SkepSun #11 (11_04_2012)

On this week’s show we hear about champions of the First Amendment on Freethought Radio, then some freethinking music from Cher, George Hrab and Bad Religion. In hour two, a Point of Inquiry double bill:  Chris Mooney talks to Jon Ronson, a journalist, filmmaker, radio personality and humorist-author of books you have heard of like The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test. You may have heard him on This American Life, or read him in the Guardian—or, if you are a very strange and odd person, or maybe a psychopath, you may have been interviewed by him! Because that would put you right in his wheelhouse, as he explains in this interview. Then, Indre Viskontas interviews Richard Wiseman who holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. His research on an eclectic range of topics including luck, self-help, illusion and persuasion has been published in some of the world’s leading academic journals and cited in over 20 introductory textbooks. He has also written several best-selling books that have been translated into over 30 languages, including The Luck FactorQuirkology, and 59 Seconds. His psychology-based YouTube videos have received over 45 million views and he has given keynote addresses to organisations across the world, including The Royal Society, The Swiss Economic Forum, and Google.

http://dl.dropbox.com/s/fcgkde34b8jcnzl/SkepSun_11_04_2012.mp3

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