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Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! Hosts Dan Broadbent and Natalie Newell talk about skepticism, religion, and politics as they relate to science, medicine, and rational thought.
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Nov 2, 2016

tSE 023 - Herb Silverman, Founder of Secular Coalition for America  

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Guest: Herb Silverman!

Herb Silverman is founder and president emeritus of the Secular Coalition for America; founder of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, South Carolina; and founder and former faculty advisor to the College of Charleston student Atheist/Humanist Alliance. He is a board member of the American Humanist Association; advisory board member of the Secular Student Alliance; an "On Faith" blogger for the Washington Post online. Herb's website is HerbSilverman.com.

Be sure to check out Herb Silverman's new autobiography: Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt!

Quote of the Week: “Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”― Carl Sagan

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Oct 26, 2016

tSE 022 - Pittsburgh Atheist & The Return of Andrew Seidel!

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God of the week: Chernobog

Interview Part 1: Friend of the show, Andrew Seidel! Andrew is an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation and is quickly becoming a regular guest on the show. We talked to him about the shirt the Westboro Baptist Church loved, the entirely non-0ffensive Nebraska Atheists billboard that was taken down, and about our next guest, Jeff Prebeg.

Follow Andrew on Twitter as @AndrewLSeidel!

Interview Part 2: Jeff Prebeg, aka Pittsburgh Atheist! Jeff recently had a run-in of sorts regarding an atheist slogan on his license plate. Follow Jeff on Twitter as @PittAtheist!

Why we love the internet: The Pope on Twitter. In bed.

Quote of the Week: “Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely soley upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.” (Christopher Hitchens)

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Oct 12, 2016

tSE 021 - Lawrence Krauss, Theoretical Physicist & Author

 

 

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God of the week: Odin! Because I don't see any frost giants running around.

Interview: Lawrence Krauss!

Dr. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist, who currently works as a Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the author of numerous papers and ten popular books, including A Universe from Nothing. We were privileged to be joined by Dr. Krauss back in August, when we discussed the intersection of religion, science, and politics.

Referenced during the interview: Trump's anti-science campaign, Reason Rally video, and Teaching Kids Creative Thinking.

Follow Dr. Krauss on Twitter as @LKrauss1! Also, check out his book: A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing.

Why we love the internet: @Cool_as_heck on Twitter! Specifically, this Seinfeld/Smashmouth mashup!

Quote of the Week: “Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today." - Lawrence Krauss

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Oct 5, 2016

tSE 020 - Michael Marshall, Project Director at The Good Thinking Society

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Sponsor: Homeopathy, because who wants real medicine?

God of the week: Hephaestus

Interview: Michael Marshall! Marsh is the project director at the Good Thinking Society, one of the organizers of QED, co-host of Skeptics with a K podcast, and the host of the Be Reasonable podcast, which are published by The Merseyside Skeptics Society. Follow Marsh on Twitter as @MrMMarsh!

Why we love the internet: Kid Jokes on Twitter

Quote of the Week: “Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.” - Tom Robbins

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Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast! Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission.

You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

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Sep 28, 2016

tSE 019 - Dr. Amy Tuteur of The Skeptical OB

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Sponsor: CHINA

God of the week: Brigid!

Interview: Dr. Amy Tuteur of Skeptical OB!
Tonight we are delighted to be joined by Dr. Amy Tuteur. Dr. Tuteur writes about pseudoscience and parenting at The Skeptical OB and has recently written the book Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting.

Follow Amy on Facebook as The Skeptical OB, her website (SkepticalOB.com), or on Twitter as @ATuteur!

Why we love the internet: Internet comment threads.

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The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

This podcast was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting tool that is absolutely fantastic!

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Sep 22, 2016

tSE 018 - Buck Mulligan, host of 'Things That I Find Interesting'

 

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Interview: Buck Mulligan! According to his Twitter profile, Buck Mulligan is a professional adventurer in the making, and the host of the podcast Things That I Find Interesting. Because we find Buck interesting, we’re thrilled to have him join us this afternoon (well, evening for him). We’re going to a Buck-style episode today, as each of us has chosen a topic that we find interesting.

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast! Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

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Sep 14, 2016
tSE 017 - David G. McAfee - Author, Journalist, Skeptic

tSE 017 - David G. McAfee - Author, Journalist, Skeptic

Episode 017 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Sponsor: Alex Jones, America's hero for addressing the gay frog epidemic

God of the week: Lono

Interview: David G. McAfee!

David is an author, journalist, and religious studies graduate. He has written five books, including The Book of Gods and Mom, Dad - I’m An Atheist. We talked to David about his journey into skepticism/atheism as well as about his upcoming book, No Sacred Cows, which will be available in March 2017.

You can follow David on Facebook, on Twitter as @DavidGMcAfee, or visit his website, DavidGMcAfee.com.

Why we love the internet: Alex Jones' weird rant

Quote of the Week: "The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day." -Albert Einstein

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast! Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

This podcast was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting website that is absolutely fantastic! 

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Sep 7, 2016
tSE 016 - Andrew Seidel, Attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation

tSE 016 - Andrew Seidel, Attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation

 

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Sponsor: Mother Teresa! For when you want to make a sadist a saint.

God of the week: Freya

Interview: Andrew Seidel! Andrew is a constitutional and civil rights attorney, activist, atheist, author, former Grand Canyon tour guide, and sometimes photographer. At the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Andrew works to ensure that the government obeys the First Amendment and that Jefferson’s “Wall of Separation” between state and church remains tall and impregnable. Read Andrew's article about RFRA, follow Andrew on Twitter as @AndrewLSeidel, and support the Freedom From Religion Foundation!

Why we love the internet: Bad Realty Photos! Specifically: this, this, this, this, this, and this.

Quote of the Week: "Life is too good to waste on bad ideas." -Andrew Seidel

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Aug 31, 2016
tSE 015 - Kevin Folta, Chairman of Horticultural Sciences at University of Florida

tSE 015 - Kevin Folta, Chairman of Horticultural Sciences at University of Florida

Episode 015 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Disclaimer: You know.

Sponsor: "Science always wins." - Kevin Folta

God of the week: Anubis

Interview: Kevin Folta!

Dr. Folta is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida, and is also an active science communicator. (Someone in the group called him a “modern day science hero”)

Check out Kevin's punk band from high school, too.

Follow Kevin! Illumination: Kevin Folta’s Blog & Kevin Folta on Twitter

Thanks to Jayson Merkley of VeganGMO for joining us on the interview, too!

Why we love the internet: Last Tuesday Project & Things That I Find Interesting

Quote of the Week: “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.” - Stephen Hawking

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Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast! Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

This podcast was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting website that is absolutely fantastic. 

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Aug 24, 2016
tSE 014 - David Silverman, President of American Atheists

tSE Podcast 014 - David Silverman, President of American Atheists 

 

Episode 014 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

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Disclaimer: Potty mouthing is better than a history of misogyny and genocide.

Sponsor: The second coming of Jesus! Wait for it...

God of the week: Hermes - Greek Messenger God (also, merchants and commerce, athletics, travel, public speaking)

Interview: David Silverman!

David is the president of American Atheists and is one of the best-known atheists in America. He has appeared on a several TV programs for on-air debates, has served on the executive committee of the Reason Rally, and has written the book Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World.

Quote of the Week: We as atheists do no good for ourselves or for others by hiding in the closet. - David Silverman

Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!Follow Natalie on Twitter as @ncnewell or Dan as @aSciEnthusiast!

The music you heard tonight was written and performed by Adam Johnson, and was used with his permission. You can contact Adam at AdamJohnsonDC@gmail.com.

This podcast was recorded using Zencastr, a free podcasting website that is absolutely fantastic. 

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