselytizing and while we all had some ideas where that topic would go, we found ourselves exploring a great many topics that all related back to the same central point.  For the second straight week we talked about abortion so you can look forward to that.  Then Tony asked us five very thoughtful questions and we provided him with thoughtful answers.  It’s a very thoughtful show filled to the brim with thoughts.  Enjoy!