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"Nailed" David Fitzgerald on Atheists Talk #233, August 26th, 2013

David Fitzgerald is back on Atheists Talk! Last month we had David on to discuss his new book The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion: Book One: The Mormons. This Sunday he joins us again, this time to speak about his critically-acclaimed book, Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All.

In Nailed, David Fitzgerald explores ten commonly accepted ideas that many people hold about the existence of Jesus Christ. He proposes that Christ is a mythical being, a story formed out of legend and desire. He presents painstakingly detailed historical research which suggests that Jesus Christ logically could not have existed. His writing style is approachable and entertaining for those who are new to the idea of the Christ myth theory, but detailed enough to peak the interest of those who have studied it.

We hope you can join us this Sunday!

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"The Happy Atheist", PZ Myers on Atheists Talk #232, August 18, 2013

PZ Myers needs no introduction to Minnesota Atheist listeners, but in the interest of form, he gets one anyway. With his solo blog, Pharyngula, and the group blog The Panda's Thumb, Myers helped to pioneer the genre of science blogs. Through his commentary on the Discovery Institute and other creationists trying to shoehorn religion into science classrooms, he also helped to pioneer atheist blogging, eventually becoming the cofounder of the most-read atheist network, FreethoughtBlogs.

The Happy Atheist, Myers' new book, collects some of his most-accessible writing on the topic. From the publisher's description:

Through his popular science blog,Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. In this funny and fearless book, Myers takes on the religious fanaticism of our times with the gleeful disrespect it deserves, skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical thinking, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories advanced by religious fundamentalists of all stripes.

With a healthy appreciation of the absurd, Myers not only pokes fun at the ridiculous tenets of popular religions but also highlights how the persistence of Stone Age superstitions can have dark consequences: interfering with our politics, slowing our scientific progress, and limiting freedom in our culture.

Tune in this Sunday, when we talk to PZ Myers about the book and what he's accomplished as a blogger.

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Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists and the Humanists of Minnesota. We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. This radio program is put together by dedicated volunteers and the generous donations of listeners. If you are able to help with a donation please consider doing so at our Radio Fund page. 


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Annie Laurie Gaylor on Atheists Talk #231, August 11th, 2013

This weekend is a busy one for Minnesota Atheists. After an incredible amount of work and planning, the 2013 Weekend of Unbelievable Fun: The Second Coming is here! Tomorrow we kick things off with the Mr. Paul Aints baseball game at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, and then on Saturday we have the American Atheists/Minnesota Atheists Regional Conference. And leave it to the wonderful producers of this show: they managed to secure an interview with the conference's keynote speaker, Annie Laurie Gaylor!

Annie Laurie Gaylor is the co-founder and current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization devoted to addressing violations of state and church, and educating the public in matters related to non-theism. Annie Laurie is the author of the Woe to Women: For the Bible Tells Me So and Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuses of Children, as well as the anthology Women Without Superstition: No Gods, No Masters. She is the editor of the only freethought newspaper in the United States, Freethought Today.

We are excited and honored to have Annie Laurie Gaylor join us for this weekend's show, and to paraphrase the John Lennon classic that the FFRF uses for its weekly podcast intro and outro music: "We hope Sunday you will join us!"

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"The Citizen Lobbyist", Amanda Knief on Atheists Talk #230, August 4, 2013

Note: This show was originally scheduled for July 14, 2013 but had to be rescheduled.

Lobbying.

We don't think of that as a nice word in the U.S. It conjures up mental pictures of oily men passing around favors in the back rooms of government buildings. Like most stereotypes, of course, this one is largely incorrect. All sorts of people lobby their governments, including people like you and me.

Citizen lobbyists are very much needed for our democratic processes to work. Most of us, however, aren't used to telling our representatives in government that our needs are important. We're not even very good at telling them what those needs are.

Luckily for us, American Atheists Managing Director Amanda Knief has taken her years of lobbying experience and distilled them down for us. Her new book, The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government, is full of practical, easy-to-follow advice for people who have never lobbied and those who want to lobby more effectively. From the publisher's description:

More citizen involvement is needed in our government processes to ensure the voices of the people are heard over the money of paid lobbyists, unions, and coalitions, both in Washington, DC, and in state capitals across the country. Too often our public officials seem removed from the people who hired them to be their representatives and fail to work on their behalf. The Citizen Lobbyist is a handbook for anyone who wants to learn about how to be active in local, state, and federal government and have a voice in creating public policy. It gives a step-by-step plan on how to lobby elected officials about whatever issues you care about, offers information on how to plan a lobbying meeting for individuals and groups, and provides sample lobbying worksheets and resources to assist with finding legislative information and history. The Citizen Lobbyist is your go-to reference for being a grassroots activist and citizen lobbyist.

Ms. Knief will also be one of the speakers at our regional conference on August 10. Listen this Sunday, then come out to see her speak!

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