Show 315: The Texas Textbook Controversy

The Texas Textbook Controversy!

This Sunday, Matthew LaClair will talk with controversial figure Don Mcleroy, a Christian literalist and Creationist member of the Texas Board of Education. They will discuss the Texas Board of Education’s curriculum changes that are likely to pass this May which, as the New York Times explains, “Stress(es) the superiority of American capitalism, question(s) the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government, and present(s) Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.”

Show 314: Dispatches from the Abortion Wars

Dispatches from the Abortion Wars w/ Carole Joffe

Sunsara Taylor will talk with Carole Joffe about the parallels between today’s stigma and restricted access to abortion with the period before it was made legal and explore some of the most chilling recent assaults on women’s access to abortion, from the assassination of Dr. George Tiller to the criminalization of miscarriages in Utah to the recent passage of health care to the billboards campaign in Atlanta to (dishonestly) portray abortion as genocide of Black children.

Carole Joffe is a professor at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco.  She is the author of Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Cost of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us.  She is also the author of Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion Before and After Roe V. Wade.  She has closely followed the abortion wars from before abortion was legal through the passage of Roe V. Wade in 1973 to the rise of anti-abortion fanaticism and then the escalation of terror and assassination of abortion doctors down to today with the passage of parental notification laws, mandatory waiting periods, threats to providers, medical lies which doctors are mandated by law to tell their patients, fake clinics, and numerous other assaults on abortion access.

Show 313: One-Hour Easter Special; “Eternal Life?”

One-Hour Easter Special w/ Aubrey De Grey

“Eternal Life?

This Easter Sunday we will consider the question of eternal life from a naturalistic vantage point.  The biblical verse John 3:16 is considered to be a summary of the most central doctrine of traditional Christianity – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Yet despite this claim, and a vast number of others suggesting that the key to eternal life is belief in Jesus Christ, there is not a shred of evidence to support such a view.  In reality no one can guarantee “eternal life;” however, in the decades ahead, people experiencing a lifespan many times the length of our current lifespan may become a reality.

Joining us to discuss the most realistic hopes that humans have for a radically extended life span will be the man who has made the controversial claim that the first person who will live to live to be one thousand years old is most likely alive today: author of “Ending Aging” and Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence), Dr. Aubrey de Grey.

We’ll also feature the classic debate between the Easter Bunny and Jesus (guess who our money is on).

(Audio for interview only)