The SnideShow Episode 012 – White Rage

Listen: 012 – White Rage

Prepare to be infuriated! I interview Carol Anders, author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, which outlines institutional racism in America from the end of the Civil War to the 21st century. Follow her on Twitter @profcanderson.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Win a growing collection of books, including an autographed copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Just follow me on Twitter @snideshow and retweet me at least once. When my following reaches 1,000, someone will be selected at random to receive the prize.

The show’s music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon).

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The SnideShow Episode 011 – How the French Saved America

Listen: 011 – How the French Saved America

I talk with author and documentary filmmaker Tom Shachtman about his new book How the French Saved America, a fascinating look at the American Revolution with special emphasis on the contribution by France. For more about Tom and his work visit tomshachtman.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Win a growing collection of books, including an autographed copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Just follow me on Twitter @snideshow and retweet me at least once. When my following reaches 1,000, someone will be selected at random to receive the prize.

The show’s music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon).

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The SnideShow Episode 010 – Tunisia and the Arab Spring

Listen: 010 – Tunisia and the Arab Spring

I speak with Chris Martin, member of the board of directors of Heterodox Academy, an organization of academics that seeks “viewpoint diversity” to offset the perceived liberal slant in American universities. We discuss the recent disinvitations of such notables as Richard Dawkins and Milo Yiannopoulos, and controversies over political correctness on campus.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Win a growing collection of books, including an autographed copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Just follow me on Twitter @snideshow and retweet me at least once. When my following reaches 1,000, someone will be selected at random to receive the prize.

The show’s music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon).

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The SnideShow Episode 009 – Heterodox Academy

Listen: 009 – Heterodox Academy

I speak with Chris Martin, member of the board of directors of Heterodox Academy, an organization of academics that seeks “viewpoint diversity” to offset the perceived liberal slant in American universities. We discuss the recent disinvitations of such notables as Richard Dawkins and Milo Yiannopoulos, and controversies over political correctness on campus.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Win a growing collection of books, including an autographed copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Just follow me on Twitter @snideshow and retweet me at least once. When my following reaches 1,000, someone will be selected at random to receive the prize.

The show’s music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon).

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The SnideShow Episode 008 – Republican Atheists

Listen: 008 – Republican Atheists

I have a lively and wide-ranging conversation with Lauren Ell, President of the newly-formed Republican Atheists. Yes, they do exist. Originally from California, now living in Sweden, Lauren offers a spirited defense of secular Republican ideals and even of Donald Trump. For more information visit republicanatheists.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Win an autographed copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Just follow me on Twitter @snideshow and retweet me at least once. When my following reaches 1,000, someone will be selected at random to receive the book.

The show’s music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon).

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The SnideShow Episode 007 – American Eclipse

Listen: 007 – American Eclipse

I interview David Baron about his new book American Eclipse, which tells the story of the Eclipse of 1878 and the rush by Americans–some famous, some not so famous–to collect as much scientific data as possible and win international prestige as a result. We also discuss the upcoming total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, which will pass along an arc from Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A total eclipse is unlike any other astronomic event you will ever see–be ready!

At the top of the show: Actor David Costabile as Breaking Bad‘s Gale Boetticher reciting Walt Whitman’s poem “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Win an autographed copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Just follow me on Twitter @snideshow and retweet me at least once. When my following reaches 1,000, someone will be selected at random to receive the book.

The show’s music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon).

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The SnideShow Episode 006 – Radium Girls

Listen: 006 – Radium Girls

I interview Kate Moore, author of The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, which details the struggles and triumphs of the painters of glow-in-the-dark dials, who suffered horrific injuries from radiation poisoning, and who subsequently struggled for justice, including better workplace protections and accountability of corporations and government agencies.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Win an autographed copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Just follow me on Twitter @snideshow and retweet me at least once. When my following reaches 1,000, someone will be selected at random to receive the book.

The show’s music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon).

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The SnideShow Episode 005 – Atheism in the Time of Trump

Listen: 005 – Atheism in the Time of Trump

I interview David Silverman, president of American Atheists, about the dangers posed by the Donald Trump administration to the separation of church and state. David is also the author of Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World.

Mentioned during the podcast:

  • The Johnson Amendment, which prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
  • From 2015, Donald Trump cast doubt on the validity of Ben Carson’s adherence to Seventh Day Adventism.
  • Betsy DeVos, the ultra-religious, ultra-wealthy activist poised to damage America’s public school system in her capacity as Secretary of Education.
  • Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim travel bans.
  • Neil Gorsuch and the possibility that the Supreme Court might soon be dominated by conservative justices.
  • Bill O’Reilly telling David Silverman that the tides are an unexplainable mystery (they’re a long-understood phenomenon caused by the interaction of the earth, the moon and the sun).
  • The Most Hated Woman in America, the Netflix drama based on the latter days of American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Win an autographed copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Just follow me on Twitter @snideshow and retweet me at least once. When my following reaches 1,000, someone will be selected at random to receive the book.

The show’s music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon).

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The SnideShow Episode 004 – Retreat of Western Liberalism

Listen: 004 – Retreat of Western Liberalism

There are fewer democracies in the world today than there were at the turn of the century, and in several Western countries–including the United States–the embrace of liberal ideals has been steadily eroding. To discuss why this is happening, and what might be done to reverse the trend, I talk with Edward Luce, author of The Retreat of Western Liberalism.

Plus:

On June 11, 2017, Puerto Ricans go to the polls to decide if their island will remain a territory of the United States, join as a fully-fledged State, or seek some sort of independence.

On June 20, 2017, voters will decide, in a special election runoff, whether Trump-friendly Republican Karen Handel or insurgent Democrat Jon Ossoff will represent Georgia’s traditionally red Sixth Congressional District. This nationally monitored race is widely seen as a referendum on Donald Trump and a bellwether of Democratic chances to take back the House of Representatives in 2018.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Win an autographed copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale! Just follow me on Twitter @snideshow and retweet me at least once. When my following reaches 1,000, someone will be selected at random to receive the book.

The show’s music is by Body Found, from their new album Desert Resurrection (Spotify, Amazon).

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The SnideShow Episode 003 – Islamophobia and Racism in America

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Islamic terrorism is undoubtedly a problem, but if you look at the numbers, it kills far fewer Americans than almost anything you can name: cancer, heart disease–even falling out of bed. So why are Americans so obsessed with being killed by Muslims?

In his new book Islamophobia and Racism in America, sociologist Erik Love argues that “fear of Islam” is really nothing more than good, old-fashioned racism against non-Europeans–a problem with roots planted well before the events of 9/11.

003 – Islamophobia

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