Hosted by Jim Underdown


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

November 25, 2020

Jim Underdown

“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

Jim Underdown

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 …

June 26, 2020

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Looming over the sidewalk of Hollywood, California are tens of millions of dollars of buildings owned by the Church of Scientology. This beleaguered religion may have had a decade of bad PR, but they still own a substantial amount of real estate in California and Florida. In this week’s episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim …

June 09, 2020

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A short drive south of Cincinnati, OH, lie two well-funded, well-executed museums dedicated to the telling of biblical “history.” The Creation Museum and the Ark Experience came about through Answers in Genesis, a Christian Apologetics organization, and its founder and CEO, Ken Ham. While the modern science-based community always found fault in these propaganda factories’ …

March 11, 2020

Jim Underdown

Coronavirus continues to infect more and more people around the world. As the number of infected grows so does the misinformation surrounding the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. From fake and explicitly dangerous cures, like drinking bleach to folklorish myths and conspiracies on the origins of the virus, institutions like the CDC and …

February 20, 2020

Jim Underdown

Can our memories be trusted if they are easily manipulated by suggestions? Where is the line between repressed memories that bubble up to the surface and false memories that never existed? In this week’s episode, Jim Underdown speaks to Professor Elizabeth Loftus on what happens in the courtroom when a person’s memory of events are …

February 06, 2020

Jim Underdown

Where does the separation of church and state stand with a conservative majority in the Supreme Court? The short answer: not great. In this week’s episode, Jim Underdown speaks to Chair of the CFI board, lawyer, atheist, and human rights activist, Eddie Tabash on how the Founding Fathers viewed religion and law, the religious ties …