Episodes


Mandisa Thomas on Black Nonbelievers and the Atheist Community
April 23, 2020

On this week’s episode, Leighann Lord speaks with Mandisa Thomas, president of Black Nonbelievers. Black Nonbelievers connect with other Black folks and allies who have chosen to live without religion. They serve as a community for those who have been otherwise shunned by family and friends. From the Black Nonbelievers’ website, “Instead of accepting dogma, …

How Irrationality Worsened the Pandemic | Kurt Andersen
April 9, 2020

Kurt Andersen is the author of the novels Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History (2017), True Believers (2012), Heyday (2007), and Turn of the Century (1999). He has also written for film, television, and the stage. He is the former host and co-creator of the Peabody Award winning Studio 360, a weekly radio …

Recognizing Misinformation and Staying Safe from Coronavirus
March 11, 2020

Coronavirus continues to infect more and more people around the world. As the number of infected grows so does the misinformation surrounding the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. From fake and explicitly dangerous cures, like drinking bleach to folklorish myths and conspiracies on the origins of the virus, institutions like the CDC and …

Professor Elizabeth Loftus on False Memories
February 20, 2020

Can our memories be trusted if they are easily manipulated by suggestions? Where is the line between repressed memories that bubble up to the surface and false memories that never existed? In this week’s episode, Jim Underdown speaks to Professor Elizabeth Loftus on what happens in the courtroom when a person’s memory of events are …

Where Are We In The Battle For Church State Separation
February 6, 2020

Where does the separation of church and state stand with a conservative majority in the Supreme Court? The short answer: not great. In this week’s episode, Jim Underdown speaks to Chair of the CFI board, lawyer, atheist, and human rights activist, Eddie Tabash on how the Founding Fathers viewed religion and law, the religious ties …

Is a Good God Logically Possible? | James Sterba
January 23, 2020

James Sterba is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, USA. His book, Is a Good God Logically Possible? deals with the Argument from Evil and whether a God who is all good and all powerful is logically compatible in a world where moral and natural evil exists. Sterba sits down with Underdown …

Playwright and Actor Ian Ruskin on Thomas Paine
January 9, 2020

Ian Ruskin is a producer, writer, actor, and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has starred in theatre, television, and film in both the UK and the US. He has written and performed in various one-man plays, From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks which details the life of …

Dawkins on his new Book Outgrowing God
December 12, 2019

Richard Dawkins is the recipient of a number of awards for his writing on science, including the Royal Society of Literature Award and the LA Times Literary Prize, he has also been awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Award for the furtherance of the public understanding of science. He is the author of a number …

Professor Chris French – Anomalistic Psychology and Conspiracy Theories in Politics
November 29, 2019

Chris French is a British psychologist and prominent skeptic focusing on the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences. He is currently Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, is head of their Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit which he founded in 2000, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic (UK) magazine. Jim talks with Chris …

Richard Wiseman on the Skeptics Movement and Tricking People
November 14, 2019

Richard Wiseman is Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in England. Richard began his career as a professional magician before pursuing a career in psychology, and developing a reputation for research into luck, deception, the paranormal, humor, and the science of self-help. Wiseman joins Jim Underdown in London where …