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  • Episode 226 – Election Day

    election-dayThis week’s episode is all about election day!  If you haven’t voted yet, you should go do it. Since we recorded a week ago, we don’t know how things look now but hopefully we are on the way to a Not Donald Trump presidency (edit: FUUUUUUUUUUUCK).  If we aren’t, well, shit.  We talk a little about the next steps no matter what happens in the 2016 elections and look back at some past elections.

    Nick mentioned a video explaining ranked choice voting and here it is!

    Tim mentioned a blog post he wrote about Bernie Sanders and that’s here.

    And here is the video we mention with Penn Gillette talking about Donald Trump.


  • Episode 225 – Jew-Ish

    holidaysThis week, we are joined by our friend Nathan Gerber to talk about how his divorced parents used religion as a tool in custody disputes.  Nathan’s father was Jewish and his mother was Lutheran so he was raised both – depending on which house he was in.  Although he apparently wasn’t told he couldn’t have pepperoni on his pizza until it was far too late.  We mostly talk about his Jewish heritage and the times he was actually attacked for being a Jew.  We do get a couple of hits in against the boring-ass music the Lutherans play in church because holy shit is that music boring.


  • Episode 224 – Geologically Imminent

    06This week’s episode was recorded live at The Phoenix theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Our guest was Jennifer Menken from the Bell Museum and she joined us to talk about the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service.  Unfortunately, she didn’t do much talking because Tim wouldn’t shut up.  Hopefully we can get Jennifer back to talk about something Tim doesn’t know a thing about.  All that said, this episode is a good (if rapid) review of the history of the National Park service as well as a fine exploration of the different ways Jennifer and Tim pronounce the word “Saguaro.”


  • Episode 223 – Harry Potter Boners

    6tbFBP4RIt has been a while since we’ve taken a good, hard look at our latest geeky boners!  Nick is finally getting around to reading a book series the rest of us have already read (perhaps you can guess which one that might be).  Molly is reading a book series she read a long time ago.  Tim is dicking around on his phone!  Learn more about the latest stuff that has us filled to overflowing with nerdy delight!

    Correction: Tim mentioned that “Prisoner of Azkaban” was released during CONvergence 2000.  It was actually “Goblet of Fire.”  Tim’s a loser.


  • Episode 222 – Home Schooling

    121304-119596This week, we are joined by Vanessa and Jeremy Messersmith to talk about their experiences with Christian home schooling.  Both of them grew up in fairly conservative Christian households and spent most of their lives being home schooled.  The three of us tried to toss our pre-conceived notions of home schooling out the window but we discovered that most of those pre-conceived notions were basically spot on.  So that’s depressing.  Vanessa also gets a crack at our five questions!


  • Episode 221 – Revisiting Christian Privilege

    Bible-and-FlagThis week marks our final recording from the 2016 Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  We sit down in the beautiful trailer studios with our good friend Tony Miller to take another look at Christian Privilege in America.  Tim spends a fair amount of time discussing the false equivalence between Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick.  We also talk about the ark park, televangelism, and a lot of other subtle ways that Christians in America are not being persecuted even a little bit.  Tony then gets to ask us five very thoughtful questions.  You can totally answer them yourself in the comments!


  • Episode 220 – Arts and Crafters

    12970943_10154106297814324_2919040806205212609_oThis week, we are joined by regular guest Byron Miller.  Byron is a crafter on the Renaissance Festival circuit and we talk to him about what he does for a living.  It is interesting to listen to how much work goes into the process of selling wands, brooms and walking sticks.  The next time you walk into a craft shop at a Renaissance Festival or art fair, we suggest that the first thing you say shouldn’t be “HOW MUCH???”

    Check out the work of Byron (and the rest of his staff) at the Etsy site for Broomhilde!


  • Episode 217 – Grief Without God

    tear-griefThis week, we sit down with our friend Shea Roberts to talk about grieving as an atheist surrounded by believers.  Sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge are you are expected to accept everyone else’s faith but they are not expected to give you the same consideration in return.  Shea recently lost her brother and she has some powerful thoughts about going through that process and how being a non believer can be even more challenging in times of loss.

    Also, if you are an atheist dealing with grief, check out Grief Beyond Belief!


  • Episode 216 – Fringe Festival 2016

    characters_showtimesThis week, we run down our experiences at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival.  All three of us tried something new artistically and that was pretty cool.  A lot of belly button staring and back patting but that’s because we are, collectively, pretty awesome.  If you aren’t from Minnesota, maybe this episode will make you want to come check us out the next time Fringe rolls around.

    Please note: there has been some controversy around the alleged censorship of an artist at the Fringe.  This episode was recorded in the very early stages of that emerging controversy and we do not address it.  If you have no idea what we are talking about, it is probably just as well.


  • Episode 215 – Pokemon Goners

    unnamed-3It is time for another round of geeky boners!  As the title of the episode might suggest, we spend a fair amount of time considering the latest mobile phone game that has definitely been entertaining 2/3rds of our hosting team.  We also touch on some new books and a movie that turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  Mostly, though, we are talking about Pokemon.  We will definitely not be the ones to harsh your Pokemon squee.