The Secular Barbershop Visits The Skeptic Studio



September 30, 2016 Episode 55

Hi and welcome to the first episode of the Brainstorm podcast’s Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Leo, and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Skeptic Studio is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at Tonight’s guest is the host of The Secular Barbershop, a podcast by a secularist of color for people of all colors. Uber4ortyse7en is great at ranting, is an avid gamer, a horror movie fan and a fellow nerd.

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Ok, so now that we’re back you may have noticed a slight difference in the intro. We’re adding a couple new rss feeds to increase exposure for the podcast. If you already subscribe to Brainstorm on Itunes, Stitcher, or some other podcatcher then you don’t have to change anything. If you follow the Brainstorm Podcast user feed on Spreaker then things will be slightly different. We’re doing the live show under the Brainstorm feed but that always gets taken down the day after the podcast so that I can take out the ads and add it to the Patreon page. Then I split the episode in two and put out half each week. Well, now we’re naming each half, first the Skeptic Studio, and then Shift to Reason radio. Each of those halves will have it’s own rss feed and will be listed as their own shows on Spreaker. Like I said, if you’re already subscribed then nothing will change for you. This is just a way to make it easier for new listeners to find us. Each half will be focused in a particular way. The Skeptic Studio will be interviews, news stories, and general topics related to atheism and skepticism. Shift to Reason radio will be the educational portion of the show. On the website, going forward, each half will be in it’s own blog listing under the title that goes with it, with links for the music break being on the blog page for The Skeptic Studio. We’re hoping that this change makes things more focused and people can not only find us easier but can find the notes they are interested in, easier. For patrons, don’t worry, nothing changes for you. You still get all 3 hours of the show, twice a month and will only be charged for those. We will be releasing bonus content more as time goes on. We’re just a few months behind. Just a quick explanation of our current patreon model. We do our live show, including ads and music break. Patrons get that show without the ads the day after the live broadcast. That’s the only time patrons get charged. Bonus content is free but exclusive to patrons, and I don’t split the episodes up and double charge patrons for each half. 

And now, on with the show

Religious Nuttery

Rene’s Story

Leo’s Story

Listener Feedback and shoutouts

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Itunes Reviews

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Listener emails

From Will
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From Darryl
I would like to suggest that you try to bring in Lauren from the Atheist Nomads to speak at the next Shift to Reason. She always brings an unexpected and thoughtful perspective to discussions on the show. She also had great comedic timing.


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