“Atheists in America”, Melanie E. Brewster on Atheists Talk

Dr. Melanie Elyse Brewster is a professor in counseling psychology who studies the mental health effects of marginalization, including marginalizatoin of atheists. In her new book, Atheists in America, Dr. Brewster collects more than two dozen stories from atheists across the country, illuminating both what atheists have in common and how atheism interacts with other aspects of our identities.

From the publisher’s description:

These narratives illuminate the complexities and consequences for nonbelievers in the United States. Stepping away from religious belief can have serious social and existential ramifications, forcing atheists to discover new ways to live meaningfully without a religious community. Yet shedding the constraints of a formal belief system can also be a freeing experience. Ultimately, this volume shows that claiming an atheist identity is anything but an act isolated from the other dimensions of the self. Upending common social, political, and psychological assumptions about atheists, this collection helps carve out a more accepted space for this minority within American society.

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“Greater Minnesota Freethinking”, Amy LaValle Hansmann and Ken Kressin on Atheists Talk

What’s it like to be a humanist, an atheist, a freethinker in outstate Minnesota?  How do atheists find each other in a small town, where they risk exposure leading to the loss of friendships or even business if word gets out that they aren’t religious?  On Sunday, July 27, Atheists Talk has invited Amy LaValle Hansmann from Brainerd and Ken Kressin from Cannon Falls. These two have taken the initiative to form groups for atheists to gather, to talk, to have fun and to provide mutual support in areas that can be less than supportive.  We will talk about their struggles, their successes and a bit about what sorts of activities they have engaged in.

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“Pop Culture Chemistry”, Raychelle Burks on Atheists Talk

Since we had a snafu during CONvergence, we’ve rescheduled this interview for this Sunday.

Dr. Raychelle Burks is better known as Dr. Rubidium, forensic chemist and smart alec extraordinaire and the developer of the recent (entirely hypothetical) zombie-repelling perfume. She is in the Twin Cities this weekend to participate in SkepchickCon, the science and skepticism track at science fiction and fantasy convention CONvergence. At the conference, she’ll be talking about the science of zombies, Breaking Bad, and Song of Ice and Fire.

She’s kindly agreed to get up early this Sunday and join us in the studio to talk about using fantasy and snark to hook people on the fun of science and about her crusade against chemophobia.

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“39 Unconvincing Arguments for God”, August Berkshire on Atheists Talk

How many bad arguments are there for the existence of god(s)? Well, there are probably a lot more than 39, but that’s the number that Minnesota Atheists past president August Berkshire addresses in his latest publication. Inspired by his interactions with students over the years he’s been a guest lecturer on atheism and humanism, he’s been building a list of common lay apologetics and their counters. These are just a few of the topics he covers:

  • God Is Intangible, Like Love
  • The Argument from Motion
  • The Argument from Embarrassment
  • Free Will

This Sunday, he joins us in the studio to talk about the kinds of bad arguments people make and the ways that they’re flawed.

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“Greece v. Galloway”, Linda Stephens on Atheists Talk

In November of last year, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the government-sponsored prayer case, Town of Greece v. Galloway. Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, who is an atheist, argued that the Christian prayers sponsored by the town of Greece, NY were a discriminatory exclusion of non-Christian citizens who attended town council meetings in order to do business with the city. On May 5, the court narrowly ruled that these sectarian prayers did not discriminate because they were “traditional”.

This Sunday, we’ll speak with Linda Stephens about her experiences with the council and her involvement with the case.

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“Grief Beyond Belief”, Rebecca Hensler on Atheists Talk

In many ways, religious people “own” death and bereavement. They are rarely so confident, or feel they are on such solid ground, as they are when someone dies. But the comfort offered by believers is often the last thing a grieving atheist needs. Talk of life after death or God’s plans offers little comfort to those who don’t believe.

A few years ago, facing her own grief and the religious assumptions of her support group, Rebecca Hensler started Grief Beyond Belief, a support group for grieving non-believers. She joins us this Sunday to talk about the group and the challenges that deaths of our loved ones provide for atheists.

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“The Galapagos: A Natural History”, Henry Nicholls on Atheists Talk

Our guest this week on Atheists Talk is Henry Nicholls, a celebrated journalist, author, editor and broadcaster with specialties in evolutionary biology, conservation and history of science. He will be joining us to discuss his recently published book, The Galapagos: A Natural History

The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, west of their parent mainland, Ecuador. They are a beautiful paradise comprised of several islands, and are dedicated to preserving the bountiful natural wildlife contained among them. They also conjure memories of Charles Darwin’s voyage on the H.M.S Beagle, where he did so much of the research that went in to the writing of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. In The Galapagos: A Natural History, Henry Nicholls explores the many roles that this collection of islands has played in our human history – from wilderness, to research spot, to tourist destination – and he explores what The Galapagos can tell us about our future.

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“Communicating Climate Change”, Paul Douglas on Atheists Talk

Former KARE 11 weather broadcaster Paul Douglas will be our guest this Sunday. Greg Laden will interview him on his role in explaining the science of Climate Change, especially to conservative Christians. That group are among the most likely to be denialists on the effects that humans can have on rapidly, artificially and unwittingly accelerating the pace of warming. What are its effects? What can be done, if anything to slow it, if not reverse it.

We will talk about the weather, and find out whether anything can be done about it.

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Camp Quest of Minnesota on Atheists Talk

Camp Quest is a secular summer camp that promotes critical thinking, skepticism, and open discussion among its attendees, campers who range in age from 8-17. Campers get to have fun with exciting activities like field games, swimming, archery, crafts, and campfires, and Camp Quest’s programming is focused on humanist values and ethics, and the encouragement of rational inquiry, free speech and respect.

This Sunday we have three Camp Quest organizers joining Atheists Talk to discuss this popular and well-established summer camp program. August Berkshire – a co-founder of Camp Quest Minnesota – will be interviewing Jeannette Watland, chair of the board of Camp Quest of Minnesota, and Nicole Infinity, camp director of Camp Quest Minnesota. We hope you can join us!

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“Atheist Art” Amy Davis Roth on Atheists Talk

So much of the history of Western art, particularly what we refer to as “fine art”, is tied up with religion. In the last few hundred years, we’ve seen much more art that exists without reference to any gods, but we still see very little art that is expressly atheist in nature.

Amy Davis Roth, aka Surly Amy, has been working to change that. You probably know her from her Surly-Ramics, ceramic jewelry carrying atheist and pro-science messages and pictorial designs . Recently she’s been painting more, including iconographic flowers that sold in the art show at last month’s American Atheists National Convention. For the last couple of years, she’s also been heading up a team of atheist, humanist, and skeptic artists at Mad Art Lab on the Skepchick network.

This Sunday, she joins us to talk about what motivates her to create art and what we may be looking for as atheism develops an art of its own.

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