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.
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.
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!
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/
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.
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.
The most intense thing you will listen to, maybe ever. Kevin Byrne told us his story in episode 21, and he’s the rock band behind our theme music, Rose Cross. Rich recently shared some audio files of his preaching with Kevin, and Morrison’s Prophecy released this version on a new album.
The episode is short, but extremely intense. You will hear Rich preaching in full Pentecostal intensity. So far, the general response to the song is, Holy Fuck. And it is. We hope it does as much for you as it has for us.
Daniel Dennett LAFs with us!
One of the Four Horsemen of the anti-apocalypse, Daniel Dennett is the author of many books, including Breaking The Spell, which is a must-read for anyone leaving religion.
His latest book, Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking is available now.
Special thanks to Sarah Morehead with Recovering From Religion for her help setting up this interview.