It’s time once again for The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble I talk about Trump tweeting that transgender folk will no longer be allowed in the military, once again proving that he’s a heartless prick, among many other things. We also find out how McCain redeemed himself a bit by voting against the repeal of Obamacare. We then go back to the radioactive Trump administration to find a foul-mouthed fuckstick has taken up the position of White House Communications Director. Finally, we wrap things up on a positive note by announcing a live show for the one year anniversary of the podcast!
On the palaver this week, I speak with my friends Jenica and Patrick Crail about their activism; their journey to deconversion; their new podcast; murder; their favorite kind of beer; and much more! These are the two of the coolest atheists ever, and definitely one of the hottest couples. I guarantee you’ll fall in love a with them… or else!
Thanks for joining me once again for that podcast that is more addictive than crack, The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week’s intro is read by those spicy redheads from The Ginger Snaps, and of course they had to do it THEIR way! On the pre-ramble I talk about the inaugural Atheists in the Pub held at East Nashville Beer Works in Nashville. We had a good group of people come out, and I look forward to doing future AitP’s with even more people! If you’re in the Middle Tennessee area, or anywhere else, come and check out the next event if you can. I also briefly mention the Cheeto-in-Chief’s not so veiled threat to commit violence on CNN. What can you even say anymore?
On the palaver I speak to Jude Lane and Warren Tidwell from the Humanist Service Corps, which is under the umbrella of the Foundation Beyond Belief. They tell me about their work in Ghana assisting women who are accused of being witches; helping with building vital infrastructure in the villages; as well as some of the challenges they encounter in their endeavors. I admire these guys greatly, indeed anyone who does this sort of work in the service of humanism. I think it helps to show that atheists are capable of doing good, and that we can achieve great things. I think y’all would agree that their stories are very inspiring, and we should all strive to do more within our own abilities to help people.
Greetings and welcome to another episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! First off, I want to apologize for the quality of my voice in the pre- and post- rambles, as well as my inebriation. I honestly didn’t even realize I was that affected until I edited it. I hope y’all are not too put off by it! In the pre-ramble, I discuss the missile attack on Syrian bases by the U.S. In my opinion, it was a mistake and only makes things worse in the region, plus Russia is not happy about it and will make things worse in relations at a time when we can ill afford it. I am honestly nervous about what’s going to happen next.
On the palaver this week, I speak to Mel Rice, who endured domestic violence for twenty years. She speaks about her overall journey; recounts horrifying incidents that highlight the potentially fatal consequences of her situation; her ultimate escape from her abuser; and her life today as a survivor and a successful woman. Her journey was a terrifying one, but she was ultimately able to escape and rebuild her life. Hopefully, her story will let other victims know they aren’t alone, and it will educate others on the importance and seriousness of this all too underreported crime.
It’s time for another exciting episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble, I talk about two Donald Trump conferences : One in which he rambles and calls the press the ‘enemy of the American People’, and one in which he claims that some sort of terrorist incident occurred in Sweden, when nothing in fact happened at all. I also talk about Milo’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, and how Larry Wilmore is my hero. I also mention how Trav Mamone recorded a promo for NaNoCon 2017, and how awesome he is for doing so!
On the palaver this week, I talk to Ari Stillman, William Ferguson, and Katie Quesnel about their experiences and journeys being nonbinary.We talk about the struggles they face; how and when they became aware they were ‘different’; the extent to which they are ‘out’; and what cis people can do to help the non-binary community. This was a learning experience for me, and I hope you will learn as much as I did, or, if you are non-binary yourself, that you realize that you are not alone.
Welcome to another exciting installment of The Triple Po! This week on an unusually long pre-ramble, I talk about how the 9th Circuit Court upheld the ruling against Trump’s Muslim ban, and how awesome it is anytime he get pissed off and throws a tantrum on Twitter. I also talk about the confirmation of DeVos and Sessions as Secretary of Education and Attorney General, respectively, as well as how Elizabeth Warren was silenced during the Sessions nomination because she trying to read the Coretta Scott King letter, even though her male counterparts had done so earlier. I then talk about Melissa McCarthy’s impression on SNL and how butthurt Trump got about that particular incident. I then talk about various town hall meetings in the countries where people were particularly vocal against their representatives, as well as some protests that occurred during the week. Finally, I read a new iTunes review and an email I received.
For the palaver I have co-organizer of NaNoCon 2017 Patrick Horst.We talk about his journey from being a Mennonite to becoming an atheist.We also talk about the origin of NaNocon and his work with the convention.Finally, we talk about his work with Sunday Assembly Nashville and how he became involved with that institution. It’s a fun-filled ride this week on The Podunk Polymath Podcast, and I hope y’all enjoy it!
Welcome to another episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast. This week in the pre-ramble, I talk about how Trump’s ban against Muslims entering the country was struck down by a Federal judge and upheld by an Appeals Court. I then talk about my attendance at a rally/protest at the State Capitol and what it was like, as well as the purpose of the rally itself.
For the palaver I talk to long-time friend Emily White, who was a victim of sexual assault while in the military. We talk about her harrowing personal experience; her struggles with PTSD and mental illness generally as a result; as well as the prevalence of sexual assault in the military as a whole and the lack of proper oversight and effective reporting methods, as well as attempts by Congress to reform the system and the results of those efforts. It was a difficult subject for Emily to talk about, and I greatly appreciate her coming on to talk about it, and I think she is incredibly brave for doing so. I can only hope her story will help others dealing with similar situations and the aftermath of such a brutal action.
Greetings and thanks for joining me for another exciting episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble I talk about the Cheeto-in-Chief’s latest efforts to irrevocably destroy our nation. This time he has issued a ban on immigrants from certain countries on entering the country, although none of those countries had anything do with 9/11, and most of the countries omitted are ones that, I’m sure coincidentally, Trump has business interests in. I also talk about the protests at airports in response to this travesty, as well as #deleteUber, and Lyft stepping up to give a million dollars to the ACLU. Lastly, I tell how I myself have decided to become a member of the ACLU in light of their successful fight to get a federal judge to issue an emergency stay preventing refugees from being expelled from the country, although apparently DHS agents are not complying with the order.
On the palaver I talk to Fred Sims, co-host of ORly Radio and former corrections officer, about the prison crisis in our country. We talk about the US having the largest number of people in prison; the disproportionate representation of African American males in the prison population; the issue of private prisons; solitary confinement; as well as what we can do as ordinary citizens to bring attention to these problems to our political representatives. This is a time to test men’s souls, and I fear this episode is less than upbeat. However, we have to resist as much as we can to fight Trump and his abhorrent policies, and that means constantly challenging these policies as much and as often as we can. Resist!