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The Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics hosts two different podcast series. "The CVAAS Lecture Series", where guest speakers, lecturers, and CVAAS members speak or debate in public. And the podcast "Rational Horizon", where CVAAS members interview interesting people, discuss skepticism, religious apologetics, and events that impact secular and skeptical people in the San Joaquin Valley.
 
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9th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue In this edition of Rational Horizon, Mark Boyd interviews Jess and Jordan Fitzpatrick, and their friend Rain Chamberlain about issues important to the Transgender and Transsexual community. Jess and Jordan are speakers at this year’s 9th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue. You can find their printed biography on the event web p…
 
In this podcast CVAAS presents Brian Dunning at the 5th Annual Heretic’s Barbecue, held October 7th, 2012. Mr. Dunning gives his skeptical presentation of 5 different miracles or miraculous events. These events include: The Incorruptible Monk – a monk who died in 1927, and whose body has never degraded. The Angels of Mons – a group of angels who ar…
 
Sean visited the Reason Rally in Washington DC on June 4, 2016, and Mark was one of several CVAAS members who hosted a table at the Skeptical Conference in Oakland, CA on May 15, 2016. Sean and Mark discuss these events, the people they met, and what they learned. As a bonus, singer and bassist Joey Fabian has provided the podcast music for this ep…
 
In April 2008, the New Covenant Church of Fresno held a debate and symposium they called, “In Defense of Faith”. This program was created by New Covenant in order to help its membership, “Explore (religious and secular) issues in depth and gain valuable skills in defending your faith in God and His plan for salvation.” On April 18th, 2008, the New …
 
Christianity in the California Central Valley gets a lot of attention. In this August 2009 program Terry Phillips interviews guests with different perspectives. These guests include Reverend Kurt Rye of the Fresno Buddhist Temple; Amanda Peterson, President, Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno; and Mark Boyd, President …
 
On March 7th, 2011, CVAAS was invited by University of Phoenix professor Ken West to give a presentation about atheism in his course on Western Religions. This class also explored Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and of course Christianity. This was a classroom environment, and other classrooms around this classroom were also in use. So there is noise fro…
 
Announcements – 2nd Annual Heretic’s Barbecue is advertised, Rational Horizon is on iTunes. Atheist & Skeptic podcasts. We discuss formal arguments. In logic and philosophy an argument is more than just an angry exchange of opposing viewpoints. Instead, it is a more formal method of using language as a way to persuade someone that a thing is true, …
 
Kathy Griffin was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program for her show, “My Life on the D-List”. This show is an autobiographical comedy of Griffin’s life as a stand-up comedienne and television bit player. During Griffin’s acceptance speech at the September 2007 Emmy awards show, Griffin said, “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus …
 
Mark Boyd discusses a very brief visit to a disappointing homeopathic clinic in Fresno California. Apparently a homeopathic clinic also doubles as a real estate sales office! Also, images of the Virgin Mary and of Jesus have been identified as appearing on the sides of buildings and other various places. We discuss the image of Michael Jackson appe…
 
This episode took a skeptical look at claims made by Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. We deconstruct his interview on Great Day, a morning television show in the Central Valley, and discuss his evidence for a 9/11 conspiracy. Richard Gage is a San Francisco architect who founded “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Trut…
 
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