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Freethought Radio -- June 20, 2019

The Trouble With Buddha
Chris Matheson

Bad news for state/church separation: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Bladensburg cross to be constitutional, and intolerant right-wing ideologue Tony Perkins (president of the Christian Family Research Council) has ironically been made the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. FFRF's full-page ad in the New York Times challenges the Christian-nationalist attack on reproductive rights. After hearing Ta-Nehisi Coates' reasoned plea for reparations, we talk with author and screenwriter (Bill & Ted movies) Chris Matheson about his video "God's Art Museum" and about his upcoming book, The Buddha's Story.

Listen to the podcast here.


Freethought Radio -- June 13, 2019

Rationalist International
Sanal Edamaruku

We challenge a Tennessee sheriff deputy who preaches that America should follow the biblical law prescribing that homosexuals should be "put to death," and a Tennessee district attorney who uses his religious beliefs to deny equal treatment to the LGBTQ community. Then we speak with the founder and president of Rationalist International, Sanal Edamaruku, who had to flee India to Finland after being accused by the Catholic Church of blasphemy because he exposed a purported miracle of a weeping Jesus statue in Mumbai as nothing more than a leaking water pipe. Sanal tells us about the Rationalist conference in Cambridge, United Kingdom, July 27-28.

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 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.

Podcast

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.

OTHER BROADCASTING STATIONS

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, Sundays at 10am, Wednesdays at 7pm, and Thursdays at 5am, or online
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 tunein.com, stitcher.com, and learnoutloud.com

Archives

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.

Get Freethought Radio on Your Local Station!

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Biographies

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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