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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.
 
What do intellectual historians currently investigate? And why is this relevant for us today? These are some of the questions our podcast series, led by graduate students at Cambridge, seeks to explore. It aims to introduce intellectual historians and their work to everyone with an interest in history and politics. Do join in on our conversations! (The theme song of "Interventions | The Intellectual History Podcast" was created at jukedeck.com)
 
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On today's episode we introduce the show's new guest host, Julia Sweeney and her interview with author David G. McAfee on his new book, Hi, I'm an Atheist!: What That Means and How to Talk About It with Others. McAfee and Sweeney speak about the new book, how it helped Sweeney get back in touch with her atheism roots, his journey being raised in a …
 
Throughout the modern world trust in science has continued to erode at dangerous speeds. From anti-vaxxers to climate change deniers, there is an ever growing movement of people that deny science at the peril of us all. The shift towards a public with increasing lack of scientific literacy and critical-thinking skills combined with the proliferatio…
 
It’s a rare person indeed who can trick and amaze people on one hand while reassuring them that what they are experiencing is not real. Meet Banacek. He’s not only an illusionist, magician, mentalist extraordinaire, he’s a skeptic’s skeptic who for decades has been instrumental in exposing fraud and deception. In this episode of Point of Inquiry, J…
 
Have you ever been curious about what other people believe in or how they navigate the ethical challenges of life? Ancient philosophy was partly used as a way to better understand the best way to live life. In this episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks to two of the editors of How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Ph…
 
A question on the minds of many theists and non-theists alike is why are so many Americans leaving religion and becoming religiously unaffiliated? What are the underlying factors causing this shift? In today's episode we dive into what the data shows about this movement with Ryan Burge, author of the new book The Nones: Where They Came From, Who Th…
 
In the June/July issue of Free Inquiry, today's guest Greg Paul makes the case that a loving God cannot possibly exist next to all the suffering and death, children have had to endure throughout human history. In his piece, he claims this fact has the, "...potential to accelerate the already rapid decline of the illusion that is theism." On today's…
 
The Center for Inquiry Investigations Group tests extraordinary claims from anyone who believes they have paranormal or supernatural abilities like telekinesis, mind reading, and many otherworldly talents. The group offers a $250,000 prize for anyone able to prove a paranormal ability under mutually agreed upon test conditions. The group then repor…
 
Annabelle Gurwitch is an award-winning actress, comedian, and writer. She's also a secular humanist and a skeptic, though that hasn't always been the case -- at least not the skeptic part. On this episode Annabelle speaks with host, Jim Underdown about her beliefs, her new book, life as a performer, new age religions and cults, and dealing with adv…
 
David Javerbaum is the guest on this week's episode of Point of Inquiry. David discusses his early writing career and his current gig as God. David discusses starting out with The Onion and what it was like working with David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. As former head writer and producer on the Daily Show, David gives his insights …
 
Have you wondered what it's like to get caught up in a conspiracy theory? QAnon, the 9/11 truth movement, lizard people who want to take over the world. What does it take for rational humans to believe such outstandingly irrational beliefs? In this week's episode, Leighann Lord speaks to Stephanie Kemmerer about her personal journey falling in and …
 
An Atheist and a Christian Walk Into a Bar | Overcoming Differences America is as polarized as it's been in decades as our citizenry draws lines in the sand over a variety of issues. Friends and family who hold different political or religious persuasions may find it hard to impossible to hold civil conversation together. One friendship hasn't suff…
 
Here are this week’s top 9 indie music tracks featuring Andrew Patterson, Ishani, Teen Creeps, HeIsTheArtist, Heather Rivas, BEAUTY IN CHAOS ft. CINTHYA HUSSEY, The L.A. Maybe, J. Brown & Arrows To Fire. (This is the audio from our video podcast on YouTube). #indierock #singer #songwriter #popmusic #RnB #soul #countrymusic#alternativerock #alternat…
 
Here are this week’s top 9 indie music tracks featuring If By Whiskey, Magnetic Ghost, Sid, Ancient Astronauts f. Joyce Olong, Daniel Takes A Train, Charlie Nieland, Lucy Spraggan, Candy Opera and Piper Shaw. (This is the audio from our video podcast on YouTube). #indierock #singer #songwriter #synthpop #hip-hop #popmusic #countrymusic #africanmusi…
 
Here are this week’s top 9 indie music tracks featuring The Director’s Cuts, Rare Monk, Sabriel, Ruth Blake, Sleepwoka, Hallam London, HomeSick, VINOK and Julian Shah-Tayler. (This is the audio from our video podcast on YouTube). #cinematicrock #indierock #neosoul #singer #songwriter #electropop #alternativerock #alternative #indiefolk #folk #rock …
 
Christmas in 2020 will be unlike any other in recent history due to COVID 19. Nevertheless, Christians around the world will be finding ways to celebrate the birth of Christ. On this episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim speaks to Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry magazine and author of The Trouble With Christmas. Affectionately known as the Anti-Claus,…
 
Here are this week’s top 9 indie music tracks featuring Chnam, Craig Cooney & Rowlette, Eau Rouge, Faith & Scars, Cavo, Another Day Dawns, James Burt, Jack Trades & Kayrae and Binny. (This is the audio from our video podcast on YouTube). #popmusic #hiphop #hiphopmix #Christmassongs #christmasmusic #indierock #rockmusic #altrock #indiepop #dance #da…
 
Here are this week’s top 9 indie music tracks featuring ANDYVA, Kamrun Auradon, Kelsey Kindall, OMONOKO, Marya Stark, Snowk, Rachel Norman, Shonali Bhowmik & Gears (This is the audio from our video podcast on YouTube). #popmusic #reggae #alternative #alternativerock #indiefolk #folk #electronicmusic #indiepop #rock #rockmusic #indie #indiemusic #in…
 
In 1997 Jim produced and directed a short documentary called “A Day in the Life of Frank Sinatra” that was an exploration of what it was like to be a homeless man with a famous name. Twenty three years later, Frank Sinatra is recently off the streets, lives in a government-funded camper in Los Angeles, and is trying to live a normal life. In this e…
 
Here are this week’s top 9 indie music tracks featuring A Primitive Evolution, Prins Olof, Jaz Dager, Felix Cartal, Sheila Eden, Idiot Robot, Saint Mars, Dead Original and The Roogs (This is the audio from our video podcast on YouTube). #alternativerock #altrock #rock, #ambient, #dancemusic, #popmusic, #EDM, #deathpop, #grunge, #indierock, #indie #…
 
What does the Puritan founder of both the state of Rhode Island and the Baptist Church have to say about modern evangelicals? Roger Williams had certain ideas that didn't fit into 17th century England or its American colonies. Freedom of conscience, separation of church and crown, fair treatment of indigenous peoples, and supporting the rights of w…
 
Here are this week’s top 9 indie music tracks featuring Kralingen, Helena Hallberg, Modern Mimes, Nuit Oceān, Leyya, Jovian, Blue Statue, Jakob Kupferberg and Dani Krstina. (This is the audio from our video podcast on YouTube). #singer-songwriter #pop #rock #RnB #soul #alternative #SupportIndieArtists #SupportTheMusic #NewMusicDiscovery…
 
Author J.R. Becker joins Leighann Lord in this episode of Point of Inquiry to speak about his book series, Annabelle & Aiden. The series is a pro-science children's book series that explores science, philosophy, and critical thinking. Their conversation dives into: What inspired Becker to write the series How the books teach critical thinking and a…
 
Here are this week’s top 9 indie music tracks featuring My Neighbor Kellan, Tropical Boyfriend Catalogue, Blackbird Morning, TĀBÖŌ, Candy Opera, Borito, Catastrophe & Cure, Porcelan & Flor & The Sea. (This is the audio from our video podcast on YouTube). #rock, #indiepop, #indierock, #alternative, #R&B #Soul #SupportIndieArtists #SupportTheMusic #N…
 
Screenwriter and author Chris Matheson joins Jim in this episode which touches on the recently released Bill & Ted Face the Music, then dives deeply into Matheson's two comedic books on the Bible and the Buddha. In his The Story of God, Chris gets into the mind of what must be an insane and sadistic deity by using the Bible itself to retell the sto…
 
The recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left many shaken. A few weeks prior to her passing, Leighann Lord had the opportunity to speak with Rev. Barry Lynn, former executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions.…
 
One professor is using social media to remind us that physics is the real magic of the universe. Through showing off his massive collection of science gadgets and physics toys, Dr. Raymond Hall is teaching many, young and old, the wonderful world of physics and how everyday phenomena is just science in action. In this episode of Point of Inquiry, D…
 
Would you rather have your children looking at QAnon conspiracy Youtubers or porn online? That's a question author Erin Louis has had to confront with her teenage son. How do you employ critical thinking, media literacy, and a skeptical mindset in the every day world to make a real impact. In this episode of Point of Inquiry, Erin Louis joins Leigh…
 
The names Jim Jones, L.Ron Hubbard, David Koresh, and Sun Myung Moon might come to mind when someone uses the term cult leader. Many have suggested that Donald Trump falls into the category. But does Trump himself truly qualify as a cult leader? Can Trump's followers be correctly described as a cult? In this episode of Point of Inquiry, Steven Hass…
 
In this episode of Point of Inquiry, co-host Leighann Lord talks with professor, writer, and humanist Dr. Anthony Pinn. Lord and Pinn discuss the power and persistence of magical thinking as we face the current pandemic, the role of the church at a time when science is so important, Black Lives Matter and Pinn's opinion on struggle and progress, ho…
 
Looming over the sidewalk of Hollywood, California are tens of millions of dollars of buildings owned by the Church of Scientology. This beleaguered religion may have had a decade of bad PR, but they still own a substantial amount of real estate in California and Florida. In this week's episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown decided to ride his…
 
A short drive south of Cincinnati, OH, lie two well-funded, well-executed museums dedicated to the telling of biblical "history." The Creation Museum and the Ark Experience came about through Answers in Genesis, a Christian Apologetics organization, and its founder and CEO, Ken Ham. While the modern science-based community always found fault in the…
 
In this episode of Point of Inquiry, cohost Leighann Lord talks with famous skeptic and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Steven Novella, MD. Novella is also the founder and current Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine which explores issues and controversies between science and medicine and works to expose dangerous medical scams and practice…
 
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