Episodes


Jennifer Michael Hecht – The Happiness Myth
May 25, 2007

Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of award-winning books of philosophy, history, and poetry. Her Doubt: A History (HarperCollins, 2003) demonstrates a long, strong history of religious doubt from the origins of written history to the present day, all over the world. Hecht’s The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism and Anthropology (Columbia University, …

David Koepsell – Why Secular Humanism?
May 18, 2007

David Koepsell is the Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, North America’s leading organization for nonreligious people. An author, philosopher and an attorney, David’s work focuses mostly on the nexus of science, technology, ethics and public policy.   In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, David explores the relationship between secular humanism and religion, …

Joe Nickell – The Relics of the Christ
May 11, 2007

The world’s leading paranormal investigator, Joe Nickell is a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquiry science magazine. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1983, 1998) and most recently, The Relics of the Christ (2007).   In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, Nickell talks about …

Hemant Mehta – I Sold My Soul on Ebay
May 4, 2007

Hemant Mehta is an honors graduate from the University of Illinois, and has been involved in secularist student activism for years. Early on, he attended one of CFI’s summer sessions on scholarship, becoming that year’s student volunteer president of CFI’s campus outreach program. He is now in graduate school at DePaul University. Mehta once held …

Taner Edis – Science and Religion in Islam
April 27, 2007

Taner Edis, born and raised in Turkey, is associate professor of physics at Truman State University and the author of The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science and Science and Non-belief, among other publications. His latest book is An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam.   In this conversation …

Matthew C. Nisbet – Selling Science to the Public
April 20, 2007

Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Communication at American University. His research tracks scientific and environmental controversies, examining the interactions between experts, journalists, and various publics. In this area, Nisbet has published numerous peer-reviewed studies, with his work having been cited more than 100 times over the past couple years. …

Phil Plait – The Bad Astronomer
April 12, 2007

Phil Plait works in the physics and astronomy department at Sonoma State University. In the early ’90’s, he started Badastronomy.com, which has become a popular website focused on educating the public about astronomy and space science, especially as regards common misconceptions and pseudoscientific astronomy claims. In recent years, he has also been involved with debunking …

Joe Nickell – Debunking in Hollywood?
April 6, 2007

The world’s leading paranormal investigator, Joe Nickell is a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquiry science magazine. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1983, 1998) and most recently, The Relics of the Christ (2007).   In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Nickell debates “debunking” …

Nica Lalli – Nothing: Something to Believe In
March 30, 2007

Nica Lalli is an art educator working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also writes a weekly column in the Brooklyn Paper.   In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, Nica talks about her new and acclaimed memoir of growing up nonreligious, Nothing: Something to Believe In. She also explores how to relate to devout …

Susan Haack – Defending Science—Within Reason
March 23, 2007

Susan Haack, formerly Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge, and then professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, is presently Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of Miami. Her areas of interest include philosophy of logic and language, epistemology and metaphysics, philosophy of science, …