Episodes


Max Maven – Magic and Skepticism
January 13, 2006

The great movie director Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has “the most creative mind in magic.” The New York Times observed that his “category-defying mind-reading veers into conceptual art.” The Los Angeles Times stated that his “improvisational skill is enhanced by a charismatic animal magnetism.” He has hosted eight TV specials in Japan (performing …

Ibn Warraq – Why I Am Not a Muslim
January 6, 2006

Ibn Warraq is the author of a number of books, including Why I Am Not A Muslim, considered among the most important critical looks at the negative aspects of Islam today. He is an outspoken critic of Islam who has written extensively on what he views as the oppressive nature of Islam and religion in …

Susan Jacoby – The History of American Secularism
December 30, 2005

Susan Jacoby is the author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, now in its tenth hardcover printing and recently published in paperback. Freethinkers was hailed in the New York Times as an “ardent and insightful work” that “seeks to rescue a proud tradition from the indifference of posterity.” Named a notable nonfiction book of …

Andrew Skolnick – The Dangers of Alternative Medicine
December 23, 2005

Andrew Skolnick, Executive Director of the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health, is a nationally renowned science journalist who has won numerous awards and honors for his reporting in biology, medicine, and human rights. Among those honors are Amnesty International USA’s Spotlight on Media Award; World Hunger Year’s Harry Chapin Award for Impact on …

Joe Nickell – Skeptical Inquiry vs. Debunking
December 16, 2005

Dr. Joe Nickell, Senior Research Fellow for CSICOP, is considered world’s leading paranormal investigator. A former professional stage magician and private investigator, he taught at the University of Kentucky before joining CSICOP. Using his varied background, Nickell has become widely known as an investigator of myths and mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes. He has been …

Paul Kurtz – Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?
December 11, 2005

Paul Kurtz, considered by many the father of the secular humanist movement, is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. As chair of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the Council for Secular Humanism, and Prometheus Books, and as editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry …