Hello and thanks to everyone for all the stimulating stuff.
I am constantly being educated by the network and thought I would just highlight the sites that entertain and educate me. Some of them are news based to get an insight outside of what is happening in South Africa and then the Atheist and science sites that are very informative. And hopefully to get a couple of recommendations from you guys on others to check out and possibly to introduce a couple.
The great thing about podcasts is you can do them on the run so it doesn't tie you to the screen. I listen to them while cycling and when I am commuting and at my home office.
My regular and favourite podcasts:
Wait, wait don't tell me from NPR - a show that has a phone message as it's prize has it's heart in the right place!
BBC - Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4 - left leaning but very, very funny. Extremely clever.
BBC - The Infinite Monkey Cage - Prof Brian Cox and Brian Ince - only runs for 4/5 months a year but Science and Art discussion with great topics such as: What makes science, a science?, Parallel Universes
Real Time with Bill Maher
Reasonable Doubts - way more balanced than I am in terms of religion and such a well informed bunch in biblical matters that informs me as I never spent too much time reading the bibley thing even though I went to a catholic boarding school for 7 years. I learn a huge amount from them.
BBC - The Life Scientific - half hour interviews with leading scientists. The one with Richard Dawkins is very interesting as he talks about science (his real love) and less about religion.
BBC - Desert Island Discs - the longest running radio show I understand - 70 years plus. Great guests and some very religiously inspired which is interesting to listen to as someone who is very averse to such a viewpoint. A nauseating one from the archives is the one with Richard Dawkins where the previous presenter couldn't get past him taking away people's faith and repeated it several times. Not the usual format! And it introduces you to some very interesting music choices.
Skepticallity with Swoopy and Derek - very interesting interviews.
Bubbling under this level:
Geologic with George Hrab
Here's the thing with Alec Baldwin
Still trying to decide:
Ardent Atheist with Emery Emery
Geeks without Gods
I am surprised I have time to do anything with this list. I can't bring myself to listen to the loony fox type fringe. I check out the links from the discussions on occasion and find that hard enough to get through. And Anne Coulter on Bill Maher on occasion keeps the desire to explore in check.
I've just listened to an episode of Inquiring Minds, and will probably listen to more.
The pedigree is good: "Inquiring Minds is hosted by bestselling science author Chris Mooney [author of The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality and Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming; among other books] and neuroscientist and musician Indre Viskontas [she and Mooney were the hosts of the Center for Inquiry's Point of Inquiry from 2010 to 2013]. It’s produced by Adam Isaak in partnership with Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact of a changing climate and consisting of The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Slate, and Wired."
Perhaps most relevant to A|N:
Americans don't like atheists much. [...] Still, atheist America is growing: One fifth of the public is now religiously unaffiliated.
So how do you build an atheist? Or a whole country of them like the Czech Republic, where 48 percent of the public opts for the description "not a religious person" and another 30 percent is a "convinced atheist"? In the last decade, a growing body of research has begun to home in on an answer. In this week’s show we cover all of that and more with Ara Norenzayan, a pioneering researcher on the psychology of religion.
Thanks very much. Will check it out. So less sleep in my future!
May I suggest that you add or at least consider The Thinking Atheist, with Seth Andrews. He does a weekly podcast on important subjects relating to atheism, and frequently has significant guests on his show, who have recently included Peter Boghossian and Richard Dawkins. Seth also produces some excellent videos on YouTube.
I recommend him highly.
You can get all of this stuff and more if you have XBMC as I do. Mine is on my big computer but you can get it on an android and other aps. Just go to XBMC.org and download the free GUI program. Website will tell you how to install it, but you can also go to You Tube to learn this. Much of it is 3rd party software and involves repositories and all of it is streamed, which is still legal at this time.
I watch movies, listen to music from all over, get podcasts, watch world news, (even from Iran) and one day surprised my wife by playing a radio station from Kenya. I'm pretty good at using this thing, but haven't even scratched the surface yet. Everything ever made is stored somewhere. With XBMC you can find it, then watch or listen to it.