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  • Episode 92 – Motherf**king Tarantino

    This week’s episode was recorded live at Die Laughing just a few short days ago.  We invited comedian Patrick Ryan Bauer on stage with us to talk about the films of Quentin Tarantino.  We didn’t just talk about Tarantino films, of course, because that would have involved the ability to stay on topic that none of the four of us possessed.  Not only did we have a great time talking with Patrick, we apparently offended someone so much, they asked for their money back with a statement somewhat akin to “I won’t stand for that sort of thing.”  That might not have been our fault.  But we choose to believe it was because we feel that would be kind of awesome.

    Note: This episode was recorded live so the sound quality might be different than you expect.  Change is good.

     


  • Episode 91 – All About Puppets

    Geeks With Green LanternsThis week’s guest is puppeteer Gordon Smuder!  He is probably best known for producing Transylvania Television, but he has worked with puppets for a large part of his adult life.  We talk with Gordon about his work in the field along with a few projects he has coming up, including one that has Tim as a writer!  He also is the second guest ever to give us swag – Green Lantern finger puppets!  All the other podcasters are jealous.

    Remember, we have two live podcasts at Die Laughing this weekend!  Join us and help raise money for Fearless.  If we raise enough money, you can send us to church!

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  • Episode 89 – A Career in Comics

    This week’s guest is Christopher Jones, comic book artist.  Chris has worked with both DC and Marvel and most recently finished working on the Young Justice book.  He is also a co-founder of CONvergence and the creator of the convention’s mascot, Connie.  We talked with Chris about getting his start as an artist, the committed Young Justice fan base and an exciting new project he is working on.  Of course, he also had the chance to answer our five questions.

    Note: Chris said that he may have the website for Parallel Man available by the time this episode went live but it has been pushed back a couple of months.  As soon as we have the information to share, we’ll make sure we put up a link!


  • Episode 86 – Mixed Marriages

    This week our friend Windy Bowlsby joins us to talk about being in a mixed theist-atheist marriage.  To be honest, it seems like it is working out just fine so we spent a lot of time climbing into the min-van to tangentville where we discussed things like the term “accepted fan moniker” and sex education in the Unitarian church.  Then Windy got a crack at our five questions and Tim shared his unpopular opinion about Bleu cheese.

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  • Episode 82 – The Arrogance of Atheists

    1510774_10202100240040276_281772362_nThis week we are joined by our friend Mark Lazarchic to talk about why he does not admit he is an atheist.  His reasons are not new or unique, which is not to say they lack justification.  We talk with him about the perceived and actual behavior of the atheists he knows as well as his own reluctance to identify with his beliefs.  We talk over each other a lot. Somewhere in there, we talk about other stuff like improvisational comedy, health care, Libertarianism, and the fact Mark is a big fat hypocrite.  Mark also answers our five questions.

    Pictured above: Mark demanded sparkling water and Cheetos waiting for him.  And we provided them.  Future guests shouldn’t expect the same treatment.

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  • Episode 80 – Coming Out

    This week on Geeks Without God, our friend Emily joins us to come out as an atheist.  She talks about her exploration of religion, her growing doubts, and her eventual decision that she no longer believed in god. Tim also talks about some of the reasons he found it difficult to leave religion behind.  This show is Emily’s coming out announcement, and we are very honored she chose to share that moment with us!

    And hey – if you are a friend or relative just finding out, remember that Emily is the same person she always was.  She just no longer believes in god.  And that’s OK.

    If you are inclined to do so, please share your coming out story in the comments section.  How did you let your friends and family know?  Have you let them know yet?  How did it go?


  • Episode 79 – Science Funding and Glowing Mice

    This week’s episode features our friend Hedge, who is a real live working scientist!  She does research at the U on circadian rhythms in mice.  Want to know what the hell that means?  She’ll tell you!  We also talked about the state of funding for scientific research which is, as you will imagine, pretty sad.  Eventually, she gets around to letting us know that her mice glow and then the whole conversation gets derailed because HOLY SHIT GLOWING MICE!

     


  • Episode 77 – Religion and Weddings

    This week we are joined by our friends Jeemy and Amy, who have been frequently mentioned on our podcast but never featured.  At least we’ve talked about Jeremy a lot.  We’ve been fairly silent about Amy, which is probably OK with her.  We start by addressing the Holiday elephant in the room (Christmas is tomorrow after all) and then move on to discuss our weddings.  The Stombergs and Glovers both had non traditional ceremonies and Tim was married in a church.  It was almost 24 years ago and he still seems pretty embarassed.  Amy also tells us about her Mom’s religion, which is about as obscure as they come.

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  • Episode 75 – Seeking Answers

    This week our guest is Carr Hagerman, speaker and Artistic Director of the Minnesota Renaissance festival.  We start with talking to Carr about his journey to atheism and then he tells us a remarkable story that changes the direction of the entire conversation.  We start to explore the ideas of sexual abuse and religion failing to fix the cycle.  Basically, we cover a lot of ground.  Special thanks are due to Molly’s mom for letting us use her dining room table!

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  • Episode 74 – Too Soon?

    Returning guest Ronn Bauman joins us for a discussion of comic theory!  We ask the question, how soon is too soon and we also talk about topics that are comedic minefields.  Do you stay away from certain types of jokes all together or do you work to craft the right kind of joke?  Is laughter the best medicine? Who knew that comedians could be so serious about what they do?  Ronn also concocts five new questions for the three of us to answer and he actually gets us to talk about the Pope!