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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“Hug an Atheist”, Sylvia Broeckx on Atheists Talk

Sylvia Broeckx is hardly the first person living in Europe to be appalled at how atheists are treated in the U.S. Her approach to dealing with the problem, however, was new. Rather than tut (perhaps rightly) at how uncivilized we are, she decided to do something about it. After crowdsourcing the funding, she came to the U.S. to make a film featuring everyday atheists in the U.S. The result was the documentary Hug an Atheist, which premiered at the atheist film festival in San Francisco last year.

This Sunday, Sylvia joins us to discuss making her film and her quest to get the film out to festivals and wider audiences. Later that day, we will be screening Hug an Atheist for our monthly meeting, with the proceeds to fund distribution of the film.

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“The Age of Atheists”, Peter Watson on Atheists Talk

“How do atheists find meaning in their lives without God?” It may be the second most common “gotcha” question asked of atheists, after “Where do atheists get their morality from if not God?” It’s just as annoying too, because the answer is “In every way possible!” If you need proof, just turn to the new book by journalist and historian Peter Watson.

In The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God, Watson chronicles the Western scientists, philosophers, and artists who have worked to draw meaning from our lives since Friedrich Nietzsche so infamously signed God’s death certificate. It is a book remarkable for its scope.

Join us this Sunday as we speak with Watson and dip our toes into this complex and fascinating subject.

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“Christian Nation”, Fred Rich on Atheists Talk

What do people like Sarah Palin mean when they say the U.S. is a “Christian nation”? What would their vision look like if it were made real? Could they ever really succeed in taking control of the country? Author Fred Rich tackles all these questions in his recent book, Christian Nation: A Novel. From the publisher’s description:

In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the “Purity Web.” Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: “What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?”

Join us this Sunday as Rich talks about his book and the plausibility of the threat it presents.

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“This Week in Skepticism” Minnesota Skeptics on Atheists Talk

There are many different forms and presentations of skepticism, but for many it implies a constant seeking of answers, evidence and a demand for rigor in studies and investigations. Skepticism involves asking questions and exploring all of the probable alternatives, and it involves an unwillingness to accept claims based on hearsay or faulty logic. Skepticism and atheism are closely aligned; we can apply skepticism to arrive at atheism, and questioning religion can lead to a more in-depth appreciation of skeptical inquiry.

This Sunday we are joined by Travis Peterson and Erica Mahlum, organizers for the group Minnesota Skeptics. Listen in as we discuss what Minnesota Skeptics is all about, what they’ve been up to, and then we’ll chat about recent events of the past week, including the Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate, Darwin Day and how camels totally disprove the Bible. Sorry, Bible.

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