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Atheist Radio, TV, and Podcasts

Anne H.
Philadelphia, PA
Post #: 229
On the mailing list, George Harris mentioned The Atheist Experience, a public access cable TV show done by the Atheist Community of Austin. They do a live show and take viewer calls and sometimes do short presentations on particular topics. The show has been going for more than a decade now, so some of the hosts (particularly Matt Dillahunty) are pretty experienced and are very good at addressing the fallacies inherent in religious thinking. You can watch or listen to recent episodes on their website, or order older episodes all the way back to 2004 on CD or DVD.


The ACA also does a web podcast called the Non-Prophets, which doesn't have the live call-in feature, but does have a chat room where you can go to discuss the show (and sometimes pose questions to the hosts) while it's airing.


Another show I really love is Reasonable Doubts, which has a somewhat more scholarly take on religion. They broadcast on Public Reality Radio out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and you can download episodes here:


Chariots of Iron is a little bit more profane and rough-and-ready, but they can be pretty fun too. This one is podcast-only:


The Minnesota Atheists do a radio show (Atheists Talk) as well as occasional cable TV episodes:­

Point of Inquiry is a podcast done by the Center for Inquiry which addresses issues across the whole spectrum of skepticism, including not just religion but also paranormal claims, alternative medicine, and a whole host of other issues. There's a rotating host format and I personally find one of the hosts a little irritating sometimes (Chris Mooney, accommodationist supreme), but Robert Price and Karen Stollznow come up with a lot of interesting topics, and even Mooney is only *sometimes* irritating.


Oh No, Ross and Carrie! chronicles the hosts' explorations via hilarious personal experience of all kinds of different crazy ideas, from Mormonism to acupuncture:


I also listen to a couple of really great science podcasts. These aren't specifically atheist-oriented, but since I know a lot of atheists are interested in science I figure some of you might enjoy these too. Big Picture Science (formerly Are We Alone?) is the podcast of the SETI Institute, and they talk about all kinds of different topics, usually with some connection to trying to understand where earthly life came from and what implications this might have for the existence of life elsewhere. They cover biology, astronomy and cosmology, earth science, computer science, and all kinds of other crazy things. They also have an occasional "Skeptic Check" feature where they'll talk about kooky stuff like the paranormal, Bigfoot, logical fallacies, and other areas of skeptical interest. They're not explicitly atheist but sometimes they come perilously close...


Finally, Science Magazine does a weekly podcast which is pretty straight science --- scientists explaining current research in a relatively understandable way, with emphasis on its relevance to issues of public interest.


I'm sure there are plenty of other good ones out there, but these are the ones that I listen to. What atheism, skepticism, or science related programming do the rest of you like?
Philadelphia, PA
Post #: 437
Thanks, terrific list!

Anne H.
Philadelphia, PA
Post #: 231
Apparently the ACA has just started a third show as well: Godless Bitches, which is about "feminism from a secular perspective". I have not listened to it yet, but all of the hosts are past or current hosts of The Atheist Experience or The Non-Prophets, so I expect they'll do a pretty good job on this one too:

David M.
Philadelphia, PA
Post #: 7
watch,use, nealry everything on that list, excellent stuff indeed. may i also recommend atheist youtuber, thunderf00t for even more entertainment/education.­
Janice R.
Clayton, NJ
Post #: 239
I used to listen to the Non-Prophets show many years ago, and spent every other Saturday in their chat during the show, it was fun.

I second the suggestion for Thunderf00t's YouTube channel.
A former member
Post #: 292
Cool link David, I think the universe is fucking magnificent!

Here is an embedding of your video:

May we all find ways to magnify our universe!

Best wishes and efforts, Scott(y)
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