Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015 | Democracy Now!


July 29, 2015

Exploring Science and Religion with Richard Dawkins | StarTalk Radio

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses science and religion with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Eugene Mirman hosts, with guest Reverend James Martin. Plus, Bill Nye rants about rocks and evolution.

Talk Nerdy Episode 72 - Steven Novella

Dr. Steven Novella (The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, NeuroLogica) joins Cara to talk about the history of the SGU and his 20+ year involvement in the skeptic movement. Also discussed: the importance of science-based medicine and the impact universal healthcare would have on the US.

Are We All Potentially Evil? | eSkeptic

Are We All Potentially Evil?
A new dramatic film based on the Stanford Prison Experiment reveals why good people turn bad

The barbaric acts of ISIS in the Middle East and elsewhere (including lone wolf acts here and in Europe) have renewed the use of an adjective most commonly affiliated with Nazis—evil. In fact, British Prime Minister David Cameron evoked Hitler in his recent speech outlining a five year plan to combat Islamic extremism, starting with the acknowledgment that it is an ideology, and “Like so many ideologies that have existed before—whether fascist or communist—many people, especially young people, are being drawn to it. So we need to understand why it is proving so attractive.” Another way to say it is this: why do good people turn bad?
Anyone who has taken an introductory psychology course or has ever glanced at the scientific literature on the psychology of evil is familiar with Philip Zimbardo’s now-famous experiment conducted in a make-shift prison in the basement of the psychology building at Stanford University in August, 1971, in which the social psychologist randomly assigned 24 student volunteers to be either guards or prisoners. The experiment was to last two weeks but Zimbardo had to terminate it after six days when these intelligent and educated young men were transformed into cruel and sadistic guards or emotionally shattered prisoners. Not a formal experiment per se—with control and experimental groups for comparison—a flip of a coin to determine whether a student subject would be assigned to play guard or prisoner allows us to draw conclusions about the power of the situation to effect similar people dissimilarly. (Continue)

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

TTA Podcast 230: Selective Science

Three special guests join us for tonight's broadcast. Joshua Roseneau is an evolutionary biologist and serves as Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Dr. Barbara Forrest is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University and author of "Creationism's Trojan Horse: the Wedge of Intelligent Design." And Dr. Donald Prothero is a paleontologist, geologist, educator and author of over 30 books, including "Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future" and "Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters." Our panel discusses how Creationism's champions either distort or misuse "science" in an attempt to co-opt the public into believing Intelligent Design.

StarTalk Radio | Cosmic Queries: GMOs with Bill Nye (Part 2)

Just in case Part 1 wasn’t controversial enough, Bill Nye and Chuck Nice are back to answer new fan questions about Genetically Modified Organisms, unintended consequences, pollinator problems and more.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Bernie Sanders, the Early Years | Politico

“Everybody knows what’s happening — who wants to know,” Bernie Sanders wrote in June 1972 in Movement, an irregular Liberty Union Party newsletter he edited. “A handful of people own almost everything … and almost everybody owns nothing. A handful of people make the decisions and the vast majority of people have virtually no control over their lives.” Dating all the way back to the 1960s and ‘70s in Vermont, a formative time for Sanders, the message of the surging socialist presidential candidate has been startling consistent. “The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and the vast majority in the middle are having a harder and harder time,” he said — in 1974, and ever since.

Above, 1963: Economic justice has been the central focus of Sanders’ 40-plus-year political career—as a young activist at the University of Chicago, though, Sanders agitated more for racial equality. In 1963 he was arrested during a demonstration protesting the city’s segregated schools. He also traveled to Washington—his first time in D.C.—to hear Martin Luther King speak at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

FreeOK 2015 - Ryan Bell: The Slow Death of God

Published on Jul 9, 2015
Ryan Bell spoke at the 2015 Oklahoma Freethought Convention on June 20, 2015 in Tulsa Oklahoma.

For 19 years Ryan was a pastor, most recently the senior pastor of the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church. In March 2013 he resigned his position due to theological and practical differences. As an adjunct professor he has taught subjects ranging from intercultural communication to bioethics.

Currently he is an educator, writer and speaker on the topic of religion, irreligion and humanism in America. In January 2014, Ryan began a yearlong journey exploring the limits of theism and the atheist landscape in the United States and blogs about that experience here at Year Without God.

He received a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

TTA Podcast 228: Shelley Segal "Strange Feeling"

Published on Jul 7, 2015

Beat Magazine calls Shelley's voice an "enchanting, knowing croon...with brilliant pop melodies." Raised in a traditional Jewish culture, Shelley Segal ultimately found herself an atheist with a new zest for life and a message of encouragement for others to do the same. Her music can often be heard at freethought conventions, and her new album, "Strange Feeling" just released.

Shelley Segal joins Seth Andrews for some conversation. And...she's bringing her guitar.

Shelley Segal's website:

Monday, July 6, 2015

Bernie Sanders Speaks | The Nation

Bernie Sanders

In his most revealing interview, the socialist presidential candidate sets out his vision for America.

By John Nichols

StarTalk Radio Extended Classic: Madame Saturn: A Conversation with Carolyn Porco (Part 1)

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about exploring space with planetary scientist Carolyn Porco, a.k.a. Madame Saturn, who led the Cassini Imaging Science team. Now including 10 minutes of new Cosmic Queries with Neil, Bill Nye and Chuck Nice!

Gypsy blues at Back to the Grind

Artwork by: Nathan Rivera

at 7:25pm:

I will be playing a night of unique Folk music at Back to the Grind with the following local artists:

Desert Hounds- indie blues folk 
Melinda West- original folk accordion, piano, and vocals 
Nathan Rivera- toy piano reggae-ton
Jessie Andra Smith- folk country hero

Talk Nerdy Episode 69 - Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist) tells Cara stories about his past as an fundamentalist Christian. Also discussed: how to be an example to atheists and religious people alike, and atheist activism in the new media landscape.

Bree Newsome: As SC Lawmakers Debate Removing Confederate Flag, Meet the Activist Who Took It Down | Democracy Now!


July 6, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

"We Shall Overcome": Remembering Folk Icon, Activist Pete Seeger in His Own Words & Songs | Democracy Now!

"For nearly seven decades, Seeger was a musical and political icon who helped create the modern American folk music movement. We air highlights of two appearances by Seeger on Democracy Now!. Interspersed in the interviews, Seeger sings some of his classic songs, "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." He also talks about what has been described as his "defiant optimism." "Realize that little things lead to bigger things. That’s what [the album] 'Seeds' is all about," Seeger said. "And there’s a wonderful parable in the New Testament: The sower scatters seeds. Some seeds fall in the pathway and get stamped on, and they don’t grow. Some fall on the rocks, and they don’t grow. But some seeds fall on fallow ground, and they grow and multiply a thousandfold. Who knows where some good little thing that you’ve done may bring results years later that you never dreamed of?"

Seeger led an illustrious musical career. In the 1940s, he performed in The Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie. Then he formed The Weavers. In the 1950s, he was blacklisted after he opposed Senator Joseph McCarthy’s political witch hunt and was almost jailed for refusing to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Seeger became a prominent civil rights activist and helped popularize the anthem "We Shall Overcome." In the 1960s, he was a vocal critic of the Vietnam War and inspired generations of protest singers. He was later at the center of the environmental and anti-nuclear movements. With his wife Toshi, Pete helped found Clearwater, a group to clean up the Hudson River. Toshi died in 2013 just weeks before their 70th wedding anniversary. In 2009, he and Bruce Springsteen performed Guthrie’s "This Land is Your Land" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama." - Democracy Now!

"What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech | Democracy Now!

"In a Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn’s acclaimed book, "Voices of a People’s History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn." - Democracy Now!

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Though it has taken me what seems like eons, I have finally read Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature, all 832 pages of it!

Few books invoke that human faculty of reason, that open-mindedness, and that delight of exploration in such a way as this, and I can honestly and logically predict that mankind has a bright future ahead of it. Just in the past couple months of reading it, I have seen many people open their minds to the plight of people of color, and grow in their empathy toward the oppression of others, and I have seen the highest court in the land rule in favor of marriage equality. We are living in the greatest era of moral progress that mankind has ever known, and I feel so hopeful, and so grateful to be a part of it. You MUST read this!

"Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?

This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives- the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away-and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society."

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Shouldering the Burden of History A Crosscast with Dan Carlin | Waking Up - Sam Harris

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Dan Carlin (host of the Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts) discuss American interventionism, the war on terror, and related topics.

7/1/15 | Democracy Now!


July 1, 2015


July 1, 2015