Freethought RadioAuthor: Freedom From Religion Foundation
24 Apr 2019

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A weekly show by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Slightly irreverent views, news, music and interviews.

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    Latter Day Saint to Latter Day Ain’t

    Happy birthday and Happy Earthday to Mother Earth! The show discusses how FFRF got a cross relocated from public to private land, and warns about antiabortion legislative inroads threatening Roe v. Wade. Annie Laurie talks to FFRF in-house counsel Andrew Seidel, director of strategic response, about a bizarre twist in one of FFRF’s concluded major court victories. Then, for a change of pace, she briefly interviews co-host Dan Barker, who’s on the road, about the 23 talks or debates he’s done for FFRF in the last 3 months all around the U.S. Major guest Steve Benson, who was the Arizona Republic’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoon for 38 years, talks about going from a “latter-day saint to latter day ain’t” and about the irreverent cartoons he’s now drawing for FFRF. Featured composer: atheist Sergei Prokofiev (born April 23, 1891).


  • Posted on 18 Apr 2019

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    Days of Atheism

    We recap the diverse international conference, “Days of Atheism” held in Poland in March, including the commemoration of the 330th anniversary of the execution of Polish writer Kazimierz Lyszczynski for atheism. In honor of Daniel C. Dennett, who visited FFRF’s office last week, we play Irving Berlin’s rousing 1922 song, “Pack of Your Sins and Go to the Devil." Then we talk with author, professor and clinical psychiatrist Hector A. Garcia about his new book Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide.


  • Posted on 11 Apr 2019

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    Touching on Numerous Issues

    In this week's show, guest-hosted by FFRF Communications Director Amit Pal, we first touch on a number of events in the news, ranging from the international to the national to recent Wisconsin election results. We then talk with FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover about how the term "religious freedom" is being currently used and misused. We conclude with an interview with documentarian Mary Dore, the director of a film on the early women's rights movement, She's Beautiful When She's Angry, on how and why she made the movie and its relevance to the state of women's rights today.


  • Posted on 04 Apr 2019

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    Filipino Freethinkers

    We celebrate the March 29 birthdate of Monty Python’s Eric Idle by playing two of his irreverent songs. In the news segment, we talk about the upcoming international atheist gathering in Warsaw, Poland, FFRF’s new scholarship competition for law students and the threat of legislation intended to ban abortion in the United States. Then Dan Barker interviews Red Tani, founder of Filipino Freethinkers, who talks about the challenges of promoting science, reason and women’s rights in a country so heavily dominated by the Catholic Church.


  • Posted on 28 Mar 2019

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    Post-Roe America

    FFRF constitutional attorney Ryan Jayne tells us about his testimony in Missouri opposing a bill that would disallow plaintiffs from filing anonymously in state/church lawsuits. Tax professor Adam Chodorow explains what is wrong with the recent Seventh Circuit decision overturning FFRF’s victory in the “housing allowance” lawsuit challenging special tax privileges for clergy. Then we speak with author, journalist and activist Robin Marty about her new book Handbook for a Post-Roe America.


  • Posted on 21 Mar 2019

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