Podcast #73 – War on Christmas Special

Okay, no War on Christmas per se, but… the festive season approaches, and it’s time for us to share our Top Five suggestions for holiday gifts for nonbelievers!  It’s your opportunity to warm the cockles of the family atheist and/or make pious relatives squirm as you share presents around the pagan tree.

David’s suggestions (in no particular order):

  1. Nonfiction Two-Fer – Don’t Be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson and Worlds of Their Own by Robert J. Schadewald (David’s favorite nonfiction books of 2009).
  2. DVD Two-Fer – Troy Conrad’s The Comedy Jesus Show (www.comedyjesusshow.com) and the AAI 2009 Convention 2009 video (coming soon from www.atheistalliance.org).
  3. A telescope.
  4. American Freethought tchoch: t-shirts, coffee mugs and more (www.cafepress.com/amerfreethought).
  5. Membership in Atheist Alliance International (www.atheistalliance.org/Membership.html).

John’s suggestions (in no particular order):

  1. A Very Haeckel Christmas (greeting cards inspired by the artwork of 19th century biologys Ernst Haeckel) (www.cafepress.com/therhinobird).
  2. Surly-Ramics Jewelry (www.surlyramics.com). Honorable Mention goes to Made with Molecules (www.madewithmolecules.com).
  3. Here Comes Science (CD and DVD for kids) by alt-rock legends They Might Be Giants.
  4. Bible Comics Two-Fer – The Book of Genesis Illustrated by Robert Crumb and The Wolverton Bible by Basil Wolverton
  5. Charitable donation to your local college skeptics or atheists club.  John recommends the Kennesaw State University Student Coalition for Inquiry (www.ksusci.com) or the University or Missouri’s Skeptics Atheists Secular Humanists Agnostics (MU SASHA)

Also discussed in this episode:

  • Jennifer Burns‘ (Goddess of the Market) lecture at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta.
  • Massimo Pigliucci’s recent series of lectures in Atlanta.
  • Darwin’s Origin of Species is 150 years old on November 24th!  We’re celebrating with a bottle of Evolution Wine (www.evolutionwine.com).
  • The American Freethought Podcast is 2 years old on November 26th.
  • Hominid – A stage play at Emory University produced by Out of Hand Theater (www.outofhandtheater.com) and inspired by the chimpanzee research of Frans de Waal.
  • Listener feedback.

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Recorded November 22, 2009.  Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.

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