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Podcasts of Freethought Radio, a division of the Freethought Media Network. Truth-telling, revolutionary independent media hosted & produced by founder Ali Salaam. "Independent music, independent talk, independent minds." Official site: www.FreethoughtMedia.org or facebook.com/freethoughtradio Although copyright laws are bulls**t, I would rather not get sued for actions that are not my own, so unauthorized duplication of the musical content of the podcasts, whether in full or any segment of ...
 
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Happy Juneteenth and Happy Summer Solstice! FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott joins us to talk about today's Supreme Court Fulton decision over whether a publicly funded religious organization can refuse to place foster-care children with same-sex parents. Then we speak with journalist Helen Christophi about her article in the April/May Progressive mag…
 
The FIF Cast chats about recent news! + More trans people have been murdered in 2021 than all of 2019 + Burger King throws down against Bigot Chicken + Student says "Under Allah" in Pledge of Allegiance @ Graduation + FFRF Challenges Haines City High School to ditch sports chaplain ... and more! --- Freethought in Florida is a production of the Ath…
 
I interview Daniel A. Sjursen, retired combat veteran and former West Point history instructor, about his new book A True History of the United States, which tackles head-on the dark aspects of America's past: racism, genocide, conquest, and capitalist hegemony. For more about Danny and his work visit SkepticalVet.com. To buy a copy of his book cli…
 
This week there is plenty of evidence that "nothing fails like prayer." We report on state/church complaints in Utah, North Carolina, Milwaukee, Texas and Oregon. After hearing freethinking Broadway composer Charles Strouse's song "Poor Little Me" (lyrics by Dan Barker), we talk with historian Kristin Du Mez about her new book "Jesus and John Wayne…
 
We celebrate Pride Month and President Biden's decision not to fund the religiously repressive Hyde Amendment. After hearing the Cole Porter song "Experiment," we honor the legacy of U.S. Founder Thomas Paine by hearing his words in the song "The World Is My Country." Then we talk with leading constitutional scholar Geoffrey Stone about the Supreme…
 
I interview historian Philip Jenkins about his new book Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval, in which he rewrites the familiar approaches to the history of religion, argues that climate is the missing dimension in religious history, and offers a timely discussion of future trends in religion during an er…
 
Breaking news! FFRF won its lawsuit against a Texas judge who opens his courtroom sessions with a prayer. We hear Christopher Hitchens talking about facing death, and then a “funny" song about death by Dan Barker called "No Hurry To Die." Then we speak with philosopher and author Andy Norman about his new groundbreaking book Mental Immunity: Infect…
 
Shanon Nebo from Recovering from Religion joins to chat about the upcoming RfR Fall Excursion which is now open for registration! Then we chat about some things in the news: 🏛 SCOTUS to take up abortion restrictions again 🪑 Atheist orgs invited back to White House meeting ⛪️ Younger Christians are turning away from Death Penalty 🏳️‍⚧️ Anti-trans le…
 
It is the merry month of May and the scary month of May. Secular groups make history by meeting with the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, but the Supreme Court decision to hear an abortion ban case is very bad news. After listening to Kristin Lems' song Days of the Theocracy, we talk with sociologist Phil Zuckerman, a …
 
This Week on Freethought in Florida... #GaetzGate Update - Joel Greenberg to change plea to guilty Floridians go crazy buying gas in the wake of pipeline hacking Elderly man dead after dispute at Dunkin' Pope Dawkins steps in it again Secular Week of Action Wrap-up Secular Student Alliance Conference kicks off this weekend http://www.secularstudent…
 
I interview Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director of the American Humanist Association and author of Justice-Centered Humanism: How (and Why) to Engage in Public Policy for Good. We talk about how Humanists can expand their concerns from separation of church and state to current issues like race, class, gender, and sexuality; his impending retirement …
 
A state/church victory in Georgia, praise for Secretary of State Blinken’s inclusion of nonbelievers and for an HHS proposal to expand family planning services. After hearing the Sherry Matulis poem “Benediction," expressing pride in being an atheist, we talk with author Anu Garg, a former Hindu who is now an atheist, the founder of Wordsmith (word…
 
Leonard Presberg, Founder and President of Association of Secular Elected Officials Leonard has been a member of the Fayette County School Board since December 2011 and created a new organization to help other secular folks get elected and serve in their offices while being more authentic. Learn more at SecularOfficials.org David Williamson, co-fou…
 
VICTORY! Today we announce a major victory in our lawsuit against Texas Gov. Greg Abbot's censorship of FFRF's Bill of Rights display. Margaret Downey of the Freethought Society tells us how atheists and agnostics are helping the homeless and the hungry through the Mayday For Humanity event featuring well-known comedians, actors and musicians. Then…
 
Eddie from North Orlando Oasis joined us to talk about his journey from pastor to atheist and secular organizing. Then we chat about the end of the Florida legislative session and things in the news (GaetzGate, Duggars, etc). Give it a watch and check them out on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/NorthOrlandoOasis…
 
I interview German astrophysicist Dr. Heino Falcke, who led the international team of scientists and technicians that created the first image of a black hole. Heino's new book is Light in the Darkness: Black Holes, the Universe, and Us. For more about Heino and his work visit HeinoFalcke.org. To buy a copy of his book click here. Theme music courte…
 
We talk about rogue priests, predator priests, sanctimonious senators, creationist lawmakers and charitable atheists. After hearing Dan Barker's first freethought song, "You Can't Win With Original Sin," we talk with Jennifer Taylor, the new president of the Rationalists of East Tennessee, about how she escaped the Jehovah's Witnesses to become a h…
 
We celebrate Earth Day and 15 years of broadcasting Freethought Radio by announcing some good news on the state/church front. After hearing Dan Barker's song "None of the Above," we talk with psychologist and educator Dr. Marlene Winell, author of Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion, who tells us h…
 
I interview Princeton's Dr. Michael Gordin about his new book On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience, an exploration of the "demarcation problem"; i.e., how to separate science from non-science. For more about Michael and his work visit MichaelGordin.com. To buy a copy of his book click here. (At the top of the show, a clip from Irish com…
 
Tensions erupt again across the US with the police killing of Daunte Wright only miles away from the ongoing trial in the police killing of George Floyd. We're in the back nine of the Florida legislative session and all the awful bills are being passed. The Florida Department of Education is considering new standards in Civics & Government that sne…
 
Annie Laurie Gaylor reveals that the governors who resist pandemic science are white Christian nationalists. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel tells us how the new congressional Supreme Court expansion bill, introduced today, will affect state/church separation. Then, Mexican-American actor, author, activist and atheist Indra Zuno d…
 
Sarah & Allie discuss news of the week(ish). From a serious toxic leak in Tampa Bay to the Chauvin trial in the murder of George Floyd, we connect the dots and probably make you angry. That's OK, we're angry, too. Winding down the Parents Bill of Rights and Moment of Silence Bills Reservoir leak in Manatee County Chauvin Trial FL HB1: The Anti-Prot…
 
Major court win! FFRF attorney Liz Cavell joins us to talk about FFRF's successful lawsuit blocking the state of Alabama from requiring the religious "So Help Me, God" oath on voter registration forms, a victory for state/church separation as well as voting rights. After listening to freethinker Yip Harburg sing "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", we…
 
I interview journalist (and senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity) Mustafa Akyol, author of Reopening Muslim Minds, in which he outlines how the Islamic world lost its way, and how it can move toward progress and modernity by leveraging traditions from its own past. For more about Mustafa and his work visit …
 
We celebrate the fact that U.S. church membership is now below 50 percent, complain about voter suppression by evangelicals, and announce a historic endowment for Secular Studies. After hearing the Dan Barker/Charles Strouse song "Poor Little Me," we talk with neuroscientist and freethinker (and creator of the Palm Pilot) Jeff Hawkins about his new…
 
In anticipation of the upcoming Easter holiday (April, 4, 2021), ETFF celebrates with a special look at immortality. Featuring- an interview with the foremost advocate for radical life extension and chief science officer for the SENS foundation, Aubrey de Grey; a video essay called ‘Why Die’; our annual Jesus vs. the Easter Bunny debate; and more! …
 
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