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Freethought Radio -- March 15, 2018

Forward March
Toni Van Pelt

We mourn the death of scientist and atheist Stephen Hawking. FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne tells us about stopping a North Carolina County from paying for a church mural. Communications Director Amit Pal warns us about the scary nomination of extremist evangelical Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. Then we talk with Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization for Women, about equality, inclusivity, and the importance of secular values in moving women’s rights forward.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- March 8, 2018

Enlightenment Now
Steven Pinker

Harvard cognitive psychologist, linguist and popular science author Steven Pinker (The Language Instinct, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature) gave his very first public talk about his new book, Enlightenment Now, at FFRF's 40th annual convention in Madison, Wisconsin. His optimistic talk is replayed in full on this week's show while Dan and Annie Laurie are traveling to the Central Florida Freethought Community's cruise to the Bahamas.

Listen to the podcast here

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Radio from the Secular Point of View

Freethought Radio, from the secular point of view, broadcasts weekly and is hosted by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The show offers programming for nonreligious listeners, as well as countering the religious-right domination of our public airwaves. Freethought Radio features a regular "Theocracy Alert," Dan's "Pagan Pulpit," "Freethinkers Almanac," music and interviews with authors and activists. Check out Freethought Radio's illustrious list of guests, including Richard Dawkins, Julia Sweeney, Janeane Garafalo, Ron Reagan, Betty Rollins, Christopher Hitchens, Steven Pinker, Ursula K. Le Guin and so many other fascinating freethinkers, newsmakers and thinkers.


Podcasts are available here. Or listen to Freethought Radio on iTunes. As of February 2017, the podcast of Freethought Radio has been downloaded more than 7 million times.


Bellows Falls, Vt./N.H.: WOOL 91.5 FM, Fridays at midnight
College Station/Bryan, Texas: KEOS 89.1FM, Tuesdays 6 p.m.
Columbia, MO, KOPN: Wed. 1 p.m.
Ithaca & Watkins Glen, NY: W201CD, 88.1 FM, Secular Sunday, 8 am, WRFI, 91.9 FM, Sun. 8 a.m.
Geneva Community Radio: online, Sun. 10 p.m., genevacommunityradio
Janesville Community Radio, Wis: 103.5FM WADR or online Monday 5 a.m., Friday 10 a.m., and Sunday 6 p.m. Central
6 p.m. Central.
Madison, WI: 99.1 WIDE FM in Madison, Wisconsin, Friday at 10 a.m. and Friday at 5 p.m.
WMUU-LP, 102.9, Thursdays 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. 

And on various online stations & podcasts such as,, and


Listen to podcasts dating from April 2006 (arranged by year) here.

About the Show and Incidental Music

Announcer ("voice deity") is Buzz Kemper, of Audio for the Arts, Madison, Wis., a member of the Foundation. Incidental music is performed on the piano and/or arranged by host Dan Barker. Listen carefully to the "intro" and "outro" music to pick out Dan's arrangements of strains from the ballad "Annie Laurie," from Dan's "Friendly Neighborhood Atheist," "Salt Lake City Blues," Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So," Irving Berlin's "Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil in Hades," Dan's improvised "freethought gospel" music, and the famous 16th century freethought ballad, "Die Gedanken Sind Frei" ("Thoughts Are Free"). Other incidental music was created especially for the show by Dan. You can listen to yourself! Hundreds of freethought members have recorded greetings to air on Freethought Radio at FFRF conventions.

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Find out more about co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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Air America History

Freethought Radio's partnership with Air America, which made the broadcast available to all of its affiliates, ended on Jan. 25, 2010, with the demise of Air America Radio. Freethought Radio enjoyed being part of Air America while it lasted and working with various Air America talents. (See News Release.) (See broadcasting stations above.) Podcasts will also continue.

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