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  • Episode 120 – Who Speaks for Atheists?

    Richard DawkinsThis week we take a look at the fallout in the Atheism movement following some poorly chosen comments by “leaders” in the movement like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.  The strength of the atheist movement is our combined distaste for organized leadership.  It is also a weakness.  We examine that dichotomy and try to figure out if there is a way to balance them.  Of course, we also get to read five answers from one of our listeners!  This week, our answers come all the way from Scotland!

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  • Episode 119 – Geeky Media Round Up

    edge-of-tomorrow-7This week, we gathered in the basement studio to talk about geeky media we plan to consume over the next month or so.  There are video releases, movies, tabletop and video games, television shows, and even one book!  We may not have managed to touch on everything but we get pretty solid coverage on most topics.  If we missed something, we hope you will enlighten us in the comments!

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  • Episode 118 – Doctor Who Season 8

    peter-capaldi-doctor-who-fanartThis week, we decided to have a discussion about the new incarnation of The Doctor – Peter Capaldi.  While our opinions on the series as a whole are decidedly mixed, we all have positive opinions about Capaldi.  We talk about Clara, the Victorian Scooby Gang, and Steven Moffat.  We also spend a little while on the 50th anniversary special and the War Doctor.  Given we are not super fans, we probably get some facts wrong.  Feel free to correct us in the comments!

     


  • Episode 117 – Renaissance Boners

    minnesota-renaissance-festivalThis episode is pretty mellow because we were all operating at high levels of sleep deprivation.  The 2014 Minnesota Renaissance Festival is behind us and yet this geeky boner episode is filled with memories of a season just gone by.  Molly, though, does manage to get hard about something that is not the festival so you can fast forward to her her part if you don’t want to listen to us blather on about being street performers.  We also read a listener’s answers for the first time in a while.  Enjoy our exhaustion!

     


  • 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!


  • Episode 113 – Someone is Wrong on the Internet

    afThis week we recorded our episode on site at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with Byron Miller, proprietor of Broomhilde, where you can get handmade brooms, walking sticks, and wands.  We talked with Byron about getting into arguments on the internet.  Specifically, we talked about what we will argue about and what arguments we choose to avoid.  When Byron got a crack at our five questions, we were able to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy again!

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  • Episode 112 – Don’t Stop Not Believin’

    Journey, Dont-Stop-Believing, 2013, davincis demonsThis week we gathered in the luxurious trailer studios to record an episode with our friend Eric Thompson.  Eric (like Tim) grew up in the Catholic Church and he takes us on an exploration of the difference between being devout and being bored.  We learn how Tim ditched church with the help of his Father (who had once been in school to be a Catholic priest), Eric’s Tattoo, and a lot of other interesting things.  Eric also has some good answers for our five questions.

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  • Episode 111 – Guardians of the Galaxy

    landscape_xlargeThis week we unleash our geek love for Guardians of the Galaxy, which is still in theaters waging battle with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  And by “waging battle,” we mean “kicking the butt of.”   We talk a bit about the source material and about what we all think work about the movie.  Then we get into the larger picture of Marvel movies.  Also, there are a lot of spoilers.  If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy, you may want to skip this episode and come back later.  At the end of the episode, we read off five answers from Australia!

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