Podcasts by Category
Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster and believer for 30 years, ultimately escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking to embrace the more satisfying explanations that science provides.
A professional video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.
- 610 - Remembering My FatherTue, 08 Jun 2021
- 609 - Belief and the Brain: a Psychiatrist and a Neuroscientist on Evolution and Religion
Dr. Andy Thomson is a psychiatrist and author of "Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith. Dr. John Wathey is a computational biologist, neuroscientist, and author of "The Illusion of God's Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing."
Both men discuss how human evolution so often informs religious beliefs.
Dr. Thomson's book: https://amzn.to/32m06J6
Dr. Wathey's book: https://amzn.to/3eapMheTue, 01 Jun 2021
- 608 - Fear of the Devil: Paranoia and Panic by the "Divinely Protected"Tue, 25 May 2021
- 607 - Love, Last Wishes, and a Life Well-LivedThu, 20 May 2021
- 606 - Fall River: Death and the Devil in a Massachusetts Town
The Epix Network just released the new 4-part docuseries, "Fall River," which chronicles the murders of 3 women against the backdrop of the Satanic Panic. Director/Producer James Buddy Day joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about the series, the story, and how fears of Satanism fueled public perception (and the eventual conviction) over forty years ago.
OFFICIAL SITE FOR "FALL RIVER:" https://press.epix.com/programs/fall-riverTue, 18 May 2021
- 605 - For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in our Unlikely World (with Sasha Sagan)
Sasha Sagan is the daughter of the late (and legendary) cosmologist, Carl Sagan. A producer and author of the new book, "For Small Creatures Such As We," Sasha explores and explains how/why rituals can be so important for making the most of the human experience.
Sasha's book (autographed for you): https://www.sashasagan.com/signed-copies
Sasha's website: http://www.sashasagan.com
VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/Vb6OQAWlsI8Tue, 11 May 2021
- 604 - Attacked From Within: The Assault on State/Church Separation
Rachel Laser, attorney, human rights activist, and President of www.au.org, speaks with Seth Andrews about the critical fight(s) to protect the United States from fundamentalism and unamerican Christian Nationalism.
VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/ixIEcbcuCt0Tue, 04 May 2021
- 603 - Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice (with Dr. Nina Shapiro)
Dr. Nina Shapiro is a renowned physician and author of "Hype," a terrific and practical guide for separating medical fact from fiction.
Get the book at http://drninashapiro.com/hypeTue, 27 Apr 2021
- 602 - The Creepy and the Culty: "Normal" Things that Mainstream Religions Do Every DayTue, 20 Apr 2021
- 601 - The Satan Shoes: A Conversation About the Controversy (with Lucien Greaves)
Lucien Greaves, co-founder of https://thesatanictemple.com, weighs in on the recent moral panic regarding Lil Nas X's recent video and The Satan Shoes.
VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/qyn6EWg8u1I
Lucien's blog on Lil Nas X: https://www.patreon.com/posts/lil-nas-x-is-not-49717911
Satanic Planet "Baphomet" Video: https://youtu.be/PghnCkolCd0Tue, 13 Apr 2021
- 600 - Accidents of Birth (with the hosts of Cognitive Dissonance)
In this lively show, hosts Tom and Cecil of https://dissonancepod.com join us for a conversation about life in this random, weird (post-truth?) world.
VIDEO of this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Cv_RDasAmyQTue, 06 Apr 2021
- 599 - Always an Atheist: Stories of Lifelong Nonbelievers
For all of the "apostate" shows we've done, many have requested that we dedicate a podcast to the lifelong non-believer. So for our never-bought-it listeners, here's an entire broadcast featuring your calls and your stories.Tue, 30 Mar 2021
- 598 - The Catholic Divide: A Church in Conflict over Money and Power (with Katherine Stewart)
The Catholic Church is at war with itself. Big Money players have weaponized the church for Christian Nationalism, while others are resisting religious overreach to install a theocracy and discriminate against others.
Author/Journalist Katherine Stewart joins us to talk about her New Republic article, "How Big Money is Dividing American Catholicism."
ARTICLE LINK: https://bit.ly/38yfA06Tue, 23 Mar 2021
- 597 - Wayward: Spiritual Warfare & Sexual Purity (with author Alice Greczyn)
Actress and author Alice Greczyn escaped a high-control version of Christianity. She speaks about her book "Wayward" and her escape from the blame and shame of religion, and Seth Andrews reads from Chapter 17 in the last portion of the show.
VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/fBdGTehpPhA
Alice's book: https://amzn.to/3rNumY4
Alice's website: http://www.daretodoubt.orgTue, 16 Mar 2021
- 596 - Is Cheese Powder Actual Cheese? (And more answers to life's burning questions)
Here's another fun distraction from the usual topics, and a great chance to think about some of the things we do and say every day. Why do they call a ship's command center a "bridge?" What's up with useless human arm hair? What is an Epsom Salt? Why do we immediately forget someone's name? And of course, what's up with that orange powder sold as cheese?
These are the types of probing (and entertaining) questions we explore this week. Enjoy!Tue, 09 Mar 2021
- 595 - Can You Reason with Unreasonable People?
Many of us have encountered the "brick wall" believers in superstition, woo, conspiracy, and really bad ideas. Are they still worth our time and energy? And are there ways to break through? We discuss the complex issue(s) regarding deep-seated beliefs and opinions.
The Oatmeal illustrated story: https://theoatmeal.com/comics/believeTue, 02 Mar 2021
- 594 - Is Cancel Culture Real?Tue, 23 Feb 2021
- 593 - Insurrection and Christian Nationalism (with constitutional attorney Andrew Seidel)
Andrew Seidel is a constitutional expert and author of "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Unamerican." He joins Seth Andrews for a frank discussion about the state of the United States.
Andrew's book: https://amzn.to/3qgSxh3
VIDEO of this discussion: https://youtu.be/z0eVo5xNS1ITue, 16 Feb 2021
- 592 - Women Leaving Islam: Stories of Courage and Change (with Maryam Namazie)
Maryam Namazie is a British-Iranian human rights activist and producer of the new documentary, "Women Leaving Islam." In this show, she speaks about the film, the stories, and the lives impacted by this high-control religion.
Watch the documentary: https://youtu.be/ojpGBz9OxPM
VIDEO of this conversation on YouTube: https://youtu.be/awcoIfHEaiM
Maryam Namazie's website: www.maryamnamazie.comTue, 09 Feb 2021
- 591 - Bad Apologetics: The Arguments We're Most Weary Of (PART TWO)
We continue our conversation with various activists about apologetics arguments (and the refutations). Joining us this week: Shannon Q, Matt Dillahunty, Margaret Downey, Hemant Mehta, Thomas Smith, Andrew Torrez, Tracie Harris, Chris Shelton, Jimmy Snow, and Muhammad Syed.
LINK TO PART ONE: https://bit.ly/3691DnOTue, 02 Feb 2021
- 590 - A Skeptic's Guide to GameStop (with Phil Ferguson)
In this bonus podcast, Phil Ferguson of Polaris Financial and The Phil Ferguson Show helps us break down the whole Reddit/GameStop story.
VIDEO of this discussion is here: https://youtu.be/_9Oe77zpWagSun, 31 Jan 2021
- 589 - Bad Apologetics: The Arguments We're Most Weary Of (PART ONE)
In this first of a two-part series, various atheist activists weigh in on the apologetics they're most tired of hearing. Guests this week include Aron Ra, Sci-Babe, Paulogia, Mandisa Thomas, Godless Engineer, and Gayle Jordan.Tue, 26 Jan 2021
- 588 - The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries (with Dr. Donald Prothero)
Renowned paleontologist and geologist Dr. Donald Prothero talks about his new book, "The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries." Join us for a fascinating discussion about the cosmos, evolved eyes, our "inner fish," dinosaurs, and so much more.
Get the book: https://bit.ly/392HvpGTue, 19 Jan 2021
- 587 - I Left Because
#ILeftBecause is a Twitter hashtag popularized by Dr. Crissy Stroop, and people worldwide are sharing the reasons they left religion. We talk to Dr. Stroop, and we share some of those stories on the show.
Dr. Stoop's website: https://cstroop.com
Submissions for an upcoming book on "leaving" stories: https://bit.ly/3rHM1ASTue, 12 Jan 2021
- 586 - Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith (with Noah Lugeons)
Popular atheist activist, podcaster, and author Noah Lugeons just released a new book with commentary on our crazy world. He joins Seth Andrews for a conversation, and Seth reads a segment from the book.
BOOK LINK: https://amzn.to/2WJQ9lzTue, 05 Jan 2021
- 585 - 2020: The (mostly COVID-free) Year In Review
Beyond the pandemic, a LOT of interesting stuff happened this year. We look back at some of the biggest non-COVID news, the most entertaining stories, the big names we lost, and as always, we'll end the broadcast with a segment featuring the weird, wild, and whacky. Happy New Year.Tue, 29 Dec 2020
- 584 - Road Rage, the Crown, a Karen, and a Christmas Gargoyle
In this "kitchen sink" broadcast, we get philosophical about angry drivers, royalty, relationships, and...a Christmas gargoyle. Happy holidays!
Link to the Crissy Stroop meme: https://twitter.com/C_Stroop/status/1335295238508724224Tue, 22 Dec 2020
- 583 - For Goodness' Sake: Surprise Calls and Gifts to Those in NeedTue, 15 Dec 2020
- 582 - What Christians (Probably) Don't Know About Christmas
Isn't it strange that atheists often know more about the origins/symbols of Christmas than many believers? Join us as we examine the (bizarre) biblical nativity...and the fascinating history behind the holiday.Tue, 08 Dec 2020
- 581 - Weaponized Stupidity & Monetized Myth: The Randy Quaid-ing of America
In the wake of the recent presidential election, the prophets of apocalyptic doom are losing their minds. What is happening to America? Join us for a journey down the rabbit hole of prophecy, conspiracy, and Christian dominion theology.Tue, 01 Dec 2020
- 580 - Holidays Beyond Belief: Coping and Celebrating without ReligionTue, 24 Nov 2020
- 579 - Seth Andrews on The Atheist & Christian Book Club
Seth fielded questions and challenges from Christians (and a few atheists) at their November online meeting of The Atheist & Christian Book Club. This is a rebroadcast with their permission.
VIDEO of the event is here: https://youtu.be/_wmAPd6HfB4
WEBSITE: https://atheistchristianbookclub.comSat, 21 Nov 2020
- 578 - Thanksgiving: The Dark History of a Beloved American Holiday
We should embrace every opportunity to give thanks, but the American Thanksgiving holiday has a (very) dark backstory which should be acknowledged. For better and worse, this is a short history of the origins of the holiday.Tue, 17 Nov 2020
- 577 - Grieving without a god
Grief comes in so many forms. Grief surrounding death, the loss of a relationship, even grieving a religious culture from your past. In this show, we discuss grief and grieving beyond the coping mechanisms offered by religions and God-belief.
If you're struggling with grief, please reach out to http://www.recoveringfromreligion.orgTue, 10 Nov 2020
- 576 - Introducing: Do No Harm
Wondery (Dr. Death, Dirty John, The Shrink Next Door) and NBC News (Dateline, The Thing About Pam, Motive for Murder) present Do No Harm.
The Bright family was thrust into a medical and legal system so committed to protecting vulnerable children from abuse, it failed to protect innocent parents. From the hospital room to the courtroom, we walk in the footsteps of the Bright family as they battle to keep their children and fight against a system determined to tear them apart.
Listen today at wondery.fm/DoNoHarm_ThinkingAthTue, 10 Nov 2020
- 575 - The Refreshingly Honest Christian
Seth Andrews was a recent guest on David Metcalf's podcast at www.refreshinglyhonestchristian.com, where the two had a candid conversation about the Christian faith.Fri, 06 Nov 2020
- 574 - What Does "Agree to Disagree" Mean to You?Tue, 03 Nov 2020
- 573 - Fears, Phobias, and Frightening Films!Tue, 27 Oct 2020
- 572 - Ghost Stories Bonus: "Clown"
Here's something a little extra for the Halloween holiday. Totally free (and hopefully spooky). Enjoy!
Ghost Stories audiobook: https://adbl.co/3kzy6JvThu, 22 Oct 2020
- 571 - The Authoritarian Unveiled (with Dr. Eric Maisel)
An authoritarian is defined as someone "favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom." This applies to cult leaders, politicians, life partners, employers, and so many others.
Psychotherapist Dr. Eric Maisel joins us to discuss. Visit his site at www.ericmaisel.comTue, 20 Oct 2020
- 570 - Ghost Stories 2020Tue, 13 Oct 2020
- 569 - The Brainwashing of my Dad (with documentary filmmaker Jen Senko)
Jen Senko's father got hooked on radical, right-wing radio, and his transformation nearly tore his family apart. Jen joins Seth Andrews to talk about her dad...and the documentary about his brainwashing.
Find out more: http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com
VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/MW7Go6_sShITue, 06 Oct 2020
- 568 - When the World Doesn't Suck: Faith in Humanity StoriesTue, 29 Sep 2020
- 567 - The Dark Reality of the Christian Music Industry (with documentary filmmaker Grace Baldridge)
Grace Baldridge is a documentary filmmaker behind the documentary, "The Dark Reality of the Christian Music Industry." She joins Seth Andrews for a conversation.
View the film here: https://youtu.be/IEbyzZE5nzA
Grace is on Twitter at @GraceBaldridgeTue, 22 Sep 2020
- 566 - What Would Satan Do: Religion, Moral Panic, and the Devils in the Dark (with Lucien Greaves)
Lucien Greaves, co-founder of http://www.thesatanictemple.com, joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about the continuing Satanic Panic in the United States, the utility of non-theistic religions, and how the icon of Satan might approach today's evangelicals in power.
VIDEO of this discussion: https://youtu.be/e-eCSJGZAEkTue, 15 Sep 2020
- 565 - A Little Goodness
On the anniversary of 9/11, Seth Andrews does a stream-of-consciousness show about life, love, and goodness.
VIDEO of this stream is at https://youtu.be/W-t7AL6um1cFri, 11 Sep 2020
- 564 - The Rush to Anger: Right-Wing Radio and the Angry White Male
In this free audio chapter from Seth Andrews' new book, we explore the Christian Nationalism, fearmongering, bigotry, and near-constant rage blasting daily out of American conservative radio.
Get the book "Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian" today at http://www.sethandrews.comTue, 08 Sep 2020
- 563 - Unzipped: When the Purity Police Fall from GraceTue, 01 Sep 2020
- 562 - Cow Yoga!Fri, 28 Aug 2020
- 561 - War and Protest: A Candid Conversation with Vietnam Veteran John Musgrave
John Musgrave was horribly wounded in the jungles of Vietnam. This near-fatal experience brought him home to a nation in turmoil, and as the bullets and bombs killed his brothers and sisters in arms, John began to re-think what it meant to be a patriot.
His story was featured in the PBS documentary, "The Vietnam War," and he speaks and counsels nationwide today. His website: www.johnmusgraveveteran.comTue, 25 Aug 2020
- 560 - Young Humanists: with Elle and Bailey Harris
Elle (9) and Bailey (14) are young authors who are promoting Humanism and science to their generation. Seth Andrews speaks to them (and Dad) about their attitudes, their work, and their promotion of goodness without gods.
VIDEO of this interview at: https://youtu.be/O28OCjQB96YThu, 20 Aug 2020
- 559 - My Mom Unfriended Me on Facebook
Seth Andrews speaks about unfriending, unreason, and the vast ocean of conspiracy that is infecting the United States. It's random. It's ranty. It's refeshing. Enjoy.
Washington Post article: https://wapo.st/3kMu3tCTue, 18 Aug 2020
- 558 - Make America Constitutional Again (with Sarah Levin)
Sarah Levin is Program Director for Secular Democrats of America, an organization on the front lines of state/church separation in the United States. Find out more, and register for their online convention event on August 18th 1pm Central: http://www.seculardems.org
VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/Qa5hWMc_7acSun, 16 Aug 2020
- 557 - Former Christian Music Singer John Steingard: I No Longer Believe in God
Jon Steingard was lead singer for the CCM band Hawk Nelson. On May 20, 2020, he posted on Instagram that he no longer believed in God, and his story went viral. Jon joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about his former faith, the word "atheist," the Christian Music industry, and the path forward.
VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/9spE4M5qe90
Jon's instagram post: https://bit.ly/2Dhi9Xq
Esquire article on Jon: https://bit.ly/3faEgvT
Hawk Nelson website: http://hawknelson.com
Support our sponsor, and get a free trial at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 11 Aug 2020
- 556 - Leah Remini, Tom Cruise, and the "Space Opera" of Scientology (with guest Tony Ortega)
Australia's Channel 7 produced a 10-part series called "Scientology: Black Ops" starting Leah Remini and Paul Haggis. Strangely, they cancelled the broadcast on the day it was scheduled to air. Did Tom Cruise - the world's most famous Scientologist - use his (significant) influence to silence criticisms of his religion? We speak to Scientology expert Tony Ortega about the story.
The Guardian article on "Scientology: Black Ops:" https://bit.ly/2DdE0z9
Tony Ortega's article on Tom Cruise: https://bit.ly/3frNlk9
Leah Remini's book "Troublemaker:" https://amzn.to/2CZehuqTue, 04 Aug 2020
- 555 - America is Not a Christian Nation
This is the audio from a recent online speech given by Seth Andrews, dealing with the United States, its founders, it Constitution, and the popular claim that "America is a Christian Nation."
VIDEO of this presentation at: https://youtu.be/1U0MHrotTsg
Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 28 Jul 2020
- 554 - We Don't Belong in Boxes (with Vi La Bianca)
Vi La Bianca is co-host of Secular Sexuality and Talk Heathen. Vi joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about Christianity, religious family, sex and gender, identity, and the culture.
VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/FdbJZhlSyBU
Vi on Twitter: @AuthorConfusion
Talk Heathen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNo4F3mz70-UqRbKwjRmRWg
Secular Sexuality: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6rMzPbGk8DZcrQMAb0cVlATue, 21 Jul 2020
- 553 - QAnon, Toxic "Positivity," and the Maskholes
Seth Andrews gets into the QAnon conspiracies, John Pavlovitz's take on "Toxic Positivity," and those convinced that masks equal tyranny. Plus, your calls.
Pavlovitz's article, "The Privilege of Positivity:" https://johnpavlovitz.com/2019/07/06/the-privilege-of-positivity/Fri, 17 Jul 2020
- 552 - Slavery in the Bible: Better Arguments against Biblical Atrocities (with Dr. Joshua Bowen)
Dr. Joshua Bowen is author of the 2020 book, "Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery." He has a Ph.D in Assyriology and specializes in the Sumerian language, and he thinks that many counter-apologists might be missing some key points on critical Bible criticisms.
Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2Z1GUzu
Digital Hammurabi on YouTube: www.youtube.com/digitalhammurabi
Digital Hammurabi Podcast: www.digitalhammurabi.buzzsprout.com
Support our sponsor: http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 14 Jul 2020
- 551 - We're Engaged: The Atheist & the Christian
Patrick and Christabella are engaged to be married. He is an atheist. She is still a Christian. In this candid conversation. Seth Andrews speaks to the couple about their relationship, their similarities and differences, their families, their philosophies, and their future.
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- 550 - I Have Questions: The Stuff I Should Already Know
In this amusing and R-A-N-D-O-M podcast, Seth Andrews explores some of the not-so-big questions that have occupied his mind. Enjoy!
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Harry's: http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistTue, 30 Jun 2020
- 549 - American Idiot: Superstition and Selfishness in a "Free" Nation
Seth Andrews laments the United States' resistance to reason and empathy during a global pandemic.
Link to pre-order for Seth's book: http://www.sethandrews.comFri, 26 Jun 2020
- 548 - Tracie Harris: Our Society is a Product
Tracie Harris is probably best known as former co-host of The Atheist Experience. Today, she's onto other projects, including serving as an advisor for www.truthandtransparency.org, and blogging/podcasting on her own at https://apple.co/2BkDgHa
Tracie joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about the recent unrest in the United States, society as "a product," and how we might rethink our approach(es) as humans and Humanists.
VIDEO of this conversation is on YouTube: https://youtu.be/m1xXvTjOJlU
Follow Tracie on Twitter: @TracieHarris
GOFUNDME for TTF's legal battle: https://bit.ly/3d7KOu7
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Jordan Harbinger's podcast: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/subscribeTue, 23 Jun 2020
- 547 - Meet Erin: Ex-Christian
Very recently, Erin finally, fully made her break with fundamental Christianity. The road has been difficult. Family and friends are only now becoming aware of her journey. And Erin has a strong desire to talk about her escape, and to help others who are doing the same. She joins Seth Andrews for a very personal conversation about becoming an ex-Christian.
Erin is on Twitter at @ExxtianErin
VIDEO of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/CDrBd_ykah4
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- 546 - Shame & Sanctimony: Fear and Control in Religious Schools
Seth Andrews shares specific policies/cultures from some religious schools. Plus, plenty of listener calls.
Support our sponsor: http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 09 Jun 2020
- 545 - 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: Outrage and Protest in a Divided Nation (with Wil Jeudy)
On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd - an unarmed black man - was suffocated to death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, resulting in a national uprising and global protests. "8 minutes and 46 seconds" is the time Floyd was pinned to the ground by the neck.
Seth Andrews speaks about race, equality, protest, and justice with Wil Jeudy, a black activist and Texas Assistant State Director for American Atheists.
VIDEO of this discussion: https://youtu.be/1WUfCExjwmQFri, 05 Jun 2020
- 544 - Discriminating Against Atheists: Religion VS Non-Belief in America
This particular broadcast examines American attitudes about atheism and stories from many of our listeners about their own experiences.
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- 543 - My Religious Family is Driving Me CrazyTue, 26 May 2020
- 542 - Tribes, Tantrums, SJWs, and "The Atheist Movement"
Atheist YouTube activists Shannon Q, Jimmy Snow, and Paulogia join Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about atheism, activism, religion, social justice, and the state of the world.
Shannon Q: https://bit.ly/35Vexo4
Jimmy Snow: https://bit.ly/35QuMTF
VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/F65Ep_m8PJ4Tue, 19 May 2020
- 540 - Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher's Journey Beyond Faith (with ex-pastor Tim Sledge)
Tim Sledge was a fundamentalist Baptist pastor for decades. Today, he's a humanist activist and author who no longer believes in any god. He joins Seth Andrews to tell his story.
Find Tim on Twitter: @Goodbye_Jesus
Support our sponsor: http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 12 May 2020
- 539 - Disinfect Bad Ideas
In this fast-and-loose broadcast, Seth Andrews applies bleach to some of the world's more troubling stains. Plus listener calls!
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- 538 - Christians, Conspiracy, and Just Plain Crazy: with Noah Lugeons
Noah Lugeons is a popular podcaster, speaker, author, and activist, perhaps known best from The Scathing Atheist and God Awful Movies shows. He joins Seth Andrews for a lively conversation about the state of the world.
Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 28 Apr 2020
- 537 - Dr. Nina Shapiro: Masks, Medicines, Dr. Oz, and Corona-Conspiracies
Dr. Nina Shapiro is Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, science educator, and author of the book, "Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice." She joins Seth Andrews for another candid conversation about COVID-19.
Dr. Shapiro's website: http://drninashapiro.com/
Dr. Shapiro's book: https://amzn.to/353XjojMon, 27 Apr 2020
- 536 - Overcoming Isolation: Recovering From Religion
Dr. Darrel Ray and Gayle Jordan from http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org join Seth Andrews to talk about the current COVID-19 crisis and how RFR can help those who feel even more isolated in their personal journeys.
Dr. Ray's video "Emotional Safety:" https://youtu.be/Jg8JLab1cQMTue, 21 Apr 2020
- 535 - Podcast #500 (with Natalie)
It's a special milestone: Show number 500. For the first time, Seth's wife, Natalie, joins in for a look at their relationship, and how two very different people share life. Thanks for over a decade of support, community, and friendship!
VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/QpGmM7LkDi8
DAVID MANNING VIDEO: https://youtu.be/f61zsLFQWRc
KENNETH COPELAND REMIX: https://youtu.be/m2s0nB2VPvsSun, 12 Apr 2020
- 534 - The Power Worshippers: The Rise of Religious Nationalism (with Katherine Stewart)
Katherine Stewart is author of the new book, "The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism." Get the book at https://amzn.to/3atDFnwTue, 07 Apr 2020
- 533 - Keto, Paleo, and the Science of Diet (with licensed nutritionist Leah McGrath)
We're directing our rational brains toward the subject of health and nutrition...with special guest and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist Leah McGrath. (@InglesDietitian)
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- 532 - Seth Andrews Reads Your Favorite Selections (PART TWO)
This bonus show includes a recipe for stroopwafels, some H.P. Lovecraft, "Corduroy," political nonfiction by Katherine Stewart, and finishes with some classic Carl Sagan.
Be safe out there, and enjoy!
VIDEO version of this livestream is here: https://youtu.be/amRwNeP0QFQFri, 27 Mar 2020
- 531 - Seth Andrews Reads Your Favorite Selections: PART ONE
As a distraction in this isolated week, Seth Andrews reads - by request - selections from some of our listeners' favorite stories. Today's episode includes Dr. Seuss, some Douglas Adams, and Harlan Ellison's "Jefty is Five."Wed, 25 Mar 2020
- 530 - Are People Inherently Good?
Seth Andrews shares a troubling story, followed by discussion on the human condition. Are people naturally prone to pro-social, ethical "goodness?" Are we - at our core - uncivilized? Something else? Join us for a fascinating discussion.
Support our sponsor: http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 24 Mar 2020
- 529 - Lets Self-Isolate...Together!
Another bonus broadcast. Host rants and your calls on any subject.
VIDEO of this livestream at https://youtu.be/FM5mE-8gEecFri, 20 Mar 2020
- 528 - Stocks, Panic-Buying, and the Costs of Crisis (with Phil Ferguson)
Seth Andrews speaks with "financial guy" Phil Ferguson about the weird, wild happenings in the U.S. and global economy in the wake of COVID-19. Phil's show: https://bit.ly/3b3mrNBTue, 17 Mar 2020
- 527 - How Should a Humanist Vote?
Prepare yourself. It's an election year, and we're talking religion AND politics. Special thanks to Rebecca Markert from http://www.ffrf.org for joining the 2nd segment of the broadcast. - SethTue, 17 Mar 2020
- 526 - Coronavirus: The Science VS the Scare (with Dr. Nina Shapiro)
Panic is rising over the coronavirus COVID-19. How concerned should we be, and how should we respond? Dr. Nina Shapiro gives us some science beyond the scare.
Dr. Shapiro's book "Hype" is available here: https://amzn.to/3aDIZ7J
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- 525 - What's WRONG with people???
Seth Andrews monologues about the insanity of humanity. Plus...plenty of listener calls!
Video livestream of this show is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/NjMwhwgtLao
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- 524 - Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church
Chrissy Stroop and Lauren O'Neal are editors of the new book, "Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church." They join Seth Andrews to talk about the book (and their own journeys), and Seth reads a chapter to finish the broadcast.
Empty the Pews is at http://www.emptythepews.com
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- 523 - The Unholy Trinity Reunion Tour 2020 (with Seth Andrews, Aron Ra, and Matt Dillahunty)
Here's the audio of the Q&A from the February 15th Unholy Trinity Reunion Tour. Video of this conversation is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/6f-rK7Wlg5gFri, 21 Feb 2020
- 522 - Yasmine Mohammed: Unveiled
Yasmine Mohammed was once a properly-veiled Muslim woman. Her life journey took her through an abusive marriage to a member of Al-Qaeda, into a critical examination of Islam, and ultimately, into atheism and human rights activism.
Her new book, "Unveiled," is the chronicle of that journey. She joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about it.
VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/H-bBHpJ9_KI
Get the book at https://amzn.to/31MTCSg
Discover more about Yasmine at http://www.yasminemohammed.com
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- 521 - Black Nonbelievers: A Candid Conversation about Diversity
Seth Andrews tackles the subject of diversity and the atheist "movement" with a panel of five black atheist activists: Mandisa Thomas, Will Juedy, Precious Singo, Fil Session, and Tiffany Tucker.
Visit the website for Black Nonbelievers at http://www.blacknonbelievers.comTue, 11 Feb 2020
- 520 - A Secular State of the Union Address (2020)
United States presidents traditionally give a synopsis of their nation's achievements and challenges in an annual speech. For this podcast, host Seth Andrews offers his own secular version of "The State of the Union."
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- 519 - Whistleblowers: The Truth & Transparency Foundation
Originally founded as Mormon Leaks, http://www.truthandtransparency.org is the brainchild of Ethan Dodge and Ryan McKnight...in an attempt to empower whistleblowers and reveal problematic people and practices within religious organizations.
The founders join Seth Andrews for a conversation about their work.Tue, 28 Jan 2020
- 518 - Rocks in your Vagina: The Pseudoscience of Gwyneth Paltrow and "Goop"
This month, Gwyneth Paltrow (and her "wellness" brand Goop) debut a new show on Netflix, but the woo is strong, the stakes are high, and the need for science-based health information is even higher.
In this broadcast, we explore many claims made by Paltrow, her organization and affiliates, and Seth Andrews speaks with professor Timothy Caulfield, author of the book "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?"
Caulfield's latest article in The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/gwyneth-paltrows-new-goop-lab-is-an-infomercial-for-her-pseudoscience-business-129674
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- 517 - The Theater Is My Temple
In this unscripted, unscheduled, bonus podcast, Seth Andrews monologues and takes listener calls on subjects ranging far and wide. Enjoy!
YouTube video of this broadcast is at https://youtu.be/TFykoekL18cThu, 16 Jan 2020
- 516 - Understanding Iran: with Armin Navabi
Tensions between the United States and Iran remain high. Opinions span the spectrum. Yet Iran remains a mystery to a great many. This podcast features Iranian-born Armin Navabi, who provides some context and backstory to recent military events (including the killing of Qasem Soleimani).
Armin is co-host of http://www.secularjihadists.com
VIDEO of this conversation on YouTube at https://youtu.be/NECuXTlTRe0
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- 515 - Looking Ahead to 2020: How Screwed Are We?
What does 2020 have in store for us? Join us for a look at some interesting things coming in the New Year, plus plenty of listener calls with perspectives on their hopes/fears for the months to come!
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- 514 - 2019: The Year in ReviewSun, 29 Dec 2019
- 513 - Gay Jesus, Santa, and Shelley Segal
This show includes conversations and listener calls about the new Netflix "gay Jesus" show, the Hallmark Channel controversy, skepticism VS the Santa Claus myth...and we cap the show with some holiday tunes by singer/songwriter Shelley Segal.Fri, 20 Dec 2019
- 512 - The Christ-Free ChristmasTue, 17 Dec 2019
- 511 - Seth Andrews - Let's Not Wake Up Like This: Restoring Perspective and Humanity in the Era of Outrage
On November 2nd, 2019 at http://www.free-flo.org , Seth Andrews gave this presentation as an encouragement to get the facts, understand ideological opponents, and not lose ourselves in the deafening white noise of online outrage.
It's a speech given in good faith, with the hope that it will also be received in good faith.
VIDEO of this presentation is at https://youtu.be/CPmOw25VtoITue, 10 Dec 2019
- 510 - Jehovah's Witnesses: When a Cult Comes Knocking
Who/What are the Jehovah's Witnesses? It's a religion most people have heard of but know little about. In this podcast, Seth Andrews speaks with three ex-JWs about the origins, the teachings, and the organizations. Guests include:
Lloyd Evans, author of "The Reluctant Apostate" @cedarsjwsurvey
Amber Scorah, author of "Leaving the Witness" @amberscorah
Telltale (Owen Morgan), host of TellTale Atheist @telltaleatheistTue, 03 Dec 2019
- 509 - The Case Against Miracles: with John W. Loftus
John W. Loftus is editor of the new anthology, "The Case Against Miracles." Loftus joins Seth Andrews to define "miracle," and to talk about why claims of miracles fail at every level.
The book is available now at https://amzn.to/2qG7CPsTue, 26 Nov 2019
- 508 - Vulgarity For Charity: Let's Do Some Good (for goodness' sake)
The Scathing Atheist and Cognitive Dissonance crew have once again teamed up to raise money (over $100,000!) for http://www.modestneeds.org, and you can be a part of it. Details on this short podcast with Modest Needs president Keith Taylor.Mon, 25 Nov 2019
- 507 - Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews in Phoenix: Faith, Family, and the Future of Humanism
In an event sponsored by http://www.hsgp.org, Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews took the stage in Phoenix on November 9, 2019 for a candid (and often very personal) conversation about atheism, humanism, religion, family, and more.
YouTube VIDEO of this conversation:
Part One: https://youtu.be/a5nE3GBEY5g
Part Two: https://youtu.be/xHuQ-KJBZjQ
Part TwoSat, 23 Nov 2019
- 506 - Dave Warnock: Dying Out Loud
In January of 2019, Dave Warnock was diagnosed with ALS and given 3-5 years to live. He refused to take the news lying down, and has traveled the world on a campaign called "Dying Out Loud."
Dave has pledged to make the most of his remaining time, and he wants to encourage others to maximize their brief, precious moments on this earth.
Dave speaks with Seth Andrews about death, life, and so much more.
Dave's website: https://daveoutloud.com/
Dave on Twitter: @dwwarnockTue, 19 Nov 2019
- 505 - The Cult of Trump: with Steven Hassan
Steven Hassan is a mental health professional, author, and expert on cults, and he's convinced that President Donald Trump exhibits many of the same characteristics of famous cult leaders like David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Sun Myung Moon.
Hassan talks about cults, their leaders and influence, and the President of the United States.
BOOK: The Cult of Trump on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2ouhjQ2Tue, 12 Nov 2019
- 504 - Basic Evolution (for Creationists): with Dr. Donald Prothero
Dr. Donald Prothero is a renowned paleontologist, geologist, educator, and author of over 40 books. He speaks with Seth Andrews about common misconceptions about evolution, refutations to common Creationist claims, and the best resources for legitimate science education in the Internet Age.
Berkeley's website "Understanding Evolution:" https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/home.php
Dr. Prothero's website: http://www.donaldprothero.com
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- 503 - The Devil's Chord (and other listener calls)
This is a variety show of listener calls, including questions about a demon-summoning musical chord, atheist funerals, agnosticism, slavery, and more!
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- 502 - Take The Secular Surveyhttp://www.secularsurvey.org is a scientific survey designed to help the non-religious achieve better representation in the United States. Seth Andrews talks about the survey and more!Tue, 22 Oct 2019
- 501 - What Scares You? Listener Fears & Phobias
In keeping with the Halloween spirit, our listeners call in to talk about the things that give them the creeps. Enjoy the show!
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- 500 - Ghost Stories 2019
It's our annual October tradition. Get in the Halloween spirit with an entire broadcast of ghost stories read by Seth Andrews.
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- 498 - Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs (with mortician Caitlin Doughty)
Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, host of the "Ask a Mortician" video series, and author of the new book, "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death."
Here in the Halloween season, Caitlin speaks candidly about death, rituals, funeral practices, and the frank questions often posed to her by viewers and readers.
Follow Caitlin's work at http://caitlindoughty.com
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- 497 - Polyamory: When Three is Not a Crowd
Polyamory is a growing phenomenon in the United States, especially among the non-religious. This show is an exploration into "ethical non-monogamy," the often religious protests against it, and how these often complex relationships operate.
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- 496 - Trae Crowder: A Godless Liberal Redneck
Comedian Trae Crowder gained international fame in 2016 with his back-porch, cell phone, political commentaries. He's tackled everything from Trump to transgender bathrooms to the Ark Encounter.
Trae joins Seth for a candid talk about commentary, comedy, and being a liberal redneck.
VIDEO of this exchange is at https://youtu.be/ZQV9nNc2q3s
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- 495 - Why Religion is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life (with Phil Zuckerman)
Atheists hear this question constantly: How can you be moral without God (or religion)? Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies, and he's author of the new book, "What it Means to be Moral: Why Religion is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life." Phil talks about morality far beyond the narrow religious boundaries, explaining in plain language why no religion is required or desired for humankind to be moral.Tue, 17 Sep 2019
- 494 - The Handmaid's Tale: Could It Happen Here?
Margaret Atwood's famous book (and the smash HULU television series) paints a stark portrait of a dystopian future that brings the worst verses of the Old Testament - and the worst aspects of human nature - to life. The fictional story is laced with social commentary...warnings about theocratic regimes and the harm done in the name of God. But could it ever happen for real? We discuss. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Blinkist: http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 10 Sep 2019
- 493 - Be Your Authentic Self
Seth Andrews takes several listener calls from people struggling with religion's influence on their homes, families, careers, identities...their everyday lives. These conversations are a reminder that our lives, loves, values, and goals are not the property of another. LINK to Seth's book: Deconverted - Second Edition: https://amzn.to/2MAIcwl (NOTE: There's a pricing glitch on the Hardcover. Make sure you click the $21.95 option. Working to get it fixed.) Support our sponsor, and get your free Harry's trial set at http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistTue, 03 Sep 2019
- 492 - Rachel Oates: Makeup, Mermaids, and the Mind of Kent Hovind
Rachel Oates is a Youtuber and activist whose diverse subjects range from Creationism to anti-vax to superhero makeup. She speaks about her recent online exchanges with Kent Hovind, "cancel culture," science, and the authentic self. Find Rachel online at http://www.racheloates.me VIDEO of this interview is at https://youtu.be/khRM9hB-tl0 This show is made possible by your support at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 27 Aug 2019
- 491 - Blame the Games: Shooter Scapegoats in the Wake of Real-World Violence
President Trump and many others are blaming violent video games for the American mass shooter phenomenon, citing the "moral decay" of our society (and often using religious language). Wal-Mart just banned violent imagery - but not guns - in its stores. And it seems that the whole planet is either desperate for a cause or scrambling for something to blame. We discuss video games and violence, with your calls and perspectives. Support our sponsor and get $80 off your first week of Hello Fresh at http://www.hellofresh.com/sethandrews80 (promo code: sethandrews80)Tue, 20 Aug 2019
- 490 - Final Exit: My Life, My Death, My Choice
In the United States, the majority of states have made it illegal for terminally ill patients enduring great suffering to end their own lives on their terms. Most of the opposition is fueled by religion. In this broadcast, we explore Death With Dignity issues, we talk about various organizations assisting those who wish to take some control over their life and death, and we finish the show with special guest Dan Diaz, husband of the late Brittany Maynard, who's story (and partnership with http://www.compassionandchoices.org) gained international attention. Support our sponsors: Get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus via http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Get a free 7-day Blinkist trial via http://www.blinkist.com/seth Other resources and links: http://www.deathwithdignity.org http://www.finalexitnetwork.orgTue, 13 Aug 2019
- 489 - Unthinking Atheists: I Can't Believe I Did This When I Was Drunk!
This is a lighthearted show filled with anecdotes (and cautionary tales) about alcohol-related antics. We also get a little bit into the science of inebriation, so we can better understand why those who are drunk aren't really "thunk." Support our sponsor, Blinkist, with a free 7-day trial at http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 06 Aug 2019
- 488 - Brian Dalton: That's MISTER Deity to You!
Brian Dalton is a producer, satirist, and performer best known for his portrayal of Mr. Deity, a bumbling "God" whose literal interpretation of the Bible gets him into terrible trouble. Brian joins Seth for an exploration into Mr Deity, The Way of the Mister video series, and Brian's often hysterical responses to the videos of Prager U. Enjoy! Support our sponsor and get a free Harry's trial set via http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist VIDEO of this conversation is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/za0HCsaaIt0Tue, 30 Jul 2019
- 487 - Body is Tired. Brain is Wired.Fri, 26 Jul 2019
- 486 - The Version of You That No Longer Exists
This is a largely caller-driven show, with an especially interesting segment exploring how people change in the various chapters of their lives. Lots of good stuff in this one. Enjoy. Patreon supporters get this early, and commercial-free. Become a patron today at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 23 Jul 2019
- 485 - Classic Christian Album Covers
Join former Christian broadcaster Seth Andrews for a wild romp through some of the most bizarre, tragic, and/or fascinating album covers and music clips from the archives of Contemporary Christian Music. Watch the VIDEO version of this at https://youtu.be/5yX9R-4L3WE Support our sponsors: Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus via http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Get a free 7-day trial at Blinkist via http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 16 Jul 2019
- 484 - Sarah Haider: Extremism and Liberal Values
Sarah Haider was born in Pakistan. She is a former Muslim, co-founder of http://www.exmuslims.org, and a human rights activist. She speaks candidly with Seth Andrews about Islam, the hijab, atheism, extremism, and the critical need to regain our humanity in the examination of ideas. VIDEO of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/2i2BEx2DUBs Support our sponsor and get a shaving trial set from Harry's at http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistTue, 09 Jul 2019
- 483 - The Supreme Court and The Cross: with Monica Miller
The U.S. Supreme Court just handed down a sobering 7-2 decision to protect the Bladensburg, Maryland "Peace Cross," a 40-foot religious symbol erected as a memorial to the veterans of WWI. The Court's majority opinion declared that the cross' removal would constitute "hostility" to religion. Monica Miller is Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association. She actually argued the case at the Supreme Court. She joins Seth Andrews to talk about the implications. Watch the VIDEO of our conversation here: https://youtu.be/m7Z2RYG2vAI Monica's links: www.americanhumanist.org firstname.lastname@example.org @Mon_L_Miller @americnhumanistTue, 02 Jul 2019
- 482 - What the Hell is ASMR? (with Heath Enwright)
The phenomenon is sweeping the planet, sending some into bliss, others into rage and escape. But what is ASMR, and how scientific is it? I discuss this with friend and ASMR fan Heath Enwright (co-host of God Awful Movies). VIDEO of this exchange is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/ySGNVMGxxqI Support Seth's work on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 25 Jun 2019
- 481 - Patriotism, Protest, and Plenty of Listener Calls
Many evangelical Christians hold to an authoritarian model for patriotism. In their eyes, leaders (appointed by their God) should be followed and rarely - if ever - questioned. In this broadcast, we explore patriotism and protest, plus a potpourri of listener calls on whatever subjects they want to talk about. Support our sponsor, and get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus via http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 18 Jun 2019
- 480 - God, Incorporated: The Big Business of Religion
In the New Testament, Christ tossed the money-changers out of the temple. What might that same Jesus have said about today's marketplaces for the literal selling of salvation? Support our sponsors: Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus via http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Get a free trial set from Harrys via http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistTue, 11 Jun 2019
- 479 - A Tower That Reaches The HeavensTue, 04 Jun 2019
- 478 - Apostate Prophet: Banned by Twitter for Criticizing Islam
Ridvan (Apostate Prophet on YouTube) has been the target of a concentrated flagging of his anti-Islam videos, and Twitter has banned both of his accounts: @ExMuslimProphet and @ApostateRidvan Please consider petitioning Twitter to reinstate these accounts. If you wish, you may paste the following into your Twitter post: To the team at @Twitter and @twittersupport, please reinstate the accounts of @ExMuslimProphet and @ApostateRidvan, which have been unfairly targeted for unpopular but legitimate criticisms of religion...in this case, Islam. VIDEO of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/gHN5OLZZm5IWed, 29 May 2019
- 477 - Zara Kay: The Defense of Women in the Islamic World
Zara Kay is an ex-Muslim activist with first-hand perspective and strong opinions about Islam. She joined me for a candid conversation about Muslims, feminism, "Islamophobia," the Left, and the important work we must do to fight the fundamentalists. Follow Zara on Twitter at @zarakayk Faithless Hijabi is at https://www.facebook.com/faithlesshijabi VIDEO of this discussion is at https://youtu.be/7Bfs-H1fx2c Support our sponsor. Get a free trial at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 28 May 2019
- 476 - Sweet Home Talibama: A Southern State Bans Abortion
Christian theocrats in Alabama just passed an almost comprehensive abortion ban, setting up an attempt to reverse Roe VS Wade and restrict the reproductive choices of women nationwide. Seth Andrews talks about the story and speaks to our listeners, many of whom live in the South and express real concerns about Christian privilege and the overreach of religious people who seek to control the lives of others. Support our sponsor, and get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 21 May 2019
- 475 - The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American (with Andrew Seidel)
Andrew Seidel is author of the new book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American (https://amzn.to/2HeZNop). He speaks with Seth Andrews and takes listener calls. Support our sponsor, with your free trial set at http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistThu, 16 May 2019
- 473 - Atheists at 39,000 Feet
Seth Andrews share the short story of a skeptical meeting in the sky, then takes listener/viewer calls from a YouTube livestream via https://youtu.be/dVQtFx1GgZU Support our sponsor Hello Fresh with $80 off your first month. Go to http://www.hellofresh.com/sethandrews80 (promo code: sethandrews80)Mon, 13 May 2019
- 472 - Christian Privilege: A License to Discriminate (with Alison Gill)
Alison Gill is an attorney and Legal and Policy Director at American Atheists, and she's on the front lines in the fight against violations of church/state separation and Christian privilege. She speaks with Seth Andrews about some important legal battles of the day, and how we can help promote Constitutional equality for all. Find our more about American Atheists at http://www.atheists.org Link to Hemant's Pledge of Allegiance project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/friendlyatheist/a-not-so-brief-history-of-the-pledge-of-allegiance Support our sponsor: Start your free trial at The Great Courses Plus at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethSun, 12 May 2019
- 471 - I Escaped the Nuwaubian Cult
Hanna was once a member of The Nuwaubian Nation, an American cult founded and led by a Dwight York, a self-anointed god figure who dominated the lives and attitudes of his followers, and who is now serving a life sentence in federal prison. Hanna speaks candidly about her years inside the cult, her liberation, and her personal journey as a (now) atheist and skeptic. Support our sponsor. Get $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh at http://www.hellofresh.com/thethinkingatheist (promo code: sethandrews80)Tue, 07 May 2019
- 470 - Flash Gordon Loves Jesus (and other observations)
Seth Andrews - a geek fan of the 1980 film "Flash Gordon" - explores the proud faith of the actor behind the hero. Plus, other musings and plenty of listener phone calls. Link to help Athena while she job-hunts: https://www.gofundme.com/yfvzr-lost-my-job-unexpectedly?fbclid=IwAR2M-A-zlVoo8bhbfbQImx-6t5KrIVevUmU6JDlDsBGxXsxGOgZETtPwMAU Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 30 Apr 2019
- 469 - Hail Satan (the documentary): with Lucien Greaves
"Hail Satan?" is a new documentary by director Penny Lane that's getting glowing reviews across the country. Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, is featured in the film, and he joins me for a candid discussion about the film, TST, and his fight both for religious liberty and against religious privilege in the United States. FILM WEBSITE: http://www.magpicturesinternational.com/hailsatan Video profile explaining The Satanic Temple: https://youtu.be/xbxxftLiKzYTue, 23 Apr 2019
- 468 - Can We Talk About The Sex Robots?
In the year 2019, we're seeing more and more discussions about sex robots, the possibilities and implications regarding Artificial Intelligence designed for the bedroom (or dungeon, etc), and the cultural attitudes about these synthetic sexual companions. Seth Andrews takes listener calls, shares an email from an actual sex doll owner, and caps the broadcast by speaking with Dr. Marty Klein, a world-renowned expert on sexuality. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus (free trial at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth) Harry's (free trial kit at http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheist)Tue, 16 Apr 2019
- 467 - We Found Jesus (on Pureflix!): with Hugo and Jake
Hugo and Jake are probably best known for their YouTube series, "The Bible Reloaded," but they've made a global splash as activists, skeptics, comedians, and (yes) reviewers of religious movies. Hugo and Jake spend and hour with Seth Andrews to talk about religion, Christian films, Jordan Peterson, and so much more. Enjoy! Support our sponsor: Get a free trial and unlimited access to The Great Courses Plus via this link: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 09 Apr 2019
- 466 - The Nones Are Coming!
Seth Andrews speaks about the recent General Social Survey revealing that the "nones" (non-religious) are now statistically tied with evangelicals and Catholics in the United States. Plus...we preview upcoming discussions about Satanism and sex robots, we explore new evidence about the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, we tackle some Trump "hot wind," and a few of your phone calls. Support our sponsor, and get a $13 value trial set from Harry's with this link: http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistTue, 02 Apr 2019
- 465 - You Pick The Topic: Listener Calls & Comments (March 2019)
This is a show where the listeners decide what we talk about. Lots of interesting stuff in this one, including conversations about religious summer camps, the "abuse" of indoctrination, and the difference between skepticism and anti-science self-deception. Get this show early and commercial-free by becoming a patron at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 26 Mar 2019
- 464 - Sarah Rocksdale: Women, Religion, the Hijab, & Hot Yoga
This is the audio of a recent YouTube conversation between Seth Andrews and activist Sarah Rocksdale. Until recently, Sarah was known for her videos about health and lifestyle, but lately (to the chagrin of many of her original fans) she has been speaking boldly as a critic of religion and atheist. The YouTube video version of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/SZfNygMvEHcMon, 25 Mar 2019
- 463 - What They Don’t Know Won’t Kill Me: One Man’s Secret in the Shadow of Islam
Jimmy was born into a Muslim family and the Islamic faith. Jimmy also carried a secret...one that threatened to destroy him if it ever came to light. Seth Andrews tells Jimmy's true story, a difficult yet important example of how religions oppress, and why we should work together to create a future of freedom. Discover more about Jimmy at @Geemme, or https://www.freeheartsfreeminds.com Support our sponsors: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth http://www.audible.com/sethandrewsTue, 19 Mar 2019
- 462 - A Candid Conversation About Christianity: Seth Andrews & Pastor Caleb Moore
Caleb Moore is a Baptist pastor who expressed interest in talking with Seth Andrews about God, Christianity, atheism, and more. Their conversation - unedited - is releasing both here and on Pastor Caleb's podcast in the hopes of furthering discussion on both platforms and providing an example of how strong disagreement doesn't have to make us enemies. Pastor Moore's website is http://www.calebmoore.tv Support our sponsor: Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus with this special URL. http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 12 Mar 2019
- 461 - The Righteous & The Woke: Purity Cults in the Struggles for Justice (with Dr. Valerie Tarico)
In this crazy world, how often has a passionate desire for justice caused us to oversimplify complex problems, ignore details that don't validate us, and vilify all who dare to disagree? Has "Woke Culture" sometimes exhibited a dogmatic, even religious, attitude toward the worthy and the unworthy? And is it even possible to have a reasonable conversation about this in the Era Of Online Outrage? Psychologist Dr. Valerie Tarico joins Seth Andrews for just such a conversation. Dr. Tarico's article "The Righteous & The Woke:" https://valerietarico.com/2019/01/24/the-righteousness-and-the-woke-why-evangelicals-and-social-justice-warriors-trigger-me-in-the-same-way Support our sponsor: http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 05 Mar 2019
- 460 - Listener Calls: Mormons, Meat, & "Secular Religion"
Seth Andrews takes listener calls on a variety of subjects, including horse meat, Mormon baptism, "First Stage Atheism," and "secular religion." The comments sections will have much to chew on. Support our sponsor: Postmates (Download the Postmates app and use code sethandrews for $100 delivery credit in your first seven days)Tue, 26 Feb 2019
- 459 - Street Epistemology Workshop: Challenging Beliefs Through Friendly Conversation
Street Epistemology is a tool for engaging everyday people in conversations about beliefs and truth claims. In this broadcast, Seth Andrews speaks with four active street epistemologists about their methods and experiences, and he plays recordings from several SE encounters so that listeners can hear street epistemology in action. Find out more about SE at https://streetepistemology.com Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Blinkist: http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 19 Feb 2019
- 458 - Ken Ham Quotes Seth Andrews (and it's the comedy event of the year)!
Ken Ham quoted Seth Andrews in an article shilling for Ham's new book. It's gold...and Seth couldn't help but do a little monologue about it. https://answersingenesis.org/culture/where-are-coming-generations-headed/?fbclid=IwAR1s8q4URGC6ytLKRBzj2PARe4jfpOj0nk67VovL6vlhfSg33VdN8bVtYNEWed, 13 Feb 2019
- 457 - YouTube Atheism is (NOT) Dead!
Is YouTube atheism dead? Not remotely. Join Seth Andrews as he connects with six rising YouTube activists who are not only injecting fresh blood into the conversations out there, but who are committed to fostering dialogue, compassion, community, and humanity. YOUTUBE SEARCH TO FIND: Genetically Modified Skeptic Telltale Atheist Holy Koolaid Shannon Q. Talk Heathen Mr. Atheist Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth VIDEO of this conversation: https://youtu.be/8z2QbphK6VgTue, 12 Feb 2019
- 456 - Tribes, Trump, & the Masculine Male (with Dr. Hector Garcia)
Evolutionary psychologist and author Dr. Hector A. Garcia speaks candidly about men, masculinity, leaders, followers, attraction, and how evolution informs it all. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/seth Blinkist Get a free 7-day trial at http://www.blinkist.com/seth Dr. Garcia's website: https://www.hector-garcia.com VIDEO of this conversation at https://youtu.be/2TtoPPjxQT4Tue, 05 Feb 2019
- 455 - Remembering Tootsie (Rat Dog)
Little Tootsie left us on February 3rd, 2019...less than three weeks after we lost Henry. For those who wish to hear the story, and to take the journey, Seth Andrews speaks about "Rat Dog" and the community that loved her. ARTICLE: "Why Losing a Dog can be Harder than Losing a Relative or Friend" https://bit.ly/2BfsT4zMon, 04 Feb 2019
- 454 - The Silent WitnessTue, 29 Jan 2019
- 453 - The Faith Healers
They're the self-proclaimed agents of God's supernatural power. And...they want your money! Join Seth Andrews for a romp through the wild, weird, and often damaging world of evangelical faith healers, and learn some of the tricks they use to con the vulnerable, the hurting, and the desperate. Bob Larson exorcism: https://youtu.be/UJ_moqoE3OM (Video REMOVED by Bob Larson) John & Ryan commentary on the exorcism: https://youtu.be/bVHD9eHckeU John & Ryan commentary on Peter Popoff: https://youtu.be/LWxjwLwT-PE Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com Blinkist: http://www.blinkist.com/sethTue, 22 Jan 2019
- 452 - A "Thank You" from Seth & NatalieSat, 19 Jan 2019
- 451 - Remembering Henry
We lost Henry on January 15th, 2019. Seth Andrews tells the story of his rescue, his unexpected passing, and how he and Natalie wish to memorialize him. Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support. VIDEO of this is at https://youtu.be/1yAyqVdv0eU SUPPORT The Henry Van at https://bit.ly/2RU6J1x GoFundMe link: https://bit.ly/2RU6J1xThu, 17 Jan 2019
- 450 - John de Lancie: The Truth & The Lie
John de Lancie is a veteran actor whose credits on television, stage, and screen range from Star Trek TNG to Breaking Bad to Assassin's Creed to My Little Pony. John is also an outspoken humanist and science advocate. In this show, he speaks with Seth Andrews about life, storytelling, Trump, religion, humanism, and (hopefully) a more reasonable future.Tue, 15 Jan 2019
- 449 - Islam & The Future of Tolerance: with film director Jay Shapiro
Jay Shapiro is director of the new documentary film, "Islam & The Future of Tolerance." The film stars Maajid Nawaz and Sam Harris, and it's available on Amazon, iTunes, and at http://www.islamandthefutureoftolerance.com Jay speaks about the film, and we play several clips.Tue, 08 Jan 2019
- 448 - Shannon Q: The Sham of Religious "Deliverance" Ministries
YouTuber and atheist advocate Shannon Q. sounds off on atheism, activism, and the disturbingly awful practices of Above & Beyond, a religious "deliverance" ministry more interested in superstition than science. Shannon's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0qhPJh8DeoR-3JhMrIvw0g YouTube video of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/bCXJJlOn2QcWed, 02 Jan 2019
- 447 - 2018: The Year in ReviewFri, 28 Dec 2018
- 446 - A Skeptical Christmas with Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty
Friends and activists Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty mark the holiday with observations about Christmas, religion, agnostics, philosophy, politics, and Mormon porn. Enjoy! VIDEO of this conversation is at https://youtu.be/KCIIJr2wC84 Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsSun, 23 Dec 2018
- 445 - Phone Calls to Strangers: a Secular Christmas Surprise
Seth Andrews calls various people in need with gifts, help, and charity made possible by his audience. The show is releasing a few days early, so that recipients can get their gifts sooner. Help Kristy get back home after an electrical fire. Fundraising link is https://www.facebook.com/donate/739257256410808/1991613807581690/ Sponsored by Casper. Get $50 off select mattresses at http://www.casper.com/thinkingatheist (promo code: thinkingatheist)Sun, 16 Dec 2018
- 443 - A Merry PAGAN Christmas! (with Aron Ra)
Seth Andrews and Aron Ra talk about Christmas, paganism, the gods, tradition, religion, and much more! Video of this conversation is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/JVYY1xEf2jU Aron Ra is at https://www.patreon.com/aronra Support our sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 11 Dec 2018 - 1h 01min
- 442 - Unskeptical: Finding the Real Story in a World of Half-Truths
What happens when we have facts, but not context or perspective. Seth Andrews explores the issue in his November 11th, 2018 speech given for the Central Florida Freethought Community. Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth VIDEO of this presentation is here: https://youtu.be/fGw7Umb205QTue, 04 Dec 2018 - 49min
- 441 - John Chau: A Suicide Mission
We explore the bizarre and tragic story of Christian missionary John Chau, killed by the very people he was trying to evangelize. We also explore the larger questions about missions work, boundaries, mockery, God's Will, and the senseless loss of life. Support Seth's work on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsMon, 26 Nov 2018 - 35min
- 440 - Happy Friendsgiving!
Seth Andrews speaks about the friends, family, religion, tradition, and Humanism in the holidays. Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews VIDEO of this livestream at https://youtu.be/0B_-BzlvWgIWed, 21 Nov 2018 - 53min
- 439 - Just Stop with the Christmas Music
Seth Andrews on Christmas music, physics, apologists, and the "Answering Atheists" conference coming in 2019. YouTube version at https://youtu.be/ph4FHWfSVeE Facebook Live version at https://www.facebook.com/seth.andrews.31/videos/1952091948200543/Wed, 14 Nov 2018 - 1h 10min
- 438 - Seth Andrews on Atheist Talk 950 MinneapolisTue, 13 Nov 2018 - 1h 01min
- 437 - Rambles, Royals, and the Red Light District
Seth Andrews recently returned from a multi-city European trip, and he has questions. Join him for a romp through the Queen's Guard, the chocolate shops, and Amsterdam's Red Light District. Facebook video of this at https://bit.ly/2PiBiNR Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsThu, 08 Nov 2018 - 44min
- 436 - The Changing Face of Jesus
Seth Andrews explores the many faces of Jesus (and other gods), and the strangely coincidental resemblance to human faces and desires. VIDEO of this presentation is here (link coming soon). Support our sponsor at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 06 Nov 2018 - 35min
- 435 - Seth Andrews: From Religion to Reason (Audience Q&A)
This is part 2 of Seth Andrews' recent presentation in Minneapolis, featuring questions and comments from the live audience. See the speech here (video link coming soon): Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsWed, 31 Oct 2018 - 45min
- 434 - Seth Andrews: From Religion to Reason
Seth Andrews chronicles his personal story for a live Minneapolis audience, the event sponsored by Minnesota Atheists. You can watch this speech on YouTube at https://youtu.be/qP2dOWGaNl8 Support our sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 30 Oct 2018 - 1h 17min
- 433 - The Weak and The Strong
Seth Andrews explores the notion of dominance philosophy in relation to Trump, religions, and Humanism. Plus, comments and questions from the livestream chat room. VIDEO of this livestream at https://youtu.be/gD-rQEyXZAo Support Seth on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 23 Oct 2018 - 48min
- 432 - Ghost Stories 2018
It's another October around the virtual campfire for our annual Halloween tradition: the telling of ghost stories! Turn down the lights, crank up the volume, grab onto a loved one, and enjoy! Support our sponsor and get a free trial today. The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Get Seth's "Ghost Stories" audiobook on Audible (also available on iTunes): https://adbl.co/2wDeso0Tue, 16 Oct 2018 - 1h 51min
- 431 - Alexa: Stop the Insanity!
If Amazon's Alexa can answer many of life's probing questions, could she restore political and cultural sanity to the United States? Seth Andrews dreams the dream. Support our sponsor, and grab Seth Andrews' "Ghost Stories" as your free audiobook with an Audible 30-day trial via http://www.audible.com/sethandrews (or text sethandrews to 500500).Thu, 04 Oct 2018 - 57min
- 430 - A Secular Perspective on Suicide
Join us for a respectful and critical conversation about suicide from a secular perspective. Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth SUICIDE-RELATED RESOURCES Crisis Text Line - text "HELLO" to 741741z National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 For friends and family National Alliance on Mental Illness suicide info -https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Risk-of-Suicide ASIST training, how to handle suicide issues at a lay-level. https://www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/Tue, 02 Oct 2018 - 1h 59min
- 429 - The Kavanaugh Question: with Katherine Stewart
Investigative journalist and author Katherine Stewart joins Seth Andrews for a look at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his track record, and the allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding him. Follow Katherine on Twitter at @kathsstewartFri, 28 Sep 2018 - 1h 00min
- 428 - Silence, Suffering, Sex, and Stupidity
Seth Andrews gives commentary on a celebrated religious film, unnecessary suffering, secular sexuality, and - again - the insanity of humanity. The Secular Sexuality Survey: https://secularscience.org Support Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 25 Sep 2018 - 1h 15min
- 427 - Cats, Death, and the Religion of Football
Seth Andrews' YouTube livestream (on a loose range of topics) is this week's podcast. Watch at https://youtu.be/rJr_wpYVA_Y GET THE "GHOST STORIES AUDIOBOOK" (3 options): Free book with 30-day Audible trial via https://www.audible.com/pd/B07GL5B67Q/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-125424&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_125424_rh_us Buy on Amazon with no Audible membership: http://a.co/d/0wY833l Members use Audible credit https://adbl.co/2NdDtBbTue, 18 Sep 2018 - 1h 03min
- 426 - I Went to Facebook Jail
Post something "offensive," and social media is likely to give you a temporary - or permanent - penalty. We talk about Facebook Jail, whether it's fair, and what to do about it. Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus. Get a free trial at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 11 Sep 2018 - 1h 28min
- 425 - Our 400th Show!
Another show, another milestone. Join Seth Andrews for the 400th episode of The Thinking Atheist podcast. Support our sponsor and get a free trial: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth GHOST STORIES audiobook free with Audible 30-day trial at https://adbl.co/2PCp2na. To get the book without an Audible trial or membership, simply use your Amazon membership and Add to Cart (desktop site) or Buy for $X.XX (mobile site).Tue, 04 Sep 2018 - 2h 48min
- 424 - It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church
Another child abuse scandal rocks the Catholic Church. We explore the reports coming out of Pennsylvania, and the Church's long, ugly track record of abuse and coverup. Freedom From Religion Foundation's Andrew Seidel joins the conversation. Articles: CNN ARTICLE: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/world/catholic-church-abuse-scandal-timeline/index.html ANDREW SEIDEL'S ARTICLE: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/freethoughtnow/pa-abuse-report FRIENDLY ATHEIST'S ARTICLE: http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/08/15/here-are-the-worst-abuses-by-catholic-priests-from-the-pa-grand-jurys-report/ PENNSYLVANIA GRAND JURY REPORT: http://media-downloads.pacourts.us/InterimRedactedReportandResponses.pdf?cb=22148 FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION: http://www.ffrf.orgSun, 26 Aug 2018 - 31min
- 423 - I'm Gregory, and I'm Afraid of Hell
This is a candid conversation with Gregory, a man who logically rejects Christianity, but who can't shake his fears about Hell. Seth Andrews walks with Gregory through his religious conversion, his doubts, his fears of torment, and what the future might hold. Support our sponsor, and get $60 off your first three Hello Fresh boxes ($20 off each) with http://www.hellofresh.com/sethandrews60 (promo code sethandrews 60)Tue, 21 Aug 2018 - 1h 04min
- 422 - Texts From My Religious Dad
Seth Andrews shares a recent text exchange with a religious father, and speaks candidly about family, boundaries and respect...and how religions so often damage them. VIDEO version of this show at https://youtu.be/iUp3FdfYeLsWed, 15 Aug 2018 - 52min
- 421 - I Used To Believe Weird Things
From the Sunlight Diet to flat-earthers to kitchen seasonings that repel demons, we explore some of the more bizarre (and entertaining) things our listeners once held as Truth. Prepare yourself for some strangely entertaining beliefs submitted by our listeners, and an exploration into why we so often embrace the irrational. Support our sponsor, and get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 14 Aug 2018 - 1h 38min
- 420 - Christianity, Crimes, and the Constitution (with Andrew Torrez)
Andrew Torrez, an attorney and host of "Opening Arguments," joins Seth Andrews for an in-depth conversation about the law, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, church/state separation, and the Religious Right in the era of Trump. Opening Arguments podcast: https://openargs.com Support our sponsors. Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus with this URL: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Get $50 off select Casper mattresses http://www.casper.com/thethinkingatheist (promo code thinkingatheist at checkout)Tue, 07 Aug 2018 - 2h 49min
- 419 - God, Guilt, Political Correctness, and Trevor Noah (a Seth Andrews Livestream)
Seth Andrews fields comments and questions on a wide variety of topics, including the recent Trevor Noah controversy, religious guilt, political correctness, and (yes) the ice cream man. Support Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews The longer, unedited YouTube stream is here: https://youtu.be/d0a6ObX2hrEThu, 26 Jul 2018 - 59min
- 418 - Noah Was A Plonker
From Ken Ham's Ark Encounter to Jenny McCarthy to Egyptian curses to 3D-printed handguns, Seth Andrews brushes up on the weird, wonderful world of British insults as he monologues about some of the stranger headlines of the week. Support our sponsor. $20 off your contact lens order at http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews20)Tue, 24 Jul 2018 - 1h 15min
- 417 - Cults Part Two: The Trouble with Totalism
From the Moonies to Scientology to Heaven's Gate, we continue our two-part series on cults, their methods, their abuses, and the stories of some who escaped. Chris Shelton's Scientology blog: http://mncriticalthinking.com/ A helpful resource. The International Cultic Studies Association Sansu the Cat: http://sansuthecat.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-lunacy-of-rev-moon-or-why-i-am-not.html?m=1 Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com ($20 off contact lenses with code sethandrews20)Tue, 17 Jul 2018 - 2h 21min
- 416 - Cults Part One: Mind-Control Ministry
"Leon," a former cult member, speaks candidly about his own brainwashing, extreme cult tactics, his escape, and the tools for understanding - and exposing - how cults oppress and enslave. His story was featured in the book, "Fortney Road: Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult." Other resources: "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert Cialdini International Cultic Studies Association Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 10 Jul 2018 - 1h 24min
- 415 - Second Civil War LettersThu, 05 Jul 2018 - 48min
- 414 - Civility, Speech and Stroopwafels
Seth Andrews does an extended monologue about free speech, bad movies, friendship, and Stroopwafels. Plus answers to chat questions. Support our sponsor: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code sethandrews for $30 off your contact lens purchase). VIDEO of this live stream podcast: https://youtu.be/KaMj9Hwb--U The Atheist Experience link: https://youtu.be/4n6fOrL4zEYTue, 03 Jul 2018 - 1h 34min
- 413 - Seth Andrews Live Stream June 2018
This is the audio of a YouTube live stream from June 21st, 2018, where Seth Andrews responds on-the-spot to chat room comments and questions. Video version also available at https://youtu.be/YaJ5O9Uc6tY Support our sponsorSimple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code sethandrews)Fri, 22 Jun 2018 - 2h 11min
- 412 - Scott Clifton: Secular Soap Star
Scott Clifton is an Emmy-winning actor from "The Bold and the Beautiful." He's also an atheist activist on YouTube, nown for the popular channel Theoretical Bullshit. He joins Seth Andrews for an entertaining conversation about both. There is VIDEO of this exchange at (link coming soon). Support our sponsor, Simple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews promo code seth andrews.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 - 1h 28min
- 411 - This is Twitter, and You're Trash
The show title is (obviously) somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the struggle is real. How do we engage, defeat bad ideas, and promote good ideas online without losing our humanity in the angry noise? Seth Andrews shares his own experience as a communicator in the age of the Rage Tweet. This is a presentation given before a live audience June 2nd at the annual fundraiser for the Northeast Ohio Freethought Society. There is no video version, but the slides shown to the live audience are described in the audio. Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 12 Jun 2018 - 1h 38min
- 410 - The Trouble with God (with Chris Matheson)
Author and screenwriter Chris Matheson is one of the people behind the "Bill & Ted" films, and authored the 2015 humor book, "The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love and Hate." He's back (and so is God) for a follow-up. He joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about "The Trouble with God: a Divine Comedy about Judgment (and Misjudgemnt)." Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 05 Jun 2018 - 45min
- 409 - Jordan Peterson, Royal Confusion, and the Miracle of the Angel Moth
Join Seth Andrews for a lightheated romp through a few recent headlines and his own (skeptical) observations about Jordan Peterson, the recent Royal Wedding, the miracle of the "angel moth," and more! Support our sponsor:http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistTue, 29 May 2018 - 56min
- 408 - The Earthbound Parent: Raising Kids Without Religion
This broadcast addresses secular parenting, education VS indoctrination, and features a conversation with author Richard A. Conn Jr. about his book, "The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise your Little Angels without Religion." More links: David G. McAfee: https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.com Couple of Atheists: https://coupleofatheists.com/category/secular-parenting Tiny Thinkers books: http://tinythinkersbooks.com Parenting Beyond Belief: https://parentingbeyondbelief.com Camp Quest: http://www.campquest.org Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 22 May 2018 - 3h 03min
- 407 - Naked Mormonism
"Secular Mormon" Bryce Blankenagel speaks with Seth Andrews about the dark and often bloody foundations of the Mormon church. VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/gy5mUiviawU Bryce's page: http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com Support our sponsorThe Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 15 May 2018 - 1h 22min
- 406 - Stories of the Strange
This show departs from its usual subject matter for a romp through some weird headlines from around the world. Enjoy! Support our sponsor: http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews) Seth Andrews, Cara Santa Maria, and Matt Dillahunty in Los Angeles May 15th. Info and tickets at: https://www.facebook.com/seth.andrews.31/posts/1681757418567332 https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/09005489B24E34A2?f_PPL=true&ab=efeat5787v1Mon, 30 Apr 2018 - 1h 03min
- 405 - Be Fruitful and Multiply: The "Sin" of Being Child-Free
In some fundamentalist cultures, the decision to not have children is considered a violation of God's edict to "be fruitful and multiply." We discuss being child-free against the expectations of others. Support our sponsor Simple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews ($30 off contact lens purchase with promo code sethandrews)Tue, 24 Apr 2018 - 1h 22min
- 404 - The Not-So-Intelligent Designer (with Dr. Abby Hafer)
Biologist, professor and author Dr. Abby Hafer gives specific examples of "Intelligent Design" that isn't intelligent at all. Dr. Hafer's Book, "The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not:" http://a.co/dUWs4ze Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Los Angeles event with Matt Dillahunty, Cara Santa Maria, and Seth Andrews: https://www.facebook.com/events/2022525981403467/Tue, 17 Apr 2018 - 1h 19min
- 403 - Seth Andrews Turns 50: from the 2018 American Atheists National Convention
Seth Andrews joins a live audience to celebrate his (approaching) 50th birthday at the 2018 American Atheists National Convention. Video of this speech is here: https://youtu.be/zkOq4WiDA1U Support our sponsors The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Simple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)Tue, 10 Apr 2018 - 1h 11min
- 402 - When Christians Are Losing The Argument
A recent internet meme asks users to "Name something a Christian says when they're losing an argument to an atheist." We explore some all-too-familiar responses. --- Support our sponsor:Simple Contactshttp://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews) Brew City Benefit link:https://www.facebook.com/events/145752776069530/ Holy Koolaid's website: http://www.holykoolaid.comTue, 03 Apr 2018 - 48min
- 401 - Leona Stucky: Surviving My Impotent God
Leona Stucky suffered abuse and shame as a Mennonite teenager. This is the story of her survival, escape, and liberation. Dr. Stucky's website: http://www.leonastucky.com Book: The Fog of Faith: Surviving My Impotent God: https://www.amazon.com/Fog-Faith-Surviving-Impotent-God/dp/099864742X Support our sponsor: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)Fri, 30 Mar 2018 - 57min
- 400 - Could You Forgive a Killer?
This bonus broadcast explores the story of Malala Yousafzai, her forgiveness of a Taliban assassin, and a much larger conversation about ideologies, tribes, oppressors, victims, division, and our own humanity in this often hyper-polarized world. Support Seth Andrews on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsWed, 28 Mar 2018 - 51min
- 399 - A Happy Show about Death
Death is often a taboo subject. But is it subject to be avoided (and an inevitability to be feared)? Join us for a candid, real, and destigmatizing conversation about our mortal and temporary lives. We'll speak with listeners about their own perspective, and a professional mortician will take us into the inner room of the funeral home for a frank yet fascinating look at the processes which happen after we're gone. This is a show about death, but more importantly, it's a conversation about life! Let's raise (at least) $3000 for William, a caller who's had a rought few years and could benefit from our help: https://www.gofundme.com/forwilliam Support our sponsors stamps.com: http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews) Skeptic Magic: https://www.pangburnphilosophy.com/project-1Tue, 27 Mar 2018 - 2h 16min
- 398 - The Triumph of Christianity: with Dr. Bart Ehrman
Author and New Testament scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman joins the show to talk about his latest book, "The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World." Seth finishes the broadcast with a reading from the book. Bart Ehrman's website: https://www.bartdehrman.com Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Hello Fresh: http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code SethAndrews30) VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/uDy7TtfLggsTue, 20 Mar 2018 - 1h 13min
- 397 - Ian Harris: The Skeptic Comedian
California comedian and atheist Ian Harris joins Seth Andrews to talk about atheism, skepticism, religion, and the punchlines that come with them. Ian's website: http://www.ianharriscomedian.com VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/2prKW66Q5Is Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 13 Mar 2018 - 40min
- 396 - The God of the Gun: A "Divine Right" to an AR-15?
In the wake of the February 2018 Parkland, Florida school shooting, many Christians again claim that the right to own an assault rifle is God-given. We take a fair, candid look at the tragedy, the political maneuvering, the law, and the future of God & Guns in America. Support our sponsor:$50 off at Casper https://casper.com/thethinkingatheist Article: "F...You, I Like Guns:" http://www.scarymommy.com/fuck-you-i-like-gunsTue, 06 Mar 2018 - 1h 57min
- 395 - An Atheist Insomniac: Musings of the Monkey MindTue, 27 Feb 2018 - 1h 11min
- 394 - Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression
Clinical psychologist Dr. Hector Garcia joins Seth Andrews for a candid (and potentially controversial) discussion about the origins and characteristics of man-made gods and the violence which so often defines them. Dr. Garcia's book "Alpha God:" https://www.amazon.com/Alpha-God-Psychology-Religious-Oppression/dp/1633880206 Dr. Garcia's website: http://www.hector-garcia.com Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/DiNLUeZGOcITue, 20 Feb 2018 - 46min
- 393 - Tactics: How to Change Minds (including our own)
Activists Matt Dillahunty, Sarah Haider, Anthony Magnabosco and Kavin Senapathy join Seth Andrews for a conversation about how to best engage religious people in discussions about God, faith, facts, knowledge and atheism. Matt Dillahunty: http://www.mattdillahunty.com Sarah Haider: http://www.exmna.org Anthony Magnabosco: http://www.streetepistemology.com Kavin Senapathy: @ksenapathy on Twitter VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/Mm7OLiiw5dQ Support our sponsors The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com: http://www.stamps.com (click the microphone, promo code sethandrews)Tue, 13 Feb 2018 - 1h 31min
- 392 - The Brew City Benefit: Humanism and Healing in Milwaukee
The Brew City Benefit happens in Milwaukee, WI April 7th, 2018, benefiting RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), and helping to create a new Milwaukee Humanists group. DETAILS & DONATIONS: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-brew-city-benefit#/Wed, 07 Feb 2018 - 40min
- 391 - Confessions of a (former) Naturopathic Doctor
Britt Hermes once practiced "naturopathic medicine." Today, she is being sued for publicly criticizing a naturopathic doctor. Britt speaks with Seth Andrews about her background in naturopathy, her 180-degree turn toward science-based medicine, the lawsuit she now faces, and how skeptics worldwide are rallying to help. VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/aXAQRlWN0N0 Britt's blog: https://www.naturopathicdiaries.com Dec 2016 article: https://www.naturopathicdiaries.com/dubious-cancer-doctor-colleen-huber-cybersquatting Donate at: https://www.skeptics.com.auTue, 06 Feb 2018 - 48min
- 390 - Religious Trauma Syndrome
Religion is often declared a positive force. This show explores the darker side of religious teaching and thinking, and the very real harm it so often causes, as Seth Andrews speaks with listeners, shares their stories, and speaks with Dr. Marlene Winell, the psychologist and author who coined the term, "Religious Trauma Syndrome." Dr. Winell's website: http://www.marlenewinell.net Journey Free: http://journeyfree.org Dr. Winell's book, "Leaving the Fold:" http://marlenewinell.net/leaving-fold-former Recovering From Religion: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org Support our sponsor Hello Fresh. $30 off your first week at http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code sethandrews30)Tue, 30 Jan 2018 - 1h 40min
- 388 - Humanism and the Challenge of Race: with Dr. Anthony Pinn
Dr. Anthony Pinn is a Harvard-educated author, professor, and expert on theology and religious studies. He speaks with Seth Andrews about atheism and humanism, race in relation to (and beyond) the church, black religious history, and the challenges and opportunities of Humanism in the 21st Century. Dr. Pinn's website: https://www.anthonypinn.com Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus, and get a free 30-day trial: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth VIDEO of this interview: (coming soon)Tue, 23 Jan 2018 - 45min
- 387 - What Dreams May Come
In this (extremely informal) commentary, Seth Andrews talks about weird dreams, cults and cultures, and the pitfalls of keeping others comfortable. Video of this commentary here: https://youtu.be/ntECXMJx_v8Fri, 19 Jan 2018 - 45min
- 386 - NOprah 2020: The New Age Nonsense of Oprah Winfrey
After her inspiring Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey has been touted as presidential material. But does her track record reveal someone rooted in science, evidence, and worthy ideas? Seth Andrews explains why Oprah's admirable success story doesn't translate to the U.S. Presidency. Support our sponsor, The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Slate article: https://slate.com/health-and-science/2018/01/oprah-winfrey-helped-create-our-irrational-pseudoscientific-american-fantasyland.html Skeptical Inquirer article: https://www.csicop.org/si/show/oprah_winfrey_bright_but_gullible_billionaire Interview with Diana Nyad: https://youtu.be/hla3ibhUuCUMon, 15 Jan 2018 - 42min
- 385 - Skeptics on Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Seth Andrews recently invited a group of activists and listeners/viewers to talk about the (highly polarizing) latest entry in the Star Wars film series. The discussion - and disagreement - was lively. Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 09 Jan 2018 - 50min
- 384 - Uprising in Iran: with Armin Navabi
A historic protest is happening in Iran, as everyday citizens are rising up against the Islamic Supreme Leader and his government. Iran-born Armin Navabi helps us understand what's happening. Armin's Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ArminNavabi Website: http://www.atheistrepublic.com Atheist Republic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AtheistRepublic VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/tJ1HNT8Q5nU Support our sponsorhttp://www.stamps.com (enter sethandrews)Wed, 03 Jan 2018 - 40min
- 383 - 2017: The Year in ReviewSun, 31 Dec 2017 - 1h 47min
- 381 - Bitcoin or Bust? Skeptical Money with Phil Ferguson
Atheist activist, podcaster and investment advisor Phil Ferguson helps us navigate the rampant hype about Bitcoin. Phil pulls no punches, and the result is an informative (and often laugh-out-loud funny) commentary from someone who knows the ropes and knows how to talk about "skeptical money" in an engaging way. (Note: This podcast was recorded on 12/20 for an original release date of 12/26, but Bitcoin's volatility warranted an earlier release for accuracy.) Phil Ferguson's website: http://polarisfinancialplanning.com The Phil Ferguson Show podcast page: https://www.spreaker.com/show/phil-fergusons-tracks Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews YouTube video of this interview: https://youtu.be/BrjrMXNRRzQFri, 22 Dec 2017 - 1h 10min
- 380 - Joseph: Confessions of an Almost-Invisible Man
In the biblical nativity story, how much do we really hear about the character of Joseph? And what might Joseph have been thinking about the bizarre (and often hugely uncomfortable) situation he was placed in? This is a one-man play about a "God-father" that history has largely ignored. Made possible by our supporters on Patreon. Consider becoming a patron at http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews * Podcast thumbnail image by Vincent Deporter.Tue, 19 Dec 2017 - 44min
- 379 - An Infidel Christmas with the Secular Jihadists
What's a Christian-themed holiday without...ex-Muslims??? Buckle up, as the hosts of Secular Jihadists from the Middle East join Seth Andrews to talk about Christmas, the biblical nativity story, and their own experiences with religion...all with a healthy dose of irreverence and blasphemy. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (click the microphone, and type promo code sethandrews)Tue, 12 Dec 2017 - 1h 27min
- 378 - To Protect and to Serve: Religion in Law Enforcement
When taxpayer-funded police departments put "In God We Trust" decals on their vehicles, is this illegal? And what are some other demonstrations of religiosity within law enforcement? We speak to current and former police officers about this controversial topic. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Harry'shttp://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistTue, 05 Dec 2017 - 2h 04min
- 377 - A Murder in San Antonio
On November 27th, a murder-suicide in San Antonio devastated loved ones and shocked all who heard the news. This is a candid discussion about that day, and an effort to raise funds for the 3 daughters of Jennifer Smith, killed by her husband, and mourned by so many. DONATE: https://www.gofundme.com/HelpTheSmithGirls News rticle about the crime: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/article/Tributes-pour-in-for-wife-slain-in-alleged-12392573.php Jennifer Smith's obituary: http://porterloring.tributes.com/obituary/read/Jennifer-Jo-Smith-105542473 Veteran's resources mentioned in the show: VA mental health hotline - 800-273-8255 (Spanish/Español 1-888-628-9454) VA non-emergency hotline - 855-948-2311Fri, 01 Dec 2017 - 1h 28min
- 376 - Race, Science, and Society: with Dr. Eugenie Scott
Dr. Eugenie Scott, a former anthropology professor, is former executive director for the National Center for Science Eduation. She is a researcher, science communicator, and an outspoken critic of claims related to biblical Creationism and the broader claims of "Intelligent Design." Dr. Scott joins the show for a frank discussion with Seth Andrews about science, anti-science, race, evolution, "Intelligent Design," and more! Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Harry'shttp://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistTue, 28 Nov 2017 - 1h 01min
- 375 - I Am NOT An Atheist: Conversations about Doubt, Discovery, Good, and the Godless
This broadcast features various conversations with people who - for a variety of reasons - say they are not atheists. Some are simply averse to the label. Others declare that they are "spiritual." Still others are navigating a very personal (and very difficult) road out of religious belief. These are candid and compelling discussions about belief, spirituality, labels, and the search for truth. Support our sponsor Simple Contacts: http://www.simplecontacts.com/sethandrews ($30 off your first purchase with promo code: sethandrews)Tue, 21 Nov 2017 - 1h 52min
- 374 - The Satanic Panic: The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century
Host Seth Andrews spoke about The Satanic Panic in a humorous (and occasionally shocking) speech at the 2017 Florida Freethought Conference. This is the audio of that speech. YouTube video version: https://youtu.be/iW6UoIjy5F4 Support our sponsor:The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 14 Nov 2017 - 1h 36min
- 373 - Henry, Reflexology, and Divorcing the Walking Dead
This is a totally off-topic "bonus" broadcast for those who just want to listen to a non-atheism-related stream of consciousness monologue. Enjoy! Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews Or donate directly: http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/pages/donateWed, 08 Nov 2017 - 55min
- 372 - Women Beyond Belief: Women and Secular Activism
Seth Andrews speaks with a panel of atheists, secular activists and educators about the opportunities and obstacles women face in the fight against religion. Dr. Karen Garst is author of the book, "Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion" and host of www.faithlessfeminist.com. Dr. Abby Hafer is an educator, writer, speaker, and author of "The Not-So-Intelligent Designer - Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not." Wendy Marsman is a former believer and missionary who escaped fundamentalist religion and now hosts the "Women Beyond Belief" podcast. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Harry's: http://www.harrys.com/thethinkingatheistTue, 07 Nov 2017 - 1h 46min
- 371 - A Disagreement Between Friends (with David Smalley)
In the wake of the recent - and extremely controversial - Mythinformation Conference in Milwaukee, broadcasters and activists Seth Andrews and David Smalley have a public conversation about a personal disagreement, with the larger goal of demonstrating how people can disagree without becoming enemies. This is a "bonus" show on the lineup for any and all who'd like to listen in.Sun, 05 Nov 2017 - 1h 44min
- 370 - Is The Atheist Movement Dying?
Seth Andrews offers his perspective on "The Atheist Movement," its challenges, its opportunities, its evolution, and the warnings about its demise. It's hoped that you'll approach the show with an open mind, a respectfully critical ear, and the desire to build a world free from the bonds of superstition, dogma, and magical thinking. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com: http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)Tue, 31 Oct 2017 - 1h 32min
- 369 - Fears and Phobias: What Scares You?
As we approach Halloween, we again explore our (often irrational) fears, why they happen, and what we can do to overcome them. Your calls and emails, and we conclude the show with Dr. Caleb Lack, a clinical psychologist and expert on anxiety disorders. Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 24 Oct 2017 - 3h 00min
- 368 - Ghost Stories 2017
It's an annual tradition. Join us as we gather around the virtual campfire and share spooky stories to get into the Halloween spirit. Turn down the lights, crank up the sound, grab onto a friend, and enjoy! Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Support Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 17 Oct 2017 - 1h 51min
- 367 - Queer Disbelief: What LGBTQ and Atheist People Can Learn From Each Other
Hemant Mehta of "Friendly Atheist" and author Camille Beredjick speak about "Queer Disbelief," a book (near publication) which links the atheist movement to the LGBTQ movement, exploring the similarities and differences...and what they can learn from each other. Kickstarter Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/friendlyatheist/queer-disbelief-by-camille-beredjick Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 10 Oct 2017 - 2h 04min
- 366 - Katherine Ozment: Grace Without God
Katherine Ozment is an award-winning journalist and author, with credits that include National Geographic, The New York Times, and Salon. Katherine navigated her own journey toward secular meaning, purpose and "grace." She speaks with Seth Andrews about "Grace Without God." Katherine's website: http://katherineozment.com VIDEO of this interview: (coming soon) Support our sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 03 Oct 2017 - 1h 05min
- 365 - I Am A SuperheroTue, 26 Sep 2017 - 1h 15min
- 364 - Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty: The Ark Encounter Tour
What happens when two atheist activists tour Ken Ham's "Ark Encounter" in Williamstown, KY? They get together and talk about it. Matt Dillahunty joins Seth Andrews for a recap of their experience. Support our sponsor: http://www.stamps.com (code: sethandrews) VIDEO: Atheists at the Ark Encounter - https://youtu.be/2ln2epbcEaoTue, 19 Sep 2017 - 58min
- 363 - Those Godless Millennials
The Millennial Generation is increasingly unaffiliated with religion. It's also a generation often described as entitled, coddled, disinterested, and lazy. We explore the label and the people beyond it. Time Magazine - "The Me Me Me Generation": http://time.com/247/millennials-the-me-me-me-generation USA Today - "The Malignant Myth of the Millennial": https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/05/11/millennial-myth/100982920 Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth MythCon 2017: www.mythicistmilwaukee.comTue, 12 Sep 2017 - 2h 05min
- 362 - Salvation, Shame and Shunning - The Story of Lloyd Evans: Ex-Jehovah's Witness
Ex-Jehovah's Witness and activist Lloyd Evans tells his compelling story about his introduction to - and escape from - the JWs. Lloyd's website: www.JWsurvey.org Lloyd's book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0995669104 Lloyd's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/johncedars1929 YOUTUBE Video of this interview (coming soon). SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 05 Sep 2017 - 1h 33min
- 361 - Rage and Funyuns!Tue, 29 Aug 2017 - 49min
- 359 - The Myth of New Atheism
Commentary abounds on "New Atheism" and "New Atheists." But what, exactly, is "New Atheism?" Seth Andrews counters the claims that 21st century critics and criticisms of religion are a new or unique phenomenon. the National Review article "What Ever Happened to the New Atheists?": http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449931/new-atheists-american-left-wing-schism-islam-organized-religion Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 22 Aug 2017 - 1h 16min
- 358 - The Science of the Soul: with Dr. Julien Musolino
If humans possessed a soul, could that soul somehow be observed and measured scientifically? Can science properly speak for/against the claim that supernatural forces influence our minds, actions and behaviors? Is there a "Science of the Soul?" Join us for a conversation with Dr. Julien Musolino, a cognitive scientist who holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. Musolino is author of the book, "The Soul Fallacy," which dissects the "soul beyond science" claims so often promoted by religion and religious apologists. Video of this interview: (link coming soon) Dr. Musolino's website: http://www.julienmusolino.com Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 15 Aug 2017 - 1h 11min
- 357 - Atheists Believe in Nothing (and other misconceptions)!
Do atheists believe in nothing? Are they really without a moral framework? Are they all angry and spiteful? This show explores many (often ill-informed) claims about the non-believers in gods. Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com: www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews) Michael Sherlock's article "The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy" https://michaelsherlockauthor.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/the-atheist-atrocities-fallacy-hitler-stalin-pol-pot-in-memory-of-christopher-hitchens/Tue, 08 Aug 2017 - 2h 10min
- 356 - I Am Christ: a Conversation with Michael Sherlock
Spend an hour with Michael Sherlock: an Australian activist and author whose controversially-titled book "I Am Christ" reverses the religious narrative that God created us. Sherlock speaks candidly about biblical "truth," Islam VS Feminism, toxicity within the political Left, violent speech, and the myth of the "New Atheist." Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews Support Michael Sherlock on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MichaelASherlockTue, 01 Aug 2017 - 1h 19min
- 355 - God Loves Gluten (and other observations)
Seth Andrews does a (largely spontaneous) commentary about Cardinal George Pell, gluten-free communion wafers, the Flat Earth Society, and...guacamole! Support Seth on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 25 Jul 2017 - 1h 28min
- 354 - Seth Andrews Teaches Sunday School
No...these aren't the stories you're used to hearing at Sunday Sermon. These are stories that are often skipped over, ignored, or excused, lest they send Christians into a fit of head-scratching, guffaws and gasps. Let us explore The Good Book. (And if you can, share this episode with your Christian family and friends. They'll love it!) Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 18 Jul 2017 - 1h 36min
- 353 - "Praying" on the Disabled
How do those with disabilities feel when religious people declare them sinners, a life lesson, or a miracle just waiting to happen? We explore this subject, and the stories of various listeners who have been labeled, named, claimed, prayed over, and in some cases, ignored. Link to Washington Post editorial: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/04/24/a-powerful-reddit-thread-reveals-what-its-like-to-be-disabled/?utm_term=.fbf5514598d5 Blog "What Christians Have Taught Me About My Disability: https://profoundmetamorphosis.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/what-christians-have-taught-me-about-my-disability Support our sponsor: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 11 Jul 2017 - 1h 47min
- 352 - "Sara"
What's it like to emerge from a religious belief, and to navigate the complex, difficult and wonderous world beyond? Seth Andrews has a candid conversation with a young apostate who is currently walking this path. Her name is Sara. Her story is challenging, occasionally heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring. Support Seth Andrews on patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 04 Jul 2017 - 49min
- 351 - The Pensacola Cross and Trinity Lutheran: The Church and the State
Seth Andrews speaks with two secular legal experts about several recent court decisions that reflect (or betray) the United States Constitution's Establishment Clause. Andrew Seidel is a Constitutional attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Monica Miller is Senior legal Counsel for the American Humanist Association. Video of the Monica Miller interview: https://youtu.be/7kIjDPGOgiA Hemant Mehta's article on the Pensacola backlash against Monica Miller: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/06/21/christians-are-harassing-the-atheist-lawyer-who-won-the-pensacola-cross-case/ Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsThu, 29 Jun 2017 - 59min
- 350 - What is "Radical Islam?"
Is Islam the most dangerous religion on the planet today? Is "Islamophobia" legitimate? What's an Atheist Muslim? How do we address the challenges that come with the world's fastest growing religion? Lots of contributors to this show, including: Ali Rizvi: author of "The Atheist Muslim" Muhammad Syed & Sarah Haider: Ex-Muslims of North America Armin Navabi: Founder of AtheistRepublic Yasmine Mohammed: Founder of "Confessions of an Ex-Muslim" Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar: Founder of "Global Secular Humanist Movement" Support our sponsor: www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)Tue, 27 Jun 2017 - 2h 19min
- 349 - Seth Andrews: Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot!
Seth Andrews gave this speech June 3, 2017 in Toronto at the Imagine 7 conference. It's a humorous (and perhaps therapeutic) romp through Seth's religious past...and the often bizarre words and attitudes that reflected his Christian faith. VIDEO of this presentation: https://youtu.be/URr0O9aHW38 Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sethandrewsTue, 20 Jun 2017 - 1h 20min
- 348 - Educational Neglect: When Superstition Shackles the Mind
Religious cultures are often distrustful of science and scientists. They're also often bound to debunked mythologies and bad information. We explore mis-education and the celebration of ignorance in the name of God. Support Our Sponsor:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Links to Jonny Scaramanga's articles on ACE: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/leavingfundamentalism/2014/09/01/revelations-from-a-former-ace-insider http://www.patheos.com/blogs/leavingfundamentalism/2016/09/13/out-among-the-stars-defeating-the-legacy-of-religious-indoctrination http://www.patheos.com/blogs/leavingfundamentalism/2014/08/18/a-readymade-toolkit-for-institutionalised-oppressionTue, 13 Jun 2017 - 2h 01min
- 347 - The House of the DevilFri, 09 Jun 2017 - 1h 04min
- 346 - The Greatest Story Ever Told (So Far) - with Dr. Lawrence Krauss
Theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss has written a new book about "The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far," which examines and celebrates the human exploration of our universe. He discusses his book, and his perspective on the religious ideas of a "Greatest Story," with Seth Andrews in this short conversation. SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Dr. Krauss' book is available at http://a.co/9GQP0SH VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/rTtf1mzjOW8Tue, 06 Jun 2017 - 37min
- 345 - Letter to a Christian Spouse
A former Christian informs his wife that he's now an atheist. She threatens to divorce him. Seth Andrews has a short message for her, and for anyone who finds himself or herself "unequally yoked" with a non-believer. VIDEO "Letter to a Christian Spouse:" https://youtu.be/FQUA9Rh2MCYWed, 31 May 2017 - 51min
- 344 - The Devil You Don't Know (with Andrea Garatshun)
Andrea Garatshun is a former Christian fundamentalist. Now an atheist, she has spent the past decade as a Bible researcher, with a focus on biblical Hebrew, and understanding the gods of the Old Testament – the Tanakh. Garatshun asserts that Christian tradition’s archetypes of Satan are completely missing from the Old Testament, and that an exploration into the Hebrew reveals how Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub and Devil have been completely misinterpreted and misunderstood by cultural Christianity. This is a conversation about “The Devil You Don’t Know.” VIDEO of this conversation is on YouTube: (coming soon) SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 23 May 2017 - 1h 13min
- 343 - When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 2 OF 2)
On this 2nd part of a two-part podcast, we discuss the controversial subject of physical violence as a response to hate speech. Support our sponsor: Stamps.com http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews) Part 1 of this discussion can be heard here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/05/16/when-to-punch-a-nazi-a-conversation-about-free-speech-part-1-of-2Wed, 17 May 2017 - 1h 39min
- 342 - When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 1 OF 2)
Recent headlines have seen violent responses toward the culture's more distasteful voices. White supremacist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview. Milo Yiannopoulos' Berkley speech prompts riots. Ann Coulter cancels her own Berkley appearance over security concerns. Justifiable outrage against outrageous people and ideas seems to spill over into fists, fires, calamity and chaos. But are these responses appropriate and/or helpful? Is it ever appropriate to respond to words and ideas with a physical blow? On this two-part episode, we discuss this controversial subject. Your calls and emails: email@example.com Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Part 2 of this discussion releases May 17th, 2017 at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/05/17/when-to-punch-a-nazi-a-conversation-about-free-speech-part-2-of-2Tue, 16 May 2017 - 2h 16min
- 341 - You Pick The Topic - May 2017Fri, 12 May 2017 - 1h 16min
- 340 - Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias
Apologist Ravi Zacharias claims links to Oxford and Cambridge and education in quantum physics. But activist Steve Baughman (also known as the Friendly Banjo Atheist on YouTube) feels that there are good reasons to doubt RZ's claims. We discuss. LINKS: Ravi on the Run: https://youtu.be/x9GdG8i7xEI Ravi on Free Will: https://youtu.be/D64MiGLQ30w Ravi and Quantum Physics: https://youtu.be/zV75_f_zEbU RaviWatch website:http://www.raviwatch.com VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/ncrIBxj1OGITue, 09 May 2017 - 42min
- 339 - Noah Lugeons: The Scathing Atheist
Noah Lugeons is an activist, author, and host of "The Scathing Atheist" podcast. Noah joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about religion, atheism, "God Awful Movies," and more. Noah's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Diatribes-Essays-Scathing-Atheist-Presents-ebook/dp/B06XQTJT4R Scathing Atheist: https://audioboom.com/channel/scathing-atheist God Awful Movies: https://audioboom.com/channel/god-awful-movies SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.evolvefish.comTue, 02 May 2017 - 1h 01min
- 338 - Does Religion Poison Everything?Tue, 25 Apr 2017 - 1h 45min
- 337 - The Most Hated Woman in America
Netflix has a new film profiling Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of American Atheists and once called "The Most Hated Woman in America." But is the film fair and factual, and does the dramatized story of O'Hair bear any resemblance to the real-life story? In this podcast, we profile this atheist icon, and we discuss the film with Frank Zindler, former interim president of AA and someone who knew Madalyn Murray O'Hair personally. This broadcast will discuss specific plot points, so understand that there might be some spoilers. If that's a concern, we encourage you to see the film before listening to the show. Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 18 Apr 2017 - 1h 47min
- 336 - Addiction Recovery: 12 Steps and Beyond
Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programs often invoke (or require) a "Higher Power." How effective is this, and are there better alternatives for beating addiction and overcoming ? We explore 12-step programs, the often religious language they use, and some secular alternatives. Support Our Sponsor: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Jon Stewart’s blog: “Leaving AA, Staying Sober” https://jonsleeper.wordpress.com Jon Stewart’s article in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/29/alcoholics-anonymous-saved-my-life-but-i-lost-my-faith Recovery resources suggested on the show: https://www.seculartherapy.org/ http://lifering.org/ https://www.the-sinclair-method.com/ http://www.sossobriety.org/ http://www.smartrecovery.org/ http://www.refugerecovery.org/Tue, 11 Apr 2017 - 2h 15min
- 335 - Jesus: Mything in Action (with David Fitzgerald)
More and more every day, the claims of a literal, historical Jesus are coming into question. Many atheists still think the Jesus-as-God story traces back to a literal person, but author Historical researcher David Fitzgerald is among a growing number of mythicists who think that that Jesus never existed in any human form. David joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about Jesus, the claims, the evidence (and lack of), and David's new book on the subject, "Jesus: Mything in Action Volume 1." Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plushttp://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Kindness campaign for Doug Clark: https://www.youcaring.com/dougclarke-731585Tue, 04 Apr 2017 - 1h 00min
- 334 - Satanic: a Conversation with Lucien Greaves
Lucien Greaves is co-founder of The Satanic Temple, an organization which has gained global attention with its attempts to have its Baphomet monument displayed next to Christian monuments (like the Ten Commandments) on taxpayer-funded property. It also distributes children's books at various public schools as counters to the distribution of Gideon bibles and Christian literature. We speak to Lucien about his activism, his perspective on the supernatural and the Devil, and the mission and goals of one of the most controversial Satanist organizations in the United States. Support our sponsor: http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code: sethandrews)Tue, 28 Mar 2017 - 1h 12min
- 333 - Jesus on a Fish Stick (and other "miracles")
From the Jesus fish stick, to weeping Mary statues, to the staged "cures" sold by self-acclaimed faith healers, this lighthearted show explores some of the bizarre (and often hysterically funny) miracle claims from around the world. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com: http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)Tue, 21 Mar 2017 - 1h 31min
- 332 - Let's Talk About Something Else
This is a previously unscheduled, totally off-topic, "bonus" show. Because sometimes, we just need to take a break and hang out. Of course, this broadcast won't be for everyone, but if you're just looking for something to listen to, crank it up and enjoy.Sat, 18 Mar 2017 - 1h 21min
- 331 - Ron Miscavige: Scientology and my Son
Ron Miscavige is father of David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology. Ron tells the story of his son, Scientology, and his escape from the church's controlling grasp. Ron's book, "Ruthless:" https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-Scientology-Son-David-Miscavige/dp/1250096936/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487075049&sr=8-1&keywords=ron+miscavige SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 14 Mar 2017 - 1h 25min
- 330 - Faking Your Memories (with Dr. Elizabeth Loftus)
How reliable is our memory? Can fake memories be planted through suggestion? Cognitive psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Loftus is an expert on memory who has served as an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of memory-related cases, including the famous McMartin preschool trial, the Rodney King trial, litigation involving Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart and others. She joins Seth Andrews for an exploration of memory and the human brain. Dr. Loftus' TED Talk: https://youtu.be/PB2OegI6wvI Dr. Loftus' page at the University of California, Irvine: http://www.law.uci.edu/faculty/full-time/loftus/ SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)Tue, 07 Mar 2017 - 49min
- 329 - Seth Andrews: A Secular State of the Union Address
On the date which would traditionally see the U.S. President's annual State of the Union speech, Seth Andrews gives his own secular State of the Union address...a look at America through the eyes of a private citizen, and an examination of patriotism, protest, the presidency, and the world stage on which this nation stands. Transcript of the speech: http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/blog/123/A-Secular-State-of-the-Union-Address Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethTue, 28 Feb 2017 - 53min
- 328 - Donald Trump's America
Apologist Ken Ham and others have declared Donald Trump's presidency a divine appointment. But is Trump a true representative of the divine, or of the (secular) U.S. Constitution? This broadcast is the first of a two-part series relating to Trump's America. Today's show features: Steven Newton: geologist and rep for the National Center for Science Education Larry Decker: Executive Director - Secular Coalition for America Andrew Seidel: attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation Andrew Torrez: attorney and co-host of the Opening Arguments podcast Support our sponsor / Stamps.com http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews) (Part two - A Secular State of the Union Address - airs 2/28 at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/02/28/seth-andrews-a-secular-state-of-the-union-address)Mon, 27 Feb 2017 - 1h 14min
- 327 - Bart Campolo: A Life Beyond Belief
Bart Campolo is son of famous Christian evangelist Tony Campolo. Bart is the humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, a community builder, and host of the bi-weekly podcast "Humanize Me." In this candid conversation with Seth Andrews, Bart discusses his former faith, his father, religion, humanism, and his post-Christian "Life Beyond Belief." BART'S WEBSITE: http://bartcampolo.org BART'S PODCAST: http://bartcampolo.org/humanizeme SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Naturebox http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistTue, 21 Feb 2017 - 1h 27min
- 326 - Religious Family / Conditional Love
This broadcast is about atheists and skeptics, and how they deal with the often conditional love on a religious family tree. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com: http://www.stamps.com (code sethandrews)Tue, 14 Feb 2017 - 1h 31min
- 325 - Never Cry Wolfe: The Popular Pseudoscience of David "Avocado" Wolfe
David "Avocado" Wolfe is a wellness celebrity with a huge following. But do his claims pass the science test? What explains his rising popularity? And what damage might result from the tips, tricks, advise and "wisdom" Wolfe is spreading to the eager masses? Yvette d'Entremont, the SciBabe, is a former analytical chemist, science blogger and activist. She joins Seth Andrews for a spirited (and strange) journey into the world of David Wolfe. Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsenapathy/2016/01/01/a-new-years-resolution-for-science-advocates-dont-cry-wolfe/#29857f2129dd A Science Enthusiast article: http://ascienceenthusiast.com/the-david-avocado-wolfe-effect SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.harrys.com (coupon code: sethandrews)Tue, 07 Feb 2017 - 1h 08min
- 324 - God, Guns & Glory: Religion and the Military
How often is the military colored by religious language and superstitious thinking? And is a taxpayer-funded military supposed to be promoting God? This show explores the issue with the perspectives of many listeners, and an interview with Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: NatureBoxhttp://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)Tue, 31 Jan 2017 - 1h 28min
- 323 - Religion Screwed Up My Sex Life
How do religious teachings damage our ideas about sexuality, intimacy, worth, shame, partnership and pleasure? This show explores the dark side of religious sex education. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)Tue, 24 Jan 2017 - 1h 59min
- 322 - My Date With Google (2017)
Why do our eyes get puffy when we're sleepy? Does premium gasoline actually give us better gas mileage? Why do dogs stink after a bath? Why are alcoholic beverages called "spirits?" Why does it hurt so bad to get kicked in the testicles? Once again, Seth Andrews uses Google (and other resources), seeking answers to the common - and uncommon - questions that so often vex us. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)Tue, 17 Jan 2017 - 1h 32min
- 321 - Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces
Are trigger warnings a helpful tool for avoiding potentially harmful distress, or the enabling of hypersensitivity and a victim culture? We discuss trigger warnings and "safe spaces" in this (inevitably controversial) broadcast. Guests include a few activists in the freethought movement, and psychologists Dr. Caleb Lack and Dr. Valerie Tarico. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Naturebox http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheistTue, 10 Jan 2017 - 2h 02min
- 320 - Christian Radio Cell 53 Interviews Seth Andrews
Maine-based Christian podcast Cell 53 Radio asked Seth Andrews to join them on-air for a discussion about atheism, God, Christianity, belief, and Truth. This is the audio of that exchange. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: Hello Freshhttp://www.hellofresh.com (promo code sethandrews) Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)Tue, 03 Jan 2017 - 2h 17min
- 319 - 2016: The Year in Review
Join Seth Andrews as he recaps the best (and worst) of 2016...from the election to entertainment to sports to pop culture, it's the Year in Review. Enjoy. SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)Tue, 27 Dec 2016 - 1h 36min
- 318 - Heathen Holidays
How do atheists handle religious holidays (and religious families) every year, and how do many atheists mark an occasion with Christ in the title? This show features the perspectives of our listeners, advice on how skeptics can (if they choose) enjoy the holiday season and navigate the often turbulent waters stirred by fundamentalist families, and a few holiday anecdotes. SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)Tue, 20 Dec 2016 - 1h 51min
- 317 - Christmas Music by Secular Artists
It's surprising to many, but a lot of atheists and non-Christians enjoy Christmas music...even the tunes that talk about angels singing and the Bethlehem star. We speak about this (supposed) contradiction, and several special guests join host Seth Andrews for a casual round of holiday songs around the hearth. This show is glad to welcome: The Fab Four (The Beatles Tribute Band) http://ww.thefabfour.com Jonny Miller http://www.jonnymiller.org Shelley Segal http://www.shelleysegal.com James Covenant: Captain Picard “Make It So https://youtu.be/oiSn2JuDQSc Trev Fury https://www.facebook.com/TrevFuryOfficial Heather Henderson http://hhenderson.com/ HP Lovecraft Historical Society https://store.hplhs.org/products/a-very-scary-solstice Tim Minchin “White Wine in the Sun” https://www.amazon.com/White-Wine-in-the-Sun/dp/B00AHI77UG/ SUPPORT OUR SHOW SPONSOR: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/sethTue, 13 Dec 2016 - 1h 43min
- 316 - One Nation: Divisible
The original U.S. Pledge of Allegiance calls the USA, "one nation...indivisible." Yet it remains a nation splintered and divided, with many of those divisions fueled by religious ideas. This broadcast welcomes several special guests to talk about America, the rise of secularism, the influence of the Religious Right, and the future of a country that seems unable to agree about anything. Our guests appearing throughout the broadcast: Amanda Knief: National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists, and author of "The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government." Matthew De Dora: Director of Office of Public Policy for the Center For Inquiry Matthew Bulger: American Humanist Association Justin Scott: Director of Eastern Iowa Atheists Rebecca Markert: Managing Staff Attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation Larry Decker: Executive Director for the Secular Coalition for America Herb Silverman: President of the Secular Coalition for America Sarah Levin: Senior Legislative Representative for the Secular Coalition for America SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)Tue, 06 Dec 2016 - 2h 10min
- 315 - Movie Review: The Atheist Delusion
The hosts of God Awful Movies join Seth Andrews for a review of Ray Comfort's new film, "The Atheist Delusion." They watched the movie...so you don't have to. Enjoy! God Awful Movies: https://www.patreon.com/GodAwful VIDEO of this podcast: https://youtu.be/a62l6jGHAiUTue, 29 Nov 2016 - 1h 24min
- 314 - Our 300th Show!
This very special 300th broadcast was recorded in Dallas, Texas on November 19th in front of a live audience at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas-Richardson. Special guests include: Matt Dillahunty: https://www.youtube.com/user/SansDeity Sarah Haider of Ex-Muslims of North America: http://www.exmna.org David Smalley of Dogma Debate: http://dogmadebate.com Aron Ra: https://www.youtube.com/user/AronRa Recording artist Shelley Segal: http://www.shelleysegal.com VIDEO of this broadcast here: https://youtu.be/U6ViKFHOC-IWed, 23 Nov 2016 - 2h 09min
- 312 - The Mystery Letter
In the spring of 2016, Seth Andrews received a strange letter in the mail...a letter which has roots dating back over three decades. In September of 2016, he told his entertaining story about "The Mystery Letter" to a live audience in Riverside, California. This is the audio of that presentation. VIDEO of the speech: https://youtu.be/xWovupLjz7w SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.casper.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)Tue, 08 Nov 2016 - 59min
- 311 - The Kafir Project
If you enjoy audiobooks, and if you enjoy didactic fiction, you'll like this show. Author Lee Burvine speaks with host Seth Andrews about his sci-fi novel with religious (some would say sacreligious) themes, and Seth plays the first five chapters of the audiobook - read by Seth Andrews in their entirety - on this broadcast. THE KAFIR PROJECT WEBSITE: http://www.kafirproject.com/ Amazon/Audible link for purchase: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Kafir-Project-Audiobook/B01M7SRX8D/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1478011395&sr=1-1Tue, 01 Nov 2016 - 1h 32min
- 310 - Ghost Stories 2016
It's an annual Halloween tradition, as we gather around the virtual campfire, suspend our disbelief in ghosts and spirits, and enjoy some delightful frights together. Seth Andrews shares various ghost stories, and once again, he finishes the broadcast with an original production that will (hopefully) provide some October thrills and chills. Enjoy! SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR. Your first month free! http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews Ed Suominen's blog: http://blog.edsuom.com/ Written version of "This is my Body:" http://tellectual.com/TBT-This-is-my-Body.htmlTue, 18 Oct