Finally, a Bethany Appearance! – Episode 81

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We were so excited to finally get to do a trans-Atlantic (or “across the pond”) interview with our friend, Bethany Turner! We learned a bunch and had an awful lot of fun.

Bethany is the creator of the Eon’s World webcomic, loves dogs, and is smart as hell.

All The Content Warnings – Episode 79

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Content Note/Trigger Warning: We discuss sexual assault, emotional abuse, bullying, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts.

We figured we should probably talk frankly about our mental health and life challenges that led us to go on podcast hiatus. Deanna Joy discusses a lot of the things she has been through in recent years in detail, hence the CN/TW.

Secular Soup Crossover – Episode 78

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Here it is: Our first official announcement of our return to podcasting. This special crossover episode was one of the most fun we’ve ever done. I didn’t think we could alternately laugh so much and have serious conversation all in the same session. We’re eternally grateful to Amy with a Y and Ami with an I of The Secular Soup Podcast for doing this with us!

Buy their cool crafty stuff: http://www.delightfulbitchcraft.com

Support them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/secularsoup/

Sweet Summer Children With PZ Myers – Episode 77

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Way back in 2013-ish we had the good fortune of speaking with PZ Myers in our studio in Seattle. Even back then, we thought maybe we were being a little too cynical about the direction of the atheist movement but when we look back now, I feel like we were still so innocent. Such a great conversation.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/

https://smile.amazon.com/Happy-Atheist-PZ-Myers/dp/0307739805/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529130034&sr=8-1&keywords=pz+myers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PZ_Myers

https://twitter.com/pzmyers

Laestadianism with Ed Suominen – Episode 76

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We thought we were pretty knowledgeable about many of the branches of organized religions, but Ed Suominen absolutely blew our minds with his story.

Content note: There’s talk of some pretty intense practices, death, abusive reproduction control among other things.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laestadianism

LAF with the Sudbury Humanist Association – Episode 75

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Way back a million years ago (okay, five), we were invited to speak with the Sudbury Humanist Association via Skype. We had tons of fun and hope you enjoy this trip in a time machine that only travels in one direction.

Visiting Old Friends in NOLA – Episode 74

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We recently traveled to New Orleans for a wedding and while we were there we met up with a couple of old friends. You get this special two-part extra long show!

Jerry DeWitt has been on LAF a couple of times. We recorded on the beach with our iPhones at sunset. The weather was beautiful and warm, with a gulf breeze blowing in over the water.

You’ll remember Chad as our very first guest way back in episode 11 in 2010. Life has brought him and us some very big ups and downs since then. He’s now playing music in NOLA and trying to live his best life. We sat on his porch and chatted and got to listen to him play some lovely riffs.

Jerry’s podcast and info can be found here: https://hopeafterfaithpodcast.com/

Catching Up With Meemo – Episode 73

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In 2012, our good friend Meemo wrote a blog post for us. It told the story of growing up in Rich’s Pentecostal church and the hardship it is to suppress who you are in order to conform to an outward fundamentalist ideal.

We sat down together for a conversation to catch up with Meemo to see where her journey through life has brought her now.

We’re Back! Starring Shelley Segal – Episode 72

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After the world’s longest podcast hiatus (which we will explain later) we have a new episode, and a new direction. Get ready to LAF with us again!

Do you remember when we first talked with Shelley Segal in 2013? She has done so much and soared so high since then. She has produced three more albums, and is running a record label helping other artists to become successful. We catch up with her and talk about how far we’ve all come since then and she performs two songs live for us.

We produced this episode a bit more quick and dirty than we used to. Originally, we had our guests come hang out in our closet to record, next we made a beautiful studio in a separate room we rented, and now they have to come hang out in our bedroom. For this episode, we used a portable recorder and just had a good conversation. We know there are a few audio glitches, it’s not our usual flawless sound, but we know how to prevent those few bloops in the future, and this setup is going to save us tons of editing time, allowing us to put out MOAR EPISODES!!!!111!!

Damn, we’ve missed this. Thanks for hanging in there.

http://www.shelleysegal.com/