‘Freethought Matters’ features Ed ‘Lou Grant’ Asner interview

Ed Asner being interviewed on TV

Watch the teaser here.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” show this Sunday is replaying one of our favorite interviews, with iconic actor Ed Asner, a freethinker.

Asner was interviewed by FFRF co-presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor when he was in Madison to appear in a play in 2019. Asner won more primetime Emmys than any other male actor. In addition to his iconic Lou Grant character, among his nearly 400 credits on TV, on the stage and in movies were the beloved lead role in the cartoon feature “Up,” Santa in the movie “Elf” and a recent guest spot in the Netflix series “Dead To Me.” He died in 2021.

Asner also made a name for himself as a political activist. He became an FFRF honorary director and received FFRF’s Clarence Darrow Award in 2020 for his promotion of rationalism and freethought. Read or view his acceptance speech (given during Covid), in which he said, “It’s not easy to challenge religion in America, but it’s most necessary.”

“It’s all so blatantly plain: How people can follow a God and turn it into a false idol,” said Asner during the fun back-and-forth in his “Freethought Matters” interview. (Don’t miss Asner serenading Annie Laurie with the eponymous Scottish ballad, which he called one of his favorite songs.)

“Freethought Matters” as of January 2024 now airs in five cities (listed below with times). FFRF is sorry that it had to cut back on distribution due to rising costs. But you can already catch the interview on the “Freethought Matters” playlist on FFRF’s YouTube channel. New shows go up every Thursday. You can also receive notifications when we post new episodes of “Freethought Matters” by subscribing to FFRF’s YouTube channel.

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