Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 75: Lauren Lane, Executive Director of Skepticon

Our latest podcast guest is Lauren Lane, the Founder and Executive Director of Skepticon, a national conference located annually in Springfield, Missouri that promotes skepticism, science education, and community building.

I spoke with Lauren about how her team runs a free conference for more than a thousand people, how they improve the event every year, and what goes on behind the scenes.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 74: Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian

Our latest podcast guests are the people behind YouTube sensation Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian.

Andrew Bradley is the creator and writer for If you haven’t seen the videos, Betty is American’s Best Christian, and she has a lot to say about traditional marriage, abortion, the upcoming elections, and so much more. She’s a hilarious parody of right-wing extremists. Andrew was also one of the main writers for Landover Baptist Church, a parody of a fundamentalist Christian church that featured articles that people still believe are real. He’s also the author of Welcome to JesusLand.

Deven Green plays Mrs. Betty Bowers. She’s a comedian, musician, and performer. She was also a comedy judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

We spoke with Andrew and Deven about how they collaborate, the kind of hate mail they receive, and the origins of Landover Baptist Church.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 73: Dr. Keith Devlin, Mathematics Communicator and Author

Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Keith Devlin, a mathematician who’s also known as The Math Guy on NPR’s Weekend Edition. He has written several books explaining math to the masses. And he’s also the co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford University’s Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (H-Star).

We spoke with Dr. Devlin about why math is difficult to understand and explain, how we tend to know more about mathematicians’ lives than their work, and whether programs like Khan Academy help or hurt students.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 72: Leah Vincent, Former Ultra-Orthodox Jew

Our latest podcast guest is Leah Vincent, a former Orthodox Jew and the author of Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood.

Vincent is the first person in her family to attend college and she earned her Masters degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

We spoke with her about life growing up in the culture, what fundamentalist faiths have in common, and what she plans to teach her daughter about her religious background.

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 71: Sarah Morehead, President of the Reason Rally Coalition

Our latest podcast guest is Sarah Morehead, President of the Reason Rally Coalition. We have the inside scoop on what will take place in 2016!

Morehead is also Executive Director of Recovering From Religion, the group that runs the Hotline Project and Secular Therapist Project. She was named American Atheists’ 2014 “Atheist of the Year.”

We spoke about what’s in store for the 2016 Reason Rally and how it’ll be different from the 2012 event as well as her work behind the scenes putting together Apostacon.

You can see the Reason Rally launch video right here:

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