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Podcasts of Freethought Radio, a division of the Freethought Media Network. Truth-telling, revolutionary independent media hosted & produced by founder Ali Salaam. "Independent music, independent talk, independent minds." Official site: www.FreethoughtMedia.org or facebook.com/freethoughtradio Although copyright laws are bulls**t, I would rather not get sued for actions that are not my own, so unauthorized duplication of the musical content of the podcasts, whether in full or any segment of ...
 
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I interview award-winning popular science writer Mary Roach about her new book Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law. It's a humorous look at the serious topic of human-animal conflict in an age of exploding population and global warming. Buy your very own copy of Fuzz. For more about Mary and her work visit MaryRoach.net. This was Mary's third appearan…
 
We celebrate Constitution Day by listening to a song, “We, The People,” written and performed in the U.S. Constitution's honor by FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. We spotlight FFRF’s recent multimedia efforts, including a new Ron Reagan TV spot, a full-page New York Times ad and a billboard campaign in Nashville aimed at megapreachers. Then, FFRF Comm…
 
Topics discussed on the show: Florida's "on again / off again" relationship with Mask Mandate Bans Biden's Patience Is Wearing Thin (Ours is Worn Out) Federal Court Rules Catholic Schools Can’t Fire Teachers For Being Gay Four Killed in Polk County 'Shooting Rampage'; Shooter Said, "I Can Talk To God" Wisconsin School Board Member Says Families Wil…
 
A special sister/brother treat! Charlotte Dennett discusses her book The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, a Daughter's Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil (Foreword by brother Daniel C. Dennett) about the mysterious 1947 death of their father Daniel C. Dennett II when he was an American spy in the Middle East. Then we talk wit…
 
I interview Harvard Professor Jennifer Hochschild about her new book Genomic Politics: How the Revolution in Genomic Science Is Shaping American Society. To buy a copy of Genomic Politics, click here. Plus: America is finally out of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the chaotic end to US withdrawal will be an ongoing political controversy; and, of course…
 
After the horrible Supreme Court decision upholding an abortion ban, we say "DO mess with Texas." We honor the memory of actor Ed Asner and hear folksinger Kristin Lems perform her classic cautionary song "Days of the Theocracy." Then we listen to a retrospective of Freethought Matters TV guests, including Ron Reagan, John Davidson, Cecile Richards…
 
Covid, Afghanistan and court reform are among this week's topics. We hear from the winners of FFRF's "First in the Family" Freethought Tuition Relief for students of color (selected by Black Skeptics Los Angeles). Then FFRF's Director of Communication Amit Pal joins as we talk with Professor Benjamin Cowan about his new book Moral Majorities across…
 
Sarah & Devon are TIRED of talking about this, but here we are again. Get vaccinated and wear a mask, y'all. Articles discussed on the show: DeSantis appoints former GOP chair to Alachua school board amid mask controversy BREAKING: Viral photo of people on floor at Jacksonville Regeneron clinic ‘doesn’t convey how much pain they were in’ BREAKING: …
 
I interview Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. about his new book Christians Against Christianity, a scathing rebuke from a progressive Christian perspective against how (white) conservative Christians pursue political power while ignoring the central teachings of Jesus regarding love, mercy, tolerance, and justice. Plus: It looks like America is getting …
 
We begin by criticizing anti-science resistance to vaccinations and masking. After reporting an FFRF state/church victory in Florida, stopping a high-school baseball coach from praying with students, we hear the 1986 rock song "Dear God" by atheist Andy Partridge. Then we speak with Professor and author Juan Cole of the University of Michigan, an e…
 
We are still fighting religious resistance to vaccinations. FFRF attorney Liz Cavell tells us about FFRF's new "Prayer Walk Report" describing how some public schools are unconstitutionally inviting or allowing "prayer warriors" to invade the campus. Then former African imam Mohamed Cisse tells us why he left Islam and is now a board member of the …
 
Florida's a hot mess hotspot and it's time for you to get a Biology 101 refresher. In the News: FL has more new COVID-19 cases and deaths than any state or territory in the USA Polk County School Closed due to outbreak before kids even came back Ron DeSantis’ mask-optional order draws lawsuit from parents of students with disabilities Dr. Devon Gra…
 
I interview Representative Jared Huffman (Democrat representing California's 2nd District), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus. We talk about the origins, purpose, and recent activity of the Freethought Caucus; about perennial issues (like the national motto, the Pledge of Allegiance, legislative prayer, etc.) of concer…
 
Masks, vaccinations and religion. After reporting FFRF legal complaints and victories, we celebrate the birthdate of 19th-century freethinker Robert G. Ingersoll by listening to his voice on an early 1890s Edison cylinder and hearing the song "The Time To Be Happy Is Now," which is based on Ingersoll's creed. Then we speak with former minister Cand…
 
Tonight on the show that wasn't meant to be... Leave Simone Biles Alone! Justice Department Nominee Asked: Do You Believe in God? Christian Summer Camps Were COVID Superspreaders DELTA is worse, follow the CDC, take it seriously! Gov DeSantis EO Forbidding School Mask Mandates (Parental Bill of Rights Strikes Again) Join us at www.patreon.com/polka…
 
We discuss the Christian nationalism behind the Jan. 6 insurrection and call for increased vaccination. After reporting state/church news and hearing the song "Just Say NO To Religion," we speak with Lon Ostrander, a former Wesleyan minister who is now president of The Clergy Project, which helps ministers and priests who no longer believe to leave…
 
I interview John V. Petrocelli, Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University, about his new book The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit. What exactly is bullshit, and how does it differ from a lie? Why do people bullshit? And how can we become better at identifying and countering bullshit? These are all important questions given our c…
 
This week in the news... CW: Discussion of sexual assault. Liberty University sued by 12 women claiming school policies made sexual assault and rape more likely Florida church youth pastor arrested third time for video voyeurism Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill resigns after sexual misconduct allegations Black Georgia couple refused vaccine because of Tus…
 
After listening to state/church news and decrying the religious anti-vaxxers, we hear Shelley Segal's song "I Don't Believe in Fairies" from her "Atheist Album." Then we talk with cognitive psychologist, linguist and author Steven Pinker (FFRF's Honorary Chair) about his book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Humanism, Science, and Progress.…
 
In The News Communist Cuban Regime a ‘Satanic Nightmare’? Project Blitz burrows even deeper, adding new initiatives for Christian Dominionism Family Research Council: Attacks on Trans Youth Health Care Are 2022 Election Strategy Some Christians are against Christian Nationalism, too. Southern Baptists come home from annual gathering with COVID-19 C…
 
Proselytizing deputies, anti-abortion lawmakers, sexual predators, praying judges — FFRF is fighting them. After hearing irreverent humor from the comedians Robin Williams and Phyllis Diller, we talk with Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, about the organization's new unprecedented county-by-county "2020 Census on Religion …
 
I interview Muhammad Syed, President of Ex-Muslims of North America. We discuss the critical mission of his organization, as well as their new Apostate Report, which analyzes the demographics of Muslims who live in the United States and Canada who leave the faith, and breaks down the reasons their decision and the challenges they face as a result. …
 
This week, we report state/church victories in Colorado and Pennsylvania. After hearing poems by feminist, activist and atheist Sherry Matulis— "Religion's Child" and "Benediction," set to music by Dan Barker— we talk with Pakistani-American Muhammad Syed, co-founder and president of Ex Muslims of North America (EXMNA), about the new and unique "Ap…
 
Nicole Carr, Development Director for the American Humanist Association, joins us to talk about the upcoming AHA Annual Conference July 24-25. Learn more and register at http://conference.americanhumanist.org In The News Satanists to take over Bladensburg Cross Atheists, humanists sue over Mississippi's license plates American Atheists Wins New Vic…
 
FIF hosts take on the news. Condo collapse in Surfside, Florida Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years Demon Buster Kim Daniels Returns to Run for Jacksonville City Council DeSantis Signs "Moment of Prayer... er Silence" Bill into Law DeSantis Signs Law Requiring College Faculty and Students to be Surveyed on Beliefs Parkland Parents p0wn Gun Rights…
 
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