SkepSun #104 (08_17_2014)

On Freethought Radio, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor talk about the latest developments with the Kountze, Texas bible-banner cheerleaders, and the FFRF state/church victory over a restaurant offering a discount for prayer and celebrate the birthday of freethinking composer Claude Debussy. Their guest this week is FFRF attorney Sam Grover, who will explain how he convinced the Navy to remove Christian bibles from Naval accommodations.World War I began a century ago, this year: a conflict which cost more than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians their lives, and shaped the the world we know today. How did reasonable people let “The Great War” begin, and what can reasonable people today learn from it? Christopher Capozzola is an MIT professor in political and legal history, war, and the military, and author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen. Josh Zepps talks with Dr. Cappazola about how day-to-day rationality can spiral off into madness. Then, we’ll hear from an Ithacan on a subject much on people’s minds in these parts: hydrofracking. Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea is Chris Mooney’s guest on the latest installment of the Inquiring Minds podcast and he explains how new data make hydrofracking shale look more dangerous, not less. The problem, Ingraffea says, is not just groundwater contamination, but also  earthquake generation and the accidental emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/s/sdrte10tqr7boc7/SkepSun_08_17_2014.mp3 ]
Cornell Professor Anthony Ingraffea and the science of  fracking

Cornell Professor Anthony Ingraffea and the science of fracking

 

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