After discussing lots of timely news and FFRF activism attracting media around the nation, the Foundation interviewed Asheville, N.C.'s first atheist city council member, Cecil Bothwell, who attracted international attention when he won office there, despite a prohibition against atheists running for public office in that state. An investigative reporter, Bothwell is author of the only critical biography of Billy Graham, The Prince of War.
Direct download: FTradio_192_122609.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:06pm CST


To provide respite from the seasonal state/church and religious onslaughts, Freethought Radio devotes most of its program to great secular songwriting. The very special guest is Lynn Lane, 86, widow of the legendary songwriter Burton Lane, who reminisces about her husband and lyricist Yip Harburg, both unbelievers, and creators of "Finian's Rainbow," now a hit Broadway revival. After a little news, the hosts dissect one of the show's irreverent pieces, "The Begats," play snippets of songs, and speak with the charming Lynn Lane.
Direct download: FTradio_191_121909.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12am CST

GUESTS: HANNA ROSIN — DID CHRISTIANITY CAUSE THE CRASH? MARGARET DOWNEY — A TREE OF KNOWLEDGE Margaret Downey, president of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, will talk about why her FFRF chapter erects a "Tree of Knowledge" every year by a courthouse creche and how officials have tried to sabotage that solstice observance. Well-known journalist Hanna Rosin will talk about her cover story in the December Atlantic: "Did Christianity Cause the Crash? How Preachers Are Spreading a Gospel of Debt." The hosts will replay Ken Lonnquist's "O Isthmus Tree."
Direct download: FTradio_190_121209.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:35am CST

Guest: Robert M. Price: Bible-believing Bible Scholar to Unbelieving Bible Scholar Author and Jesus Seminar member Robert M. Price, a professor of theology at a seminary, talks about what moved him out of his fundamentalist fold into freethought, and tackles some of the biblical myths about Jesus and Christmas. The hosts talk about timely topics, including Dan's London debates last week and seasonal state/church violations.
Direct download: FTradio_189_120509.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44pm CST

GUEST: OPERA SINGER MARKELLA Freethought Radio will talk with world-renowned opera singer Markella, who has gone from Greek Orthodox to unorthodox. Markella has recorded a new pop song, "The God Delusion." Timely news updates include local coverage of FFRF's splashy 10-billboard campaign in Albuquerque. A bonus: a clip of Jay Leno's joke about FFRF's 32nd annual national convention in Seattle.
Direct download: FTradio_188_112809.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:35am CST

Guest: Greg M. Epstein: Good Without God Freethought Radio will talk with Harvard's Humanist Chaplain, Greg M. Epstein, author of the new book, Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Do Believe.
Direct download: FTradio_187_112109.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26am CST

Guest: Shawn Francis Peters, author, When Prayer Fails Freethought Radio will play some coverage of FFRF's jolly new bus sign campaign in Seattle, play some coverage of its 32nd annual convention there and discuss how religious lobbies sabotaged the House health care reform bill over abortion. Shawn Francis Peters will talk about the Christian Science lobby's promotion of a "sham" repeal of faith exemption in the Wisconsin Legislature. The show will also tackle the federal lobbying by the Christian Science lobby to mandate coverage of prayer as "medicine" in the Senate health care reform proposal.

Direct download: FTradio_186_111409.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:26pm CST

Editorial cartoonist Steve Benson unveils his brand-new Seattle bus sign that he designed for the foundation (HO! HO! HO!). Ernie Harburg, retired scientist and son of famous songwriter Yip Harburg will discuss the smash Broadway success of the revival of Finian's Rainbow and tell us about his new book.

Direct download: FTradio_185_110709.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:22pm CST

Guest: Scary Guest! IRS Auditor Talks about Parish Exemptions & Other Tales for Halloween Scary theocratic developments in the news, will be followed by an interview with one of America's scariest figures: an IRS tax auditor! Retired IRS auditor Robert Baty will expose the many tax privileges and benefits accruing "ministers of the gospel" in the IRS tax code, which are being challenged in a new federal lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. An "ode" to John Keats, born on Halloween, and October's other famous freethinkers, will be featured.
Direct download: FTradio_184_103109.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38pm CST

Guests: Donald C. Johanson, "Lucy" Discoverer & John Whiteside, Las Vegas freethought activist Scientist and "Lucy" discoverer Donald C. Johanson will talk about his atheism, evolution and how he feels about "Ardi" displacing "Lucy." FFRF'er John Whiteside will talk about why he underwrote a billboard blitz in Las Vegas for the Foundation, featuring 10 billboards variously reading: "Imagine No Religion," "Beware of Dogma" and "Praise Darwin: Evolve Beyond Belief."
Direct download: FTradio_183_102409.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31pm CST





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