Radio from the Secular Point of View

Freethought Radio, from the secular point of view, broadcasts weekly and is hosted by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The show offers programming for nonreligious listeners, as well as countering the religious-right domination of our public airwaves. Freethought Radio features a regular "Theocracy Alert," Dan's "Pagan Pulpit," "Freethinkers Almanac," music and interviews with authors and activists. Check out Freethought Radio's illustrious list of guests, including Richard Dawkins, Julia Sweeney, Janeane Garafalo, Ron Reagan, Betty Rollins, Christopher Hitchens, Steven Pinker, Ursula K. Le Guin and so many other fascinating freethinkers, newsmakers and thinkers.


Saturdays, 11 am - noon Central, on Progressive Talk The Mic 92.1, Madison, Wis.

Ada/Grand Rapids, MI: WPRR AM 1680 and 95.3 FM Public Reality Radio, Airs Thurs 6 pm
Anchorage: KUDO AM 1080, Sat 9-10 am, Sun 11 am-noon
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Freethought Radio streams at The Mic 92.1, Madison, Wis., every Saturday from 11 a.m. - Noon Central.


Podcasts are usually available here Mondays by midmorning (except on national holidays, when they go up on Tuesday).
Or listen to Freethought Radio on iTunes. (Check back here for our weekly podcasts.)


Listen to podcasts dating to 2006 (arranged by year) here.
About the Show and Incidental Music
Announcer ("voice deity") is Buzz Kemper, of Audio for the Arts, Madison, Wis., a member of the Foundation. Engineer/producer is Brian Turany, also a member of the Foundation. Incidental music is performed on the piano and/or arranged by host Dan Barker. Listen carefully to the "intro" and "outro" music to pick out Dan's arrangements of strains from the ballad "Annie Laurie," from Dan's "Friendly Neighborhood Atheist," "Salt Lake City Blues," Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So," Irving Berlin's "Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil in Hades," and the famous 16th century freethought ballad, "Die Gedanken Sind Frei" ("Thoughts Are Free"). Other incidental music was created especially for the show by Dan. You can listen to yourself! Hundreds of freethought members have recorded greetings to air on Freethought Radio at FFRF conventions.
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Air America History

Freethought Radio's partnership with Air America, which made the broadcast available to all of its affiliates, ended on Jan. 25, 2010, with the demise of Air America Radio. Freethought Radio enjoyed being part of Air America while it lasted and working with various Air America talents. (See News Release.) (See broadcasting stations above.) Podcasts will also continue.

Check this website by Monday morning to listen to the previous weekend's broadcast.

I get my podcast from iTunes.  It's great to listen to the show when I'm at the gym or hiking, etc.

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Could you post some of this in the "Fewer Atheist Women than Men" AN discussion?  Particularly the list of guests.  I have pointed out that FFRF was effing FOUNDED by two women, and that there are many, many atheist feminist authors and activists ... whose works seem to be ignored by the mainstream reviewers for some reason....  So far my comments have been ignored.

I may go back in there and tell people to check out the "Freethought of the Day" at if they are too chintzy to pay $40 to join the Foundation and get it e-mailed to them daily. (Plus all the other benefits.) 

I'm starting to grind my teeth, and may quit following that particular discussion.  Chinese foot-binding.  Jeez!  The origin of that custom was an empress who was crippled, and upper-class girl babies had their feet bound in imitation of her.  It WAS ghastly, and it is a good analogy for indoctrination and "mind-binding."  Except for one little indoctinated mind can be changed.  Most atheists were raised in some religion or other, and we slowly began to think for ourselves.  Those poor Chinese women couldn't do anything about their condition...


ok - will do


I'm having some odd problems with my computer...I keep having to reboot to get my desktop shortcuts to work, and I'm starting to wonder if it's time for a new tower.  Something I can't really afford...and don't want.  Newer models have way too many unnecessary "bells and whistles" IMO.

B*tch-b*tch-b*tch.  That's moi tonight.

sk8eycat -- I posted a lot of FFRF in that discussion -- hope It wasn't too much -- did you see what I posted?

That's what I've been reading for the past hour (in between trips to the kitchen to check on my ham & bean soup).


I don't think it's too much, but NObody has commented on it.  I think they want to feel sorry for themselves, or something.

They don't seem to know much about history, either:

Margaret Sanger

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Women who were arrested, and force-fed when they went on hunger strikes, to get women the right to vote and to use contraception intelligently.  Not even mentioned.  Both atheists, and both would be appalled at our modern almost-theocracy today.  (I wish Robert A. Heinlein had written the two "Future History" novellas he had planned about Nehemiah Scudder's theocratic takeover of the US government ... in 2012!  Yikes!)

My NERVES!  (I don't think I want to live on this planet anymore.)

Yeah, I agree. They are ignoring it when there are many strong women Atheists. Sometimes this site get on my nerves too.

Ah, well.  There's always Freethought Radio and Freethought Today to look forward to.

I need to get some headphones for my 'puter so I can listen to FR without getting static from my JW sister. 

She can spend hours studying her buybull on Saturdays, and then on Sunday AM, when the people who drive her to the meetings call, I hear her say, "Oh, I'm not feeling up to it," and then go into a monologue about her aches, pains, and (possible) contagious condition(s). 

Echoes of Mother.


I often think that she's not all that religious, but the JWs are the only "friends" she has left.  Pitiful.

Yeah - that sounds so sad for your sister.

Enjoy the podcast and Freethought Today!

How would one set up a radio station?




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