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  • Episode 148 – Doubt

    doubt_diceThis week, we are joined by our friend Bill Stiteler, who is an agnostic.  We talk with Bill about doubt and the question of whether or not we can ever be really certain if god does or does not exist.  As usual, we get sidetracked and talk about a whole lot of other stuff because it isn’t like we can stay on topic.  Or maybe we can.  Who really knows for sure?


  • Episode 147 – Atheism on CNN

    0033fec1_mediumIn case you missed it, a few weeks ago CNN aired a special report on atheists entitled Atheists: Inside the World of Nonbelievers. We watched the special report, took notes and then sat down to share a small percentage of those notes with our listeners.  Parts of the report we just fine.  Other parts were annoying.  Overall, it was a mixed bag.  Keeping in mind that it was made to help believers understand the world of those who do not, we thought it was definitely worth the watch.

    If you want to see it for yourself, here is a link!

     


  • Episode 146 – Stealth Atheism

    10885180_10153063462703083_3140499189187810927_nThis week our guest is Claire Alexander, who is a sign language interpreter for the Deaf.  As part of her job, she is expected to act as a conduit for her client and that means she needs to communicate for them without making her own opinion known.  We talk to her about how that works when she is interpreting for someone who believes in something vastly different than she does.


  • Episode 145 – Scientology

    scientologycultYou, dear listeners, paid for this episode!  As a result of your generous donations, all three of us visited the Scientology center in downtown St. Paul and took their personality test.  It might surprise you to learn that all three of us had problems only Scientology could solve!  Other than that, our experiences were surprisingly different.  We hope you enjoy our conversation about the world of Xenu!  By the way – if the three of us disappear in the near future, you’ll know why!

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  • Episode 140 – Pratfalls of Atheism

    4b69d1f36462257020a88d256eebfa88This week’s episode was recorded live at Die Laughing 2015!  We sat down with Levi Weinhagen, who is something of a podcasting expert.  His current slate includes Pratfalls of Parenting, Regret Labs, and Reason Gone Mad.  He is also one of the minds behind the spectacularly funny Comedy Suitcase, a company devoted to making smart comedy that is accessible to all ages.  We talk with Levi about his podcasts and then get into the meat of our conversation – the challenges of being out as an atheist.  We also make a lot of inappropriate jokes about Bill Cosby.

    Also, check out a list of all sorts of podcasts produced in the Twin Cities at http://tcpods.us!


  • Episode 139 – Boners at School

    graduationWe have a whole new set of geeky boners to share with everyone this week.  Tim has a couple of mini boners about gaming and British TV series.  Molly has a far more impressive boner involving a new favorite podcast.  Nick has a gigantic boner about going back to school.  Of course we have a listener answer our five questions and we remind everyone about what is going on at Die Laughing this weekend.  Enjoy!

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  • Episode 138 – Out at Work

    _72221104_reutersThis week’s episode features our friend Andy Wilkins, who has several experiences coming out at work.  She’s come out as atheist, a gay man and finally a transgender woman.  We talk about the differences in those experiences and the challenges in coming out at work versus friends and family.  Of course Andy also gets a crack at our five questions.


  • Episode 136 – Euthanasia

    673791-right-to-dieWe have a very heavy topic this week that was inspired by the loss of a couple of pets.  Why, we wondered, is there very little moral ambiguity around ending the life of a pet who is suffering but a great deal when we are talking about a thinking, reasoning person?  We talk about the difference between suicide and euthanasia, the value of human life versus that of other animals and Brittany Maynard.  Grab a tissue for the saddest Geeks Without God yet!

     


  • Episode 135 – Religion in the UK

    canterbury-cathedralThis week we are joined by our friend Elliot James.  Born and raised in England, Elliot talks with us about the differences in how religion is viewed in the UK vs. the United States.  He’s had some harrowing close calls due to IRA bombings and other conflicts that may, or may not have to do with religion.  We cover as much ground as possible in our short time together and then, of course, he answers our five questions!

    At the very end of the episode (post theme song), we mention our listener Steve, who has been ordered to take his son to Catholic Mass.  If you’d like to sign an online petition protesting this ruling, here is the link.


  • Episode 133 – Calendars

    calendarThis week’s episode brings our friend Jon Olsen to the basement studios for a conversation about calendars.  Jon has a long held interest in how we mark time and it makes for a broad conversation topic.  We even learn why the seventh day of the week isn’t a Sunday!  Jon also has the distinction of being only the second theist to appear on our podcast, a fact we almost completely ignore.

    Jon will be performing The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver at the Bryant Lake Bowl in February, 2015.  The show opens on the 5th and will also play on the 6th, 12th and 13th.  Go see his show!

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