Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sarah Posner: Trump, Carson, and the Religious Right in 2016 | Point of Inquiry

This week Josh Zepps chats about the 2016 Republican presidential primaries with journalist Sarah Posner, a senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches and the author of Gods Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters. She is an expert in the political machinations of the religious right in the United States.

 The current GOP field has Seventh-day Adventist Ben Carson and the newly Bible-loving Donald Trump battling for the top spot in polls, despite their theological differences with the Evangelical base of the party. Posner explores what’s behind the appeal of these two unlikely front-runners, compares their very different demeanors, and weighs on such topics as the influence of Pope Francis and the prospects for atheist political candidates.

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Inside Assad's Syria | FRONTLINE | PBS

Inside Assad's Syria
For weeks, the world's eyes have been fixed on the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria for Europe. But what is life like for those left behind? Correspondent Martin Smith goes "Inside Assad's Syria" to report from government-controlled areas as war rages, with on-the-ground reporting and firsthand accounts from Syrians caught in the crisis.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015 | Democracy Now!


October 28, 2015

Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz discuss their book, Islam and the Future of Tolerance, with Tony Jones on LATELINE.

An atheist & a Muslim discuss the future of Islam. Fantastic segment with @SamHarrisOrg & @MaajidNawaz on ABC Australia.

China and the U.S. Are Long-term Enemies | Intelligence Squared Debate

Is China's ascendancy a threat to the U.S.? China's rise as an economic and military power, coupled with its aggression in the South China Sea, have led some to call for a major rebalance of U.S. policy and strategy. Can China be trusted to act as a responsible global stakeholder? And will they be a long-term ally, or adversary?

Bernie Sanders Full Speech at Iowa Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Joe Rogan Experience #713 - Dave Rubin

Dave Rubin is a stand-up comedian, talk show host, and television personality. He is the creator and host of political comedy talk show The Rubin Report, part of Ora TV and formerly of The Young Turks Network.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sam Harris On Progressivism, Torture, Religion & Foreign Policy

"I hesitate to promote this interview, because it shows me at the end of my patience (and I stay there for 2 hours). However, I did manage to express almost everything I think about the “regressive Left” in general and about my least-honest critics in particular. I stand by everything I said here, but I’d like to apologize to the interviewer, Kyle Kulinski, for all the interruptions."—SH

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Interview With Greenwald Here:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

In Autumn for the People's Climate Movement National Day of Action

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: North Dakota (HBO)

North Dakota is known for being polite, but perhaps they’ve been a little too hospitable to oil companies.

Talk Nerdy Episode 83 - Chad Hanson | Cara Santa Maria

Dr. Chad Hanson, ecologist with the John Muir Project, informs Cara about current legislative efforts to deregulate logging in America's forests. Myths are also busted regarding forest fires (hint: they're necessary for this habitat to thrive!).

Religious Scholars Use Social Media To Counter ISIS Interpretation Of Koran | NPR

As the military response to the Islamic State heats up, an ideological front is opening against the group. They're using social media to explain why ISIS' interpretation of the Koran is wrong.



And let's turn now to the battle against ISIS, though a battlefield we haven't heard as much about. Religious scholars are taking on ISIS, openly questioning the religious credentials of the group's leadership. Their way in, a social media campaign explaining why ISIS' violent interpretation of Islam is wrong. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.

DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: ISIS has lured tens of thousands of foreign fighters to Syria over the past two years. And the man inspiring them is the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He claims to be a religious scholar and a descendant of the prophet. Will McCants is with the Brookings Institution and just finished writing a book about Baghdadi and the history of ISIS.

WILL MCCANTS: His brother recounts that whenever the young Baghdadi would come home from the mosque, he would lecture the other family members about how to be a proper Muslim.

TEMPLE-RASTON: Now his audience isn't just his family. It's the entire Muslim world.


ABU BAKR AL-BAGHDADI: (Foreign language spoken).

TEMPLE-RASTON: That's Baghdadi at the Grand Mosque in Mosul last summer, when he announced the establishment of an Islamic State.


AL-BAGHDADI: (Foreign language spoken).

TEMPLE-RASTON: Prominent religious leaders immediately denounced his declaration, saying it was a violation of Islamic law. But even so, Baghdadi found a huge audience. His Mosul video went viral on YouTube, which is where 80-year-old Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah comes in.

ABDALLAH BIN BAYYAH: (Foreign language spoken).

TEMPLE-RASTON: He wants to challenge Baghdadi's violent interpretation of Islam. And he plans to do that where ISIS' audience is largest, on social media. Sheikh bin Bayyah is a world-renowned specialist in Islamic law and a professor of religion in Saudi Arabia. He says Baghdadi isn't qualified to interpret the Quran.

BAYYAH: (Foreign language spoken).

TEMPLE-RASTON: He's speaking here through an interpreter.

BAYYAH: (Through interpreter) As a learned person within this tradition and those amongst the scholars that I know, it doesn't appear to us that he's learned. We have reference points that are known amongst the scholastic community, and many of them he seems to be clearly unaware of.

TEMPLE-RASTON: Reference points - for example, according to bin Bayyah, Baghdadi's justification for a holy war is invalid. Scholarly tradition requires that interpretations of the Quran take historical context into account. Baghdadi is trying to return Syria and Iraq to the seventh century, when the Quran was written, and that falls outside the set rules of interpretation.

BAYYAH: (Through interpreter) When people come with any conclusions about these texts, the question is always, was the methodology sound in which they arrived to that conclusion or not? That's the test.

TEMPLE-RASTON: Baghdadi's edicts, scholars say, don't past that test. For example, he's claimed that the Quran sanctions the practice of sexual slavery. But bin Bayyah says Baghdadi clearly didn't go through the necessary steps to draw that conclusion.

BAYYAH: (Through interpreter) If this is enticing the youth, this isn't a religious issue. This is a sexual appetite issue. This is an issue simply of just human appetites.

(Foreign language spoken).

UNIDENTIFIED INTERPRETER: He said, "this isn't Islam."

TEMPLE-RASTON: Getting that message out has been difficult. ISIS is using social media, and scholars barely have a presence there.

BAYYAH: (Through interpreter) I'm an elderly man, and I don't know things like tweeting and - but I leave that to the center that I work with. The youth do that for me.

TEMPLE-RASTON: Bin Bayyah's plan is to get into the digital space. Early next year, he'll launch an online resource which targets ISIS' audience of young Muslims. The platform will provide an answer to Baghdadi's violent edicts. There will be e-learning curses and a place where religious questions can be asked and answered by scholars like bin Bayyah.

BAYYAH: (Foreign language spoken).

TEMPLE-RASTON: Sheikh bin Bayyah says the world can't beat ISIS with military power alone. Instead, it's the responsibility of Muslim scholars to engage intellectually and explain where ISIS is going wrong in the online spaces where the group's potential recruits are gathering. Dina Temple-Raston, NPR News.

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Is The Resilience Of Millennials Underrated? | NPR

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"I'm a member of Generation Y, or the millennial generation. People like me were born in the '80s and early '90s. But I don't like to broadcast that fact. Millennials tend to get a bad rap.

Journalists and commentators love ragging on us. They say we're ill-prepared to deal with life's challenges. And that, as a result, we have higher rates of mental health issues like depression and anxiety...."


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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rules – October 9, 2015 (HBO)

Bill Maher issues his latest decrees for society, including a plea for people to stop experiencing life through their phones.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Riddle of the Gun (Revisited) | Sam Harris | Waking Up

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In this episode of the Waking Up Podcast, Sam Harris discusses his views about guns and gun control in light of a recent mass shooting.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Common Sense 296 – Immigration Breakdown | Dan Carlin

Dan tries to break down some of the issues and add some context to the arguments, nuances and complexities of the current immigration and refugee situation in Europe and the U.S..

Monday, October 5, 2015

StarTalk Radio Cosmic Queries: Colonizing Mars

Mosaic of the Valles Marineris hemisphere of Mars projected into point perspective, a view similar to that which one would see from a spacecraft. The distance is 2500 kilometers from the surface of the planet, with the scale being .6km/pixel. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This week, Neil Tyson and Chuck Nice answer questions from our fans about colonizing Mars, from the smelly, to the psychological, to the political. What would happen to garbage on Mars without microbes to break it down? Which is a bigger psychological challenge for colonists: isolation, or getting along with each other? Are there treaties governing interplanetary colonization and homesteading? You’ll learn all about terraforming, and how long it might take before pioneers would be able to grow crops outside of greenhouses. Find out whether it’s more efficient to send pre-fab habitats or a large 3-D printer for ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization). Explore adaption, mutation, and speciation, as well as the possible impact of growing up in 40% Earth gravity. Discover what it would take to restore Mars’ magnetic field, and whether Mars is more or less geologically active than Earth. Finally, step up to the plate for a description of the impact of Martian gravity and atmosphere on the first baseball game between the NY Yankees and the Martian Reds.

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Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule – Supply Side Jesus (HBO)

In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher explains how Pope Francis’ recent visit exposed just how little the “Christians” of the far right believe in what Jesus actually said.

Talk Nerdy Episode 82 - Leslie Rogers

Astrophysicist Dr. Leslie Rogers joins Cara to talk about exoplanets, specifically those that are larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. They offer an exciting opportunity to learn about planetary bodies that are different from anything in our own solar system. Also discussed: why Kepler-452b likely isn't Earth's twin.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cara Santa Maria | The Rubin Report

Science communicator Cara Santa Maria joins Dave Rubin to talk about the big ideas surrounding atheism and secularism, dive into the controversy surrounding GMO's, and dealing with depression.

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Science Communicator, Host of the 'Talk Nerdy' podcast