SkepSun #152 (08_23_2015)

After honoring the life of famed freethinking civil-rights leader Julian Bond and catching up on state/church news in Texas and New Mexico, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker treat us to part of John Oliver’s hilarious take-down of greedy churches and evangelists taking unfair advantage of lax IRS codes. Then they talk with FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel about FFRF’s letter of complaint to university athletic departments that hire evangelical chaplains who turn the football field into a mission field. After Freethought Radio, should high school students read books which expose them to different worldviews? Some parents and the principal of a high school in Tallahassee, Florida apparently don’t think so. Gordon Bonnet, author of the Skeptophilia blog begs to differ. Then, Brian Brushwood is a magician, podcaster, author, lecturer and comedian known for the series Scam School, a show where he teaches the audience entertaining tricks at bars so they can “scam” a free drink from their friends. Brushwood performs his Bizarre Magic stage show across the United States and is the author of six books and has a video on YouTube worth watching called Scams, Sasquatch and the Supernatural. We can learn from Brian how we all can be better skeptics: David McRaney interviews him on the You Are Not So Smart podcast in hour two of the show.


Magician, scam artist and skeptic Brian Brushwood


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