Where Mormonism Meets Mythicism Part 1 w/ Bryce Blankenagel

Bryce Blankenagel, host of the very poplar Naked Mormonism podcast, joins us in the studio for a two part interview where we discuss the history and current state of the church as well as the traditions, beliefs and practices of Mormonism.

Bryce takes us from Joseph Smith starting Mormonism to the South Park creators writing a musical about it. We learn of the horrible murders and genocides that took place in its early days as well as how it is still destroying lives in the U.S. We discuss some of the outrageous concepts such as the “garments” or magic underwear that protect from bullets and the devil as well as Joseph Smith talking to god in a hat etc. We recorded over two hours of audio and delve into many topics. You can find part two of this interview on the Naked Mormonism podcast. Don’t miss these shows!

Bryce is an ex-Mormon and has spent years studying everything the Church tells you not to. He does not hold back when criticizing Mormonism and has the facts to back up his arguments. If you want to learn more about the actual history and state of Mormonism listen to his podcast and become a patron today

The Big Picture with Professor Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Research Professor of theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University. His research focuses on fundamental physics and cosmology, especially issues of dark matter, dark energy, spacetime symmetries, and the origin of the universe. 

Recently, Carroll has worked on the foundations of quantum mechanics, the emergence of spacetime, and the evolution of entropy and complexity. Carroll is the author of “The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life Meaning, and the Universe Itself”, “The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World”, “From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time”, and “Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity”.

He has been awarded prizes and fellowships by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Sloan Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Royal Society of London, and the Guggenheim Foundation. 

Carroll has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report, PBS’s NOVA, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and frequently serves as a science consultant for film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Jennifer Ouellette.

Mythicist Milwaukee 2016 in Review

Jake, Lorence, and Sean review the various projects that Mythicist Milwaukee was involved with in 2016. They discuss the Bart Ehrman/ Robert Price Debate, The Mythinformation conference III, The Eric Andre Show experience, Reason Rally 2016 and more!

They also discuss the upcoming 2017 projects including the “Batman and Jesus” movie premier and the Mythinformation Conference IV event. Mythicist Milwaukee is made up of hard working volunteers that are constantly raising funds and working on many projects that include major national events, original media etc.

The Mythicist Milwaukee team has been able to pull off some of the most unthinkable tasks and has been succeeding in creating a secular presence in Milwaukee as well as around the world. This team will continue to bring unique initiatives to the secular world. If you enjoy what we do please help support us on our Patreon.

Atheists Rock and Roll w/ Monster on Sunday

Steve and Tally Cass, founding band members of Monster on Sunday, join us on the podcast.  Monster on Sunday has been rocking the San Diego music scene, introducing a new wave of lyrical rationality to a thoroughly religious environment. 

Steve and Tally discuss their journey into atheism and how it has affected their music. We get an in-depth look at the narrative behind some of their songs and how it ties back to atheism.

 

Steve and Tally, believe in the merits of science, the virtues of critical thinking, and consider “faith” to be sheer folly. They are carving out their own atheist hard rock musical genre. During the interview we get to preview some of the songs off of their album “Baby Eater”.

Don’t miss this fun and entertaining interview with the very exciting up and coming atheist rock band!

Leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses w/ Daniel Wiebe

Daniel Wiebe is a vocal ex-Jehovah’s Witness that speaks out about the church in multiple online forums. His most popular avenue is his YouTube page where he discusses his experience as an ex-Jehovah’s witness and what that means to everyday life and his relationship with his family and his friends that are still in the faith.

His criticisms of the faith are based on his experience with losing his family. They are also generated from the feedback that he receives from ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses that have reached out to him through his online forums.

Dan joins us on the podcast to discuss how his life has changed since he has left what he calls the cult of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. After hearing what he and many others have gone through it would be hard to challenge that description. Dan also takes us through some of the traditions and practices that you may not have known about the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

Don’t miss this powerful and insightful interview with Dan Wiebe. 

Social Norms and Activism w/ Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen is a genome scientist and secular activist. She is the Editor/Curator at Global Secular Humanist Movement and Co-Founder & COO at Securing Change. She worked at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

She studied Computational Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Computational Biology at Boston University.

We had the honor of meeting Melissa at the '16 Reason Rally and are honored to have her on the podcast to discuss the amazing work she is doing!

Psychedelic Suburbia -- David Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab w/ Mary Finnigan

Mary Finnigan was born in Manchester, UK. She moved to London in the early 1960s to take up a career in journalism. 

She worked for national newspapers including The Daily Mirror and the Sunday Times and also spent many years in broadcast journalism -- as a correspondent, editor and documentary maker. In 1969 she met the rock star David Bowie, who introduced her to Tibetan Buddhism. 

Her practice continues to the present day. Mary has also published a range of investigative material on power, sexual and financial abuses in Tibetan Budhhism, mostly for The Guardian newspaper. 

In particular she has exposed abuse perpetrated by the lama Sogyal Lakar aka Rinpoche. Mary's book Psychedelic Suburbia -- David Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab was published in January 2016. It is available on Amazon.

Discussing Culture through Music and Comedy w/ Lahna Turner

Grammy nominated Lahna turner is one of the hottest comedians working the comedy circuit. With her hilarious songs and sharp wit Lahna holds nothing back as she shares insights and observations from her life as an ex-wife, mother, and the uncensored inner voice of millions of women.

Her one hour special titled “So.... I wrote a song about it” is available on Hulu. She has appeared on NBC, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, Netflix, VH1, CMT, and truTV." she made her big screen debut in the award-winning indie film "teacher of the year."

Lahna has performs in top comedy venues and theaters nationwide and abroad including many tours for the USO.

Her two comedy albums, "If These Lips Could Talk" and "D!@k Jokes and Other Assorted Love Songs," have received airplay at top radio stations across the country as well as national lampoon’s top 40 comedy countdown, and are currently in rotation on SiriusXM satellite radio.

Lahna joined us on the podcast to discuss her career as a comedian. Lahna brilliantly blends music with comedy. We are extremely honored to have had the opportunity to talk with Lahna. Don't miss this interview! 

3 of the 9 Atheist Airwaves Podcast Hosts

Atheist Airwaves is Corpus Christi’s only radio show for atheists and the secular minded. They are sponsored by Corpus Christi Atheists and the South Texas Coalition of Reason. Christian Ferris, Amanda Stephens and Reb Spence join us to talk about the Atheist Airwaves podcast and the secular community in Corpus Christi, Texas.

We discuss how the podcast originated and how they were kicked out of a community radio station for being pro atheist and LGBTQ. They share their connection to Bill Maher and how they built a fundraiser around his appearance in Corpus Christi. If you are a fan of their podcast don’t miss this interview.

Did Jesus Exist? Price/Ehrman Debate- Who Won? Who's Next?

On Friday October 21, 2016, Dr. Robert Price and Dr. Bart Ehrman finally debated on whether or not Jesus existed. The Mythicist Milwaukee team held the debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Turner Hall. After the debate many people in Milwaukee and online were already discussing who won and what the main takeaways were from the debate.

We decided to invite the experts on a podcast to get their opinion on this debate and where the mythicist position is headed. Matt Dillahunty, Dr. Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald and Kristyn Whitaker Hood join hosts Sean Fracek and Jason Lawson to discuss the debate.

Matt Dillahunty explains why he feels at this point the mythicist position is not ready for the spotlight. But is it getting there? Also, If you are in that camp that feels Dr. Richard Carrier should be the next to debate Dr. Bart Ehrman, you will get a sneak peek of what that would like in this interview. 

Mythicist Milwaukee Sponsors Muslim American Leadership Alliance Fundraiser

Mythicist Milwaukee (MM) was a proud sponsor of the Muslim-American Leadership Alliance (MALA) Fundraiser in Chicago this week. At the event, MALA recognized nine community leaders with the President's Volunteer Service Award for their dedication, contribution, and commitment to volunteerism. This prestigious recognition is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, celebrating the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world. Funds raised at the event benefit MALA's scholarship program - meant to empower a new generation of leaders by helping them to further their education. 

MALA is a civic & community organization committed to promoting individual freedom, diversity, and celebrating heritage. They provide a platform for Muslim-Americans to share their stories, nurture emerging community leaders, and unite Americans of all backgrounds to advance constructive solutions to extremism and human rights abuses. In fact, MALA's founder, Zainab Zeb, is a 2016 UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Service Award recipient - living their values through-and-through. 

At MM, we're proud to promote furthering the education of youth. With higher education, students advance their abilities to have rational, intelligent conversations, and to understand commonalities between cultures and religions - narrowing divides and inherent bigotry.

Mythicist Milwaukee proudly sponsoring MALA alongside the likes of UN Women, DonorsChoose.org, Chicago Leadership Alliance, Global Giving, Loyola University, Arab American National Museum, MALALA Fund, United Coalition for Reason, Morgan Stanley Foundation, Unicef and more.

Mythicist Milwaukee proudly sponsoring MALA alongside the likes of UN Women, DonorsChoose.org, Chicago Leadership Alliance, Global Giving, Loyola University, Arab American National Museum, MALALA Fund, United Coalition for Reason, Morgan Stanley Foundation, Unicef and more.

Event attendees applaud the President's Volunteer Service Award winners at the MALA fundraiser.

Event attendees applaud the President's Volunteer Service Award winners at the MALA fundraiser.

From left to right: MM co-founder Sean Fracek, U-CoR representative Melissa Pugh, Iraqi-born human rights activist Faisal S Al Mutar, MM co-founder Antonio Blandon.

From left to right: MM co-founder Sean Fracek, U-CoR representative Melissa Pugh, Iraqi-born human rights activist Faisal S Al Mutar, MM co-founder Antonio Blandon.

From left to right: MALA co-founder and President's Volunteer Service award-winner Zaniab Khan, MM co-founder Antonio Blandon, and human rights activist and founder of Ideas Beyond Boarders Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar.

From left to right: MALA co-founder and President's Volunteer Service award-winner Zaniab Khan, MM co-founder Antonio Blandon, and human rights activist and founder of Ideas Beyond Boarders Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar.

Major Entertainer Mike H on the Eric Andre Show Experience

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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 the Eric Andre Show live tour. Mike also discusses the work that he has done on the Tom Green Show. He has been working with Tom Green for many years and even fills in as co-host periodically.

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 explains how his friendship with Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger started and the various projects that they have worked together on over the years.

You can catch Mike at the upcoming Festival Supreme event that will feature acts such as Jack Black, Eric Andre, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Flight of the Concords, Sarah Silverman, and many more. This event will take place on Saturday October, 29th 2016. You can find tickets here. 

Mike is a hilarious comedian and a super nice guy. We were honored to have him on the show! Don't miss this interview!

MythCon III and Price-Ehrman Debate Round-Up

More than 250 people were in Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 21 for the Mythinformation Conference III and Buzzed Belief debate between Dr. Robert Price and Dr. Bart D. Ehrman. Others from around the world tuned in via live broadcast to hear the debate, "Did Jesus Exist?"

Missed it live? Rent the streaming version of the video for $4.99. 

Source: Post-event survey responses from event attendees

Source: Post-event survey responses from event attendees

 

Bart Ehrman Robert Price Debate Preview

We had a chance to speak with all of the speakers that will be present at the Mythinformation Conference III to hear what the are looking forward to at the event.

We spoke with Allie Jackson CEO of Atheist Republic, Dan Barker Co-President of FFRF, Matt Dilahunty of the Atheist Experience Show, Miguel Conner host of Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio, Thomas Smith host of the Atheistically Speaking Podcast, Kristyn Whitaker Hood social media director of Mythicist Milwaukee, and of course Bart Ehrman and Robert Price.

Listen to the podcast to get a sneak peek on what each speaker will bring to the table at the conference and what they are looking forward to during the debate. Did Jesus exist? We will finally witness the best possible arguments on both sides of this debate live in Milwaukee! If you haven't purchased tickets yest, you can get the in person tickets or live stream tickets here.

 

Atheism 101 Podcast Hosts Matt and Tim

 

The Atheism 101 Podcast contains questionable taste, bad jokes and good research. Your hosts will usually agree but when they don’t be prepared for petty name calling, whining and desperate call backs to poorly remembered to desperately googled research. They are human after all. Feel free to call them on their bullshit, but if you do be prepared for some blow back.

Matt and Tim of the Atheism 101 podcast join us to discuss how and why they created the podcast. Matt and Tim share how much work goes into the research every week. They pride themselves on having accurate information. As a result of being close friends, they are very competitive and constantly challenge each other on various topics. This is well documented in their podcasts. Don't miss this interview!