Podcast review: Ask an Atheist

Ask an Atheist is a radio show, also distributed as a podcast.

It is produced by the atheist community in Tacoma, Washington – not far from the Canadian border. Hosts Becky Friedman and Sam Mulvey discuss news of interest to atheists (often with local and non-local guests). The show has an American focus, but they also cover news related to atheism around the world.

There are a couple of things that really draw me to this podcast. First, the topics covered are interesting to me. The hosts share my general worldview. Second, I like their tone. They are neither gratuitously shrill or offensive, nor blandly neutral.

I wouldn’t say they knock it out of the park every time, but it is a pleasant and reliable weekly listen.

This show should be interesting to atheists, humanists, and skeptics who want to keep up on current events. In decreasing order, it is relevant to Washington state residents, Americans, and atheists worldwide.

I really don’t know how it would come across to believers. On the one hand, I think their tone is right.It would probably appeal to a religious believer who wants to see how current events (such as the recent American supreme court ruling in the Hobby Lobby health care case) look to atheists and humanists. On the other hand, they do not go out of their way to explain inside references, and they are not there to give reasons for atheism or humanism. So it probably wouldn’t appeal to a religious believer who wants to hear the arguments for “the other side”. As for someone who is examining different worldviews in search of something that resonates … well, give it a try.

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