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  • Episode 260 – CONvergence 2017

    Connie-as-Rosie-the-Riviter-e1396674236605This week, we are getting ready for our annual trip to CONvergence!  Our podcast debuted there five years ago and we all have very personal connections to the convention.  We talk about our schedules for the con, some of our favorite things, and even some things that we don’t enjoy quite as much.  If you are coming to the convention, we hope we get a chance to see you there.  If you aren’t someone who attends CONvergence, maybe the episode will get you thinking about a local sci-fi con of your own!

    Note: We are aware there are some audio issues with this episode starting around the 22 minute mark.  The problem is not the same as issues we’ve encountered on previous episodes but it is, unfortunately, in the source file.  As always, we’ll do some checking to figure out how we can prevent such issues in the future!

    Show notes below the fold!

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  • Episode 259 – Mooks is in the House!

    Mooks is in the HouseThis week, our guest is Saymoukda Vongsay, the Refugenius!  She is a poet and playwright who is going to be a Guest of Honor at CONvergence 2017.  We have a far ranging conversation with her that covers her experiences as a refugee, her buddhist roots, her play “Kung-Fu Zombies” and just about everything else!  If you are coming to the convention this year, she is definitely going to be a guest you want to find and we hope our conversation helped to put her on your radar!

    If you missed the link above, click here to check out her web page!


  • Episode 211 – Amanda Marcotte

    xDN_rrIBThis 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.


  • Episode 210 – Laughing at the Darkness

    KellyPortraitNewThis 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.


  • Episode 209 – Brexit and Trump

    3feWZw5m_400x400This week we talk with our friend C. Robert Cargill.  Cargill is a novelist (Dreams and Shadows) and screenwriter (Sinister, Dr. Strange) but we talked to him about politics.  Cargill is a Christian and a moderate conservative so he provides a considerably different viewpoint from one normally found on our podcast.  We spend some time looking at the Brexit situation in Britain and how it relates to the rise of Donald Trump in America.  Then, after bemoaning the sad state of politics in our country from the left and the right, we move on to our five questions.   Hopefully, we can get Cargill back to talk about his work on films like Sinister and Dr. Strange after Strange hits the theaters in November!


  • Episode 207 – Safe Spaces and CONvergence

    Connie-as-Redshirt-web-290x300Well, CONvergence is just a few days away and that means it is almost time for our birthday celebration!  For those that are new to our podcast, we debuted at CONvergence four years ago and it is a bit of a homecoming for all of us.  We spend a bit of time talking about what we’ll be doing at the convention this year but we also take a look at the question of safe spaces as it pertains to Vilification Tennis.  Does a convention that claims to be interested in creating safe spaces have an obligation to ensure that if something finds something offensive, it shouldn’t be allowed at all?  Obviously, we have some opinions!

    Come find us at the con this year!  We have badge ribbons!


  • Episode 206 – Utah Boners

    IMG_1686This week, we explore our latest geeky boners!  Tim took a big trip with his family and gets unnaturally excited about a lot of the stuff he saw including double arch, which was a filming location for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (pictured here).  Molly and Nick pretend to care.  Molly is playing a new Game of Thrones video game and loves it to death.  Nick is in the middle of a really good book by Joe Hill.  We also talk about CONvergence, which is coming up in just a couple of weeks!  We say it’ll be only one week because Tim still doesn’t know how to read a calendar.


  • Episode 159 – Transgender in the News

    caitlyn-jenner-joins-twitterThis week we are joined once again by Miranda Richards.  She recorded with us in the luxurious hotel room studios at CONvergence 2015.  With all the big GLBT news including Caitlyn Jenner and the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, we decided to talk about that for the majority of the podcast.  However, Miranda was also one of the first people to answer our new five questions!

    P.S: Tim identifies Miranda as “Miranda Richardson” in the opening credits.  Because he’s a dolt.


  • Episode 158 – Goodbye Buffalo

    San-Francisco_Top-10For 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.

    Think Rebecca is awesome? Support her on her Patreon site!


  • Episode 157 – Evangelism and Death

    jennifer_ouelletteIn the first of our flurry of podcasts recorded at CONvergence 2015, we hosted Guest of Honor Jennifer Ouellette!  Jennifer is a science author and blogger and we talked to her about being brought up in an evangelistic home.  We also talked about how her family processed her brother’s death and the differences between the atheist experience and the deeply religious experience of her parents.  It’s a three hanky Geeks Without God and that doesn’t happen very often!

    Go check out her website and buy her books!