Mark on the Hill
12/01/2022
Mark on the Hill
We honor Dr. Anthony Fauci, a secular humanist who is retiring at the end of this month as the Chief Medical Advisor for the President of the United States, by hearing Dan Barker’s new song, “Thank you, Fauci.” Then FFRF’s Director of Governmental Affairs Mark Dann recaps our many successes fighting
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Let’s All Give Thanks
11/23/2022
Let’s All Give Thanks
On our Thanksgiving show, we give thanks where thanks is due. We hear the new song “Let’s All Give Thanks,” written by Dan Barker and sung by Tahira Clayton and the Godless Gospel singers. Then FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott talks about the amicus brief FFRF has filed in the “303 Creative” Supr
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Phantom God
11/17/2022
Phantom God
This week we talk about the novelist John Irving, Christian supremacy, and the Respect For Marriage Act. After hearing the debut of the Godless Gospel song “I Don’t Need Jesus,” we talk with scientist and author John C. Wathey about his new book, The Phantom God: What Neuroscience Reveals about the
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The Unbelieving
11/10/2022
The Unbelieving
After hearing the good news (and a little not-so-good-news) after the November election, we listen to the freethinking Irving Berlin song “Pack Up Your Sins (And Go To The Devil in Hades)” 100 years after its 1922 debut on Broadway. Then we speak with playwright Marin Gazzaniga and qualitative resea
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Unconventional Convention
11/03/2022
Unconventional Convention
We hit some of the highlights of FFRF’s 45th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, including welcoming remarks by U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman(CA) and Jamie Raskin(MD). Then we listen in to the live performance at that convention of the world premiere of the Godless Gospel musical group.
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The Power of Protest
10/27/2022
The Power of Protest
Iranian-born Maryam Namazie, with "Ex-Muslims of Britain," describes the dire situation in Iran where protesters of the patriarchal regime are being persecuted and killed. She also tells us how we can help. Then we speak with Harvard student Aidan Scully, who writes a secular column in the student n
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Secular Legislators
10/20/2022
Secular Legislators
We hear a sneak preview of the Godless Gospel song “You Don’t Need to Be Ashamed,” written by Andre Forbes, soloists DeAngela Morant and Rogiérs Fibby, with Godless Gospel singers in the chorus. Then we speak with New Hampshire state Representative Sherry Dutzy, who formed the Secular Values Legisla
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Secular Government
10/13/2022
Secular Government
Guest: Minnesota state Rep. Mike Freiberg. After hearing the late Loretta Lynn sing the feminist song “The Pill,” we hear freethinkers Joni Mitchell and James Taylor perform “Circle of Time." Then we speak with Minnesota state Representative Mike Freiberg about the new Secular Government Caucus he c
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Know Your Rights
10/06/2022
Know Your Rights
We announce the victory in our lawsuit challenging the “The Lord’s Prayer” at a West Virginia city council meeting. Attorney Liz Cavell describes FFRF’s “Know Your Rights” campaign for students. Then we hear Christopher Hitchens explain why God is not great.
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Blasphemy is a Victimless Crime
09/29/2022
Blasphemy is a Victimless Crime
We celebrate International Blasphemy Day by highlighting challenges to Christian Nationalism and the violation of state/church separation by senators and governors. Former Mormon Ray Matthews tells us why he now appears on FFRF's "I'm an Atheist and I Vote" billboard in Salt Lake City. Then we speak
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Banned Books
09/20/2022
Banned Books
Guest: Marty Essen. FFRF's Senior Litigation Counsel Patrick Elliott describes the new lawsuit we filed this week challenging 1.5 million dollars in the South Carolina budget to start a Christian school. Then the award-winning author, photographer and lecturer Marty Essen discusses the column agains
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Beyond Belief
09/15/2022
Beyond Belief
We unveil a national “Secular Vote” campaign. Mandisa Thomas, president of Black Nonbelievers, tells us about the upcoming Women of Color Beyond Belief conference in Chicago. Then UK psychotherapist Jimmy Bangash, an ex-Muslim gay atheist, describes Islamic discrimination and persecution for blasphe
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Free Voice
09/08/2022
Free Voice
We speak with the brave freethinking Bangladeshi author and publisher of Shuddhashar (Free Voice) Ahmedur Rashid Chowdury, who was attacked with machetes and guns by religious extremists and is now living in exile.
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Is Religion Special?
09/01/2022
Is Religion Special?
Guest: Adam B. Cohen. Former U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann falsely claims that America was based on the bible. A California prison chaplain was convicted of sexual assault against female inmates while claiming the bible justified his actions. After hearing the irreverent Yip Harburg song "Ain
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Celebrate Dissent
08/25/2022
Celebrate Dissent
Guest: Sami Abdallah. Christian nationalism is now proudly rearing its head in the United States. FFRF Senior Litigation Counsel Patrick Elliott describes the friend-of-the-court brief we filed at the Supreme Court in the "303 Creative" case where a business owner wants to discriminate against LGBTQ
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Religion and the CIA
08/18/2022
Religion and the CIA
Guest: Michael Graziano. We first talk with FFRF Associate Counsel Sam Grover about his incisive recent blog on how constitutional absolutism is literally killing us. Then, FFRF Communications Director Amit Pal interviews Professor Michael Graziano regarding his fascinating new book Errand Into the
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Threat to Democracy
08/11/2022
Threat to Democracy
Guest: Philip S. Gorski. This week we listen to the moving testimony before the National Capital Memorial Advisory Committee in favor of a new monument to honor America's "forgotten founder" Thomas Paine — testimony by Rep. Jamie Raskin, Margaret Downey (president of the Thomas Paine Memorial Associ
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Creationism USA
08/04/2022
Creationism USA
Guest: Adam Laats. FFRF attorney Chris Line tells us how FFRF is combatting religious indoctrination in Alabama schools. We parse Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's disturbing remarks denigrating nonbelievers during a Notre Dame "Religious Liberty" speech he gave in Rome last week. Then we speak w
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Combating the threats
07/28/2022
Combating the threats
"Christian nationalism" is being mentioned more and more in the news: Religious right-wing Christian members of Congress and candidates for public office are openly embracing the divisive concept. After hearing the very moving ad by "Mothers Against Greg Abbott" (opposing the Texas abortion ban) and
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REAL Wellness
07/21/2022
REAL Wellness
Guest: Don Ardell. The news is filled with state/church battles, politicking preachers, and religious threats to women's lives. After hearing a sneak preview of the Godless Gospel song "Life Is Good," we talk with U.S. and world triathlon and duathlon champion Don Ardell about his newest book, Freed
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Not a Christian nation
07/14/2022
Not a Christian nation
Speeches by Randa Black and Randall Cragun. Christian nationalists have influenced the Supreme Court and the Jan. 6 insurrectionists. To avoid public scrutiny, right-wing religious think tanks and legal groups are reclassifying themselves as "churches." Actress Randa Black explains why she gave a se
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Backlash
07/07/2022
Backlash
Guest: Kate Cohen. This week we describe some of the ways FFRF is lashing back against Christian nationalism. After hearing the sobering but optimistic song "In a Dark Time" (words by Philip Appleman, music by Dan Barker), we speak with Washington Post columnist Kate Cohen about her June 30 article:
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Requiem for the Supreme Court
06/30/2022
Requiem for the Supreme Court
GUEST: Linda Greenhouse. This week we focus on recent bad Supreme Court decisions attacking women's rights and the separation of church and state. FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott explains the confusing Bremerton case allowing a high-school coach to pray with students. Then we talk with Pulitzer Prize-
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Makin Mischief
06/23/2022
Makin Mischief
FFRF attorney Sam Grover helps us dissect the disappointing Carson v. Makin decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that now allows public tax dollars to directly fund religious education. Then we hear from four winners of FFRF's David Hudak Memorial student essay contest for Black, Indigenous and People
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