Hosted by Jim Underdown


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

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

Jim Underdown

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 …

May 27, 2021

Jim Underdown

The Center for Inquiry Investigations Group tests extraordinary claims from anyone who believes they have paranormal or supernatural abilities like telekinesis, mind reading, and many otherworldly talents. The group offers a $250,000 prize for anyone able to prove a paranormal ability under mutually agreed upon test conditions. The group then reports on each of these …

May 13, 2021

Jim Underdown

Annabelle Gurwitch is an award-winning actress, comedian, and writer. She’s also a secular humanist and a skeptic, though that hasn’t always been the case — at least not the skeptic part. On this episode Annabelle speaks with host, Jim Underdown about her beliefs, her new book, life as a performer, new age religions and cults, …

April 15, 2021

Jim Underdown

David Javerbaum is the guest on this week’s episode of Point of Inquiry. David discusses his early writing career and his current gig as God. David discusses starting out with The Onion and what it was like working with David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. As former head writer and producer on the Daily Show, …

February 19, 2021

Jim Underdown

Jim Underdown is the head of Center for Inquiry West, an organization whose core beliefs includes atheism and non-belief. Joe Manno is a pastor and they’ve been friends for decades. How? America is as polarized as it’s been in decades as our citizenry draws lines in the sand over a variety of issues. Friends and …

December 24, 2020

Jim Underdown

Christmas in 2020 will be unlike any other in recent history due to COVID 19. Nevertheless, Christians around the world will be finding ways to celebrate the birth of Christ. On this episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim speaks to Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry magazine and author of The Trouble With Christmas. Affectionately …