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The Podunk Polymath Podcast

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A podcast dedicated to the sentiments of a secular, sarcastic, screwed up Southern SJW and skeptic.

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A podcast dedicated to the sentiments of a secular, sarcastic, screwed up Southern SJW and skeptic.

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Love the show!

By Rebel*Ox - Nov 11 2017
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Who’d have thought the south could have a voice of skepticism and reason?!

Listen or I'll beat you up 😜

By KorrineNYGD - Feb 14 2017
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Awesome show, awesome host, important topics. Keep it up!

iTunes Ratings

27 Ratings
Average Ratings
24
0
0
1
2

Love the show!

By Rebel*Ox - Nov 11 2017
Read more
Who’d have thought the south could have a voice of skepticism and reason?!

Listen or I'll beat you up 😜

By KorrineNYGD - Feb 14 2017
Read more
Awesome show, awesome host, important topics. Keep it up!
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The Podunk Polymath Podcast

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A podcast dedicated to the sentiments of a secular, sarcastic, screwed up Southern SJW and skeptic.

Rank #1: TPPP Episode 75 : I Dream of Jeanne

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This week on the Triple Po, I am joined by friend and frequent guest Jeanne Ikerd. We talk about a nurses's strike taking place in her home town in Vermont. We also talk about there now only being one Blockbuster left in the country (in Bend, OR, of all places!), as well Kylie Jenner's starting a gofundme to make her a billionaire. We also talk about the protests in London over Trump and the big orange Trump baby blimp! Of course, there are also digressions and general shenanigans as is normal whenever Jeanne comes in. Come on in and lend your ears!

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Jul 16 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #2: TPPP Episode 80 : Living With PTSD

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I am going to issue a content warning for this episode for talking about PTSD, suicide, and some combat violence. 

This week I speak to Hyrum and Nate about some of their experiences with combat as well as PTSD, both combat and non-combat related, as well as other conditions that arose from traumatic brain injury. They also talk about the difficulty of re-adjusting to civilian life after combat, as well as the need to find purpose in order to stave off depression, even up to suicidal ideation. They also talk about ways to cope with these issues, though, and how anyone can learn to adjust with therapy, purpose, and a good support system. Finally, they emphasize that PTSD is a condition that can occur from any traumatic situation, not just combat. Thus the argument that somehow people who were never in combat can't experience PTSD is absolutely false, and it is harmful to those who suffer from this condition. Everyone's experiences and illnesses are valid, regardless of the circumstances. I really want to thank Hyrum and Nate for coming on, as I know it wasn't easy to recall these painful experiences. I have great admiration for these men, and I hope their willingness to come forward and talk will give others the courage to do the same.

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Sep 09 2018
1 hour
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Rank #3: TPPP Episode 70 : Unhoused

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Welcome back to The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble I talk about two upcoming conferences I am attending : NaNoCon and Secular Social Justice. NaNoCon is March 17th in Nashville at Glencliff High School. Tickets are $15 until March 1st and $20 thereafter. I will be on the podcasters panel again this year, so that's even more of an incentive to attend. Secular Social Justice is in Washington, DC at the All Souls Unitarian Church. The cost of that one is $25. I hope to see y'all at one or both conferences!

On the palaver I speak with Ingrid from Chicago, a trans woman who has been unhoused in the past and may soon be again. We talk about how she became unhoused, her experiences, her struggles, and her hopes. She is looking at the possibility of being unhoused again in the near future, but I hope things will change and that this will not happen. It is a difficult but important discussion, mostly because it seems that being unhoused is an issue that too many people try ignore, I think mainly because we are told that being unhoused is shameful but also people are afraid that they may be in that situation one day. I hope y'all gain some insight from this. I know I did.

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Feb 08 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #4: TPPP Episode 72 : F*ck It! I'll Do It Live!

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After a three-month hiatus, The Triple Po had returned! I had to take a step back and take care of my mental health, but I'm raring to go again!

The format of the show is different now as well. I am going to be doing the show live from the YouTube channel and then releasing the audio as the regular podcast. The schedule is also changing to twice a month. The show will be live on Saturdays at 7 PM Central, unless it conflicts with Atheists at the Pub in which case it will be Friday at 7 PM Central. The podcast will be released by Monday morning after the live show.

I talked a bit about the hiatus as well as a friend's experience with sexual assault as well as Pride Month. After some technical difficulties (which is par for the course with these two!), I talked to Amy and Nadya from the Ginger Snaps. We talk about those same issues, but also there's also a lot of great conversation with friends. I want to thank y'all who have stuck around with me through the hiatus as well as the 4 patrons that stayed on. That means a lot, and I appreciate the support. I hope y'all will like the new format. I think it's more dynamic and also I don't have to fucking edit!

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Jun 11 2018
56 mins
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Rank #5: TPPP Episode 79 : Why The F*ck Should I Care About Philosophy?

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This week I have on Nathan Dickey for one purpose : To tell me what I should care about philosophy. But first, we discussed the recent death of John McCain and our feelings on it. But then the main topic of philosophy was discussed. We discussed what philosophy is; a brief of history of how it evolved in its current understanding; how there are any good philosophy 'communicators' out there of any great stature to explain things to the layman; and some sources that are trying to do just that, via podcasts and YouTube. It's a fascinating discussion. I don't if he know convinced me or not, but he has definitely given me some things to think about. Perhaps, just perhaps, I will one day give a fuck about philosophy!

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Aug 28 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #6: TPPP Episode 78 : An Atheist In Pittsburgh

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This week on The Triple Po I am joined by logo enhancer and Facebook friend Jeff Prebeg. We talk about his activism, his work with charity, and his poor choice in hockey teams. We also rip on Trump, as well as discuss the difference between atheism and secular humanism, and the increasing gap between the two groups. Oh and cats. His cat has his own Facebook and Instagram! We had a great chat, and I enjoyed having him on even if he is a Pens fan. Enjoy!

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Aug 14 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #7: TPPP Episode 85 : Living With Mental Illness

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Welcome to another episode of The Triple Po! This week I have on my friend Brigid Fitch from Holy CRAP The VlogCast. We kick things off by talking the upcoming American Atheists Convention in Cincinnati which we will both be attending.

We then get into the more serious discussion about her struggles with mental illness, including PTSD and bipolar disorder. We also talk about how resources are sparse for the treatment in the US, including the prohibitive costs for medications and treatment, as well as the utter lack of financial assistance for those who can’t afford these vital treatments. Lastly, we speak about the stigma around mental illness still prevalent in this country which is a further impediment towards recognizing mental illness as a critical issue in the US. Some of the things we speak about in this episode may be triggering, so please take that into consideration before listening.

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Apr 17 2019
53 mins
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Rank #8: TPPP Episode 81 : Launch Pad

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This week I have on Rose Marie Pink, President and Executive Director of Launch Pad Nashville, "a volunteer-based initiative striving to provide street free sleep to youth between the ages of 18-24 with a focus on being affirming and welcoming to LGBTQ youth." We talk about the organization's genesis, mission, challenges, and goals. Launch Pad also happens to be the organization I chose for my Facebook Birthday Fundraiser this year. I am really proud to have supported them. They need volunteers, so consider signing up. Of course, they always need money as well, so feel free to donate! I hope y'all learn something from this, because I think it's a great organization.

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Sep 26 2018
59 mins
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Rank #9: TPPP Episode 76 : Withdrawal

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This week on The Triple Po I speak to my old friend Brandi about her recent run-in with the law regarding drugs, but also how her privilege kept the legal outcome being much worse. Related to that, we talk about failure that is the War on Drugs and the racist and inadequate laws used to try to enforce the war. Oh, and we talk about how Trump sucks, which is low hanging fruit nowadays! It was a great conversation and it was great to talk to Brandi again after a couple of years.

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Jul 30 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #10: TPPP Episode 86 : Life After God

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Thanks once again for joining me on the show that your mother warned you about : The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week, I speak to activist, podcast host, humanist chaplain, speaker, and National Organizing Manager for Secular Student Alliance Ryan Bell. As a minister Ryan decided to go a year without God, and became an atheist as result. He kept a blog about his experience, and he has spoken many times about his experience. He also has a podcast named Life After God, as well a website, both of which he uses to talk about and help those coming out of religion. He is also a social justice advocate who is not shy about speaking his mind about those issues he feels strongly about. We talked about his journey to atheism, his a activism, and his podcast. We then get into the reluctance of some in the atheist community to speak about social justice. Somehow we end up talking about politics and the shitshow that is the Trump Administration. I really enjoyed our conversation, and I think you will too.

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Apr 25 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #11: TPPP Episode 74 :Turpin's Time

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My guest this week for the Triple Po is Susan Turpin. She is an employee of Planned Parenthood, a quizmaster, and now the Treasurer the Texas Secular Caucus! We talk about abortion issues, the upcoming Supreme Court nomination battle, her quizmastering, and her political aspirations. Come give it a listen!

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Jul 10 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #12: TPPP Episode 82 : God Isn't Dead

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I talk to Tony from Conversations with God podcast. We talk about his show and politics, most especially the Cheeto-in-chief. Sorry for the delay in getting this out. Life and all that. Enjoy!

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Nov 06 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #13: TPPP Episode 73 : No ICE, ICE baby

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I flew solo this week as I didn't have a guest. The biggest thing that happened was that I got SIX new patrons! I have to say that I'm truly humbled. They are Nathan Dickey, host of A Leap of Doubt Podcast and Trolling with Logic; my good friend Jeanne Ikerd; long-time listener and quizmaster extraordinaire Susan Turpin; blogger and faithful listener Kim Perkins; one-time guest and my brother from another mother Kevin Watson; and my first $10 patron, Rob Schreck! That means he gets a t-shirt! I thank y'all so much for your support. It really means a lot.

The show is me talking about the immigration fiasco occurring on the border, and the evil influence of the Trump administration as well as that modern-day Gestapo ICE. I lay out the whole situation as well as the back story behind it. I then offer up my predictions as to what will happen. Let's just say the picture ain't rosy. I also talk about some stories where Trump lackeys get some karma dished in their direction, which is always welcome news to my mind.

I also discovered a new show, Kevin and Benedict, a show of which I recently became a patron. They do two shows, the main one is This Week In News, and then there is This Week In History. They are both great shows, and I encourage you to check them out. Enjoy!

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Jun 26 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #14: TPPP Episode 77 : Laying Down The Law

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My dear comrade Zach Law from Zachrilege Cast makes a second appearance on the show. We talk about Trump, beer, the intellectual dark web, and Satan's asshole. Is your interest piqued? Well come on by and take a listen!

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Aug 07 2018
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #15: TPPP Episode 88 : Mr. Smith Goes to Podunk

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Welcome to another episode of the The Podunk Polymath Podcast! On this installment of everyone’s favorite Southern podcast, I speak with newly minted friend Lyman Smith. We first talk about our first meeting, along with his lovely fiancée and friend of the show Natalie Newell, at the American Atheists Convention 2019 in Cincinnati, and our experiences at the convention, including how his Backpack Old Fashioned became the Official Drink of the American Atheists Convention 2019. 

We then talk about his approach to parenting as an atheist and freethinker. He mentions the importance of teaching his son empathy and kindness, as well as being honest and forthright when answering difficult questions, including those pertaining to the existence of God. Lyman is a great guy, and this was an enlightening conversation. Hopefully any current or prospective parents who are listening will gain some insight from this interview.

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May 09 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #16: TPPP Episode 87 : Snap Reunion

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Welcome to another episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week, I speak about my experiences at the American Atheists Convention 2019. Spoiler alert : It was pretty badass!

For the palaver, I facilitated a reunion between Amy, current host of The Ginger Snaps, and Nadya, former co-host of the selfsame show. We had some technical issues in the beginning, but we finally got Nadya in on the fun. We talked about the current state of the podcast, me Nadya explaining why she had to leave the show, and some general topics as well as camaraderie. I was so glad to be able to speak with both of them again. It warmed the cockles of my black heart!

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May 02 2019
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #17: TPPP Episode 84 : Trailer Park Politics

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On this exciting episode of The Triple Po, I talk again to my old friend and fellow podcaster Tucker Drake. We talk a bit about the upcoming American Atheists Convention coming up in Cincinnati, and then it's on to juicier fare. We talk about the awesomeness that is AOC, as well as other political topics such as the Democratic presidential field for 2020; the Electoral College; and wherever else our ramblings lead us. I thought it was a great stream of consciousness conversation regarding political topics of the day. I hope y'all agree!

Music by Dot Dash, cdbaby.com/cd/dotdotdash

Apr 09 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #18: TPPP Episode 83 : Don't Mess With Texas

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It's been a while, hasn't it? This episode was done live on YouTube two months ago, but I"m just getting around to posting it! Bad Chris! I am going to try to pick things up, so hopefully this won't happen anymore. 

I talked to Nathaniel Walters, an activist who is passionate about atheism and social democracy. I had a great time talking to him and the challenges he faces as an activist in Texas. Give it a listen!

Apr 05 2019
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #19: TPPP Episode 71 : Yet Another Atheist Episode

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The Podunk Polymath Podcast is back yet again for your entertainment. On the pre-ramble this week I talk a bit about NaNoCon and Secular Social Justice conferences. I then rant a bit about food boxes, students loans, and accessibility for the disabled.

On the palaver, I speak with Keith and Jen from the newly revamped Not Another Atheist Podcast. We talk about their relaunch and NaNoCon. But mostly there was a just a bunch of pointless rambling. Although it was mostly just us shooting the shit, it is a bit of a break from the weightier subjects that we here everyday on the news. I hope y'all enjoy this brief respite from our descent to Armageddon.

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Feb 16 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #20: TPPP Episode 69 : Rolling With Rick

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Another installment of the Triple Po is upon us. In the pre-ramble I speak briefly about Trump's State of the Union speech, and how there's no way I'm watching the Orange Overlord spew his noxious bullshit. I then talk about how I have become involved with Atheist Alliance Helping the Homeless Nashville, an organization I found out about only last week. I plan on helping by doing to the once monthly giveaways, as well as promoting on the newly created Twitter account, along with the show's social media. On top of all of this, one of the organizers who I met up with to give a clothing donation to, John Boughner, became a patron at the $5 level! How awesome is that? I also read a new iTunes review from friend of the show and fellow podcaster Cory Johnston.

On the palaver, I speak to newly acquired Facebook friend Rick Manuel. We talked about his previous job asking for and giving grants for the city of Lafayette, LA. We also went off tangents about teachers, charter schools, libraries, and how much Trump sucks, as well as sundry other interesting topics. This was definitely a wide-ranging and entertaining discussion with a really great guy. I hope y'all enjoy it!

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Feb 01 2018
1 hour 19 mins
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