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 hasbeenon 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.
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.
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.
We spoke to Desiree Schell, host of the Skeptically Speaking radio show, and Rebecca Watson, fearless leader of Skepchick.org and co-host of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, about skepticism and critical thinking. We focused on how religion can often keep us from examining claims critically, and how freeing (and fun!) it is to learn and hone those skills after leaving thought-stifling religions behind.
LAF returns with our worst, and possibly best episode ever? Thanks to everyone who has supported us through our time off.
The episode we release tomorrow is rough. People who have heard our other episodes will hear a lifeless chill in my voice. Only in listening back to it did I realize how dead I still am inside. But I’m so much more alive than I was a few months ago.
It’s hard work. The work isn’t over. All I know is I will survive, not because of my own strength, but because I have a wife who is awesome, and I have a community that is stronger than any individual could ever be.