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  • Episode 234 – Fuck 2016

    eff_2016_iconMost folks felt 2016 was a shit show of a year.  We pretty much agree.  For our first episode of 2017, we take a look back at the horror of 2016 and, yes, we finally talk about the election for a little while.  Not long.  It is likely we’ll have a great many more opportunities to talk about the it-would-be-a-bad-sitcom-if-it-wasn’t-actually-real Trump administration.  We look at movies, dead celebrities, and more.  We even talk about Debbie Reynolds as being alive even though the news of her death was breaking while we recorded the episode!

    PS:  Thanks to Vilification Tennis and Jessica Thompson for the art!


  • Episode 233 – Woo

    773157202247829319This week, we are joined by frequent guest Pat Wick, who wanted to talk about woo.  What is “woo,” you ask?  Well rationalwiki tells us it is a “term for pseudoscientific explanations.”  So stuff like homoeopathy, acupuncture, and magnet bands.  Basically all sorts of bullshit stuff that doesn’t work but people want to sell you anyway.  We all get pretty worked up about the topic so this episode is kind of long because we have THINGS TO SAY!  Once we are all done, Pat gets to ask us five questions!


  • Episode 232 – Xmas Movies

    Die-Hard-Christmas-Now-I-Have-a-Machine-Gun-Ho-Ho-Ho-642x362With Christmas just around the corner, we take an episode to discuss our favorite movies about the best secular holiday around!  We know – a lot of people don’t think it is a secular holiday but those of us without religion know that Christmas love everyone, no matter what they believe!  We have a good time talking about the movies we like to watch around this time of year.  If we hit on some of your favorites (or missed one), mention it in the comments!


  • Episode 231 – Elementary Boners

    lvbuffy20f-3-webOur geeky units are engorged and we need to podcast some relief!  This week, Tim and Molly are both taking long, hard looks at some television shows and Nick is talking about an operation.  We don’t want to spoil the episode but Nick’s operation is super appropriate given this is a geeky boner episode.  Wink Wink.  We also read off another listener’s answers to our five questions!


  • Episode 230 – The Faithless Feminist

    Basic RGBThis week, we are joined my remote guest Karen Garst to discuss her book “”  We had a really great conversation about why she put the book the book together and about many of the women who contributed their stories.  Please note that on this particular recording, we encountered some audio issues on our end.  You can still understand everything but there is a bit of an echo.  Hooray for technology!  We linked to Karen’s book on Amazon above.  You can also purchase it through her website, The Faithless Feminist.

    It is a very good read and we recommend you check it out!
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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!