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Steven Hassan on Breaking Down The Cult of Trump
July 23, 2020

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 …


Anthony Pinn on Religion, Oppression, and Humanists
July 9, 2020

In this episode of Point of Inquiry, co-host Leighann Lord talks with professor, writer, and humanist Dr. Anthony Pinn. Lord and Pinn discuss the power and persistence of magical thinking as we face the current pandemic, the role of the church at a time when science is so important, Black Lives Matter and Pinn’s opinion …


Scientology in Hollywood | A Guided Tour
June 26, 2020

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 …


Monuments to Misinformation | The Ark Experience & Creation Museum
June 9, 2020

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’ …


The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and Science-Based Medicine’s Steven Novella
May 21, 2020

In this episode of Point of Inquiry, cohost Leighann Lord talks with famous skeptic and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Steven Novella, MD. Novella is also the founder and Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine which explores issues and controversies between science and medicine and works to expose dangerous medical scams and practices. He is also the …


Ian Harris on Comedy, Skeptical Audiences, and Atheism
May 7, 2020

In this episode of Point of Inquiry, cohost Leighann Lord talks with fellow comic Ian Harris. Besides being a comedian, Harris is a voice actor, writer, director, and MMA trainer. He is also an outspoken atheist and skeptic who confronts magical thinking and religion in his comedy. In 2019, Leighann Lord and Harris joined forces …


Mandisa Thomas on Black Nonbelievers and the Atheist Community
April 23, 2020

On this week’s episode, Leighann Lord speaks with Mandisa Thomas, president of Black Nonbelievers. Black Nonbelievers connect with other Black folks and allies who have chosen to live without religion. They serve as a community for those who have been otherwise shunned by family and friends. From the Black Nonbelievers’ website, “Instead of accepting dogma, …


How Irrationality Worsened the Pandemic | Kurt Andersen
April 9, 2020

Kurt Andersen is the author of the novels Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History (2017), True Believers (2012), Heyday (2007), and Turn of the Century (1999). He has also written for film, television, and the stage. He is the former host and co-creator of the Peabody Award winning Studio 360, a weekly radio …


Recognizing Misinformation and Staying Safe from Coronavirus
March 11, 2020

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 …


Professor Elizabeth Loftus on False Memories
February 20, 2020

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 …