Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

"Intelligent Design"

Today’s episode is “Intelligent Design”, hosted by Sam Mulvey and co-hosted by Scott Leopold.

About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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It’s tuesday AM and still no sign of last sunday’s show? Did anyone bother to record it? Just curious, it would be cool o watch/ listen to it.

Mike Gillis


We have lives and jobs. We don’t get paid to do this show. We’ll have it up soon, but we don’t always have it up immediately.


The producers record each show, usually via two mediums (digital file and DVD), and post-show they don’t simply upload a raw recording. There is editing and formatting involved, and for the YouTube clips they have to parse it out in sections that are shorter than 10 minutes. We gather at the studio 1-3 hours before the show, and then have half an hour post-show to wrap up before heading out to be available for viewers to meet with us in person. This is our whole Sunday, essentially, and having the video up anytime on Monday usually indicates that one of… Read more »

Florin Iacob

What would you think would be an average time for the audio podcast to be uploaded?

I’m asking because the show airs at what is for me 1 a,m. Monday morning, so I usually have to download it, but I hate checking in every 6 hours or so. This way I could just set up a basic reminder.


One thing you may want to consider doing is buffering by one show. That is to say, on a particular Sunday, post the prior week’s show, but record the current day’s episode for the next week. That way, you can consistently post on time, avoid complaining, as well as have the entire week to edit/prepare the next week’s show. If you finish editing early, you just hang onto the episode until the next Sunday. You could probably ‘schedule’ a rerun once (despite still doing the live show) in order to give yourselves the opportunity to start the pattern. Just a… Read more »


It does actually solve a few things. It gives you 1 week (168 hours) instead of 72 hours, to prepare the video. It also solves the issue of consistency. Part of the confusion is the “Next Show” on the top, and then the dead silence for up to three days after that, which breeds frustration. People prefer to have a consistent, predictable point to plan around, as Florin lacob above seems to agree with.

I guess it depends on what kind of complaint you want to deal with from the depraved interweb inhabitants.


Sorry to start a complaint fest. I suppose I’m spoiled that I can get most anything on the web very soon after it airs. The odds of me remembering to be anywhere that doesn’t pay me at a specific time is unlikely. That’s one of the joys of the internets. I’ll just figure on waiting until tuesday to start looking for the new shows.


I think it’s awesome that people are so eager to see the show! It’s hard being on the receiving end of complaints, and it is important to remember that even though we’re on the 10th show, we’re still figuring stuff out. I just want to thank Sam, Mike, Casey, and everyone else for helping out on this project – I’m just really happy to be a part of it and I appreciate all the work you guys do. If there’s anything more I can do to help lighten your workloads, all you have to do is ask and probably explain… Read more »

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