SkepSun #84 (03_30_2014)

For the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Freethought Radio celebrates the life and legacy of the freethinking lyricist Yip Harburg, who wrote “Over the Rainbow,” and many other songs. We’ll hear Yip himself singing “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Over the Rainbow,” “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” and “Last Night When We Were Young.” Then Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor interview Yip’s son, Ernie Harburg, also an atheist, who is director of the Yip Harburg Foundation, about his father’s artistic life and social activism. In honor of Women’s History Month, we hear a talk from last year’s Women in Secularism II conference by Maryam Namazie in which she describes the necessary relationship between women’s rights and secularism in the Islamic world. Namazie is an Iranian-born human rights activist, commentator and broadcaster. She is spokesperson for Iran Solidarity, One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. Finally, continuing the skeptical look at food claims we began last week, celebrated food author Michael Pollan takes on the popular “Paleo” and raw food diets.  To eat well, he says, we need to eat less meat, more microbes and we need to cook it ourselves.




Maryam Namazie, Iranian-born ex-muslim secularist and feminist activist.


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