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Freethought in Florida

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Freethought in Florida is a production of the Atheist Community of Polk County, Inc. (ACPC) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The opinions and views expressed on this program are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the ACPC. Learn more or donate at http://www.polkatheists.org
 
To create a positive impact on our shared world, our mission is to provide a community that values and promotes a freethinking life unencumbered by the biases of tradition, dogma, and authority and that encourages people to live a reason and evidence-based life characterized by close fellowship, ethical contemplation, critical thinking, community service, and the appreciation of scientific knowledge and understanding of the universe and our place in it.
 
Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.
 
With skyrocketing rates of depression, increasing rates of poverty, hostile political radicalism, and so much more, it’s obvious that our modern society is failing us. Unfortunately, we’re struggling to navigate these many personal and social challenges because of a culture that promotes binary thinking (us vs them, black vs white, etc) & influences us to undermine our own well-being. Through controversial freethought, philosophical inquiry, and intellectual rigor, we seek to empower individ ...
 
Can two skeptics solve the world’s issues? Scientific skepticism is the practice of seeking whether extraordinary claims are supported by extraordinary evidence. It may be helpful not to think of skepticism as the opposite of optimism, but as the opposite of unquestioning certainty.In this weekly podcast, Harrison and Jake use a combination of science, skepticism, free thought and rationality to challenge all popular and unpopular beliefs. As a general warning, if you hold views near and dea ...
 
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 ...
 
To create a positive impact on our shared world, our mission is to provide a community that values and promotes a freethinking life unencumbered by the biases of tradition, dogma, and authority and that encourages people to live a reason and evidence-based life characterized by close fellowship, ethical contemplation, critical thinking, community service, and the appreciation of scientific knowledge and understanding of the universe and our place in it.
 
God is a big subject -- and many of us are tired of the dogma associated with it. We talk about the issues of the day, including separation of church and state, politics, the so-called culture wars, as well as religion and free thought. Some of our shows feature controversial guests; others focus on spirituality and our attempt to understand humankind's place in the universe.
 
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I interview award-winning popular science writer Mary Roach about her new book Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law. It's a humorous look at the serious topic of human-animal conflict in an age of exploding population and global warming. Buy your very own copy of Fuzz. For more about Mary and her work visit MaryRoach.net. This was Mary's third appearan…
 
We celebrate Constitution Day by listening to a song, “We, The People,” written and performed in the U.S. Constitution's honor by FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. We spotlight FFRF’s recent multimedia efforts, including a new Ron Reagan TV spot, a full-page New York Times ad and a billboard campaign in Nashville aimed at megapreachers. Then, FFRF Comm…
 
Topics discussed on the show: Florida's "on again / off again" relationship with Mask Mandate Bans Biden's Patience Is Wearing Thin (Ours is Worn Out) Federal Court Rules Catholic Schools Can’t Fire Teachers For Being Gay Four Killed in Polk County 'Shooting Rampage'; Shooter Said, "I Can Talk To God" Wisconsin School Board Member Says Families Wil…
 
I recently wrote an essay exploring "How Ideological Extremists Are Undermining Their Own Goals" and I thought for this episode I would try something a little different, exploring this essay as a solo podcast. The main focus of that essay (and therefore this episode) is dedicated to showcasing how the hostility of the "us" vs "them" dynamic that is…
 
#128 - Hanging with the Loves Ami with an I chats with Maddie and Julie Love. As always, this episode contains (a lot of) salty language. Consider yourself warned. Please consider giving us all (or some) of your moneyz on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/secularsoup Or on PayPal at PayPal.me/delightfulbitchcraft Now you can call and leave us a me…
 
Introducing Michael Stark of Bowling Green; Kentucky Special Session ends state mask mandates; Remembering Sep 11, 2001. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-general-assembly/2021/09/09/kentucky-senate-passes-bill-eliminating-school-mask-mandate/8256292002/ ----- Our intro and outro music is Crescents by Ketsa, https://freemusicar…
 
A special sister/brother treat! Charlotte Dennett discusses her book The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, a Daughter's Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil (Foreword by brother Daniel C. Dennett) about the mysterious 1947 death of their father Daniel C. Dennett II when he was an American spy in the Middle East. Then we talk wit…
 
This week on Blasphemy in the Bluegrass, we discuss: the Supreme Court decision not to block a Texas Law that prohibits abortions after 6 weeks and permits citizens to sue those who get or assist with such abortions; right-wingers using horse heartworm medicine to treat Covid-19; a pre-filed KY bill that would ban abortions during emergency pandemi…
 
I interview Harvard Professor Jennifer Hochschild about her new book Genomic Politics: How the Revolution in Genomic Science Is Shaping American Society. To buy a copy of Genomic Politics, click here. Plus: America is finally out of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the chaotic end to US withdrawal will be an ongoing political controversy; and, of course…
 
After the horrible Supreme Court decision upholding an abortion ban, we say "DO mess with Texas." We honor the memory of actor Ed Asner and hear folksinger Kristin Lems perform her classic cautionary song "Days of the Theocracy." Then we listen to a retrospective of Freethought Matters TV guests, including Ron Reagan, John Davidson, Cecile Richards…
 
In this episode we sit down with Eric Kuafmann, a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London who commonly writes on the dynamics of demographic change. In this episode we discuss these ideas as they relate to his 2018 book White Shift, which explores how immigration and populism will play out as we navigate a future where white…
 
Topics: The situation in Afganistan and the effects on people living there who are nonreligious and ex-Muslims who are being threatened by the Taliban. Recent Abortion Bans -- including on in Texas that targets people for helping people getting abortions. And how a city in Ohio is attempting to do the same. Blitzwatch update and the exposure of the…
 
This week's topics: PRRI study reveals that evangelicals who are hesitant to get vaccinated say that they could be persuaded by their religious leaders. Ministers who encourage their flock to get vaccinated, ministers who demonize vaccination, and ministers who are afraid to tell their flock to get vaccinated. Religious Identities and the Race Agai…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Colin Wright, who is an evolutionary biologist and the managing editor at Quillette--the online magazine dedicated to free thought. We discuss the sex and gender debate currently dominating much of social justice zeitgeist, which includes exploring the legal and cultural ramifications of those who seek to step outside…
 
Sarah & Devon are TIRED of talking about this, but here we are again. Get vaccinated and wear a mask, y'all. Articles discussed on the show: DeSantis appoints former GOP chair to Alachua school board amid mask controversy BREAKING: Viral photo of people on floor at Jacksonville Regeneron clinic ‘doesn’t convey how much pain they were in’ BREAKING: …
 
I interview Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. about his new book Christians Against Christianity, a scathing rebuke from a progressive Christian perspective against how (white) conservative Christians pursue political power while ignoring the central teachings of Jesus regarding love, mercy, tolerance, and justice. Plus: It looks like America is getting …
 
This week's topics: Secular Weddings! And Ed's first time officiating one! The Holy Land Theme Park in Orlando sold to a Seventh-Day Adventist health-care company https://religionnews.com/2021/08/05/orlandos-holy-land-theme-park-sold-by-tbn-to-healthcare-company/ Ken Ham now claiming that pedophilia is part of the "Secular Worldview" (hint: it's no…
 
In this episode, my good friend Donovan returns to answer questions randomly selected from a list of philosophical questions we found online. This takes us on a meandering tour through topics such as self-deception, self-actualization, immortality, suffering vs meaning, religion's place in the world, the downfall of human civilization, binary think…
 
It’s a rare person indeed who can trick and amaze people on one hand while reassuring them that what they are experiencing is not real. Meet Banacek. He’s not only an illusionist, magician, mentalist extraordinaire, he’s a skeptic’s skeptic who for decades has been instrumental in exposing fraud and deception. In this episode of Point of Inquiry, J…
 
KY agrees to pay $16 million per year to let Baptists discriminate against LGBTQ community; Ark Encounter attendance is below 2018 and 2019 numbers despite Ken Ham's claims of setting records; Creationist Kent Hovind charged with domestic assault; Supreme Court to take case on taxpayer funding of religious schools. https://www.kentuckytoday.com/sto…
 
Florida's a hot mess hotspot and it's time for you to get a Biology 101 refresher. In the News: FL has more new COVID-19 cases and deaths than any state or territory in the USA Polk County School Closed due to outbreak before kids even came back Ron DeSantis’ mask-optional order draws lawsuit from parents of students with disabilities Dr. Devon Gra…
 
I interview Representative Jared Huffman (Democrat representing California's 2nd District), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus. We talk about the origins, purpose, and recent activity of the Freethought Caucus; about perennial issues (like the national motto, the Pledge of Allegiance, legislative prayer, etc.) of concer…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by one of my favorite contemporary thinkers, John Vervaeke, a professor at the University of Toronto where he lectures on psychology, cognitive science, and Buddhism. John has a phenomenal series on Youtube called 'Awakening From the Meaning Crisis,' where he explores how science and spirituality have lessons of ancient …
 
Masks, vaccinations and religion. After reporting FFRF legal complaints and victories, we celebrate the birthdate of 19th-century freethinker Robert G. Ingersoll by listening to his voice on an early 1890s Edison cylinder and hearing the song "The Time To Be Happy Is Now," which is based on Ingersoll's creed. Then we speak with former minister Cand…
 
We are now a weekly podcast, with a rotating team of hosts around Kentucky! New episodes to be released on Mondays. Ken Ham and the Tower of Babel, Ken Ham breaking ties with Holt International for their "LGBTQ advocacy", Rand Paul/Fauci and the medical conscience bill that passed in Ohio, and how it's likely to be introduced again in Kentucky. Our…
 
Tonight on the show that wasn't meant to be... Leave Simone Biles Alone! Justice Department Nominee Asked: Do You Believe in God? Christian Summer Camps Were COVID Superspreaders DELTA is worse, follow the CDC, take it seriously! Gov DeSantis EO Forbidding School Mask Mandates (Parental Bill of Rights Strikes Again) Join us at www.patreon.com/polka…
 
We discuss the Christian nationalism behind the Jan. 6 insurrection and call for increased vaccination. After reporting state/church news and hearing the song "Just Say NO To Religion," we speak with Lon Ostrander, a former Wesleyan minister who is now president of The Clergy Project, which helps ministers and priests who no longer believe to leave…
 
I interview John V. Petrocelli, Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University, about his new book The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit. What exactly is bullshit, and how does it differ from a lie? Why do people bullshit? And how can we become better at identifying and countering bullshit? These are all important questions given our c…
 
This week in the news... CW: Discussion of sexual assault. Liberty University sued by 12 women claiming school policies made sexual assault and rape more likely Florida church youth pastor arrested third time for video voyeurism Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill resigns after sexual misconduct allegations Black Georgia couple refused vaccine because of Tus…
 
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