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.

Lobbying for Secular Values w/ Sarah Levin

Sarah Levin joins us on the Mythinformed podcast. Sarah Levin is the Senior Legislative Representative for the Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying group in Washington, D.C. representing non-religious people on Capitol Hill. She graduated from American University with a degree in International Studies, focusing on the Middle East and Israeli domestic politics.

During this interview Sarah takes us through an in depth look at what the Secular Coalition fro America has been working on. We discuss President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the medical aid-in-dying (death with dignity) legislation, President Trump's Muslim Ban, their recent Bad Bill Madness campaign, the bill that won, and the threats to church/state separation that are happening at the state level, and much more. Don't miss this interview! 

Checkout the Secular Coalition for America's new Rapid Response Teams which is working to motivate secular Americans to attend townhalls.

The Recent Popularization of Scientology w/ Tony Ortega

Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker

Tony covers the potential regression of Marty Rathbun and his recent defending of David Miscavige. We discuss the new Scientology television station on the Spectrum network. We predict what Leah Remini will cover in season two of her A&E show "Scientology and the Aftermath". We cover all of this a much more. Don't miss this amazing interview with Tony Ortega. 

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Jase took double majors in philosophy and practical theology at Howard Payne University before attending Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University) for an MDiv. He then studied for an additional Master's in history and religion at The University of Oxford before completing further post-graduate certification from Sheffield Hallam University that allowed him to teach in the UK's state-maintained schools. Among the 9 subjects that Jase teaches, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, and personal/social/health education have been his favorites. After working in the UK schools for 5 years, he went on to give 6 years of experience as the Headteacher (the UK equivalent of a “Teaching Co-Principal” in the US) of UK-curriculum "international" schools, and throughout his work, he has lived in and visited nearly 40 countries. He has recently completed a Doctor of Education in administrator leadership and his dissertation focused on empowering non-Western grassroots schools and teachers.

Jase is a Humanist-endorsed chaplain and celebrant, a regular contributor to TheHumanist.Com, and gives regular volunteer time to chaplaincy work with student organizations at major American and British universities. Jase also serves as the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at American University in Washington, DC.

Comedian Shawn Pelofsky: Bad Jew

Shawn Pelofsky discusses her life as a Jewish comedian and how her religion has come into play throughout her career. She also describes her experience opening for Bill Maher and the first time she met Bette Midler. We also discuss her unique role in the movie "This is Meg".  This is a very funny and informative interview. Don’t miss it!

Shawn Pelofsky was born in Oklahoma. Performing since the age of 8, it's only natural that Shawn decided to pursue a career in comedy. She attended the University of Southern California and received a B.A. from The School of Theater. During her time at USC, she joined an improvisational group "Comedius Interruptus" which became her motivating force to train at The Groundlings.

By the age of 20, Shawn Pelofsky was performing sketches and improv with Will Ferrell. With a couple years of improv under her belt, she became a member of The ACME Comedy Theater. During her time at ACME, Shawn flourished in the field of stand-up comedy culminating with her current status as a regular at The World Famous Comedy Store. When she's not touring or performing for our troops in places like Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bahrain and Guantanamo Bay, Shawn performs weekly on their infamous Main Room stage. Adding to her many comedic accolades, Shawn has been featured in The Montreal "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival and in the all female hit comedy tours Pretty Funny Women, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, and The Hot Tamales produced by Eva Longoria. She has opened up for greats such as Richard Lewis, Robert Klein, Bill Maher and Margaret Cho.

Shawn has given the comedy competition circuit a run for its money as a finalist for The Funniest Woman in Orange County and in Comedy Central's "Laugh Riots". Her television and film credits include Community (NBC), Lip Service (Showtime), The Gossip Queens (LOGO), Chelsea Lately (E!), Pretty Hurts (LOGO), Comics Unleashed (ABC), The Tonight Show (NBC), Pauly Shore's Minding the Store (TBS), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Playboy Channel and Free Enterprise starring William Shatner.

Catch Shawn Pelofsky taking gay male audiences by storm performing with the Atlantis Cruises worldwide, Gay Prides around the USA, hosting HRC events and at The Comedy Store with her new monthly hit wonder "The Bathhouse Show". Make sure to check out her new comedy album: “Lady Haha” on iTunes.

From Faith to Humanism with Bart Campolo

Bart Campolo joins Brian Edward and Kristyn Whitaker Hood on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show. Bart is a secular minister, speaker, and writer who currently volunteers as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California.

Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Bart became an evangelical Christian as a teenager and was immediately attracted to urban ministry. After graduating from Brown University and serving as an urban youth pastor in Minneapolis, he returned to Philadelphia to found Mission Year, a national service organization which recruits young adults to live and work among the poor in inner-city neighborhoods.

As he became an influential evangelical leader, however, Bart increasingly questioned his own faith. In 2005 he returned to street-level community building in inner-city Cincinnati, where he eventually completed his gradual transition from Christianity to secular humanism. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Bart’s work has been focused on inspiring and equipping all kinds of people to make the most of their lives by actively pursuing loving relationships, social justice and a genuine sense of wonder.

In Bart’s new book, “Why I Left, Why I Stayed”, the Campolos reflect on their individual spiritual odysseys and how they evolved when their paths diverged. Tony, a renowned Christian teacher and pastor, recounts his experience, from the initial heartbreak of discovering Bart’s change in faith, to the subsequent healing he found in his own self-examination, to his embracing of his son’s point of view. Bart, an author and Humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, considers his faith journey from Progressive Christianity to Humanism, revealing how it affected his outlook and transformed his relationship with his father.

As Why I Left, Why I Stayed makes clear, a painful schism between father and son that could have divided them irreparably became instead an opening that offered each an invaluable look not only at what separated them, but more importantly, what they shared.

The Legal Side of Humanism w/ Monica Miller

Monica Miller is Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. She graduated from Pitzer College in 2008 and from Columbia University in 2009 with a Masters in Public Administration for Environmental Science and Policy. She graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2012. Monica was a Dean’s Fellow at Vermont Law School where she taught first-year legal writing. She also created the Vermont Law School “Secular Law Students Association,” and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Animal Law Moot Court Competition.

Since joining the AHA as an attorney in 2012, Ms. Miller has vigorously defended the separation of church and state by litigating Establishment Clause cases in federal courts across the country. In addition to litigation, Ms. Miller has successfully enjoined numerous constitutional infringements through legal demand letters sent to government entities such as schools, prisons, and city councils. Ms. Miller has written amicus briefs in support of cases of public interest, including several briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Miller has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, as well as local television stations and radio shows, and is regularly quoted by national and local media outlets throughout the country, including Fox News, Aljazeera, USA Today, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the National Law Journal, among many others.

In pursuit of her concern for fundamental rights, Monica is also an attorney for the Nonhuman Rights Project, working to obtain common law personhood rights for nonhuman animals.

A member of the California State Bar and U.S. Supreme Court Bar, Ms. Miller is also admitted to practice in: District of Columbia, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, United States District Court, Central California, United States District Court, Colorado and United States District Court, Northern District of Florida.

Awesome Show, Great Job! w/ Tim Heidecker

Tim Heidecker is an actor, comedian, musician, writer and director. He is one half of the comedy team of Tim and Eric. Tim, along with Eric Wareheim, created the television shows “Tom Goes to the Mayor”, “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”, and “Tim and Eric’s Bed Time Stories”. He is also the creator and lead in the television shows “Decker” and “On Cinema”. “On Cinema” is now in its ninth season which will be released on Adult Swim and YouTube on March 6th, 2017.

Tim has also made music a vital part of his career. He released “In Glendale”, his first solo album and most straightforward set of songs yet, in 2016. 

Sean Fracek and Jacob Woelfel were extremely honored to have the chance to interview Tim on his upcoming projects and the early days. Tim shares his experience with the short film festival in L.A. Channel 101, where he and Eric Wareheim would create short films and compete against other creators such as Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland (creators of the “Rick and Morty” television show), and Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone from the Lonely Island.  

We also discussed his cameo in the “Portlandia” episode entitled “Ants” and his relationship with the actors and creators of the series. We discuss his current focus on music and how this ties into his comedy. Tim also shares his views on religion and why he identifies he is an agnostic/atheist. We are huge fans of Tim Heidecker and had a lot of fun with this interview. Don’t miss it!

The Arc of Morality w/ Dr. Michael Shermer

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His new book is “The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom”. He is also the author of “The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies”, “The Mind of the Market”, “Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design”, and “The Science of Good and Evil”. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a transdisciplinary course for Ph.D. students on Evolution, Economics, and the Brain. As a public intellectual he regularly contributes Opinion Editorials, book reviews, and essays to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. 

Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, and Larry King Live (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!). His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 1000 TED talks.

Brian Edward and Mario Quadracci host as they discuss Dr. Shermer’s new book “The Moral Arc” as well as everything else he is currently working on. We touch on religion and politics in this very informative interview. Don’t miss it!  

Jesus Hank Christ w/ JJ Whitehead

JJ Whitehead is a Canadian born stand-up comedian, who was based out of the UK until 2014. He currently lives in Hollywood, California. He has made appearances at 14 Edinburgh Festival Fringe including 7 solo shows. He is currently touring as the opener for Jim Jefferies as well as working on his own shows across the globe.

JJ joins us on the show to discuss his early career in stand up and how the scene has changed over the years. JJ has traveled all around the world to perform live shows and has had many experiences with different cultures. Make sure to check out JJ’s new comedy album, “Fool Disclosure”. We love JJ’s comedy and were honored to have some laughs with him on air. 

Hunted by Scientology: The Ron Miscavige Story

Ron Miscavige is the father of the leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige. He is also an author, having penned the tell-all book "Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me"

Ron appeared on ABC News’ 20/20 to reveal the drastic measures he took to escape from their ‘Gold Base’ compound in California. He has also appeared on Leah Remini's new docuseries "Scientology and the Aftermath" 

Ron Joined us live in the studio to discuss everything from his introduction to Scientology in 1970 to escaping the Gold Base compound in 2012. Ron will be speaking at the Mythinformation Conference IV on September 30, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI. 

This is Jilly w/ Jill-Michele Meleán

Jill-Michele Meleán, "Jilly" was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She declared at a young age that she wanted to be like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Benny Hill. 

Jilly started in theater and took her natural comedic timing to the stand up stage, headlining across the country while continuing her acting career. After many years of hard work, she's made a name for herself in the Comedy Television world with memorable performances on FOX's “MadTV" and Comedy Central's "Reno 911".

She is currently filming a feature film entitled "This is Meg". Which is based on true events, "This is Meg" is a transparent look into the L.A lifestyle of a "working but not famous" comedienne and actress.

Jill joined us on the show and we discussed everything from her early career in acting to the making of “This is Meg”. She explained how her experience on MadTV helped shape her understanding of the business. We discuss her upcoming stand up hour special. Jilly is an extremely hard working and talented entertainer.

Make sure to checkout her YouTube show that is also featured on "Funny or Die". Don't miss this interview!   

The Atheist Republic w/ Armin Navabi

Armin Navabi joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show podcast! Armin is a former Muslim from Iran and the founder of Atheist Republic, a non-profit organization with over one million fans and followers worldwide that is dedicated to offering a safe community for atheists around the world to share their ideas and meet like-minded individuals.

Armin was born and raised in the Islamic Republic of Iran and was indoctrinated thoroughly in the Muslim tradition. After almost losing his life in the pursuit of God’s grace, the devastation of that event motivated him to seek a better understanding of the nature and concept of God and religious belief. Armin’s journey led him to leaving Islam and becoming an atheist.

Wanting to reach out to others like himself, Armin continues to examine religion as well as the notion of God and interact with others to engage in thought-provoking and educational discussion.

Armin is the author of “Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God” which provides simple, easy-to-understand counterpoints to the most popular arguments made for the existence of God. Each chapter presents a concise explanation of the argument, followed by a response illustrating the problems and fallacies inherent in it. Whether you're an atheist, a believer or undecided, this book offers a solid foundation for building your own inquiry about the concept of God.