Oct 102011

In this episode you can hear part one of our interview with Todd Stiefel, Founder and President of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.

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Todd Stiefel lives in Raleigh, NC. He is a Secular Humanist, an Atheist, and full-time Freethought activist. Todd serves as an adviser to many of the top non-theistic organizations. He has given over $3.5 million dollars to charities in the Freethought Movement.

Todd’s activism was featured in a front page article in the Raleigh News & Observer. He has been seen on the Christian Broadcasting Network and has been quoted in the New York Times and Church & State. His is a Humanist Celebrant and the co-host of the Humanist Hour podcast.


Oct 072011

This episode we interview Dale McGowan, Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief.

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Dale is editor and co-author of books including Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers and presents workshops for nontheistic parents across the United States. He was named 2008 Harvard Humanist of the Year by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. Dale incorporated Foundation Beyond Belief in 2009 and launched the charitable giving program in 2010.

Oct 062011

In this episode you can hear part two of our interview with Dr. Andy Thomson, author of “why we believe in god(s): A concise guide to the science of faith”.

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J. Anderson “Andy” Thomson, Jr., MD, is a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia’s Student Health Center and Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, and maintains a private practice of adult and forensic psychiatry.

He serves as a trustee of the  Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

For a full list of links mentioned in the interview see the first part in Episode 10.

Sep 292011

The first part of our interview with Dr Andy Thomson, author of “Why we believe in god(s): A concise guide to the science of faith“.

Cape Reason: Episode 10

J. Anderson “Andy” Thomson, Jr., MD, is a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia’s Student Health Center and Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, and maintains a private practice of adult and forensic psychiatry. He serves as a trustee of the  Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Links mentioned in the interview:

“Becoming Attached” By Robert Karen

Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians

The Moral Life of Babies by Paul Bloom

Spontaneous Altruism by Chimpanzees and Young Children by Felix Warneken, Brian Hare, Alicia P. Melis, Daniel Hanus, Michael Tomasello

Jesse Bering – The Belief Instinct

The Milgram Obedience Experiment The Perils of Obedience By Kendra Cherry


Sep 292011

Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance, August Brunsman joins us to talk about the work of the SSA and the powerful rise in secularism among the younger age groups.

Cape Reason: Episode 9

The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit. They work to organize and empower nonreligious students around the country. Their primary goal is to foster successful grassroots campus groups which provide a welcoming community for secular students to discuss their views and promote their secular values. Though they are based in Columbus, Ohio and our affiliated campus groups are predominantly in the United States, they support affiliates around the globe.

August Brunsman is the executive director of the Secular Student Alliance.  He has served in that position since 2001, and started getting paid for it in 2004. He  also worked as a programmer for the Institute for Humanist Studies from 2001 to 2004. In 1997 he co-founded Students for Freethought at the Ohio State Universitywhere he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2001 majoring in psychology and minoring in mathematics and cognitive science.

Brunsman has served as the Secretary of the Board of the Secular Coalition for America since 2006 and is also the Secretary of the Board of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. Additionally, he is the camp director of Camp Quest Ohio where he has volunteered since 1999.

For the UK and Ireland find out more from your region at: The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies

Sep 292011

Back after a summer break we jump back in to interview Amanda Metskas, Executive Director of Camp Quest, for an update on how things are progressing nationally.

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Amanda K. Metskas is the executive director of Camp Quest, Inc. She has been involved with Camp Quest since 2003, and served on the board of directors from 2004-2007.  Amanda became executive director when Camp Quest, Inc. hired her as its first staff person in January 2008. As executive director, Amanda focuses on providing coordination and support services to all of the Camp Quest programs, and helps launch new Camp Quest camps across North America.

In addition to her work with Camp Quest, Amanda is the Vice President of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio.  She co-authored Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief with Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura and Jan Devor.  Amanda holds an M.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, and a B.A. in international relations and psychology from Brown University.  She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband August E. Brunsman IV and their two cats.

Aug 132011

This month we interview Kurt Volkan of Pitchstone Publishing:

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Kurt Volkan is publisher and editor at Pitchstone Publishing, whose books endeavor to promote reason and the rational at the expense of superstition and the irrational. Founded in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2003 and virtually based in Durham, NC, Pitchstone’s most recent title is Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith, by J. Anderson Thomson, with Clare Aukofer, and with a foreword by Richard Dawkins. Kurt holds degrees from the University of Virginia, the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and Duke University. When not publishing or editing, his remaining work hours are spent writing screenplays.

You can find the two published books mentioned in the podcast here:

Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith

PsychoBible: Behavior, Religion & the Holy Book

Jun 152011

This episode we interview Kristin Wintermute, Executive Director of the Humanist Institute about their mission and educational program.

In August 1982, forty-five humanist leaders gathered at the University of Chicago to form the North American Committee for Humanism.  This new alliance was a response to the urgent need to defend humanism against the assaults of its adversaries and to find an effective way to bring the message of humanism to a wider public.  At this meeting the committee voted to establish the The Humanist Institute.  Since that time, fourteen classes have graduated from the program, providing over a 100 skilled leaders to the humanist community and the larger world.

This is particularly interesting for interviewer Han Hills as he is to join class 18 later this year.

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If you want to know more about the Humanist Institute why not visit their site:


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Jun 112011

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Jun 082011

This episode we interview Amy Monsky about the Camp Quest project in South Carolina.

Dedicated to building and supporting a community for non-theistic families, Amy Monsky became active in the Camp Quest organization in 2010. In addition to being the Camp Director for Camp Quest South Carolina, she is also a staff member for Camp Quest Chesapeake and is on the Board of Directors for Camp Quest, Inc.

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Amy is an active member in her local freethought groups. She serves on the Board of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry and is a founding member of the Secular Humanist Families of Charleston, a secular parenting support group.

Amy lives near Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and 3 children.

You can learn more about Camp Quest by visiting their national site at campquest.org and about the events specific to South Carolina by visiting their dedicated site at campquestsc.org.

The next Camp Quest SC event will be on October 1st and 2nd.

You can learn all about it at: http://campquestsc.org/cqsc-weekend-family-camp/

Why not get involved?

If you want to support the Camp Quest project you can do so online or register at: http://campquestsc.org/registration-or-donation/

You can contact Amy for more information by emailing: CQSouthCarolina@gmail.com