Evolutionary psychologist and bestselling author Steven Pinker ("The Blank Slate") will talk about his atheism, hypothesize about why religion exists and discuss his books. The show includes a look at the unorthodox Robert Burns, author of "Auld Lang Syne." Theocracy Alert looks at the practice of swearing in politicians on the bible. Freethought Radio is a production of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and is co-hosted by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. (MP3, 49 min, 22.5 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_36_123006.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:46 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Natalie Angier of the New York Times, a self-professed "lonely atheist" and bestselling author, will be the guest on Freethought Radio. Also debuting on the show will be a new song by poet Philip Appleman, "Intelligent? Design?" arranged and performed by Dan Barker. The show takes a brief look at distinguished freethinkers born at the end of December. Freethought Radio is a production of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and is co-hosted by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Foundation. (MP3, 50 min, 22.8 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_35_122306.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:20 PM

The theme of Saturday's Freethought Radio is the Winter Solstice, and it will feature an interview with Tom Flynn, author of "The Trouble with Christmas," and the song, "Solstice Tribute," by Dan Barker. As Freethought Radio's solstice treat for listeners, the show will broadcast an excerpt from Julia Sweeney's "Letting Go of God" one-woman play, in which the comedian reads the bible and discovers it isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Freethinkers Almanac features songwriter Jay Gorney ("Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"). A rare song by by blacklisted Gorney celebrating the Bill of Rights, recorded by freethinker Paul Robeson, will also play. Freethought Radio is a production of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and is co-hosted by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Foundation. (MP3, 49 min, 22,4 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_34_121606.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:13 PM

Features an interview with Steve Benson, Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Arizona Republic, and Mormon-turned-atheist. It is co-hosted by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, who are co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The hosts will also discuss the Foundation's annual Winter Solstice sign at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and report on the Foundation's lawsuit challenging the creation of the faith-based office at the White House, to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Freethought Radio is a production of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. (MP3, 51 min, 23.1 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_33_120906.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:54 PM

Features an interview with Prof. Daniel C. Dennett, eminent Tufts University philosopher and author of the new book explaining the natural phenomenon of religion, Breaking the Spell. The show will also excerpt a short highlight of Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg's recent talk urging other scientists at the Salk Institute to help him wake up the world to the nightmare of religion. Freethinkers Almanac will pay homage to Mark Twain. (MP3, 51 min, 23.1 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_32_120206.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:35 PM

Features an interview with Ron Reagan, who will talk about what it is like to be the atheist son of Ronald Wilson Reagan, and about why he is working for stemcell research. The show will also give a nod to the recent atheist pronouncements of entertainer Elton John. (MP3, 50 min, 23 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_31_112506.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:49 PM

Features an interview with Tom Reed, formerly a Roman Catholic priest, now a longtime Freedom From Religion Foundation member and atheist. In his honor, the featured song will be Dan Barker's version of Tom Lehrer's "Vatican Rag." The November birthday anniversaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Robert Louis Stevenson will be celebrated in Freethinkers Almanac. (MP3, 47 min, 21 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_30_111806.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56 AM

Features a memorable interview with distinguished TV journalist and author, Betty Rollin. The award-winning former NBC correspondent is now a reporter for PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Author of "First You Cry" and "Final Wishes," Ms. Rollin talks movingly about the need for physician-assisted suicide and the Oregon law. Phil Och's song "When I'm Gone" is performed by folksinger Kristin Lems, and famous freethinkers born this week are discussed along with a little referendum news. (MP3, 52 min, 24 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_29_111106.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:36 PM

Features an interview with Mike McCabe, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, who has filed a complaint to the State Election Board about electioneering by Bishop Morlino, Madison (Wis.) diocese, among other church electioneering concerns about upcoming referenda. Discussed will be the Freedom From Religion Foundation's major victory last week ending a proposal to start "single faith" prison programs in federal penitentiaries. The show will also feature reaction to Chuck Colson's recent defamation of groups seeking to end public-funded ministries in prisons. (MP3, 50 min, 22.5 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_28_110406.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:09 PM

Features an interview with author and science popularizer Ann Druyan, who was married to Carl Sagan, and co-wrote and co-produced the movie, "Contact," based on Carl Sagan's novel. Ms. Druyan has written the foreward to a new book by Sagan appearing in November, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God, based on the newly-discovered transcripts of his Gifford Lecture Series. The show will also include a little news, a little music (Lena Horne singing the irreverent "Ain't It the Truth," by atheist lyricist Yip Harburg), and sound bites from the recent FFRF convention by participants from around the country. Dan Barker's Pagan Pulpit will address The Golden Rule. (MP3, 51 min, 23 MB)
Direct download: FTradio_27_102806.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:47 PM



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