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Wed. 3/28/12
Atheists ‘Coming Out’ In Droves

Atheists ‘Coming Out’ In Droves
Reason RallyA recent Gallup poll concluded that the US remains a deeply religious nation, with more than two-thirds of the nation's residents classified as very or moderately religious. An estimated 20-thousand people rallied in DC this past weekend – many of them said to “come out.” The “Reason Rally” was envisioned as an opportunity for people to celebrate their rejection of the idea of God and to claim a bigger place in public life. Whether you call them atheists, secularists or humanists, those Americans who don’t believe in God have long had something of an image problem. From the pledge of allegiance to having “in God we trust” printed on our money, religion – and more specifically the “G” word – crops up a lot in American life. Constant references to God irk some non-believers and it pushes others deeper the closet.

Guest:
  Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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