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Welcome American Humanist President David Niose to the show. Here is the Author of Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of the Secular Americans. He is working to form a new group of Americans to challenge the reign of the Religious right by emphasizing the importance of utilizing mass media to inject humanist ideas into the public dialogue, improve the public image of humanist and sway public opinion of the religious right. He uses his knowledge of the law to advocate for the church/state separ
Great speeches, interviews, lectures and readings selected to remind listeners that there is more to life than the bread, circus and sermons from on high.
Today's Listening Post Schedule:
A March 28, 2013 broadcast of "Great Speeches and Interviews" from Access Sacramento, Ca. titled "Carbon Math."
Hear great music and heavy weight discussion, from the program summary:
"Activist Bill McKibben and former president of Shell Oil Company John Hofmeister discuss the current state of energy and the technology. While both McKibben and Hofmeister agree that the world needs better energy alternatives, they disagree on when the needed changes will happen.
Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org and author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. John Hofmeister is CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy and Former President, Shell Oil Company."
We will return to great book interviews and reading from Libris Vox volunteers next Secular Sunday.
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Today's 5th May, 2013 episode includes: From Point of Inquiry hosted by Chris Mooney:
Back in the summer of 2011—just before the 10 year anniversary of 9/11—this show welcomed on Scott Atran, an anthropologist who is a leading expert on terrorism and violent extremism. Now, in the wake of the Boston bombings and the dramatic capture of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we called Atran back to discuss the first large scale U.S. terrorist bombing since 9/11. As Atran's research shows, the Tsarnaev brothers share many parallels with other young, disaffected men who opt for extremist violence around the world. ...
And from the New Books Network hosted today by Marshall Poe: Most people today think of war–or really violence of any sort–as for the most part useless. It’s better, we say, just to talk things out or perhaps buy our enemies off. And that usually works. But what if you lived in a culture where fighting was an important part of social status and earning a living? What if, say, you couldn’t get married unless you had gone to war? What if, say, you couldn’t feed your family without raiding your enemies? Such was the case with Chiricahua Apache of the Southwest. As Lance R. Blyth shows in his terrific book Chirichahua and Janos: Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands, 1680-1880 (Nebraska UP, 2012), war was a necessary part of Chiricahua life, at least in the 17th and 18th centuries. They needed to fight the Spanish in Janos, and there was nothing the Spanish could really do to stop them, at least in the long term. ... Listen to Lance tell the fascinating story.
Harpsichord music provided by Joyce Lindorff.
Some readings by volunteers at Libris Vox as time allows.
Great speeches, interviews, lectures and readings:
First off, Yonanton Grad hosts from New Books Network::
... In her engaging, informative, and fun book, The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS (Norton, 2008), Elizabeth Pisani draws on her experiences doing field work as an epidemiologist in Indonesia and on staff at UN AIDS, the joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, during the time when the world was coming to grips with the fact of an exploding global epidemic of HIV. If you want to design effective interventions, you have to understand exactly who and what those interventions should target. But how easy is it to figure out who has sex with whom and when and where and how often? Or who injects drugs and shares needles? Doing so is loaded with pitfalls, and Elizabeth lays them out for us, exploring how preconceptions, ignorance, and technical problems can cloud our ability to see what’s really happening, to interpret what we see, and, most importantly, to figure out effective ways to intervene.
In the second hour, Robert Knight's 17 April "5 O'clock Shadow" from WBAI NYC "
... A conservative republican cohort has now pushed America so far to the right that, for the first time in history, a Democratic party President - Barack Obama - has openly proposed major reductions in Social Security benefits. America's rightwing tailspin is part of a conservative global conspiracy that seeks to impede the development of so-called "social democracy. "That's the thesis of social critic and political scientist MICHAEL PARENTI, author of "God and His Demons." Parenti spoke recently at the Deep Politics Conference about the role of conspiracy in government operations, and the suppression of critical analysis of self-serving right wing social and military conspirators. ..."
Harpsichord music provided by Joyce Lindorff.
Today's New Book Network discussion, Susan Harris "God’s Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898-1902. Oxford University Press, 2011
Mark Twain called it “pious hypocrisies.” President McKinley called it “civilizing and Christianizing.” Both were referring to the U.S. annexation of the Philippines in 1899.targets the religious references in McKinley’s and Twain’s comments, assessing the role of religious rhetoric in the national and international debates over America’s global mission at the turn into the 20th century. She points out that no matter which side Americans took, all assumed that the U.S. was founded in Protestant Christian principles. Harris probes the ramifications of this assumption, drawing on documents ranging from Noah Webster’s 1832 History of the United States through Congressional speeches and newspaper articles, to In His Steps, the 1896 novel that asked “What Would Jesus Do?” Throughout, she offers a provocative reading both of the debates’ religious framework and of the evolution of Christian national identity within the U.S.... This book matters: in the process of uncovering the past, Harris shows us the roots of current debates over textbooks, Christian nationalism, and U.S. global imaging.
We finish today's program with a special radio broadcast from Great Britain, the popular BCFM "Friday Drivetime" hosted by Tony Gosliing, 12 April, 2013. Talk radio as it should be in Kansas.
Harpsichord music provided by Dr. Joyce Lindorff.
Lyz Liddell is the Director of Campus Organizing for the Secular Student Alliance, she coordinates the campus organizing team to deliver the SSA's services and resources to affiliate groups and individual students. The Secular Student Alliance's mission is to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics.
Lidell was also the volunteer editor-in-chief of the SSA's eMpirical from 2006-2009, joining the SSA staff full-time in 2008. Liddell does work for her local off-campus organization, the Humanist Community of Central Ohio, and is a member of the Challenge the Gap advisory board for Foundation Beyond Belief.
She earned a BA in Music and English from Bradley University and a Masters in Music from Ohio State University.
Tune in Sunday, April 21st, at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific, as NPTR host Sean Prophet interviews the SSA's Director of Campus Organizing Lyz Liddell.
Join crazy Mad Max as he opens up the digital audio revolution to showcase new music from the independent arena and interviews with Author Jen the Humanist about the Bully Vcaccine.... Google it!
The National Atheist Party is a political organization dedicated to preservation of the Founding Fathers’ vision of a secular nation. They are guided by the principles of equal opportunity, recognition of merit, and economic responsibility to give voice to atheists across the country.
Programming designed to break away from the talking heads, the bread and circus of sports. Intelligent lectures and news with the divinity of doubt in mind. An October 2012 episode of Point of Inquiry with Dr. Oliver Sacks on "Hallucinations." Excerpt from the program summary: Hallucinations, or perceptions of objects without an external reality, are not confined to the minds of people with schizophrenia or those who take hallucinogenic drugs. In many cultures, visions are considered
Programming designed to break away from the talking heads, the bread and circus of sports. Intelligent lectures and news with the divinity of doubt in mind. An Oct. 29, 2012 Point of Inquiry double interview with: Jon Ronson (interviewed by Chris Mooney) is a journalist, filmmaker, radio personality and humorist-author of books you have heard of like The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test. You may have heard him on This American Life, or read him in the Guardian—or, if you ar
Lectures, music and readings of classical literature designed to escape the bread and circus of spectator sport extravaganzas tjhat dominate American popular media.
Two books from the New Books Network:
First David Schwartz talks to author Eric Deggans of "Race Baiter" from the program summary: " ... At the urging of his friends and colleagues, Deggans began to explore divisive issues in media and how networks use them to drive ratings and increase their bottom line. Deggans had both the curse and the benefit of writing the book under a tight deadline, which allowed for a discussion of such recent events as the Trayvon Martin shooting and Sarah Fluke being thrust into the national spotlight by radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh. Deggans draws on his experience as a critic to look not just at news, but also network television, including scripted shows and reality TV. ..."
Mark Lauchs hosts the conversation for the second book "State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles: Counter Insurgency, Government Deviance and Northern Ireland" by Maurice Punch.
From the program summary: "There are many books about the actions of terrorist groups but this book looks at the actions of the government response. A number of independent inquiries have revealed serious breaches of ethics and even criminal acts by these agencies; some of which have had fatal consequences for innocent members of the community. ... He explains how the many decades of conflict saw ‘organizational deviance’ on the part of the collective policing and military agencies. The book is an excellent study of how enthusiasm can lead to justification of illegal actions with deadly results." Harpsichord music provided by Joyce Lindorff. Volunteer readings by Libris Vox.