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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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  • Episode 132 – Nous Sommes Charlie

    150107120309-charlie-hebdo-620x348This week we talked about the shocking massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices in France. We explore a lot of different reactions to the situation, some more understandable than others.  Is Islam somehow more dangerous than other religions?  And should satire have limitations?  We try – and mostly fail – to make sense of a senseless act.

    Note: We had a technical glitch and recorded this episode with the wrong microphone.  The sound is a little bit tinny.  Sorry for the problem!

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  • Episode 131 – Holy Wars

    18k1cgty5wueujpgThis week we get together with our friend David Elwyn Traylor to talk about holy wars.  The central question is whether or not religion drives people to commit despicable acts or if it is merely one potential means to an end.  We manage to do little more than scrape the surface of so broad a topic so feel free to continue the conversation in the comment section if you are so inclined.  After we cut our main conversation short, David gets to ask us five questions.

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  • Episode 130 – Farewell 2014

    Driving on an empty road towards the setting sun 2014The past year had it’s ups and downs and we spend this episode reviewing as many of them as we can remember.  We take a few moments to remember our good friend Bill Young, who passed away just a short while ago.  The year started out really well for all of us but we are kind of sputtering into 2015.  We also talk about our hopes for the new year.  And, of course, we get to read off five answers from one of our listeners.  Whether 2014 was a great year or a mixed bag for you, we look forward to another great podcasting year!

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  • Episode 129 – The War on Christmas

    say-no-christmas_jesus4For this week’s episode, we go to War on Christmas!  The worst fears of the Christian right are realized as asshole atheists crap all over their holiday!

    Actually, that’s not what happens at all.  Instead, we talk about the bullshit war on Christmas and why a lot of atheists (including us) really like the holiday.  We also talk about some of the things we don’t like about the holiday season.  Christmas is just a few days away!  We hope you enjoy the holiday in whatever way is appropriate for you!

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  • Episode 127 – Left Behind 2014

    Left-Behind--Nicolas-Cage_article_story_largeLeft Behind has become something of a running gag on our podcast.  Having watched Kirk Cameron’s version of this popular Christian fable and suffered through the atrocious board game, we turned our gaze towards the newest iteration starring Oscar winner Nicholas Cage.  In spite of a considerably higher budget, the film managed to achieve what we thought would be impossible.  It was worse that the first one and possibly worse than the board game.  We watched it so you didn’t have to.  Listen to our pain!


  • Episode 126 – Force Boners

    new-saber-so-what-s-up-with-star-wars-episode-vii-s-new-lightsaberWelcome back for a new geeky boner episode!  It has been a while since we’ve explored our latest geeky obsessions so this week we get to spend a lot of quality time with some new fall TV series and some new Star Wars stuff.  Not just the new trailer for Episode VII either.  We also get a few hints about an upcoming expansion for the role playing game as well!  As always, we finish off with five answers from a listener.

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