Yardie Skeptics

Yardie Skeptics

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A lively talk show dealing with themes of skepticism, critical thinking, science, and secularism from the perspective of two Jamaican "Yardies."

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This show is hosted by two of Jamaica's most outspoken secular humanists - Clive Forrester, linguist and professor at York University in Toronto, and Hilaire Sobers, human rights lawyer in Washington DC. We have spent copious amounts of time debating with and challening the notion that Christian privelege should proceed unchecked in Jamaica, and have successfully managed to rally a group of other secularists to collaborate on a publication (forthcoming 2013). This radio show provides a medium in which skeptics can discuss matters of science, critical thinking, religious imposition, and the seperation of church and state all from a Jamaican perspective, but playing close attention to the interconnectedness on the global landscape. Tune in as we tackle the big questions each and every Sunday at 12:30EST (1:30PM Jamaican time) - lively banter, music and trivia, probing questions... we are Yardie Skeptics.
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What's the deal with "moderate" Christians? They distance themselves from the conservatives by claiming that they're not ideologically driven and instead support liberalism, but enable the fundamentalists by either keeping silent or failing to... more

In June of this year, the Jamaican parliament tabled legislation under the Criminal Justice Act (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) which made it a criminal offence to be associated with gangs. The most controversial portion of the... more

The team of Yardie Skeptics Radio will tackles the issue of LGBT advocacy in Jamaica head on and iry to answer the question of whether Jamaican LGBT advocacy has a guiding philosophy and how well that guiding philosophy is... more

Does a "good man" necessarily have to be a "God-fearing" man? Why do conventional notions of masculinity in the Caribbean depend so heavily on "divine" ordinance? Is there any way to define the "role" of a man without any appeal... more

Do you know someone who is in a cult? Were you ever in a cult once? Are you in a cult right now? Well, don't accept any Kool Aid until you've listened to this episode as we delve into the harmful effects of cult membership on the... more

Is there a connection between skepticism, critical thinking, and economic development? Can Jamaica pray its way out of economic stagnation? How does religion/superstition enhance or hinder economic progress, and what is the... more

Special guest: Dr. Karen Carpenter, clinical psychologist and sexologist. Also featuring in this episode: a chat with Mandisa Thomas on the recently held Blackout Secular Rally in NY; and also a chat with David Ince and Joy... more

Why hasn't Jamaican Creole been offically recognized as a language in Jamaica? Why do many Jamaicans continue to dismiss the idea of bilingual instruction in our schools, as a means of mastering BOTH Jamaican Creole and... more

Special guests will be Taitu Heron and Lloyd D'Aguilar. This show is hosted by two of Jamaica's most outspoken secular humanists - Clive Forrester, linguist and professor at York University in Toronto, and Hilaire Sobers, human rights lawyer... more

Main topic: Religion and Misogyny; exploring the intersectionalities of religion, homophobia, and misogyny Special guests: Alison Irvine-Sobers, Yvonne McCalla Sobers, Sharon Smith and Damien Marcus Williams This show is hosted by two... more

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