Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 55: Ryan Cragun, Author of How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps

Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Ryan T. Cragun, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa and the author of books including What You Don’t Know About Religion (but Should).

His latest is called How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps.

We spoke with Dr. Cragun about whether religious fervor is cyclical or fading, why religious holidays should become secular, and the surprising thing churches can do to stop the shifting trend away from religion.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 54: Jennifer Michael Hecht, Author of Doubt: A History

Our latest podcast guest is Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History.

Her latest book is called Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It.

At the American Atheists 2015 convention in Memphis, Tennessee, Jessica spoke with Jennifer about how thoughts of suicide differ between atheists and religious people, how more people in history have been atheists than believers, and whether it’s possible to discern what certain historical figures thought about God.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 53: Gerald Posner, Author of God’s Bankers

Our latest podcast guest is Gerald Posner, an investigative journalist and author of several books, including ones about the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

His latest book is God’s Bankers, all about the Vatican’s finances and how the Church got involved with the Mafia and money launderers.

We spoke with him about how he followed the trail of the Church’s money, what the Vatican Bank is used for, and the advice he has for investigative journalists.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 52: Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Trace Beaulieu And Frank Conniff

Our latest podcast guests are Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, best known for their work on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

At the American Atheists 2015 convention in Memphis, Tennessee, Jessica spoke with Trace and Frank about the genesis of MST3K, what they think about podcasts, and whether it’s tough to be known only for the show rather than their other projects.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 51: Megan Fox, Evolution Exhibit “Auditer”

Our latest podcast guest is Megan Fox, the apparent evolution-denier who “debunked” a science exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and posted the video on YouTube.

(Yep. Really.)

In a long, far-ranging, and sometimes infuriating interview, we talked about the reactions to her “audit” videos, whether her gender plays a role in the backlash, and why she doesn’t consider herself a Creationist.

We also discussed why she believes not censoring the Internet in a local library’s adult section sanctions “taxpayer funded access to child porn.” (In response to her battle with the Orland Park Public Library, readers of this site raised nearly $7,000 for the library’s general fund.)

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