food woo

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.

SkepSun #72 (01_05_2014)

On the first Freethought Radio of 2014, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker talk about ObamaCare and religion, Justice Sotomayor and the nuns, vandalism of freethought solstice displays, and the freethinking views of author Zora Neale Hurston. The also talk with Florida freethought activist Gary Whittenberger about his book God Wants YOU To Be An Atheist. Then, “food woo”: Brian Dunning addresses questions from students about claims that certain foods are healthful or unhealthful on an episode of Skeptoid. Next, Neil de Grasse Tyson, whose reboot of  COSMOS airs on television this March, ponders the plausibility of life on earth being of Martian origin and the implausibility that we will ever successfully communicate  intelligent aliens, even if they come visiting. Finally, on the Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot podcast, Luke Muelhauser talks with Stephen Law, senior lecturer in Philosophy, University of London about his “Evil God Challenge”: is the argument that an omnipotent evil god made the universe is as good as the one we usually hear for an omnipotent good god?