The Atheist Experience featured in BBC story about Atheist TV

Hey everyone, you’ve probably all heard the news by now that The Atheist Experience is now one of the flagship shows for the newly launched Atheist TV channel. Atheist TV is a project of American Atheists, which has created a Roku channel dedicated entirely to programming by freethinkers. At the current time, they aren’t equipped to handle live broadcasts as they happen. However, we have provided them with a number of previously recorded HD episodes, and will continue uploading new content as the shows are completed. Hopefully in the future we can work out a way to air live episodes as well.

A reporter from the BBC got in touch with us to get more information about our show, as a small part of a larger story about Atheist TV and what atheists face in the United States. Based on all the emails we got yesterday (thanks for the breaking news, fans!) the story has gone live.

The stigma of being an atheist in the US

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The Atheist Experience written up in Süddeutsche Zeitung

I had an interview a few weeks ago with a reporter from Germany, and it has resulted in a very nice write-up about The Atheist Experience in the The Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest national print newspaper.

You can view the original article in context here, under the title “Gottlose Gesellen”. The attempt to get an English version from Google Translate was a bit laughable, so one of our native German followers has kindly provided a much better translation for us:

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Atheist Community of Austin featured on “Hidden City”

Recently a bunch of our members got together with a TV crew at El Arroyo and had a chat for a couple of hours about what we do.  We have received confirmation that the episode will be airing on the Travel Channel on January 31.  They seemed like a good group of people with an interesting show concept, so I’m going to go ahead and encourage you to start watching it now and see what it’s like.

It premieres tonight on the Travel Channel.  This is the message we received from the crew:

Just wanted to say hello and thank you for being a part of our first season of “Hidden City.”  The show has received great feedback so far, and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you in the coming weeks.

The first episode (Chicago) premieres next Tuesday, December 6th at 10pm EST/9pm Central.  We will then be showing a new episode every Tuesday night through February in that same time slot.  The AUSTIN EPISODE is on the schedule for JANUARY 31st.

Thanks again for all of your time, pictures, and signed releases! It’s been so great working together with you guys over the past few months to tell these incredible stories.
The topic of the show was kind of tangentially related to what we do.   Apparently they intend to visit one city a week and discuss a major event that occurred there, in order to explore broader issues.  For Austin, they chose the murder of Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
The ACA has never been directly associated with Ms. O’Hair, and we’re only recently affiliated in a loose sense with American Atheists.  However, we are of course the most prominent atheist group in her home city, so we got to spend a lot of time over margaritas discussing issues of concern to us.  Here’s hoping we come out looking good. :)