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Adult Show

By Odysseus42 - May 14 2020
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For those offended by the F* word or other language, this is an adult show and is not for children.

Great show

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You guys are great! Awesome content

iTunes Ratings

803 Ratings
Average Ratings
680
58
13
13
39

Adult Show

By Odysseus42 - May 14 2020
Read more
For those offended by the F* word or other language, this is an adult show and is not for children.

Great show

By Denny Bow - May 03 2020
Read more
You guys are great! Awesome content
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Latest release on May 30, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Ep. 31 - Lucien Greaves, Spokesperson for The Satanic Temple

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Lucien Greaves is the spokesperson for The Satanic Temple. You know his organization because they’ve been very active recently regarding church/state separation issues. In Oklahoma, where there was a Ten Commandments monument near the Capitol building, Greaves’ group requested putting up a statue of Baphomet… leading to all sorts of chaos. They’ve also tried to put up a Satanic display in the Florida Capitol building. And, my favorite, after a Florida school district allowed an outside group to do a Bible giveaway for students, they requested to distribute a Satanic coloring book… which may lead to an end to outside book distributions for good in that district.

We spoke with Lucien about how he doesn't actually believe in Satan, what his group's relationship is like with other Satanic groups, and why they conducted a Pink Mass over the grave of Fred Phelps' mother.

Dec 10 2014

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Rank #2: Ep. 317 - Some Christians Want A Deadly Easter

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Kansas lawmakers are trying to make sure Christians can kill citizens for Easter. (2:06)

— Georgia cops arrested Christians who gathered in defiance of social distancing orders. (6:00)

— Here are some very creative ways to stop Christians from gathering in churches. (9:03)

— Some Christians really don’t like that adult sites are giving away free high-quality content. (12:41)

— Most pastors think Jesus will return in their lifetimes. (15:47)

— Mississippi, having nothing else to do, is celebrating Confederate Heritage Month. (18:15)

— With Mike Pence nearby, Dr. Anthony Fauci praised gay people who suffered through the AIDS crisis. (25:49)

— A Utah man cashed a fraudulent check… and said he thought it was a gift from God. (28:29)

— Jerry Falwell, Jr. wants to arrest reporters who report at Liberty University. (30:31)

— Pope Francis said COVID-19 is nature’s revenge on us for our ignorance of climate change. (35:20)

— Here’s the complicated story of a Christian missionary who “played doctor” in Uganda. (40:36)

— The U.S. government is using taxpayer money to pay for pastors’ salaries. (46:23)

— Cardinal George Pell is a free man, despite his sex abuse conviction. (53:45)

— Florida’s GOP Governor Ron DeSantis explained how to use gloves in the worst possible way. (58:18)

Apr 10 2020

1hr 14mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 90 - Chris Shelton, Former Scientologist

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Chris Shelton spent 27 years in the Church of Scientology, where he attained those high levels you only hear about in HBO documentaries. But he got out about three years ago and is now a vocal critic of the Church.

He just published a book called Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider's Guide to What Scientology is All About.

We spoke with Chris about what tipped him off to the Church's deceptions, what he was taught about Xenu, and what he believes would be the single biggest blow to the Church's existence.

Jan 17 2016

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Rank #4: BONUS: Jess and Mikey Discuss "Rear Window," the Movie

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Since everyone is quarantined, Jess and her husband/film nerd Mikey decided to start a project: Watch a bunch of movies about people who are trapped somewhere and discuss them.

There are currently 8 available to Patreon donors, but we wanted to give listeners a sample!

For this episode, Jess and Mikey watched "Rear Window." They discussed who is better looking between Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart, what female characters look like in the 1950s, and Mikey's history with ska music.

Apr 06 2020

1hr 18mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 17 - Pam Mueller, Jeopardy Champion

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Pam Mueller may be best known as a frequent contestant on Jeopardy! where she has won more than $180,000 during her many, many episodes, including her run to become champion of the 2000 College Tournament. She also worked on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, graduated from Harvard Law School, and is now a grad student in Psychology at Princeton University.

We spoke with Pam about her research into notetaking, the end of Howard Dean's campaign, and the oddest place she's been recognized.

Dec 10 2014

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Rank #6: Ep. 95 - Jeffrey Tayler, Author and Salon Columnist

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Jeffrey Tayler is an author of several books all about different parts of the world, but you may know him best for his wonderful articles defending atheism and atheists, and criticizing the Religious Right on Salon.com. He’s also the Russia correspondent for the Atlantic. His latest book is called "Topless Jihadis: Inside Femen, the World’s Most Provocative Activist Group."

I spoke with Jeffrey about Salon's reputation for publishing just about anything criticizing atheists, what the public doesn't understand about the New Atheists, and the impact religion will have on the 2016 elections.

Feb 21 2016

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Rank #7: Ep. 141 - Ryan McKnight, Founder of MormonLeaks

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This past week saw the launch of a website called MormonLeaks (formerly Mormon Wikileaks), a "safe, secure, and anonymous way to submit documents, videos, or any other information regarding the Church." The site was created by Ryan McKnight, a former Mormon.

I spoke with Ryan about why he left the Mormon Church, why he hopes to achieve by exposing the Church's secrets, and what the ultimate secret would be.

Dec 25 2016

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Rank #8: Ep. 20 - TAM2014 - Steven Novella And Jon Armstrong

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Jessica spoke with Skeptics Guide to the Universe host and neuroscientist Steven Novella and magician Jon Armstrong about skepticism and the brain, our faulty memories, and how the placebo effect is not what you may think.

Dec 10 2014

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Rank #9: Ep. 106 - Jeremy Runnells, Ex-Mormon and Author of the CES Letter

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Jeremy Runnells was raised in the Church of Latter Day Saints as a 6th generation Mormon. He went on his two year mission. He graduated from BYU. He was an Eagle Scout. But in 2012, he began doubting some of his beliefs. He was asked by a Church Educational System (or CES) director to share his concerns. Jeremy did that in what became known as the Letter to a CES Director, or the CES letter. It is a damning document that exposes so many holes in the Mormon faith and it quickly went viral online, giving a lot of people reason to leave the Church themselves. And then, earlier this year, wouldn’t you know it, Church officials began a process to kick him out. Before they could excommunicate him for good in April, Jeremy announced he was resigning from the Mormon Church himself. He wasn’t going to give them the satisfaction of kicking him out.

We spoke with Jeremy about what led him to start doubting his faith, how the "Mormon moment" from a few years ago has come to an end, and why he left the Church before it could get rid of him.

May 08 2016

42mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 66 - Shulem Deen, Former Hasidic Jew

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Shulem Deen is a former Hasidic Jew. Since leaving that world, he’s founded the website Unpious which is a voice for other ultra-Orthodox Jews who may be rethinking their faith. His new memoir is called "All Who Go Do Not Return."

We spoke with Shulem about the hypocrisy of Hasidic Jews regarding modern technology, how that community reacted to an episode of This American Life focusing on them, and how America Online became his gateway to the outside world.

Aug 02 2015

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Rank #11: Ep. 11 - Billy Hallowell, TheBlaze.com

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Billy Hallowell is the faith editor for TheBlaze.com, perhaps better known as Glenn Beck’s website. He has also written pieces for The Washington Post, The Daily Caller, The Huffington Post, and several other websites, and he is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel. His interest in politics and social issues goes far back, though. He used to be the CEO of VoterWatch, a non-partisan nonprofit focusing on government transparency, and even began a website in high school encouraging students to make a difference in their communities.

We spoke with Billy about what he's learned from working under Glenn Beck, what conservatives do poorly, and how we share a surprising bond involving actor Nicolas Cage.

Dec 10 2014

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Rank #12: Ep. 115 - Jerry Coyne, Author of Faith vs. Fact

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Dr. Jerry Coyne is a now-retired Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He has written over 115 refereed scientific papers; 130 additional articles, book reviews, and columns; and a scholarly book about his field (Speciation, co-authored with H. Allen Orr).

He may be most familiar to listeners for his books Why Evolution is True (which spawned his blog of the same name) and Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible.

At the recent American Humanist Association conference in Chicago, we spoke with Dr. Coyne about why science and religion are incompatible, the problems with the "Regressive Left" on college campuses, and what he discusses with his atheist/scientist friends.

Jun 26 2016

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Rank #13: Ep. 51 - Megan Fox, Evolution Exhibit "Auditer"

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Megan Fox is the apparent evolution-denier who "debunked" a science exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History and posted the video on YouTube.

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 Friendly Atheist raised nearly $7,000 for the library's general fund.)

Apr 19 2015

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Rank #14: Ep. 103 - The Moderators of Reddit Atheism

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Reddit Atheism may be the largest online community in the world for atheists. Whenever you have an anonymous group of that size, bad things may happen. And the site certainly has a reputation for low-brow memes, smugness, anger, and a disdain for the religious. But they’ve also used their power for good, raising money for groups like Doctors Without Borders.

We spoke with two of the moderators of the atheism "subreddit," Feinberg and LurkBeast, about the positives and negatives of the site, the power of the ex-religious subreddits, and why r/atheism isn't as bigoted as one research paper claimed.

Apr 17 2016

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Rank #15: Ep. 98 - Phil Torres, Philosopher and Author

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Phil Torres is a philosopher and author who writes extensively about the intersection of religion and technology. He’s a regular contributor at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. His latest book is called The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse.

We spoke with him about why super-intelligence could come back to haunt us, how religious thinking mixed with weapons could bring us closer to doom, and whether we can reason with those who want to get closer to the afterlife.

Mar 13 2016

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Rank #16: Ep. 92 - William Shunn, Author of The Accidental Terrorist

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William Shunn is the author of The Accidental Terrorist, a book about his time as a Mormon missionary. He was supposed to preach in Alberta, but it wasn’t long before he was convicted of felony mischief after making a false bomb threat.

He’s still not allowed to return to Canada.

We spoke with Bill about what it's like to be a Mormon missionary when your heart's just not into it, how the Mormon Church catches escaped missionaries, and the extreme length he went to to prevent his mission partner from leaving the base.

Jan 31 2016

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Rank #17: Ep. 297 - Chick-fil-A Infuriated Christians By Helping The Poor

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Conservative Christians are angry at Chick-fil-A for helping the poor. (0:38)

— People are very upset about a same-sex couple on a dancing show. (12:35)

— A Christian Right group’s Christmas “Naughty or Nice” list reveals a lot about their priorities. (16:36)

— A Tennessee school district is getting sued over its long long history of preaching to kids. (23:40)

— A Wisconsin church won’t get a $10,000 from a city council because they bragged about converting people with it. (27:59)

— The Dallas Straight Pride Parade was a flop. (31:03)

— A Michigan college nixed the Pledge from student government meetings… then brought it back. (34:00)

— Kanye West‘s appearance at Joel Osteen‘s church was underwhelming and ignorant. (37:52)

— The Ohio House passed a bill that allegedly prohibits teachers from punishing students who give a wrong answer if they did it because of religion. (53:10)

— Kansas City just banned conversion therapy! (58:33)

Nov 22 2019

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Rank #18: Ep. 137 - Ali A. Rizvi, Author of The Atheist Muslim

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Ali A. Rizvi is a Pakistani-Canadian writer, physician, and musician who resides in Toronto. He’s the author of a new book called The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason.

Ali lived in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, as part of a progressive Muslim family, before he moved permanently to Canada in his twenties. He is a trained physician and a vocal advocate for secularism, science, and reform, particularly in the Muslim community.

We spoke about whether someone can be culturally Muslim, whether there's something uniquely problematic with the doctrine of Islam, and what people like Reza Aslan get wrong about the faith.

Nov 27 2016

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Rank #19: Ep. 303 - The Splitting Of The United Methodist Church

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Some potentially interesting personal news from Hemant… (1:00)

— A whole bunch of Congress members want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. (15:45)

— The United Methodist Church is breaking up over the issue of whether love matters. (30:06)

— Pope Francis smacked a woman’s hand and we can’t even complain about it. (38:40)

— Massachusetts may drop its requirement for minors to get permission before an abortion. (42:04)

— Christian “coach” Dave Daubenmire has a new reason to oppose interracial marriage: He went to a zoo. (45:38)

— One reason white evangelicals love Trump? They’re as opposed to immigration as he is. (49:42)

— Conservative Dennis Prager doesn’t care about anything Anne Frank wrote because he doesn’t get his wisdom from teenagers. Or anyone else for that matter. (58:19)

Jan 04 2020

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Rank #20: Ep. 135 - Sarah Levin, Secular Coalition for America's Senior Legislative Representative

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Sarah Levin is the Senior Legislative Representative for the Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying group in Washington, D.C. representing non-religious people on Capitol Hill. She graduated from American University with a degree in International Studies, focusing on the Middle East and Israeli domestic politics.

Following Tuesday's elections, we spoke about what church/state separation advocates should be worried about over the next few years, the positive developments (and there were some!) from Election Day, and what atheists need to do to become more of a political force in the future.

Nov 13 2016

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