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.
In this week’s redundantly named episode, we take a look back at almost 200 episodes of Geeks Without God. We talk about some of our favorite episodes, guests, and memories from nearly four years of podcasting. We also take a look back at our original five questions to see how (and if) our answers have changed over the last several years. It is a belly button gazing extravaganza where we take a look backwards before taking a look ahead!
And hey! Don’t you wish you could have listened to this episode last week? If you were a $2 supporter of our Patreon campaign, you could have! For just $24 a year, you get episodes as soon as Tim edits them, which is an average of a week early. You’ll also help us improve the quality of our podcasts!
As we move closer to our fabled 200th episode, we have time to get in one last geeky boner episode (for now)! Molly is super excited about her birthday and all the stuff she has gotten and will get to celebrate, including a new iWatch. Nick is playing a whole lot of The Division. And Tim is excited because in spite of his busy schedule, he wants to add something else to it!
As you listen, please think about becoming a patron of our podcast. We have some great plans for what we can do with your money and we promise we won’t tithe a single penny we make to the church.
19This week we take a look at Season 2 of Daredevil on Netflix. We take a look at their interpretation of The Punisher, Elektra, and The Hand with our resident Marvel comics expert, Mark Sherman. As with episodes of this nature, we spoil the shit out of the show so if you haven’t watched it yet, you should wait on this episode until you’ve had a chance to enjoy the twists and turns of the season on your own time. We’ll be here when you get back.
And hey – we just launched a Patreon campaign. We’d like to be able to improve our recording equipment, our web platform and maybe even take some road trips to places like the creation museum. You can help! For just $2 a month, you can get our episodes early! If you’ve been enjoying our podcast, please consider supporting us.
I’m writing this blog before episode 200 airs because the live event has already happened and that means as long as there is not a global apocalypse or I die suddenly, it will most definitely air.
And while both of those things are possible, they are not probable. So I’m assuming we’ll make it. Just in case I’m wrong, I’ve included some pictures from the event.
If you missed our live show, you missed the announcement of our Patreon launch.
This is a big step for us because it means we are asking for listener support to help us improve our product. We’ve had a great time getting this far but we want to go further and get better.
Here’s just a few things we are really proud of:
We’ve recorded 200 episodes in which none of the three of us have missed an episode
We have never missed a week
We’ve had great conversations with a number of really interesting guests including Trace Beaulieu, Zach Weinersmith, Jennifer Oulette, Rebecca Watson, and so many more!
We’ve mentioned Jeremy Stomberg a lot. We really don’t know how many times but it is definitely over 100.
I’ve been responsible for putting together the podcast each and every week and since the beginning, we’ve been recording on a omnidirectional microphone that works just fine. But we can do better.
That’s why we are launching a Patreon campaign. If you listen to our show and enjoy what we do, you could help us out. Here’s what your money can get us:
If we reach $50 a month, we’ll record two special episodes a year that are going to be available only to Patreon supporters. These could be episodes that explore specific issues more in depth, or episodes where we go on a field trip, or episodes suggested by a Patreon supporter.
If we reach $100 a month, we’ll be upgrading our equipment! We’ll get some new microphones, a mixing board, and some software to help us record more remote episodes, which will really help us increase the number of great guests we can get to join us.
If we reach $150, we’ll be able to hire a web designer to improve our web site!
If we reach $200, we’re going to get ourselves a button machine!
If we reach $500, we’ll be able to take some epic field trips. Like maybe visiting the Creation Museum or going to the Vatican!
I know that $500 seems like a lot. But we have over 1000 regular listeners and if only half of you supported us with $1 a month, we’d be there already!
And we know you might not be able to support us. That’s cool. It’s your money.
But if you enjoy the show and you can throw a little bit towards making it even better, we’d not only thank you, we will shower you with special stuff! Like early access to our podcasts or even the opportunity to eavesdrop while we record!
So thanks for listening. I can’t believe we made it to 200 episodes.
At least I hope we will. You never know when that comet is going to hit.
If you want to know more about our Patreon campaign, you can click on the Patreon button in the right hand column. Right there. The orange one. That says Patreon on it.
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.
This week we tackle the question of death and celebration. As atheists, we view death as the end of existence. Does it naturally follow that all death is a tragedy? If we allow ourselves to feel some amount of pleasure in the death of someone we abhor, is that behavior abhorrent? We start with some recent deaths and then look at some people whose deaths would, in general, be considered an absolute good. Philosophy and ethics abound in this thoughtful episode.
In preparation for our 200th episode, we are going to be offering Geeks Without God shirts and hoodies!
We know you’ve been praying for an opportunity to show your love for our podcast by wearing our logo around the workplace, at a convention, or even in Sunday school! Now is your chance to tell the world “I buy things off of the internet” with pride!
We have regular and premium blend unisex T-shirts, women’s T-shirts and, of course, hoodies. The front has our logo and the back says “No mystical energy field controls our destiny.”
It shouts “I love Star Wars (and other geeky stuff) and I don’t hate god because how can you hate something that doesn’t exist?”
The order window will be open for 21 days. That means you have until April 20th to make the most important decision you will make all year!
This week, we have our second Vermin Kickstarter supporter – Mark Monforti! Mark tells us a little bit about how a Catholic teacher turned him into an atheist and then we talk about Progressive (Prog) Rock! Molly totally nerds out on this topic. Nick and Tim do their best to keep up.
Note: this episode was recorded remotely. That means there is are a few weird pauses and instances where we talk over each other. In a few spots, one of the speakers was silenced so the conversation flowed better.
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.