By The Thinking Atheist

Seth Andrews, a former Christian broadcaster and believer for 30 years, ultimately escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking to embrace the more satisfying explanations that science provides.

A professional video producer and host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet, Seth Andrews brings a polished format, a relaxed environment and a rage-free challenge to the religious beliefs that defined his youth.


The Strange Origins of Popular Superstitions

Don't walk under a ladder. Don't open an umbrella indoors. Beware the black cat. Knock on wood. This lighthearted show explores the origins of popular superstitions.
19/10/2158m 13s

Ghost Stories 2021

Our annual Halloween tradition! It's an entire podcast of ghost stories. Turn down the lights, crank up the volume, and enjoy.
12/10/211h 17m

Seth Andrews Teaches Sunday School

Join us for another journey through some of the more, uh, interesting yet seldom addressed stories in the Christian Bible.
05/10/2158m 39s

Jesus & John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (with author Dr. Kristin Du Mez)

Dr. Kristin Du Mez is a Christian, yet she is also taking to task America's hard leanings into white Christian Nationalism and authoritarian "God warrior" narratives. Join us for a compelling discussion about her new book.BOOK LINK: Du Mez's website: of this discussion:
28/09/2143m 52s

A Love Letter to #Exvangelicals and Those Deconstructing their Toxic Faith

Andrew Seidel has penned a latter for Religion Dispatches that serves as an encouragement to exvangelicals. In this (free) short bonus show, with their permission, I read the text of that letter.ARTICLE:
23/09/2114m 23s

Ten Things Christians Wish Jesus Hadn't Taught (with author Dr. David Madison)

Seth speaks with Dr. David Madison about his new book, and the last half of the show features all of Chapter Ten.Get the book here!
21/09/2149m 4s

The Trolley Problem (and Other Ethical Dilemmas)

The classic Trolley Problem forces a life-and-death choice with no easy solution. In this broadcast, listeners navigate several ethical dilemmas, and we discuss the implications.
14/09/211h 12m

Mimzy Vidz: Free From Islam

Mimzy was a devout Muslim. She observed the Qur'an and proselytized her religion...until her dissatisfaction with Islam led her to question everything. She shares her inspiring story on this week's show.On Twitter: @MimzyVidzOn YouTube: of this conversation: "Women Leaving Islam:"
07/09/2144m 31s

The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die (with author Katie Engelhart)

Katie Engelhart has a new book which fairly explores the hugely complex issues of Death with Dignity, assisted suicide, Medical Aid in Dying, and other models for allowing competent adults to end their own suffering. She speaks candidly about her research, the stories, and her own opinions.Katie's website: VIDEO of this conversation
31/08/2157m 24s

I Used to Believe Weird Things

Our listeners confess to the (often comedically) strange beliefs they once held.
24/08/211h 9m

Abortion: Science, the Soul, and the Question of Personhood

We take a respectful and science-based look at the controversial subject of abortion.Link to the book, "Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian:"
17/08/2146m 29s

Recovering From Religious Trauma: with Psychologist Dr. Marlene Winell

Dr. Winell does a lot of work with exvangelicals, and she authored the book, "Leaving the Fold - A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving their Religion." She joins us to talk about religious trauma and recovery.Dr. Winell's website: Dr. Winell's book:
10/08/2151m 19s

Justice-Centered Humanism: with Roy Speckhardt of the American Humanist Association

Roy Speckhardt is Executive Direction of AHA and author of several books, including his most recent, titled "Justice-Centered Humanism: How (and Why) to Engage in Public Policy for Good (Humanism in Practice). We talk about atheism VS Humanism, and being forces for positive change in this crazy world. Roy's book: American Humanist Association:
03/08/2130m 23s

UFO Mania: Is The Truth Out There?

U.S. Intelligence recently declassified a series of UFO-related documents and videos, sending the culture into UFO-mania. But how new - and how credible - are the reports that Unidentified Aerial Phenomena prove the existence of aliens?VIDEO of the James Underdown interview: report: Underdown: Inquirer:
27/07/211h 5m

Did Moses Write the Torah? A Skeptical Look at the First Five Books of the Hebrew Bible

Assyriologist Dr. Joshua Bowen's new book is called "The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament." Seth Andrews reads from Chapter Four, which deals with the claim that Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament.Full audiobook is on Audible here:
20/07/211h 7m

Seth Andrews Puts Me to Sleep (and other listener calls)

Callers bring their own questions and opinions to this week's podcast. Enjoy!
13/07/211h 5m

The Apostate Report: Leaving Islam in North America (with Sarah Haider)

Sarah Haider, co-founder of, joins us to talk about a just-released survey of North American ex-Muslims and its compelling findings.The Apostate Report can be downloaded at of this conversation:
06/07/2139m 37s

Final Exit: Life, Death, and the Right to Choose

The (controversial) issue is known in many ways: Right to Die. Medical Aid in Dying. Death with Dignity. Others. Essentially, the question is, "Do people have the right to end their own suffering, and do advocates have the right to assist them?"We discuss "living" VS "existing," and Seth speaks with three representatives of
29/06/2154m 46s

Scientology and the Danny Masterson Trial

The sexual assault allegations against actor/comedian Danny Masterson are bringing to light maneuverings by the Church of Scientology. We discuss the case, the courts, and the cult with ex-Scientologist Chris Shelton and investigative reporter Tony Ortega.Chris Shelton: Ortega/Underground Bunker:
22/06/2134m 56s

The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament (with Dr. Joshua Bowen)

Atheists often speak about the contradictions and atrocities rampant throughout the Bible, but they often enter those conversations without all of the information. Assyriologist Dr. Joshua Bowen is author of the new book, "The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament: Volume One" (, and he joins us for some prime examples of how we can know more and be better when talking about the Christian scriptures.VIDEO of this conversation on YouTube: Josh on Twitter: @DJHammurabi1Website:
15/06/211h 3m

Remembering My Father

A few thoughts at the close of a personal chapter.
08/06/2140m 29s

Belief and the Brain: a Psychiatrist and a Neuroscientist on Evolution and Religion

Dr. Andy Thomson is a psychiatrist and author of "Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith. Dr. John Wathey is a computational biologist, neuroscientist, and author of "The Illusion of God's Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing."Both men discuss how human evolution so often informs religious beliefs.Dr. Thomson's book: Wathey's book:
01/06/2158m 53s

Fear of the Devil: Paranoia and Panic by the "Divinely Protected"

Have you ever noticed how devout believers claiming safety and victory are ALWAYS freaking out about Satan, dark forces, and evil conspiracy? We explore this contradiction.
25/05/211h 12m

Love, Last Wishes, and a Life Well-Lived

In this caller-driven show, we get philosophical about life, the end of life, and how we choose to be remembered.
20/05/211h 17m

Fall River: Death and the Devil in a Massachusetts Town

The Epix Network just released the new 4-part docuseries, "Fall River," which chronicles the murders of 3 women against the backdrop of the Satanic Panic. Director/Producer James Buddy Day joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about the series, the story, and how fears of Satanism fueled public perception (and the eventual conviction) over forty years ago.OFFICIAL SITE FOR "FALL RIVER:"
18/05/2129m 57s

For Small Creatures Such As We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in our Unlikely World (with Sasha Sagan)

Sasha Sagan is the daughter of the late (and legendary) cosmologist, Carl Sagan. A producer and author of the new book, "For Small Creatures Such As We," Sasha explores and explains how/why rituals can be so important for making the most of the human experience.Sasha's book (autographed for you):'s website: VIDEO of this conversation:
11/05/211h 2m

Attacked From Within: The Assault on State/Church Separation

Rachel Laser, attorney, human rights activist, and President of, speaks with Seth Andrews about the critical fight(s) to protect the United States from fundamentalism and unamerican Christian Nationalism.VIDEO of this conversation:
04/05/2143m 55s

Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice (with Dr. Nina Shapiro)

Dr. Nina Shapiro is a renowned physician and author of "Hype," a terrific and practical guide for separating medical fact from fiction.Get the book at
27/04/2158m 57s

The Creepy and the Culty: "Normal" Things that Mainstream Religions Do Every Day

Often, mainstream religious practices don't seem strange to us...because we're accustomed to them. But are the mainstream faiths any less culty? We think not, and this show provides examples.
20/04/211h 45m

The Satan Shoes: A Conversation About the Controversy (with Lucien Greaves)

Lucien Greaves, co-founder of, weighs in on the recent moral panic regarding Lil Nas X's recent video and The Satan Shoes.VIDEO of this conversation:'s blog on Lil Nas X: Planet "Baphomet" Video:
13/04/2142m 19s

Accidents of Birth (with the hosts of Cognitive Dissonance)

In this lively show, hosts Tom and Cecil of join us for a conversation about life in this random, weird (post-truth?) world.VIDEO of this interview on YouTube:
06/04/211h 19m

Always an Atheist: Stories of Lifelong Nonbelievers

For all of the "apostate" shows we've done, many have requested that we dedicate a podcast to the lifelong non-believer. So for our never-bought-it listeners, here's an entire broadcast featuring your calls and your stories.
30/03/211h 11m

The Catholic Divide: A Church in Conflict over Money and Power (with Katherine Stewart)

The Catholic Church is at war with itself. Big Money players have weaponized the church for Christian Nationalism, while others are resisting religious overreach to install a theocracy and discriminate against others.Author/Journalist Katherine Stewart joins us to talk about her New Republic article, "How Big Money is Dividing American Catholicism."ARTICLE LINK:
23/03/2138m 50s

Wayward: Spiritual Warfare & Sexual Purity (with author Alice Greczyn)

Actress and author Alice Greczyn escaped a high-control version of Christianity. She speaks about her book "Wayward" and her escape from the blame and shame of religion, and Seth Andrews reads from Chapter 17 in the last portion of the show.VIDEO of this conversation:'s book:'s website:
16/03/211h 0m

Is Cheese Powder Actual Cheese? (And more answers to life's burning questions)

Here's another fun distraction from the usual topics, and a great chance to think about some of the things we do and say every day. Why do they call a ship's command center a "bridge?" What's up with useless human arm hair? What is an Epsom Salt? Why do we immediately forget someone's name? And of course, what's up with that orange powder sold as cheese? These are the types of probing (and entertaining) questions we explore this week. Enjoy!
09/03/211h 23m

Can You Reason with Unreasonable People?

Many of us have encountered the "brick wall" believers in superstition, woo, conspiracy, and really bad ideas. Are they still worth our time and energy? And are there ways to break through? We discuss the complex issue(s) regarding deep-seated beliefs and opinions.The Oatmeal illustrated story:
02/03/211h 30m

Is Cancel Culture Real?

Actor Gina Carano was just dropped by Disney over her controversial Twitter posts, with many decrying "Cancel Culture." Does Cancel Culture even exist? Join us for a thoughtful discussion.
23/02/211h 3m

Insurrection and Christian Nationalism (with constitutional attorney Andrew Seidel)

Andrew Seidel is a constitutional expert and author of "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Unamerican." He joins Seth Andrews for a frank discussion about the state of the United States. Andrew's book: VIDEO of this discussion:
16/02/211h 1m

Women Leaving Islam: Stories of Courage and Change (with Maryam Namazie)

Maryam Namazie is a British-Iranian human rights activist and producer of the new documentary, "Women Leaving Islam." In this show, she speaks about the film, the stories, and the lives impacted by this high-control religion.Watch the documentary: of this conversation on YouTube: Namazie's website:
09/02/2151m 28s

Bad Apologetics: The Arguments We're Most Weary Of (PART TWO)

We continue our conversation with various activists about apologetics arguments (and the refutations). Joining us this week: Shannon Q, Matt Dillahunty, Margaret Downey, Hemant Mehta, Thomas Smith, Andrew Torrez, Tracie Harris, Chris Shelton, Jimmy Snow, and Muhammad Syed.LINK TO PART ONE:
02/02/211h 22m

A Skeptic's Guide to GameStop (with Phil Ferguson)

In this bonus podcast, Phil Ferguson of Polaris Financial and The Phil Ferguson Show helps us break down the whole Reddit/GameStop story.VIDEO of this discussion is here:
31/01/2146m 27s

Bad Apologetics: The Arguments We're Most Weary Of (PART ONE)

In this first of a two-part series, various atheist activists weigh in on the apologetics they're most tired of hearing. Guests this week include Aron Ra, Sci-Babe, Paulogia, Mandisa Thomas, Dr. Joshua Bowen, Godless Engineer, Dan Barker, and Gayle Jordan.Link to Part Two:
26/01/211h 4m

The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries (with Dr. Donald Prothero)

Renowned paleontologist and geologist Dr. Donald Prothero talks about his new book, "The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries." Join us for a fascinating discussion about the cosmos, evolved eyes, our "inner fish," dinosaurs, and so much more.Get the book:
19/01/2156m 33s

I Left Because

#ILeftBecause is a Twitter hashtag popularized by Dr. Chrissy Stroop, and people worldwide are sharing the reasons they left religion. We talk to Dr. Stroop, and we share some of those stories on the show.Dr. Stroop's website: https://cstroop.comSubmissions for an upcoming book on "leaving" stories:
12/01/211h 36m

Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith (with Noah Lugeons)

Popular atheist activist, podcaster, and author Noah Lugeons just released a new book with commentary on our crazy world. He joins Seth Andrews for a conversation, and Seth reads a segment from the book.BOOK LINK:
05/01/211h 12m

2020: The (mostly COVID-free) Year In Review

Beyond the pandemic, a LOT of interesting stuff happened this year. We look back at some of the biggest non-COVID news, the most entertaining stories, the big names we lost, and as always, we'll end the broadcast with a segment featuring the weird, wild, and whacky. Happy New Year.
29/12/201h 18m

Road Rage, the Crown, a Karen, and a Christmas Gargoyle

In this "kitchen sink" broadcast, we get philosophical about angry drivers, royalty, relationships, and...a Christmas gargoyle. Happy holidays!Link to the Crissy Stroop meme:
22/12/201h 22m

For Goodness' Sake: Surprise Calls and Gifts to Those in Need

Let's play Santa Claus! This community donated funds and nominated specific needs. In this podcast, we call the recipients and do some godless good.
15/12/201h 4m

What Christians (Probably) Don't Know About Christmas

Isn't it strange that atheists often know more about the origins/symbols of Christmas than many believers? Join us as we examine the (bizarre) biblical nativity...and the fascinating history behind the holiday.
08/12/201h 11m

Weaponized Stupidity & Monetized Myth: The Randy Quaid-ing of America

In the wake of the recent presidential election, the prophets of apocalyptic doom are losing their minds. What is happening to America? Join us for a journey down the rabbit hole of prophecy, conspiracy, and Christian dominion theology.
01/12/201h 6m

Holidays Beyond Belief: Coping and Celebrating without Religion

Many atheists LOVE Thanksgiving and Christmas, while others avoid them. In this podcast, we talk about the holidays...beyond belief.
24/11/2057m 18s

Seth Andrews on The Atheist & Christian Book Club

Seth fielded questions and challenges from Christians (and a few atheists) at their November online meeting of The Atheist & Christian Book Club. This is a rebroadcast with their permission.VIDEO of the event is here:
21/11/202h 6m

Thanksgiving: The Dark History of a Beloved American Holiday

We should embrace every opportunity to give thanks, but the American Thanksgiving holiday has a (very) dark backstory which should be acknowledged. For better and worse, this is a short history of the origins of the holiday.
17/11/2057m 41s

Grieving without a god

Grief comes in so many forms. Grief surrounding death, the loss of a relationship, even grieving a religious culture from your past. In this show, we discuss grief and grieving beyond the coping mechanisms offered by religions and God-belief.If you're struggling with grief, please reach out to
10/11/201h 40m

Introducing: Do No Harm

Wondery (Dr. Death, Dirty John, The Shrink Next Door) and NBC News (Dateline, The Thing About Pam, Motive for Murder) present Do No Harm.The Bright family was thrust into a medical and legal system so committed to protecting vulnerable children from abuse, it failed to protect innocent parents. From the hospital room to the courtroom, we walk in the footsteps of the Bright family as they battle to keep their children and fight against a system determined to tear them apart.Listen today at
10/11/204m 46s

The Refreshingly Honest Christian

Seth Andrews was a recent guest on David Metcalf's podcast at, where the two had a candid conversation about the Christian faith.
06/11/2055m 26s

What Does "Agree to Disagree" Mean to You?

When we decide to "agree to disagree" on something, when are we constructively choosing our battles, and when are we merely surrendering on an important moral issue? We discuss this.
03/11/201h 18m

Fears, Phobias, and Frightening Films!

This Halloween-themed show gets into the things that frighten us, our evolved fear mechanisms, and - just for fun - some recommendations for scary movies.
27/10/201h 13m

Ghost Stories Bonus: "Clown"

Here's something a little extra for the Halloween holiday. Totally free (and hopefully spooky). Enjoy! Ghost Stories audiobook:
22/10/2025m 23s

The Authoritarian Unveiled (with Dr. Eric Maisel)

An authoritarian is defined as someone "favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom." This applies to cult leaders, politicians, life partners, employers, and so many others.Psychotherapist Dr. Eric Maisel joins us to discuss. Visit his site at
20/10/2042m 26s

Ghost Stories 2020

It's our annual tradition. Lower the lights, crank up the sound, and Happy Halloween!
13/10/201h 24m

The Brainwashing of my Dad (with documentary filmmaker Jen Senko)

Jen Senko's father got hooked on radical, right-wing radio, and his transformation nearly tore his family apart. Jen joins Seth Andrews to talk about her dad...and the documentary about his brainwashing.Find out more: http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.comVIDEO of this conversation:
06/10/2038m 56s

When the World Doesn't Suck: Faith in Humanity Stories

It's been a crazy year, and often a difficult one. This show is - hopefully - a reminder that goodness still exists in the world. Enjoy!
29/09/201h 15m

The Dark Reality of the Christian Music Industry (with documentary filmmaker Grace Baldridge)

Grace Baldridge is a documentary filmmaker behind the documentary, "The Dark Reality of the Christian Music Industry." She joins Seth Andrews for a conversation.View the film here: is on Twitter at @GraceBaldridge
22/09/201h 15m

What Would Satan Do: Religion, Moral Panic, and the Devils in the Dark (with Lucien Greaves)

Lucien Greaves, co-founder of, joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about the continuing Satanic Panic in the United States, the utility of non-theistic religions, and how the icon of Satan might approach today's evangelicals in power.VIDEO of this discussion:
15/09/201h 7m

A Little Goodness

On the anniversary of 9/11, Seth Andrews does a stream-of-consciousness show about life, love, and goodness.VIDEO of this stream is at
11/09/201h 30m

The Rush to Anger: Right-Wing Radio and the Angry White Male

In this free audio chapter from Seth Andrews' new book, we explore the Christian Nationalism, fearmongering, bigotry, and near-constant rage blasting daily out of American conservative radio. Get the book "Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian" today at
08/09/2057m 35s

Unzipped: When the Purity Police Fall from Grace

Seth Andrews speaks about the recent dust-up involving Jerry Falwell, Jr., as well as Ken Copeland's dismissal from the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Plus plenty of listener calls.
01/09/201h 11m

Cow Yoga!

Yoga...with cows? With the madness in the world, perhaps it's something we could try. Seth Andrews explores this little de-stresser and takes plenty of listener calls. Enjoy.
28/08/2056m 36s

War and Protest: A Candid Conversation with Vietnam Veteran John Musgrave

John Musgrave was horribly wounded in the jungles of Vietnam. This near-fatal experience brought him home to a nation in turmoil, and as the bullets and bombs killed his brothers and sisters in arms, John began to re-think what it meant to be a patriot. His story was featured in the PBS documentary, "The Vietnam War," and he speaks and counsels nationwide today. His website:
25/08/201h 17m

Young Humanists: with Elle and Bailey Harris

Elle (9) and Bailey (14) are young authors who are promoting Humanism and science to their generation. Seth Andrews speaks to them (and Dad) about their attitudes, their work, and their promotion of goodness without gods.http://www.ellethehumanist.comhttp://www.baileystardust.comVIDEO of this interview at:
20/08/2023m 59s

My Mom Unfriended Me on Facebook

Seth Andrews speaks about unfriending, unreason, and the vast ocean of conspiracy that is infecting the United States. It's random. It's ranty. It's refeshing. Enjoy.Washington Post article:
18/08/2056m 34s

Make America Constitutional Again (with Sarah Levin)

Sarah Levin is Program Director for Secular Democrats of America, an organization on the front lines of state/church separation in the United States. Find out more, and register for their online convention event on August 18th 1pm Central: http://www.seculardems.orgVIDEO of this conversation:
16/08/2027m 22s

Former Christian Music Singer Jon Steingard: I No Longer Believe in God

Jon Steingard was lead singer for the CCM band Hawk Nelson. On May 20, 2020, he posted on Instagram that he no longer believed in God, and his story went viral. Jon joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about his former faith, the word "atheist," the Christian Music industry, and the path forward.VIDEO of this conversation:'s instagram post: article on Jon: Nelson website: http://hawknelson.comSupport our sponsor, and get a free trial at
11/08/201h 13m

Leah Remini, Tom Cruise, and the "Space Opera" of Scientology (with guest Tony Ortega)

Australia's Channel 7 produced a 10-part series called "Scientology: Black Ops" starting Leah Remini and Paul Haggis. Strangely, they cancelled the broadcast on the day it was scheduled to air. Did Tom Cruise - the world's most famous Scientologist - use his (significant) influence to silence criticisms of his religion? We speak to Scientology expert Tony Ortega about the story.The Guardian article on "Scientology: Black Ops:" Ortega's article on Tom Cruise: Remini's book "Troublemaker:"
04/08/201h 2m

America is Not a Christian Nation

This is the audio from a recent online speech given by Seth Andrews, dealing with the United States, its founders, it Constitution, and the popular claim that "America is a Christian Nation."VIDEO of this presentation at: our sponsor:
28/07/2033m 32s

We Don't Belong in Boxes (with Vi La Bianca)

Vi La Bianca is co-host of Secular Sexuality and Talk Heathen. Vi joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about Christianity, religious family, sex and gender, identity, and the culture.VIDEO of this conversation: on Twitter: @AuthorConfusionTalk Heathen: Sexuality:
21/07/2057m 37s

QAnon, Toxic "Positivity," and the Maskholes

Seth Andrews gets into the QAnon conspiracies, John Pavlovitz's take on "Toxic Positivity," and those convinced that masks equal tyranny. Plus, your calls.Pavlovitz's article, "The Privilege of Positivity:"
17/07/2055m 58s

Slavery in the Bible: Better Arguments against Biblical Atrocities (with Dr. Joshua Bowen)

Dr. Joshua Bowen is author of the 2020 book, "Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery." He has a Ph.D in Assyriology and specializes in the Sumerian language, and he thinks that many counter-apologists might be missing some key points on critical Bible criticisms. Links:Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery (Amazon): Hammurabi on YouTube: Hammurabi Podcast: www.digitalhammurabi.buzzsprout.comWebsite: www.digitalhammurabi.comSupport our sponsor:
14/07/201h 14m

We're Engaged: The Atheist & the Christian

Patrick and Christabella are engaged to be married. He is an atheist. She is still a Christian. In this candid conversation. Seth Andrews speaks to the couple about their relationship, their similarities and differences, their families, their philosophies, and their future.Support our sponsor:
07/07/2045m 52s

I Have Questions: The Stuff I Should Already Know

In this amusing and R-A-N-D-O-M podcast, Seth Andrews explores some of the not-so-big questions that have occupied his mind. Enjoy!Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus (free trial):'s:
30/06/201h 14m

American Idiot: Superstition and Selfishness in a "Free" Nation

Seth Andrews laments the United States' resistance to reason and empathy during a global pandemic.Link to pre-order for Seth's book:
26/06/201h 18m

Tracie Harris: Our Society is a Product

Tracie Harris is probably best known as former co-host of The Atheist Experience. Today, she's onto other projects, including serving as an advisor for, and blogging/podcasting on her own at joins Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about the recent unrest in the United States, society as "a product," and how we might rethink our approach(es) as humans and Humanists.VIDEO of this conversation is on YouTube: Tracie on Twitter: @TracieHarrisGOFUNDME for TTF's legal battle: our sponsor and get a free Great Courses trial: Harbinger's podcast:
23/06/201h 56m

Meet Erin: Ex-Christian

Very recently, Erin finally, fully made her break with fundamental Christianity. The road has been difficult. Family and friends are only now becoming aware of her journey. And Erin has a strong desire to talk about her escape, and to help others who are doing the same. She joins Seth Andrews for a very personal conversation about becoming an ex-Christian.Erin is on Twitter at @ExxtianErinVIDEO of this conversation is at our sponsor with your free trial of The Great Courses Plus at
16/06/2055m 47s

Shame & Sanctimony: Fear and Control in Religious Schools

Seth Andrews shares specific policies/cultures from some religious schools. Plus, plenty of listener calls.Support our sponsor:
09/06/201h 20m

8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: Outrage and Protest in a Divided Nation (with Wil Jeudy)

On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd - an unarmed black man - was suffocated to death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, resulting in a national uprising and global protests. "8 minutes and 46 seconds" is the time Floyd was pinned to the ground by the neck.Seth Andrews speaks about race, equality, protest, and justice with Wil Jeudy, a black activist and Texas Assistant State Director for American Atheists.VIDEO of this discussion:
05/06/2047m 17s

Discriminating Against Atheists: Religion VS Non-Belief in America

This particular broadcast examines American attitudes about atheism and stories from many of our listeners about their own experiences. Support our sponsors:
02/06/201h 24m

My Religious Family is Driving Me Crazy

Frustrated with religious family members trying to convert/save you? This show is therapy.
26/05/201h 22m

Tribes, Tantrums, SJWs, and "The Atheist Movement"

Atheist YouTube activists Shannon Q, Jimmy Snow, and Paulogia join Seth Andrews for a candid conversation about atheism, activism, religion, social justice, and the state of the world. Shannon Q: Snow: Paulogia: VIDEO of this interview:
19/05/201h 45m

Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian (announcement about autographed pre-orders)

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18/05/208m 32s

Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher's Journey Beyond Faith (with ex-pastor Tim Sledge)

Tim Sledge was a fundamentalist Baptist pastor for decades. Today, he's a humanist activist and author who no longer believes in any god. He joins Seth Andrews to tell his story.Find Tim on Twitter: @Goodbye_JesusSupport our sponsor:
12/05/2054m 57s

Disinfect Bad Ideas

In this fast-and-loose broadcast, Seth Andrews applies bleach to some of the world's more troubling stains. Plus listener calls!Support our sponsor and get a free trial:
05/05/201h 6m

Christians, Conspiracy, and Just Plain Crazy: with Noah Lugeons

Noah Lugeons is a popular podcaster, speaker, author, and activist, perhaps known best from The Scathing Atheist and God Awful Movies shows. He joins Seth Andrews for a lively conversation about the state of the world.Support our sponsor:
28/04/2048m 29s

Dr. Nina Shapiro: Masks, Medicines, Dr. Oz, and Corona-Conspiracies

Dr. Nina Shapiro is Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, science educator, and author of the book, "Hype: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice." She joins Seth Andrews for another candid conversation about COVID-19.Dr. Shapiro's website: Shapiro's book:
27/04/2039m 32s

Overcoming Isolation: Recovering From Religion

Dr. Darrel Ray and Gayle Jordan from join Seth Andrews to talk about the current COVID-19 crisis and how RFR can help those who feel even more isolated in their personal journeys.Dr. Ray's video "Emotional Safety:"
21/04/2048m 3s

Podcast #500 (with Natalie)

It's a special milestone: Show number 500. For the first time, Seth's wife, Natalie, joins in for a look at their relationship, and how two very different people share life. Thanks for over a decade of support, community, and friendship!VIDEO of this conversation: MANNING VIDEO: COPELAND REMIX:
12/04/201h 22m

The Power Worshippers: The Rise of Religious Nationalism (with Katherine Stewart)

Katherine Stewart is author of the new book, "The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism." Get the book at
07/04/201h 6m

Keto, Paleo, and the Science of Diet (with licensed nutritionist Leah McGrath)

We're directing our rational brains toward the subject of health and nutrition...with special guest and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist Leah McGrath. (@InglesDietitian)Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus:'s:
31/03/201h 11m

Seth Andrews Reads Your Favorite Selections (PART TWO)

This bonus show includes a recipe for stroopwafels, some H.P. Lovecraft, "Corduroy," political nonfiction by Katherine Stewart, and finishes with some classic Carl Sagan.Be safe out there, and enjoy!VIDEO version of this livestream is here:
27/03/2057m 2s

Seth Andrews Reads Your Favorite Selections: PART ONE

As a distraction in this isolated week, Seth Andrews reads - by request - selections from some of our listeners' favorite stories. Today's episode includes Dr. Seuss, some Douglas Adams, and Harlan Ellison's "Jefty is Five."
25/03/201h 12m

Are People Inherently Good?

Seth Andrews shares a troubling story, followed by discussion on the human condition. Are people naturally prone to pro-social, ethical "goodness?" Are we - at our core - uncivilized? Something else? Join us for a fascinating discussion.Support our sponsor:
24/03/201h 14m

Lets Self-Isolate...Together!

Another bonus broadcast. Host rants and your calls on any subject. VIDEO of this livestream at
20/03/201h 48m

Stocks, Panic-Buying, and the Costs of Crisis (with Phil Ferguson)

Seth Andrews speaks with "financial guy" Phil Ferguson about the weird, wild happenings in the U.S. and global economy in the wake of COVID-19. Phil's show:
17/03/201h 4m

How Should a Humanist Vote?

Prepare yourself. It's an election year, and we're talking religion AND politics. Special thanks to Rebecca Markert from for joining the 2nd segment of the broadcast. - Seth
17/03/201h 23m

Coronavirus: The Science VS the Scare (with Dr. Nina Shapiro)

Panic is rising over the coronavirus COVID-19. How concerned should we be, and how should we respond? Dr. Nina Shapiro gives us some science beyond the scare.Dr. Shapiro's book "Hype" is available here: our sponsor:
09/03/2047m 47s

What's WRONG with people???

Seth Andrews monologues about the insanity of humanity. Plus...plenty of listener calls!Video livestream of this show is on YouTube at: our sponsor, and get a free trial at
03/03/201h 17m

Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church

Chrissy Stroop and Lauren O'Neal are editors of the new book, "Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church." They join Seth Andrews to talk about the book (and their own journeys), and Seth reads a chapter to finish the broadcast.Empty the Pews is at http://www.emptythepews.comSupport this show at
25/02/201h 7m

The Unholy Trinity Reunion Tour 2020 (with Seth Andrews, Aron Ra, and Matt Dillahunty)

Here's the audio of the Q&A from the February 15th Unholy Trinity Reunion Tour. Video of this conversation is on YouTube at
21/02/201h 7m

Yasmine Mohammed: Unveiled

Yasmine Mohammed was once a properly-veiled Muslim woman. Her life journey took her through an abusive marriage to a member of Al-Qaeda, into a critical examination of Islam, and ultimately, into atheism and human rights activism.Her new book, "Unveiled," is the chronicle of that journey. She joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about it.VIDEO of this interview: the book at more about Yasmine at http://www.yasminemohammed.comSupport our sponsors:
18/02/201h 11m

Black Nonbelievers: A Candid Conversation about Diversity

Seth Andrews tackles the subject of diversity and the atheist "movement" with a panel of five black atheist activists: Mandisa Thomas, Will Juedy, Precious Singo, Fil Session, and Tiffany Tucker.Visit the website for Black Nonbelievers at
11/02/201h 15m

A Secular State of the Union Address (2020)

United States presidents traditionally give a synopsis of their nation's achievements and challenges in an annual speech. For this podcast, host Seth Andrews offers his own secular version of "The State of the Union."Support our sponsor:
04/02/2042m 45s

Whistleblowers: The Truth & Transparency Foundation

Originally founded as Mormon Leaks, is the brainchild of Ethan Dodge and Ryan an attempt to empower whistleblowers and reveal problematic people and practices within religious organizations.The founders join Seth Andrews for a conversation about their work.
28/01/2043m 3s

Rocks in your Vagina: The Pseudoscience of Gwyneth Paltrow and "Goop"

This month, Gwyneth Paltrow (and her "wellness" brand Goop) debut a new show on Netflix, but the woo is strong, the stakes are high, and the need for science-based health information is even higher.In this broadcast, we explore many claims made by Paltrow, her organization and affiliates, and Seth Andrews speaks with professor Timothy Caulfield, author of the book "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?"Caulfield's latest article in The Conversation: our sponsor.
21/01/201h 4m

The Theater Is My Temple

In this unscripted, unscheduled, bonus podcast, Seth Andrews monologues and takes listener calls on subjects ranging far and wide. Enjoy!YouTube video of this broadcast is at
16/01/201h 21m

Understanding Iran: with Armin Navabi

Tensions between the United States and Iran remain high. Opinions span the spectrum. Yet Iran remains a mystery to a great many. This podcast features Iranian-born Armin Navabi, who provides some context and backstory to recent military events (including the killing of Qasem Soleimani).Armin is co-host of http://www.secularjihadists.comVIDEO of this conversation on YouTube at our sponsor, and get 3 months for $30 at
13/01/201h 13m

Looking Ahead to 2020: How Screwed Are We?

What does 2020 have in store for us? Join us for a look at some interesting things coming in the New Year, plus plenty of listener calls with perspectives on their hopes/fears for the months to come!Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: One Month Free Trial via
07/01/201h 47m

2019: The Year in Review

As we approach the New Year, we take a quick look back at some of the biggest, most important, and most entertaining stories of 2019.
29/12/191h 18m

Gay Jesus, Santa, and Shelley Segal

This show includes conversations and listener calls about the new Netflix "gay Jesus" show, the Hallmark Channel controversy, skepticism VS the Santa Claus myth...and we cap the show with some holiday tunes by singer/songwriter Shelley Segal.
20/12/1951m 18s

The Christ-Free Christmas

More and more Americans (and people around the world) are celebrating the Christmas holiday without any of the religious trappings. How do you mark the December 25th holiday?
17/12/191h 20m

Seth Andrews - Let's Not Wake Up Like This: Restoring Perspective and Humanity in the Era of Outrage

On November 2nd, 2019 at , Seth Andrews gave this presentation as an encouragement to get the facts, understand ideological opponents, and not lose ourselves in the deafening white noise of online outrage.It's a speech given in good faith, with the hope that it will also be received in good faith. VIDEO of this presentation is at
10/12/191h 0m

Jehovah's Witnesses: When a Cult Comes Knocking

Who/What are the Jehovah's Witnesses? It's a religion most people have heard of but know little about. In this podcast, Seth Andrews speaks with three ex-JWs about the origins, the teachings, and the organizations. Guests include:Lloyd Evans, author of "The Reluctant Apostate" @cedarsjwsurveyAmber Scorah, author of "Leaving the Witness" @amberscorahTelltale (Owen Morgan), host of TellTale Atheist @telltaleatheist
03/12/191h 7m

The Case Against Miracles: with John W. Loftus

John W. Loftus is editor of the new anthology, "The Case Against Miracles." Loftus joins Seth Andrews to define "miracle," and to talk about why claims of miracles fail at every level.The book is available now at
26/11/1940m 18s

Vulgarity For Charity: Let's Do Some Good (for goodness' sake)

The Scathing Atheist and Cognitive Dissonance crew have once again teamed up to raise money (over $100,000!) for, and you can be a part of it. Details on this short podcast with Modest Needs president Keith Taylor.
25/11/1913m 30s

Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews in Phoenix: Faith, Family, and the Future of Humanism

In an event sponsored by, Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews took the stage in Phoenix on November 9, 2019 for a candid (and often very personal) conversation about atheism, humanism, religion, family, and more.YouTube VIDEO of this conversation:Part One: Two: LINKS:Part OnePart Two
23/11/191h 55m

Dave Warnock: Dying Out Loud

In January of 2019, Dave Warnock was diagnosed with ALS and given 3-5 years to live. He refused to take the news lying down, and has traveled the world on a campaign called "Dying Out Loud."Dave has pledged to make the most of his remaining time, and he wants to encourage others to maximize their brief, precious moments on this earth. Dave speaks with Seth Andrews about death, life, and so much more.Dave's website: Dave on Twitter: @dwwarnock
19/11/1953m 19s

The Cult of Trump: with Steven Hassan

Steven Hassan is a mental health professional, author, and expert on cults, and he's convinced that President Donald Trump exhibits many of the same characteristics of famous cult leaders like David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Sun Myung Moon.Hassan talks about cults, their leaders and influence, and the President of the United States.BOOK: The Cult of Trump on Amazon at
12/11/1945m 53s

Basic Evolution (for Creationists): with Dr. Donald Prothero

Dr. Donald Prothero is a renowned paleontologist, geologist, educator, and author of over 40 books. He speaks with Seth Andrews about common misconceptions about evolution, refutations to common Creationist claims, and the best resources for legitimate science education in the Internet Age.Berkeley's website "Understanding Evolution:" Prothero's website: http://www.donaldprothero.comSupport our sponsors.The Great Courses Plus
05/11/1954m 15s

The Devil's Chord (and other listener calls)

This is a variety show of listener calls, including questions about a demon-summoning musical chord, atheist funerals, agnosticism, slavery, and more!Support our sponsor and get a free Harry's trial set at
29/10/1954m 24s

Take The Secular Survey is a scientific survey designed to help the non-religious achieve better representation in the United States. Seth Andrews talks about the survey and more!
22/10/1948m 4s

What Scares You? Listener Fears & Phobias

In keeping with the Halloween spirit, our listeners call in to talk about the things that give them the creeps. Enjoy the show!Support this broadcast by becoming a patron at
17/10/1941m 58s

Ghost Stories 2019

It's our annual October tradition. Get in the Halloween spirit with an entire broadcast of ghost stories read by Seth Andrews.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus: Seth's "Ghost Stories" audiobook at
15/10/191h 28m

BONUS RELEASE: When Rights and Religions Collide (

October 19th will see a special conference in New York City supporting those who have left fundamentalist religions.
12/10/1915m 18s

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs (with mortician Caitlin Doughty)

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, host of the "Ask a Mortician" video series, and author of the new book, "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death."Here in the Halloween season, Caitlin speaks candidly about death, rituals, funeral practices, and the frank questions often posed to her by viewers and readers.Follow Caitlin's work at http://caitlindoughty.comSupport our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus
08/10/1951m 5s

Polyamory: When Three is Not a Crowd

Polyamory is a growing phenomenon in the United States, especially among the non-religious. This show is an exploration into "ethical non-monogamy," the often religious protests against it, and how these often complex relationships operate.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial set from Harry's at
01/10/191h 0m

Trae Crowder: A Godless Liberal Redneck

Comedian Trae Crowder gained international fame in 2016 with his back-porch, cell phone, political commentaries. He's tackled everything from Trump to transgender bathrooms to the Ark Encounter.Trae joins Seth for a candid talk about commentary, comedy, and being a liberal redneck.VIDEO of this exchange is at this broadcast by becoming a patron at
24/09/1959m 32s

Why Religion is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life (with Phil Zuckerman)

Atheists hear this question constantly: How can you be moral without God (or religion)?Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies, and he's author of the new book, "What it Means to be Moral: Why Religion is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life."Phil talks about morality far beyond the narrow religious boundaries, explaining in plain language why no religion is required or desired for humankind to be moral.
17/09/1942m 17s

The Handmaid's Tale: Could It Happen Here?

Margaret Atwood's famous book (and the smash HULU television series) paints a stark portrait of a dystopian future that brings the worst verses of the Old Testament - and the worst aspects of human nature - to life.The fictional story is laced with social commentary...warnings about theocratic regimes and the harm done in the name of God. But could it ever happen for real? We discuss.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus:
10/09/191h 0m

Be Your Authentic Self

Seth Andrews takes several listener calls from people struggling with religion's influence on their homes, families, careers, identities...their everyday lives. These conversations are a reminder that our lives, loves, values, and goals are not the property of another. LINK to Seth's book: Deconverted - Second Edition: (NOTE: There's a pricing glitch on the Hardcover. Make sure you click the $21.95 option. Working to get it fixed.)Support our sponsor, and get your free Harry's trial set at
03/09/191h 10m

Rachel Oates: Makeup, Mermaids, and the Mind of Kent Hovind

Rachel Oates is a Youtuber and activist whose diverse subjects range from Creationism to anti-vax to superhero makeup. She speaks about her recent online exchanges with Kent Hovind, "cancel culture," science, and the authentic self.Find Rachel online at http://www.racheloates.meVIDEO of this interview is at show is made possible by your support at
27/08/1959m 47s

Blame the Games: Shooter Scapegoats in the Wake of Real-World Violence

President Trump and many others are blaming violent video games for the American mass shooter phenomenon, citing the "moral decay" of our society (and often using religious language). Wal-Mart just banned violent imagery - but not guns - in its stores. And it seems that the whole planet is either desperate for a cause or scrambling for something to blame.We discuss video games and violence, with your calls and perspectives.Support our sponsor and get $80 off your first week of Hello Fresh at (promo code: sethandrews80)
20/08/191h 4m

Final Exit: My Life, My Death, My Choice

In the United States, the majority of states have made it illegal for terminally ill patients enduring great suffering to end their own lives on their terms. Most of the opposition is fueled by religion. In this broadcast, we explore Death With Dignity issues, we talk about various organizations assisting those who wish to take some control over their life and death, and we finish the show with special guest Dan Diaz, husband of the late Brittany Maynard, who's story (and partnership with gained international attention.Support our sponsors:Get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus via a free 7-day Blinkist trial via resources and links:http://www.deathwithdignity.org
13/08/191h 29m

Unthinking Atheists: I Can't Believe I Did This When I Was Drunk!

This is a lighthearted show filled with anecdotes (and cautionary tales) about alcohol-related antics. We also get a little bit into the science of inebriation, so we can better understand why those who are drunk aren't really "thunk."Support our sponsor, Blinkist, with a free 7-day trial at
06/08/1957m 12s

Brian Dalton: That's MISTER Deity to You!

Brian Dalton is a producer, satirist, and performer best known for his portrayal of Mr. Deity, a bumbling "God" whose literal interpretation of the Bible gets him into terrible trouble.Brian joins Seth for an exploration into Mr Deity, The Way of the Mister video series, and Brian's often hysterical responses to the videos of Prager U. Enjoy!Support our sponsor and get a free Harry's trial set via of this conversation is on YouTube at
30/07/1958m 32s

Body is Tired. Brain is Wired.

In this totally free, bonus podcast, Seth spends a half-hour shambling through his own sleep-deprived (and typically random) thoughts.
26/07/1926m 24s

The Version of You That No Longer Exists

This is a largely caller-driven show, with an especially interesting segment exploring how people change in the various chapters of their lives. Lots of good stuff in this one. Enjoy.Patreon supporters get this early, and commercial-free. Become a patron today at
23/07/1957m 28s

Classic Christian Album Covers

Join former Christian broadcaster Seth Andrews for a wild romp through some of the most bizarre, tragic, and/or fascinating album covers and music clips from the archives of Contemporary Christian Music.Watch the VIDEO version of this at our sponsors:Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus via a free 7-day trial at Blinkist via
16/07/191h 17m

Sarah Haider: Extremism and Liberal Values

Sarah Haider was born in Pakistan. She is a former Muslim, co-founder of, and a human rights activist. She speaks candidly with Seth Andrews about Islam, the hijab, atheism, extremism, and the critical need to regain our humanity in the examination of ideas.VIDEO of this conversation is at our sponsor and get a shaving trial set from Harry's at
09/07/1943m 17s

The Supreme Court and The Cross: with Monica Miller

The U.S. Supreme Court just handed down a sobering 7-2 decision to protect the Bladensburg, Maryland "Peace Cross," a 40-foot religious symbol erected as a memorial to the veterans of WWI.The Court's majority opinion declared that the cross' removal would constitute "hostility" to religion.Monica Miller is Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association. She actually argued the case at the Supreme Court. She joins Seth Andrews to talk about the implications.Watch the VIDEO of our conversation here:'s @americnhumanist
02/07/1951m 20s

What the Hell is ASMR? (with Heath Enwright)

The phenomenon is sweeping the planet, sending some into bliss, others into rage and escape. But what is ASMR, and how scientific is it? I discuss this with friend and ASMR fan Heath Enwright (co-host of God Awful Movies).VIDEO of this exchange is on YouTube at: Support Seth's work on Patreon at
25/06/1943m 5s

Patriotism, Protest, and Plenty of Listener Calls

Many evangelical Christians hold to an authoritarian model for patriotism. In their eyes, leaders (appointed by their God) should be followed and rarely - if ever - questioned. In this broadcast, we explore patriotism and protest, plus a potpourri of listener calls on whatever subjects they want to talk about.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus via
18/06/1955m 19s

God, Incorporated: The Big Business of Religion

In the New Testament, Christ tossed the money-changers out of the temple. What might that same Jesus have said about today's marketplaces for the literal selling of salvation?Support our sponsors:Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus via a free trial set from Harrys via
11/06/1954m 22s

A Tower That Reaches The Heavens

In this short-form audio vignette, Seth Andrews explores this wondrous time of human discovery...and asks a critical question about the biblical God.
04/06/1918m 36s

Apostate Prophet: Banned by Twitter for Criticizing Islam

Ridvan (Apostate Prophet on YouTube) has been the target of a concentrated flagging of his anti-Islam videos, and Twitter has banned both of his accounts: @ExMuslimProphet and @ApostateRidvanPlease consider petitioning Twitter to reinstate these accounts. If you wish, you may paste the following into your Twitter post:To the team at @Twitter and @twittersupport, please reinstate the accounts of @ExMuslimProphet and @ApostateRidvan, which have been unfairly targeted for unpopular but legitimate criticisms this case, Islam.VIDEO of this conversation is at
29/05/1918m 34s

Zara Kay: The Defense of Women in the Islamic World

Zara Kay is an ex-Muslim activist with first-hand perspective and strong opinions about Islam. She joined me for a candid conversation about Muslims, feminism, "Islamophobia," the Left, and the important work we must do to fight the fundamentalists.Follow Zara on Twitter at @zarakayk Faithless Hijabi is at VIDEO of this discussion is at our sponsor. Get a free trial at
28/05/1937m 22s

Sweet Home Talibama: A Southern State Bans Abortion

Christian theocrats in Alabama just passed an almost comprehensive abortion ban, setting up an attempt to reverse Roe VS Wade and restrict the reproductive choices of women nationwide.Seth Andrews talks about the story and speaks to our listeners, many of whom live in the South and express real concerns about Christian privilege and the overreach of religious people who seek to control the lives of others.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus at
21/05/191h 10m

The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American (with Andrew Seidel)

Andrew Seidel is author of the new book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American ( He speaks with Seth Andrews and takes listener calls.Support our sponsor, with your free trial set at
16/05/1951m 8s

The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American (with Andrew Seidel)

Andrew Seidel is author of the new book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American ( He speaks with Seth Andrews and takes listener calls. Support our sponsor, with your free trial set at
14/05/1951m 8s

Atheists at 39,000 Feet

Seth Andrews share the short story of a skeptical meeting in the sky, then takes listener/viewer calls from a YouTube livestream via Support our sponsor Hello Fresh with $80 off your first month. Go to (promo code: sethandrews80)
13/05/191h 33m

Christian Privilege: A License to Discriminate (with Alison Gill)

Alison Gill is an attorney and Legal and Policy Director at American Atheists, and she's on the front lines in the fight against violations of church/state separation and Christian privilege. She speaks with Seth Andrews about some important legal battles of the day, and how we can help promote Constitutional equality for all.Find our more about American Atheists at http://www.atheists.orgLink to Hemant's Pledge of Allegiance project: our sponsor: Start your free trial at The Great Courses Plus at
12/05/1942m 33s

I Escaped the Nuwaubian Cult

Hanna was once a member of The Nuwaubian Nation, an American cult founded and led by a Dwight York, a self-anointed god figure who dominated the lives and attitudes of his followers, and who is now serving a life sentence in federal prison. Hanna speaks candidly about her years inside the cult, her liberation, and her personal journey as a (now) atheist and skeptic. Support our sponsor. Get $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh at (promo code: sethandrews80)
07/05/1939m 46s

Flash Gordon Loves Jesus (and other observations)

Seth Andrews - a geek fan of the 1980 film "Flash Gordon" - explores the proud faith of the actor behind the hero. Plus, other musings and plenty of listener phone calls.Link to help Athena while she job-hunts: Seth on Patreon at
30/04/191h 2m

Hail Satan (the documentary): with Lucien Greaves

"Hail Satan?" is a new documentary by director Penny Lane that's getting glowing reviews across the country. Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, is featured in the film, and he joins me for a candid discussion about the film, TST, and his fight both for religious liberty and against religious privilege in the United States.FILM WEBSITE: Video profile explaining The Satanic Temple:
23/04/1954m 30s

Can We Talk About The Sex Robots?

In the year 2019, we're seeing more and more discussions about sex robots, the possibilities and implications regarding Artificial Intelligence designed for the bedroom (or dungeon, etc), and the cultural attitudes about these synthetic sexual companions.Seth Andrews takes listener calls, shares an email from an actual sex doll owner, and caps the broadcast by speaking with Dr. Marty Klein, a world-renowned expert on sexuality.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus (free trial at's (free trial kit at
16/04/191h 22m

We Found Jesus (on Pureflix!): with Hugo and Jake

Hugo and Jake are probably best known for their YouTube series, "The Bible Reloaded," but they've made a global splash as activists, skeptics, comedians, and (yes) reviewers of religious movies.Hugo and Jake spend and hour with Seth Andrews to talk about religion, Christian films, Jordan Peterson, and so much more. Enjoy! Support our sponsor: Get a free trial and unlimited access to The Great Courses Plus via this link:
09/04/191h 2m

The Nones Are Coming!

Seth Andrews speaks about the recent General Social Survey revealing that the "nones" (non-religious) are now statistically tied with evangelicals and Catholics in the United States. Plus...we preview upcoming discussions about Satanism and sex robots, we explore new evidence about the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, we tackle some Trump "hot wind," and a few of your phone calls.Support our sponsor, and get a $13 value trial set from Harry's with this link:
02/04/191h 1m

You Pick The Topic: Listener Calls & Comments (March 2019)

This is a show where the listeners decide what we talk about. Lots of interesting stuff in this one, including conversations about religious summer camps, the "abuse" of indoctrination, and the difference between skepticism and anti-science self-deception. Get this show early and commercial-free by becoming a patron at
26/03/1949m 52s

Sarah Rocksdale: Women, Religion, the Hijab, & Hot Yoga

This is the audio of a recent YouTube conversation between Seth Andrews and activist Sarah Rocksdale. Until recently, Sarah was known for her videos about health and lifestyle, but lately (to the chagrin of many of her original fans) she has been speaking boldly as a critic of religion and atheist.The YouTube video version of this conversation is at
25/03/1940m 4s

What They Don’t Know Won’t Kill Me: One Man’s Secret in the Shadow of Islam

Jimmy was born into a Muslim family and the Islamic faith. Jimmy also carried a that threatened to destroy him if it ever came to light.Seth Andrews tells Jimmy's true story, a difficult yet important example of how religions oppress, and why we should work together to create a future of freedom.Discover more about Jimmy at @Geemme, or https://www.freeheartsfreeminds.comSupport our sponsors:
19/03/191h 21m

A Candid Conversation About Christianity: Seth Andrews & Pastor Caleb Moore

Caleb Moore is a Baptist pastor who expressed interest in talking with Seth Andrews about God, Christianity, atheism, and more. Their conversation - unedited - is releasing both here and on Pastor Caleb's podcast in the hopes of furthering discussion on both platforms and providing an example of how strong disagreement doesn't have to make us enemies.Pastor Moore's website is http://www.calebmoore.tvSupport our sponsor: Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus with this special URL.
12/03/191h 59m

The Righteous & The Woke: Purity Cults in the Struggles for Justice (with Dr. Valerie Tarico)

In this crazy world, how often has a passionate desire for justice caused us to oversimplify complex problems, ignore details that don't validate us, and vilify all who dare to disagree? Has "Woke Culture" sometimes exhibited a dogmatic, even religious, attitude toward the worthy and the unworthy? And is it even possible to have a reasonable conversation about this in the Era Of Online Outrage?Psychologist Dr. Valerie Tarico joins Seth Andrews for just such a conversation.Dr. Tarico's article "The Righteous & The Woke:" our sponsor:
05/03/191h 7m

Listener Calls: Mormons, Meat, & "Secular Religion"

Seth Andrews takes listener calls on a variety of subjects, including horse meat, Mormon baptism, "First Stage Atheism," and "secular religion." The comments sections will have much to chew on.Support our sponsor: Postmates (Download the Postmates app and use code sethandrews for $100 delivery credit in your first seven days)
26/02/1955m 39s

Street Epistemology Workshop: Challenging Beliefs Through Friendly Conversation

Street Epistemology is a tool for engaging everyday people in conversations about beliefs and truth claims. In this broadcast, Seth Andrews speaks with four active street epistemologists about their methods and experiences, and he plays recordings from several SE encounters so that listeners can hear street epistemology in action.Find out more about SE at https://streetepistemology.comSupport our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus:
19/02/1958m 41s

Ken Ham Quotes Seth Andrews (and it's the comedy event of the year)!

Ken Ham quoted Seth Andrews in an article shilling for Ham's new book. It's gold...and Seth couldn't help but do a little monologue about it.
13/02/1924m 7s

YouTube Atheism is (NOT) Dead!

Is YouTube atheism dead? Not remotely. Join Seth Andrews as he connects with six rising YouTube activists who are not only injecting fresh blood into the conversations out there, but who are committed to fostering dialogue, compassion, community, and humanity.YOUTUBE SEARCH TO FIND:Genetically Modified SkepticTelltale AtheistHoly KoolaidShannon Q.Talk HeathenMr. AtheistSupport our sponsor: of this conversation:
12/02/191h 24m

Tribes, Trump, & the Masculine Male (with Dr. Hector Garcia)

Evolutionary psychologist and author Dr. Hector A. Garcia speaks candidly about men, masculinity, leaders, followers, attraction, and how evolution informs it all.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORSThe Great Courses Plus: Get a free 7-day trial at Garcia's website: https://www.hector-garcia.comVIDEO of this conversation at
05/02/191h 3m

Remembering Tootsie (Rat Dog)

Little Tootsie left us on February 3rd, 2019...less than three weeks after we lost Henry. For those who wish to hear the story, and to take the journey, Seth Andrews speaks about "Rat Dog" and the community that loved her.ARTICLE: "Why Losing a Dog can be Harder than Losing a Relative or Friend"
04/02/1928m 32s

The Silent Witness

Throughout our greatest suffering, our most horrific experiences, our worst fears come true...the world's dominant religions declare that we are being watched. Seth Andrews explores this idea.
29/01/1937m 17s

The Faith Healers

They're the self-proclaimed agents of God's supernatural power. And...they want your money! Join Seth Andrews for a romp through the wild, weird, and often damaging world of evangelical faith healers, and learn some of the tricks they use to con the vulnerable, the hurting, and the desperate.Bob Larson exorcism: (Video REMOVED by Bob Larson)John & Ryan commentary on the exorcism: & Ryan commentary on Peter Popoff: our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.comBlinkist:
22/01/191h 34m

A "Thank You" from Seth & Natalie

A personal word of thanks for your amazing support and love during a difficult time.
19/01/1910m 22s

Remembering Henry

We lost Henry on January 15th, 2019. Seth Andrews tells the story of his rescue, his unexpected passing, and how he and Natalie wish to memorialize him. Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and support.VIDEO of this is at The Henry Van at link:
17/01/1918m 28s

John de Lancie: The Truth & The Lie

John de Lancie is a veteran actor whose credits on television, stage, and screen range from Star Trek TNG to Breaking Bad to Assassin's Creed to My Little Pony. John is also an outspoken humanist and science advocate. In this show, he speaks with Seth Andrews about life, storytelling, Trump, religion, humanism, and (hopefully) a more reasonable future.
15/01/1946m 52s

Islam & The Future of Tolerance: with film director Jay Shapiro

Jay Shapiro is director of the new documentary film, "Islam & The Future of Tolerance." The film stars Maajid Nawaz and Sam Harris, and it's available on Amazon, iTunes, and at http://www.islamandthefutureoftolerance.comJay speaks about the film, and we play several clips.
08/01/1946m 16s

Shannon Q: The Sham of Religious "Deliverance" Ministries

YouTuber and atheist advocate Shannon Q. sounds off on atheism, activism, and the disturbingly awful practices of Above & Beyond, a religious "deliverance" ministry more interested in superstition than science.Shannon's YouTube channel: video of this conversation is at
02/01/1949m 41s

2018: The Year in Review

Seth Andrews counts down some of the biggest and most entertaining stories of the past year. Happy New Year, and thanks for listening!
28/12/1857m 28s

A Skeptical Christmas with Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty

Friends and activists Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty mark the holiday with observations about Christmas, religion, agnostics, philosophy, politics, and Mormon porn. Enjoy!VIDEO of this conversation is at Seth on Patreon at
23/12/181h 19m

Phone Calls to Strangers: a Secular Christmas Surprise

Seth Andrews calls various people in need with gifts, help, and charity made possible by his audience. The show is releasing a few days early, so that recipients can get their gifts sooner.Help Kristy get back home after an electrical fire. Fundraising link is by Casper. Get $50 off select mattresses at (promo code: thinkingatheist)
16/12/1852m 55s

Phone Calls to Strangers: a Secular Christmas Surprise

Seth Andrews calls various people in need with gifts, help, and charity made possible by his audience. The show is releasing a few days early, so that recipients can get their gifts sooner. Help Kristy get back home after an electrical fire. Fundraising link is Sponsored by Casper. Get $50 off select mattresses at (promo code: thinkingatheist)
16/12/1853m 0s

A Merry PAGAN Christmas! (with Aron Ra)

Seth Andrews and Aron Ra talk about Christmas, paganism, the gods, tradition, religion, and much more!Video of this conversation is on YouTube at: Ra is at our sponsor:
11/12/1858m 21s

Unskeptical: Finding the Real Story in a World of Half-Truths

What happens when we have facts, but not context or perspective. Seth Andrews explores the issue in his November 11th, 2018 speech given for the Central Florida Freethought Community.Support our sponsor: of this presentation is here:
04/12/1846m 10s

John Chau: A Suicide Mission

We explore the bizarre and tragic story of Christian missionary John Chau, killed by the very people he was trying to evangelize. We also explore the larger questions about missions work, boundaries, mockery, God's Will, and the senseless loss of life.Support Seth's work on Patreon at
26/11/1828m 28s

Happy Friendsgiving!

Seth Andrews speaks about the friends, family, religion, tradition, and Humanism in the holidays.Support Seth on Patreon at of this livestream at
21/11/1848m 51s

Just Stop with the Christmas Music

Seth Andrews on Christmas music, physics, apologists, and the "Answering Atheists" conference coming in 2019.YouTube version at Facebook Live version at
14/11/1839m 28s

Seth Andrews on Atheist Talk 950 Minneapolis

Seth Andrews was the featured guest on Minneapolis' KTNF AM950. This is the recording of that interview.Support Seth on Patreon at
13/11/1842m 10s

Rambles, Royals, and the Red Light District

Seth Andrews recently returned from a multi-city European trip, and he has questions. Join him for a romp through the Queen's Guard, the chocolate shops, and Amsterdam's Red Light District.Facebook video of this at Seth on Patreon at
08/11/1837m 35s

The Changing Face of Jesus

Seth Andrews explores the many faces of Jesus (and other gods), and the strangely coincidental resemblance to human faces and desires. VIDEO of this presentation is here (link coming soon).Support our sponsor at
06/11/1830m 26s

Seth Andrews: From Religion to Reason (Audience Q&A)

This is part 2 of Seth Andrews' recent presentation in Minneapolis, featuring questions and comments from the live audience. See the speech here (video link coming soon):Support Seth on Patreon at
31/10/1832m 34s

Seth Andrews: From Religion to Reason

Seth Andrews chronicles his personal story for a live Minneapolis audience, the event sponsored by Minnesota Atheists. You can watch this speech on YouTube at our sponsor:
30/10/181h 0m

The Weak and The Strong

Seth Andrews explores the notion of dominance philosophy in relation to Trump, religions, and Humanism. Plus, comments and questions from the livestream chat room. VIDEO of this livestream at Seth on Patreon at
23/10/1845m 42s

Ghost Stories 2018

It's another October around the virtual campfire for our annual Halloween tradition: the telling of ghost stories! Turn down the lights, crank up the volume, grab onto a loved one, and enjoy!Support our sponsor  and get a free trial today. The Great Courses Plus: Seth's "Ghost Stories" audiobook on Audible (also available on iTunes):
16/10/181h 17m

Alexa: Stop the Insanity!

If Amazon's Alexa can answer many of life's probing questions, could she restore political and cultural sanity to the United States? Seth Andrews dreams the dream.Support our sponsor, and grab Seth Andrews' "Ghost Stories" as your free audiobook with an Audible 30-day trial via (or text sethandrews to 500500).
04/10/1854m 59s

A Secular Perspective on Suicide

Join us for a respectful and critical conversation about suicide from a secular perspective.Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus RESOURCESCrisis Text Line - text "HELLO" to 741741zNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255For friends and family National Alliance on Mental Illness suicide info - training, how to handle suicide issues at a lay-level.
02/10/181h 38m

The Kavanaugh Question: with Katherine Stewart

Investigative journalist and author Katherine Stewart joins Seth Andrews for a look at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his track record, and the allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding him.Follow Katherine on Twitter at @kathsstewart
28/09/1833m 12s

Silence, Suffering, Sex, and Stupidity

Seth Andrews gives commentary on a celebrated religious film, unnecessary suffering, secular sexuality, and - again - the insanity of humanity.The Secular Sexuality Survey:  https://secularscience.orgSupport Seth on Patreon:
25/09/1844m 56s

Cats, Death, and the Religion of Football

Seth Andrews' YouTube livestream (on a loose range of topics) is this week's podcast. Watch at THE "GHOST STORIES AUDIOBOOK" (3 options):Free book with 30-day Audible trial via on Amazon with no Audible membership: use Audible credit
18/09/1856m 3s

I Went to Facebook Jail

Post something "offensive," and social media is likely to give you a temporary - or permanent - penalty. We talk about Facebook Jail, whether it's fair, and what to do about it.Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus. Get a free trial at
11/09/181h 0m

Our 400th Show!

Another show, another milestone. Join Seth Andrews for the 400th episode of The Thinking Atheist podcast.Support our sponsor and get a free trial: The Great Courses Plus STORIES audiobook free with Audible 30-day trial at  To get the book without an Audible trial or membership, simply use your Amazon membership and  Add to Cart (desktop site) or Buy for $X.XX (mobile site).
04/09/181h 20m

It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church

Another child abuse scandal rocks the Catholic Church. We explore the reports coming out of Pennsylvania, and the Church's long, ugly track record of abuse and coverup. Freedom From Religion Foundation's Andrew Seidel joins the conversation.Articles:CNN ARTICLE: SEIDEL'S ARTICLE: ATHEIST'S ARTICLE: GRAND JURY REPORT: FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION:
26/08/1826m 57s

I'm Gregory, and I'm Afraid of Hell

This is a candid conversation with Gregory, a man who logically rejects Christianity, but who can't shake his fears about Hell. Seth Andrews walks with Gregory through his religious conversion, his doubts, his fears of torment, and what the future might hold.Support our sponsor, and get $60 off your first three Hello Fresh boxes ($20 off each) with (promo code sethandrews 60) 
21/08/1842m 21s

Texts From My Religious Dad

Seth Andrews shares a recent text exchange with a religious father, and speaks candidly about family, boundaries and respect...and how religions so often damage them.VIDEO version of this show at
15/08/1849m 3s

I Used To Believe Weird Things

From the Sunlight Diet to flat-earthers to kitchen seasonings that repel demons, we explore some of the more bizarre (and entertaining) things our listeners once held as Truth.Prepare yourself for some strangely entertaining beliefs submitted by our listeners, and an exploration into why we so often embrace the irrational.Support our sponsor, and get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus:
14/08/181h 10m

Christianity, Crimes, and the Constitution (with Andrew Torrez)

Andrew Torrez, an attorney and host of "Opening Arguments," joins Seth Andrews for an in-depth conversation about the law, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, church/state separation, and the Religious Right in the era of Trump. Opening Arguments podcast: https://openargs.comSupport our sponsors.Get a free trial at The Great Courses Plus with this URL: $50 off select Casper mattresses (promo code thinkingatheist at checkout) 
07/08/181h 36m

God, Guilt, Political Correctness, and Trevor Noah (a Seth Andrews Livestream)

Seth Andrews fields comments and questions on a wide variety of topics, including the recent Trevor Noah controversy, religious guilt, political correctness, and (yes) the ice cream man.Support Seth on Patreon: longer, unedited YouTube stream is here:
26/07/1846m 17s

Noah Was A Plonker

From Ken Ham's Ark Encounter to Jenny McCarthy to Egyptian curses to 3D-printed handguns, Seth Andrews brushes up on the weird, wonderful world of British insults as he monologues about some of the stranger headlines of the week.Support our sponsor. $20 off your contact lens order at (promo code: sethandrews20)
24/07/1856m 35s

Cults Part Two: The Trouble with Totalism

From the Moonies to Scientology to Heaven's Gate, we continue our two-part series on cults, their methods, their abuses, and the stories of some who escaped. Chris Shelton's Scientology blog: helpful resource. The International Cultic Studies AssociationSansu the Cat: our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus ($20 off contact lenses with code sethandrews20)
17/07/181h 26m

Cults Part One: Mind-Control Ministry

"Leon," a former cult member, speaks candidly about his own brainwashing, extreme cult tactics, his escape, and the tools for understanding - and exposing - how cults oppress and enslave. His story was featured in the book, "Fortney Road: Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult." Other resources:"Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert CialdiniInternational Cultic Studies AssociationSupport our sponsor:  Support our sponsor The Great Courses Plus
10/07/1841m 32s

Second Civil War Letters

In this short holiday broadcast, Seth Andrews reads some of the best hashtag responses to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' warnings about The Second Civil War.
05/07/1815m 9s

Civility, Speech and Stroopwafels

Seth Andrews does an extended monologue about free speech, bad movies, friendship, and Stroopwafels. Plus answers to chat questions.Support our sponsor: (promo code sethandrews for $30 off your contact lens purchase).VIDEO of this live stream podcast: Atheist Experience link:
03/07/181h 6m

Seth Andrews Live Stream June 2018

This is the audio of a YouTube live stream from June 21st, 2018, where Seth Andrews responds on-the-spot to chat room comments and questions. Video version also available at our sponsorSimple Contacts: (promo code sethandrews)
22/06/181h 9m

Scott Clifton: Secular Soap Star

Scott Clifton is an Emmy-winning actor from "The Bold and the Beautiful." He's also an atheist activist on YouTube, nown for the popular channel Theoretical Bullshit. He joins Seth Andrews for an entertaining conversation about both.There is VIDEO of this exchange at (link coming soon).Support our sponsor, Simple Contacts:  promo code seth andrews.
19/06/1851m 46s

This is Twitter, and You're Trash

The show title is (obviously) somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the struggle is real. How do we engage, defeat bad ideas, and promote good ideas online without losing our humanity in the angry noise? Seth Andrews shares his own experience as a communicator in the age of the Rage Tweet.This is a presentation given before a live audience June 2nd at the annual fundraiser for the Northeast Ohio Freethought Society. There is no video version, but the slides shown to the live audience are described in the audio.Support our sponsor:
12/06/181h 4m

The Trouble with God (with Chris Matheson)

Author and screenwriter Chris Matheson is one of the people behind the "Bill & Ted" films, and authored the 2015 humor book, "The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love and Hate." He's back (and so is God) for a follow-up. He joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about "The Trouble with God: a Divine Comedy about Judgment (and Misjudgemnt)."Support our sponsor:
05/06/1832m 48s

Jordan Peterson, Royal Confusion, and the Miracle of the Angel Moth

Join Seth Andrews for a lightheated romp through a few recent headlines and his own (skeptical) observations about Jordan Peterson, the recent Royal Wedding, the miracle of the "angel moth," and more!Support our sponsor:
29/05/1837m 9s

The Earthbound Parent: Raising Kids Without Religion

This broadcast addresses secular parenting, education VS indoctrination, and features a conversation with author Richard A. Conn Jr. about his book, "The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise your Little Angels without Religion."More links:David G. McAfee: https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.comCouple of Atheists: Thinkers books:  http://tinythinkersbooks.comParenting Beyond Belief:  https://parentingbeyondbelief.comCamp Quest: http://www.campquest.orgSupport our sponsor The Great Courses Plus:
22/05/181h 20m

Naked Mormonism

"Secular Mormon" Bryce Blankenagel speaks with Seth Andrews about the dark and often bloody foundations of the Mormon church.VIDEO of this interview:'s page: http://nakedmormonismpodcast.comSupport our sponsorThe Great Courses Plus:
15/05/1854m 40s

Stories of the Strange

This show departs from its usual subject matter for a romp through some weird headlines from around the world. Enjoy!Support our sponsor: (promo code sethandrews)Seth Andrews, Cara Santa Maria, and Matt Dillahunty in Los Angeles May 15th. Info and tickets at:
30/04/1850m 26s

Be Fruitful and Multiply: The "Sin" of Being Child-Free

In some fundamentalist cultures, the decision to not have children is considered a violation of God's edict to "be fruitful and multiply." We discuss being child-free against the expectations of others.Support our sponsor Simple Contacts: ($30 off contact lens purchase with promo code sethandrews)
24/04/181h 18m

The Not-So-Intelligent Designer (with Dr. Abby Hafer)

Biologist, professor and author Dr. Abby Hafer gives specific examples of "Intelligent Design" that isn't intelligent at all.Dr. Hafer's Book, "The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not:" our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: Angeles event with Matt Dillahunty, Cara Santa Maria, and Seth Andrews:
17/04/1857m 33s

Seth Andrews Turns 50: from the 2018 American Atheists National Convention

Seth Andrews joins a live audience to celebrate his (approaching) 50th birthday at the 2018 American Atheists National Convention.Video of this speech is here: our sponsorsThe Great Courses Plus: Contacts: (promo code: sethandrews) 
10/04/1852m 55s

When Christians Are Losing The Argument

A recent internet meme asks users to "Name something a Christian says when they're losing an argument to an atheist." We explore some all-too-familiar responses.---Support our sponsor:Simple Contacts (promo code: sethandrews)Brew City Benefit link: Koolaid's website:
03/04/1844m 14s

Leona Stucky: Surviving My Impotent God

Leona Stucky suffered abuse and shame as a Mennonite teenager. This is the story of her survival, escape, and liberation.Dr. Stucky's website: http://www.leonastucky.comBook: The Fog of Faith: Surviving My Impotent God: our sponsor: (promo code: sethandrews)
30/03/1842m 0s

Could You Forgive a Killer?

This bonus broadcast explores the story of Malala Yousafzai, her forgiveness of a Taliban assassin, and a much larger conversation about ideologies, tribes, oppressors, victims, division, and our own humanity in this often hyper-polarized world.Support Seth Andrews on Patreon at
28/03/1842m 3s

A Happy Show about Death

Death is often a taboo subject. But is it subject to be avoided (and an inevitability to be feared)?Join us for a candid, real, and destigmatizing conversation about our mortal and temporary lives. We'll speak with listeners about their own perspective, and a professional mortician will take us into the inner room of the funeral home for a frank yet fascinating look at the processes which happen after we're gone.This is a show about death, but more importantly, it's a conversation about life!Let's raise (at least) $3000 for William, a caller who's had a rought few years and could benefit from our help: our (promo code: sethandrews)Skeptic Magic:
27/03/181h 51m

The Triumph of Christianity: with Dr. Bart Ehrman

Author and New Testament scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman joins the show to talk about his latest book, "The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World." Seth finishes the broadcast with a reading from the book.Bart Ehrman's website: https://www.bartdehrman.comSupport our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: Fresh: (promo code SethAndrews30)VIDEO of this interview:
20/03/181h 6m

Ian Harris: The Skeptic Comedian

California comedian and atheist Ian Harris joins Seth Andrews to talk about atheism, skepticism, religion, and the punchlines that come with them.Ian's website: http://www.ianharriscomedian.comVIDEO of this interview: our sponsor The Great Courses Plus:
13/03/1835m 52s

The God of the Gun: A "Divine Right" to an AR-15?

In the wake of the February 2018 Parkland, Florida school shooting, many Christians again claim that the right to own an assault rifle is God-given. We take a fair, candid look at the tragedy, the political maneuvering, the law, and the future of God & Guns in America.Support our sponsor:$50 off at Casper "F...You, I Like Guns:"
06/03/181h 28m

An Atheist Insomniac: Musings of the Monkey Mind

Seth Andrews talks about those long nights of sleep-starved contemplation, and he speaks with callers about their own musings and observations.
27/02/1858m 44s

Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression

Clinical psychologist Dr. Hector Garcia joins Seth Andrews for a candid (and potentially controversial) discussion about the origins and characteristics of man-made gods and the violence which so often defines them.Dr. Garcia's book "Alpha God:" Garcia's website: http://www.hector-garcia.comSupport our sponsor The Great Courses Plus: of this interview: 
20/02/1841m 13s

Tactics: How to Change Minds (including our own)

Activists Matt Dillahunty, Sarah Haider, Anthony Magnabosco and Kavin Senapathy join Seth Andrews for a conversation about how to best engage religious people in discussions about God, faith, facts, knowledge and atheism.Matt Dillahunty: http://www.mattdillahunty.comSarah Haider: http://www.exmna.orgAnthony Magnabosco: http://www.streetepistemology.comKavin Senapathy: @ksenapathy on TwitterVIDEO of this interview: our sponsorsThe Great Courses Plus: (click the microphone, promo code sethandrews)
13/02/181h 27m

The Brew City Benefit: Humanism and Healing in Milwaukee

The Brew City Benefit happens in Milwaukee, WI April 7th, 2018, benefiting RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), and helping to create a new Milwaukee Humanists group.DETAILS & DONATIONS:
07/02/1829m 16s

Confessions of a (former) Naturopathic Doctor

Britt Hermes once practiced "naturopathic medicine." Today, she is being sued for publicly criticizing a naturopathic doctor.Britt speaks with Seth Andrews about her background in naturopathy, her 180-degree turn toward science-based medicine, the lawsuit she now faces, and how skeptics worldwide are rallying to help.VIDEO of this interview:'s blog:  https://www.naturopathicdiaries.comDec 2016 article: at:
06/02/1837m 40s

Religious Trauma Syndrome

Religion is often declared a positive force. This show explores the darker side of religious teaching and thinking, and the very real harm it so often causes, as Seth Andrews speaks with listeners, shares their stories, and speaks with Dr. Marlene Winell, the psychologist and author who coined the term, "Religious Trauma Syndrome."Dr. Winell's website: http://www.marlenewinell.netJourney Free:  http://journeyfree.orgDr. Winell's book, "Leaving the Fold:" From Religion:  http://www.recoveringfromreligion.orgSupport our sponsor Hello Fresh. $30 off your first week at (promo code sethandrews30)
30/01/181h 27m

Humanism and the Challenge of Race: with Dr. Anthony Pinn

Dr. Anthony Pinn is a Harvard-educated author, professor, and expert on theology and religious studies. He speaks with Seth Andrews about atheism and humanism, race in relation to (and beyond) the church, black religious history, and the challenges and opportunities of Humanism in the 21st Century.Dr. Pinn's website: https://www.anthonypinn.comSupport our sponsor The Great Courses Plus, and get a free 30-day trial: of this interview: (coming soon)
23/01/1840m 53s

What Dreams May Come

In this (extremely informal) commentary, Seth Andrews talks about weird dreams, cults and cultures, and the pitfalls of keeping others comfortable.Video of this commentary here:
19/01/1830m 44s

NOprah 2020: The New Age Nonsense of Oprah Winfrey

After her inspiring Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey has been touted as presidential material. But does her track record reveal someone rooted in science, evidence, and worthy ideas? Seth Andrews explains why Oprah's admirable success story doesn't translate to the U.S. Presidency.Support our sponsor, The Great Courses Plus: article: Inquirer article: with Diana Nyad:
15/01/1835m 54s

Skeptics on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Seth Andrews recently invited a group of activists and listeners/viewers to talk about the (highly polarizing) latest entry in the Star Wars film series. The discussion - and disagreement - was lively.Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:
09/01/1846m 5s

Uprising in Iran: with Armin Navabi

A historic protest is happening in Iran, as everyday citizens are rising up against the Islamic Supreme Leader and his government. Iran-born Armin Navabi helps us understand what's happening.Armin's Twitter page: http://www.atheistrepublic.comAtheist Republic Facebook page: of this interview: our sponsor (enter sethandrews)
03/01/1837m 55s

2017: The Year in Review

Seth Andrews recaps some of the biggest, best, worst, and weirdest stories of the past year. Enjoy!Support Seth on Patreon:
31/12/171h 18m

Bitcoin or Bust? Skeptical Money with Phil Ferguson

Atheist activist, podcaster and investment advisor Phil Ferguson helps us navigate the rampant hype about Bitcoin. Phil pulls no punches, and the result is an informative (and often laugh-out-loud funny) commentary from someone who knows the ropes and knows how to talk about "skeptical money" in an engaging way.(Note: This podcast was recorded on 12/20 for an original release date of 12/26, but Bitcoin's volatility warranted an earlier release for accuracy.)Phil Ferguson's website: http://polarisfinancialplanning.comThe Phil Ferguson Show podcast page: Seth Andrews on Patreon: video of this interview:
22/12/1759m 0s

Joseph: Confessions of an Almost-Invisible Man

In the biblical nativity story, how much do we really hear about the character of Joseph? And what might Joseph have been thinking about the bizarre (and often hugely uncomfortable) situation he was placed in? This is a one-man play about a "God-father" that history has largely ignored.Made possible by our supporters on Patreon. Consider becoming a patron at* Podcast thumbnail image by Vincent Deporter.
19/12/1737m 45s

An Infidel Christmas with the Secular Jihadists

What's a Christian-themed holiday without...ex-Muslims???  Buckle up, as the hosts of Secular Jihadists from the Middle East join Seth Andrews to talk about Christmas, the biblical nativity story, and their own experiences with religion...all with a healthy dose of irreverence and blasphemy.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus (click the microphone, and type promo code sethandrews)
12/12/171h 17m

To Protect and to Serve: Religion in Law Enforcement

When taxpayer-funded police departments put "In God We Trust" decals on their vehicles, is this illegal? And what are some other demonstrations of religiosity within law enforcement?We speak to current and former police officers about this controversial topic.Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus's
05/12/171h 18m

A Murder in San Antonio

On November 27th, a murder-suicide in San Antonio devastated loved ones and shocked all who heard the news. This is a candid discussion about that day, and an effort to raise funds for the 3 daughters of Jennifer Smith, killed by her husband, and mourned by so many.DONATE: rticle about the crime: Smith's obituary:'s resources mentioned in the show:VA mental health hotline - 800-273-8255 (Spanish/Español 1-888-628-9454)VA non-emergency hotline - 855-948-2311
01/12/1757m 58s

Race, Science, and Society: with Dr. Eugenie Scott

Dr. Eugenie Scott, a former anthropology professor, is former executive director for the National Center for Science Eduation. She is a researcher, science communicator, and an outspoken critic of claims related to biblical Creationism and the broader claims of "Intelligent Design."Dr. Scott joins the show for a frank discussion with Seth Andrews about science, anti-science, race, evolution, "Intelligent Design," and more!Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus's
28/11/1754m 35s

I Am NOT An Atheist: Conversations about Doubt, Discovery, Good, and the Godless

This broadcast features various conversations with people who - for a variety of reasons - say they are not atheists. Some are simply averse to the label. Others declare that they are "spiritual." Still others are navigating a very personal (and very difficult) road out of religious belief. These are candid and compelling discussions about belief, spirituality, labels, and the search for truth.Support our sponsor Simple Contacts: ($30 off your first purchase with promo code: sethandrews)
21/11/171h 43m

The Satanic Panic: The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century

Host Seth Andrews spoke about The Satanic Panic in a humorous (and occasionally shocking) speech at the 2017 Florida Freethought Conference. This is the audio of that speech.YouTube video version: our sponsor:The Great Courses Plus
14/11/1755m 31s

Henry, Reflexology, and Divorcing the Walking Dead

This is a totally off-topic "bonus" broadcast for those who just want to listen to a non-atheism-related stream of consciousness monologue. Enjoy!Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: donate directly:
08/11/1742m 30s

Women Beyond Belief: Women and Secular Activism

Seth Andrews speaks with a panel of atheists, secular activists and educators about the opportunities and obstacles women face in the fight against religion.Dr. Karen Garst is author of the book, "Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion" and host of Abby Hafer is an educator, writer, speaker, and author of "The Not-So-Intelligent Designer - Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not."Wendy Marsman is a former believer and missionary who escaped fundamentalist religion and now hosts the "Women Beyond Belief" podcast.Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus's:
07/11/171h 27m

A Disagreement Between Friends (with David Smalley)

In the wake of the recent - and extremely controversial - Mythinformation Conference in Milwaukee, broadcasters and activists Seth Andrews and David Smalley have a public conversation about a personal disagreement, with the larger goal of demonstrating how people can disagree without becoming enemies.This is a "bonus" show on the lineup for any and all who'd like to listen in.
05/11/171h 7m

Is The Atheist Movement Dying?

Seth Andrews offers his perspective on "The Atheist Movement," its challenges, its opportunities, its evolution, and the warnings about its demise. It's hoped that you'll approach the show with an open mind, a respectfully critical ear, and the desire to build a world free from the bonds of superstition, dogma, and magical thinking.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: (promo code: sethandrews)
31/10/171h 19m

Fears and Phobias: What Scares You?

As we approach Halloween, we again explore our (often irrational) fears, why they happen, and what we can do to overcome them. Your calls and emails, and we conclude the show with Dr. Caleb Lack, a clinical psychologist and expert on anxiety disorders.Support Seth Andrews on Patreon:
24/10/171h 35m

Ghost Stories 2017

It's an annual tradition. Join us as we gather around the virtual campfire and share spooky stories to get into the Halloween spirit. Turn down the lights, crank up the sound, grab onto a friend, and enjoy!Support our sponsor: Seth on Patreon:
17/10/171h 38m

Queer Disbelief: What LGBTQ and Atheist People Can Learn From Each Other

Hemant Mehta of "Friendly Atheist" and author Camille Beredjick speak about "Queer Disbelief," a book (near publication) which links the atheist movement to the LGBTQ movement, exploring the similarities and differences...and what they can learn from each other.Kickstarter Page: our sponsor:
10/10/171h 0m

Katherine Ozment: Grace Without God

Katherine Ozment is an award-winning journalist and author, with credits that include National Geographic, The New York Times, and Salon. Katherine navigated her own journey toward secular meaning, purpose and "grace." She speaks with Seth Andrews about "Grace Without God."Katherine's website: http://katherineozment.comVIDEO of this interview: (coming soon)Support our sponsor:
03/10/1732m 15s

I Am A Superhero

Seth Andrews shares some humorous anecdotes and observations in this largely off-topic show. File this one under, "Something fun to listen to." Enjoy.
26/09/1754m 46s

Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty: The Ark Encounter Tour

What happens when two atheist activists tour Ken Ham's "Ark Encounter" in Williamstown, KY? They get together and talk about it. Matt Dillahunty joins Seth Andrews for a recap of their experience.Support our sponsor: (code: sethandrews)VIDEO: Atheists at the Ark Encounter -
19/09/1747m 17s

Those Godless Millennials

The Millennial Generation is increasingly unaffiliated with religion. It's also a generation often described as entitled, coddled, disinterested, and lazy. We explore the label and the people beyond it.Time Magazine - "The Me Me Me Generation": USA Today - "The Malignant Myth of the Millennial": Support our sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: 2017: 
12/09/171h 31m

Salvation, Shame and Shunning - The Story of Lloyd Evans: Ex-Jehovah's Witness

Ex-Jehovah's Witness and activist Lloyd Evans tells his compelling story about his introduction to - and escape from - the JWs.Lloyd's website: www.JWsurvey.orgLloyd's book: Lloyd's YouTube channel: Video of this interview (coming soon).SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:
05/09/1750m 58s

Rage and Funyuns!

Seth Andrews mixes frustration and food in this (unscripted) broadcast about life, religion, activism, faith, and yes...Funyuns. Enjoy!Support Seth on Patreon:
29/08/1739m 0s

The Myth of New Atheism

Commentary abounds on "New Atheism" and "New Atheists." But what, exactly, is "New Atheism?"  Seth Andrews counters the claims that 21st century critics and criticisms of religion are a new or unique phenomenon.the National Review article "What Ever Happened to the New Atheists?": Seth Andrews on Patreon:
22/08/1751m 49s

The Science of the Soul: with Dr. Julien Musolino

If humans possessed a soul, could that soul somehow be observed and measured scientifically?  Can science properly speak for/against the claim that supernatural forces influence our minds, actions and behaviors? Is there a "Science of the Soul?"Join us for a conversation with Dr. Julien Musolino, a cognitive scientist who holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. Musolino is author of the book, "The Soul Fallacy," which dissects the "soul beyond science" claims so often promoted by religion and religious apologists.Video of this interview: (link coming soon)Dr. Musolino's website:  http://www.julienmusolino.comSupport our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus:
15/08/1755m 44s

Atheists Believe in Nothing (and other misconceptions)!

Do atheists believe in nothing? Are they really without a moral framework? Are they all angry and spiteful?  This show explores many (often ill-informed) claims about the non-believers in gods.Support our sponsors:The Great Courses Plus: (promo code: sethandrews)Michael Sherlock's article "The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy"
08/08/171h 27m

I Am Christ: a Conversation with Michael Sherlock

Spend an hour with Michael Sherlock: an Australian activist and author whose controversially-titled book "I Am Christ" reverses the religious narrative that God created us. Sherlock speaks candidly about biblical "truth," Islam VS Feminism, toxicity within the political Left, violent speech, and the myth of the "New Atheist."Support Seth Andrews on Patreon: Michael Sherlock on Patreon:
01/08/1751m 34s

God Loves Gluten (and other observations)

Seth Andrews does a (largely spontaneous) commentary about Cardinal George Pell, gluten-free communion wafers, the Flat Earth Society, and...guacamole!Support Seth on Patreon:
25/07/1757m 21s

Seth Andrews Teaches Sunday School

No...these aren't the stories you're used to hearing at Sunday Sermon. These are stories that are often skipped over, ignored, or excused, lest they send Christians into a fit of head-scratching, guffaws and gasps. Let us explore The Good Book. (And if you can, share this episode with your Christian family and friends. They'll love it!)Support our sponsor:
18/07/171h 20m

"Praying" on the Disabled

How do those with disabilities feel when religious people declare them sinners, a life lesson, or a miracle just waiting to happen?  We explore this subject, and the stories of various listeners who have been labeled, named, claimed, prayed over, and in some cases, ignored.Link to Washington Post editorial: "What Christians Have Taught Me About My Disability: our sponsor:
11/07/171h 13m


What's it like to emerge from a religious belief, and to navigate the complex, difficult and wonderous world beyond?  Seth Andrews has a candid conversation with a young apostate who is currently walking this path. Her name is Sara.  Her story is challenging, occasionally heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring.Support Seth Andrews on patreon:
04/07/1738m 3s

The Pensacola Cross and Trinity Lutheran: The Church and the State

Seth Andrews speaks with two secular legal experts about several recent court decisions that reflect (or betray) the United States Constitution's Establishment Clause.  Andrew Seidel is a Constitutional attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Monica Miller is Senior legal Counsel for the American Humanist Association.Video of the Monica Miller interview: Mehta's article on the Pensacola backlash against Monica Miller: Seth Andrews on Patreon:
29/06/1738m 7s

What is "Radical Islam?"

Is Islam the most dangerous religion on the planet today? Is "Islamophobia" legitimate? What's an Atheist Muslim? How do we address the challenges that come with the world's fastest growing religion?Lots of contributors to this show, including:Ali Rizvi: author of "The Atheist Muslim"Muhammad Syed & Sarah Haider: Ex-Muslims of North AmericaArmin Navabi: Founder of AtheistRepublicYasmine Mohammed: Founder of "Confessions of an Ex-Muslim"Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar: Founder of "Global Secular Humanist Movement"Support our sponsor: (promo code: sethandrews)
27/06/171h 42m

Seth Andrews: Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot!

Seth Andrews gave this speech June 3, 2017 in Toronto at the Imagine 7 conference.  It's a humorous (and perhaps therapeutic) romp through Seth's religious past...and the often bizarre words and attitudes that reflected his Christian faith.VIDEO of this presentation: Seth Andrews on Patreon:
20/06/1739m 42s

Educational Neglect: When Superstition Shackles the Mind

Religious cultures are often distrustful of science and scientists. They're also often bound to debunked mythologies and bad information. We explore mis-education and the celebration of ignorance in the name of God.Support Our Sponsor: to Jonny Scaramanga's articles on ACE:
13/06/171h 21m

The House of the Devil

Seth Andrews (apparently) lives in a house infected with dark, demonic power.  In this 30-minute broadcast, the host explains how he came to reside in the Devil's Domain.
09/06/1731m 1s

The Greatest Story Ever Told (So Far) - with Dr. Lawrence Krauss

Theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss has written a new book about "The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far," which examines and celebrates the human exploration of our universe.He discusses his book, and his perspective on the religious ideas of a "Greatest Story," with Seth Andrews in this short conversation.SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Krauss' book is available at of this interview:  
06/06/1732m 48s

Letter to a Christian Spouse

A former Christian informs his wife that he's now an atheist. She threatens to divorce him. Seth Andrews has a short message for her, and for anyone who finds himself or herself "unequally yoked" with a non-believer.VIDEO "Letter to a Christian Spouse:"
31/05/1734m 30s

The Devil You Don't Know (with Andrea Garatshun)

Andrea Garatshun is a former Christian fundamentalist.  Now an atheist, she has spent the past decade as a Bible researcher, with a focus on biblical Hebrew, and understanding the gods of the Old Testament – the Tanakh.Garatshun asserts that Christian tradition’s archetypes of Satan are completely missing from the Old Testament, and that an exploration into the Hebrew reveals how Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub and Devil have been completely misinterpreted and misunderstood by cultural Christianity.This is a conversation about “The Devil You Don’t Know.”VIDEO of this conversation is on YouTube:  (coming soon)SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:
23/05/1740m 36s

When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 2 OF 2)

On this 2nd part of a two-part podcast, we discuss the controversial subject of physical violence as a response to hate speech.  Support our sponsor: (promo code: sethandrews)Part 1 of this discussion can be heard here:
17/05/171h 26m

When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 1 OF 2)

Recent headlines have seen violent responses toward the culture's more distasteful voices. White supremacist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview. Milo Yiannopoulos' Berkley speech prompts riots.  Ann Coulter cancels her own Berkley appearance over security concerns.  Justifiable outrage against outrageous people and ideas seems to spill over into fists, fires, calamity and chaos.  But are these responses appropriate and/or helpful?  Is it ever appropriate to respond to words and ideas with a physical blow?On this two-part episode, we discuss this controversial subject.  Your calls and emails: podcast@thethinkingatheist.comSupport our sponsor:  The Great Courses Plus 2 of this discussion releases May 17th, 2017 at
16/05/171h 18m

You Pick The Topic - May 2017

It's an impromptu show where our listeners pick the topics.  Dial in and sound off!
12/05/171h 3m

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias

Apologist Ravi Zacharias claims links to Oxford and Cambridge and education in quantum physics. But activist Steve Baughman (also known as the Friendly Banjo Atheist on YouTube) feels that there are good reasons to doubt RZ's claims. We discuss.LINKS:Ravi on the Run: on Free Will: and Quantum Physics: website:http://www.raviwatch.comVIDEO of this interview:
09/05/1735m 8s

Noah Lugeons: The Scathing Atheist

Noah Lugeons is an activist, author, and host of "The Scathing Atheist" podcast. Noah joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about religion, atheism, "God Awful Movies," and more.Noah's Book: Atheist: Awful Movies: OUR SPONSOR:
02/05/1751m 6s

Does Religion Poison Everything?

Christopher Hitchens is known for his famous book subtitle, "How Religion Poisons Everything."  Is this a fair statement?  Is religion always toxic?  We discuss. 
25/04/171h 14m

The Most Hated Woman in America

Netflix has a new film profiling Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of American Atheists and once called "The Most Hated Woman in America." But is the film fair and factual, and does the dramatized story of O'Hair bear any resemblance to the real-life story?In this podcast, we profile this atheist icon, and we discuss the film with Frank Zindler, former interim president of AA and someone who knew Madalyn Murray O'Hair personally.This broadcast will discuss specific plot points, so understand that there might be some spoilers.  If that's a concern, we encourage you to see the film before listening to the show.Support our sponsor: The Great Courses Plus
18/04/171h 19m

Addiction Recovery: 12 Steps and Beyond

Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programs often invoke (or require) a "Higher Power." How effective is this, and are there better alternatives for beating addiction and overcoming ?  We explore 12-step programs, the often religious language they use, and some secular alternatives.Support Our Sponsor:The Great Courses Plus: Stewart’s blog: “Leaving AA, Staying Sober” https://jonsleeper.wordpress.comJon Stewart’s article in The Guardian: resources suggested on the show:
11/04/172h 10m

Jesus: Mything in Action (with David Fitzgerald)

More and more every day, the claims of a literal, historical Jesus are coming into question. Many atheists still think the Jesus-as-God story traces back to a literal person, but author Historical researcher David Fitzgerald is among a growing number of mythicists who think that that Jesus never existed in any human form. David joins Seth Andrews for a discussion about Jesus, the claims, the evidence (and lack of), and David's new book on the subject, "Jesus: Mything in Action Volume 1."Support our sponsor:  The Great Courses Plus campaign for Doug Clark: 
04/04/1756m 25s

Satanic: a Conversation with Lucien Greaves

Lucien Greaves is co-founder of The Satanic Temple, an organization which has gained global attention with its attempts to have its Baphomet monument displayed next to Christian monuments (like the Ten Commandments) on taxpayer-funded property.  It also distributes children's books at various public schools as counters to the distribution of Gideon bibles and Christian literature.We speak to Lucien about his activism, his perspective on the supernatural and the Devil, and the mission and goals of one of the most controversial Satanist organizations in the United States. Support our sponsor: (promo code: sethandrews)
28/03/171h 8m

Jesus on a Fish Stick (and other "miracles")

From the Jesus fish stick, to weeping Mary statues, to the staged "cures" sold by self-acclaimed faith healers, this lighthearted show explores some of the bizarre (and often hysterically funny) miracle claims from around the world.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus: (promo code sethandrews)
21/03/171h 20m

Let's Talk About Something Else

This is a previously unscheduled, totally off-topic, "bonus" show.  Because sometimes, we just need to take a break and hang out.Of course, this broadcast won't be for everyone, but if you're just looking for something to listen to, crank it up and enjoy.
18/03/171h 10m

Ron Miscavige: Scientology and my Son

Ron Miscavige is father of David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology.  Ron tells the story of his son, Scientology, and his escape from the church's controlling grasp.Ron's book, "Ruthless:" OUR SPONSOR:The Great Courses Plus:  
14/03/171h 6m

Faking Your Memories (with Dr. Elizabeth Loftus)

How reliable is our memory? Can fake memories be planted through suggestion? Cognitive psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Loftus is an expert on memory who has served as an expert witness or consultant in hundreds of memory-related cases, including the famous McMartin preschool trial, the Rodney King trial, litigation involving Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart and others.  She joins Seth Andrews for an exploration of memory and the human brain.Dr. Loftus' TED Talk: Loftus' page at the University of California, Irvine: OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: sethandrews)
07/03/1738m 49s

Seth Andrews: A Secular State of the Union Address

On the date which would traditionally see the U.S. President's annual State of the Union speech, Seth Andrews gives his own secular State of the Union address...a look at America through the eyes of a private citizen, and an examination of patriotism, protest, the presidency, and the world stage on which this nation stands.Transcript of the speech: our sponsor:The Great Courses Plus: 
28/02/1748m 11s

Donald Trump's America

Apologist Ken Ham and others have declared Donald Trump's presidency a divine appointment.  But is Trump a true representative of the divine, or of the (secular) U.S. Constitution?This broadcast is the first of a two-part series relating to Trump's America. Today's show features:Steven Newton: geologist and rep for the National Center for Science EducationLarry Decker:  Executive Director - Secular Coalition for AmericaAndrew Seidel: attorney for the Freedom From Religion FoundationAndrew Torrez: attorney and co-host of the Opening Arguments podcastSupport our sponsor / (promo code: sethandrews) (Part two - A Secular State of the Union Address - airs 2/28 at
27/02/171h 7m

Bart Campolo: A Life Beyond Belief

Bart Campolo is son of famous Christian evangelist Tony Campolo.  Bart is the humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, a community builder, and host of the bi-weekly podcast "Humanize Me."In this candid conversation with Seth Andrews, Bart discusses his former faith, his father, religion, humanism, and his post-Christian "Life Beyond Belief."BART'S WEBSITE:  http://bartcampolo.orgBART'S PODCAST: OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus
21/02/171h 16m

Religious Family / Conditional Love

This broadcast is about atheists and skeptics, and how they deal with the often conditional love on a religious family tree.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus: (code sethandrews)
14/02/171h 20m

Never Cry Wolfe: The Popular Pseudoscience of David "Avocado" Wolfe

David "Avocado" Wolfe is a wellness celebrity with a huge following.  But do his claims pass the science test?  What explains his rising popularity?  And what damage might result from the tips, tricks, advise and "wisdom" Wolfe is spreading to the eager masses?Yvette d'Entremont, the SciBabe, is a former analytical chemist, science blogger and activist.  She joins Seth Andrews for a spirited (and strange) journey into the world of David Wolfe.Forbes article: Science Enthusiast article: OUR SPONSOR: (coupon code: sethandrews)
07/02/1755m 44s

God, Guns & Glory: Religion and the Military

How often is the military colored by religious language and superstitious thinking?  And is a taxpayer-funded military supposed to be promoting God?  This show explores the issue with the perspectives of many listeners, and an interview with Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:NatureBox (promo code sethandrews)
31/01/171h 21m

Religion Screwed Up My Sex Life

How do religious teachings damage our ideas about sexuality, intimacy, worth, shame, partnership and pleasure?  This show explores the dark side of religious sex education.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus (promo code sethandrews)
24/01/171h 50m

My Date With Google (2017)

Why do our eyes get puffy when we're sleepy?  Does premium gasoline actually give us better gas mileage?  Why do dogs stink after a bath?  Why are alcoholic beverages called "spirits?"  Why does it hurt so bad to get kicked in the testicles?Once again, Seth Andrews uses Google (and other resources), seeking answers to the common - and uncommon - questions that so often vex us.  SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus (promo code sethandrews)
17/01/171h 17m

Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces

Are trigger warnings a helpful tool for avoiding potentially harmful distress, or the enabling of hypersensitivity and a victim culture?  We discuss trigger warnings and "safe spaces" in this (inevitably controversial) broadcast.  Guests include a few activists in the freethought movement, and psychologists Dr. Caleb Lack and Dr. Valerie Tarico.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus
10/01/171h 53m

Christian Radio Cell 53 Interviews Seth Andrews

Maine-based Christian podcast Cell 53 Radio asked Seth Andrews to join them on-air for a discussion about atheism, God, Christianity, belief, and Truth.  This is the audio of that exchange.SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:Hello Fresh (promo code sethandrews)Stamps.com (promo code sethandrews)
03/01/171h 58m

2016: The Year in Review

Join Seth Andrews as he recaps the best (and worst) of 2016...from the election to entertainment to sports to pop culture, it's the Year in Review.  Enjoy.SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: sethandrews)
27/12/161h 23m

Heathen Holidays

How do atheists handle religious holidays (and religious families) every year, and how do many atheists mark an occasion with Christ in the title?  This show features the perspectives of our listeners, advice on how skeptics can (if they choose) enjoy the holiday season and navigate the often turbulent waters stirred by fundamentalist families, and a few holiday anecdotes.SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: sethandrews)
20/12/161h 17m

Christmas Music by Secular Artists

It's surprising to many, but a lot of atheists and non-Christians enjoy Christmas music...even the tunes that talk about angels singing and the Bethlehem star.  We speak about this (supposed) contradiction, and several special guests join host Seth Andrews for a casual round of holiday songs around the hearth.  This show is glad to welcome:The Fab Four (The Beatles Tribute Band) http://ww.thefabfour.comJonny Miller  http://www.jonnymiller.orgShelley Segal  http://www.shelleysegal.comJames Covenant: Captain Picard “Make It So Fury Henderson Lovecraft Historical Society Minchin “White Wine in the Sun” OUR SHOW SPONSOR:
13/12/161h 15m

One Nation: Divisible

The original U.S. Pledge of Allegiance calls the USA, "one nation...indivisible."  Yet it remains a nation splintered and divided, with many of those divisions fueled by religious ideas.  This broadcast welcomes several special guests to talk about America, the rise of secularism, the influence of the Religious Right, and the future of a country that seems unable to agree about anything.Our guests appearing throughout the broadcast:Amanda Knief: National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists, and author of "The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government."Matthew De Dora: Director of Office of Public Policy for the Center For InquiryMatthew Bulger: American Humanist AssociationJustin Scott: Director of Eastern Iowa AtheistsRebecca Markert: Managing Staff Attorney for the Freedom From Religion FoundationLarry Decker: Executive Director for the Secular Coalition for AmericaHerb Silverman: President of the Secular Coalition for AmericaSarah Levin:  Senior Legislative Representative for the Secular Coalition for AmericaSUPPORT OUR SPONSORS:The Great Courses Plus: (promo code sethandrews)
06/12/161h 59m

Movie Review: The Atheist Delusion

The hosts of God Awful Movies join Seth Andrews for a review of Ray Comfort's new film, "The Atheist Delusion."  They watched the you don't have to.  Enjoy!God Awful Movies: of this podcast:    
29/11/161h 19m

Our 300th Show!

This very special 300th broadcast was recorded in Dallas, Texas on November 19th in front of a live audience at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas-Richardson.  Special guests include:Matt Dillahunty: Haider of Ex-Muslims of North America:  http://www.exmna.orgDavid Smalley of Dogma Debate: http://dogmadebate.comAron Ra: artist Shelley Segal:  http://www.shelleysegal.comVIDEO of this broadcast here:
23/11/161h 59m

The Mystery Letter

In the spring of 2016, Seth Andrews received a strange letter in the mail...a letter which has roots dating back over three decades.  In September of 2016, he told his entertaining story about "The Mystery Letter" to a live audience in Riverside, California.  This is the audio of that presentation.VIDEO of the speech: OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: sethandrews)
08/11/1654m 5s

The Kafir Project

If you enjoy audiobooks, and if you enjoy didactic fiction, you'll like this show.Author Lee Burvine speaks with host Seth Andrews about his sci-fi novel with religious (some would say sacreligious) themes, and Seth plays the first five chapters of the audiobook - read by Seth Andrews in their entirety - on this broadcast.THE KAFIR PROJECT WEBSITE: link for purchase:
01/11/161h 19m

Ghost Stories 2016

It's an annual Halloween tradition, as we gather around the virtual campfire, suspend our disbelief in ghosts and spirits, and enjoy some delightful frights together.  Seth Andrews shares various ghost stories, and once again, he finishes the broadcast with an original production that will (hopefully) provide some October thrills and chills.Enjoy!SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! Suominen's blog: version of "This is my Body:"
18/10/161h 37m

Health, Woo-trition, and The Food Babe

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! do we separate "nutrition" from "woo-trition?"  This show is about the science (and pseudoscience) of food.  We also spend time on nutrition celebrity "The Food Babe," Vani Hari, a best-selling author and activist named by Time Magazine as one of the 30 most influential people on the internet, despite the fact that she has no degree or expertise in the field of health and nutrition.Joining our discussion are actual health and science educators:Yvette d'Entremont (also known as SciBabe), with a B.S. in chemistry and an MSc in forensic science.  Yvette is a public critic of Vani Hari and a science educator.  http://www.scibabe.comMelissa Dobbins MS, CDE, RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist).  www.SoundBitesRD.comLeah McGrath RDN  @LeahMcGrathRDDr. Steven Novella, clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine.  Dr. Novella is a proponent of scientific skepticism and a vocal critic of pseudoscientific health claims and claimants.
11/10/161h 33m


SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! Buddhism a religion?  A philosophy?  Both?  Something else?  Many Buddhist organizations - physical and online - promote it as a way of "finding peace within oneself.  What about atheists who are Buddhists?  Is this a spiritual journey, or a method for framing a physical one?LINKS:David G. McAfee on Buddhism: Batchelor:  http://www.stephenbatchelor.orgNo Religion Required podcast:
04/10/161h 27m

Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism (with Aron Ra)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  ($50 off any mattress purchase with promo code seth andrews)Aron Ra has a new book based on his popular YouTube video series, "Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism."  We talk to Aron about these falsehoods, and the new book.VIDEO of this discussion: link for FFoC book: YouTube video series:
27/09/1651m 43s

The Superstition Summer Camp Solution

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! has come and gone, but for many of us, our memories of summer camp remain fresh in our minds, partially because those camps were more interested in Christ than they were in campfires, swimming holes, nature hikes, team sports, friendships and fun.In this broadcast, we share some stories from our listeners, highlighting their own "Jesus Camp"-esque experiences, and we highlight Camp Quest, a secular summer camp which is providing a welcoming, woo-free alternative to the church-run (and church-funded) religious camps that sell camp...but deliver church.Help us support a secular solution:  Camp Quest.  Our goal is $15,000 raised by October 15, 2016.  Donate at
20/09/161h 29m

The Illusion of God's Presence

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! C. Wathey is a computational biologist whose research interests include evolutionary algorithms, protein folding, and the biology of nervous systems. From 1991 to 1995, he was a senior applications scientist at Biosym Technologies (now named Biovia), a company that develops molecular modeling software for the pharmaceutical industry. In 1996, he founded his own business, Wathey Research, and since that time, most of his scientific research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health. John (who goes by "Jack") has written a new book titled, "The Illusion of God's Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing."  In this broadcast, Seth andrews speaks with the author about humankind's (evolved?) tendency to seek the supernatural in a natural world.John Wathey's website:
13/09/1644m 49s

An Unholy Union: Interfaith Relationships

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR.  Your first month free! happens when people with conflicting views about God, religion and spirituality fall in love and decide to share life together?  This broadcast features the stories of those who are either married or life partners, and who have differing faith traditions and beliefs (or none).  Their successes and failures.  The challenges of being divided on a critical (or not so critical?) issue.  And the meeting of two very different viewpoints within the same - and very small -space.Does love conquer all?  We discuss.  Plus, Dale McGowan, author of "In Faith and in Doubt," joins us to cap the show with some notes about his research on interfaith couples
06/09/161h 20m

Jesus, Batman, and Bart Ehrman

This isn't a podcast, per se.  It's a short bonus clip highlighting a couple of interesting things happening in the freethought movement:  a film in production which links Batman to Jesus, and an October 2016 debate between Jesus historicist Bart Ehrman and Jesus mythicist Robert M. Price.Seth Andrews takes a few minutes to speak with Jozef Richards and Rob Moore about the projects.LINKS:The Ehrman/Price debate: Milwaukee:  http://www.mythicistmilwaukee.comBatman & Jesus website: & Jesus trailer:
01/09/1616m 51s

God, the Burkini, and the Comments Sections

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Public Radio has declared that it is nixing the comments sections on its website.  This decision has resulted in a lot of discussion about the merits of comments sections, the nature of online discourse, and NPR's responsibility to the public.  We discuss.We also speak with Sarah Haider of Ex-Mulims of North America regarding France's (now suspended) Burkini ban, and we finish the show with a reading from Chris Matheson's humor book, "The Story of God."_____NPR article on its comments section decision: Haider's Heat Street article "Repressive Burkini Bans Will Do More Harm Than Good:" Smalley "What's Killing the Atheist Movement:" Matheson's "The Story of God:"
30/08/161h 7m

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money!

An Oklahoma children's home happily accepted a $100 donation (given by Matt Wilbourne, a Muskogee resident), until it realized that the money was given in the name of the Muskogee Atheist Community.  The Murrow Indian Children's Home is managed and funded by the American Baptist Churches Association, and they apparently don't wish to associate with an atheist financial gift.  So they attempted to return the gift.  In a strange turn of events, this story has made national news, brought many atheists and Christians together, and propelled a GoFundMe page into the $10,000+ range.In this short bonus podcast, Seth Andrews speaks with Matt Wilbourne about the gift, the children, the money, and what happens next.DONATIONS VIA GOFUNDME AT:
24/08/1616m 13s

Falsely Flagged: The Bible Reloaded Lawsuit

Jake and Hugo host the weekly podcast, "The Bible Reloaded," an irreverent show (hosted by atheists) which examines the Bible, lampoons Bible-based propaganda produced by companies like Chick Tracts, and reviews various religious films (like "God's Not Dead").Last week, the TBR hosts announced that they were suing a Christian film company owned by the Christiano Brothers ( over the filing of false DMCA claims in regard to TBR's reviews of some of their movies.  If you're unsure what any of this means, don't worry.  Jake and Hugo join Seth Andrews to talk about the lawsuit, the players, and the very real phenomenon where organizations use bogus copyright claims to silence the voices of (and potentially shut down the pages of) their critics.If you wish to support the lawsuit, click:
23/08/1640m 36s

Jesus Loves the Olympics!

This broadcast is about the 2016 Olympic Games, but it's also a series of observations (ok, rants) by Seth Andrews on athletic God-speak, genuflection, glory, and the notion that Jesus cares who wins the gold medal.
16/08/1638m 2s

Atheos: Street Epistemology from your Smartphone

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: sethandrews)Atheos is a new smartphone app, developed from the template outlined in Dr. Peter Boghossian's book, "A Manual for Creating Atheists."  In this interview, Seth Andrews interviews 2 key players in the development of Atheos, Christine Vigeant and Sarah Paquette, and he walks through a quick demo of the app for the viewers.LINKS: http://www.atheos-app.comTwitter: @AtheosFacebook: of this discussion is at
09/08/1631m 51s

David G. McAfee: The Book of Gods

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: sethandrews)David G. McAfee is an atheist activist and author.  His first book, "Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings," brought him national attention, and three other books followed.  David has written for American Atheist Magazine, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and other sites and publications.Seth Andrews spoke with David about his work (much of it geared towards encouraging critical thinking in children).WEBSITE:  http://www.davidgmcafee.comFACEBOOK:  @DavidGMcAfeeVIDEO of this interview:
02/08/1639m 24s

Pokemon, the Devil, and Donald Trump

This show is a random romp through recent pop culture phenomenons (and whatever else pops into the host's mind).  Plus some listener calls.  Enjoy!New Yorker Article: "Donald Trump Ghostwriter Tells All" -
28/07/161h 15m

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Ham's "Ark Encounter" has been hyped - by some - as a tour de force of biblical truth, adventure, and potential tourism dollars.  It officially opened on July 7th.Our four (atheist) panel guests were there for the occasion: David Silverman, Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent and Aron Ra.  They give us the report from the field.  VIDEO of this interview:
19/07/1643m 14s

Spare The Rod: Corporal Punishment in the Name of God (PART 2 OF 2)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: thinkingatheist)Proverbs 13:24 says, "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them."  Is this a healthy approach to child-rearing and the discipline of children?This is the second part of our 2-part broadcast on (often religiously-motivated) corporal discipline for children, where we hear more of our listeners' perspectives, examine more of the data supporting or refuting the effectiveness of spanking, and we speak with Janet Heimlich, author of the book "Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment."  An Open Letter to Roy Lessin: Mehta's article: Ferguson's podcast (show 168):
12/07/1653m 37s

Spare The Rod: Corporal Punishment in the Name of God (PART 1 OF 2)

SUPPORT THIS SHOW on Patreon: 13:24 says, "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them."  Is this a healthy approach to child-rearing and the discipline of children?We explore many religious rules for parenting, and we share the perspectives of listeners who have firsthand experience with strict (and not-so-strict) homes, physical punishments, and the often lasting consequences.This is part one of a 2-part series.  The second half airs next week.
05/07/161h 14m

The God of Cancer

The Bible says in John 14:13-14, "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."  Mark 11:24 assures the faithful, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."Christians (and those of other religions) worldwide pray fervently for the cures to cancer, disease, and all manner of malady and misfortune.  Are those prayers activating the healing hand of God as promised in scripture? This is a difficult and often unpopular conversation, but a necessary one.  And amid the global avalanche of human suffering, we must address and understand what prayer is, why we do it, what results it does (or doesn't) bring, and the nature of the god who receives our desperate pleas.  We must also reevaluate our models for compassion, help and healing...and the agents of rescue and goodness who are so often, tragically, ignored.This presentation by Seth Andrews, given at the "Shift to Reason" conference in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 30, 2016, is far from a complete examination of the subject, but it explores some important, key questions regarding faith, divine protection, suffering, prayer and healing intervention. The video of this speech can be seen HERE:
28/06/1651m 58s

John W. Loftus: The Outsider Test for Faith

John W. Loftus is a former Church of Christ minister. Today, he's an atheist, author and activist. He joins Seth Andrews to talk about his journey.Video of this interview:
21/06/1640m 8s

A Tragedy in Orlando

In this short, unscheduled broadcast, Seth Andrews addresses the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, as well as the responses peppering social media, the connection to radical Islam, the indoctrination of bigotry and hate, and a few reasons to remain vigilant and hold onto hope.Kaveh Mousavi's article "Orlando Shooter: The Sinful Executioner:"
16/06/1625m 16s

God Awful Movies

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Eli Bosnick, Heath Enwright, and Noah Lugeons are hosts of a podcast called "God Awful Movies," which skewers the hideously bad (and unintentionally funny) religious films produced by God's public relations department here on earth.Seth Andrews joins the GAM team to examine - and skewer - three specific religious movies:1)  A Matter of Faith2)  If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?3)  International GuerrillasThere is VIDEO of this podcast (complete with many actual film clips): AWFUL MOVIES LINKS:podcast page:  http://godawfulmovies.libsyn.comFacebook page: Scathing Atheist YouTube channel: 
14/06/161h 9m

Stones of Tribulation: a short story by Ed Suominen

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: thinkingatheist)Ed Suominen is an engineer, inventor, recovering fundamentalist Christian, and author.  His books include, "An Examination of the Pearl," and "Evolving out of Eden," which Ed co-wrote with Dr. Robert M. Price.  Ed also writes "Ed Suominen's Shitty Little Blog," which can be found at, and one year ago, his retelling of the biblical story of Abraham was read by Seth Andrews in a podcast titled, "Abraham's Excellent Adventure."  (LISTEN HERE: a story written and produced specifically for this broadcast (and again performed by Seth Andrews), Ed explores the implications of Yahweh's commands in Deuteronomy 22, prompting the listener to (hopefully) review and re-examine the goodness of the Bible...the supposedly Good Book.Written version with footnotes:
07/06/1653m 53s

The Order of Elijah: No Longer a Christian Band

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code sethandrews) "The Order of Elijah" is a metalcore band from Joplin, Missouri.  Since their debut album "Accession" released in 2012, they have been identified as a Christian band.  Yet lead singer Shannon Low recently declared that he - and the band - no longer held to the Christian faith.  Low is an atheist, and he is being very public about it.Shannon Low joins Seth Andrews for a candid discussion about Christianity, the business of Christian music, his apostasy, the backlash, and the future of a "formerly Christian" band.VIDEO OF THIS INTERVIEW: Order of Elijah pages:FACEBOOK: RECORDS:!the-order-of-elijah/c1ighHemant Mehta's article:
31/05/1640m 44s

God is Messed Up: A Conversation with Tracie Harris

Sponsored by The Phil Ferguson Show: Harris is one of the co-hosts of the Austin-based television show, "The Atheist Experience."  She joins Seth Andrews for a conversation about religion, atheism, God, family, boundaries, and the reasons that someone who dislikes debate would host a debate broadcast.Plus, viewer comments and questions.The Atheist Experience website:  http://www.atheist-experience.comWATCH the video of this conversation on YouTube:
24/05/161h 12m

The Liberal Redneck

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: this conversation on YouTube: Crowder is a Tennessee comedian (and definitely not a southern conservative).  His recent video on transgender bathrooms went viral, and his redneck rants on social issues have made international news.Trae joined Seth Andrews for a brief yet entertaining conversation about his recent internet fame, the south, God, and the trials and joys of being a "Liberal Redneck.ON TWITTER:  @traecrowderON YOUTUBE: WEBSITE:
21/05/1636m 11s

Monster On Sunday

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: 2012, Steve and Tally Cass founded the atheist band, "Monster on Sunday."  MoS's 2015 debut album (titled "Baby Eater") is an in-your-face wall of anti-religion rock, and a labor of love by this husband/wife team based in San Diego.  In this departure from our usual "talk radio" format, Seth introduces the players and highlights some of the music.  No doubt, this particular flavor of loud, firebrand activism won't be for everyone, but if you're interested in grass-roots, guitars and godlessness, Monster on Sunday just might be your ticket.VIDEO of this conversation on YouTube: on Sunday's website:
17/05/1649m 15s

John de Lancie: a Rally for Reason

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: actor John de Lancie is a featured speaker at the 2016 Reason Rally.  He joins Seth Andrews to discuss his own views on reason, religion, the 2016 rally in Washington DC, and of course, his decades as film and television icon.John de Lancie's website:
10/05/1638m 31s

Alix Jules: Religion & Race in the Year of Donald Trump

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.comAlix Jules is a secular activist, writer, and President of Black Nonbelievers of Dallas, Texas.  He chairs the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason's Diversity Council, is a founding member of the Fellowship of Freethought, and is an advisor to the Council for Secular Humanism's Africal Americans for Humanism Initiative.His atheism and activism have gained national attention.In this one-hour conversation with Seth Andrews (recorded in Dallas on April 9th, 2016), Alix speaks candidly about religion, race, politics, equality, and the rise of black secularism throughout the United States.VIDEO of this conversation is here: Jules' blog on Patheos:
03/05/161h 2m

Religion: The Mind Virus

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: sethandrews)Is religion a virus of the mind?  Three mental health experts join us.Dr. Andy Thomson is a psychiatrist, a trustee for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, on staff with the University of Virginia, and author of "Why We Believe in God(s): a Concise Guide to the Science of Faith."Dr. Valerie Tarico is a psychologist, columnnist for AlterNet, and author of "Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light."Dr. Darrel Ray is a psychologist, co-founder of Recovering From Religion, author of "Sex & God" and "The God Virus," and host of the Secular Secuality podcast.
26/04/161h 4m

The Dogma Debate Tandem Show: Seth Andrews & David Smalley

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code thinkingatheist)Seth Andrews joins Dogma Debate host David Smalley in the DD studio for two hours of candid discussion about their shows, the guests, the fans and critics, and some of the opportunities, challenges and quirks of producing "heathen" radio.Obviously, they had no trouble finding things to talk about.  Enjoy!DOGMA DEBATE:
19/04/161h 59m

Skeptical Money (with Phil Ferguson)

Phil Ferguson is a financial advisor and host of "The Phil Ferguson Show."  In this bonus podcast, Phil speaks with Seth Andrews about the application of critical thinking to areas of our lives beyond religion, including the decisions we make with our money.With (occasionally thick) financial jargon relating to things like stocks, mutual funds, college savings, retirement planning, etc, this show won't be for everyone.  But it may provide some useful information to those interested in investment-related material.Phil's website:
15/04/1647m 19s

Homeschool Cults (Part 2 of 2)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: U.S. Department of Education says that over 1.7 million children in the United States are homeschooled.  But what happens when homeschooling stops being about education, and instead becomes insulation?  Isolation?  Inodctrination?This broadcast isn't a referendum on the concept of homeschooling.  It's an exploration into some of the more extreme religious homeschool environments, and into the lives and personal stories of those who experienced them.This is part 2 of a two-part broadcast. Homeschoolers Anonymous:  https://homeschoolersanonymous.orgVyckie Garrison "No Longer Quivering:"
12/04/161h 4m

Homeschool Cults (Part 1 of 2)

The U.S. Department of Education says that over 1.7 million children in the United States are homeschooled.  But what happens when homeschooling stops being about education, and instead becomes insulation?  Isolation?  Inodctrination?This broadcast isn't a referendum on the concept of homeschooling.  It's an exploration into some of the more extreme religious homeschool environments, and into the lives and personal stories of those who experienced them.This is part 1 of a two-part broadcast. 
05/04/161h 9m

God's Not Dead: The Christian Persecution Complex

"God's Not Dead" is a film produced by PureFlix which released in 2014.  With a budget of only $2 million, GnD grossed over $60 million.  It's not hard to see why a sequel film has just been introduced to theaters.The premises of both films are essentially the same.  Christianity is under attack in the United States, and brave God Warriors must stand up against the evil atheists to defend their faith and their savior.  Are these movies rooted in any shade of reality?  And how do they speak to another, larger phenemenon within many religious cultures: the manufacturing of martyrdom?Seth Andrews shares a recent article by (former Christian) Neil Carter, as we examine the Christian Persecution Complex.YOUTUBE VIDEO "Gods Not Dead (Again!): Carter's article, "Persecute Me, Please: God's Not Dead 2 and the Evangelical Lust for Victimhood:"
02/04/1626m 39s

Skeptical Youth

A November 2015 Pew Research Center survey revealed that the United States is becoming less religious overall, and "especially the youngest Millennials, who have entered adulthood since the first Landscape Study was conducted {a few months earlier} - are far less religious than their elders."Admittedly, these "nones" aren't necessarily atheists, and many may consider themselves "spiritual" on some level.  But what's driving this exodus from the formal structures of religion, and what do these young people think and say about the often hugely religious climate they see all around them.This show focuses on youth, how they view the world, and how their exit from the church is impacting the United States and the world.Secular Student Alliance:
29/03/1656m 54s

Billboards, Brainwashing, Justice and Jared Fogle

Watch the video of this podcast HERE: submit their own comments and questions for this show.  We highlight the proposed "Genocide & Incest" counter-billboard to The Ark Encounter's grand opening.  And we spend more than half of the show discussing the recent prison beating of convicted sex offender Jared Fogle and the proper response(s) to the violence carried out against him.  An interview with Sarah Morehead caps the broadcast.Funraising page for Tri-State Thinkers "Genocide & Incest" billboard campaign: Morehead's blog:
22/03/161h 12m

Evil Western Medicine

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code thinkingatheist)It's a topic we've addressed in various forms, but this is an entire show dedicated to medicine.  Science-based medicine.  Alternative medicine.  The names and claims of many so-called "natural" cures.  And the charge that medical science should be distrusted in favor of unlicensed "healers" who operate outside the checks and balances of regulatory agencies, and who - in so many cases - are making a pretty penny.Joining us for the show are Dr. Harriet Hall (the "SkepDoc") of Science Based Medicine:, and Dr. Stephen Barrett of Hall's 10-course lecture series:  "Inside Chiropractic:"
15/03/161h 2m

You Pick the Topic - March 2016

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: theme or topic.  Just a full show of listener comments and questions.  Enjoy.
08/03/161h 12m

Matt Dillahunty: We're Just Talking

Sponsored by The Phil Ferguson Show: Dillahunty is one of the hosts of The Atheist Experience television show, he is a frequent speaker and debater, and he hosts the Atheist Debates YouTube channel.Matt and Seth Andrews are friends who often enjoy long conversations on the freethought convention circuit.  This time, they decided to record the conversation for the podcast audience, touching on topics ranging from religion to atheism to Star Wars.THE ATHEIST EXPERIENCE: DEBATES:
01/03/161h 25m

Astronomy Saves the World!

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.comScience has proven the Big Bang.  So why is it so difficult for the everyperson to communicate the how/why of that event?  Perhaps, it's because the universe is a mind-bogglingly huge thing for us to grasp.  Overwhelmed, we sometimes check out of necessary conversations about cosmology, our origins, and the observable, natural world.Dr. Dan Batcheldor has a Ph.D in astrophysics and is Head of Physics and Space Science at the Florida Institute of Technology.  He's a user of NASA's Hubble telescope, and he studies heavy subjects like supermassive black holes.  He is also eager to provide resources to the rest of us that can be understood and explained, making us better educated, and making us more effective in our discussions with creationists and pseudoscientists who claim that our universe bears the mark of a Divine Hand.There's a video of this exchange on YouTube: Dan's book via his website:
24/02/1656m 38s

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (with Dan Barker)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Barker's new book (titled after the famous Richard Dawkins quote) doesn't exactly cast a flattering eye at the biblical god.  Truth be told, the Bible itself doesn't flatter God, either.  Not-so-hidden inside the pages of scripture is the profile of a deity so ugly, brutish, bloodthirsty and petty, he would be condemned by the faithful as a monster in another context.Join us, as we speak with Dan Barker about his own personal story, and we examine The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction.VIDEO VERSION:'s book on Barnes & Noble: Amazon:
17/02/161h 3m

Noah's Lark: The Ark Encounter

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: The Phil Ferguson Show Ham (of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum) prepares to unleash his "Ark Encounter" upon the public.  The road toward completion has been a rocky one, with controversies about tax incentives and discriminatory hiring practices often leading the heated discussions for and against its existence.In this broadcast, we speak with several people who have followed the story closely: Mikel and Ed Hensley of the Kentucky Secular Society, and author Dan Arel.Video version of the podcast interview: Moody's article "What Ken Ham Isn't Telling You About Ark Encounter Funding:"'s Ark: God, Giraffes & Genocide: The Impossible Voyage of Noah's Ark:
10/02/1642m 46s

Medical Neglect in the Name of God - PART 2 OF 2 (with Dr. Paul Offit)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Paul Offit is Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perleman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has received awards for his work from the University of Maryland, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and more, and he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2011.  An author of over 150 scientific papers, Dr. Offit is the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, "Rotateq," and he released the book, "Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine," which was selected as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times in 2015.In this 2nd half of our "Medical Neglect" show, Dr. Offit speaks with Seth Andrews about faith, medicine, belief, and faith-based ideas which often harm those who embrace them.
03/02/1648m 33s

Medical Neglect in the Name of God - PART 1 OF 2 (with Rita Swan)

There are two words that, too often, mean the difference between life and death:  Religious.  Exemption.  Individuals and families who reject necessary medical care in favor of prayer and adherence to strict church restrictions often pay with their lives, or the lives of their children.  Rita Swan is the director of CHILD, INC, and she has firsthand experience with this.  Rita has since dedicated her life to child advocacy and the fight to protect children from (often well-meaning) parents who keep them far from hospital care, and far from the health solutions they desperately need.It's a difficult subject, but a necessary discussion about faith, parental responsibility, and the need for real-world solutions to real-world problems.This is part one of a two-part show on this subject.  Part two features Dr. Paul Offit, author of the book, "Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine," which airs February 2, 2016.CHILD, INC LINKS:http://www.childrenshealthcare.org
27/01/1650m 32s

Why Smart People Believe Stupid Things (with Dr. Michael Shermer)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.naturebox.comDr. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine and author of several books, including "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice and Freedom," and "Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition and Other Confusions of our Time."  In this conversation with Seth Andrews, Dr. Shermer addresses some of the recent (and alarming) statements made by educated and (it would seem) very intelligent public figures, and we explore the relationship between the intelligent and the irrational brain.Video of the interview with Michael Shermer:
19/01/161h 20m

My Date With Google

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: podcast is a digression from our usual subject matter...a romp through the interesting explanations of random sayings, occurrences, facts and traditions.  What makes a cat purr?  Why do weddings have a "best man?"  Why do tennis scores use "love" instead of "zero?"  Why do people choose chopsticks over the fork?  Why is it "soccer" in America and "football" in Europe?  Can a human live for any length of time exposed in space?  Etc.We won't change the world with this show, but as seekers of knowledge (even trivial knowledge), we'll learn some interesting stuff, and we'll have some fun together.  EnjoyOATMEAL article "Who VS Whom:"
06/01/161h 20m

2015: The Year in Review

Another year closes its doors, and we look forward to 2016.  In advance of the New Year holiday, we take a look back at many of the people and events that defined the past twelve months.
28/12/151h 4m

David Silverman: Fighting God

David Silverman is a self-proclaimed "atheist billboard" and "firebrand atheist."  As President of American Atheists, he has been at the point position on many controversial issues (and the occasional lawsuit), and he has just released a new book called, "Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World."David spoke with Seth Andrews about the book, the lightning rod of David's particular brand of activism, and the rise of non-belief in America.  This conversation can also be seen on YouTube:
18/12/1541m 15s

The Krampus (and other unusual Christmas traditions)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: thinkingatheist)This will be the last radio podcast until the Christmas holiday.  It's a romp around the globe, as we explore some Christmas traditions beyond Santa, Frosty the Snowman, holiday ham, and the baby Jesus. Get ready for Christmas witches, fried chicken feasts, Festivus ("for the rest of us"), the Spanish pooper, and of course, the Krampus.Seth writes about the Krampus (and many other things) in his book, "Sacred Cows: a Lighthearted Look at Belief and Tradition Around the World."
10/12/1554m 7s

Steve Shives: Activism, Apologists, and the F-Word

This is a 30-minute conversation between Seth Andrews and YouTube activist Steve Shives, recorded recently at the Pennsylvania Atheist/Humanist Conference in Harrisburg, PA.  Video of this conversation can be seen here:
09/12/1534m 51s

The War On Christmas

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:"War On Christmas" has been used so much in the media, it has become a parody of itself.  And yet many still hold to the belief that the baby Jesus is under attack by atheists and secular humanists, and the protests sound at full volume every December.In this broadcast, we talk about some of the noise out there, and we speak to Andrew Seidel of the Freedom From Religion Foundation about the holiday, church/state separation, lawsuits over nativity scenes, atheist holiday celebrations and more.Andrew Siedel onFacebook:  @AndrewLSeidelCHRISTMAS: BEHIND THE CURTAIN:YouTube:
02/12/151h 21m

Open Mic Night

From time to time, we do an unscripted broadcast where the listeners provide the theme and content.  This is one of those shows.  Lots of random stuff in here.  Enjoy.
23/11/151h 5m

The Insanity of Humanity

This podcast features the audio from Seth Andrews' presentation at FreeFlo 2015, the Freethought Florida Conference in Orlando.  The speech is an often lighthearted (but occasionally alarming) exploration of "sacred" ideas and practices in the 21st century, and it explores the merits of retiring damaging rituals in favor of better ones.SPEECH VIDEO: WITH NATHAN PHELPS "Something Beautiful":
17/11/1547m 9s


Religious parents and institutions know the importance of a child's developmental years, and how difficult it is to tell/sell supernatural claims once the child reaches his or her teen years.  In this podcast, Seth Andrews explores the "programming" of young minds, and explores the difference between education and indoctrination.  Capping the show is the personal story of a young woman named Kaitlyn, whose apostasy prompted her devout Mormon parents to kick her out of her home.The Tiny Thinkers project:
11/11/151h 5m

Secular Stand-Ups

Steve Hill, Maryellen Hooper and Keith Lowell Jensen are professional comedians.  They are also atheists.In this roundtable discussion, Seth Andrews asks them about life on the road (and the stage), how their non-belief in the supernatural influences their material, facing the hecklers, and their desires to make people laugh while, perhaps, also making them think.Steve Hill:   http://www.stevehillcomic.comMaryellen Hooper:  http://www.maryellenhooper.comKeith Lowell Jensen:  http://www.rockass.netVideo link to "Evolution: What the Fossils Say" from Seth's monologue:
06/11/151h 19m

Can I Talk You Out of Your Faith

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: thinkingatheist)Is it possible to "talk someone out of their faith?"  Is it even appropriate or worthwhile to make an attempt?  If so, how might atheists best approach those with deep-seated (and often lifelong) religious convictions to foster real discourse and encourage critical thinking?Dr. Peter Boghossian is author of the book, "A Manual for Creating Atheists."  Anthony Magnabosco is a YouTube activist and advocate of "street epistemology."  Both men join Seth Andrews for this interesting discussion.Miguel Video Video Video
27/10/151h 24m

Ghost Stories 2015

Halloween is almost upon us, which means it's time again to turn down the lights, crank up the podcast, and share some ghost stories.Yes, skeptics can enjoy ghost stories, and this annual tradition has become hugely popular with the TTA audience.  So prepare to enter a world of ghosts, ghouls, footsteps in the dark, whispers from under the bed, and things that go bump in the night.Happy Halloween!
20/10/151h 36m

The Science of Fear

Why do we become afraid?  Is it rational or irrational to fear the dark, spiders, the boogeyman, the things that go bump in the night?It's October, the month of frights. So, a week in advance of our Ghost Stories episode, we expore the concept of fear, and we talk about the things that keep us awake in the still of the night (or in the light of the day).  Special thanks to our special guest: Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez of Stanford University. 
13/10/151h 20m

Christianity: Mystery Faith

Christianity.  Where did it come from?  Who wrote the books of the Bible?  Is there any evidence for a god or man named Jesus?  Why has Christianity remained so popular over the ages?  This podcast features two interviews, conducted by Seth Andrews, with historians and researchers who speak about the origins the New Testament Gospels, the ever-changing face of Christianity, history versus myth, and the Jesus storyIn separate interviews, David Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert Carrier each tackle the Bible and its deity.  VIDEO VERSIONS ON YouTube:DR. CARRIER:  FITZGERALD: 
06/10/151h 5m

Reaching Out to Ex-Muslims

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Syed is the executive director and Sarah Haider is director of development of Ex-Muslims of North America.  Both are former Muslims.  Armin Navabi is a former Muslim from Iran and the founder of Atheist Republic.In this broadcast, the panel speaks with Seth Andrews about Islam, radical Islamism, cultural Muslims, "The Religion of Peace," the widely conflicting perspectives on Islam, and the difficult and often dangerous road faced by the apostate.Ex-Muslims of North America:  http://www.exmna.orgAtheist Republic:
29/09/151h 10m

The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Matheson was co-screenwriter on the 1989 comedy film, "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure."  Chris' most recent adventure is an exploration of the Christian holy book, rewriting the "sacred" texts and releasing his synopsis of scripture as the new book, "The Story of God: a Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate).In this broadcast, Seth speaks with Chris about his sarcastic (yet accurate) take on the Bible, and he finishes the show by reading an excerpt from the book.  Enjoy.CHRIS' BOOK ON AMAZON:
15/09/1545m 30s

A Letter to the Editor

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: listener on the TTA Facebook page recently asked Seth Andrews to respond to a "Letter to the Editor" posted in Seth's hometown paper, the Tulsa World.  Usually, as skeptics, we let these kinds of posts slide, because they often don't accomplish much and/or they generate more trouble that they're worth.But in this case, Seth responded, and this show chronicles the exchange, the fallout, and the curious tactics of the indignant commenters who couldn't prove the god they were's a rant.  (Gonna be one of those shows.)  Enjoy.Sam Harris: An Atheist Manifesto:
10/09/151h 32m

Gretta Vosper: Atheist Minister Under Fire

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Vosper has been an atheist for many years, and she preaches/teaches from the perspective of a Bible skeptic, a rationalist, a humanist, and a non-believer in a literal god.  Now, the United Church of Canada is considering her removal from church leadership because of her atheism.  In this broadcast, we talk with Gretta personally and ask: Why does an atheist minister belong in a church?
08/09/1551m 19s

A Conversation with Penn Jillette

Support our sponsor: Jillette is half of the hugely popular duo, "Penn & Teller."  Over the decades, he's done appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Letterman, The Simpsons, The West Wing, Babylon 5, Fear Factor and a host of other shows.  Penn & Teller's Showtime series "Bullshit" ran for 8 seasons, and they're the feature show at Las Vegas' Rio casino.  Penn, like his on-stage partner, is a fearless critic of the Bible and claims of the supernatural.In advance of his appearance at Apostacon in Dallas on September 18, 2015, Penn Jillette joined Seth Andrews for a casual conversation about God, atheism, magic and much more.Penn & Teller website:  http://pennandteller.netPenn's Sunday School:  http://pennsundayschool.comApostacon:  http://www.apostacon.orghttp://www.apostacon.orgVIDEO of this interview:
01/09/1545m 12s

The Butterfly Effect

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (coupon code: thinkingatheist)Relating to Chaos Theory, the term "butterfly effect" relates to the tiniest of influences leading to large differences in deterministic nonlinear systems.  One incarnation of the saying suggests that one flap of a single butterfly's wings in Beijing might change the weather in New York.  (Perhaps you remember Jurassic Park's Ian Malcolm waxing about Chaos Theory in advance of the park's inevitable meltdown.)We're not spending much time on the hard science of Chaos Theory.  This show is more interested in the stories - the human stories - about the small intersections of life, the tiny changes, the unexpected encounters which changed the trajectory of people's lives.What was a moment or encounter which seemed inconsequential at the moment, but ultimately came to re-frame and re-define you?  Share your stories and perspective at
25/08/151h 21m

The Transgender Question

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: is "transgender?"  How is sexual identity determined?  What are the challenges and opportunites facing those who don't fit into established cultural definitions of gender?  What is this all about?In this broadcast, we get an education and have some frank and positive discussion on the issue.  Joining us is Stephanie Guttormson of the Richard Dawkins Foundation and Thinking Stephtically, YouTube activist Zinnia Jones, Callie Wright of the Gaytheist Manifesto podcast, and activist Danielle Muscato...all transgender individuals.GoFundMe page for the 19-year-old ex-cult member:
18/08/151h 41m

Fine. You Host The Show!

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:'s on your mind?  Well...this is your chance to sound off.  Call the broadcast to speak with Seth Andrews, or send an email to
11/08/151h 31m

The Loose Screws: Apologetics Gone Wild

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: show is dedicated to the more unusual, bizarre, weird, wild, and often jaw-droppingly offensive apologetics defenses of religious beliefs.  What's most surprising is that many making these claims aren't actually deviating very far from the edicts of their various religions and holy texts.  Steve Shives' YouTube page: and Stuffy Burn In Hell: of Evolution article: "Theory of Evolution Disproven by Video Posted on Facebook"
04/08/151h 28m

The Myth of Sex Addiction (with Dr. Darrel Ray)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:  http://www.evolvefish.comSHOP THE TTA STORE:  Sex addiction is a myth?  This podcast features two major parts:1)  The June 20th, 2015 presentation by Dr. Darrel Ray at FreeOK on this very subject.  VIDEO HERE:  A follow-up radio conversation between Seth Andrews with Dr. Ray to explore some of these issues in more detail.Darrel is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Recovering From Religion. Dr. Ray has been a psychologist for over thirty years and is the author of four books: two on organizational teamwork as well as “The God Virus-How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture” and “Sex and God-How Religion Distorts Sexuality”.  He has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a Masters Degree in religion as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a Doctorate in psychology. He is also the director of the Recovering From Religion program called The Secular Therapy Project; a groundbreaking effort to anonymously match interested clients with therapists who adhere to evidence based, secular therapeutic practices in their mental health treatment approach.In short...we're talking about sex.  Get ready for an interesting (and frank) discussion.
28/07/151h 32m

Selective Science

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: special guests join us for tonight's broadcast.  Joshua Roseneau is an evolutionary biologist and serves as Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).  Dr. Barbara Forrest is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University and author of "Creationism's Trojan Horse: the Wedge of Intelligent Design."  And Dr. Donald Prothero is a paleontologist, geologist, educator and author of over 30 books, including "Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future" and "Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters."Our panel discusses how Creationism's champions either distort or misuse "science" in an attempt to co-opt the public into believing Intelligent Design.
21/07/151h 21m

The Mother of Bad Ideas

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: his June 20, 2015 speech at the Oklahoma Freethought Convention, Seth Andrews explored how easily we, as human beings, become infatuated with ideas over facts, often leading to incorrect and even damaging assumptions that keep us in the dark.What happens when we'd rather believe than know?  This presentation explores the question in a compelling and entertaining way.SPEECH VIDEO:
14/07/1553m 21s

Shelley Segal: Strange Feeling

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Magazine calls Shelley's voice an "enchanting, knowing croon...with brilliant pop melodies."  Raised in a traditional Jewish culture, Shelley Segal ultimately found herself an atheist with a new zest for life and a message of encouragement for others to do the same.  Her music can often be heard at freethought conventions, and her new album, "Strange Feeling" just released.Shelley Segal joins Seth Andrews for some conversation.  And...she's bringing her guitar.  Shelley Segal's website:  http://www.shelleysegal.comPatreon supporters can watch the video version of this broadcast.  Thanks for your support.
07/07/151h 27m

Abraham's Excellent Adventure

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: thinkingatheist)Today's show is, simply, a reading of the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac.  However, author Ed Suominen has fleshed out the story in alarming detail...and he has added a bizarre twist to the tale.How do most people feel about Abraham's deed (or "almost deed")?  His faith?  His character?  And after they hear this version of the Old Testament account, will they feel any differently?No calls.  No headlines.  Nothing but the text, the storyteller, and a fresh journey into one of the Bible's most popular books.Ed Suominen's blog:
23/06/1549m 19s

I'm a Preacher's Kid

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:'re often known as PKs.  Preacher's kids.  Children of clergy who often grow up either embracing or condemning the often strict church cultures imposed upon them.  They've seen the "ministry" from behind closed doors, and their stories are enlightening.In this broadcast, we explore the life of a Preacher's Kid.
16/06/151h 8m

Jediism and the Religions of Film

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: is a fun one.  Seth Andrews explores some religions borne or (or influenced by) iconic films.  In this episode, he interviews a representative of The Temple of the Jedi Order (Star Wars), and a Dudeist Priest from The Church of the Latter Day Dude (The Big Lebowski).These are likely not the churches you'd see on a neighborhood street corner, but they're out there, and we're going to take this opportunity to find out more.  
09/06/151h 27m


SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: last week's episode, Seth Andrews mentioned that his laptop was stolen from a parked car.  This scenario sparked an intense debate about criminals, victims, responsibility, society, poverty and privilege.  The opportunity was too good to pass up, so we're continuing the discussion on this broadcast.Featuring Dr. Jerry Coyne, and Dr. Bo Bennett, plus your calls and emails.  
02/06/151h 0m


Sponsored by the Freethought Florida Convention.  Tickets and details at  It's the universal constant.  Seth Andrews spends a candid evening speaking about the unexpected, difficult, scary and often exhilarating idea of change, and some interesting changes in his own life.Also support TTA content at: (CONTRIBUTE tab)
26/05/1550m 53s

The Show That Wasn't There

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR:'s original show topic fell through this week.  So, this podcast ISN'T the show he'd planned, but it will be an enjoyable potpourri of emails, calls, topics and ideas.  Sometimes, the unplanned parties are the best ones.  Come join us.  David Thorne "The Permission Slip":
19/05/151h 7m

Openly Secular with Todd Stiefel and John Davidson

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: special guests share their perspective on tonight's show:Todd Stiefel is a graduate of Duke University and spent 12 years as a key player at Stiefel Laboratories.  Now a full-time activist, Todd is one of the driving forces behind the Openly Secular site and campaign.  He also involves himself with secular humanist causes and charity work.John Davidson has spent much of the last half-century as a popular television personality, hosting television shows like "That's Incredible," "Hollywood Squares," "The Tonight Show" and more.  Recently, John lent his voice and face to the Openly Secular cause, and he has been kind enough to speak with Seth about his (non) religious views on the broadcast.Openly Secular website:  http://www.openlysecular.orgJohn Davidson's video:
12/05/1554m 12s

The Weirdest Websites in the World

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: one's just for fun.  Our listeners submit links to the weirdest, wildest and wackiest websites they've encountered.  They can be religious sites, non-religious sites, whatever.Your humble host will browse the content and read from these online gems for your listening pleasure.Submit your weird website to:
05/05/151h 15m

My Family Thinks I'm Going To Hell

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: (promo code: thinkingatheist)Are you an atheist (or perhaps an adherent to a religion apart from that of your parents, siblings, children or distant relatives), and your loved ones are terrified that you're sliding the slipper slope toward damnation?This podcast is about the fears of the faithful, the damage done by religious concepts of Hell and torment, and the liberation that comes in living without fear.Neil Carter's blog, "You're (Not) Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone?"
28/04/151h 24m

Unholy Trinity Down Under - Q & A (Sydney, Australia)

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").  This is the hour-long Q&A session from Sydney.The speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.comSpecial thanks to the AFA:
21/04/151h 21m

Unholy Trinity Down Under - Seth Andrews "The Good Old Days"

In March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").  TThe speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website: http://www.unholytrinitydownunder.comSpecial thanks to the AFA:
20/04/1532m 23s
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