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Jul 23 2013

So we thought, we have this new building and all, let’s use it!

And reviving a certain long-dormant podcast that we all missed seemed just the thing.

We were dead. But we got better.

We were dead. But we got better.

Yes, beginning August 7, The Non-Prophets returns with a biweekly schedule on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Jeff Dee returns to the host’s chair, with Denis Loubet and Russell Glasser in support, with occasional participation by Martin Wagner (dat’s me!). The first episode will be pre-recorded as the show finds its feet again, but after that it should be going out live. And it will be a pure podcast this time, no Google+ hangouts. So it’s very much back to the old days.

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  1. 1
    philipelliott

    Woo Hoo!

  2. 2
    unfogged

    So it was written, so let it be done! That’s great news.

  3. 3
    justinbonaparte

    Woot!

  4. 4
    Jasper of Maine

    Inconceivable!

    1. 4.1
      Raymond

      I do not think that means what you think it means ;)

  5. 5
    zTerris

    Great news! I’ve kept the feed in my iTunes for almost a year. Looking forward to the new episodes.

    1. 5.1
      Houndentenor

      Me too! In the meantime I started listening to Cognitive Dissonance, Godless Bitches and The Thinking Atheist.

    2. 5.2
      Lord Narf

      Say, they’re going up on Stitcher, like The Atheist Experience, right? You should put Godless bitches on there, too.

  6. 6
    Matrim

    This is fair news indeed! NP was my favorite podcast and I was sad to see it go. Any reason why Matt isn’t going to be a regular? Just too busy?

    1. 6.1
      Martin Wagner

      Pretty much. It’s why the last few seasons fell so badly out of a regular schedule.

  7. 7
    atheistaaron

    Is it wrong that I’m filled with a childlike glee?

    1. 7.1
      sigurd jorsalfar

      It’s perfectly fine. Provided you aren’t a Catholic Priest.

  8. 8
    Max Entropy

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. After watching some of FTBcon over the weekend the comparison occurred to me that even the “worst” episode of Non-Prophets was better than the best of any of the panels that I saw. Thank you.

    1. 8.1
      changerofbits

      NPR is pretty damn awesome, but, to me at least, it’s not fair to compare them apples to apples. When has NPR addressed chronic pain? Where was the discussion of Ann Coulter’s latest book/article at FTBcon? :)

    2. 8.2
      see_the_galaxy

      I think we have too much purely negative, destructive criticism of this sort lately. We need to work harder to stop the Great Atheist Pissing Match. A lot of us are spending a lot more time flinging dung at each other than we are dealing with the fundamentalist threat to our freedom.

  9. 9
    @MGENBlog

    Hip hop hurray!

  10. 10
    elipson

    dat’s me!

    Was that a The Last Hero quote? :)

  11. 11
    John Kruger

    Good stuff. Keep a regular schedule with timely podcast posts and awesomeness will ensue as it always has.

    It being a more or less public building, not just Matt’s house, is there any opportunity for a “live studio audience” to observe?

    1. 11.1
      Martin Wagner

      Well, unlike the Atheist Experience, where there’s at least the zany spontaneity of live callers to run with, NPR is just going to be a handful of us sitting around a table talking, so I don’t see much that a live audience would get out of it that they wouldn’t get just listening over earbuds. There will be studio audience capacity when we start doing television out of the place, but it won’t be quite as good as it is at ChannelAustin (mainly due to badly limited parking).

      1. changerofbits

        Also, I wouldn’t want a live studio audience to mess up the “some folks just chatting about random news and topics related to atheism” dynamic. That’s what endears GB and NPR to me and something you don’t get much of from the other podcasts in the genre.

  12. 12
    mond

    All of my non-prayers have been non-answered.

    1. 12.1
      Lord Narf

      Sometimes, God answers prayers with a “No,” as he clearly did for many Christians in the Austin area.

  13. 13
    changerofbits

    Yay! It is risen!

  14. 14
    Scott

    That’s great news! Looking forward to it!

  15. 15
    gregorylynn

    Is it going out on the same feed?

    I’m not saying I never unsubscribed to it or anything, I’m just asking.

  16. 16
    stubby

    That is great! I have almost caught up on the old episodes and I would have really missed the show.

  17. 17
    peterbollwerk

    Awesome!
    Will we be having any more 3 hour discussions about free will? =)

    1. 17.1
      Lord Narf

      You do realize how many people are gleefully visualizing you being tortured right now, right?

    2. 17.2
      Jasper of Maine

      I was going to suggest a 12-hour Free Will marathon.

      1. Lord Narf

    3. 17.3
      changerofbits

      You just had to drag the whole free will thing up, like you had no choice in the matter…

  18. 18
    hcdfanatic83

    This. Is. Awesome.

    (Any chance that Matt will be on occasionally? Or maybe Shilling?)

    1. 18.1
      Martin Wagner

      Maybe, and no.

      1. Lord Narf

        Awwwwww, no Shilling? I think he’s my favorite of the old voices. He always said provocative things and backed them up, which made me think … and I could always relate to his general misanthropy.

        1. hcdfanatic83

          and I could always relate to his general misanthropy.

          Just what I thought.

          Anyway, the show will be awesome with or without Matt/Shilling.

          1. hcdfanatic83

            Oh, and thanks for the information Martin.

          2. Lord Narf

            Yup, awesome show, no matter the lineup, as long as we’ve got at least some continuity with the old cast … and we’ve got that. It’ll be good to hear more out of Jeff again, too. I remember the old shows, waaaaaaaaaay back, when he was a regular.

            Wonder what Martin will bring to the table, in this format. I remember that the gorilla episodes he did were the usual NPR goodness, but I’m having difficulties remembering specific differences in style, since there were only a couple of them, and they were so long ago.

        2. PJ

          Hated Shilling. It was like inviting a troll to shit all over the show on a regular basis.
          He always took contrarian positions and, unlike the other hosts, was totally inflexible in the face of all argument.

          1. Lord Narf

            That’s exactly why I liked him. You need someone to challenge your stances and make you think about them, from time to time. I recall a few times when he came around a bit on a position, though.

            Anyway, he’s out of the lineup, so it’s not an issue, either way.

  19. 19
    Akira MacKenzie

    Awesomes!

  20. 20
    MrTrex

    Ahhhh! So frickin awesome! I had downloaded every episode of NPR at one point (might still be lurking around one of my harddrives somewhere) As much as I love TAE and GB, there’s something special about NPR that I missed so much. VERY excited to hear this news. *Gets beers ready for asshat drinking game*

  21. 21
    James McMullen

    And it’s about damn time! How dare you people have lives and other commitments beyond your duty to entertain me! I’ll expect the first subject discussed to be your apology for makin me wait like this.

    And if you really care about your duty, I expect you’ll be employing a Time Vortex or some such so you can get a few episodes ahead so I have plenty to download. C’mon now, snap to it!

  22. 22
    Lord Narf

    … I expect you’ll be employing a Time Vortex or some such …

    I’ll loan them mine.

    1. 22.1
      James McMullen

      Thanks, Narf. Really, it doesn’t have to be a Vortex per se. Any time machine or temporal warp or whatever would do, just so long as I can get five or six episodes cued up on the ol’ iPod by the time of my road trip next weekend so’s I got something to listen to besides Classic Rock stations, Praise FM or Limbaugh.

      1. Lord Narf

        I’ve got a Time “Nipple” Twister 2026 model.

        Hmm, you’ve got to watch this model, though. I didn’t get the Heisenberg Compensator upgrade. The last time I used it for more than a few seconds, I accidentally turned Falwell into a Christian, and that set the movement back a few decades. The last thing we need is Russel doing the Limbaugh show, as you drive through the middle of nowhere.

        Sounds like you’ll have the same sort of radio choices that I have, driving through South Carolina to Atlanta.

  23. 23
    Ray

    Thank you, Jeebus!

  24. 24
    Jim Houston

    Yea!

  25. 25
    Jon Lynn

    After lurking on this blog for many months, I have decided that this would be an excellent opportunity for a first post.

    HOORAY! Non Prophets!

  26. 26
    Karl

    I am so happy to hear this. Especially that it is to be wednesdays. Too many podcasts update on weekends, and by wednesday, I have listened to them all. (Well all the ones I subscribe to anyway) Yay for midweek updates!

  27. 27
    Pete

    Wasn’t this prophesied :-) ?

  28. 28
    changerofbits

    Thine episode cometh. Ai haz Cheezburger!

  29. 29
    Sunday Afternoon

    Great to have the NP podcast refresh on my phone with the latest episode!

    As you said, you’re working out the bugs in the move from Dillahunty International Studios. One comment: most of the time it sounded as if you were all too far from the microphone(s). I’m no sound engineer, but I’m guessing this was the effect of echos from the walls rather than you actually being miles from the mikes.

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