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  1. Episode 111—Dogma Free America

    Jamye returns and picks a Jackass of the Week.

    Rich announces a listener contest—have Worst Christmas Ever!

    Update on cheerleader Bible signs at high-school games in Georgia. Man fired for wearing a religious button in Georgia, USA.

    More UN free speech follies. In the UK, efforts to repeal the crime of religious libel in Northern Ireland and to remove references to Christianity in the written constitution of British overseas territories.

    A replica of Stonehenge in Texas faces criticism. Your emails.

    And much, much more.

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  2. Taming Your Inbox from KQED’s Forum

    In "The Tyranny of E-mail," author John Freeman looks at the 4,000 year sweep of the written word from early cuneiform carvings to the e-mail in your humble inbox. He argues that e-mail inhibits our ability to conduct our lives mindfully. As part of our coverage of the 40th anniversary of the Internet, we deconstruct our inboxes.

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  3. Guests: Ron Reagan and Lodi activist Karen Buchanan

    Topics: "Unabashed atheist" Ron Reagan, host of Air America’s Ron Reagan Show, is back for a new interview as a preview to his appearance at FFRF’s 32nd annual FFRF convention in Seattle in November. Also featured: an interview with Foundation member Karen Buchanan, the original complainant in FFRF’s request to the city council of Lodi, Calif., to drop prayers. That request has set off months of controversy and Karen talks about her dismay at the Council’s 5-0 vote in October to continue "uncensored prayer."

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  4. Guest: Joan Konner, ed., The Atheist Bible

    Irreverent thoughts and thinkers will be featured this week. The August Freethinkers Almanac will highlight the contributions of famous unbelievers born in the month of August, many of whom are quoted in award-winning journalist Joan Konner’s charming book, "The Atheist Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts." Konner is dean emerita of the Columbia Gradutate school of Journalism and will also explain why she felt "inspired" to compile this collection of provocative, sage and humorous quotations.

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  5. Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek discusses his work and his life in science.

    This lecture is part of the 2009 Cambridge Science Festival.

    Frank Wilczek, Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT and recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, has been pushing the limits of what we know about particle physics and exploring what holds our universe together since he was 21, and contributing to the definition of gluons, which hold atomic nuclei together. Throughout a storied career in physics he has not only been at the forefront of his field but also an able and enthusiastic public communicator, helping to connect recent developments in fundamental physics to the general public, most recently in his book the The Lightness of Being.

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  6. Tyler Jacks: Genetics of Cancer

    Tyler Jacks, director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, talks about his research on cancer and his career in genetics.

    This lecture is part of the 2009 Cambridge Science Festival.

    Tyler Jacks is the David H. Koch Professor of Biology and a leading researcher in the genetics of cancer. Jacks was named the 2005 Simon M. Shubitz Lecturer and Award recipient, and shared the 2005 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research awarded by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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  7. Guest: Sci Fi Author Ben Bova

    The interview will feature distinguished and very charming science fiction and nonfiction author, the much-honored Ben Bova, an unbeliever. The hosts talk about FFRF’s exciting new lawsuit filed this week, challenging Congressional mandates to engrave "In God We Trust" and the religious Pledge of Allegiance at the new Capitol Visitor’s Center (through which everyone visiting the Capitol or their members of Congress must pass). They also talk about the Christian fundamentalist prayer delivered on behalf of the United States at the D-Day commemoration last month in France, and complaints made to Secretary of Defense Gates and President Obama.

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  8. Tom Clark - Scientific Naturalism and the Illusion of Free Will

    Tom Clark is director of the non-profit Center for Naturalism and author of Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses. He writes on science, free will, consciousness, addiction and other topics, and maintains Naturalism.org, an extensive resource on worldview naturalism. He is also moderator for the monthly philosophy cafà at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA.

    In this interview with D.J. Grothe, Tom Clark discusses the implications of a thorough-going scientific naturalism for the concepts of the self and of free will. He contrasts "contra-causal free will" with kinds of political or social freedom, and argues that the former is a vestige of outmoded religious or dualistic thinking. He talks about compatibilism, and how he can be a skeptic of free will while also prizing personal freedom, how determinism can be compatible with certain kinds of free will. He explores what these implications of scientific naturalism might actually mean for criminal justice, and how rejecting concepts of free-will may empower society to be more humanistic and to solve social ills more effectively. And he talks about the growth of skepticism about free will, both in the academic scientific communities and in the skeptic and freethought world.

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  9. Freethought Radio : Guest: Ellie Strote

    Subject: Escape from Polygamy

    Freethought Radio will talk about some theocratic incursions, including a recent "morality" proclamation by an Oklahoma representative, and will play CNN TV coverage of FFRF’s complaint over a prayer station in Warren, Mich. Interviewed will be Foundation member Ellie Strote, who will talk about growing up in a polygamous FLDS community, getting married an 15 and making her escape at age 18.

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  10. Show 309: Humanism and Marriage — The ETFF Pride Weekend Edition

    It was Pride weekend and this show aired mere hours after NYC’s world famous Pride Parade, celebrating the rights and accomplishments of the GLBT Community.

    “For years the issue of same-sex marriage has electrified the political landscape. But is marriage a religious institution? And if so, should the government be granting privileges to any couples? Or does marriage benefit civic society, and is it wrong to let religious objections keep certain couples from participating?

    Also, is marriage a humanist institution?

    Join your host Michael O’Neil as we review this issue and take your calls on Equal Time For Freethought!”

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