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This is radio for the rest of us! It features slightly irreverent views, news, music and interviews!

This is radio for the rest of us! It features slightly irreverent views, news, music and interviews!
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Location:

Sun Prairie, WI

Description:

This is radio for the rest of us! It features slightly irreverent views, news, music and interviews!

Twitter:

@ffrf

Language:

English

Contact:

Freedom From Religion Foundation PO Box 750 Madison WI 53701 608-256-8900


Episodes

We Are Stardust

1/18/2018
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FFRF Senior Attorney Patrick Elliott tells us about the federal lawsuit we filed today demanding that HUD Secretary Ben Carson waive fees in our FOIA request for information related to White House Bible Studies. We discuss evangelical hypocrisy, Trump's racism, FFRF’s "In Science We Trust" billboard in Atlanta and Ron Reagan's FFRF ad running on MSNBC. Then we talk with 11-yr-old Bailey Harris and her father Doug Harris about their beautiful new book, I Am Stardust, introducing science to...

Duration: 00:49:22


The Right Note

1/11/2018
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Dan Barker announces the publication of his new book, Free Will Explained. After hearing about FFRF in the news and complaining about a Tennessee pastor who sexually molested a high-school girl and then apologized to his church to a standing ovation, we learn the connection between the anniversary of Otis Redding's "Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay" and Dan Barker's piano playing. Then, after hearing world-renowned classical pianist Jarred Dunn play Chopin, we speak with him (on the phone from...

Duration: 00:49:23


Freethought Matters

1/4/2018
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The first-ever Atheist Flag, erected by FFRF member Richard Gagnon, appeared this week in Somersworth, New Hampshire. We announce the debut broadcast of FFRF's new TV Show, "Freethought Matters," beginning Sunday on CBS in Madison, Wisconsin. FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne tells us about stopping a $5,000 city grant to a church in Sitka, Alaska. Then we speak with former Southern Baptist minister John Compere, who is now an atheist working with The Clergy Project, helping other preachers and...

Duration: 00:49:23


Happy 2018!

12/28/2017
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When U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) courageously resisted Trump’s “smear against women” Tweet that she learned about during a Congressional bible study, Annie Laurie told Gillibrand: “The bible is even worse than Trump!” After hearing Iranian-born feminist and atheist activist Maryam Namazie’s acceptance speech for the Hank Zumach “Freedom From Fundamentalist Religion” award, we listen to jazz singer Susan Hofer perform the (freethinker) Frank Loesser song “What Are You Doing New...

Duration: 00:49:23


Happy Winter Solstice

12/21/2017
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FFRF's Winter Solstice signs have been erected around the country, one of which was vandalized in Olympia, Washington. Our full-page New York Times ad ran today, during a time when more Americans consider "Christmas" to be a purely secular holiday. After FFRF Legal Fellow Colin McManara tells us about religious instruction in Wisconsin prisons, we listen to a number of irreverent and moving songs about the Winter Solstice, including Tom Lehrer's “Christmas Carol,” "Blah Blah Bethlehem,"...

Duration: 00:49:23


No Moore Theocracy

12/14/2017
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Many victories to report on the eve of Bill of Rights Day: IRS Clergy Housing Allowance enjoined, Texas Judge rebuffed, Trump’s theocratic judicial nominee rejected, nativity scene moved from Pennsylvania city property, Christian mentoring program stopped in South Carolina schools. After celebrating the defeat of the religious ideologue Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, we talk with Diana Sabillon, a feminist atheist in Honduras who is fighting state/church entanglement in a country...

Duration: 00:49:23


The Perils of Freethought

12/7/2017
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FFRF’s secular Winter Solstice displays are going up around the country. FFRF attorney Chris Line tells us about the 350+ letters we mailed to high-school superintendents warning them of the proselytizing Todd Becker Foundation that preys on students. After celebrating the birthdays of actress Hermione Gingold and British comedian Kate Smurthwaite, we talk with Lubna Ahmed, who had to flee Iraq and seek asylum in the United States after receiving death threats due to her outspoken atheism...

Duration: 00:49:23


Secular Values

11/30/2017
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Fifteen groups join an Americans United amicus brief supporting FFRF’s federal court victory against a large public cross in Pensacola, Florida. Dan Barker asks for help in his appeal of a DC judge’s dismissal of his lawsuit challenging the Congressional chaplain’s refusal to allow a secular invocation before the House of Representatives. After learning the history behind the song “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, we talk with Larry Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition For America,...

Duration: 00:49:23


Give Thanks Where Thanks is Due

11/22/2017
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What are the real origins of Thanksgiving? Stand-up comedian Leighann Lord shares with us her hilarious “Six Things to Argue About at Thanksgiving Other Than Politics.” Then Eva Quiñones, president of Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico, on the phone from Puerto Rico, tells us what it has been like since Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, how atheists and humanists are delivering food, water, and emergency supplies to victims, and what freethinkers are doing there to keep state...

Duration: 00:49:22


Indigenous Freethought

11/16/2017
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Dan talks about his trip to Central America, where he spoke for the Honduran Freethinkers and Guatemala Humanists, a tour that included four national television and one national radio interview. After discussing Senate candidate Roy Moore’s theocratic hypocrisy, we announce recent FFRF victories in the public schools in Texas and West Virginia. Then we hear renowned composer Brent Michael Davids, a member of the Mohican tribe, talk about “Do you know an American Indian atheist?”

Duration: 00:49:23


Thoughts & Prayers' — Not!

11/9/2017
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Freethought Radio takes a trenchant look at recent insensitive religious absurdities by Rev. Pat Robertson, Bishop Robert Morlino, President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. We play Roy Zimmerman’s satiric “To the Victims of This Tragedy” as commentary on “thoughts and prayers” substituting for action. FFRF Patrick O’Reiley Legal Fellow Chris Line joins us to talk about the hysterical hullabaloo over his recent victory ending football prayer at a Georgia high school. Investigative...

Duration: 00:49:23


Make America Laugh Again

11/2/2017
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After announcing upcoming freethought events in DC, New York City, and Central America, Dan and Annie Laurie talk with staff attorney Liz Cavell about the FFRF amicus brief she drafted for the Supreme Court Masterpiece Bakery case that questions whether business owners, because of their religious beliefs, can refuse to serve gays. Then we hear part of the hilarious speech that actress, comedian, and author Julia Sweeney delivered before FFRF’s annual convention where she told us about the...

Duration: 00:49:23


Scary Christian Nationalism

10/26/2017
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This Halloween weekend, Bill O’Reilly is “mad at God!,” and a Texas high-school is mad at FFRF. The “Nones” are growing even faster, according to Scientific American. We announce FFRF’s new “Unabashed” and “Out of the Closet” virtual billboards. After hearing the first-ever “Atheist Town Hall,” moderated by Cara Santa Maria, we listen to New York Times op-ed columnist Michelle Goldberg describe the scary rise of “Christian nationalism” during the Trump era.

Duration: 00:49:23


A Matter of Choice

10/19/2017
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Another victory! FFRF prevailed in its federal lawsuit against Texas governor Greg Abbott, who violated our free-speech rights when he ordered our Bill of Rights display removed from the state capitol. We dissect President Trump's remarks at the Values Voters Summit, and then challenge the nomination of theocrat Jeff Mateer to the Texas federal court. After hearing Dan's song "Freedom From Religion," we talk with Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for Choice, about the...

Duration: 00:49:23


Battling the Religious Right

10/12/2017
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Housing Allowance Victory! Dan and Annie Laurie discuss the recent FFRF federal lawsuit, in which they were plaintiffs, declaring the IRS clergy housing allowance exclusion unconstitutional. Then they talk about the bad decision in Barker vs. Conroy that bars nonbelievers from opening Congress with a secular invocation. Winners of FFRF’s grad-student essay contest are announced. Then we hear an excerpt of Katha Pollitt’s speech about Trump and the religious right, delivered at FFRFs annual...

Duration: 00:49:23


We Won’t Back Down

10/5/2017
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We mourn the death of freethinking singer/songwriter Tom Petty (“music is my religion”) by playing “I Won’t Back Down,” appropriate for a week of state/church victories. Staff attorney Patrick Elliott tells us about last week’s federal decision declaring a Christian cross on the Lehigh County (PA) seal unconstitutional. Attorneys Sam Grover and Andrew Seidel compare the First Amendment with the Second Amendment as they are both being inappropriately “expanded” into absolute rights. Then we...

Duration: 00:49:23


Survival

9/28/2017
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We memorialize the life and achievements of the late Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP, survivor of priest abuse and advocate for other survivors. FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal will talk about “Emancipation Day” for Saudi women. Special guest Marianne Arini will explain how she overcame a Christian fundamentalist education based on Bob Jones University workbooks. Today a nonbeliever, she teaches critical thinking skills. We give a musical nod to Sting, born in early October, a...

Duration: 00:49:23


Enlightenment Now

9/21/2017
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FFRF’s 40th annual convention was a great success! Nonbelief Relief announces $100,000+ in charity to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We discuss FFRF’s amended complaint in our lawsuit challenging President Trump’s unconstitutional Executive Order that he claims now allows churches to engage in political activity. Then we hear from FFRF’s Honorary President Steven Pinker, the Harvard professor of psychology and prolific author, who gave FFRF his first speech and interview about his...

Duration: 00:49:23


Strong Women

9/14/2017
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For a change of pace while Annie Laurie and Dan are busy with FFRF’s 40th annual convention, FFRF’s Director of First Impressions Lisa Treu hosts this week’s show featuring music by strong women. Marlene Dietrich, Shelley Segal, Joan Baez, Peggy Seeger, Malvina Reynolds, Kristin Lems, Lena Horne, Ani DiFranco, and more, singing about evolution, equality, the (non)afterlife, peace, Eve, and life as a freethinking woman.

Duration: 00:49:23


Religious Freedom 101

9/6/2017
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This week Annie Laurie, Dan and Andrew answer questions from listeners, such as "How can you be sure there is no supreme being?", "How does the bible compare to Game of Thrones?", "Are you afraid to die?", “How do you reply to 'God bless you'?", and so on. During the second half of the show, we talk with well-known satirical and irreverent singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman, who will be performing at FFRF's annual convention next week. During the show, we hear a preview of Roy's songs "Ted...

Duration: 00:49:23

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