Radio Freethinker

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Show notes for Episode 155

Posted by Ethan Clow on March 3, 2012

Radio Freethinker Episode 155 – The Witch Hunter Edition;

This week Heartland climate scandal, open mindedness, and an interview with Leo Igwe on Witch Hunting in Africa
(sorry of the delay folks)

Download the episode here!

Skeptical News:

Switzerland plans to clean up space

Fresh scandal embroils U.S. climate science debate

A discussion and deconstruction of the double standard in the mass media’s approach to ‘climate scandals’ as seen in the different way the Heartland Institute Scandal and the Dr. Glieck Affair were handled by both the press and the participants.

If you open your mind too much…

A discussion inspired by the Tim Minchin lyric “if you open your mind too much, your brain will fall out” and just how open minded skeptics should be.


Don has a serious discussion with Leo Igwe, Nigerian Skeptic and former representative for South and Western Africa on the International Humanist and Ethical Union. We talked about the rise of witch hunters in Africa and how this new insurgency has its origin in modern Christian/Muslim missionaries from North America.

Learn more about Leo Igwe:
International Humanist and Ethical Union
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Learn more about Helen Ukpabio:
“End Of The Wicked”
Pharyngula – Witch-hunter Ukpabio spreads her poison here
New York Timers – Nigerian Witch-Hunter Explains Herself

Skeptical Highlights:


Gapminder is a non-profit venture – a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The initial activity was to pursue the development of the Trendalyzer software. Trendalyzer sought to unveil the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics.

It is available online or as a download for free at They a large selection of data sets from a variety of sources, also for free access.

The intention of gapminder is to a “fact tank” that promotes a fact based world view.

Do you believe in atheists? Distrust and anti-atheist prejudice

The UBC Freethinkers Club is proud to sponsor a lecture by prominent Ph.D. candidate, Will Gervais. His most recent work into distrust of atheists has been covered in many major newspapers and has received much prominent attention! We’ve snagged him for an afternoon to let us know: why *do* people mistrust atheists?

Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 7:00pm – BUCH A101

COST: FREE for UBC Freethinkers Club members/ $2 for non-members



One Response to “Show notes for Episode 155”

  1. Anonymous Atheist said

    The link in this blog post to listen to the episode works, but the link in the podcast Feedburner RSS feed is still silent, fyi.

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