Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 50: Dr. Susan Blackmore, Meme Researcher

Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Susan Blackmore, a writer, researcher, and speaker best known for her book The Meme Machine.

At the American Atheists 2015 convention in Memphis, Tennessee, Jessica spoke with Susan about the mystery of consciousness, Blackmore’s fascination with memes, and why she avoids most forms of social media.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 49: Jason Heap, Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason

Our latest podcast guest is Jason Heap, Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason, an organization that has placed billboards promoting local atheist groups all over the country.

Jason is also trying to become the first Humanist chaplain in the United States Armed Forces.

I spoke with him about the strategy behind putting up non-aggressive billboards, how he left the evangelical Christian faith he was raised in, and why politicians are working so hard to prevent Humanists from becoming officially-recognized chaplains.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 48: Jerry DeWitt, Pentecostal Preacher Turned Outspoken Atheist

Our latest podcast guest is Jerry DeWitt, a Pentecostal preacher from Louisiana whose faith began cracking a few years ago.

Jerry soon realized he no longer believed what he had been saying from the pulpit for nearly 25 years.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 47: Wendy Thomas Russell, Author of Relax, It’s Just God

Our latest podcast guest is Wendy Thomas Russell, author of a new book called Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious.

Wendy began her career as a journalist who spent years covering criminal justice. In 2008, she began writing books for and about children, including three books for the Girl Scouts. In 2011, her focus shifted to secular parenting. She now blogs on Patheos at Natural Wonderers and her new book, Relax, It’s Just God, will be released next week.

We spoke with Wendy about whether or not it makes sense to raise your child as an atheist, why the “sex talk” is easier than the “God talk,” and what she learned from the authors of other books about atheist parenting.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 46: Nancy French, Best-selling Author and Ghostwriter for Bristol & Sarah Palin

Our latest podcast guest is Nancy French, a four-time New York Times best-selling author who has written books with Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin, The Bachelor star Sean Lowe, and Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson.

We spoke with Nancy about whether liberals misunderstand Sarah Palin, why she came to support Mitt Romney (who doesn’t share her faith), and how all of her collaborations have the same starting point.

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