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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,…

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    American Crusade: How the Supreme Court is Weaponizing Religious Freedom (with Andrew Seidel)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 46:37

    Constitutional attorney Andrew Seidel's new book tackles the compromised U.S. Supreme Court. We talk about the problem (and possible solutions).GET THE BOOK: of this conversation:

    Do We All Have a Dark Side?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 55:14

    Do the best of people hide an inner dark side? Is there an uncivilized creature beneath the uncivilized human? We discuss.

    Is Yahweh a Terrorist? (with Dr. Joshua Bowen)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 75:53

    At the release of his new book on the Old Testament, Dr. Joshua Bowen joins us for a necessary conversation about the true nature of the biblical god.The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament VOL2: Hammurabi: http://www.digitalhammurabi.comDr. Josh on Twitter: @DJHammurabi1VIDEO of this conversation:

    Can We Even Trust Our Own Brains? (with neuroscientist Dr. Indre Viskontas)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 52:44

    Some fascinating (and fun) brain science on this week's show.Dr. Viskontas' website:

    No! I'm Not Quitting!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 37:49

    Seth Andrews has launched a second show: True Stories with Seth Andrews. He shares some examples.

    Where's the Jesus in my Juice? (and other listener calls)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 80:37

    Lots of good stuff in this week's show: the Founding Fathers, a (somewhat) Catholic activist, some healthy firestarting, and one lovely caller who exclaimed that "the juice is a lie." Enjoy.

    How Minds Change (with David McRaney)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 60:49

    David McRaney is a science journalist, host of the "You Are Not So Smart" podcast, and author of several books, including his latest, "How Minds Change."GET THE BOOK! of this interview:

    We Dissent: Four Secular Women on the Front Lines

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 40:04

    Elizabeth Cavell, Alison Gill, Monica Miller, and Rebecca Markert are attorneys and secular activists on the new podcast http://www.we-dissent.orgElizabeth Cavell: Gill: Miller: Markert:

    Everyone's Shouting. Nobody is Listening.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 73:47

    Seth Andrews shares his story about a recent encounter with an angry Christian.

    Blood Cult: The Weird, Wild World of Christian Rituals

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 45:00

    Seth Andrews takes a fresh look at the world's most popular religion, revealing how culty (and often creepy) Christian traditions and rituals truly are.VIDEO of this speech:

    Speaking of God, We Don't Know Sh*t" (with ex-pastor D.B. Ramsey)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 48:38

    D.B. Ramsey was theologically trained and spent many years preaching Christianity. Today, he's an agnostic, directly challenging the faith he once held dear.VIDEO of this discussion:

    Adopt and Make Them Christian: The Post-Roe Crusade of Christian Domionists

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 63:20

    Seth shares his recent article on post-Roe Christian Dominionism, plus your calls.ONLYSKY ARTICLE:

    Bad Therapy: When Unscientific Interventions Harm People

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 50:04

    Dr. Alexander Williams, Dr. Yevgeny Botanov, and Dr. John Sakaluk penned a recent article titled "Bad Therapy," which addresses some unscientific - and often damaging - practices being done in the mental health profession.VIDEO of this interview: AMERICAN ARTICLE: STUDY: Williams: @williamspsychJohn Sakaluk: @JohnSakalukEugene Botanov: @scilitlab

    Science VS. Snake Oil: Debunking Bunk in this Crazy World (with Timothy Caulfield)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 50:01

    Timothy Caulfield (@CaulfieldTim) is Professor of health law & science policy, speaker, TV host & author. He joins Seth Andrews for a compelling and fun conversation about information and misinformation in the media age.VIDEO of this conversation:

    Alice Greczyn: Sex, Shame, and the Harms of Purity Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 35:24

    Alice Greczyn is a Hollywood actress, author, speaker, and activist. She escaped fundamentalist Christianity, and she tells her story.VIDEO of this interview:'s website: Instagram: book:

    My Head Is Going to Explode

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 69:10

    Raptor Turkeys (and Other Random Stuff We Should Absolutely Know)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 59:15

    It's time for another thrill-packed general knowledge show. In this broadcast, we talk about the appendix, belly buttons, cats and boxes, stoplights, blue jeans, static electricity, beef jerky, and of course, velociraptors.

    Dave Warnock: Childish Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 35:00

    Terminally ill with ALS, Dave Warnock is committed to fully living the moments which remain. He discusses his life, his prognosis, and his new book.Dave's website: http://www.daveoutloud.comBook "Childish Things:" of this interview:

    Values are More Important than Beliefs (with Dale McGowan)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 46:05

    A past recipient of Harvard's Humanist of the Year award, Dale McGowan is an activist, speaker, author, and Chief Content Manger for joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about media, bias, values, religion, and how we might better our efforts to improve the world. https://dalemcgowan.comVIDEO of this interview:

    Out Of My Cold, Dead Hands: America's Love Affair with Guns

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 51:17

    In the wake of two recent mass shootings, and inspired by a recent OnlySky article on American guns, homicide, suicide, and mental health (, Seth Andrews shares his thoughts on the subject, drawn from his 2020 book, "Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian."

    The Supremacist Court: Activists VS. America in the Halls of Power

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 34:22

    A leaked Supreme Court majority opinion reveals the impending end of reproductive choice via Roe V. Wade. What's happening, and what happens next?Special thanks to Rachel Laser of Americans United for joining the last half of the conversation.Americans United: article on leaked draft:

    Relatives, Rights, & Roe: Host Rants and Listener Calls

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 48:16

    It's a variety pack this week, with plenty of listener comments and questions. Enjoy!

    Your Moment of Science: Yvette d'Entremont in her Own Words

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 97:59

    Yvette d'Entremont is an analytical chemist and science educator perhaps best known as SciBabe. Seth reads several of her "Moment of Science" articles and talks to Yvette about them. Enjoy!SciBabe: https://scibabe.comOn Facebook: article:

    The Science of Mindfulness (with Dr. Ronald Siegel)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 53:03

    Dr. Ronald Siegel is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of "The Mindfulness Solution," and professor for "The Science of Mindfulness" at Wondrium.Free Wondrium trial to watch the series on mindfulness: Siegel's website: https://drronsiegel.comVIDEO of this conversation:

    Race, Representation, & Black Nonbelievers (a Conversation with Mandisa Thomas)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 21:08

    One of my lovely patrons advised that she wanted an audio-only version of this recent interview for listening. Here you go! :)VIDEO version:

    The Atheist Movement Is...Dead?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 70:57

    From time to time, someone (religious or otherwise) will declare all of atheist activism null and void. Seth Andrews examines that claim. Plus your calls.

    We Call B.S. (with Tom & Cecil of Cognitive Dissonance)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 66:27

    Tom Curry and Cecil Cicirello talk about their irreverent new book, "The Grand Unified Theory of Bullshit." VIDEO of this conversation: LINK: PODCAST:

    Noah Lugeons: How Bad Was This Movie?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 26:16

    Noah Lugeons hosts The Scathing Atheists and co-hosts God Awful Movies. This short bonus show features the audio from a recent video interview...conducted on Noah's birthday. Enjoy.VIDEO of this interview: Atheist: https://scathingatheist.comGod Awful Movies:

    Dishwasher Anarchy (and other observations on my birthday)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 69:46

    Seth Andrews turns 54. He's older. He's crankier. And he has stuff on his mind.

    In Retrospect: Evangelical Conservatives, Sex, and Monica Lewinski

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 52:07

    Yes, the story is 24 years old, but with the new American Crime Story miniseries airing on FX, it is reviving discussions about conduct, legality, and American puritanism and hypocrisy. VIDEO:

    Are Atheists Leading People to their DOOM? (and other listener calls)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 59:09

    It's a potpourri of questions, opinions, and rants from our listeners. Enjoy!

    Rage, Reaction, and a Little Hate Mail

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 85:52

    Lots to talk about on this bonus podcast, including a nasty letter, and some wonderful listener calls.VIDEO of this podcast:

    Genesis, White Jesus, and Debating the Resurrection (with Dr. Bart Ehrman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 46:55

    YouTube video of this interview: registration link: course: Ehrman's website: https://www.bartehrman.comDr. Ehrman's blog:

    The Hate Preachers: Bigotry and Fearmongering by Extremist Christian "Leaders"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 62:21

    Columnist, podcaster, and activist Hemant Mehta joins Seth for a difficult yet necessary dive into the hate platforms like The New Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement. The featured audio clips aren't pleasant to hear, but they reflect Old Testament-based bigotry and the tragic war on our fellow human beings.VIDEO of this conversation: Mehta at OnlySky: @hemantmehta

    The Ultimate Kids' Guide to Being Super Healthy (with Dr. Nina Shapiro)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 40:59

    Doctor and educator Nina Shapiro has a new book about keeping kids healthy. She joins us for a conversation about food, fads, medicines, and helpful advice for parents and children.

    Psychic Predictions: The Track Records of Professed "Seers"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 52:39

    Richard Saunders (of The Skeptic Zone podcast) and Rob Palmer (Skeptical Inquirer contributor) joined others in the ambitious Great Australian Psychic Prediction Project. They join the podcast to discuss their results.SI Article:

    Death, Grief, & Belief (with Dr. Terri Daniel)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 62:50

    Everyone deals with loss and grief, but not all models for recovery (especially religious ones) are helpful or healthy. Interfaith Chaplain Dr. Terri Daniel weighs in.CONFERENCE LINK: http://www.deathgriefandbelief.comTWITTER LINK: @DGBConference

    Banned on Facebook

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 4:34

    COPY AND PASTE (use better tags if you have them, and helpfully share in the comments):The #Facebook account incorrectly flagged and banned for hate speech. The post was actually exposing and condeming the hatespeech of a Texas pastor.I'm asking @meta to review and reverse thisinappropriate ban re:

    Bob's Bicycle: Prayer, Priorities, and the God of Diminishing Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 56:03

    When Christians celebrate "answered" prayers, they often sound ridiculous. Seth shares a chapter on the subject from his new book, "Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot."GET THE BOOK: AUDIOBOOK (narrated by Seth): GET AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY:

    Christian Jihad: A New Report on the Capitol Insurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 50:26

    Constitutional Attorney Andrew Seidel gives details on a new and comprehensive report proving that the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol was - in fact - a Christian Nationalist war against its own country's principles.VIDEO OF THIS INTERVIEW: FULL REPORT:

    Primatology, Proof, & the Human Monkey

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 31:23

    Erika is a primatologist known on Reddit/YouTube as "Gutsick Gibbon." She's also an enthusiastic educator about human evolution. Sit back and enjoy this compelling and entertaining conversation.YOUTUBE LINK:

    Be Yourself (Because Nobody Else Will)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 57:55

    Listeners bring their comments and questions this week, many falling under the category of preferences, boundaries, and personal choices. The theme seems to be, "You do you."

    Impossible (?) Conversations: The Best and Worst of "Woke Culture"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 56:35

    Psychologists Dr. Hector Garcia and Dr. Valerie Tarico join us for a complex, nuanced, and thoughtful conversation about the dying of discourse in a hyper-divided world. When should we speak, and when should we shout? Are we picking the right battles? When should we declare war on awful agents? And are good people sometimes getting an unfair shake? This is a discussion about discussions.

    Atheist Comedians

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 59:31

    Atheist comedians poking fun at religions? Here are some various clips from stand-ups like George Carlin, Dave Allen, Sarah Silverman, Tim Minchin, and more.

    Hi, I'm an Atheist: Coming Out to Family and Friends (with author David G. McAfee)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 41:25

    Author and journalist David G. McAfee talks about his new book, which is helping guide atheists through their "coming out" to family, friends, and associates.BOOK LINK:

    Show #600

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 67:37

    It's broadcast number 600! Thanks so much for over a decade of shows.

    2021: The Year in Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 64:16

    It's our annual recap of (some of) the best, the worst, and the most bizarre stories of the year.

    Holiday Heathenry

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 70:37

    Host rants. Your calls. Let's enjoy Christmas week together!

    I Miss Christopher Hitchens: Remembering Hitch on the 10th Anniversary of his Death

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 70:54

    We lost Hitch on December 15th, 2011. In this broadcast, we hear his voice, enjoy his mastery of language, and remember.LINKS:On the Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Tariq Ramadan Debate/Islam: Joy Behar with Pastor Douglas Wilson: Squared debate: Debate with Frank Turek: Rabbi Harold Kushner: the street/Life and death: Mother Teresa: VS William Dembski:

    We Are But Beasts (with Aron Ra)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 66:25

    Aron Ra is an author, educator, and atheist activist. He joins Seth Andrews to talk about pagan Christmas, religious awfulness, and humans' place as "beasts" in the animal kingdom. Shows with Aron are always entertaining, and this one is no exception.

    Spoiled America: Re-examining the Wonders of our Daily Lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 23:30

    In this unique show, we take a few minutes to regain some perspective.

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