In early 2005 around the time of the second anniversary of my father’s suicide, I recorded the single rawest episode of this podcast – “Why I Don’t Believe in God”. Hard to believe that it’s been as long since I recorded that as the time of the death to that recording. I considered rescinding the Creative Commons license for that episode because I wasn’t sure I wanted people dicking around with something so deeply personal and important to me, not to mention painful. I sucked it up and let it ride anyway.
It turned out that keeping the license as is was the correct call. This show led Richard “Madge” Bluestein to do an amazing show mixing me and Lenny Bruce (?!). Another reuse was what Tom Lyberg did at Wired Jesus Podcast. He turned my show into two episodes replaying and responding to mine, essentially a distributed conversation on the space telephone. I listened to the first part, but never actually have been able to listen to the second. It’s just too hard. That’s the only show of mine that I have never listened back to, and I couldn’t listen to Tom’s either.
Tom has republished those shows as reruns recently. The concept is a little odd in podcasts, because it’s not like you have airtime to fill. Still, I highly recommend all of these episodes, Richard’s and Tom’s. Thanks for being respectful of this material and for not making me regret the CC license.