HNN #24: The New Atheists on Organized Freethought

In this month’s audio podcast we celebrate our program’s two-year anniversary by interviewing Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. HNN’s Duncan Crary interviewed these best-selling authors, a.k.a. “The New Atheists”, at the Atheist Alliance International annual conference in September. At the conference, Harris, author of “The End of Faith,” told the crowd that they should not identify with the atheist label. Dawkins, Dennett and Hitchens react. So does the Rational Response Squad and Pastor Deacon Fred of the Landover Baptist Church. Also, Sweet Reason gives advice on “coming out” as an atheist. [Read more…]

HNN #23: Government without God

In this month’s audio podcast we interview U.S. Representative Pete Stark, the highest elected official in the United States to openly acknowledge that he does not believe in a supreme being. We hear from Tom, an atheist volunteer working to make the world a better place. Some humanist university students in Edinburgh, Scotland tell us about their new campus group. Norwegian journalist Evan Gran observed us recording this show for an article in Fri Tanke Magazine. Gran tell us a little about humanism in the media in Norway. [Read more…]

HNN #20: Humanistic Judaism

This month’s guests are Harvard Law Prof. Alan M. Dershowitz, Humanistic Judaism founder Rabbi Sherwin Wine, and student gay rights activist Erin Davies of the “Fag Bug” project. [Read more…]

HNN #19: Dar Williams & E.O. Wilson

In HNN Audio Podcast #19, our humanist advice columnist “Sweet Reason” helps acclaimed novelist and humanist Salman Rushdie take another look at religious language. Duncan Crary speaks with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Harvard biologist and secular humanist E.O. Wilson. Jes Constantine interviews folk singer Dar Williams, winner of the “Humanist Album of the Year”. All interviews were recorded face-to-face at The New Humanism Conference hosted by Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard on April 20-22. [Read more…]

HNN #18: Salman Rushdie & Cultural Humanism

In HNN Audio Podcast #18, we interview acclaimed novelist and humanist Salman Rushdie about the organized humanist movement and the relationship between the novel and humanist thought. This show also contains live recordings of the April 20 ceremony hosted by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard honoring Salman Rushdie with the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism. The ceremony , which took place in the Memorial Chapel at Harvard Yard, marked the beginning of The New Humanism conference. [Read more…]

HNN #17: The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard

In HNN 17, we interview Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University Greg Epstein, we host an intergenerational dialogue about lesbianism, feminism and humanism, we introduce the Institute’s new humanist lobbyist, and we discuss humanism in the media: the good, the bad and the ugly. [Read more…]

HNN #16: Geomythology, Rational Rap & Mr. Deity

In HNN Audio Podcast #16, we speak to a geomythologist, a rational rapper, and The Almighty Himself, Mr. Deity. Guests: Adrienne Mayor, Greydon Square, Brian Dalton. [Read more…]

HNN #15: Darwin Day

In HNN Audio Podcast #15, we celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin and his contribution to evolutionary biology. We speak with evolutionary biologist Massimo Pigliucci, Ph.D., Noell Hyman a.k.a. “Agnostic Mom”, Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies, evangelical Christian-Goth musicians The Rapture Right, Secular Student Alliance Executive Director August E. Brunsman IV and Ghandi Scholar Prasad, who founded the Vasavya Society for Rural Development, in the state of Andrha Pradesh, India. [Read more…]

HNN #14: Humanists in Action

The theme of HNN Audio Podcast #14 is humanists taking legal action to defend their rights. We speak with Secular Coalition for America lobbyist Lori Lipman Brown, Heidi Bruggink, legal coordinator for the Appignani Humanist Legal Center at the American Humanist Association, and Ellery Schempp, who initiated the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case which declared that public school-sanctioned Bible readings were unconstitutional. HNN Listeners share their thoughts on humanism. And contributor Jamila Bey shares a humanist New Year’s poem. [Read more…]

HNN #13: Sex & Humanism

In HNN Audio Podcast #13, we explore the topic of sex from a humanist perspective. Please be advised that the theme of this show is adult in nature and some portions may not be appropriate for certain listeners. We speak with sex therapist Marty Klein, Ph.D, cartoonist Jeff Swenson and humanist advice columnist Molleen Matsumura, a.k.a. “Sweet Reason.” Film critic Carolyn Braunius reviews Shortbus. And as a very special treat we perform a radio play, “Humanist Love – Deist On Top”. [Read more…]