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  • 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 205 – The Way of the Heathen

    Greta-christinaThis week, we are joined by Greta Christina, writer, blogger, and founder of The Orbit. Greta joined us to talk about her new book “The Way of the Heathen.”  The book was released on June 1st and it looks at how atheists live their lives without god.  Greta joined us remotely and things went pretty well.  There are a few places where the call got a little bit glitchy.  The book is a quick, easy read and available in just about every format you can imagine.  So pick up a copy and give Greta that legendary Geeks Without God bump!


  • Episode 204 – Book of Mormon

    015_AUS_1314_Season_LogosThis week, we are joined by Tim’s wife Pat Wick to discuss the Tony award winning musical “The Book of Mormon.”  The four of us went to see a touring production of the show and we share our observations about the show as well as some experiences during the show.  Is the play anti-Mormon?  Does it pull punches?  Is it funny?  Why did we wait so long to see it?  We answer very few of these questions but you will probably wish we had!  Pat, though, finally gets a shot at our NEW five questions and she DOES answer them!


  • Episode 202 – Theater and Paganism

    2546This week we have another live episode recorded at Die Laughing!  We sat down with Ariel Leaf, who is a actress, designer, and director in the Twin Cities.  We talk about her theater career and we also spent a little time exploring the pagan phase that all of us had in common.  The conversation covered a lot of ground and was very interesting.  Enjoy!


  • Episode 201 – Contemporary Christian Music

    Our guests for episode #200 - Barb Abney and Jeremy Messersmith Photo by Bob Alberti
    Photo by Bob Alberti

    Recorded live at the Bryant Lake Bowl for our 200th episode celebration, we are joined once again by Barb Abney and Jeremy Messersmith!  Jeremy was home schooled and has a lot of experience with Contemporary Christian Music so he brought in some samples for all of us to “enjoy”.  We get clips from Amy Grant, The Newsboys (who we discussed when we watched God’s Not Dead), and more!  Listen to our horrified responses to this amazing musical salute to Jesus.  To help cleanse our palette, Jeremy then performed his song “The Return of Jesus Christ” for the first time EVER! It was a whole lot of fun – or at least as fun as it can be when you are listening to Contemporary Christian Music.