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There are two words that, too often, mean the difference between life and death: Religious. Exemption. Individuals and families who reject necessary medical care in favor of prayer and adherence to strict church restrictions often pay with their lives, or the lives of their children.
Rita Swan is the director of CHILD, INC, and she has firsthand experience with this. Rita has since dedicated her life to child advocacy and the fight to protect children from (often well-meaning) parents who keep them far from hospital care, and far from the health solutions they desperately need.
It's a difficult subject, but a necessary discussion about faith, parental responsibility, and the need for real-world solutions to real-world problems.
This is part one of a two-part show on this subject. Part two features Dr. Paul Offit, author of the book, "Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine," which airs February 2, 2016.
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Dr. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine and author of several books, including "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice and Freedom," and "Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition and Other Confusions of our Time."
In this conversation with Seth Andrews, Dr. Shermer addresses some of the recent (and alarming) statements made by educated and (it would seem) very intelligent public figures, and we explore the relationship between the intelligent and the irrational brain.
Video of the interview with Michael Shermer: https://youtu.be/jLEQCipy6NM
David Silverman is a self-proclaimed "atheist billboard" and "firebrand atheist." As President of American Atheists, he has been at the point position on many controversial issues (and the occasional lawsuit), and he has just released a new book called, "Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World."
David spoke with Seth Andrews about the book, the lightning rod of David's particular brand of activism, and the rise of non-belief in America.
This conversation can also be seen on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9aSyjQjC2yo
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.
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.
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DR. CARRIER: https://youtu.be/WXou9IcH2BE
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.
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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?