300 episodes

Author David Barr Kirtley talks geek culture with guests such as Neil Gaiman (#253), George R. R. Martin (#22), Richard Dawkins (#46), Paul Krugman (#61), Bill Nye (#273), Margaret Atwood (#94), Neil deGrasse Tyson (#32), and Joyce Carol Oates (#202). The A.V. Club calls the show, "An informative and impressively in-depth podcast well worth checking out," and io9 lists it as one of "13 Smart Podcasts That Will Feed Your Hunger for Knowledge and Ideas." NPR's earbuds.fm lists the show as a recommended podcast, and CBC Radio writes, "You may not think a podcast about science fiction and fantasy would be the place to go for political insight, but -- it is. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy manages to be more insightful about politics than many pundits." Help crowdfund us at patreon.com/geeks

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Author David Barr Kirtley talks geek culture with guests such as Neil Gaiman (#253), George R. R. Martin (#22), Richard Dawkins (#46), Paul Krugman (#61), Bill Nye (#273), Margaret Atwood (#94), Neil deGrasse Tyson (#32), and Joyce Carol Oates (#202). The A.V. Club calls the show, "An informative and impressively in-depth podcast well worth checking out," and io9 lists it as one of "13 Smart Podcasts That Will Feed Your Hunger for Knowledge and Ideas." NPR's earbuds.fm lists the show as a recommended podcast, and CBC Radio writes, "You may not think a podcast about science fiction and fantasy would be the place to go for political insight, but -- it is. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy manages to be more insightful about politics than many pundits." Help crowdfund us at patreon.com/geeks

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

computerGeek129 ,

I suggest you get it!!

It’s pretty good

JohnnyFever79 ,

Best podcast in the (known) universe

This is hands-down my all-time fave podcast. The host does a terrific job of lining up amazing guests or panelists, and covers a wide range of topics that always end up being super interesting. I’d rate it 6 stars if I could, it’s that good.

Ithacan Rhapsode ,

For Wolfe's sake, I wish it were 5!!!

Funny how a person you've never met can begin to feel like a friend after listening to their voice for 300+ episodes. David's careful research and thoughtful questions earn your trust as a listener. His notes on representation and empathy for the "other" are among my most cherished values. So when there's one particular area where that care is displaced by caricature, it catches you off guard. Painfully, when the topic of Christianity is touched on at any length, it is often by those who are decidedly unsympathetic, leading to cringe-worthy misrepresentations of historical Christian thought. As a Christian who embraces the scientific method and isn't at all hostile to evolutionary thought, etc, I feel taken back to the high-school experience where I was sneeringly dubbed "Jesus-boy" by the cool crowd. How ironic, to feel like the outcast geek while listening to the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.

For future episodes with religious content (like the Risen & Noah reviews, or topics like Angels, etc), might I suggest that rather than inviting the usual personalities, consider one or two of the following: Ben Witherington--internationally regarded New Testament scholar & fiction author, Francis Collins--former head of the Human Genome Project, George Ellis or Christopher Isham--foremost cosmologists, William Lane Craig or Alvin Plantinga or Edward Feser--top tier philosophers. Edward Feser would be really entertaining, and especially relevant to Dave & John's conversation about transferral of consciousness.

All of that said, this is one of my 3 favourite podcasts, along with Reasonable Faith and Hardcore History. Warmest thanks to David Barr Kirtley for all of his work, and also his excellent short stories. Despite the occasional cringe-moment, there's so much heart and exciting content in this podcast that I'll definitely keep recommending Geek's Guide to my fellow geeks.

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