Hosted by Josh Zepps



An Australian media personality, political satirist, actor, and TV show host. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. He was a founding host for HuffPost Live.

A Trek Through Skepticism with The Amazing Randi
April 21, 2014

This week, Point of Inquiry is excited to welcome “The Amazing” James Randi: famed magician a godfather (as it were) of the modern reason movement, and founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation. Randi is the subject of a new documentary film, An Honest Liar, which brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed …

Ann Druyan: Telling the Story of the Cosmos
April 7, 2014

This week, Point of Inquiry is delighted to welcome Ann Druyan, co-writer and co-creator of both the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, starring her late husband Carl Sagan, as well as the new series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, starring Neil deGrasse Tyson. In a wide-ranging discussion, Druyan talks to Josh Zepps about how the first Cosmos series came to be, her efforts to …

Frank Schaeffer on Escaping Fundamentalism, and the Death of Fred Phelps
March 24, 2014

Following the death of the Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps, Josh Zepps discusses the state of religious fundamentalism with Frank Schaeffer, the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy for God: How I grew up as one of the Elect, Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics– and How I learned to love …

The Philosophy of Belief with Rebecca Goldstein
March 10, 2014

Rebecca Goldstein, a professor of philosophy and the author of five novels and a collection of short stories, joins us on Point of Inquiry to discuss atheism, philosophy and her new book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.  Goldstein, who will be a speaker at the upcoming Women in Secularism III conference, has written five novels — …

Gabriel Sherman – Roger Ailes, the Loudest Voice in the Room
February 24, 2014

This week Point of Inquiry welcomes Gabriel Sherman, writer and contributing editor for New York Magazine and author of the new book The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country. The book takes an indepth look at Roger Ailes, the conservative mastermind and president of Fox News Channel, …

Stanton Peele, PhD – Addiction and Recovery
February 10, 2014

This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes Stanton Peele, PhD., J.D.. Dr. Peele, an addiction expert and author of 12 books on the subject, discusses his views on the current ‘disease model’ view of addiction and the recent tragedy involving actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Peele holds the somewhat contrarian position that, depending on the person, abstinence or moderation are valid approaches …

J.R. Havlan – Writer for The Daily Show
January 28, 2014

This week Point of Inquiry discusses satire in politics and American life with J.R. Havlan, eight-time Emmy Award winning writer on The Daily Show. J.R. was previously a stand-up comic, including a stint doing crowd warm-up for Politically Incorrect which led to writing jokes for that show’s monologues. He’s also co-author of the New York Times best-selling books America: The Book, Earth: The Book, and wrote …

Chris Emdin – Hip Hop Archivist and Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University
January 6, 2014

This week on Point of Inquiry we welcome Chris Emdin, a Columbia Professor who’s helped design New York City’s public school policy, a leading science education researcher, and Harvard Hip Hop Archive Fellow. Chris Emdin is a favored guest of Josh Zepps on Huffpost Live, and for good reason. They chat about the state of …

The War on Christmas
December 30, 2013

As the War on Christmas wages on, our host Josh Zepps interviews Rob Boston, Senior Policy Analyst for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, editor of Church & State magazine, and author of Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys into the Twilight Zone of Religion and Politics and the upcoming Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t …

P.J. O’Rourke – American Satirist, Journalist and Author
December 16, 2013

This week on Point of Inquiry, Josh Zepps welcomes P.J. O’Rourke, humorist, cultural commentator and best selling author of sixteen books. An early proponent of “gonzo journalism” and is a self described libertarian, O’Rourke has served as editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, and has spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic as the …