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SkepSun #135 (04_19_2015)

We learn from Annie Laurie Gaylor, flying solo on Freethought Radio this week, about recent FFRF state/church separation activism and how the the pious Attorney General of Oklahoma is on the warpath against them. We’ll meet Amanda Metskas, executive director of Camp Quest, which provides secular summer camps around the nation, and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Annie Laurie will honor the birth of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, an atheist, by playing some of his enchanting music, and, continuing the camping theme, plays Dan Barker and Steve Benson’s parody of the Boy Scout Hiking Song, “Why BSA?” These days, air travel is dreadful enough. Fees for checked bags, not even free pretzels anymore in coach on domestic routes. So who needs their flight held up because someone’s religion forbids them to sit next to, gasp, an unrelated person of the opposite sex? Skeptophilia blogger Gordon Bonnet’s live and let live attitude may have found its limit. We’ll hear him read a column of his from last week entitled “Airlines and Orthodoxy.” Then, in hour two, New York Times best selling author, television host and robotics engineer Daniel H. Wilson visits the MonsterTalk podcast hosted by Blake Smith and Karen Stollznow to discuss the nature of robots and the risk of a robot apocalypse. Is this one more thing we need to worry about? Wilson is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics magazine and his books include the award-winning humor titles include How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where’s My Jetpack? and How to Build a Robot Army and the bestseller Robopocalypse the film rights to which have been purchased by Steven Spielberg.

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Are you ready for the robopocalypse?

Are you ready for the robopocalypse?

SkepSun #128 (03_01_2015)

After celebrating the 100th birthday of freethinking biologist Peter Medawar, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, hosts of Freethought Radio talk with Douglas Marshall, the victorious plaintiff who sued the city of Warren, Michigan, and won the right to display a Reason Station next to the Prayer Station in city hall. Then they speak with journalist Jeffrey Tayler, of The Atlantic (calling us from Russia), about his “It’s Time to Fight Religion” article and the problem with the media’s hesitation to criticize religion itself for the violence it creates. Afterwards, we will hear the thoughts of Brian Dalton, sometimes known as “Mr. Deity” on the hypocrisy over the Chapel Hill murders. We also have Skeptophilia‘s Gordon Bonnet who will urge us to reconsider our assumptions and stereotypes about people in a piece entitled “the myth of the moral high ground.” The grandaddy of all skeptical podcasts celebrated its 500th episode recently with a house party where the skeptic rogues were joined by some illustrious guests. In hour 2, we’ll hear the skeptic rogues Steve, Jay and Bob Novella and Evan Bernstein along with special guests Massimo Pigliucci, Jon Blumenfeld Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Novella and Joshie Berger.  Topics range from Brian William’s memory issues, to Gwyneth Paltrow’s peculiar hygiene regimen to Joshie Berger’s entertaining spin-off of their regular feature “science of fiction,” entitled “Jewie or fiction.” The full episode is available here.

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Ex-Hasid Joshie Berger of Williamsburg, New York.

Ex-Hasid Joshie Berger of Williamsburg, New York.