“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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Spin Doctors’ Mark White on Atheists Talk

Coming off of his talk at American Atheist’s National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah this past month, Mark White continues his atheist speaking as this Sunday’s Atheists Talk radio show guest. He’ll speak about leaving Christianity and perhaps share a few stories about his musical career and his time with The Spin Doctors.

Mark White is a founding member of the alternative rock band, The Spin Doctors. Best known for Two Princes and Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, the Spin Doctors have sold millions of records and were nominated for a Grammy for Two Princes.

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“Coming Out Atheist”, Greta Christina on Atheists Talk

Coming out atheist can make your life better.
Coming out helps other atheists.
Coming out cultivates other atheists.
And coming out creates a better world.

This is the refrain of Greta Christina’s new book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why. As the title says, this is a how-to book, brimming with Christina’s trademark forthrightness, compassion, and thoughtfulness. It recognizes that each of us who are out atheists have to come out many times over in many different situations, and it tackles the challenges of each while never losing sight of the fact that there is joy in being known for who we really are.

Join us this Sunday when we talk to Greta Christina about the book and how we can make the world a better place to be out as an atheist.

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“Minnesota Marriage Officiant Bill”, August Berkshire on Atheists Talk

We had a relatively last-minute change of guest and topic for this week’s show. We’ve been wanting to have August Berkshire on the show for a while to talk about the marriage bill. He’s been shepherding it along for several years now, sussing out legislator concerns and drumming up support in the community. This morning, he joined us in studio to talk about the purpose of the bill, the process we’ve gone through to have the bill introduced in the legislature, and what people can do to support the bill.

Since the show was recorded, we have confirmed that no further committee meetings are happening this year. However, now that the bill has been introduced, it’s time to approach your legislators about supporting the bill for next year, possibly even about co-sponsoring it. As mentioned on the show, the American Humanist Association has made it easy for you to contact your state representative and senator to ask them to support the bill. If you receive any feedback with concerns on the bill from your legislator, please make Minnesota Atheists aware of those concerns.

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“American Atheists Convention”, David Silverman on Atheists Talk

A few weeks ago, we had American Atheists president Dave Silverman on the show to talk about the upcoming American Atheists national convention, April 17-20 in Salt Lake City, among other things. At least that was the plan. As it turned out, the “other things” took over the show. This Sunday, however, we promise to focus on the convention. Won’t you join us to find out what’s in store for everyone who is able to attend?

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“Wicked Gods”, Eilís Leyne on Atheists Talk

This show had originally been scheduled for several weeks ago. It had to be rescheduled to this weekend.

Wicked Gods is a thriller with an extra mystery attached for good measure. The novel itself evokes the complexity of Dan Brown, though with better writing. From the publisher’s description:

When her seismic exposé of religious abuses lands on the best-seller list, Professor Mira Veron becomes a darling of the literati and a target for religious extremists and culture-warriors alike. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband scheming to undermine her, her opportunistic agent attempting to cash in on her name, and a seductive born-again assassin tracking her every move, she meets up with a publishing tycoon who is guarding a volatile secret.

Veron is drawn into an underground network by the promise of cataclysmic religious revelations only to watch as her new associates mysteriously die, one by one. Under siege by forces seen and unseen, she embarks on a desperate quest for answers. Now she must choose between defending her work and defending her life.

If that isn’t enough mystery for you, Eilís Leyne is a pseudonym. About the author:

Eilís Leyne is the pen name of an author whose non-fiction works have appeared in more than a dozen publications, including the Christian Science Monitor and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Having written two well-received non-fiction books, Wicked Gods is her debut novel.

Join us on Sunday as we talk to our mystery guest about her new book.

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David Silverman on Atheists Talk

David Silverman is an activist and the current president of American Atheists, the most prominent organization in the United States fighting for the civil liberties of atheists, and the total separation of church and state. David will be joining Atheists Talk this Sunday to discuss the upcoming 2014 National Convention in Salt Lake City, American Atheists billboards, and the CPAC controversy.

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