A Muslim Atheist w/ Ali Rizvi

Ali A. Rizvi is a Pakistani-Canadian writer, physician, and musician who resides in Toronto. He has recently completed his first book, The Atheist Muslim.

Ali grew up in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, as part of a progressive Muslim family, before he moved permanently to Canada in his twenties. As a physician, he trained in pathology (with fellowship in oncologic pathology) at SUNY Buffalo and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and also holds a master of science degree in biochemistry from Ontario’s McMaster University. In 2011, he switched his career to medical communications so he could focus more on his writing. Ali is an avid and vocal advocate for secularism, science, and reform, particularly in the Muslim community. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and also plays with a rock band in Toronto.

Drinking the Limeade w/ Lahna Turner

Lahna turner is one of the hottest comedians working the comedy circuit. With her hilarious songs and sharp wit Lahna holds nothing back as she shares insights and observations from her life as an ex-wife, mother, and the uncensored inner voice of millions of women.

Her one hour special titled “So.... I wrote a song about it” is available on Hulu and Amazon. She has appeared on NBC, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, Netflix, VH1, CMT, and truTV." she made her big screen debut in the award-winning indie film "teacher of the year."

Lahna has performs in top comedy venues and theaters nationwide and abroad including many tours for the USO.

Her three comedy albums, "If These Lips Could Talk" and "D!@k Jokes and Other Assorted Love Songs," and "Limeade" have received airplay at top radio stations across the country as well as national lampoon’s top 40 comedy countdown, and are currently in rotation on SiriusXM satellite radio.

Lahna will be performing at the 2017 Milwaukee Comedy Film Festival with Jill Michele Melean and Debra Wilson on Saturday August 5th at Shank Hall

Dr. Richard Carrier: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is also a published expert in the modern philosophy of naturalism as a worldview.

He is the author of On the Historicity of Jesus, Proving History, Sense and Goodness without God, Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, Not the Impossible Faith, Why I Am Not a Christian, and Hitler Homer Bible Christ, and a contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Christianity Is Not Great, as well as copious work in history and philosophy, online and in print. He is currently working on several projects, but also teaching affordable online courses in secular philosophy, history, and methodology at The Secular Academy, and blogging and speaking about history, philosophy, feminism, and other moral causes, as well as his past in the military and his current life in polyamory. To learn more about Dr. Carrier and his work follow the links below.

Scientology and the Aftermath Season 2 Recap with Ron Miscavige

Ron Miscavige joins us to recap the two hour special of "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" that aired on Memorial Day. We touch on topics that were raised in the special and dig deeper into firsthand knowledge of events that took place inside of the church from Ron's perceptive. Don't miss this interview! 

 

 

Ardent Atheists w/ Emery Emery and Heather Henderson

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Ardent Atheists Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors and friends about atheism, deism and the effects of religion on us all. Guests of the show are a mix of atheists, agnostics, deists, scientists, humanists and the occasional god-loving, scripture-quoting crusader. Discussions are deeply impassioned, mostly respectful and always funny. You can find out more about them on their website here.

Emery is a filmmaker, director, producer, and comedian. He's worked with Penn Jillette, and was the editor of film The Aristocrats and The Green Room with Paul Provenza. He directed "Jake Johannsen: I Love You", Chris Porter's, "Screaming From The Cosmos" and produced "Doug Stanhope's, "Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere" as well as Teller's film, "Play Dead". Emery is a former evangelical Christian whose religious studies, instead of bolstering his faith as he intended, led him to become a skeptic of all things woo.

Heather is a singer, actress, editor, producer, and burlesque veteran. She got her start at the age of 16 as a co-host and mini dancing superstar of the nationwide television show “Dance Party USA”. She has also appeared on Sesame Street and in “Mannequin 2” and the Disney film “Annapolis”. She is currently the lead vocalist of Penn Jillette's No God Band in Las Vegas.
 

The Conceptual Penis Interview w/ James A. Lindsay

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James A. Lindsay joins us to discuss the “The conceptual penis as a social construct” paper that he co-authored with Peter Boghossian. James is an author and outspoken atheist voice who holds degrees in physics and mathematics, including a doctorate in the latter. Motivated by a love of knowledge and learning, along with his life experience of growing up and living in the Southeastern United States--on the buckle of the Bible Belt, as they say--he writes and speaks in an attempt to clarify our religious and cultural landscape and by doing so to help heal the related harms.

He is the author of the detailed book God Doesn't; We Do: Only Humans Can Solve Human Challenges, self-published in 2012, and Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly, and Everybody is Wrong About God. 

Mel Talk w/ Melissa Shoshahi

Melissa Shoshahi is an Iranian-American stand-up comedian and writer based in Los Angeles. Performing across the country and Canada, Melissa brings her witty personality to the stage and knows no limits when it comes to comedy - culture, politics, race and gender are all fair game. Melissa also offers insight and humor regarding her unique upbringing.

Melissa’s creativity and writing are showcased on Nickelodeon’s NickMom channel, her stand-up has been featured on the TV show Laughs on FOX, she is a NACA showcase artist performing at universities throughout the country, has her weekly podcast Mel Talk on iTunes and can currently be seen in the upcoming indie flick Lost in Austin. Festival credits include the San Francisco Comedy Competition, She Devil Comedy Festival in NY, Westside Comedy Competition and Desi Comedy Festival in San Francisco.

Reason and Postmodernism w/ Dr. Peter Boghossian

Dr. Peter Boghossian's main focus is bringing the tools of professional philosophers to people in a wide variety of contexts. Peter has a teaching pedigree spanning more than 25 years and 30 thousand students - in prisons, hospitals, public and private schools, seminaries, colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, and small businesses. His fundamental objective is to teach people how to think through what often seem to be intractable problems. 

Dr. Peter Boghossian and his team developed the Atheos app to help people have non-confrontational discussions about gods, religion, faith, and superstition. It shows you how to gently explore a person's strongest beliefs.

Peter's primary research areas are critical thinking and moral reasoning. His doctoral research studies, funded by the State of Oregon and supported by the Oregon Department of Corrections, consisted of using the Socratic method to help prison inmates to increase their critical thinking and moral reasoning abilities and to increase their desistance to criminal behavior. 

Peter's publications can be found in Scientific American, Time Magazine, Diálogos, CounterPunch The Philosopher's Magazine, Skeptical Inquirer, Education Policy Analysis Archived, The Clearing House: Educational Research Controversy and Practices, The Radical Academy, Offender Programs Report, Teaching Philosophy, Corrections Today, Informal Logic, The Skeptic, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Inside Higher Ed, Essays in Philosophy, Federal Probation Journal, the Journal of Correctional Education, Radical Pedagogy, Allthink, Quillette, Truthout, and Motherboard.

Peter was a Councilman for the State of Oregon (LSTA), the Chairman of the Prison Advisory Committee for Columbia River Correctional Institution, an advisor to Sockeye Magazine and The Weekly Alibi, wrote national philosophy curricula for the University of Phoenix, and was a research fellow for the National Center for Teaching and Learning. He teaches Critical Thinking, Science and Pseudoscience, the Philosophy of Education, and Atheism at Portland State University, is an Affiliate Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University in the Department of General Internal Medicine, is a national speaker for the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Student Alliance, an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Why do People Believe What They Believe? w/ Ben Fama Jr.

Ben Fama Jr. is an award-winning filmmaker, freethinker, and entrepreneur, noted for his work on his short film A Virus Called Fear, the new documentary Reasons To Believe, host of the podcast Reality Trip with Ben Fama Jr., and owner of Fama Media Productions, LLC.

As a graduate of the Zaki Gordon Institute for Filmmaking and the Sedona Film School (where he won Best Director both years), he has been featured in Huffington Post and his films have been featured on PBS, Medibiz.tv, and IndieFlix. Ben’s films and talks reflect the social and psychological behavior of humans and their social constructs on society.  His goal is to challenge the way we think and see the world, as well as what we believe.

Ben is an open advocate for mental health, science and education. Ben loves psychology, music, film, art, nature, science, and knowledge.

Opening Minds w/ Jon Atack

Jon Atack is an accomplished author and "recovering Scientologist" in 1974, he joined Scientology at the age of nineteen and spent nine years in the organization eventually reaching OT 5.  He left the church when he became disillusioned with the leadership and influence of David Miscavige.  Seven years later he published a book titled "A Piece of blue sky" In the book, John describes his personal experience in the church, provides a chronological history of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and examines the book Dianetics.  

John's book is well researched from paper sources and interviews, and it draws conclusions about Scientology as a belief system and critically examines its founder L Ron Hubbard. Jon has put aside his career as an artist to help those harmed by the cult’s hypnotic practices       Over the years, he's seen over 500 former members and helped many to recover the money extracted from them by Scientology’s hard selling techniques.  He's gone on to author several more books aimed understanding the doctrines of Scientology and at helping those affected from it's collateral damage.

Having devoted much of his life to helping former Scientologists recover their mental equilibrium and spiritual independence, he has since turned his attention to the wider problems of unethical persuasion, not only in abusive groups, but in our culture at large. To
this end, he spearheaded the Open Minds Foundation in 2015, and is working to educate the public on the social manipulation we all face in our daily lives.

Where in the Hell is the Lavender House? w/ Major Entertainer Mike H

Mike Hickey aka Major Entertainer Mike H is a seasoned entertainer and professional opening act. We had the honor of meeting Mike on the Eric Andre Show tour. He was the opening act each night and definitely had appropriate material representing that position.

During this interview, Mike discusses his experience on his current tour with Neil Hamburger. Mike is also working on various other projects including the full length documentary “Where in the hell is the Lavender House? The Story of Longmont Potion Castle” that will focus on the popular anonymous prank caller Longmont Potion Castle..

Mike is a hilarious comedian and a super nice guy. We love having him on the show! Don't miss this interview!

The Making of the Most Hated Woman in America w/ Director Tommy O'Haver

Tommy O'Haver is an American film director and screenwriter. He grew up in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism and Comparative Literature. In the mid-1990s, he attended the MFA Film program at the University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Cinematic Arts. While there, he directed shorts that appeared at major festivals, including Sundance and The New York Film Festival.

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, featuring Sean Hayes, was O'Haver's directorial debut. Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss played in competition at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and also screened at the Helsinki International Film Festival He enlisted his friend the music journalist Rita M. Johnson to assist with music on the film.

His follow-up film Get Over It featured Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana in a teen comedy about a school theater production. O'Haver's third film, Ella Enchanted, starred Anne Hathaway. Catherine Keener. 

Ellen Page and James Franco star in An American Crime, which premiered at Sundance in 2007, a film based on a true story of Gertrude Baniszewski, an Indiana woman charged in 1965 with the murder of Sylvia Likens. The initial reaction at Sundance was mixed, but the film garnered critical praise. 

O'Haver and his writing partner, Irene Turner, were nominated for a Writer's Guild Award for the film as well. O'Haver is currently in pre-production on Golden Gate, a thriller for Summit Entertainment.

In June 2013, he directed the music video "Rollin'" for MiBBs.
On 2 April 2015, the seventh episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden was broadcast from O'Haver's house. 
In 2017 O'Haver's fifth film, 

The Most Hated Woman in America, was released; it starred Melissa Leo as Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the founder of American Atheists.

Foundation for Reason and Science w/ Robyn Blumner

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Robyn Blumner joined the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science as Executive Director in February 2014 and a year later she was promoted to President & chief executive officer. 

Prior to working for the foundation Robyn’s career was as a nationally syndicated columnist and editorial writer at the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. 

Robyn is an expert on civil liberties and civil rights. She has written extensively on church-state separation, free speech and privacy issues as well as economics and the diminishing power of the middle-class. In 2012, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

Robyn was the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida from 1989 to 1997, and executive director of the ACLU of Utah from 1987 to 1989. In that role she led efforts to protect abortion rights, student free speech rights and to prevent the adoption of school vouchers, among dozens of public policy battles.

Robyn attended Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, graduating with honors in 1982. Her law degree comes from New York University School of Law where she graduated in 1985 and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Atheists in Kenya Continue to Fight w/ Harrison Mumia

Harrison Mumia is the President of Atheists In Kenya (AIK), the most vibrant atheists movement in Kenya.

Atheists In Kenya's mission is to promote the growth and interaction of atheists in Kenya. Harrison has debated at numerous forums in Kenya including the University of Nairobi debate, titled "Does God Exist?".

He has extensively written articles about atheism, religion and secularism both in Kenyan print and on the atheists in Kenya website, as well as google groups and blogs. He has been featured on the BBC, CNN as well as  NTV, KTN, Nation FM, QFM, Family Radio and KBC, which are all mainstream TV and Radio stations in Kenya, discussing issues revolving around secularism, atheism and religion in Kenya. 

Born in 1978, in Nairobi, Harrison Mumia completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2003 at the Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is currently working with the Central Bank of Kenya as a Corporate Communications Manager. 

Through his experience as a leading atheist in Kenya, Mumia has worked together with local secular groups to push for a total separation of religion and state in Kenya. His articles have elicited public debate in the areas of religious education in public schools, preaching in public space especially in public transport vehicles and the authenticity of miracles by religious leaders. Inspired by atheists like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Mumia is committed to promoting secularism in Kenya.  

Today, more than 80 percent of the 46 million residents of Kenya are Christian. The remaining 20 percent of the country is a combination of Islam, Hinduism and traditionalists. And the word “atheist” is one rarely uttered by your average Kenyan.

In Kenya, religious indoctrination and adherence to the Abrahamic faiths is deeply engrained into the culture. Children pray in public schools and orphanages, prayer takes place in the workplace, and Christian beliefs and practices are preached on all of the major Kenyan media outlets on a daily basis. One visit to the country and experiencing the culture may leave the impression that there is no hope for secularism here.

This is where Harrison Mumia and the Atheists in Kenya group come in. Mumia is pioneering the unthinkable. He is taking on the overwhelming task of challenging the religious privilege by promoting secular and humanist values. Mumia and his team are openly secular and have appeared on many of the Kenyan media outlets, including the major newspaper and morning talk shows. They are working hard to bring many of the secular "firsts" to Kenya including the first ever atheist conference, atheist billboards, debates and much more. They are a shining beacon of hope for secular ideals in a country that is grossly indoctrinated into a religion that was forced upon their country.