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Podcasts of Freethought Radio, a division of the Freethought Media Network. Truth-telling, revolutionary independent media hosted & produced by founder Ali Salaam. "Independent music, independent talk, independent minds." Official site: www.FreethoughtMedia.org or facebook.com/freethoughtradio Although copyright laws are bulls**t, I would rather not get sued for actions that are not my own, so unauthorized duplication of the musical content of the podcasts, whether in full or any segment of ...
 
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I interview Princeton's Dr. Michael Gordin about his new book On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience, an exploration of the "demarcation problem"; i.e., how to separate science from non-science. For more about Michael and his work visit MichaelGordin.com. To buy a copy of his book click here. (At the top of the show, a clip from Irish com…
 
Tensions erupt again across the US with the police killing of Daunte Wright only miles away from the ongoing trial in the police killing of George Floyd. We're in the back nine of the Florida legislative session and all the awful bills are being passed. The Florida Department of Education is considering new standards in Civics & Government that sne…
 
Annie Laurie Gaylor reveals that the governors who resist pandemic science are white Christian nationalists. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel tells us how the new congressional Supreme Court expansion bill, introduced today, will affect state/church separation. Then, Mexican-American actor, author, activist and atheist Indra Zuno d…
 
In anticipation of the upcoming Easter holiday (April, 4, 2021), ETFF celebrates with a special look at immortality. Featuring- an interview with the foremost advocate for radical life extension and chief science officer for the SENS foundation, Aubrey de Grey; a video essay called ‘Why Die’; our annual Jesus vs. the Easter Bunny debate; and more! …
 
Sarah & Allie discuss news of the week(ish). From a serious toxic leak in Tampa Bay to the Chauvin trial in the murder of George Floyd, we connect the dots and probably make you angry. That's OK, we're angry, too. Winding down the Parents Bill of Rights and Moment of Silence Bills Reservoir leak in Manatee County Chauvin Trial FL HB1: The Anti-Prot…
 
Major court win! FFRF attorney Liz Cavell joins us to talk about FFRF's successful lawsuit blocking the state of Alabama from requiring the religious "So Help Me, God" oath on voter registration forms, a victory for state/church separation as well as voting rights. After listening to freethinker Yip Harburg sing "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", we…
 
I interview journalist (and senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity) Mustafa Akyol, author of Reopening Muslim Minds, in which he outlines how the Islamic world lost its way, and how it can move toward progress and modernity by leveraging traditions from its own past. For more about Mustafa and his work visit …
 
We celebrate the fact that U.S. church membership is now below 50 percent, complain about voter suppression by evangelicals, and announce a historic endowment for Secular Studies. After hearing the Dan Barker/Charles Strouse song "Poor Little Me," we talk with neuroscientist and freethinker (and creator of the Palm Pilot) Jeff Hawkins about his new…
 
A flurry of bills with serious impact to the GSRM community are once again making their way through the Florida Legislature. Jon Harris Maurer, Public Policy Director with Equality Florida is on the ground in Tallahassee working to raise awareness and affect change. Equality Florida - https://www.eqfl.org/…
 
"Thoughts and prayers" are not enough. Violence — often prompted or exacerbated by religion — must be addressed with meaningful legislation. We encourage people this week to take action to protect state/church separation in Arizona, Delaware and Tennessee. After hearing Dan Barker's song "Get Off Your Knees (And Get To Work)," we talk with former M…
 
I interview scientist and science advocate Dr. David Robert Grimes about his new book Good Thinking: Why Flawed Logic Puts Us All at Risk and How Critical Thinking Can Save the World. For more about David and his work visit DavidRobertGrimes.com. To buy a copy of the book for yourself click here. Plus: The 21-year-old man who murdered eight people …
 
Monica Miller, Legal Director and Senior Counsel with American Humanist Association joins to discuss a recent SCOTUS case that brought AHA together with Alliance Defending Freedom over issues of campus free speech and religious expression. We'll also talk about other cases and legislation in Florida and beyond. American Humanist Association Religio…
 
Happy spring! FFRF attorney Maddy Zeigler reports legal victories in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan. A year into the pandemic, we see that "thoughts and prayers" are no match for science and action. We hear Roy Zimmerman sing "To The Victims of This Tragedy." Then we ask: Is atheism good for your health? We speak with Professor David Speed of t…
 
We report that atheists are more likely to be vaccinated than any other group. FFRF staff attorney Patrick Elliott explains a Supreme Court decision that is helpful to state/church lawsuits. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel tells us why Congress' HR1 "For The People Act" voting-rights bill is good for seculars. Then we talk with th…
 
JR Becker, Best Selling Author of the Annabelle & Aiden series of children's books joins us for a chat about writing science & skepticism books for kids and kick off his next book, "Oh My Gods! A History of Belief" - A stunning children's book on the history of our beliefs and gods, and what they say about us. Kickstart the new book! OhMyGodsTheBoo…
 
I interview Emily Joy Allison, author of #ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing, in which she shares her deeply personal story and offers a way forward for survivors of church-based indoctrination and mistreatment. To buy a copy of this book click here. For more about Emily and her work visit EmilyJoyPoetry.com. Plus: …
 
We celebrate Women's History Month by cheering New Mexico's law overturning the ban on abortion. The Do No Harm Act passed the House of Representatives. FFRF reports a state/church victory in Alabama and a legal complaint over a North Carolina public school entangling with a local church. After hearing the feminist anthem "Bread and Roses," we talk…
 
Juror 13: She's not guilty! The "Holy Spirit" told me. Florida Spring water bottling to expand after permit approval Moment of Silence Bill Advances; Fox 35 Orlando Coverage Sen. Dennis Baxley bill would mandate moment of silence in Florida schools Georgia Bill Would Replace Moment of Silence with Specific Christian Prayer in Public Schools ACPC Di…
 
Colorado is getting tough on molesting clergy, Congress is passing the Equality Act to protect the LGBTQ community against Christian nationalists, and taxes are being appropriated to pay for a Kentucky church. FFRF intern and blogger Barbara Alvarez tells us about the bad South Carolina abortion law and about how members of Congress are being shunn…
 
I interview Ian Rosenberg, media lawyer, legal counsel for ABC News, and author of The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases that Define Our First Amendment Freedoms. For more about Ian and his book visit thefightforfreespeech.com. Plus: Donald Trump survived his second impeachment, and now the Republican Party continues the project of ejecting anyone w…
 
Dale McGowan joins Sarah Ray and Devon Graham for a conversation about secular parenting in a still highly-religious world. We talk about parenting during difficult world events and take viewer questions. Dale's Links Dale's Website: https://dalemcgowan.com/ How Music Does That Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/how-music-does-that Raising Free…
 
From Black History to Black Gold. We listen to the voice of the freethinking NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois and the music of nonreligious African-American composers. After we hear Lena Horne sing the irreverent Yip Harburg song "Ain't It The Truth?", FFRF's Director of Communications Amit Pal joins as a co-host to interview Professor Darren Dochuk, a…
 
Our guest this week is Bryce Blankenagel, host of the Naked Mormonism and Glass Box podcasts. Bryce Blankenagel Introduction - Naked Mormonism - Glass Box Podcast Mormon Missions Designed to Fail? Mormons and the Boy Scouts - Church Divorcing from BSA - BSA Files for Bankruptcy over Sex Abuse Claims - History of Abuse in Scounting LDS Youth & Worth…
 
Christian nationalism and Roman Catholic greed are the themes for the first half of the show. We talk about Jeep's religiously divisive Super Bowl ad and the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, accused of inciting Christian Nationalists to carry out the Jan. 6 insurrection. We hear talk show host Bill Maher's takedown of the religious extremists who…
 
I interview Dr. Randall Balmer, historian and Episcopal priest, about his new book Solemn Reverence: The Separation of Church and State in American Life. To buy this book click here. Plus: Kudos to the US House of Representatives for removing Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, as punishment for promulgating…
 
Sarah Ray and Allie Ashmead highlight two Black freethinkers with a Florida connection: Zora Neale Hurston and Butterfly McQueen. Then a quick roundup of some of the week's news. - Allie's Story - Zora Neale Hurston - Butterfly McQueen - Devon Graham's Secular Invocation before the Tallahassee Board of City Commissioners - FL Bill permitting high s…
 
We call on the Wisconsin attorney general to launch an investigation into the widespread sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church. FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne tells us the tragic story of an abuse victim who recently committed suicide when the church abandoned him. Then we hear the humorous and irreverent "Noah" by poet and Darwin scholar Phili…
 
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