Hosted by Jim Underdown


Jim Underdown is executive director of Center for Inquiry–Los Angeles, and the founder of the Independent Investigations Group.

September 14, 2022

Jim Underdown

Realizing the faith you’ve had your entire life is wrong can be devastating for some people. The process of deconversion can lead to panic attacks, depression, and more. What does it take for someone to get through that complicated process? Our guest is Alice Greczyn, author of the memoir Wayward: A Memoir of Spiritual Warfare …

August 19, 2022

Jim Underdown

What should you do when television shows dealing with extraordinary events focus on the ridiculous to bolster views? In today’s episode, we take a behind-the-scenes look at two people with experience in the industry and what they’ve done to create a more focused skeptical point of view on the air. Our first guest, whose name …

February 28, 2022

Jim Underdown

In this week’s episode, we are diving into the flat-earth conspiracy theory and why people could believe such a thing with guest Kelly Weill and her new book, Off the Edge. In 2019 Jim Underdown and the CFI Investigations Group produced a video where they designed a series of experiments to show that the earth is indeed not …

December 22, 2021

Jim Underdown

What does it mean to be alive? Does life have a clear definition? On this week’s episode, Carl Zimmer joins host Jim Underdown to discuss his new book, Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive to help answer those questions. Can we clearly define what it means to be alive? Scientists have been …

December 02, 2021

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Christians believe that Jesus was the son of God who walked the Earth as a human being. Some Atheists believe none of the God bits but that there was a man named Jesus who did exist. There is also an ever growing community who believe Jesus did not exist at all. Not as the son …

September 29, 2021

Jim Underdown

Throughout the modern world trust in science has continued to erode at dangerous speeds. From anti-vaxxers to climate change deniers, there is an ever growing movement of people that deny science at the peril of us all. The shift towards a public with increasing lack of scientific literacy and critical-thinking skills combined with the proliferation …

August 12, 2021

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It’s a rare person indeed who can trick and amaze people on one hand while reassuring them that what they are experiencing is not real. Meet Banachek. He’s not only an illusionist, magician, mentalist extraordinaire, he’s a skeptic’s skeptic who for decades has been instrumental in exposing fraud and deception. In this episode of Point …

July 15, 2021

Jim Underdown

Have you ever been curious about what other people believe in or how they navigate the ethical challenges of life? Ancient philosophy was partly used as a way to better understand the best way to live life.  In this episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks to Massimo Pigliucci and Skye Cleary, editors of …

July 01, 2021

Jim Underdown

A question on the minds of many theists and non-theists alike is why are so many Americans leaving religion and becoming religiously unaffiliated? What are the underlying factors causing this shift? In today’s episode we dive into what the data shows about this movement with Ryan Burge, author of the new book The Nones: Where …

June 10, 2021

Jim Underdown

In the June/July issue of Free Inquiry, today’s guest Greg Paul makes the case that a loving God cannot possibly exist next to all the suffering and death, children have had to endure throughout human history. In his piece, he claims this fact has the, “…potential to accelerate the already rapid decline of the illusion …