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Steve Hill, Maryellen Hooper and Keith Lowell Jensen are professional comedians. They are also atheists.
In this roundtable discussion, Seth Andrews asks them about life on the road (and the stage), how their non-belief in the supernatural influences their material, facing the hecklers, and their desires to make people laugh while, perhaps, also making them think.
Steve Hill: http://www.stevehillcomic.com
Maryellen Hooper: http://www.maryellenhooper.com
Keith Lowell Jensen: http://www.rockass.net
Video link to "Evolution: What the Fossils Say" from Seth's monologue: https://youtu.be/DjFgcOId-ZY
Why do we become afraid? Is it rational or irrational to fear the dark, spiders, the boogeyman, the things that go bump in the night?
It's October, the month of frights. So, a week in advance of our Ghost Stories episode, we expore the concept of fear, and we talk about the things that keep us awake in the still of the night (or in the light of the day). Special thanks to our special guest: Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez of Stanford University.
Halloween is almost upon us, which means it's time again to turn down the lights, crank up the podcast, and share some ghost stories.
Yes, skeptics can enjoy ghost stories, and this annual tradition has become hugely popular with the TTA audience. So prepare to enter a world of ghosts, ghouls, footsteps in the dark, whispers from under the bed, and things that go bump in the night.
Christianity. Where did it come from? Who wrote the books of the Bible? Is there any evidence for a god or man named Jesus? Why has Christianity remained so popular over the ages?
This podcast features two interviews, conducted by Seth Andrews, with historians and researchers who speak about the origins the New Testament Gospels, the ever-changing face of Christianity, history versus myth, and the Jesus story
In separate interviews, David Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert Carrier each tackle the Bible and its deity.
VIDEO VERSIONS ON YouTube:
DR. CARRIER: https://youtu.be/WXou9IcH2BE
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Chris Matheson was co-screenwriter on the 1989 comedy film, "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure." Chris' most recent adventure is an exploration of the Christian holy book, rewriting the "sacred" texts and releasing his synopsis of scripture as the new book, "The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate).
In this broadcast, Seth speaks with Chris about his sarcastic (yet accurate) take on the Bible, and he finishes the show by reading an excerpt from the book. Enjoy.
CHRIS' BOOK ON AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Story-God-Biblical-Comedy-about/dp/1634310241/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442329908&sr=8-1&keywords=the+story+of+god
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Muhammad Syed is the executive director and Sarah Haider is director of development of Ex-Muslims of North America. Both are former Muslims. Armin Navabi is a former Muslim from Iran and the founder of Atheist Republic.
In this broadcast, the panel speaks with Seth Andrews about Islam, radical Islamism, cultural Muslims, "The Religion of Peace," the widely conflicting perspectives on Islam, and the difficult and often dangerous road faced by the apostate.
Ex-Muslims of North America: http://www.exmna.org
Atheist Republic: http://www.atheistrepublic.com
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A listener on the TTA Facebook page recently asked Seth Andrews to respond to a "Letter to the Editor" posted in Seth's hometown paper, the Tulsa World. Usually, as skeptics, we let these kinds of posts slide, because they often don't accomplish much and/or they generate more trouble that they're worth.
But in this case, Seth responded, and this show chronicles the exchange, the fallout, and the curious tactics of the indignant commenters who couldn't prove the god they were defending.
Yes...it's a rant. (Gonna be one of those shows.) Enjoy.
Sam Harris: An Atheist Manifesto: http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/200512_an_atheist_manifesto
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Gretta Vosper has been an atheist for many years, and she preaches/teaches from the perspective of a Bible skeptic, a rationalist, a humanist, and a non-believer in a literal god.
Now, the United Church of Canada is considering her removal from church leadership because of her atheism. In this broadcast, we talk with Gretta personally and ask: Why does an atheist minister belong in a church?
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Penn Jillette is half of the hugely popular duo, "Penn & Teller." Over the decades, he's done appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Letterman, The Simpsons, The West Wing, Babylon 5, Fear Factor and a host of other shows. Penn & Teller's Showtime series "Bullshit" ran for 8 seasons, and they're the feature show at Las Vegas' Rio casino. Penn, like his on-stage partner, is a fearless critic of the Bible and claims of the supernatural.
In advance of his appearance at Apostacon in Dallas on September 18, 2015, Penn Jillette joined Seth Andrews for a casual conversation about God, atheism, magic and much more.
Penn & Teller website: http://pennandteller.net
Penn's Sunday School: http://pennsundayschool.com
VIDEO of this interview: https://youtu.be/2lbBtUcJ1y0
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Relating to Chaos Theory, the term "butterfly effect" relates to the tiniest of influences leading to large differences in deterministic nonlinear systems. One incarnation of the saying suggests that one flap of a single butterfly's wings in Beijing might change the weather in New York. (Perhaps you remember Jurassic Park's Ian Malcolm waxing about Chaos Theory in advance of the park's inevitable meltdown.)
We're not spending much time on the hard science of Chaos Theory. This show is more interested in the stories - the human stories - about the small intersections of life, the tiny changes, the unexpected encounters which changed the trajectory of people's lives.
What was a moment or encounter which seemed inconsequential at the moment, but ultimately came to re-frame and re-define you?
Share your stories and perspective at firstname.lastname@example.org
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