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Jerry Minor – From Jehovah’s Witness to Comedian
August 22, 2019

This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes actor, comedian, and former Jehovah’s Witness, Jerry Minor. Minor has been a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live and appeared on HBO’s Mr. Show and various other television and film spots throughout his career. He joins Jim Underdown to dive into his life during and after being …


Julia Sweeney on Atheism, Saturday Night Live, and Me Too
July 25, 2019

This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes comedian, monologist, and atheist, Julia Sweeney. Many may know Sweeney from her time on Saturday Night Live, her appearances on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and from her current roles on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Hulu’s Shrill. Jim Underdown sat down with Sweeney at CFI West to discuss her time …


Matt Walsh on The Road to Hollywood, His secular wedding, And More
May 30, 2019

On this week’s episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown speaks with longtime friend, actor, writer, and comedian, Matt Walsh. This episode may be different from what you’re used to as we take a break from examining science, culture, and religion and instead give you the chance to get to know one of Point of …


Carol Tavris and Avrum Bluming on The Myth That Estrogen Causes Breast Cancer
May 2, 2019

This week’s episode of Point of Inquiry Jim Underdown speaks with Avrum Bluming, hematologist, medical oncologist, and emeritus clinical professor at USC, and Carol Tavris, social psychologist and co-author of Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) about the common myth in the medical field surrounding the link between breast cancer and estrogen. The talk centers around …


Mark Boslough on the Dangers of Climate Change and Destructive Asteroids
March 21, 2019

Mark Boslough is a Caltech-trained physicist and CSI Fellow who spent 34 years at Sandia National Laboratories doing research on hypervelocity impacts, energetic materials, explosions, and global risk from asteroid impacts and climate change. He has participated in many science documentaries with field expeditions to airburst locations including the Libyan Desert of Egypt in 2006, …


The New Stars of Skeptical Investigation
February 21, 2019

The world of skeptical investigation is full of interesting personalities with stories about their run-ins with ghost chasers, debunking charlatans, and dealing with “magic.” Today on Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks with Massimo Polidoro and Kenny Biddle while at CSICon 2018 about what they’ve been through as two of the top investigators in the …


The Battle for Young Minds – Bertha Vazquez on Teaching Evolution in Schools
January 24, 2019

As science standards across the country improve to include middle school standards on evolution, more and more teachers are teaching evolution for the first time and the battle to teach sound science moves into the individual classrooms themselves. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) is a program of the Center for Inquiry. TIES seeks to …


The Odyssey of the Plutophiles: Alan Stern and David Grinspoon on the Voyage of New Horizons
May 17, 2018

In July of 2015, a spacecraft called New Horizons gave humankind its first close-up view of a small, misunderstood world called Pluto. It took almost 10 years for New Horizons to soar across more than 3 billion miles of space and give us our first meeting with Pluto and its family of moons. But that …


Trying to Throw Science at Them: Yvette d’Entremont and Kavin Senapathy on Food, Fads, and Fear
December 29, 2017

We are living in a land of confusion, as the band Genesis warned us back in 1986, but even they could not have predicted just how much more confusing things would get 31 years later. With a storm of misinformation engulfing almost every field of human endeavor, 2017 was ripe with confusion. And one of the most …


Margaret Sullivan: Reckoning and Redemption for the Reality-Based Press
December 6, 2017

In the post-truth world, the mainstream media is beset on all sides. Peddlers of propaganda, misinformation, and conspiracy theories seek to strip the media of its authority by creating parallel realities and fomenting anger and mistrust. At the same time, poor editorial judgments and a toxic culture of sexism have landed countless self-inflected wounds. How …