TheThinkingAtheist

TheThinkingAtheist

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Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster and believer for 30 years, ultimately escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking to embrace the more satisfying explanations that science provides. A professional video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.

Episodes

Religious Family / Conditional Love  

This broadcast is about atheists and skeptics, and how they deal with the often conditional love on a religious family tree. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com:  http://www.stamps.com (code sethandrews)

Never Cry Wolfe: The Popular Pseudoscience of David "Avocado" Wolfe  

David "Avocado" Wolfe is a wellness celebrity with a huge following.  But do his claims pass the science test?  What explains his rising popularity?  And what damage might result from the tips, tricks, advise and "wisdom" Wolfe is spreading to the eager masses? Yvette d'Entremont, the SciBabe, is a former analytical chemist, science blogger and activist.  She joins Seth Andrews for a spirited (and strange) journey into the world of David Wolfe. Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsenapathy/2016/01/01/a-new-years-resolution-for-science-advocates-dont-cry-wolfe/#29857f2129dd A Science Enthusiast article:  http://ascienceenthusiast.com/the-david-avocado-wolfe-effect SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.harrys.com (coupon code: sethandrews)

God, Guns & Glory: Religion and the Military  

How often is the military colored by religious language and superstitious thinking?  And is a taxpayer-funded military supposed to be promoting God?  This show explores the issue with the perspectives of many listeners, and an interview with Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: NatureBoxhttp://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

Religion Screwed Up My Sex Life  

How do religious teachings damage our ideas about sexuality, intimacy, worth, shame, partnership and pleasure?  This show explores the dark side of religious sex education. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com  http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

My Date With Google (2017)  

Why do our eyes get puffy when we're sleepy?  Does premium gasoline actually give us better gas mileage?  Why do dogs stink after a bath?  Why are alcoholic beverages called "spirits?"  Why does it hurt so bad to get kicked in the testicles? Once again, Seth Andrews uses Google (and other resources), seeking answers to the common - and uncommon - questions that so often vex us.   SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com  http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces  

Are trigger warnings a helpful tool for avoiding potentially harmful distress, or the enabling of hypersensitivity and a victim culture?  We discuss trigger warnings and "safe spaces" in this (inevitably controversial) broadcast.  Guests include a few activists in the freethought movement, and psychologists Dr. Caleb Lack and Dr. Valerie Tarico. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Naturebox   http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist

Christian Radio Cell 53 Interviews Seth Andrews  

Maine-based Christian podcast Cell 53 Radio asked Seth Andrews to join them on-air for a discussion about atheism, God, Christianity, belief, and Truth.  This is the audio of that exchange. SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: Hello Freshhttp://www.hellofresh.com (promo code sethandrews) Stamps.comhttp://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)

2016: The Year in Review  

Join Seth Andrews as he recaps the best (and worst) of 2016...from the election to entertainment to sports to pop culture, it's the Year in Review.  Enjoy. SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)  

Heathen Holidays  

How do atheists handle religious holidays (and religious families) every year, and how do many atheists mark an occasion with Christ in the title?  This show features the perspectives of our listeners, advice on how skeptics can (if they choose) enjoy the holiday season and navigate the often turbulent waters stirred by fundamentalist families, and a few holiday anecdotes. SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews)

Christmas Music by Secular Artists  

It's surprising to many, but a lot of atheists and non-Christians enjoy Christmas music...even the tunes that talk about angels singing and the Bethlehem star.  We speak about this (supposed) contradiction, and several special guests join host Seth Andrews for a casual round of holiday songs around the hearth.  This show is glad to welcome: The Fab Four (The Beatles Tribute Band) http://ww.thefabfour.com Jonny Miller  http://www.jonnymiller.org Shelley Segal  http://www.shelleysegal.com James Covenant: Captain Picard “Make It So  https://youtu.be/oiSn2JuDQSc Trev Fury https://www.facebook.com/TrevFuryOfficial Heather Henderson http://hhenderson.com/ HP Lovecraft Historical Society  https://store.hplhs.org/products/a-very-scary-solstice Tim Minchin “White Wine in the Sun” https://www.amazon.com/White-Wine-in-the-Sun/dp/B00AHI77UG/ SUPPORT OUR SHOW SPONSOR:  http://www.thegreatcourses.com/seth

One Nation: Divisible  

The original U.S. Pledge of Allegiance calls the USA, "one nation...indivisible."  Yet it remains a nation splintered and divided, with many of those divisions fueled by religious ideas.  This broadcast welcomes several special guests to talk about America, the rise of secularism, the influence of the Religious Right, and the future of a country that seems unable to agree about anything. Our guests appearing throughout the broadcast: Amanda Knief: National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists, and author of "The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government." Matthew De Dora: Director of Office of Public Policy for the Center For Inquiry Matther Bulger: American Humanist Association Justin Scott: Director of Eastern Iowa Atheists Rebecca Markert: Managing Staff Attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation Larry Decker: Executive Director for the Secular Coalition for America Herb Silverman: President of the Secular Coalition for America Sarah Levin:  Senior Legislative Representative for the Secular Coalition for America SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus:  http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/seth Stamps.com  http://www.stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)  

Movie Review: The Atheist Delusion  

The hosts of God Awful Movies join Seth Andrews for a review of Ray Comfort's new film, "The Atheist Delusion."  They watched the movie...so you don't have to.  Enjoy! God Awful Movies:  https://www.patreon.com/GodAwful VIDEO of this podcast:  https://youtu.be/a62l6jGHAiU          

Our 300th Show!  

This very special 300th broadcast was recorded in Dallas, Texas on November 19th in front of a live audience at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas-Richardson.  Special guests include: Matt Dillahunty:  https://www.youtube.com/user/SansDeity Sarah Haider of Ex-Muslims of North America:  http://www.exmna.org David Smalley of Dogma Debate: http://dogmadebate.com Aron Ra:  https://www.youtube.com/user/AronRa Recording artist Shelley Segal:  http://www.shelleysegal.com VIDEO of this broadcast here:  (coming soon)

Two Announcements Regarding The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast!  

This isn't an actual show.  Just a quick announcement about some changes coming to TTA.  Thanks so much!  -Seth PATREON:  http://www.patreon.com/sethandrews  

The Mystery Letter  

In the spring of 2016, Seth Andrews received a strange letter in the mail...a letter which has roots dating back over three decades.  In September of 2016, he told his entertaining story about "The Mystery Letter" to a live audience in Riverside, California.  This is the audio of that presentation. VIDEO of the speech:  https://youtu.be/xWovupLjz7w SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.casper.com/sethandrews (promo code: sethandrews)

The Kafir Project  

If you enjoy audiobooks, and if you enjoy didactic fiction, you'll like this show. Author Lee Burvine speaks with host Seth Andrews about his sci-fi novel with religious (some would say sacreligious) themes, and Seth plays the first five chapters of the audiobook - read by Seth Andrews in their entirety - on this broadcast. THE KAFIR PROJECT WEBSITE:  http://www.kafirproject.com/ Amazon/Audible link for purchase:  http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Kafir-Project-Audiobook/B01M7SRX8D/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1478011395&sr=1-1

Ghost Stories 2016  

It's an annual Halloween tradition, as we gather around the virtual campfire, suspend our disbelief in ghosts and spirits, and enjoy some delightful frights together.  Seth Andrews shares various ghost stories, and once again, he finishes the broadcast with an original production that will (hopefully) provide some October thrills and chills. Enjoy! SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews Ed Suominen's blog:  http://blog.edsuom.com/ Written version of "This is my Body:"  http://tellectual.com/TBT-This-is-my-Body.html  

Health, Woo-trition, and The Food Babe  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews How do we separate "nutrition" from "woo-trition?"  This show is about the science (and pseudoscience) of food.   We also spend time on nutrition celebrity "The Food Babe," Vani Hari, a best-selling author and activist named by Time Magazine as one of the 30 most influential people on the internet, despite the fact that she has no degree or expertise in the field of health and nutrition. Joining our discussion are actual health and science educators: Yvette d'Entremont (also known as SciBabe), with a B.S. in chemistry and an MSc in forensic science.  Yvette is a public critic of Vani Hari and a science educator.  http://www.scibabe.comMelissa Dobbins MS, CDE, RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist).  www.SoundBitesRD.comLeah McGrath RDN  @LeahMcGrathRDDr. Steven Novella, clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine.  Dr. Novella is a proponent of scientific skepticism and a vocal critic of pseudoscientific health claims and claimants. http://theness.com/neurologicablog  

Buddhism  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews Is Buddhism a religion?  A philosophy?  Both?  Something else?  Many Buddhist organizations - physical and online - promote it as a way of "finding peace within oneself.   What about atheists who are Buddhists?  Is this a spiritual journey, or a method for framing a physical one? LINKS: David G. McAfee on Buddhism:  https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/buddhisms-lived-and-portrayed-traditions Stephen Batchelor:  http://www.stephenbatchelor.org No Religion Required podcast:   https://noreligionrequired.com

Buddhism  

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free!   http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethandrews Is Buddhism a religion?  A philosophy?  Both?  Something else?  Many Buddhist organizations - physical and online - promote it as a way of "finding peace within oneself.   What about atheists who are Buddhists?  Is this a spiritual journey, or a method for framing a physical one? LINKS: David G. McAfee on Buddhism:  https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/buddhisms-lived-and-portrayed-traditions Stephen Batchelor:  http://www.stephenbatchelor.org No Religion Required podcast:   https://noreligionrequired.com

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