Poisoning the Well Join Us to Discuss YouTube Culture and the Atheist Community

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So Fain and PhatPat are entertainers that have a popular YouTube channel entitled Poisoning the Well, where they create videos that cover topics in the atheist community, skeptic YouTube community and other popular online content. 

During this interview we discuss the inspiration behind the Poisoning the Well channel's initial launch and where they have taken it over the years. So Fain gives us the low down on his sun glasses and why he doesn't take them off for pictures. We get into some topics that are trending in the skeptic community currently and the guys share their thoughts on Mythcon V. This is a really fun interview. Don't miss it! 

We Analyze the Christian Hymns w/ Hymnalysis

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We are joined by YouTuber Hymnalysis to discuss his analysis of the Christian hymsns as well as his transition our of Christianity into atheism. On his channel Hymanysis provides critical analysis of Christian worship music and culture from an alternative perspective. We had a lot of fun in this conversation. You can checkout Hymnalysis' YouTube channel here. 

The Myths that Surround Jesus and Christmas w/ Dr. Richard Carrier

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Brian Edward and Kristyn Whitaker Hood interview Dr. Richard Carrier on the Mythinformed podcast, where they delve into the myths that surround Jesus and the Christmas holiday. Christmas does not belong to Christianity. People have celebrated winter solstice in many areas around the world through many religions that date back to the ancient world. This is a fgantastic discussion that covers some of those celebations. 

Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is also a published expert in the modern philosophy of naturalism as a worldview.

He is the author of On the Historicity of Jesus, Proving History, Sense and Goodness without God, Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, Not the Impossible Faith, Why I Am Not a Christian, and Hitler Homer Bible Christ, and a contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Christianity Is Not Great, as well as copious work in history and philosophy, online and in print. He is currently working on several projects, but also teaching affordable online courses in secular philosophy, history, and methodology at The Secular Academy, and blogging and speaking about history, philosophy, feminism, and other moral causes, as well as his past in the military and his current life in polyamory. To learn more about Dr. Carrier and his work follow the links below.

Identity Politics in Atheism w/ Courtney Heard aka Godless Mom

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Courtney Heard aka Godless Mom is a blogger, podcaster, and YouTuber that covers atheism and all of the topics that surround the community. 

Courtney discusses how she was first introduced to the atheist community and what she has done since she has been involved. Courtney has a fascinating and impressive story. Don't miss this interview! 

Part 2: What to Expect at #Kilroy w/ Based Mama and Sister Danger

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Based Mama and Sister Danger join us to discuss the #Kilroy event. We discuss how Vidcon 2017 inspired them to organize Kilroy and what type of conversations and panels we can expect to see on stage as a result. 

The Kilroy Event is an international free-speech advocacy conference.

Kilroy is focused on exploring the social, academic, political and legal intersections of free speech and censorship, with an emphasis on protecting constitutionally enshrined rights.

This event is taking place at Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel in Phoenix, Arizona on the 21st & 22nd of April 2018. 

Part 1: What to Expect at #Kilroy w/ Based Mama and Sister Danger

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Based Mama and Sister Danger join us to discuss the #Kilroy event. We discuss how Vidcon 2017 inspired them to organize Kilroy and what type of conversations and panels we can expect to see on stage as a result. 

The Kilroy Event is an international free-speech advocacy conference.

Kilroy is focused on exploring the social, academic, political and legal intersections of free speech and censorship, with an emphasis on protecting constitutionally enshrined rights.

This event is taking place at Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel in Phoenix, Arizona on the 21st & 22nd of April 2018. 

Respecting Prayer as an Atheist w/ Andy C. Ngo

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Andy Ngo is a freelance writer and journalist in Portland, Ore. who writes about free speech, secularism, Islam and women’s rights.

Find him and his work on Twitter @MrAndyNgo

Hugo and Jake from The Bible Reloaded Join Us

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Hugo and Jake from “The Bible Reloaded” web series and the new “The Quran Reloaded” web series join us on the Mythinformed podcast. Jake and Hugo are very successful public personalities that blend information on religion and atheism with comedy and satire on their platforms. It was truly an honor to get a chance to talk with them. Don’t miss this interview!  

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: