Show 456: Naturalistic Easter Special!

Naturalistic Easter Special!

Join us for another ETFF Easter Sunday Special where we’ll feature a replay of our Easter Day interview with sex advice columnist, humorist, author, and gay rights activist, and creator of the alternative meaning for the word “santorum,” Dan Savage.

We’ll also be taking listener calls to hear about how you are experiencing this holiday season.  And as tradition requires, we will again feature the ETFF classic Jesus verses the Easter Bunny Debate.

Show 455: Robert Jensen on Arguing for Our Lives

Robert Jensen on Arguing for Our Lives

Why is being neutral – as regards politics and religion – not acceptable in a democracy? How can we engage in meaningful public or personal dialogue about politics and religion in a deeply polarized society? How do we engage people who can’t (or won’t) discern facts and evidence from opinions and beliefs? And what can we do toward creating a more educated, more intellectual, and more empathic society?

We will address these vital questions and more as we discuss with Robert Jensen his new book: Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog.

Show 454: The Christianization of our Public Schools w/ Katherine Stewart

The Christianization of our Public Schools w/ Katherine Stewart

Our guest is Katherine Stewart, journalist and author of numerous books including “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children.” She argues that many public school Christian clubs, like the one she discovered at her children’s elementary school, are used to convert and proselytize to other children under the guise of religious freedom. How strong is the push of Christianity in the public schools? If such clubs are legal, should anything be done to prevent their formation? What boundaries should be in place regarding students religious freedom in the public schools? Stewart has been published in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, The Guardian and more.

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Show 453: Eric Gawiser

Astrophysicist Eric Gawiser on Science: What it is, and Why it’s not What you think it is

Why do so many people misunderstand science today in America? Why do some think science is just as fallible at understanding reality as religion or New Age philosophy are.. even less so? Why can’t so many Americans understand what constitutes legitimate evidence; and why do those who do, discount such as limiting humanity’s ability to understand the universe because of science’s “close-minded materialism?” After all, hasn’t science gotten it wrong many times before? Most of all, how do we convince others that there IS an objective reality, and science IS the best way to access it.. no matter their religious or new-age convictions?

Join us as our newest host, Xaquri Rzetelny, discusses these questions and more with Associate Professor of Astrophysics at Rutgers University, Eric Gawiser.