Episode Archive for May 2013

Katha Pollitt - Is Religion Inherently Sexist?

May 20, 2013

Over the weekend, the Center for Inquiry’s Women in Secularism II conference unfolded in Washington, D.C.—and we caught up with one of the event’s most distinguished speakers, the feminist poet and author Katha Pollitt.

You probably know her “Subject to Debate” column in the Nation—always both insightful and also hilarious to read. It has been called, by the Washington Post, the “best place to go for original thinking on the left.” The column won the National Magazine Award in 2003.

Pollitt is also the author of four essay collections—most recently, Learning to Drive and Other…

Michael Levi - Fracking, Pipelines, and Science

May 13, 2013

A few months back on this show, we heard from Bill McKibben, the celebrated environmental writer and, more recently, leader of a mass movement around preventing climate change that has focused on blocking the Keystone XL pipeline.

McKibben makes a compelling case that our climate system is at dire risk. But many thinkers who fully accept the science of climate change nonetheless take a very different approach to climate and energy policy. And as someone who personally sees strengths on both sides of this question, today I want to feature one of them.

So today…

Jared Diamond - The World Until Yesterday

May 06, 2013

Note: You can watch this episode on Youtube.

In this special episode of Point of Inquiry, Chris and Indre speak with the Pulitzer Prize winning Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Dr. Diamond is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles and has traveled extensively to New Guinea for his research. His observations there form the foundation of his new book, The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn from Traditional Societies, which is the subject of this interview.

Afterwards, Chris and Indre debate aspects of Diamond’s new…