Gweek 055: Rainn Wilson's Soul Pancake

By Mark Frauenfelder

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Click here to play this episode. Gweek is a podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, TV shows, music, movies, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff.

My co-hosts for episode 55 are:

Ruben Bolling, the author of the weekly comic strip Tom the Dancing Bug, which premieres each week on Boing Boing, Michael Pusateri, a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney who blogs at Cruftbox, and Rainn Wilson, the actor and comedian best known for his role as Dwight Schrute in the hit series The Office. He’s also the founder of a very cool website and YouTube channel called Soul Pancake, which is devoted to discussing life’s big questions in art, philosophy, creativity, and spirituality.


Here are a few of the things we talked about in this episode:

Screen Shot 2012 06 05 at 4 50 47 PMAn interview with Rainn about Soul Pancake, the Bahá’í Faith, and the Malibu Triathlon.

Uncle scroogeRuben: Uncle Scrooge “Only a Poor Man,” by Carl Barks

NewImageRuben: Wherever I Wind Up, by R.A. Dickey

NewImageRuben: You’re Not Doing It Right, by Michael Ian Black.

bossypants.pngRainn: Bossypants, by Tina Fey

hanging-out.pngRainn: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, by Mindy Kaling

history-of-everything.pngRainn: A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

7mysteries.pngRainn: The Seven Mysteries of Life, by Guy Murchie

stayed-home.pngMark: I Should Have Stayed Home, by Horace McCoy

gangstagrass.pngMichael: Gangstagrass: Rappalachia

wayne.pngRuben: Fountains of Wayne: Sky Full of Holes

caspar-babypants.pngRainn: Kathleen Edwards , Rhett Miller , The Head & the Heart , Caspar Babypants

unusual-creatures.pngMark: Songs for Unusual Creatures

inner-hive.pngRuben: The Inner Hive


Published 12:00 pm Mon, Jun 11, 2012

About the Author

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is editor-in-chief of Cool Tools and co-founder of Wink Books. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects

4 Responses to “Gweek 055: Rainn Wilson's Soul Pancake”

  1. Why the Mike Mitchell radish for the first entry?

  2. Francis Delaney says:

    I think Rainn has a somewhat unfair, though perhaps understandably limited opinion of atheists. The loud ones generally do tell people they’re stupid for believing, and are proactively anti-religion, but I myself am pretty positive and upbeat about humans and what we are to and for each other (sometimes), and I don’t need a god or gods to have those thoughts.

    • Cowicide says:

      Agreed, I have a feeling the boisterous, asshole commentors that Rainn Wilson is convinced are “atheists” within his SoulPancake website are far more likely to be common trolls and nothing more.

      They’re actually more likely to be some of those goddam nihilists pretending to be atheists.

      Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

  3. Cowicide says:

    I liked the song at the end of the podcast.  What’s that from?