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"The Ten Ways Heaven Would be Hell", Valerie Tarico on Atheists Talk #308, March 29, 2015

Believers sacrifice so much of their worldly lives in order to get to Heaven and to avoid Hell.  What if they get there, after forswearing Sex and Drug and Rock and Roll in this mortal life only to find that Heaven is Hell except with angels instead of demons?  Dr. Valerie Tarico has examined the ten ways that popular conceptions of Heaven would, in reality, be Hell and spelled them out in a blog post.  Dr. Tarico is a pyschologist who is a former evangelical and returns to our show this Sunday for a Hellish look at Heaven.

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"GMO Revisited!" Anastasia Bodnar and Greg Laden on Atheists Talk #307, March 22, 2015

Genetic Engineering, or Genetic Modification, is a process that creates a shortcut method to crossbreeding and hybridizing crops and livestock for favorable traits. Technologists create genetically modified organisms, or GMO's, by inserting genes into the chromosomes of the target DNA. Sometimes the transplanted gene is from an organism in the same species as the target species, other times the gene is from a different species or it may be the case that an animal's gene is spliced into a plant's gene. In a recent show, Dr. Anastasia Bodnar and Mike Haubrich discussed the difficulties of spreading the news about the science of GMO's due to rancor in the social media.

On this show, Dr. Greg Laden will join us to continue the discussion in a more positive light. We will go through the positive benefits of using genetic engineering to meet the growing demands of an ever larger population with a shrinking land area for raising the food to feed billions of people. We will address the ways in which the technology will adapt our food to help cope with the effects of climate change and help reduce other threats to the environment as well.

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"Why Genetic Engineering of Plants is Vital for Food Security" Pamela Ronald at TED, 2015

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"Breath of Wilderness: The Sigurd Olson Story," Kristin Eggerling on Atheists Talk #306, Sunday March 15, 2015

 

 

Sigurd Olson was a conservationist and writer and a driving force in preserving the solitude and quiet peace of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. A native Wisconsinite who moved to Minnesota to teach biology, he faced the displeasure of many around Ely who wanted to have fly-in resorts and roads through the pristine natural wonders in Northern Minnesota. Kristin Eggerling has written a biography of Sig to illustrate for children the importance of fighting to save the quiet places and to instill a love of the natural world around us.

 

Kristin Eggerling is a conservationist and a writer who lives in Northern Minnesota and is going to be in the studio with me as our guest for this show.  I look forward to talking to her about the inspiration of the wilderness and how it gives her breath.

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"As The Board Turns," MN Atheists Board Members on Atheists Talk #305, March 8, 2015

Stop me if you have heard this one before.  "If atheists don't believe in anything, why do they organize and talk about nothing?"  Far from being a Seinfeldian sideshow, the Minnesota Atheists are a very active group. We are very much involved in the community; volunteering for various worthy causes, having fun with fellow atheists, meeting and speaking and watching and listening and just generally enjoying each other's company.  With so much activity, we need to have a board of directors to make decisions and generate ideas as well as revenue.  Each year we elect a new and fresh board and on this episode we talk to members of the board so that people know who is representing them.

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