Episode Archive for April 2014

Coming out Atheist, with Greta Christina

April 28, 2014

This week Point of Inquiry welcomes the well-known atheist blogger, speaker, and author Greta Christina to talk about her new book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other and Why, a no nonsense guide to leveling with everyone in your life about your non-belief.

Greta is a woman at home with difficult conversations. Her previous books include Why Are You Atheists So Angry: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories about Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns & More. Plus, she edited a book called, Paying For…

A Trek Through Skepticism with The Amazing Randi

April 21, 2014

This week, Point of Inquiry is excited to welcome “The Amazing” James Randi: famed magician a godfather (as it were) of the modern reason movement, and founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation. Randi is the subject of a new documentary film, An Honest Liar, which brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, parapsychologists, faith-healers, and con artists. 

Randi and host Josh Zepps diagnose the state of American credulity, and discuss why human beings continue to believe unreasonable things that simply “sound nice.” They reminisce about some of Randi’s greatest hits with Johnny Carson…

Living with a Wild God: Barbara Ehrenreich on Atheism and Transcendence

April 14, 2014

This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes Barbara Ehrenreich, award-winning columnist and essayist, and author of 21 books. In Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, she went undercover as a minimum wage worker and in Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America, she took aim at our punishing national obsession with positive thinking. Her new book Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything is very different from her previous writing.

Living with a Wild God is the story of Ehrenreich’s intellectual coming of age. At 17,…

Ann Druyan: Telling the Story of the Cosmos

April 07, 2014

This week, Point of Inquiry is delighted to welcome Ann Druyan, co-writer and co-creator of both the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, starring her late husband Carl Sagan, as well as the new series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, starring Neil deGrasse Tyson.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Druyan talks to Josh Zepps about how the first Cosmos series came to be, her efforts to translate the majesty of science into relatable and accessible storytelling, and how we’ve progressed toward making a more reasonable and humane society. We also get a little bit of insight into what it was like to get to know Carl Sagan for…