About Us

The Atheist Nomads is a weekly podcast based out of Boise, ID covering the latest in religious leaders behaving badly, church/state entanglement issues, and other topics of interests to atheists. On occasion we also do interviews with leaders in the atheist, skeptic, and humanist community.

The Atheist Nomads was launched on May 23, 2012.

The Hosts

Dustin – Dad, tech geek, and host of Atheist Nomads. He graduated from Walla Walla University (formerly Walla Walla College) with a BA in Theology and minors in History and Biblical Languages. He was raised SDA, went to college to become a pastor, but lost his faith after getting a BA in Theology from Walla Walla University and completing three semesters in the M.Div. Program at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

Lauren – Mom, science enthusiast, college dropout, and lifelong atheist via growing up in Unitarian Universalism. She was previously Vice President of Idaho Atheists.

Support Staff

Kylie – Little kid, the official intern of Atheist Nomads.

Rocco – Chihuahua, Canine interruptus. He is the assistant producer and helps mark edit points.

Bucky – Corgi, guest services. He likes to check on the guests to see if they’re board and want to play.

Past Cohosts

2012 – 2017 Wesley @WesleyDNomad

2019 Erin Riley – Local comedian with a degree in Biology and love of otters. @lifeoferinriley

Technical Details


  • Zoom LiveTrak L-8</A.


Microphone Stands



In Progress


Dustin does post production on a Lenovo Thinkpad X260 running Arch Linux. Reaper is the DAW and final encoding, tagging, thumbnail generation, and uploading is handled by a script I wrote that pulls in FFMPEG, ImageMagick, s3cmd, Discount, and WP-CLI.

The website is powered by WordPress with the Graphene theme. The website is hosted on a Linode with 2 GB of ram running a Debian 12 LAMP stack. Media files are on BackBlaze B2. Both the website and media are using Cloudflare for CDN.

The banner and “CD Cover” are using a picture Dustin took from the edge of a cliff near “The Monastery” above Petra in Jordan looking off to the west in the late afternoon of 23 June 2007. The text is using the TTF-Ubuntu Medium font and the image was edited using GIMP.

The theme music used in the podcast is courtesy of Sturdy Fred.

Tag Line

The tagline is taken from a poem from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Rings:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

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