Episode 41: Feedback

John Larsen is joined by Zilpha, Jim, Tom and Mike to discuss the podcast and gaze at their navels. Listen for a special guest appearance by Jason “Dr. Shades” and listener Brian.

Episode 41

37 comments on “Episode 41: Feedback”

  1. Richard of Norway Reply

    Just want to say I really love what you’re doing. All of you, including the believer who generously offers his time and insight.
    I discovered your show yesterday and this is only the second one I have heard (the first was #39 on Atheists, which I am). I plan to listen to the rest while I work.
    My wife is a believer and I have 5 kids ranging from 3 to 16. Life is hard for me but I am learning to cope with things and your show is going to help a lot I think.
    I live in Europe so if you want a European voice or perspective I’ll be glad to share. 🙂
    Cheers! 🙂

  2. Richard of Norway Reply

    Just want to say I really love what you’re doing. All of you, including the believer who generously offers his time and insight.
    I discovered your show yesterday and this is only the second one I have heard (the first was #39 on Atheists, which I am). I plan to listen to the rest while I work.
    My wife is a believer and I have 5 kids ranging from 3 to 16. Life is hard for me but I am learning to cope with things and your show is going to help a lot I think.
    I live in Europe so if you want a European voice or perspective I’ll be glad to share. 🙂
    Cheers! 🙂

  3. jax Reply

    Interesting! I hope to hear more feedback in future shows. The rapport of the panelists is very engaging. Mike, I have renewed respect for you participation in this. I appreciate that you approach the disbeliever’s point of view with a measure if understanding, and not just reactionary blanket assumptions about their level of committment prior to their crisis of faith.
    I would love to hear a future podcast featuring a discussion (Zen-like in its nature rather than a panel debate) about the realities of leaving the Church and the perceptions on both sides, believing and none, of those who do leave.
    Thank you each for your service to those of us who have benefited from your efforts.

  4. jax Reply

    Interesting! I hope to hear more feedback in future shows. The rapport of the panelists is very engaging. Mike, I have renewed respect for you participation in this. I appreciate that you approach the disbeliever’s point of view with a measure if understanding, and not just reactionary blanket assumptions about their level of committment prior to their crisis of faith.
    I would love to hear a future podcast featuring a discussion (Zen-like in its nature rather than a panel debate) about the realities of leaving the Church and the perceptions on both sides, believing and none, of those who do leave.
    Thank you each for your service to those of us who have benefited from your efforts.

  5. james Reply

    just about to listen to this podcast- but it would be good when you scroll down if you had -OLDER ENTRIES

  6. james Reply

    just about to listen to this podcast- but it would be good when you scroll down if you had -OLDER ENTRIES

  7. Swearing Elder Reply

    Well, I”m one of those die-hards who has listened to every single minute of every single episode. I think I’ve commented on every single one too. Some have been better than others (and I’ve left comments to that effect), but overall I’ve really loved the podcast.

    I just love this podcast. I was never much of a podcast fan before now, but this one really resonates with me. I think it matches my level of interest in the church. I’m “out” (inactive, but not resigned) with a believing wife and this podcast helps me stay in the loop somewhat. And it matches my commute perfectly — half an hour each way.

    BTW, for the love of Thor, get Zilpha an iPod so she can listen to all of these!

    I really love the approach of letting people tell their own stories in their own voice. The Dream Mine episode comes to mind. Where else could you hear someone spout that brand of crazy without getting attacked?

    One suggestion for the web site: Is there a way you could create a notification function so that you can get an email if someone posts a comment? This might facilitate more dialogue in this space after the episodes.

  8. Swearing Elder Reply

    Well, I”m one of those die-hards who has listened to every single minute of every single episode. I think I’ve commented on every single one too. Some have been better than others (and I’ve left comments to that effect), but overall I’ve really loved the podcast.

    I just love this podcast. I was never much of a podcast fan before now, but this one really resonates with me. I think it matches my level of interest in the church. I’m “out” (inactive, but not resigned) with a believing wife and this podcast helps me stay in the loop somewhat. And it matches my commute perfectly — half an hour each way.

    BTW, for the love of Thor, get Zilpha an iPod so she can listen to all of these!

    I really love the approach of letting people tell their own stories in their own voice. The Dream Mine episode comes to mind. Where else could you hear someone spout that brand of crazy without getting attacked?

    One suggestion for the web site: Is there a way you could create a notification function so that you can get an email if someone posts a comment? This might facilitate more dialogue in this space after the episodes.

  9. dleeski Reply

    Love the show. Please have Zelpha on more often. She adds quirky contrast to the podcast that makes it more enjoyable to listen too. I listen at work on my G1. Who needs an Ipod? Thanks so much for Podcast!

  10. dleeski Reply

    Love the show. Please have Zelpha on more often. She adds quirky contrast to the podcast that makes it more enjoyable to listen too. I listen at work on my G1. Who needs an Ipod? Thanks so much for Podcast!

  11. scott Reply

    This was great. Mike, I want to slap you sometimes, some of your comments are so out there… but I do agree with your fellow panel members that you contribute an important element. You do a great job overall.

    I’m excited for the episode Zilpha mentions at the end… Maybe my wife will tune in for that one as well!

  12. scott Reply

    This was great. Mike, I want to slap you sometimes, some of your comments are so out there… but I do agree with your fellow panel members that you contribute an important element. You do a great job overall.

    I’m excited for the episode Zilpha mentions at the end… Maybe my wife will tune in for that one as well!

  13. NM Tony Reply

    An enjoyable podcast. What I like about it is the balance of panelists. John, you’ve done a phenomenal job in recruiting and I wish you luck in getting more female participation. I agree that Zilpha adds a great deal and a vital perspective. It would be great if you could get a female version of Mike or Tom, but easier said than done it sounds like. Good luck and keep them coming. I can’t wait to hear the Mormon nudists’ ideology. 🙂

  14. NM Tony Reply

    An enjoyable podcast. What I like about it is the balance of panelists. John, you’ve done a phenomenal job in recruiting and I wish you luck in getting more female participation. I agree that Zilpha adds a great deal and a vital perspective. It would be great if you could get a female version of Mike or Tom, but easier said than done it sounds like. Good luck and keep them coming. I can’t wait to hear the Mormon nudists’ ideology. 🙂

  15. Eric Comstock Reply

    I would love to hear more from Zilpha too. I could hear that John is a little more conservative while Zilpha is willing to speak her mind a little bit more. I especially heard this when you all were discussing future topics like theories on how the book of Mormon came forward or on doing a show on the Temple ceremony. Please give us your story Zilpha.

  16. Eric Comstock Reply

    I would love to hear more from Zilpha too. I could hear that John is a little more conservative while Zilpha is willing to speak her mind a little bit more. I especially heard this when you all were discussing future topics like theories on how the book of Mormon came forward or on doing a show on the Temple ceremony. Please give us your story Zilpha.

  17. Bridget Jack Meyers Reply

    You know, when I first found this Podcast, the thought did occur to me to ask about the low amount of female participation.

    But, I decided that it probably wasn’t intentional and thought better of it. I have certainly enjoyed the Podcasts where women have been panelists and I hope I don’t let everyone down next week.

  18. Bridget Jack Meyers Reply

    You know, when I first found this Podcast, the thought did occur to me to ask about the low amount of female participation.

    But, I decided that it probably wasn’t intentional and thought better of it. I have certainly enjoyed the Podcasts where women have been panelists and I hope I don’t let everyone down next week.

  19. Gunnar R. Reply

    I have not listened to all of your podcasts, and am unlikely to get around to hearing all of them, but I like most of what I have heard and appreciate your efforts. I particularly liked the Science and Disbelief, Mormons and Atheism, the Jeff Lindsay interview, and the Mr. Diety episodes. You mentioned the possibility of getting together with Craig Criddle. That would be awesome! I know him personally and have been a guest in his home. He is one of the most fascinating, gracious and generous people I have ever met. I’m sure that a podcast featuring him would be one of your greatest ever. He is also a very busy man, however, doing cutting edge research on bio-environmental remediation, so good luck getting him to find the time. I suspect he would love to do it, though, if he could.

  20. Gunnar R. Reply

    I have not listened to all of your podcasts, and am unlikely to get around to hearing all of them, but I like most of what I have heard and appreciate your efforts. I particularly liked the Science and Disbelief, Mormons and Atheism, the Jeff Lindsay interview, and the Mr. Diety episodes. You mentioned the possibility of getting together with Craig Criddle. That would be awesome! I know him personally and have been a guest in his home. He is one of the most fascinating, gracious and generous people I have ever met. I’m sure that a podcast featuring him would be one of your greatest ever. He is also a very busy man, however, doing cutting edge research on bio-environmental remediation, so good luck getting him to find the time. I suspect he would love to do it, though, if he could.

  21. Richard Reply

    John and others.

    The podcast has been great and I have been a loyal listener since episode 1. I really enjoy the diversity of the panel.

    One thing you may want to consider is making the mp3 file a mono 64kbps instead of a stereo 128kbps. That file size would be cut in half saving you bandwidth and the sound quality would be exactly the same. The only thing you would loose is the stereo sound which only benefits the few seconds during the opening and closing song. Also it makes it easier to listen to for iphone/mobile phone users that want to stream it from the cell phone network because of the smaller size.

    Keep up the good work!

  22. Richard Reply

    John and others.

    The podcast has been great and I have been a loyal listener since episode 1. I really enjoy the diversity of the panel.

    One thing you may want to consider is making the mp3 file a mono 64kbps instead of a stereo 128kbps. That file size would be cut in half saving you bandwidth and the sound quality would be exactly the same. The only thing you would loose is the stereo sound which only benefits the few seconds during the opening and closing song. Also it makes it easier to listen to for iphone/mobile phone users that want to stream it from the cell phone network because of the smaller size.

    Keep up the good work!

  23. John Larsen Reply

    Richard:

    I actually mix it down to mono as it is. I have experimented around with 64k and it leaves a lot of weird sound fragments in. It is probably a problem with Audacity. I need to try out some other software to see if I can get better quality at 64k.

    Unfortunately, Garage Band is only available on the Mac, and who wants to be a Mac weenie?

  24. John Larsen Reply

    Richard:

    I actually mix it down to mono as it is. I have experimented around with 64k and it leaves a lot of weird sound fragments in. It is probably a problem with Audacity. I need to try out some other software to see if I can get better quality at 64k.

    Unfortunately, Garage Band is only available on the Mac, and who wants to be a Mac weenie?

  25. Wes Cauthers Reply

    Great podcast, John. I have listened to each one from the beginning and have no doubt I will continue to do so. I like your style of hosting which seems to be very fair and charitable to different perspectives. Keep up the good work and I agree that Zilpha should become a regular participant.

  26. Wes Cauthers Reply

    Great podcast, John. I have listened to each one from the beginning and have no doubt I will continue to do so. I like your style of hosting which seems to be very fair and charitable to different perspectives. Keep up the good work and I agree that Zilpha should become a regular participant.

  27. JackUK Reply

    Another great show. A podcast on the temple and an episode on the origins of the BOM would be great. If you take on the subject of freemasonry (a subject very close to my heart) maybe Greg Kearney or Nik Literski would be great guests to have on if they would take part.
    And yes, I’d vote for more Zilpha participation too!

  28. JackUK Reply

    Another great show. A podcast on the temple and an episode on the origins of the BOM would be great. If you take on the subject of freemasonry (a subject very close to my heart) maybe Greg Kearney or Nik Literski would be great guests to have on if they would take part.
    And yes, I’d vote for more Zilpha participation too!

  29. Allen Reply

    I have downloaded all your podcasts onto both my wife’s and myelf mp3 players. Your podcasts have assisted us greatly in crystalizing our thoughts as we distance ourselves from church dogma. As I am listening I will say to myself, I agree completely with that opinion or I agree but with these qualifications or I disgree but with these exceptions. Many of the feelings and opinions expressed I have never considered before and it is a breath of fresh air to hear them enunciated by the panelists and guests. Thank you for providing a forum where these concepts can be communicated.
    Yes, Zilpha’s opinions are enjoyable to hear. I would encourage Zilpha to articulate her story on one of your future podcasts. She would make a entertaining and captivating guest.

  30. Allen Reply

    I have downloaded all your podcasts onto both my wife’s and myelf mp3 players. Your podcasts have assisted us greatly in crystalizing our thoughts as we distance ourselves from church dogma. As I am listening I will say to myself, I agree completely with that opinion or I agree but with these qualifications or I disgree but with these exceptions. Many of the feelings and opinions expressed I have never considered before and it is a breath of fresh air to hear them enunciated by the panelists and guests. Thank you for providing a forum where these concepts can be communicated.
    Yes, Zilpha’s opinions are enjoyable to hear. I would encourage Zilpha to articulate her story on one of your future podcasts. She would make a entertaining and captivating guest.

  31. Glenn Reply

    John,

    Don’t disparage the Mac weenies. We’re some of the biggest weenies around. Garage Band rocks.

  32. Glenn Reply

    John,

    Don’t disparage the Mac weenies. We’re some of the biggest weenies around. Garage Band rocks.

  33. cinepro Reply

    Tom: There’s a lot of good BYU Podcasts…there’s one called ‘The Pearl Of Great Price Roundtable Dicsussion’…you can get a lot of good doctrine off of those… ”

    Jim: They also make good white noise applications you can download…they’re very similar in consistency…

    Dang, I almost drove into a tree I was laughing so hard.

  34. cinepro Reply

    Tom: There’s a lot of good BYU Podcasts…there’s one called ‘The Pearl Of Great Price Roundtable Dicsussion’…you can get a lot of good doctrine off of those… ”

    Jim: They also make good white noise applications you can download…they’re very similar in consistency…

    Dang, I almost drove into a tree I was laughing so hard.

  35. Nathan R Kennard Reply

    Cool interview. I agree with Christopher. Jack’s participation in this discussion seems likely to encourage others, particularly those with similar situations. Sometimes still talking about something beyond the point of intense, immediate pain can seem like dwelling on already resolved issues, but I for one am glad some people have persisted in retelling their experience. Thank you Jack.

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