Jilly Shares Her Views on Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Scandals, You Tubers in Hollywood, and the State of Comedy

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Jill-Michele Meleán joins us on the podcast! Jilly shares her take on the recent Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals and insight on the industry regarding the allegations. We also discuss how YouTube stars are transitioning over into more mainstream projects and why Hollywood is focusing on the YouTube world right now.

This is the first time that we have spoken to Jilly since the release of her film "This is Meg" and we pick her brain on some of our favorite parts in the movie. "This is Meg" is a transparent look into the L.A lifestyle of a "working but not famous" comedienne and actress and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu. 

Jilly started in theater and took her natural comedic timing to the stand up stage, headlining across the country while continuing her acting career. After many years of hard work, she's made a name for herself in the Comedy Television world with memorable performances on FOX's “MadTV" and Comedy Central's "Reno 911".

Make sure to checkout her YouTube show that is also featured on "Funny or Die". Don't miss this interview!   

Bearing: The Story Behind the YouTube Bear

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Bearing is a popular and entertaining Aussie You Tuber with over 400 thousand subscribers. This Youube star, lovingly referred to as "Bearing," makes videos which cover socio-cultural topics, feminism, social justice, and politics. His videos feature a good bit of biting satire and hysterical commentary.  He's also known for being the world's biggest cunt ... errrr ... we mean he wrote a song, called "The World's Biggest Cunt" ...because he's also a musician.


Bearing discusses his channel and how it has developed over time. We also get an insight into Bearings successful professional life before his You Tube success. Bearing explains how Sargon of Akkad was one You Tube creator that inspired him to create his channel originally. If you love Bearing’s content, you will love this interview. 

Checkout Bearing's You Tube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwW_vaMPlq8J4weKDsfeJzw

YouTube in Atheism, Minibosses, and Take Down Videos w/ Declan Black

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YouTube creator Declan Black joins us on the Mythinformed podcast to discuss everything from take down videos on YouTube to the role of YouTubers in Atheism. We were first introduced to Declan's channel leading up to #Mythcon IV. Declan was firmly against the de-platforming campaign that was taking place to try and force us to remove some of our speakers. He dedicated many videos to this subject and was criticizing those that were involved with promoting the campaign. 

Declan takes us through why he started his channel and why he focuses on social justice instead of atheism. Declan was aware of the atheist community, but was drawn to the YouTube community instead. Although he still considers himself an atheist he feels that the social justice community is much more important to focus on at the moment. Declan's channel is growing very quickly and his videos are getting more and more attention. Make sure to check him out and subscribe here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjYIwOnxkACYwhNGBWnEOzw

MythCon the Gathering w/ Jeremy aka TheQuartering

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Jeremy aka TheQuartering and UnsleevedMedia on YouTube, joins us in the studio for an in person interview. Jeremy discusses his time in the Magic the Gathering community and the tweet that generated controversy for no reason. He explains how this introduced him to Sargon of Akkad.

We discuss social justice over reach and highlight how this has influenced the Magic and atheist community.

Jeremy attended MythCon 2017 and is very familiar with the controversy that surrounded the event as well as the bad actors involved. We touch on the hype leading up to the event and the discussions between various individuals since. If you are familiar with MythCon 2017 you will enjoy our deep dive into firsthand inforomation from the orginizers and someone that has covered it for months.

Part 1: #Mythcon IV Review w/ Brian Edward Dmitry K Thomas and Eli

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Hosts of the Mythinformed podcast, Brian Edward and Dmitry K talk with Thomas Smith and Eli about Mythcon IV. Many points that have been brought up on "both sides" after Mythcon IV took place. We try our best to speak to two of the critics of the conference in this interview.

Part 2: #Mythcon IV Review w/ Brian Edward Dmitry K Thomas and Eli

Hosts of the Mythinformed podcast, Brian Edward and Dmitry K talk with Thomas Smith and Eli about Mythcon IV. Many points that have been brought up on "both sides" after Mythcon IV took place. We try our best to speak to two of the critics of the conference in this interview.

The Story of #Mythcon 2017

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Please Consider Supporting our GoFundMe Campaign:

We lost $12k on #Mythcon 2017 and are raising money to support the cost of #Mythcon 2018.

We cannot stop talking about, listening to and challenging ideas and issues that are important to us. We will not find progress talking only to those who agree with us. We need to explore beyond our comfort zone, ask difficult questions, criticize ideas and try to find common ground in order to work on conflict resolution. 

In 2017, we received major social media backlash due to our inclusion of YouTubers Sargon of Akkad , Armoured Skeptic and Shoe0nHead - which caused our 100% volunteer-run, nonprofit conference to LOSE funds. For example:

- We were petitioned to de-platform our speakers. 

- Our venue received messages saying we were attracting a white supremacist crowd - forcing us to pay for additional security.

- Our hotel received harassing calls and emails.

- Speakers and special guests backed out weeks before the conference with non-refundable airfare. 

- Members of our own team were threatened with doxxing. 

#MythCon, put on by Mythicist Milwaukee, gives participants and speakers a chance to share and discuss a wide spectrum of ideas among those with differing viewpoints and beliefs. By inviting speakers from outside of our typical atheist circle, MythCon’s crowd of more than 560 people possessed a more diverse set of viewpoints and discussion topics than ever before. 

Mythicist Milwaukee is a secular organization that promotes dialogue about religion, culture and freedom of thought. We adopt principals on free expression, with the understanding that Mythicist Milwaukee will not inhibit debate or de-platform speakers based on ideas. As an organization, it is not our place to pass judgments on ideas. It is up to our community to make those judgments for themselves - and to challenge and participate in discussion and debate surrounding ideas they disagree with. 

We believe that reasoned debate and discussion can help to de-escalate tensions in light of the current
sociopolitical climate, and to create understanding among differing religious views. We hope to continue our efforts in 2018 and beyond. 

Thank you to those who continue to support us in our efforts! The full video is up here:

Natalie Newell from the Science Enthusiast Podcast

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Natalie Newell from The Science Enthusiast Podcast joins us to discuss many topics including debate, social justice vs. social justice critics, and the playground of labeling people on the internet. 

We also discuss the upcoming "Science Moms" film that will start screening in October of 2017. Make sure to check out Natalie on the Science Enthusiast Facebook page and all of the otehr media that she contributes to. 

A Muslim Reformers Post Traumatic Growth w/ Asra Nomani

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Asra Nomani is a journalist who taught journalism at Georgetown University and is also co-director of the Pearl Project, an investigative-reporting project looking into the kidnapping and murder of her former colleague, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The project was published by the Center for Public Integrity.

Nomani is the author of two books, Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam and Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love. She is also the author of numerous articles, including "Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Bedroom", the "Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Mosque."

She was a friend and colleague of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was staying with her in Karachi with his wife when he was abducted and later murdered by Islamic militants in January 2002.

Nomani has been hailed by the New York Times for her "Rosa Parks-style activism" standing up for women's rights to pray and lead prayer in typically male-only or male-led environments. 

In this interview Asra shares her last memory of Daniel Pearl and how that event changed her life. She covers her visit to the senate in hopes to shed light on Islam extremism with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She also shares for the first time her encounter with Seth MacFarlane and her time on the Bill Maher Panel

Asra will take part in the Islam in the age of Trump debate at the Mythinformation Conference IV #Mythcon, in Milwaukee Septeber 30th, 2017. 

The New Milwaukee w/ Jeremy Fojut

Jeremy Fojut is the co-founder and podcast host for Newaukee. Newaukee was founded in 2009, by a group of friends fresh out college and brand new to Milwaukee. Those kids quickly realized that there had to be a way to socialize and explore the city with their peers that did not entail hauling a stack of business cards to a stuffy networking event. And they also believed in building genuine, long-lasting relationships – people need to meet on a common ground, doing something that they truly love together.

Gathering a gaggle of friends together, the founders challenged each original member with the task of bringing ten of their friends to the first NEWaukee event. From that point, the group expanded rapidly as Milwaukee whippersnappers found an unconventional way to travel throughout the city, break out of their comfort zones and meet other like-minded people.

The group started with biweekly meet ups called Socials that changed locations and always included live, local music and sense of frivolity. Due to the public’s great reception of the concept, NEWaukee expanded its programming and offerings to include arts, culture, sports, adventures, large-scale festivals and intimate networking opportunities.

Not long after the programming began to expand and members of NEWaukee explored the city – Milwaukee’s accessibility and all-is-possible tendencies inspired folks to leave a lasting mark on the place they called home.

Sometimes that mark would be a work of public art, a temporary exhibition, or turning an old vacant lot into a destination.  Sometimes the mark was longer lasting – like advocating for sustainable artist funding, new public policies, and issues that affect members’ day-to-day lives.

Through NEWaukee, people (young and old) find a sense of place and a charge to take action to make Milwaukee the best city it can possibly be. Follow Newuakee on Twitter @Newaukee and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NEWaukee/

What do Atheists Want to Talk About These Days? w/ Seth Andrews

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Tulsa-born author, speaker, entertainer, and all-around atheist spokesperson Seth Andrews  joins us on the podcast to discuss some of the issues in atheism movement and the importance of free speech.

Seth Andrews is a former Christian broadcaster who now produces videos and radio podcasts for TheThinkingAtheist.com, one of the most popular secular communities in the world. The Thinking Atheist icon encourages all to reject faith and embrace doubt, curiosity, science and reason.

Seth has chronicled his transition from believer to atheist in his autobiography, "Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason," and his weekly radio podcast is downloaded over 1 million times a month.

With a mix of humor and heart, Seth Andrews speaks around the country about his former faith, the rise of reason, and why we should all pursue a personal relationship with reality. Take a random romp across the planet and a humorous look at some of humanity's sacred cows in his new book, "Sacred Cows: a Lighthearted Look at Belief and Tradition around the World,"


Seth will be in attendance as a special guest at the Mythinformation Conference #Mythcon in Milwaukee September 30, 2017.                                          
   

#Mythcon IV Preview w/ Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is the host of the "Serious Inquiries Only" where he covers critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way. 

He is also is the host of the “Thomas and the Bible” podcast where he reads the Bible line by line, records it, and adds his very clever and funny satirical commentary. 

Thomas is a very talented podcaster and has a very engaged listenership. He is very committed to making each episode that he records factual and entertaining. If you enjoy smart and funny podcasts you should subscribe to his channels, if you are a podcaster you can learn a lot from Thomas.

Thomas will be leading a conversation w/ Sargon of Akkad at the Mythinformation Conference IV in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday September 30th, 2017 at the Pabst Theater. #Mythcon

The How To of "Wait but Why" w/ Tim Urban

We had the honor of interviewing Tim Urban on the Mythinformed podcast. Wait But Why is a site founded by Tim Urban and Andrew Finn and written and illustrated by Tim Urban. The site covers a range of subjects as a long-form blog. Content has been syndicated on The Huffington Post, Lifehacker, as well as being referenced on other sites. Typical posts involve long form explanations of various topics, including artificial intelligence, outer space, and procrastination using a combination of prose and rough illustrations.

In June 2015, Elon Musk asked Urban if he would be willing to write about his companies and their surrounding industries, leading to a four-part series of Wait But Why posts on Elon Musk and his companies. Urban interviewed Musk multiple times, and the two discussed the importance of sustainable transport, solar energy, and the future of space exploration. On April 20, 2017, Tim Urban posted the first deep insight into Elon Musk's transhumanist brain-machine interface company, Neuralink. Musk had asked Urban to write an explanatory article about a month and a half before.

You can watch Tim’s TED talk on procrastination here: https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator

Jesus Mything in Action w/ David Fitzgerald

David Fitzgerald is a writer, public speaker and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over ten years. He has a degree in history and was an associate member of CSER (the former Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion). He is the author of “NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All”, “The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion Book One: The Mormons” and "Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. I" (The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion) (Volume 2)

David is an LGBT activist, feminist, and a voice for others to feel stronger about themselves in this harsh world we live. David Fitzgerald has been called "one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area." In addition to serving on the board of San Francisco Atheists and Center For Inquiry-SF, he is also the Director/Co-Founder of both the world's first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration.