Reason and Postmodernism w/ Dr. Peter Boghossian

Dr. Peter Boghossian's main focus is bringing the tools of professional philosophers to people in a wide variety of contexts. Peter has a teaching pedigree spanning more than 25 years and 30 thousand students - in prisons, hospitals, public and private schools, seminaries, colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, and small businesses. His fundamental objective is to teach people how to think through what often seem to be intractable problems. 

Dr. Peter Boghossian and his team developed the Atheos app to help people have non-confrontational discussions about gods, religion, faith, and superstition. It shows you how to gently explore a person's strongest beliefs.

Peter's primary research areas are critical thinking and moral reasoning. His doctoral research studies, funded by the State of Oregon and supported by the Oregon Department of Corrections, consisted of using the Socratic method to help prison inmates to increase their critical thinking and moral reasoning abilities and to increase their desistance to criminal behavior. 

Peter's publications can be found in Scientific American, Time Magazine, Diálogos, CounterPunch The Philosopher's Magazine, Skeptical Inquirer, Education Policy Analysis Archived, The Clearing House: Educational Research Controversy and Practices, The Radical Academy, Offender Programs Report, Teaching Philosophy, Corrections Today, Informal Logic, The Skeptic, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Inside Higher Ed, Essays in Philosophy, Federal Probation Journal, the Journal of Correctional Education, Radical Pedagogy, Allthink, Quillette, Truthout, and Motherboard.

Peter was a Councilman for the State of Oregon (LSTA), the Chairman of the Prison Advisory Committee for Columbia River Correctional Institution, an advisor to Sockeye Magazine and The Weekly Alibi, wrote national philosophy curricula for the University of Phoenix, and was a research fellow for the National Center for Teaching and Learning. He teaches Critical Thinking, Science and Pseudoscience, the Philosophy of Education, and Atheism at Portland State University, is an Affiliate Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University in the Department of General Internal Medicine, is a national speaker for the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Student Alliance, an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Why do People Believe What They Believe? w/ Ben Fama Jr.

Ben Fama Jr. is an award-winning filmmaker, freethinker, and entrepreneur, noted for his work on his short film A Virus Called Fear, the new documentary Reasons To Believe, host of the podcast Reality Trip with Ben Fama Jr., and owner of Fama Media Productions, LLC.

As a graduate of the Zaki Gordon Institute for Filmmaking and the Sedona Film School (where he won Best Director both years), he has been featured in Huffington Post and his films have been featured on PBS, Medibiz.tv, and IndieFlix. Ben’s films and talks reflect the social and psychological behavior of humans and their social constructs on society.  His goal is to challenge the way we think and see the world, as well as what we believe.

Ben is an open advocate for mental health, science and education. Ben loves psychology, music, film, art, nature, science, and knowledge.

Opening Minds w/ Jon Atack

Jon Atack is an accomplished author and "recovering Scientologist" in 1974, he joined Scientology at the age of nineteen and spent nine years in the organization eventually reaching OT 5.  He left the church when he became disillusioned with the leadership and influence of David Miscavige.  Seven years later he published a book titled "A Piece of blue sky" In the book, John describes his personal experience in the church, provides a chronological history of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and examines the book Dianetics.  

John's book is well researched from paper sources and interviews, and it draws conclusions about Scientology as a belief system and critically examines its founder L Ron Hubbard. Jon has put aside his career as an artist to help those harmed by the cult’s hypnotic practices       Over the years, he's seen over 500 former members and helped many to recover the money extracted from them by Scientology’s hard selling techniques.  He's gone on to author several more books aimed understanding the doctrines of Scientology and at helping those affected from it's collateral damage.

Having devoted much of his life to helping former Scientologists recover their mental equilibrium and spiritual independence, he has since turned his attention to the wider problems of unethical persuasion, not only in abusive groups, but in our culture at large. To
this end, he spearheaded the Open Minds Foundation in 2015, and is working to educate the public on the social manipulation we all face in our daily lives.

Where in the Hell is the Lavender House? w/ Major Entertainer Mike H

Mike Hickey aka Major Entertainer Mike H is a seasoned entertainer and professional opening act. We had the honor of meeting Mike on the Eric Andre Show tour. He was the opening act each night and definitely had appropriate material representing that position.

During this interview, Mike discusses his experience on his current tour with Neil Hamburger. Mike is also working on various other projects including the full length documentary “Where in the hell is the Lavender House? The Story of Longmont Potion Castle” that will focus on the popular anonymous prank caller Longmont Potion Castle..

Mike is a hilarious comedian and a super nice guy. We love having him on the show! Don't miss this interview!

The Making of the Most Hated Woman in America w/ Director Tommy O'Haver

Tommy O'Haver is an American film director and screenwriter. He grew up in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism and Comparative Literature. In the mid-1990s, he attended the MFA Film program at the University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Cinematic Arts. While there, he directed shorts that appeared at major festivals, including Sundance and The New York Film Festival.

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, featuring Sean Hayes, was O'Haver's directorial debut. Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss played in competition at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and also screened at the Helsinki International Film Festival He enlisted his friend the music journalist Rita M. Johnson to assist with music on the film.

His follow-up film Get Over It featured Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana in a teen comedy about a school theater production. O'Haver's third film, Ella Enchanted, starred Anne Hathaway. Catherine Keener. 

Ellen Page and James Franco star in An American Crime, which premiered at Sundance in 2007, a film based on a true story of Gertrude Baniszewski, an Indiana woman charged in 1965 with the murder of Sylvia Likens. The initial reaction at Sundance was mixed, but the film garnered critical praise. 

O'Haver and his writing partner, Irene Turner, were nominated for a Writer's Guild Award for the film as well. O'Haver is currently in pre-production on Golden Gate, a thriller for Summit Entertainment.

In June 2013, he directed the music video "Rollin'" for MiBBs.
On 2 April 2015, the seventh episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden was broadcast from O'Haver's house. 
In 2017 O'Haver's fifth film, 

The Most Hated Woman in America, was released; it starred Melissa Leo as Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the founder of American Atheists.

Foundation for Reason and Science w/ Robyn Blumner

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Robyn Blumner joined the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science as Executive Director in February 2014 and a year later she was promoted to President & chief executive officer. 

Prior to working for the foundation Robyn’s career was as a nationally syndicated columnist and editorial writer at the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. 

Robyn is an expert on civil liberties and civil rights. She has written extensively on church-state separation, free speech and privacy issues as well as economics and the diminishing power of the middle-class. In 2012, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

Robyn was the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida from 1989 to 1997, and executive director of the ACLU of Utah from 1987 to 1989. In that role she led efforts to protect abortion rights, student free speech rights and to prevent the adoption of school vouchers, among dozens of public policy battles.

Robyn attended Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, graduating with honors in 1982. Her law degree comes from New York University School of Law where she graduated in 1985 and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Atheists in Kenya Continue to Fight w/ Harrison Mumia

Harrison Mumia is the President of Atheists In Kenya (AIK), the most vibrant atheists movement in Kenya.

Atheists In Kenya's mission is to promote the growth and interaction of atheists in Kenya. Harrison has debated at numerous forums in Kenya including the University of Nairobi debate, titled "Does God Exist?".

He has extensively written articles about atheism, religion and secularism both in Kenyan print and on the atheists in Kenya website, as well as google groups and blogs. He has been featured on the BBC, CNN as well as  NTV, KTN, Nation FM, QFM, Family Radio and KBC, which are all mainstream TV and Radio stations in Kenya, discussing issues revolving around secularism, atheism and religion in Kenya. 

Born in 1978, in Nairobi, Harrison Mumia completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2003 at the Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is currently working with the Central Bank of Kenya as a Corporate Communications Manager. 

Through his experience as a leading atheist in Kenya, Mumia has worked together with local secular groups to push for a total separation of religion and state in Kenya. His articles have elicited public debate in the areas of religious education in public schools, preaching in public space especially in public transport vehicles and the authenticity of miracles by religious leaders. Inspired by atheists like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Mumia is committed to promoting secularism in Kenya.  

Today, more than 80 percent of the 46 million residents of Kenya are Christian. The remaining 20 percent of the country is a combination of Islam, Hinduism and traditionalists. And the word “atheist” is one rarely uttered by your average Kenyan.

In Kenya, religious indoctrination and adherence to the Abrahamic faiths is deeply engrained into the culture. Children pray in public schools and orphanages, prayer takes place in the workplace, and Christian beliefs and practices are preached on all of the major Kenyan media outlets on a daily basis. One visit to the country and experiencing the culture may leave the impression that there is no hope for secularism here.

This is where Harrison Mumia and the Atheists in Kenya group come in. Mumia is pioneering the unthinkable. He is taking on the overwhelming task of challenging the religious privilege by promoting secular and humanist values. Mumia and his team are openly secular and have appeared on many of the Kenyan media outlets, including the major newspaper and morning talk shows. They are working hard to bring many of the secular "firsts" to Kenya including the first ever atheist conference, atheist billboards, debates and much more. They are a shining beacon of hope for secular ideals in a country that is grossly indoctrinated into a religion that was forced upon their country.

Lobbying for Secular Values w/ Sarah Levin

Sarah Levin joins us on the Mythinformed podcast. Sarah Levin is the Senior Legislative Representative for the Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying group in Washington, D.C. representing non-religious people on Capitol Hill. She graduated from American University with a degree in International Studies, focusing on the Middle East and Israeli domestic politics.

During this interview Sarah takes us through an in depth look at what the Secular Coalition fro America has been working on. We discuss President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the medical aid-in-dying (death with dignity) legislation, President Trump's Muslim Ban, their recent Bad Bill Madness campaign, the bill that won, and the threats to church/state separation that are happening at the state level, and much more. Don't miss this interview! 

Checkout the Secular Coalition for America's new Rapid Response Teams which is working to motivate secular Americans to attend townhalls.

The Recent Popularization of Scientology w/ Tony Ortega

Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker

Tony covers the potential regression of Marty Rathbun and his recent defending of David Miscavige. We discuss the new Scientology television station on the Spectrum network. We predict what Leah Remini will cover in season two of her A&E show "Scientology and the Aftermath". We cover all of this a much more. Don't miss this amazing interview with Tony Ortega. 

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Jase took double majors in philosophy and practical theology at Howard Payne University before attending Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University) for an MDiv. He then studied for an additional Master's in history and religion at The University of Oxford before completing further post-graduate certification from Sheffield Hallam University that allowed him to teach in the UK's state-maintained schools. Among the 9 subjects that Jase teaches, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, and personal/social/health education have been his favorites. After working in the UK schools for 5 years, he went on to give 6 years of experience as the Headteacher (the UK equivalent of a “Teaching Co-Principal” in the US) of UK-curriculum "international" schools, and throughout his work, he has lived in and visited nearly 40 countries. He has recently completed a Doctor of Education in administrator leadership and his dissertation focused on empowering non-Western grassroots schools and teachers.

Jase is a Humanist-endorsed chaplain and celebrant, a regular contributor to TheHumanist.Com, and gives regular volunteer time to chaplaincy work with student organizations at major American and British universities. Jase also serves as the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at American University in Washington, DC.

Comedian Shawn Pelofsky: Bad Jew

Shawn Pelofsky discusses her life as a Jewish comedian and how her religion has come into play throughout her career. She also describes her experience opening for Bill Maher and the first time she met Bette Midler. We also discuss her unique role in the movie "This is Meg".  This is a very funny and informative interview. Don’t miss it!

Shawn Pelofsky was born in Oklahoma. Performing since the age of 8, it's only natural that Shawn decided to pursue a career in comedy. She attended the University of Southern California and received a B.A. from The School of Theater. During her time at USC, she joined an improvisational group "Comedius Interruptus" which became her motivating force to train at The Groundlings.

By the age of 20, Shawn Pelofsky was performing sketches and improv with Will Ferrell. With a couple years of improv under her belt, she became a member of The ACME Comedy Theater. During her time at ACME, Shawn flourished in the field of stand-up comedy culminating with her current status as a regular at The World Famous Comedy Store. When she's not touring or performing for our troops in places like Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bahrain and Guantanamo Bay, Shawn performs weekly on their infamous Main Room stage. Adding to her many comedic accolades, Shawn has been featured in The Montreal "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival and in the all female hit comedy tours Pretty Funny Women, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, and The Hot Tamales produced by Eva Longoria. She has opened up for greats such as Richard Lewis, Robert Klein, Bill Maher and Margaret Cho.

Shawn has given the comedy competition circuit a run for its money as a finalist for The Funniest Woman in Orange County and in Comedy Central's "Laugh Riots". Her television and film credits include Community (NBC), Lip Service (Showtime), The Gossip Queens (LOGO), Chelsea Lately (E!), Pretty Hurts (LOGO), Comics Unleashed (ABC), The Tonight Show (NBC), Pauly Shore's Minding the Store (TBS), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Playboy Channel and Free Enterprise starring William Shatner.

Catch Shawn Pelofsky taking gay male audiences by storm performing with the Atlantis Cruises worldwide, Gay Prides around the USA, hosting HRC events and at The Comedy Store with her new monthly hit wonder "The Bathhouse Show". Make sure to check out her new comedy album: “Lady Haha” on iTunes.

From Faith to Humanism with Bart Campolo

Bart Campolo joins Brian Edward and Kristyn Whitaker Hood on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show. Bart is a secular minister, speaker, and writer who currently volunteers as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California.

Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Bart became an evangelical Christian as a teenager and was immediately attracted to urban ministry. After graduating from Brown University and serving as an urban youth pastor in Minneapolis, he returned to Philadelphia to found Mission Year, a national service organization which recruits young adults to live and work among the poor in inner-city neighborhoods.

As he became an influential evangelical leader, however, Bart increasingly questioned his own faith. In 2005 he returned to street-level community building in inner-city Cincinnati, where he eventually completed his gradual transition from Christianity to secular humanism. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Bart’s work has been focused on inspiring and equipping all kinds of people to make the most of their lives by actively pursuing loving relationships, social justice and a genuine sense of wonder.

In Bart’s new book, “Why I Left, Why I Stayed”, the Campolos reflect on their individual spiritual odysseys and how they evolved when their paths diverged. Tony, a renowned Christian teacher and pastor, recounts his experience, from the initial heartbreak of discovering Bart’s change in faith, to the subsequent healing he found in his own self-examination, to his embracing of his son’s point of view. Bart, an author and Humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, considers his faith journey from Progressive Christianity to Humanism, revealing how it affected his outlook and transformed his relationship with his father.

As Why I Left, Why I Stayed makes clear, a painful schism between father and son that could have divided them irreparably became instead an opening that offered each an invaluable look not only at what separated them, but more importantly, what they shared.

The Legal Side of Humanism w/ Monica Miller

Monica Miller is Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. She graduated from Pitzer College in 2008 and from Columbia University in 2009 with a Masters in Public Administration for Environmental Science and Policy. She graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2012. Monica was a Dean’s Fellow at Vermont Law School where she taught first-year legal writing. She also created the Vermont Law School “Secular Law Students Association,” and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Animal Law Moot Court Competition.

Since joining the AHA as an attorney in 2012, Ms. Miller has vigorously defended the separation of church and state by litigating Establishment Clause cases in federal courts across the country. In addition to litigation, Ms. Miller has successfully enjoined numerous constitutional infringements through legal demand letters sent to government entities such as schools, prisons, and city councils. Ms. Miller has written amicus briefs in support of cases of public interest, including several briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Miller has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, as well as local television stations and radio shows, and is regularly quoted by national and local media outlets throughout the country, including Fox News, Aljazeera, USA Today, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the National Law Journal, among many others.

In pursuit of her concern for fundamental rights, Monica is also an attorney for the Nonhuman Rights Project, working to obtain common law personhood rights for nonhuman animals.

A member of the California State Bar and U.S. Supreme Court Bar, Ms. Miller is also admitted to practice in: District of Columbia, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, United States District Court, Central California, United States District Court, Colorado and United States District Court, Northern District of Florida.

Awesome Show, Great Job! w/ Tim Heidecker

Tim Heidecker is an actor, comedian, musician, writer and director. He is one half of the comedy team of Tim and Eric. Tim, along with Eric Wareheim, created the television shows “Tom Goes to the Mayor”, “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”, and “Tim and Eric’s Bed Time Stories”. He is also the creator and lead in the television shows “Decker” and “On Cinema”. “On Cinema” is now in its ninth season which will be released on Adult Swim and YouTube on March 6th, 2017.

Tim has also made music a vital part of his career. He released “In Glendale”, his first solo album and most straightforward set of songs yet, in 2016. 

Sean Fracek and Jacob Woelfel were extremely honored to have the chance to interview Tim on his upcoming projects and the early days. Tim shares his experience with the short film festival in L.A. Channel 101, where he and Eric Wareheim would create short films and compete against other creators such as Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland (creators of the “Rick and Morty” television show), and Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone from the Lonely Island.  

We also discussed his cameo in the “Portlandia” episode entitled “Ants” and his relationship with the actors and creators of the series. We discuss his current focus on music and how this ties into his comedy. Tim also shares his views on religion and why he identifies he is an agnostic/atheist. We are huge fans of Tim Heidecker and had a lot of fun with this interview. Don’t miss it!