Episodes


Chris Matheson on Writing Bill & Ted and his Books on God and Buddha
October 8, 2020

Screenwriter and author Chris Matheson joins Jim in this episode which touches on the recently released Bill & Ted Face the Music, then dives deeply into Matheson’s two comedic books on the Bible and the Buddha. In his The Story of God, Chris gets into the mind of what must be an insane and sadistic …

Rev. Barry W. Lynn on The Supreme Court, Retirement, and His Upcoming Book
September 24, 2020

The recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left many shaken. A few weeks prior to her passing, Leighann Lord had the opportunity to speak with Rev. Barry Lynn, former executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions. Rev. …

Dr. Raymond Hall on Physicsfun and Teaching Critical Thinking
September 10, 2020

One professor is using social media to remind us that physics is the real magic of the universe. Through showing off his massive collection of science gadgets and physics toys, Dr. Raymond Hall is teaching many, young and old, the wonderful world of physics and how everyday phenomena is just science in action. In this …

The Brazen Atheist Erin Louis on Countering Conspiracists With Critical Thinking
August 20, 2020

Would you rather have your children looking at QAnon conspiracy Youtubers or porn online? That’s a question author Erin Louis has had to confront with her teenage son. How do you employ critical thinking, media literacy, and a skeptical mindset in the every day world to make a real impact. In this episode of Point …

Steven Hassan on Breaking Down The Cult of Trump
July 23, 2020

The names Jim Jones, L.Ron Hubbard, David Koresh, and Sun Myung Moon might come to mind when someone uses the term cult leader. Many have suggested that Donald Trump falls into the category. But does Trump himself truly qualify as a cult leader? Can Trump’s followers be correctly described as a cult? In this episode …

Anthony Pinn on Religion, Oppression, and Humanists
July 9, 2020

In this episode of Point of Inquiry, co-host Leighann Lord talks with professor, writer, and humanist Dr. Anthony Pinn. Lord and Pinn discuss the power and persistence of magical thinking as we face the current pandemic, the role of the church at a time when science is so important, Black Lives Matter and Pinn’s opinion …

Scientology in Hollywood | A Guided Tour
June 26, 2020

Looming over the sidewalk of Hollywood, California are tens of millions of dollars of buildings owned by the Church of Scientology. This beleaguered religion may have had a decade of bad PR, but they still own a substantial amount of real estate in California and Florida. In this week’s episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim …

Monuments to Misinformation | The Ark Experience & Creation Museum
June 9, 2020

A short drive south of Cincinnati, OH, lie two well-funded, well-executed museums dedicated to the telling of biblical “history.” The Creation Museum and the Ark Experience came about through Answers in Genesis, a Christian Apologetics organization, and its founder and CEO, Ken Ham. While the modern science-based community always found fault in these propaganda factories’ …

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and Science-Based Medicine’s Steven Novella
May 21, 2020

In this episode of Point of Inquiry, cohost Leighann Lord talks with famous skeptic and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Steven Novella, MD. Novella is also the founder and Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine which explores issues and controversies between science and medicine and works to expose dangerous medical scams and practices. He is also the …

Ian Harris on Comedy, Skeptical Audiences, and Atheism
May 7, 2020

In this episode of Point of Inquiry, cohost Leighann Lord talks with fellow comic Ian Harris. Besides being a comedian, Harris is a voice actor, writer, director, and MMA trainer. He is also an outspoken atheist and skeptic who confronts magical thinking and religion in his comedy. In 2019, Leighann Lord and Harris joined forces …