Point of Inquiry is a production of the Center for Inquiry. Point of Inquiry is where the brightest minds of our time engage in deep conversation about the big questions in science, religion, politics, and culture.

Since 2005, some of the show’s remarkable guests have included Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, Howard Fineman, Sam Harris, and Francis Collins, among many, many others.

The Hosts

Leighann Lord, Honorary Ph.D.

Standup Comedian Leighann Lord was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and it’s Millions Living Happily Without Religion campaign. Author Chris Johnson featured her in The Atheist Book: A Better Life. Leighann has been a co-host on the Emmy-nominated StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Leighann has shared her comedic and hosting talents at many secular conferences including American Atheists, American Humanists, Center for Inquiry, CSICon, DragonCon – SkepTrack, The PA Freethought Society, NECSS: The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism, PASHTACon, and Skepticon. Leighann is also a CFI certified Secular Celebrant; officiating at milestone life events commemorated with a nonreligious worldview. And she was honored with the 2019 Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association.

As a veteran standup comedian, Leighann has been seen on Lifetime, VH-1, Comedy Central, and HBO. She is the author of Leighann Lord’s Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget (Volumes 1 and 2) and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Very Funny Lady; available on Amazon. 

Jim Underdown is the Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles and has written for both Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry. He is also the founder and chairman of the Independent Investigations Group in Hollywood, CA, one of the U.S.’s premier paranormal investigation teams. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including Dr. Phil, Battle of the Psychics (shot in Kiev, Ukraine with Uri Geller), Miracle DetectiveAngels vs. DemonsHannity and Colmes, Penn and Teller’s Bullshit (twice), History’s Mysteries, KCET’s Life and TimesProof Positive, FOX 11’s Midday L.A.Truth Lies, and Lewis Black, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Jim is also the creator of the Steve Allen Theater at CFI-L.A. Jim also toured Midwest comedy clubs for several years as the Poet Laureate of Calumet City, IL.