This week, we are joined by our friend Nathan Gerber to talk about how his divorced parents used religion as a tool in custody disputes. Nathan’s father was Jewish and his mother was Lutheran so he was raised both – depending on which house he was in. Although he apparently wasn’t told he couldn’t have pepperoni on his pizza until it was far too late. We mostly talk about his Jewish heritage and the times he was actually attacked for being a Jew. We do get a couple of hits in against the boring-ass music the Lutherans play in church because holy shit is that music boring.
This week’s episode was recorded live at The Phoenix theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our guest was Jennifer Menken from the Bell Museum and she joined us to talk about the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. Unfortunately, she didn’t do much talking because Tim wouldn’t shut up. Hopefully we can get Jennifer back to talk about something Tim doesn’t know a thing about. All that said, this episode is a good (if rapid) review of the history of the National Park service as well as a fine exploration of the different ways Jennifer and Tim pronounce the word “Saguaro.”
This 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.
This 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.
This 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!
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.
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.
This week we were recording live from Die Laughing, a 50 hour comedy marathon. Immediately prior to this episode, the three of us were privileged to participate in a unique improvised wedding ceremony as three of seven officiants. It was extremely silly. We were then joined by the bride, regular guest Melissa Kaercher and her new husband, Fes. We spend most of the episode talking about the wedding, which will probably make you wish you were there.
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.
For our second episode recorded live at CONvergence, we sat down with our good friend Rebecca Watson to talk about her move from Buffalo to San Francisco. In case you’re wondering, she is pleased with the choice. We only had about 25 minutes so we barely scratched the surface of the awesomeness of San Francisco. Once we finished the with the San Francisco love fest, we gave Rebecca the first shot at answering our BRAND NEW five questions! What??? Something on Geeks Without God has changed? Anyway, Rebecca is funny and charming and you should listen for those reasons alone. The new questions are just a bonus.