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  • Episode 176 – New Tabletop Games

    033850_42813We spent the weekend at Omegacon playing a bunch of tabletop games!  If you don’t live in Minnesota, you probably don’t care about Omegacon, but you’ll probably care about the games we played.  We are joined by our friend Eric Knight and we discuss some new, hot games like Codenames, Spyfall, and Mysterium. If you are into tabletop gaming, you might be interested in which games were super hot at a convention filled with people who love tabletop gaming.  We also ask Eric our five questions and briefly touch on the terror attacks that took place this weekend.  Mostly, though, we talk about GAMES!

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  • Episode 174 – Sex Positivity

    lets_talk_about_sex1This week, we are joined by our friend Geoffrey Brown to talk about sex.  Specifically, we are talking about sex positivity and how so much of American culture (and other global cultures) seem to be built around the idea that sexuality is something shameful.  Geoffrey describes him as an “agnostic in all things” and we discuss his experiences as a bisexual.  We also discuss a lot of ways our society is sexually repressed and our own experiences talking to our parents about sex.

  • Episode 172 – Don’t Say Mulatto

    111017060721-giant-panda-bamboo-story-topThis week, we are joined by our friend Duck Washington.  Duck is a playwright and actor and he joins us to talk about his experiences with religion in a mixed race family.  We talk a little bit about religion but also about the play he has written about growing up mixed race. If you are in the Twin Cities, you should check out “Caucasian Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales.”  If you aren’t, listen to the podcast and feel bad about what you are missing?

  • 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 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.