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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 … Continue reading

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May 11 in freethought history…

May 11, 1918 - Theoretical physicist Richard Feynman is born in New York City. He shared a Nobel Prize in 1966 for his work in the development of quantum electrodynamics. Although raised Jewish, he resisted such ethnic identifications, believing that it … Continue reading

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May 3 in freethought history…

May 3, 1880 – English atheist Charles Bradlaugh, recently elected as a Member of Parliament, requests to be allowed to affirm his oath, rather than take the religious Oath of Allegiance. A political scandal unfolded over the next six years, which … Continue reading

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May 1 in freethought history…

May 1, 1899 - Philosopher and physiologist Ludwig Büchner dies in Darmstadt, Germany, aged 75. He was a foremost German proponent of Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theories, and published a number of scientific books in which he vehemently advocated an extreme materialist view (which … Continue reading

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April 18 in freethought history…

April 18, 1857 - Attorney and civil rights activist Clarence Darrow is born in Kinsman, Ohio. He is best known for leading the defense in famous 20th-century cases like Leopold and Loeb and the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial. Darrow was active … Continue reading

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March 29 in freethought history…

March 29, 1824 - Philosopher and physiologist Ludwig Büchner is born in Darmstadt, Germany. He was a foremost German proponent of Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theories, and published a number of scientific books in which he vehemently advocated an extreme materialist view (which … Continue reading

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March 14 in freethought history…

March 14, 1879 – Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Germany. A patent clerk with an unremarkable academic past, Einstein went on to become one of the most influential scientists in history. In 1905 (Einstein’s “Annus Mirabilis”), he … Continue reading

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February 28 in freethought history…

February 28, 1901 – Chemist and peace activist Linus Pauling is born in Portland, Oregon. He is widely considered one of the greatest scientists in history, making contributions in quantum chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, and molecular biology. After World … Continue reading

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February 18 in freethought history…

February 18, 1546 – German friar and religious reformer Martin Luther dies in Eisleben, Saxony (in what is now Germany), aged 62. In 1517, Luther posted his Ninety Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, questioning various … Continue reading

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February 15 in freethought history…

February 15, 1564 – Astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei is born in Pisa, Italy. He is best known for his discoveries by use of the newly developed telescope, including the four largest moons of Jupiter. Galileo was infamously convicted by the … Continue reading

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