Hosted by Jim Underdown



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

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 …

How Defy Ventures Reduces Recidivism with Rehabilitation
October 17, 2019

In the second part of this two-part series on the prison system reform, Jim Underdown speaks with Andrew Glazier, president of Defy Ventures, on the high recidivism rates in prisons, how Glazier and Defy Ventures are improving prison inmate rehabilitation, and what happens to communities when people are kept locked up indefinitely. Defy Ventures is …

Former Security Guard and Atheist Activist Steve Hill on the Prison System
October 3, 2019

How humane are prisons in the U.S.? And what is their purpose – to punish or to rehabilitate? This is part one of a two-part series that dives into the prison system, what it looks like from the inside, how it destroys the lives of black and brown folks who have been overpoliced and put …

Jerry Minor – From Jehovah’s Witness to Comedian
August 22, 2019

This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes actor, comedian, and former Jehovah’s Witness, Jerry Minor. Minor has been a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live and appeared on HBO’s Mr. Show and various other television and film spots throughout his career. He joins Jim Underdown to dive into his life during and after being …

Julia Sweeney on Atheism, Saturday Night Live, and Me Too
July 25, 2019

This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes comedian, monologist, and atheist, Julia Sweeney. Many may know Sweeney from her time on Saturday Night Live, her appearances on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and from her current roles on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Hulu’s Shrill. Jim Underdown sat down with Sweeney at CFI West to discuss her time …

Matt Walsh on The Road to Hollywood, His secular wedding, And More
May 30, 2019

On this week’s episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown speaks with longtime friend, actor, writer, and comedian, Matt Walsh. This episode may be different from what you’re used to as we take a break from examining science, culture, and religion and instead give you the chance to get to know one of Point of …

Carol Tavris and Avrum Bluming on The Myth That Estrogen Causes Breast Cancer
May 2, 2019

This week’s episode of Point of Inquiry Jim Underdown speaks with Avrum Bluming, hematologist, medical oncologist, and emeritus clinical professor at USC, and Carol Tavris, social psychologist and co-author of Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) about the common myth in the medical field surrounding the link between breast cancer and estrogen. The talk centers around …

Mark Boslough on the Dangers of Climate Change and Destructive Asteroids
March 21, 2019

Mark Boslough is a Caltech-trained physicist and CSI Fellow who spent 34 years at Sandia National Laboratories doing research on hypervelocity impacts, energetic materials, explosions, and global risk from asteroid impacts and climate change. He has participated in many science documentaries with field expeditions to airburst locations including the Libyan Desert of Egypt in 2006, …

The New Stars of Skeptical Investigation
February 21, 2019

The world of skeptical investigation is full of interesting personalities with stories about their run-ins with ghost chasers, debunking charlatans, and dealing with “magic.” Today on Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks with Massimo Polidoro and Kenny Biddle while at CSICon 2018 about what they’ve been through as two of the top investigators in the …

The Battle for Young Minds – Bertha Vazquez on Teaching Evolution in Schools
January 24, 2019

As science standards across the country improve to include middle school standards on evolution, more and more teachers are teaching evolution for the first time and the battle to teach sound science moves into the individual classrooms themselves. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) is a program of the Center for Inquiry. TIES seeks to …