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Freethought Radio -- January 17, 2019

Sex and the Constitution
Geoffrey Stone

FFRF and other secular groups are protesting the Attorney General nomination of William Barr, a religious extremist who disrespects secularists and state/church separation. During this anniversary week of Roe v Wade (January 22, 1973), we celebrate the life of Margaret Sanger by hearing Dan Barker's song "No Gods, No Masters." Then we talk with University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone about his book Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century.

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Freethought Radio -- January 10, 2019

Standing up, speaking out
Cecile Richards

We recap FFRF’s impressive legal statistics for 2018 (1,060 formal complaint letters to erring government officials ending 315 state/church violations!). FFRF’s Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin McNamara briefly joins us to recount the ruckus his complaint over religious displays is creating in Camden, Mo. The rest of the program is devoted to a never-before-broadcast interview of the fascinating, freethinking, feminist and feisty Cecile Richards, formerly head of Planned Parenthood, before an audience of 1,000 freethinkers. Tune in to hear what it was like growing up in Texas as the daughter of Gov. Ann Richards, Cecile’s first state/church protest in sixth grade, how Jared Kushner tried to “bribe” Planned Parenthood to stop providing abortions and why Cecile thinks patriarchy might be in its last gasp. P.S. As a bonus, we play a bit of “Sandan Shuffle,” by saxophonist Virginia Mayhew, granddaughter of Ansel Adams and daughter of longtime FFRF member Anne Helms.

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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.

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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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