Hosted by Jim Underdown


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

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 …

November 25, 2020

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“The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.” – Marshall McLuhan In 1997 Jim produced and directed a short documentary called “A Day in the Life of Frank Sinatra” that was an exploration of what it was like to be a homeless man with a famous name. Twenty three …

November 12, 2020

Jim Underdown

What does the Puritan founder of both the state of Rhode Island and the Baptist Church have to say about modern evangelicals? Roger Williams had certain ideas that didn’t fit into 17th century England or its American colonies. Freedom of conscience, separation of church and crown, fair treatment of indigenous peoples, and supporting the rights …

October 08, 2020

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Screenwriter and author Chris Matheson joins Jim in this episode which touches on the recently released Bill & Ted Face the Music, then dives deeply into Matheson’s two comedic books on the Bible and the Buddha. In his The Story of God, Chris gets into the mind of what must be an insane and sadistic …

September 10, 2020

Jim Underdown

One professor is using social media to remind us that physics is the real magic of the universe. Through showing off his massive collection of science gadgets and physics toys, Dr. Raymond Hall is teaching many, young and old, the wonderful world of physics and how everyday phenomena is just science in action. In this …

July 23, 2020

Jim Underdown

The names Jim Jones, L.Ron Hubbard, David Koresh, and Sun Myung Moon might come to mind when someone uses the term cult leader. Many have suggested that Donald Trump falls into the category. But does Trump himself truly qualify as a cult leader? Can Trump’s followers be correctly described as a cult? In this episode …