Justin Bender is part of the band Third Ion, a prog metal band that explores some very science sounding music and lyrics. Justin is an atheist and a skeptic and we're going to have him on to talk about the band, his music, and how skepticism and atheism and as a result religion and pseudoscience relate to that.
Karen Garst is the author the Women Beyond Belief, a book that focuses on the stories of women as they leave religion behind. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the UW - Madison, a Masters in French Literature from the same, and a BA in French from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has served as a field representative for the Oregon Federation of Teachers (AFT), executive director of the Oregon Community College Association, and executive director of the Oregon State Bar. She also writes essays and blogs for the website faithlessfeminist.com about religion and it's impact on women.
Long time friend of the show Ross Balch used to host a podcast called Skeptically Challenged. Since then he's been getting some schooling done and put out some great videos and appeared on other various podcasts. He's going to join us on Brainstorm for a chat about skepticism, science, and what he's got going on for future projects.
One of the premier skeptic podcasts in Canada is The Reality Check, a panel show that looks at various topics and does a bit of a dig into the factual nature of them. Host Darren McKee will join us to talk a bit about the seemingly increasing difficulty in checking one's facts and to tell us a bit about how TRC got started.
Thomas Smith is the host of the popular podcast Atheistically Speaking where he interviews various members of the atheist and skeptic communities. He's also a co-host on the podcasts Opening Arguments and Comedy Shoe Shine.
The prophet Jeremiah has been a member of the crew over at No Religion Required for quite a while, where he does a segment called God Hates Facts. He's also the co-host of the SJW Circle jerk podcast and is a regular contributor to the blog at www.noreligionrequired.com.
Dan is the creator of the Danthropology blog and an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Parenting Without God. He has also written for CounterPunch, Common Dreams, Time Magazine, On Faith, Salon and many others. He maintains a full-time blog on the Patheos network called Danthropology and writes a column of the same name for American Atheist magazine. He is a Special Correspondent for American Atheists and has previously worked as a writer and editor at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
Chris R. aka X from the Utah Outcasts podcast will be joining us for this episode. We'll see how he commits to such a rigorous podcast schedule and find out how much fun it is to record with his crew. We might talk about religion, skepticism, and social justice if we have time.
The Brainstorm Podcast gets an upgrade. We're adding another new member to the crew to increase our knowledge base so we can bring you a better show with the best information. Of course things could still change but for now we're planning a test show with our potential new crew member on October 28th and we'll see how she likes being on the show.
Kavin Senapathy is an author, speaker, and science activist who writes about health, medicine, genomics, agriculture and food. She's the co-Executive Director of international pro-science, pro-biotech movement March Against Myths, and co-author of “The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House,”. She's also a regular contributor to Forbes and The Genetic Literacy Project.
We're lucky enough to have Ric from the Secular Barbershop podcast join us to talk about the importance of appealing to minorities in the secular movement, sex positivity, and anything else that happens to come up. Plus we'll have our regular segments after the interview.
Steve Novella is one of the most intelligent and prolific bloggers in the skeptic community. His blogs at Science Based Medicine and The NESS are valuable resources for every skeptic with a point to prove. We're lucky enough to have him join us to talk skepticism, science advocacy (if we can stop from fanboying and fangirling enough to get the questions out) and it seems likely that we'll veer off topic again. Then we'll do our regular things.
We're very exited to announce that Callie Wright from the Gaytheist Manifesto will be joining us to help us understand the issues that transgender people face, debunk some misconceptions about trans people, and maybe we'll veer off topic in usual Brainstorm style.
Gretta Vosper is an atheist who is also a minister with the United Church of Canada. Or at least she was at the time of this writing. She's currently undergoing a trial of sorts for the church to determine if she should stay a minister. She's also an author and speaker.
We have the pleasure of chatting with Michael Sherlock; author, blogger, and atheist activist. We'll be talking about his past work, upcoming work, blasphemy laws, and maybe some unexpected topics. Of course we'll do the woo report, religious nuttery, skepticism 101, and atheism for dummies, too. Hope to see you there.
This episode we interview Shawn Vulliez from the Pirate Party of Canada. https://www.pirateparty.ca/ After that we'll do some woo, some religious nuttery, and our educational portions for those new to skepticism and atheism. http://mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast/events/brainstorm-goes-pirate/