Happy New Year! Welcome to an exciting new year of Geeks Without God and – you know – other stuff. This episode marks our six month aniverssary and we take some time to look back at 2012 and talk about some things we are looking forward to in 2013. Molly celebrates the end of the “Year of Molly” by issuing an edict on how we are to refer to the upcoming year (hint: it is not “the Year of Nick”). We hardly talk about atheism at all. Sorry about that. We promise we’ll talk about the lack of god next time!
Happy Holidays and, more specifically, Merry Crimbo! We know that most folks (atheists included) are spending Christmas day unwrapping presents, eating massive amounts of food and assembling shit for their children. If you feel like spending part of your day listening to our podcast, you will hear us talk about our favorite and least favorite Christmas stuff. We also tell Christmas stories. Molly shares how old she was when she finally stopped believing in Santa Claus. All that and we even manage to read another listener’s answers to our five questions!
In our second episode recorded live at OmegaCon 2012, Molly is, somehow, even more drunk than she was in Episode 19. So was Nick, mind you, but he didn’t talk about it as much. Tim wasn’t drunk so that might explain why he did most of the talking. Tim talked about a trip he was about to take to Disney World and the whole thing segued into a conversation about sex education. Then we started talking about Fearless Comedy Productions. Nick and Molly also make a drunken bet that Tim gets to arbitrate and then we read off a listeners’ answer to our five questions. Our answers came all the way from a listener in Australia and Molly drunkenly impersonates an Australian accent!
In this week’s episode, we talked with Matt Allex, co-host of the Apropos of Nothing podcast about helping a fellow atheist out of the closet. The story got us launched on the way we choose to talk about our atheism and what we hope to accomplish by doing so. Matt has some great observations about helping people to think critically as a way to help them find their way to atheism. He also answers our five questions.
This week, we were joined by Bill Lehto, editor of “Atheist Voices of Minnesota,” a collection of essays from Minnesota Atheists. The book features essays by prominent Minnesota atheists including former guest Stephanie Zvan, PZ Myers, Chris Stedman, and our very own Tim Wick! Bill talks with us about the process of producing the book and then he gets to answer our five questions. At the end of the episode, we even give you some information about how you can win a free signed copy of the book, so pay attention!
Welcome to another in-depth movie episode on Geeks Without God. We decided to watch The Contender after going over the listener answers we received in Episode 13. The film stars Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater and Gary Oldman and features an atheist protagonist. While her atheism is not the central source of conflict, it is quite relevant to the story. We get totally bogged down in how the media can be used to manipulate opinion. After we discuss our response to the movie, we review Jordan Kronick’s answers to our five questions.
This week is an all atheism episode! We explore the difference in terminology between “atheist, non-believer,” and “skeptic.” We talk about how we self identify our own beliefs about god and then we start talking about the atheism plus movement. We get into very serious conversations about social justice and feminism as part of the atheist movement. We also give a shout out to Kammy from episode 2 for the fantastic burgers we had at her house. Then Molly’s cousin answers our five questions and we talk about his responses. We get totally sidetracked talking about evolutionary adaptations of Chihuahuas.
This week we interview Ronn Bauman (Scaramouche) of the Tortuga Twins about 12 hours after we first interviewed him because Tim was a dumb fuck and overwrote the original podcast. So yeah, this whole podcast is us trying to remember how interesting we were the first time we talked about all of this stuff. You be the judge. Ronn is a huge fan of the podcast and promises that if he ever relocates to Minnesota, he will find a way to get himself included in every podcast in a creepy stalker fashion. We talk about how we, as atheists need to avoid underestimating the “opposition” and Ronn answers our five questions.
P.S: We had such a great time talking to Ronn, we recorded a second podcast (that Tim did not delete) and we’ll be airing that one sometime in the next couple of months!
Edit to add: Hi everyone, Molly here. I want to apologize for misquoting the study I mentioned about atheists. I said the study found people would rather leave their child with a terrorist than an atheist. I misremembered the actual study I meant, which shows that those polled trust rapists more than atheists, and would rather leave their child with a random religious person than a daycare run by an atheist. I deeply regret the error, and I hope you can all forgive me my off-the-cuff mistake. I would also like to state, for the record, that terrorism is perpetuated by all races and creeds; if I say terrorist, I never mean “Arab” or “Muslim” any more than I mean “Christian” or “pro-lifer” or “Black & Tan.”
Another installment of our geeky boners! Molly geeks about the Renaissance Festival, Nick geeks about his new job and Tim geeks about Indiana Jones. We talk about the odds of aliens visiting our planet vs. the odds that god exists. Because we are geeks, we dis on George Lucas for a little while. Then we spend some time talking about the space program in the wake of Neil Armstrong’s death. We also read the first listener set of answers to our five questions. Thanks to Dana Freiberg for submitting her answers!
Our second episode was also recorded in front of a live audience at CONvergence 2012. Our guest was Kammy Lyon from Skepchick.org. She was super nervous about recording in front of real people but she did a great job. We talked about SkepchicCON, the party that Skepchick.org hosts at the Convention as well as giving some advice to atheists who are trying to come out of the closet. Unfortunatley, we have to stop the conversation short. We’ll return to the topic in a future podcast for sure. We also talked about trying to keep words like “god,” “faith,” and other idioms out of our language and decided that was just too annoying. She answered our five questions and made all of us very hungry. In fact, we’re still hungry and waiting for a Geeks Without God party at her house!
We talk a little bit about a video Rebecca Watson made that pissed people off. Here’s a link to the video in question.