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 Jan 31, 2021
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 Jun 20, 2020
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Making sense of...everything!

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Extremism, Atheism and Other Controversies with Seth Andrews
1:17:03

This week I welcome back Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist channel and podcast and an all-around great guy. In this wide-ranging discussion, we take up issues with religion but spend a lot more time describing our issues with the atheist side of the coin and problems we want to see rectified in how...

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Apr 17, 2021
The Power of Showing a Little Gratitude
41:56

This week I talk from a psychological perspective on the surprising power of gratitude and how this helps us maintain perspective. I share some very personal experiences of this in my own life as well. Enjoy! Harvard Medical School article Dr. Summer Allen article

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Apr 10, 2021
How to Understand Everything with Tom Beakbane
1:28:05

This week I welcome neuroscientist Tom Beakbane to the show to discuss his book “How to Understand Everything” and the subject of consilience, a word Tom has used as a foundational idea for a multi-faceted approach to looking at our relationships, our biology and even consciousness itself. If nothing else, we certainly had an interesting...

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Apr 03, 2021
Indoctrination and Radicalization in Cults
1:41:24

This week I am offering something a little different: an interview I did for Paganicon 2021 on the subject of cult indoctrination and radicalization and how this might also apply in groups and relationships. We had a great time, even if I was a little chatty, and I hope you enjoy it. My earlier interview...

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Mar 27, 2021
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #289: Scientology, Cult City Tours and Protests
41:24

This week, there was a bit of a kerfuffle in Clearwater over the Scientology and the Aftermath reunion and Cult City Tours which happened on Hubbard’s Birthday on March 13th. In this podcast, I go over the city council meeting that happened two days ago and my opinions and commentary on the entire matter as...

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Mar 20, 2021
Let's Talk About Mental Health, Part 2
58:51

About two years ago, Melissa and I did a podcast about mental health, suicide and treatment, talking intimately about our own experiences as well as what we have learned. This week we tackle this subject again, especially some of the issues we’ve encountered or learned about in getting help and some ideas we had about...

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Mar 13, 2021
Scientology and Double Binds
57:39

This week I am joined by my wonderful wife, Melissa, to discuss the psychological principle of double binds and how these are control mechanisms used to deceive, manipulate and control people in not just cults like Scientology but also in domestic partnerships. We talk about what these are, where the ideas come from and I...

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Mar 06, 2021
Recovering from Scientology - Another Layer
43:35

This week I talk somewhat intimately about what has been happening in my own recovery from Scientology and how my recent education has really ramped up that process in both good and not-so-good ways, and what this has taught me firsthand about cult recovery.

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Feb 27, 2021
"Better Left Unsaid" and the Radicalization of the Left
1:02:04

This week I welcome Curt Jaimungal and Desh Amila, two filmmakers who have produced Better Left Unsaid, a new documentary about the rise of Left-wing extremism in the United States and across Western nations. We discuss various points from the documentary and our mutual concern about what we see as radicalized behavior on the part...

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Feb 20, 2021
Street Epistemology - What It Is and Isn't ft. Anthony Magnabasco
1:48:35

This week I welcome back Anthony Magnabasco to discuss the growing conversation/inquiry method called Street Epistemology. We talk about what it is and what it isn’t and how when used properly, it can be a great tool to increase understanding and tolerance in our increasingly divided times. Enjoy! Anthony’s Social Media: https://linktr.ee/magnabosco Street Epistemology Resources:...

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Feb 13, 2021
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #283: Clearwater and Scientology: A Fresh Perspective
1:29:29

This week I welcome back Aaron Smith-Levin to give us an update on what is what with Scientology in Clearwater, including a fresh and different perspective on what life there is really like with Scientology as a neighbor and some detailed talk about the Clearwater city council and how it can and should best deal...

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Feb 06, 2021
Talking to QAnon ft. Rachel Bernstein
52:43

This week I welcome licensed therapist and cult recovery counselor Rachel Bernstein back to the channel to discuss the unique problems and techniques of talking to people in extremist belief sets such as those of QAnon. This reckless and all-consuming conspiracy has created radicalized extremists, making this much more than “just another cult.” It’s time...

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Jan 30, 2021
Ponzinomics: The Big Picture of Multilevel Marketing ft. Robert Fitzpatrick
2:04:27

Last week we featured Alanda Carter to discuss her experiences with multilevel marketing scams (MLMs) but this week is a real tour de force as we go into the birds-eye view of what MLMs really are about, how long they have been around and how they have amassed such vast security and safety from regulation...

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Jan 23, 2021
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #280: The Dangers (and Cultism) of Multilevel Marketing
1:06:18

This week I welcome Alanda Carter,  @The Recovering Hunbot  for a discussion about multilevel marketing and the coercive, cult-like tactics that are employed at every level to promote, recruit, retain and financially devastate their “members.” Alanda has personal experience to share about this and has been a staunch anti-MLM crusader who has helped educate me...

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Jan 16, 2021
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #279: Scientology, Miscavige and Marketing ft. Jeff Hawkins
1:58:17

This week I welcome back Jeff Hawkins for one of the most fun and certainly interesting conversations I’ve had in a long while about Scientology, David Miscavige and the marketing and expansion of Scientology (or lack thereof). This is a wide-ranging discussion and we tie in some current events as well, which may help give...

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Jan 09, 2021
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #278: The 2020 Year in Review – In and Out of Scientology
1:04:35

This week we do our traditional year-end review of what happened in 2020, mainly in but also of course outside of the world of Scientology. There were some good and some bad, some ups and some downs, but certainly no shortage of things to talk about. Enjoy!

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Jan 02, 2021
The Messianic Movement and Gay Conversion Therapy
2:11:42

This week I welcome Matan Schecter, a second-generation former Messianic Jew. As we clarify in this episode, that term is a misnomer of the highest order and Matan had to face a great deal of struggle to find his own voice and acknowledgement of his own identity. We talk about what the Messianic Movement is...

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Dec 26, 2020
The Problem of Authoritarianism ft. Jon Atack
1:59:22

This week I welcome back Jon Atack to discuss the problem of dealing with cults and how can we ever hope to solve this immense task, or should we even be trying? In this far-ranging conversation we cover answers to this and a lot more. Enjoy!

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Dec 19, 2020
Scientology Lawsuits - A Legal Opinion
1:39:41

This week I welcome back my friend and DC lawyer Ciprian Ivanof to discuss Scientology lawsuits, both recent and old, and what lawyers for Valerie Hanie may have gotten wrong in their latest fight against the Church of Scientology. We recorded this last week and it was just yesterday that news came down that Haney’s...

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Dec 12, 2020
Lies Your Psychologist Told You ft. Dylan Aames
1:15:50

This week I welcome local Denver author Dylan Aames to discuss his book Lies Your Psychologist Told You, a critical take on some of the taller tales that have been accepted as literal or practical truth when perhaps they should not be, including in the very textbooks of psychology. We have some lively and interesting...

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Dec 05, 2020
The Scientology Experience with Shane Rybacki
1:19:28

This week we are doing a bit more of a raw interview than usual as I discuss the Scientology experience with former member Shane Rybacki, a second gen member from Detroit and Orange County who had quite a few wild experiences growing up in and around Scientology including a brief stint on the EPF and...

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Nov 28, 2020
Pushing Back against Religious Wolves ft. Stacie & Jeff Mallinson
1:44:27

This week I welcome Stacie and Jeff Mallinson to discuss how they have been pushing back from within the religious community against “religious wolves,” people in religious settings who engage in destructive cult behavior and abusive religious indoctrination of children. We found quite a bit of common ground and I hope you enjoy this talk...

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Nov 21, 2020
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #271: Connecting Brains and Machines ft. Dr. Jonas Kaplan
1:10:11

This week I welcome back Dr. Jonas Kaplan to discuss the possibilities of neuralink or the melding of our brains with electronics, potentially launching us into a whole new sphere of existence in a digital world or using digital tools to assist every aspect of our thinking and our life. Sound like a transhumanist’s wet...

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Nov 14, 2020
Truth, Lies, Politics and Cults ft. Tim Ward
1:08:29

This week I welcome Tim Ward, co-author of Pro-Truth, to discuss a grassroots social movement towards objective truth in politics, media and social forums. We discuss what this book and movement are designed to do, why this is more than necessary at this point in American culture and we even get pretty deep into the...

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Nov 07, 2020
I Have Legal Questions about Cults ft. Ciprian Ivanof
1:42:58

This week I welcome back Ciprian Ivanof, an attorney practicing in Washington DC, who helps me breakdown and understand some of the legal hurdles and difficulties that former Scientologists and other ex-cult trauma survivors experience in trying to bring their former abusers to justice. This is an incredibly frustrating topic for many and I tried...

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Oct 31, 2020
Recovering from Religious Trauma ft. Janice Selbie
1:10:16

This week I welcome Janice Selbie, a Canadian counsellor who specializes in religious trauma. We discuss a number of points about recovering from religious trauma, including Janice’s own story as a deeply devout believer and her journey out of religion and current views on the matter. Enjoy! Janice Selbie: @Wise_Counsellor Website: https://Divorcing-religion.com

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Oct 24, 2020
Hashtag Cults and MGTOW ft. Mike Fallek
1:28:56

This week I welcome Mike Fallek, a journalist/documentarian who has been investigating the online or what he refers to as “hashtag” cult of MGTOW (“Men Going Their Own Way”), a men’s rights group that exists pretty much exclusively on the internet. We talk in detail about this, the cultic elements of it and even how...

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Oct 17, 2020
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #266: Scientology Q&A with Kat
1:12:29

Two weeks ago I posted a podcast with Kat, a woman who had “infiltrated” the Church of Scientology of Austin and ended up having a bit more of a personal journey than she thought she would. We covered a lot of ground in her story but we wanted to give you an opportunity to ask...

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Oct 10, 2020
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #265: The History and Ethics of Operation Paperclip
1:19:35

This week I welcome back Dr. Jeff Wasel to discuss the detailed and necessary backstory to what could conceivably be thought of as one of the most heinous acts of the US government. We take a stab at explaining this in a different light, while understanding that this is a sensitive topic and we make...

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Oct 03, 2020
The Scientology Experience with Kat
2:35:10

This week I welcome Kat, a woman who purposefully became involved with Scientology in Austin three years ago but came away with a story vastly different from the one she thought she would tell. This is not a victim story and yet we see from this exactly how Scientology negatively influences almost everything it comes...

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Sep 26, 2020
Disturbing Ways You are Being Manipulated ft. Deborah Powney
2:12:36

This week I welcome PhD candidate Deborah Powney from the UK, a 14-year veteran of the alcohol marketing business who is now studying psychology and domestic violence. She has a lot to say about how the marketing industry works for real and we get down and dirty on what they are doing and exactly how....

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Sep 19, 2020
Memory (In and Out of Scientology) ft. Dr. Jonas Kaplan
1:29:50

This week I welcome back Dr. Jonas Kaplan, a cognitive neuroscientist in Los Angeles who has been helping us to deconstruct and understand the supercomputer in all of our heads: our brain. This week, we tackle the subject of memory and it’s a very interesting ride, especially when we make comparisons to what L. Ron...

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Sep 12, 2020
Why Do People Act That Way? ft. Myke & Mike
1:35:36

This week I welcome authors Dr. Myke Merrill and Michael Wilson, who have written Why Do People Act That Way (And What Can I Do About It?). Both Dr. Merrill and Mr. Wilson are men of faith and feel they have found a system of ideas and techniques which can benefit people based on emotions,...

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Sep 05, 2020
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #260: Vampires in Myth and Legend ft. A.P. Sylvia
1:37:40

This week I welcome author A.P. Sylvia to the show to discuss his book Vampires of Lore: Traits and Modern Misconceptions. He has traced the origin of almost all common myths and ideas about vampires back through history and we talk in this episode about quite a few of them and share our love for...

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Aug 29, 2020
Critical Thinking, Science and Masks ft. Dr. David Johnson
1:44:01

This week I welcome back Dr. David Kyle Johnson from Kings College to discuss practical critical thinking in the real world, including how we apply key ideas to debunk or help evaluate medical or science claims we are told all the time. We dive into some of the pseudoscientific ideas surrounding the current craze around...

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Aug 22, 2020
Do We Need Authoritarian Governments? ft. Jon Atack
2:01:14

This week I welcome back Jon Atack to have a discussion about government morality and how the compares and contrasts with individual morality – a discussion that ranges far and wide and, if nothing else, I’m sure you will find as fascinating as I did. Enjoy!

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Aug 15, 2020
Scientology's RPF Program Explained
2:36:13

This week I am tackling Scientology’s Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) in a way no one has before: a complete beginning to end explanation of the program using the inside Church documents which describe in detail how it is to be established and executed. The RPF is a grueling, hard-labor re-education camp and after hearing this...

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Aug 01, 2020
Stepping Out of Your Bubble
1:43:04

This week I welcome Mark Turi, friend, former Scientologist and Canadian, to help me discuss a train of logic I have about critical thinking and the bubble worlds that we all live in and around. This is a non-partisan talk and I mostly dive into my Scientology past for examples of how our thinking, beliefs...

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Jul 25, 2020
The Cult-Like Core of Black Lives Matter ft. Adrian Lee Oliver
1:35:31

This week I am joined by Adrian Lee Oliver to discuss some concerns and issues he as a black man has with Black Lives Matter both as an organization and political ideology. While I can’t say for sure that this is the last thing I’ll ever publish on this topic, I think the four podcasts...

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Jul 18, 2020
Surviving the Pentecostal Movement ft. Alexis Arralynne
1:43:37

This week I am joined by former Pentecostal Alexis Arralynn to talk about estrangement from her family, and cult beliefs and practices she was exposed to as a child which forever altered her world view and ability to survive. We discuss our mutual difficulties growing up in a cult environment and get into why we...

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Jul 11, 2020
Rick Lockhart II and I Talk #BlackLivesMatter
2:25:09

This week I am joined by Rick Lockhart II, co-host of “In Black & White” on the YFNANews as well as “Color-Full Circle with Rick & Al”. We discuss our mutual concerns and common ground on the topic of Black Lives Matter, both as an organization and a social movement and various reasons for why...

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Jul 04, 2020
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #252: Why I Have Concerns about Black Lives Matter ft. Benjamin Boyce
1:39:29

This week I am joined by Benjamin Boyce, fellow YouTuber and alumnus of Evergreen State College in Washington. We get into some nitty-gritty discussion of Benjamin’s experience at the college and how much of what happened with Black Lives Matter there was a sort of precursor to what is happening now with BLM across the...

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Jun 27, 2020
A Talk with a Critical Thinking Stripper ft. Erin Louis
1:54:29

This week I welcome a wonderful and very special gust, Erin Louis, author Expose Yourself: How to Take Risks, Question Everything, and Find Yourself. We discuss her past as a stripper, she answers my numerous silly questions about the sex trade and her experiences in it and then we discuss critical thinking, which she has...

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Jun 20, 2020
We Love Critical Thinking! ft. Dr. David Kyle Johnson
1:59:32

This week I welcome Dr. David Kyle Johnson, a professor of critical thinking, to talk turkey about how critical thinking is taught and its results, how anyone can easily apply some of the most basic and important principles and what all of this has to do with how we live our lives. Enjoy!

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Jun 13, 2020
Keeping the Faith ft. Dr. Tim Sledge
1:21:48

This week I welcome Dr. Tim Sludge, former Evangelical minister and creator a nationwide Christian support group before he lost his faith and realized that he had been pushing beliefs he no longer held. He has since written books and spoken on the topic of faith, meta-spirituality and atheism and he’s also a helluva nice...

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Jun 06, 2020
How We Think We Think ft. Dr. Jonas Kaplan
1:10:45

This week I am joined once again by cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Jonas Kaplan to discuss brains and thinking and what is going on up there when we’re doing that. There’s a lot to know and in this episode we explore what thought consists of, how emotions are a form of rational thought and a lot...

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May 30, 2020
The Rise and Fall of Wokeness ft. Dr. James Lindsay
1:59:55

I am joined once again by Dr. James Lindsay, critical theory critic who helps me discuss the rise and fall of “wokeness” in the American/Western cultures. We have some real fun talking about this and I learned a lot. I hope you’ll give it a chance and listen with an open mind. Enjoy! My first...

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May 23, 2020
Apostates and Honor Violence ft. Hari Parekh
1:42:33

This week, I am joined by psychologist Hari Parekh from the UK, author of the first actual academic study done on the topic of apostasy and hidden honor-based violence that is perpetuated against family and friends who have renounced their religious faith (among many other reasons). We discuss this subject in detail, how academia has...

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May 16, 2020
Redemption, Forgiveness and Revenge for Ex-Cult Members ft. Jon Atack
1:10:28

This week, Jon Atack and I discuss the difficult topics of redemption and forgiveness for those of us who were part of destructive cults or abusive relationships, what these terms mean to us, how these connect to ideas of revenge but more importantly can lead to real peace of mind for abuse survivors. Enjoy!

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May 09, 2020
Mark Bunker vs. Scientology in Clearwater
1:12:51

This week, I welcome back Mark Bunker, newly elected member of the Clearwater City Council. We talk about his new office and what he is doing, both in the face of the twin threats of COVID-19 and the Church of Scientology. The Wise Old Beard Man has much to say and it is good. Enjoy!

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May 02, 2020
Let's Get Into Neuroscience with Dr. Jonas Kaplan
1:19:00

This week I begin what will be a series of interviews with Dr. Jonas Kaplan, a cognitive neuroscientist at USC Medical Center whose entire job is figuring out how the brain operates in such a way as to render thinking. In this first episode, we discuss the basic anatomy of the brain and how it...

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Apr 25, 2020
The Occult, Scientology and the OTO
1:37:35

This week I am very happy to get some information out there that I’ve had on my mind for years: the actual occult history of L. Ron Hubbard, or at least as best we know. To help with this, I have Marco Visconti on board, a current believer in magick and Thelema, to describe the...

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Apr 18, 2020
Is Scientologist Grant Cardone Melting Down?
1:21:24

This week I’ve got a bit of a surprise – we are doing the podcast live and with Jeffrey Augustine of Scientology Money Project fame onboard to talk about the recent troubles Scientologist and self-proclaimed real estate guru Grant Cardone has been having. Stuck at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, laying off employees and...

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Apr 12, 2020
The Occult, Scientology and Madame Blavatsky
1:35:41

This week I am joined by Joe Szimhart, who not only has an extensive knowledge of the occult and its history, but also has worked as a cult interventionist and has written & lectured extensively on the history and nature of destructive cults. He and I discuss the occult roots of Scientology, and in fact...

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Apr 04, 2020
The Three Apostates Talk Current Events
59:18

This week the three apostates have met again, this time to discuss the responses and reactions of our former groups to what is happening in the world today. Enjoy! Jonathan Streeter’s channel Lloyd Evans channel

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Mar 28, 2020
Jon Atack vs. Scientology (Part 3)
2:23:18

I am joined again this week by former Scientologist, artist and historian Jon Atack to finish our discussion of his full story in and out of Scientology. Like my own, it’s a long and detailed tale and one that has required multiple podcasts to tell all the way through. In this episode, we cover Jon’s...

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Mar 14, 2020
NKT vs. Scientology ft. Dr. Michelle Haslam
1:47:31

This week I am very happy to be joined by Dr. Michelle Haslam, a licensed psychologist in the UK and a cult survivor. She has a fascinating story to tell, which of course we compare with Scientology along the way since the parallels between her former group, the New Kamapa Tradition, and Scientology are legion....

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Mar 07, 2020
BONUS: An Impossible Conversation about Politics and Healthcare
1:44:17

BONUS: Today I’m posting a bonus episode of my podcast for this week. Brandon Estrella, a conservative podcaster friend and I (I’m liberal) have done this style of conversation before, finding common ground on issues despite have differing or even contentious views on many things. This podcast isn’t for everyone, as some people hate to...

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Mar 05, 2020
Jon Atack vs. Scientology (Part 2)
2:27:13

I am joined again this week by former Scientologist, artist and historian Jon Atack to continue our discussion of his full story in and out of Scientology. Like my own, it’s a long and detailed tale and one that will require multiple podcasts to tell all the way through. In this episode, we cover a...

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Feb 29, 2020
Cultic Behavior in Social Activism ft. Dr James Lindsay
2:32:52

This week I am honored to host Dr. James Lindsay, who holds degrees in mathematics and physics and the author of five books with a sixth on its way. He has spent years studying acdemia and specifically the rise of various movements within social activist groups over the past couple decades. In this talk we...

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Feb 22, 2020
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #233: Jon Atack vs. Scientology (Part 1)
2:08:31

This week I am joined by former Scientologist, artist and historian Jon Atack to finally discuss his own story in and out of Scientology. Like my own, it’s a long and detailed tale and one that will require multiple podcasts to tell all the way through, but in this episode we managed to squeeze in...

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Feb 15, 2020
Reckless Ben and Mike vs. Scientology
49:29

This week I got a chance to interview Reckless Ben and Mike, the two men who have most recently infiltrated Scientology, recorded what happened inside the church walls and lived to post about it. We cover their whole journey and what drove them to do this in the first place as well as some future...

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Feb 08, 2020
The Three Apostates on How Cults Use Fear to Control Their Members
1:02:56

This week we bring you another Three Apostates, this time taking on the topic of phobia induction, or as Lloyd aptly describes it, fear mongering. All of our past groups and many other high control groups out there purposefully instill fear as a means of controlling their members: fear of death, fear of God, fear...

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Feb 01, 2020
What is Dominionism and Why Should You Care? ft. Dr. Clint Heacock
1:06:13

This week I am joined once again by Dr. Clint Heacock, a former evangelical minister, who has a great deal of personal and professional experience in and out of the evangelical world. He and I discuss in detail the topic of dominionism, a movement within the US Christian world to gain political and social power...

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Jan 25, 2020
How You Help Someone Out of a Cult ft. Christian Szurko
2:05:07

This week it was my privilege to interview Christian Szurko, a man who assists people out of destructive cult or high control groups through nothing but conversation and life assistance. We discuss many aspects of how he does his work and some surprising outcomes over the years. This podcast is one I’ve been wanting to...

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Jan 18, 2020
Landmark Forum vs. Scientology ft. Dale Dickenson
3:03:13

This week, we have a real tour de force. I am joined by former Landmark staffer Dale Dickins from Melbourne, Australia, to discuss in detail the ins and outs of Landmark Forum and the whole array of classes and training they offer, including her experiences volunteering and then working for the Landmark organization. Throughout our...

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Jan 11, 2020
2019 in Scientology and Beyond
1:16:07

Today I went live to talk about what happened in 2019, a year in review, especially in the world of Scientology (where things were not so great) and in my own personal life (where things are a lot better). Enjoy! 

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Jan 02, 2020
Leaving the Witness ft. Amber Scorah
1:09:16

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Amber Scorah, a former Jehovah’s Witness who has an amazing story of actually working as an underground missionary in China to spread the faith before realizing she was herself living under an authoritarian control system. She’s since been on The Daily Show and has done a TED...

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Dec 28, 2019
My Humanist Christmas Episode ft. Seth Andrews
46:46

Merry Christmas everyone – this is a Special Bonus Podcast for Christmas featuring Seth Andrews, one of my favorite guests and host of the Thinking Atheist podcast. In this episode, we discuss humanism, kindness and compassion and how we have hit and missed on achieving these in the past years and what our goals are...

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Dec 25, 2019
Brainwashing and Scientology ft. Jon Atack
2:59:08

This week I am joined once again by Jon Atack, author and historian, to discuss the topic of brainwashing. We dive deep into the various ways academics and cult leaders have tried to “debunk” that brainwashing or mind control are even legitimate topics of discussion and we discuss how brainwashing has been used effectively by...

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Dec 21, 2019
When Martial Arts Goes Full Cult ft. Louis Martin
2:37:03

This week I have guest Louis Martin, author of True Believers, to discuss his experiences with a West Coast martial arts cult he spent several years in before realizing what was going on. In this extensive talk, we cover all the details and do a bit of compare and contrast with Scientology beliefs and practices...

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Dec 14, 2019
Is Religious Indoctrination a Form of Child Abuse?

This week it is the return of the Three Apostates, this time taking on the subject of religious indoctrination of children. As you can imagine, we have quite a bit to say about this and wax hot and cold as we reflect on the difficulties of reporting on this kind of thing and why it...

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Dec 07, 2019
The Cult of Teal Swan ft. Andey Fellowes
2:54:27

This week I am joined by Andey Fellowes for a very in-depth and detailed discussion of his journey into, through and out of the cult of Teal Swan, a New Age spiritual guru who claims to be in direct touch with God and speaks for Him, among many other wild claims. Andey and I do...

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Nov 30, 2019
The Cult of Trump ft. Steve Hassan
1:08:32

This week I am joined by Steve Hassan, cult expert and recovery counselor and author the new book, The Cult of Trump. We discuss in detail why he is using the world “cult” in this context, what some of the thought reform techniques are that Trump uses and how his enablers are part of creating...

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Nov 23, 2019
Is America a Christian Nation? ft. Andrew Seidel
1:13:02

This week I am joined by Andrew Seidel, lawyer at the Freedom from Religion Foundation and author of The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationailsm is Unamerican. He and I discuss common misconceptions and arguments on this topic and go deep on where these ideas come from. Enjoy!

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Nov 16, 2019
How to Tell if a Group is a Destructive Cult ft. Clint Heacock
2:17:54

This week I am joined once again by Dr. Clint Heacock, former Evangelical minister, as we walk through Dr. Robert J. Lifton’s 8 points of cultic mind control in authoritarian groups, comparing a lot of Scientology with what happens in Evangelicism and how these line up precisely along Lifton’s characterstics. Enjoy! Clint’s YouTube channel

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Nov 09, 2019
Scientology in Clearwater ft. Dr. Jeff Wasel
56:10

This week I am joined once again by Dr. Jeff Wasel, an experienced financial investigator, to discuss the recent bombshell report in the Tampa Bay Times by reporter Tracey McManus about Scientology’s secret acquisition of half of downtown Clearwater in Florida. We go over what this is about and how it could be happening as...

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Nov 02, 2019
Part 2: Sarah and the Cult of Nithyananda
2:16:57

This is part 2 of my interview with Sarah Landry, former member and spokesperson for the cult of Nithyananda, an Indian guru who is now missing from India and wanted by the authorities there.

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Oct 26, 2019
Part 1: Sarah Landry and the Cult of Nithyananada
2:33:29

This week I have a special two-part extended length podcast. Sarah Landy, a former member and spokesperson for the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, a religious organisation founded by Nithyananda and which she was involved with for 9 years. Her story is at once a cautionary tale about how people can be lured into cults and a testimonial...

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Oct 26, 2019
Intersectionality - Pros, Cons and Pitfalls ft. Dr. Mark Horowitz
1:09:58

This week I welcome back Dr. Mark Horowitz, professor of sociology, to discuss the pros and cons and shortcomings of intersectionality, a feminist model of how the various minority groups in our culture can experience oppression across overlapping group boundaries. This has become a difficult and often heated topic for many and some have even...

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Oct 19, 2019
Religion vs. Cults ft. Owen Morgan
58:59

This week I’m joined by Owen Morgan (Telltale Atheist) to discuss a little theory I have as to why it can be so difficult to talk about religion with people; we discuss how real religions are distinct from cults and how to be a more moderating influence in these troubled times. Enjoy!

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Oct 12, 2019
War Stories with Gary LeLeux
1:44:07

This week I’m joined by Gary LeLeux, a career soldier who has some fascinating stories and views to share on his time in Afghanistan and Iraq and where we stand now, including thoughts about whether the military is a kind of cult and which movies get it right when it comes to showing what combat...

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Oct 05, 2019
The Three Apostates - How Cults Gain Allies
1:09:00

This week I’m joined again by Lloyd Evans and Jonathan Streeter for another edition of The Three Apostates, this week discussing how our respective groups get allies via politics and other external groups. We really just scratch the surface of this topic, but it’s a start. Enjoy!

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Sep 28, 2019
Why Star Wars is Failing and How to Fix It
55:07

This week we drop the serious as I have guest Chris Crimey on to discuss how we see the Star Wars saga, where it started and how it has developed and where we think it should go. Enjoy!

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Sep 21, 2019
Mark Bunker Takes on Clearwater Scientology
1:59:29

This week I am joined by Wise Beard Man himself, Mark Bunker, to discuss his bid for Clearwater’s city council as well as his history with Scientology including his days with the Lisa McPherson Trust. Enjoy!

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Sep 14, 2019
Sovereign Citizens, the Law and You ft. Ciprian Ivanof
1:28:02

Ever since I had John P Capitalist on a few months ago to discuss the “sovereign citizens” movement and some of the legal chicanery they get up to, I’ve had questions about how they misunderstand the law and why. This week I have Ciprian Ivanof on to answer questions about how the legal system works...

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Sep 07, 2019
Scientology, Trauma and Recovery ft. Dr. Natalie Feinblatt
51:26

This week I am joined by Dr. Natalie Feinblatt, trauma and cult recovery specialist who has been treating patients for over 15 years, many of whom were involved with a destructive cult in some way. We discuss the nature of trauma, some points of cult recovery and a lot more. Enjoy! Dr. Natalie Feinblatt’s website

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Aug 31, 2019
More on GPB Capital and Scientology ft. Dr. Jeff Wasel
1:12:15

This week I am joined by Dr. Jeff Wasel to discuss the recent troubles with GPB Capital and its Scientologist founder, David Gentile. We discuss exactly what happened and why Gentile is in legal trouble and how the entire attitude inculcated in Scientology contributes to these kinds of scams and problems. Enjoy! Scientology Money Project...

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Aug 24, 2019
Cult Commentary on "The Family" ft. Clint Heacock
1:15:25

This week I am joined by former Evangelical pastor Clint Heacock to discuss the new documentary “The Family” about covert fundamentalist political influence in Washington DC and around the world. We discuss the cultish overtones of this activity and why it’s a threat to our democracy.

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Aug 17, 2019
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #205: Saving the World and Other Scientology Nonsense
59:32

This week I am joined by my wife Melissa for some real talk about further levels of recovery from Scientology indoctrination. This podcast is not a factual breakdown of the phenomena, it’s my very personal take on what has been happening to me recently. It’s all moving in a positive direction but the road has...

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Aug 10, 2019
Dying (and Living) Out Loud ft. Dave Warnock
51:04

This week I am joined by Dave Warnock, a man with a terminal illness who is now speaking up and speaking out about his past, present and future with Evangelicalism (he was a preacher), his uncommon description of shunning and how he is now spending his time. I hope you’ll take a listen. This one...

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Aug 03, 2019
A Father Fights Scientology for His Daughter
1:17:42

This week I am joined by Michael Creger, a man fighting not only a bitter contest with his ex-wife over custodial rights to their daughter, but has now found himself in that same battle against the Church of Scientology itself, including all the fair game harassment tactics they use against Church critics. His story is...

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Jul 27, 2019
Will Politics Be the End of Us?
1:22:32

This week guest Brandon Estrella and I discuss the state of political discourse and American attitudes from the Left and RIght, using the situation at our southern border as an example of how we are all being manipulated to hate one another.

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Jul 20, 2019
How Scientology Deals with Legal Threats ft. Karen de la Carriere
1:01:45

This week I am joined by former Scientologist and very high level Sea Org member Karen de la Carriere to discuss the current legal situation the Church of Scientology finds itself in, how its Office of Special Affairs normally goes about its business and why this time, this current round of lawsuits might just be...

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Jul 13, 2019
Scientology, Freedom of Religion and the Law ft. Marci Hamilton
45:25

This week I welcome Dr. Marci Hamilton to the show. She is a legal scholar and accomplished lawyer who has not only argued before the US Supreme Court but specializes in the Establishment Clause of the Bill of Rights, meaning she is an expert on the legal ramifications of freedom of religion. We talk in...

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Jul 06, 2019
GPB Capital, Grant Cardone and Scientology
1:35:14

This week I am joined by Jeffrey Augustine as we go whale hunting – Scientology style. We talk about the very recent scandal involving millionaire Scientologist David Gentile, as well as talk about self-proclaimed sales guru Grant Cardone and a lot more. Enjoy! Investment News article Is GPB a Ponzi scheme?

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Jun 29, 2019
The Evangelical Agenda
1:13:12

This week, I am joined again by former Evangelical minister Clint Heacock to talk turkey about the Evangelical agenda. There is a great deal to know and be concerned about here and we go over just some of the schemes and plans that the likes of Jerry Falwell, Jr are up to in Lynchburg. I,...

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Jun 22, 2019
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #197: Catching Up with Jon Atack
1:04:33

This week, I am finally catching up with Jon Atack, what is happening with the Opening Minds Foundation and lots of other fun topics we take up. Enjoy! Jon’s YouTube channel The Great Courses Plus link

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Jun 15, 2019
Being Fair Gamed by Scientology
37:20

This week I go on a bit of a rant regarding the subject of fair gaming in Scientology and how recent actions in my life may indicate that the Church is targeting me for harassment more than any time in the past. This has always been an important topic but is only the tip of...

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Jun 08, 2019
Let's Talk About Mental Health
48:05

This week, my wife Melissa and I talk about mental health, a workshop I did on suicide prevention, dealing with mental illness and the stigmas around the entire subject.

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Jun 01, 2019
The Anti-Scientology Cult and Ex-Cult Members
53:20

This week I take on the idea of there being an “Anti-Scientology Cult” and break down the reasons why I think it’s total balderdash. In the course of doing this, I got into quite a bit of detail about what it’s like for a former cult member in coming out in to the world and...

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May 25, 2019
Are Evangelicals in a Destructive Cult?
1:27:13

Evangelicals make up 1/4 of the US population according to some estimates and this is very concerning given the extremism and literalism of their Biblical belief. In this episode, I interview former Evangelical pastor Clint Heacock about his experiences and we get into some serious discussion of what influences the Evangelicals are having on the...

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May 18, 2019
Scientology's No-Good, Horrible, Very Bad Week
1:02:00

This was a VERY bad week for Scientology, what with their cruise ship getting measles, million dollar lawsuit judgments against them and a whole lot more – let’s just say there’s a lot to comment on here. Enjoy! Tony Ortega article mentioned in the show Click here for The Great Courses Plus site site

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May 11, 2019
Why Do People Go Nuts Over Belief? ft. Dr. Yuval Laor
1:15:45

This week, Dr. Yuval Laor is back, this time to discuss the nature of fervor, the evolution of which happened to be the subject of his doctoral thesis. We go into some amazing and fascinating details about this and how it ties in with love, awe, infatuation and all of us. Enjoy!

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May 04, 2019
Coercive Control in Destructive Cults
41:15

This week I am tackling the difficult subject of coercive control and persuasion and how these relate to what goes on in destructive cults like Scientology. I have some ideas of my own about this which I want to share and I look forward to your feedback. Enjoy! Coercive Persuasion and Attitude Change by Richard...

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Apr 27, 2019
Some Real Talk about the Mueller Report
58:09

The following are the show notes, quotes and sources I used in this week’s podcast. This whole thing really should be called The Confederacy of Dunces. I polled my viewers about doing this podcast before researching and recording it, and 80% of you said to do this podcast, so this one is all your guys’...

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Apr 20, 2019
Negotiation and Suicide Prevention
42:38

This week, I am tackling the difficult subject of suicide and its prevention. If you’re wondering how I ended up talking on this topic, I explain that in detail too. I truly hope this can help everyone who watches. Enjoy! Sources: Save.org ASIST information

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Apr 13, 2019
Theranos and the Authoritarian Personality
46:05

This week I am tackling Theranos and the story of Elizabeth Holmes, a “self-made billionaire” who took Silicon Valley by storm but whose fall from supposed grace was even more spectacular. In this podcast, I take apart what happened and how and then how this is just one of many such stories we see all...

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Apr 06, 2019
My Best Advice About Cults and Otherwise
32:25

This week, I am sharing some advice I have learned over the years, and specifically what I think would be the single most helpful thing people can do to stay out of or prevent the kind of trouble that derailed my life as a teenager getting involved in Scientology. It might sound simple, but aren’t...

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Mar 30, 2019
You Have No Free Will - Watch This Podcast!
56:27

This week I examine the concept of free will and whether or not we have it. This interest has sprung as a direct result of my recent studies and connecting dots between neuroscience, psychology and cult studies. This is not meant to be the definitive end statement. I want to start the conversation, not end...

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Mar 23, 2019
The Cult of Sovereign Citizens ft. John P. Capitalist
1:26:35

You may or may not have seen the videos or heard anything about Sovereign Citizens, but they are a thing and they are growing. In this podcast, we take it all apart starting with who this group is, what they basically believe and the kinds of trouble they have caused because of their delusory thinking...

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Mar 16, 2019
Scientology and "Case Supervision" ft. Sunny Pereira
1:11:36

This week I am joined by Sunny Pereira, former Sea Org member and case supervisor, to discuss how Scientology auditing is organized and delivered, including what the case supervisor function is and how very different this is from any normal psycho-therapeutic setup. Enjoy!

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Mar 09, 2019
Our 30-Day Off the Internet Challenge
46:47

This week, we finished our 30-day social media detox and time away from television and media. It’s almost impossible to overstate the number and significance of the changes which occurred to each of us and together. We tried to summarize some of them here in this week’s podcast. Enjoy! Can We Autocorrect Humanity Do a...

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Mar 02, 2019
The Psychology of Social Media
1:00:20

This week I am joined by Rachel Bernstein, licensed therapist and cult recovery expert, to discuss “doubling down” and why people will cling to beliefs which have been proven to them to be untrue but which only makes them believe it more. This led to many examples from social media and some discussion on that...

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Feb 23, 2019
Much More About CST ft. Dylan Gill
1:34:50

This week, I am again joined by former Sea Org member and CST staffer Dylan Gill, who illuminates us on many aspects of the Hubbard advices and directives surrounding the mystique of CST. This leads us to many places of conversation including some of our thoughts on how Shelly Miscavige fits into all this.

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Feb 16, 2019
Why Scientology Training is Worse Than You Think
1:53:51

What do Scientology training classes actually consist of and how are they run? What happens when you sign up to become a Scientology auditor? How are you treated? How are you supposed to learn? What is this “word clearing” all about? And why should young people especially be kept as far away from all this...

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Feb 09, 2019
Scientology Human Trafficking ft. Katrina Reyes
2:32:40

This week I am joined by Katrina Reyes, former Sea Org member and now declared “suppressive person” who discusses her history entering the Sea Org at only 11 years old and how Scientology’s Sea Organization not only engaged in human trafficking back in the day but that this practice continues to this day.

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Feb 02, 2019
Scientology's Church of Spiritual Technology ft. Dylan Gill
2:02:40

This week I am joined by former Sea Org member Dylan Gill to discuss his experiences at Flag and then the Church of Spiritual Technology as a high-level executive. We trade anecdotes and do our best to keep up with all the cryptic language involved in talking about Scientology. Enjoy!

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Jan 26, 2019
Scientology is Psychological Waterboarding ft. Bree Mood
3:09:28

This week I have the longest interview I’ve done in one go with Binah (Bree) Mood, a woman who only just escaped from Scientology’s Sea Organization in October of 2018. We discuss her entire history with plenty of anecdotes and segues as various aspects of Scientology’s abuses come to light.

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Jan 19, 2019
The Three Apostates Take the Cult Challenge
1:20:28

This week I’m joined by Jonathan Streeter (former Morman) and Lloyd Evans (fomer JW) who together with me are the Three Apostates! We each scored our respective groups on a “cult danger evaluation” and in this episode we compare and contrast our scores and ideas for each. Enjoy!

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Jan 12, 2019
Politics, Religion and Other Inoffensive Subjects with Seth Andrews
1:07:43

Seth Andrews joins me this week to discuss politics, religion, atheism and the big problems with the “purity testing” across social media platforms. A little Scientology is also thrown in to round out the inoffensive subject matter. Enjoy!

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Jan 05, 2019
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #173: 2018 in Scientology and Beyond
56:12

In this end of the year review, I talk about what we saw happen in the world of Scientology (and without) as well as some thoughts about what this channel is and where it’s going. Enjoy!

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Dec 29, 2018
Is Free Speech Dead?
1:04:26

This week I am taking on some of the controversies surrounding free speech. Instead of arguing over what words are and aren’t acceptable or offensive, I’m going right to the core of the argument and review what free expression is as a right, what are its limits and discuss the recent de-platforming of content creators.

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Dec 22, 2018
Scientology and the Nation of Islam - An Unholy Alliance
1:11:59

This week, and coincidentally with the timing of Leah’s show on the Nation of Islam, I am covering the improbable alliance between the Church of Scientology and the Nation of Islam. I discuss what I learned in looking into this, including the real history of the NOI, its racist nature and undeniable fact it is...

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Dec 15, 2018
Inherent Bias in Academia and Politics ft. Mark Horowitz
1:03:01

This week, I do my first live interview in my new studio with Mark Horowitz, Professor of Sociology. We talk about the enormous majority of left-wing leaning academics in the “soft” sciences and how this has affected the quality and views of these sciences. Our far reaching conversation also touches on extremist thinking, social justice...

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Dec 08, 2018
How I Left Scientology Forever
1:07:41

This week, I tell the entire story of how I was a Scientologist and ended up in the Sea Org and what factors and events made me realize I needed to leave. I’ve told parts of this before but never the whole story. Enjoy!

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Dec 01, 2018
What it Means to be an American in 2019
1:34:55

This week, my friend Brandon and I discuss what’s going on in the US from our “common man” point of view on varying ends of the political spectrum. What does it mean to be an American now and in to the future? We tackle some of the most contentious issues in recent news. Enjoy!

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Nov 24, 2018
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #167: The Shocking Truth Behind the Flat Earth!!!
56:52

This week, I spent two full days at the Denver International Flat Earth Conference 2018 and this podcast is a same-day download of my thoughts and observations on how and what the Flat Earthers think and why, and my reasons for pushing back against this quasi-religious movement.

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Nov 17, 2018
Save Your Internet (Article 13 and the EU)
30:51

Hey everyone, this week we are going to talk about the internet, the European Union and some panic that is setting in across the YouTube platform which is being stoked directly by the powers-that-be at YouTube, and possibly with good reason. This week, we are discussing the infamous Article 13. So, what is this all...

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Nov 10, 2018
Scientology's Corrupt System of Justice
1:28:16

This week, lawyer Ciprian Ivanof and I dissect Scientology’s system of ethics and justice, looking at its similarities and differences to the military justice code and our Common Law-based legal system. Most important, we describe exactly how Hubbard’s system all but ensures that Scientologists will experience nothing but injustice. Enjoy!

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Nov 03, 2018
Pipe Bombs and Terorrism: Where Does the Buck Stop?
46:22

This week, I look at the recently caught suspect of a series of postal pipe bombs sent around the US. I look at the recent news about the individual behind this, who the bombs were sent to and why and whether or not responsibility for this lies only with him.

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Oct 27, 2018
Beating Tribal Thinking
38:35

Show notes: Facebook post: Something to never ever forget is how strongly people’s biases, prejudices and tribalism actually alters their perceptions. Memories are formed based on how someone thinks they saw or heard something (as well as by actual physical limitations with their senses), not based on what really happened. When there is general agreement...

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Oct 20, 2018
How to Change Someone's Mind ft. Anthony Magnabsaco
1:12:08

We are living in some of the most divisive times in our lives. How we talk to one another and address each other’s beliefs and ideas has everything to do with how long these divisions will continue, or whether they will escalate into real world violence. Anthony Magnabosco has been featured on my channel before...

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Oct 13, 2018
The Three Apostates take on Cult Control Methods
1:50:44

This week, former Mormon Jonathan Streeter and former Jehovah’s Witness Lloyd Evans and I reunite as the Three Apostates to discuss the cult control techniques that are used to retain members. We compare and contrast the sayings, methods and social controls across our former groups such as how members are made to feel they’ll fail...

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Oct 06, 2018
Prosecuting Cults like Scientology (RICO, etc.)
1:17:32

This week, Dr. Jeff Wasel and I discuss the specifics of what it takes to prosecute a crime family or a destructive cult (often the same thing) including delving in to the mysteries of the RICO statues and how they are used. Enjoy!

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Sep 29, 2018
Traumatic Narcissism ft. Dan Shaw
1:10:48

This week I am joined by Daniel Shaw, an expert on narcissism and cult recovery who has his own story to tell and then answers a lot of questions about how narcissism manifests itself, where it likely comes from and how we can be aware of narcissistic characteristics in those we meet. Dan Shaw’s book,...

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Sep 22, 2018
Let's Talk about Depression
56:29

This week, my wife Melissa and I engage in a very personal discussion about depression, anxiety and mental illness in general. We talk about what it’s like to live with and experience these, Scientology attitudes about this and the role of psychiatry in the past and present, how others react badly to mental issues and...

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Sep 15, 2018
Why Trump in in a Lot of Trouble
2:05:28

This week I’m doing something a little different from my usual podcasts. I’ve gone through the entire history of Trump’s election and presidency and the various actors/players in his administration and I break down in detail, event by event, what has been going on with who and when that has led to Trump’s current very...

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Sep 08, 2018
Let's Talk About Human Rights
1:15:40

This week, my wife Melissa and I have a fairly informal discussion about the topic of rights in our world, specifically human rights and civil rights. We discuss the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the consequences, troubles and issues with implementing them around the world and especially here at home in the United States. Enjoy!

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Sep 01, 2018
Scientology, Drug Abuse and Recovery ft. Nathan Rich
2:25:34

This week I talk to third-generation former Scientologist Nathan Rich about not just his history in Scientology as a teen, but his incredible journey of recovery since including a seven-year stretch of horrific drug abuse. Nathan’s book is available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GC685LL

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Aug 25, 2018
Love, Terror and Brainwashing ft. Alexandra Stein
1:26:14

This week I have Dr. Alexandra Stein, social psychologist and author of the book Love, Terror and Brainwashing. We discuss various aspects of cult behavior and psychology.

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Aug 18, 2018
Debunking All the Bullshit ft. SciBabe
1:03:43

This week I have the sometimes crass, sometimes downright vulgar but always informative Yvette d’Entremont, aka SciBabe, with me to talk about the nonsense of Gwenyth Paltrow’s Goop, David Wolfe’s avocados and all the rest of the health woo and other pseudoscience out there that trips people up and takes their money and their time...

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Aug 11, 2018
Scientology, Sales and Shelly ft. Ron Miscavige Snr.
1:02:12

This week I talk with Ron Miscavige Snr, former Scientologist and Sea Org member and also the father of Scientology’s current leader, David MIscavige. We discuss life on the Sea Org base in Riverside as well as his impressions of Shelly Miscavige, his history as a salesman both in and out of the Church and...

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Aug 04, 2018
Cultish Countries Around the World ft. John Sweeney
55:41

This week, guest John Sweeney is on board. An active BBC journalist who took on the Church of Scientology in 2006 and faced off with the Church’s senior executives, and who has since been in North Korea, Russia and almost every country in the Middle East, discusses what these places are like, what kind of...

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Jul 28, 2018
Growing Up in the Hare Krishnas ft. Nitai Joseph
2:20:18

This week, second generation former Hare Krishna, Nitai Joseph, guests on my show to discuss growing up with Hindu beliefs and how this led to him joining a splinter group of the Hare Krishnas and how this affected his family and his life. I make comparisons between what he experienced and how Scientology acts towards...

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Jul 21, 2018
Scientology vs. Psychiatry - The War Over Mental Health
52:59

I received an academic paper recently from Dr. Stephen Kent, sociologist from the University of Alberta and his research assistant, Terra Manca, published in 2012 about the conflict between Scientology and psychiatry. Published in the journal Mental Health, Religion and Culture, it was titled “A War Over Mental Health Professionalism: Scientology vs. Psychiatry.” This sparked a...

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Jul 14, 2018
ICSA Conference and Cult Recovery (LIvestream)
48:22

This week, I did a live stream of my podcast from Philadelphia, where I am attending the International Cultic Studies Association’s annual conference. I was part of two presentations here and I discuss those and what cult “recovery” has meant for me personally.

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Jul 10, 2018
Don't Be a Jerk! - Being Civil When It Matters Most
50:56

This week, I address the all-too-common language we are hearing these days about the need for violent uprisings and riots to combat the growing fascism of the Trump administration. Conversely we see similar calls on the Right and this is becoming ridiculous. I take this on and give some perspective on why now more than...

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Jun 30, 2018
Get Out of Your Echo Chamber!
1:02:53

This week, I talk about the phenomena of echo chambers, especially on social media and in the news, and how these are affecting us. I relate how echo chambers create mindsets that are very similar to what happens to people in destructive cults. I also get personal in this and talk about some recent events...

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Jun 23, 2018
Brainwashing, History and Cult Education ft. Jon Atack
1:00:21

This week, my guest from the Open Minds Foundation, Jon Atack, and I dive deep into talking about cult education and recovery efforts in Europe and some of the need for historical perspective and understanding in fighting destructive cult behavior and biases. We covered some very important ground in this podcast and I look forward...

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Jun 16, 2018
The Three Apostates Take on the Afterlife
1:17:10

It’s another installment of the the Three Apostates! This week, I’m joined by former Jehovah’s Witness Lloyd Evans and former Mormon Jonathan Streeter to compare and contrast our past religion’s ideas about what happens after you die. We had a great time doing this podcast and we hope you have a great time listening. Lloyd’s...

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Jun 09, 2018
How David Miscavige is Destroying Scientology
1:22:46

This week I am once again joined by Dr. Jeff Wasel and John P Capitalist (a pseudonym) to discuss L. Ron Hubbard’s Data Series and how it was used by David Miscavige to turn the course of Scientology and alter Hubbard’s techniques and ideas forever. We go over Miscavige’s Golden Age of Tech, the repercussions...

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Jun 02, 2018
North Korea, Scientology and Current Events
1:04:25

With tensions and potential negotiations in the making between the United States and North Korea, this week I have former military intelligence analyst Dr. Jeff Wasel on the show to discuss the history, state of mind and capabilities of North Korea and its dictatorial dynasty. We show how an entire country is under the sway...

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May 26, 2018
The Red Pill and the Men's Rights Movement
1:06:10

This week, I tackle the Red Pill documentary by Cassie Jaye, a feminist documentarian who claimed she was “deconverted” from feminism after interview Paul Elam and other men’s rights advocates. I examine the claims and ideas of this group and look at what they might be getting right and what they are definitely getting wrong....

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May 19, 2018
Scientology's Epically Ideal Failure
1:28:58

In this week’s podcast, financial analyst and former investment manager John P. Capitalist and I discuss in detail Scientology’s failing “Ideal Org” strategy and how it had some short-term benefits but has now failed epically to help Scientology achieve its goals of world conquest. John P. Capitalist blog is here.

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May 12, 2018
Scientology's Snow White Disaster
1:15:10

This week, I am joined by Dr. Jeff Wasel and John P Capitalist to take a deep look into L. Ron Hubbard’s disastrous brainchild, the Snow White Program, an effort on the part of Scientology to get false reports removed from government files but which ended up leading to eleven Scientologists going to jail, including...

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May 05, 2018
Ghost Hunting
54:20

This week, I describe my Friday 13th ghost hunting adventure in Arizona, where I got the chance to work alongside Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy of the Oh No! Ross and Carrie Podcast, to debunk the supernatural claims being made by a man who had become afraid of his own home. Ross and Carrie’s podcast...

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Apr 28, 2018
A Sensible Discussion About Gun Control
1:11:08

This week, I take a step back from the hyperbole of gun control and gun advocacy, to try to have a sensible and non-inflammatory discussion about guns in America. To help me out, I am joined by Brandon Estrella, a gun advocate with military and law enforcement training and experience. Enjoy!

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Apr 21, 2018
Scientology Management and Hubbard's Data Series
1:32:11

This week, I am joined by military intelligence analyst Jeff Wasel and former Wall Street investor John P. Capitalist to take a good hard look at the early days of Scientology management and the formation of the Sea Organization. We discuss L. Ron Hubbard’s activities in Rhodesia and England and how he broke away to...

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Apr 14, 2018
The Real History of the Second Amendment
55:16

This podcast is actually a re-do of an earlier podcast which I had to pull because of some factual inaccuracies in my initial research and now we’ve got this put together properly so here we go. This podcast is not the only one I’ll be doing on this topic, but it’s the first and probably...

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Apr 07, 2018
Leah Remini Talks Scientology and Cult Recovery
58:19

This week I have very special guest Leah Remini on board to talk about Scientology, a little about the upcoming Season 3 of Scientology and the Aftermath, her personal transition and recovery from her old group and a lot more. Leah is the star of King of Queens and Kevin Can Wait and the co-creator...

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Mar 24, 2018
The Collateral Damage of Scientology
1:12:21

This week, on location in Minneapolis, I conducted an interview with Penny Mixhau, the widow of a former Scientologist whose death had a great deal to do with the anti-psychiatry phobia induction which Scientology engages in. Perhaps one of my most personal podcasts to date, Penny’s story is a lesson for us all in the...

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Mar 17, 2018
The Three Apostates Part 2 - Child Sex Abuse in Cults
1:02:18

This week, it’s the return of the Three Apostates, as I welcome Lloyd Evans (former JW) and Jonathan Streeter (former Mormon) to talk about what goes on in destructive cults towards children and how these groups act to cover it up rather than admit to wrongdoing.

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Mar 03, 2018
Vaccines, Anti-Vaxxers and Other Nonsense ft. Karen Ernst
57:02

This week I talk with Karen Ernst of Voices for Vaccines and creator of the Vax Talk podcast. Voices for Vaccines is a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable disease. We discuss the safety and efficacy of vaccines, what the anti-vax movement is all about and Scientology...

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Feb 24, 2018
Helping Someone in a Narcissistic Relationship ft. Rachel Bernstein
49:42

This week, Rachel Bernstein and I discuss what to do if you know or suspect someone you know is in a narcissistic relationship. What’s the right thing to do or not do? Rachel Bernstein’s website: http://rachelbernsteintherapy.com

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Feb 17, 2018
Anonymous vs Scientology 10th Anniversary Protest Episode
46:02

February 10, 2018 is the 10th anniversary of the first international protest of Scientology by Anonymous. Sparked by the Church’s attempt to censor the internet by removing a Tom Cruise video, Anonymous declared war and Scientology has never been the same since.

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Feb 10, 2018
Scientology's Dirty Tricks Bureau - What Can We Do?
55:38

This week, Dr. Jeff Wasel and I follow up on our video from a few weeks ago to further discuss Scientology’s dirty tricks bureau, the Office of Special Affairs. We go over the strategy and tactics that former and non-Scientologists should engage in to have the best results in exposing Scientology’s abuses and human rights...

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Feb 03, 2018
Scientology, Courageous Followership and More ft. Jon Atack
1:19:50

Jon Atack guests this week to talk about Scientology, destructive cults, courageous followership and much more.

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Jan 27, 2018
Putting the Human in Humanism
46:30

This week, I talk humanism with Rebecca Hale, the president of the American Humanist Association. We discuss the beliefs and purposes of the group, how many AHA members there are these days and how they work in the legal and secular community to make the world a better place for humans.

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Jan 20, 2018
Fire and Fury Review - Let's Talk about Trump
52:36

Hello and welcome to the Sensibly Speaking Podcast. This is Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, coming at you on Stitcher, Google Play, iTunes and here on YouTube with video. This week, we are going to talk nothing but politics, centered around Michael Wolff’s new book about the Trump White House. If you can,...

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Jan 13, 2018
Exposing Scientology ft. Karen Pressley
1:02:18

Former Sea Org member Karen Pressley and I discuss the 80+ books that have been written since the 1950s about Scientology. Karen has put together a PDF presentation of all of these (link below) and we talk about the history of Scientology, how these books and other events have shaped that history and which ones...

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Jan 06, 2018
Being a Cult Leader ft. Jessica Schab
1:04:30

This week, I interview former spiritual adviser and cult leader Jessica Schab, who one day realized that what she was involved in was not rational and had elements that were actually destructive. We talk about what she did once she realized this and the consequences of those actions. While normally on this channel we have...

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Dec 30, 2017
Wordplay in the CDC, Scientology and Politics ft. Steven Martin
1:02:06

WARNING: In this podcast, we talk about politics. We are critical of both the Left and the Right. We also talk about language manipulation in the CDC, in Scientology and in the government. There are few tools of control more powerful than that of language, but its effects can be subtle and hard to detect....

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Dec 23, 2017
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #121: Sexual Abuse & Confessionals in Cults ft. Jonathan Streeter
1:21:52

This week, ex-Mormon Jonathan Streeter and I dive into the recent allegations of sexual abuse and inappropriate questioning in the Mormon church, and then compare/contrast this with what goes on in the Church of Scientology’s “security checks.” The petition from Sam Young is here: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/protect-the-children-stop-mormon-masturbation-interviews.html Secretly recorded video of Mormon pastor: https://thoughtsonthingsandstuff.com/father-of-the-ward-vs-father-of-the-child/  

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Dec 16, 2017
Atheism, Skepticism and Comedy ft. Ian Harris
1:08:30

This week, comedian Ian Harris and I talk about his career as an atheist-based comedian, the skeptic/atheist community, humanism and current events in the media and how we see the good and bad in it.

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Dec 09, 2017
Codependency 101 ft. Rachel Bernstein
43:29

This week, I talk with Rachel Bernstein about co-dependency, a loaded term which needs some clarification and accurate definition. We discuss it from many angles including how this manifests in destructive cults. Rachel’s website is here.

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Dec 02, 2017
How Language Can Control You ft. Steven Martin
1:02:36

Language is a powerful force for communication and progress. However, it can also be used in hidden ways to change how we think. This week I talk with professor Steven Martin about the subtle and sometimes almost invisible use of language as a tool of thought manipulation and control.

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Nov 25, 2017
The Psychology of Sexual Abuse
1:01:13

This week, I feature Dr. Darrel Ray, psychologist, author, founder and president of the international organization Recovering from Religion, an organization dedicated to helping people deal with the consequences of leaving any religion. Dr. Ray and I discuss current events with sexual harassment and assault accusations in the media, and the psychology and cognitive biases...

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Nov 18, 2017
What's Wrong with the US
25:37

Hello and welcome to the Sensibly Speaking Podcast. This is a scripted episode and one that I did quite a bit of work on putting together, so I want your full attention. If you can see me on YouTube, you can see that I’m smiling when I say that, but we do have some serious...

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Nov 11, 2017
Scientology "Clearing the Planet"
1:03:38

This week, I did a live stream on YouTube to discuss Scientology’s concept of “clearing the planet,” how that is discussed by L. Ron Hubbard in his policies and what that meant to me and others when we were still involved with the Church.

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Nov 04, 2017
Gothard's Cult, Homeschooling and More ft. Andrew Forlines
1:11:34

This week, former IBLP/ATI member Andrew Forlines and I discuss the Bill Gothard Christian cult, homeschooling, politics and a lot more. Enjoy our free-ranging and hopefully somewhat interesting conversation!

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Oct 28, 2017
Let's Stop Punching Nazis ft. Robert Örell
39:32

This week, I talk about deradicalization and how to effectively fight extremist groups such as Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and even the Church of Scientology (spoiler: it’s not by punching them). Robert Örell is the Executive Director of Exit at Fryshuset. He has many years of experience working with individuals leaving violent extremist millieus and criminal...

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Oct 21, 2017
Tolerance, Compassion and Understanding ft. Fernando Alcantar
1:00:22

This week, Fernando Alcantar and I discuss tolerance and activism in the atheist and religious community and how this should best be done. Fernando’s website is http://gospelofreason.com. Check it out!

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Oct 14, 2017
Update on Scientology's Tax Exemption ft. Jeffrey Augustine
52:14

This week I’m joined again by Jeffrey Augustine for an update on the petition for the IRS to investigate Scientology and to talk about why this problem exists and what we can all do about it. Link to the petition: https://goo.gl/EBKp4P Link to Jeff’s website: http://scientologymoneyproject.com

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Oct 07, 2017
Echo Chambers & Cult Thinking
40:29

This week I want to talk about echo chambers and black-and-white thinking. I’m not alone in being concerned about this. It’s actually becoming a bit of a hot topic item in major media outlets these days as people are starting to recognize the serious threat that echo chambers create for our democracy here in the...

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Sep 30, 2017
Coercive Persuasion
1:02:06

This week, I discuss in detail the seven tactics used by destructive cult groups as laid out by Dr. Margaret Singer, to engage in coercive persuasion or thought reform. The article from Dr. Singer on this is available here.

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Sep 23, 2017
Escaping Scientology ft. Karen Pressley
1:24:40

This week, Karen Pressley is on board to talk about her past Scientology and Sea Org career including being married to musician Peter Schless, working at Scientology’s secret international headquarters under David Miscavige and overseeing the progress of celebrities. Music by Pale Blue.

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Sep 16, 2017
Helping Second Generation Cult Members ft. Rachel Bernstein
58:59

This week, cult recovery therapist Rachel Bernstein and I discuss the ups and downs of counselling second-generation cult members, what sort of issues come up different from those who chose to be in a cult and besides counselling, what else can they do to help themselves once they’ve escaped from their cult upbringing. Music by...

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Sep 09, 2017
The Three Apostates
1:01:57

This week, Lloyd Evans (former Jehovah’s Witness), Jonathan Streeter (former Mormon) and I discuss advocacy, cult-like thinking and what we are trying to do about it.

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Sep 02, 2017
Scientology Fair Gaming and Recovery ft. Jon Atack
2:23:01

In this special extended-length interview with Jon Atack, we talk about the beginning of Dianetics and where Hubbard plagiarzied the procedure from, the vagaries of Scientology and the specific details of the Fair Gaming Jon endured at the hands of the Church. We then talk about how Scientology radicalizes its members by turning their empathy...

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Aug 26, 2017
Scientology Tax Exemption ft. Jeffrey Augustine
34:53

BONUS EPISODE: This week we have two podcasts, with this special bonus episode with Jeffrey Augustine on Scientology’s tax exempt status and what we can do to call directly on the IRS to end it. Jeff’s website: http://scientologymoneyproject.com IRS Petition: https://goo.gl/K8M7Hg

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Aug 19, 2017
Cracking the Cult Code for Therapists ft. Bonnie Zieman
50:43

This week I’m joined by author and psychotherapist Bonnie Zieman to discuss her new book, Cracking the Cult Code for Therapists, a guide for therapists (and patients) as to what destructive cults are, how they operate and why therapists need to understand this in order to best help their patients. Bonnie Zieman’s website is here....

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Aug 19, 2017
Guerilla Skepticism ft. Susan Gerbic
1:03:45

This week, Susan Gerbic joins me to discuss Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, an international volunteer-based project she founded to ensure truth and facts are presented on Wikipedia across many science and skepticism-based topics in all languages. Music by Pale Blue.

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Aug 12, 2017
Denialism and Conspiracies ft. Mark Hoofnagle
57:21

Denialism is faux critical thinking, with the apparency and verbiage of logic and reason without any of the underlying rationality. In this episode, I talk to blogger Dr. Mark Hoofnagle about this topic and how it involves pseudoscience and conspiracy thinking. A good time was had by all. Mark’s blog can be found here.

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Aug 05, 2017
The Live Episode
1:01:08

For the 100th episode of the Sensibly Speaking Podcast, we went live. I made some announcements, talked about a few topics and, of course, interacted with my viewers.  

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Jul 29, 2017
Pros and Cons of Atheism ft. Seth Andrews
1:00:57

This week I’m honored to have Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist, on board to talk about atheism and some critical thoughts about the atheist community and the pros and cons of belief vs disbelief. Here are the questions we discuss: (1) Our modern conception of science and religion actually have a common root...

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Jul 22, 2017
Problems with Atheism and Faith ft. Stephen Long
1:19:14

Some people have given me a hard time about calling myself a critical thinker but not being willing to cast a critical eye towards some of my own beliefs. Well, I’m happy to hear anything anyone has to say that can convince me to change my mind about just about anything and when it comes...

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Jul 15, 2017
Scientology and the Law ft. Scott Pilutik
1:00:53

This week, lawyer Scott Pilutik and I discuss the Church of Scientology in the legal arena, taking up various questions and points that people have asked us about Scientology in court.

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Jul 08, 2017
The Ark Encounter and Atheist Activism ft. Jim Helton
45:19

This week, I talk to Jim Helton, the National Field Organizer for the American Atheists, about protesting Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter in Kentucky, the negative ramifications of this exhibit on the local and state economies and atheist activism nationwide. Contact Jim Helton: jhelton@atheist.org

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Jul 01, 2017
Scientology Stuff ft. Aaron Smith-Levin (live stream)
1:03:01

This week Aaron Smith-Levin and I did a live stream YouTube video on his channel, Growing Up in Scientology, where we discussed Scientology practices and answered questions from viewers.

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Jun 25, 2017
Cult Behavior, Scientology and Recovery ft. Dr. Natalie Feinblatt
58:54

This week I discuss destructive cults, Scientology and cult recovery with Dr. Natalie Feinblatt, an LA-based psychotherapist and cult recovery specialist. Questions we cover: 1. What ex-cult members have you had come across your plate? Differences and similarities between them? 2. What do you think causes people to join destructive cults or seek out such...

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Jun 17, 2017
Changing Hearts & Minds ft. Anthony Magnabosco
1:01:47

Now more than ever, political and social discourse is leading to violent confrontations, breakups and ruined friendships. This week, street epistemologist Anthony Magnabosco and I discuss how to rationally and reasonably discuss beliefs, ideas and opinions with others so as to broaden and increase understanding, not get into heated arguments, violence and broken relationships. If...

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Jun 10, 2017
Scientology Levels and Hierarchy ft. Jeffrey Augustine
1:00:56

In this week’s podcast, and back by popular demand, Jeffrey Augustine and I finally get together (in person!) to talk about Scientology’s hierarchy, legal contracts and what it takes to make it to the top of the Bridge – it’s not just money. Jeffrey’s website is http://scientologymoneyproject.com.

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Jun 03, 2017
When the Left isn't Right
56:46

Full transcript of this episode: Hello and welcome to the Sensibly Speaking Podcast. This is Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large coming at you for show #91 and this one we’re calling When the Left Isn’t in the Right. Of course, this podcast is available through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play as well as here...

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May 27, 2017
Living with Death ft. Cole Imperi
52:17

This week I discuss thanatology (the study of death and dying) with Cole Imperi. Our conversation veers between dealing with the loss of loved ones, the grieving process and how this relates to losing one’s religion, faith or belief and leaving groups or activities. Cole’s website is here. Cole’s TED talk is here. Here are...

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May 20, 2017
Scientology Watchers and Never-Ins ft. Christopher Crimy
1:01:14

This week I discuss the topic of Scientology watching with podcaster Christopher Crimy from the Come Get Sum podcast. He has interviewed a number of former Scientologists and become an advocate against disconnection and Scientology abuses. We talk about how he got involved in this, what causes someone who was never a part of Scientology...

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May 13, 2017
Scientology Current Events and Contracts
1:20:35

In this week’s podcast, and by popular demand, Jeffrey Augustine and I finally got together to talk current events in Scientology, including much of what has been reported on here on Tony Ortega’s blog recently, as well as how the contracts that Scientology makes its members sign actually work and what people are signing away...

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May 06, 2017
Scientology's Rehabilitation Project Force ft. Nora Crest
1:30:47

Former Sea Org member Nora Crest and I discuss the Rehabilitation Project Force, a sort of Maoist re-education camp within Scientology’s Sea Organization which both she and I did. We go over what it is, how it’s run and some of the more “fun” details from our experiences on it. Music by Pale Blue.

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Apr 29, 2017
Scientology's Clearwater Strategy ft. Aaron Smith-Levin
1:16:48

Aaron Smith-Levin and I discuss some recent events in Clearwater, Florida and the Church of Scientology, including where we think things may be going there into the future. Music by Pale Blue.

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Apr 22, 2017
Loaded Language and Scientology
1:12:19

Destructive cults, the media, politicians and governments use loaded language to influence thought and behavior. In this episode I discuss what this is all about, how it’s done and give specific examples from my experience with Scientology. Show notes: Group language or loaded language is one of the primary but far from the only cult...

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Apr 15, 2017
Cult Manipulation ft. Jon Atack
1:19:55

Undue influence. Coercive persuasion. High control groups. What is this all about? How does it work and how do we see these things in the real world? Jon Atack has started the Open Minds Foundation with the idea of studying manipulation from all angles. In this episode we talk to him about this, how it...

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Apr 08, 2017
Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Destructive Cult?
1:01:23

This week I’m joined by Jon Stewart, a former member of Alcoholics Anonymous and someone with a great deal of experience discussing the pros and cons of the program, how it runs and how it shares certain characteristics with destructive cults and yet…is it destructive itself? We talk about this in detail in this episode....

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Apr 01, 2017
Was Jesus a Real Person?
1:13:47

This week I interview David Fitzgerald, author of the books Nailed and Jesus: Mything in Action, about the historicity of Jesus Christ and whether or not he really lived. Evidence seems to indicate the question is not really as easily answered as many have believed. We talk about the top myths connected with this subject...

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Mar 25, 2017
Making Sense of the Media
43:44

This week we are going to dive deep into a topic that has been hot and heavy on a lot of people’s minds and see if we can’t shine a light in a few dark corners and maybe clarify a few things which previously have been murky and hard to understand. This episode isn’t the...

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Mar 18, 2017
What You Really Need to Know About Refugees ft. Joe Sack
1:00:30

There is a lot of hot debate around the subject of refugees coming to the US, lots of heated rhetoric and paranoia but very little factual information. It’s time to get some facts about this and debunk the paranoia. In this episode, I talk to Joe Sack, who has been working for many years on...

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Mar 11, 2017
Recovery Counselling, What to Look For ft. Rachel Bernstein
1:00:50

Recovery from a destructive cult or toxic relationship can be difficult. How do you know if the therapist or counselor you found is right for you? Are there questions you can ask or things you can do to make sure you have the right fit? This week, cult recovery counselor Rachel Bernstein and I discuss...

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Mar 04, 2017
Firebrand Atheism ft. David Silverman
1:08:36

Atheism is a contentious subject and as President of the American Atheists, David Silverman is an outspoken and proud advocate for atheism. In this episode, we talk about what hardcore atheism is and what it isn’t. While I know that I have a very controversial guest who I am positive is going to make some of...

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Feb 25, 2017
Dealing with Destructive Cults ft. Steve Hassan
1:05:47

This week, my guest is Steve Hassan. He is a licensed mental health counselor who has written on the subject of cults and published three books through his Freedom of Mind Press. One of those books is Combatting Cult Mind Control, which is an excellent breakdown of how destructive cults work, what undue influence is,...

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Feb 18, 2017
The Zombie Idea Project and the Philosopher Stone
35:31

I’ve been doing a lot of interviews lately and there more to come. We have the best interviews here using the best words ever. Great words, great guests and of course, a great host. What more could you ask for? But this week, we are going to do something different. Today we are going to...

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Feb 11, 2017
Fair Game & Scientology with Steve Cannane
1:06:11

This week I interview Steve Cannane, journalist for ABC and author of Fair Game, an amazing book about Scientology’s history in Australia. We discuss the research and writing of his book, how he got involved in covering Scientology as a journalist, how Scientology is like a microcosm for so many other things going on in...

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Feb 04, 2017
Celebrity Scientology with Nora Crest
1:26:38

This week I have another Skype conversation with an old Scientology friend and co-worker of mine, Nora Crest, about Scientology and all things related. We get together to discuss our time together in the Sea Organization back in the 1990s and 2000s, what life was like for us under its rigid system of rules and authority...

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Jan 28, 2017
Rational Politics with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
59:21

In this post-truth political era, can we bring rationality and sensible thought to politics? What is the Rationality Project and who is behind it? Why is it so hard for people to get along in the political arena and why do they have such different political philosophies anyway? This week we talk to Dr. Gleb...

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Jan 14, 2017
Inside Scientology and the Sea Org with Aaron Smith-Levin
1:03:37

This week I chat with former Sea Org member Aaron Smith-Levin, recently featured on Leah Remini’s A&E show, Scientology and the Aftermath. We discuss our mutual history at the PAC Base when Aaron was my junior (!), what it’s like to get a hate website from Scientology and what kind of reactions Aaron’s been hearing...

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Jan 07, 2017
A 2016 (Mostly Scientology) Year in Review
1:25:17

This is my year-end review of 2016, taking mainline news, Scientology events and some interesting posts and events on my own channel to put together a picture of the ups and downs, good and bad of the year just ended. There were losses and gains and who knows what the future holds, but I do...

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Dec 31, 2016
Scientology Stories with Pete Griffiths
1:24:46

This week I talk with Pete Griffiths, a former Scientologist from Ireland. Back in the 1980s he used to run a very successful Scientology mission but has been an anti-Scientology advocate since the mid-2000s since discovering the truth about his former religion. We discuss our mutual history with Scientology, what it we are trying to...

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Dec 24, 2016
A Little Science Never Hurt Anyone
20:53

Science is a broad, global topic. It has to do with figuring out how and why things work or why they do what they do. Objective facts are not nationalistic, politically partisan, gender-based or in any other way biased one way or the other. You can use facts in a partisan fashion or spin them...

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Dec 17, 2016
Narcissists, Psychopaths and Sociopaths - Oh My!
1:09:30

This week cult recovery therapist Rachel Bernstein and I discuss the differences and similarities between narcissists, psychopaths and sociopaths, how to detect them in your life and what to do if you find yourself in the vicinity of or around them. Rachel can be contacted by email at rbpsychology@gmail.com and her website is www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com. Music...

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Dec 10, 2016
There is No Substitute for Critical Thinking
1:05:32

This week the focus is on critical thinking, what it is and some guidelines and ideas for how to improve one’s skills at it. I go over why “I don’t know” are so important to good critical thinking, how to find and verify information on the internet and go over 8 general guidelines from Wade...

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Dec 03, 2016
10 Amazing Ways You Can Prevent Click Bait and Fake News
1:01:29

Hello and welcome to the Sensibly Speaking Podcast, brought to you on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play as well as here on YouTube with video. With Black Friday just having ended and Christmas season now upon us, I want to first plug my Critical Merchandise site, which has a slew of fun and informative designs...

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Nov 26, 2016
Outrage Culture and Why It Ain't Working (ft. Sarah Paquette)
1:03:18

So many people are caught up in outrage culture, anger and fear following the results of the 2016 election and are hurling this around as though it’s going to do something to change the situation. It’s time for this to end. This week I interview Sarah Paquette, assistant and undergrad student to Peter Boghossian in Portland,...

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Nov 19, 2016
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #64: Anti-Intellectualism is Killing America (ft. David Niose)
1:16:11

This week, I first discuss the recent presidential election and the importance now more than ever of critical thinking and recognizing the misinformation spread rampantly on social media. After that is my interview with David Niose, author, activist and lawyer. He is the former president of the American Humanists Association and the Secular Coalition of...

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Nov 12, 2016
Opening Minds and Scientology's Inevitable Downfall (ft. Jon Atack)
1:20:56

This week I am joined by Jon Atack from the Open MInds Foundation to discuss recent activities and updates in how they are providing education and support for those who have suffered from undue influence and mind control. We then take up the Church of Scientology and its ongoing mistakes bringing about its inevitable end....

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Nov 05, 2016
Separation of Church and State (ft. Dan Arel)
57:37

This week I am joined by author Dan Arel who writes for Patheos as well as having been featured in Salon and HuffPost. He has recently published a new book, The Secular Activist, and we talk about this and separation of church and state issues and how these have to do with all of our...

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Oct 29, 2016
Pseudoscience and BS (ft. Tim O'Shea)
1:24:29

This week I am joined by local Denver resident Tim O’Shea, a public speaker who advocates against pseudoscience, bad science and “alternative therapies” which are just so much nonsense. We talk about what this is, the key words you can use to detect it and how to proof yourself up from being fooled in the...

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Oct 22, 2016
The Sham of Voter Fraud (How You are Being Conned by Trump)
45:24

This week we are talking about voting, voter rights and fraud. Timely with the general and presidential elections occurring right now, as well as the accusations of fraud that are being hurled around by certain Presidential candidates – ahem. I talk here about the history of voting rights in the US and why it is...

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Oct 15, 2016
The Plague of Private Prisons (ft. Beryl Lipton)
1:09:04

This week I’m joined by Beryl Lipton of MuckRock to talk about private prisons in the United States. We discuss the difficulties of getting information from them through FOIA requests, the for-profit prison business model and why this may not be the best way to go about achieving prisoner rehabilitation. According to the US Bureau...

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Oct 08, 2016
Destructive Cults 101 and Scientology
59:08

I received an email from a viewer named Jason, who spoke in very derogatory terms about Janja Lalich, a cult researcher and academic who along with other researches and advocates such as Michael Langone and Margaret Sanger, put together an analytical checklist of characteristics for destructive cult groups. Since his questions and the points he...

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Oct 01, 2016
Belief, Science and Nuanced Thinking (ft. Matt Dilahunty)
1:33:16

This week I am joined by Matt Dillahunty, critical thinker, public speaker and renowned atheist as well as host of the Atheist Experience cable show in Austin, TX. We talk about belief, anti-intellectualism in the US, go over some practical advice about debates and discuss nuances of science and belief. Nuanced thinking is a better...

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Sep 24, 2016
How to Think More Better (ft. Kevin deLaplante)
1:18:56

This week we all learn to think more better (haha) with guest Dr. Kevin deLaplante, former academic professor from the University of Iowa and critical thinking educator. Kevin creates online courses that teach critical thinking and also runs the Argument Ninja Podcast where he talks about rational thought in the real world versus the ivory...

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Sep 17, 2016
Oh No, It's Ross and Carrie and Scientology!
1:10:01

This week I am joined by Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy from the Oh No! Podcast. They have recently infiltrated Scientology and did a nine-part podcast series on their experiences with this, which we talk about as well as their investigations into other odd, strange and woo-peddling groups such as hypnotherapy, essential oils, reverse aging,...

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Sep 10, 2016
It's the End of the World (ft Phil Torres)
1:17:24

This week Phil Torres from the X-Risks Institute talks about his book, The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse, end-of-the-world scenarios, why our technology can be our savior but also our doom and what we can do to keep this from happening. To contact Phil, check out his website here. To...

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Sep 03, 2016
Evidence vs Faith (ft. Aron Ra)
1:09:52

This week special guest Aron Ra, president of American Atheists, speaker, vlogger and all around amazing person, comes on board to discuss atheism, reason, evidence and truth, as well as the horrible mistakes of faith-based thinking. We talk about what atheism actually is (and isn’t) and how there are a lot more atheists in the...

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Aug 27, 2016
Toxic Relationships ft. Rachel Bernstein
59:53

What is a toxic relationship? How do you know if you are in one? What are the early warning signs so you can take action before it’s too late? Relationship therapist Rachel Bernstein and I talk about these points and more in this week’s podcast. Rachel Bernstein can be contacted by email at rbpsychology@gmail.com or...

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Aug 20, 2016
A New Explanation of L. Ron Hubbard ft. Yuval Laor
1:15:02

One of the biggest questions about Scientology is what were the intentions of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard in creating it and if it’s a great big con, why would he have stuck with it for decades and written and done as much as he did. In this episode, guest Yuval Laor and I discuss...

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Aug 13, 2016
Immigration Facts, Lies and Misdirections
58:45

Immigration has been a major hot-topic item in this election ever since Donald Trump first announced his candidacy, but the lies, distortions and misdirections on this top go back much further than Trump. In this episode, I go over a lot of history and facts about immigration from a non-partisan point of view. Links to...

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Aug 06, 2016
Inside a Congressional Race ft. Wynne LeGrow
1:13:14

This week, it’s atheism and politics in the spotlight with special guest Wynne Legrow who ran for Congress as an atheist in 2009 in Virginia. I cover some information about atheism in the United States and we then discuss his experiences running for Congress and the book he wrote about it, titled Last Leper in...

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Jul 30, 2016
A New Beginning and #FactsMatter
1:13:31

This is the beginning of the Sensibly Speaking Podcast 2.0 with just Chris Shelton hosting. This week I discuss our past forays into social justice and politics and how delving into those treacherous waters can be rough for everyone involved and go over in detail what is right and wrong with Black Lives Matter, the...

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Jul 23, 2016
Black Lives Matter (and so does yours)
1:00:26

This week, Ruth and Chris talk police shootings in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, MN, as well as the Black Lives Movement and how white people can do something effective to actually help with the situation. Links mentioned in the show: Alton Sterling shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Philando Castile’s shooting in Minnesota Obama...

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Jul 09, 2016
Intolerance is Fun!
1:21:20

This week, Ruth and Chris discuss the “religious freedom” laws and Federal responses to them including some fun follow-up on Kim Davis, a Supreme Court decision which is going to have drastic effects on state-sponsored anti-abortion legislation and talk about Russia’s draconian crackdown on terrorism by taking away basic human rights of all of their...

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Jul 02, 2016
The Good, the Bad and the Batsh!t Crazy
1:06:36

This week Ruth and Chris talk recent news and events about gun control, the Democratic sit-in, 4th Amendment travesties from the Supreme Court and Ken Hamm’s attempt to blatantly violate fair employment practices at his Ark Encounter . Plus a bonus conspiracy story that is literally out of this world. Links mentioned in the show:...

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Jun 25, 2016
The Evolution of Evolution ft. Yuval Laor
1:15:55

This week, Ruth and Chris interview special guest Yuval Laor about the evolution of evolution, from Darwin’s original discoveries and writing of The Origin of Species to modern day developments including why Richard Dawkins is wrong about the selfish gene. Yuval Laor’s email: YuvalLaor@gmail.com Link to Slate magazine article on Religious Belief  Music by Pale...

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Jun 18, 2016
Atheism, the Reason Rally and SJWs
53:52

This week, Ruth and Chris talk about Reason Rally 2016, what it was and wasn’t and the influence of social justice warriors on the atheist movement. They also cover some hot topic news items including anti-abortion in Ireland, Ohio passing medical marijuana and (as though this is needed) more real world evidence of climate change....

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Jun 11, 2016
Really Rally 2016 Recap and Review
19:32

Ruth and I attended the 2016 Reason Rally and these are our immediate thoughts, feelings and ideas when we got back to our hotel after a day of texting, tweeting and posting about it. Follow us on Twitter: @SensibleSpeaker Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sensiblyspeaking

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Jun 10, 2016
For Those About to Reason, We Salute You
58:24

This week, Chris and Ruth tackle news from around the country and talk about preparations for Reason Rally 2016 happening next weekend. Follow us on Twitter: @SensibleSpeaker Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sensiblyspeaking Links mentioned in the show: Ohio’s Unforseen Problems in Stopping Planned Parenthood Services Donald Trump is Gaslighting the Entire Country Muslims File Religious...

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May 28, 2016
It's Bad but It's Not That Bad
1:13:08

This week we talk hot topic news from around the US including the brutal truth about Bernie Sanders and get down and dirty on just how bad things are in the world and why these may not be the worst time in history. Links Mentioned in the Show Creationism in Schools Using Islamic Sex Cult...

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May 21, 2016
Conservative Extremism with Claire Conner
1:12:08

This week, we have special guest Claire Conner on board to talk about conservatism and its roots in modern history with the John Birch Society. Included in this discussion is how these have shaped the modern GOP views and why some of these ideas are so destructive to the United States now. Claire Connor’s website...

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May 14, 2016
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #39: Divided We Fall
1:05:26

This week, we talk about Trump as the de facto Republican candidate, the spirit and intention behind Bernie’s revolutionary political movement and offer some much-needed education on the food stamp (FNS/SNAP) programs. Plus our final word on the whole transgender predator “controversy” and why this is being made into a non-existent problem. Links in this...

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May 07, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #38: America First
55:56

This week Ruth and Chris review Donald Trump’s first policy position speech on US foreign relations and what is wrong with the alternating isolationist and imperialist positions Trump is taking. With Bernie Sander’s Presidential race looking grim, what is going to become of his movement and its followers. And what is Elon Musk’s space-based strategy...

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Apr 30, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #37: We the People with Helen Reicher
1:05:10

This week, we have Helen Reicher guest staring from Kansas to talk about local politics and precinct committees a way for everyone to get involved at their local level. We also get into follow up news on North Carolina and some humorous nautical news from Britain. Links mentioned in the show: Foes: Kansas bills create...

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Apr 23, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #36: Human Rights for Everyone
1:04:45

This week, Ruth and Chris talk about human rights in the context of the anti-LGBT crusade going on in the US Southern states, going over the news and protests that are occurring especially in North Carolina. They also discuss some amusing stories about Ted Cruz and sex. The show is now available on Sticher as...

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Apr 16, 2016
Sensibly Speaking Podcast #35: We’re Mad as Hell
1:21:48

This week, Ruth and Chris talk about how the Democratic National Committee are losing the Presidential election before candidates are even chosen due to financial shenanigans and other factors. We also take up Mississippi’s new anti-LGBT laws and how the South are simply repeating history all over again and some goods news for Planned Parenthood....

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Apr 09, 2016
Raging Volcanoes
1:14:31

This week, Ruth and Chris talk about The Donald, abortion and Mississippi’s efforts to block federal laws imposing on their freedom to discriminate against people their religion tells them to hate. They also go over an important study about how our democracy is not what it’s normally thought to be. Link mentioned in podcast: In...

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Apr 02, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #33: Better Late Than Never
1:03:43

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, talk about the ISIS attacks in Brussels and in non-Western countries around the world, review Elizabeth Warren’s take on Donald Trump, riff on Congress and the upcoming elections and finally, argue over Bill Nye’s recent gaffe over the usefulness of...

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Mar 27, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #32: The Kentucky Fried Podcast
1:09:42

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, get down and dirty on what is up with Confederate Heritage Month, Southern Pride and the cultural differences that go back to before the American Civil War that still divide us to this day. They also review the actual history...

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Mar 19, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #31: Opening Minds with Jon Atack
1:00:11

This week, Ruth and Chris interview Jon Atack, author of the new book, Opening Minds. We talk about his history with Scientology and study of undue influence and mind control and the new Open Minds Foundation he has started for research. Music by Pale Blue.

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Mar 12, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #30: Civil War
1:01:19

This week, Ruth the Southern Atheist and Chris the Critical Thinker at Large riff on proliferated ignorance, Confederate Heritage Month and North Korea in the news as well as the dogmatism of science. Music by Pale Blue and AudioNautix.com.

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Mar 05, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #29: Chris Goes Off the Deep End
1:02:50

This week, Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, answer a reader question demanding that Chris explain his comment about being “liberally social but fiscally conservative.” Chris brings along charts and graphs and all kinds of shenanigans before he and Ruth get into talking about some recent news.   Music...

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Feb 27, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #28: The Evil Twins
49:55

This week, Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, riff on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and interview the Evil Twins, Brad and Thad Grace, from the Evil Twins Podcast. Their irreverent and skeptical brand of podcasting is unique and well worth checking out. Evil Twins...

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Feb 20, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #27: Dave Fangrow on Secularism
1:01:03

Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, interview Dave Fangrow, chairman of the board of the Secular Hub here in Denver, about secularism, humanism, atheist activism and how to form a secular community in any area. Article on gravitational waves: http://goo.gl/bYKuzl Music by Pale Blue and AudioNautix.com.

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Feb 13, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #26: Politics as Usual
1:09:33

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist talk about politics, the Iowa caucus and the long con of Donald Trump’s “political campaign” as well as Planned Parenthood and some other hot topic news items. They also discuss the Secular Hub in Denver and the needs of the...

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Feb 06, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #25: Peter Boghossian and Scientology
1:07:07

Our first episode on video! This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, interview Peter Boghossian, an associate professor at the University of Portland and author of A Manual For Creating Atheists. Our conversation takes an unexpected turn when Peter suddenly learns that Chris is a former Scientologist and...

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Jan 30, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #24: Can I Get a Witness with James Zimmerman
1:03:41

Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, this week interview former Jehovah’s Witness James Zimmerman, author of Deliverance at Hand. We talk about his experience growing up in the JWs, what life is like under the rules of that group and what happened that cause him to wake up and...

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Jan 23, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #23: Joe Szimhart and Cult Intervention
52:09

Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, this week continue our 2-part interview with Joe Szimhart, a cult intervention specialist who has worked for over 20 years in the field, getting people out of dangerous cult situations and helping them recover to move on with their lives. In the...

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Jan 16, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #22: Joe Szimhart – Cults and History
55:45

Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, this week interview Joe Szimhart, a cult intervention specialist who has worked for over 20 years in the field, getting people out of dangerous cult situations and helping them recover to move on with their lives. In the first of our two-part...

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Jan 09, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #21: Our Ridiculous New Year’s Episode
54:40

In a lighthearted and ridiculous celebration of the new year, Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, talk about family New Year’s traditions, two new amazing movies, a news story about an Arizona senator appointed as an education czar and banter about how people decide which experts to believe...

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Jan 02, 2016
Sensibly Speaking #20
1:28:40

Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, talk about Chris’s new book, Scientology: A to Xenu, which was just released yesterday and is available on Amazon. We then go into detail on the subject of skepticism and misconceptions and misunderstandings about it. This is quite a conversation. Chris’s new...

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Dec 26, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #19: The Cult of Fox News
1:27:30

Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, cover some recent news items and then go into detail on the irrationality and media bias of Fox News and how they use the tools of thought stopping to create false ideas, prejudice, fear and hatred in their viewers. Fox News has...

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Dec 19, 2015
Politics: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
1:03:28

Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, follow up on the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs from last week, comment on Mark Zuckerburg’s statement about tolerance towards Muslims and we take on politics with presidential candidate Donald Trump and why he is popular with a very vocal minority...

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Dec 12, 2015
Terrorism and the Religious Right
54:35

Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, take on domestic terrorism and the religious right and talk seriously about the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs last week, what caused it and why the violent rhetoric against Planned Parenthood has got to stop. Music by Pale Blue.

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Dec 05, 2015
Welcome to Holiday Hell
59:32

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, talk about the holiday season that is now upon us. There’s holiday trivia, what we can be thankful for this holiday season and how best to deal with relatives over the holidays who don’t necessarily share your belief system. Music...

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Nov 28, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #15: Rachel Bernstein on Scientology and Cult Recovery
1:31:25

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, do our first ever podcast interview with Rachel Bernstein, a family and cult therapist in Encino. We talk about her experiences with helping people get out of Scientology and other destructive cults, and also get advice for family and friends...

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Nov 21, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #14: This Episode is a Hoax
53:19

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, talk about famous and infamous hoaxes in history as well as crazy coincidences. Both have played there parts in fooling people’s critical thinking skills and sometimes in altering the course of history itself. Music by Pale Blue and AudioNautix.com

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Nov 14, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #13: Scientology Sucks & So Does Open Carry
55:21

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, riff on Scientology and why it is in the limelight yet again, as well as express how they really feel about open carry gun laws and how this impacts public safety; they also go into Wikipedia articles which you should...

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Nov 07, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #12: The Scary Halloween Episode
1:02:09

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, celebrate Halloween with a whole batch of awesome trivia on Halloween origins and traditions, as well as talking turkey about important news stories from 2015 that major media outlets can’t or won’t cover. Music provided by John Carpenter and AudioNautix.com

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Oct 31, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #11: Smart People Falling for Stupid Things
1:02:01

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at large and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, talk about the Skeptics of Oz 2015 conference, take up news reports about Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canada, Planned Parenthood being harassed in Texas, internet vigilantism, family reunions in North Korea, and of course, our least favorite person in the world,...

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Oct 24, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #10: Podcasting in Space
1:03:45

This week, Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, lighten up a bit and take on some recent ridiculous religiosity in public/school situations where it doesn’t belong as well as explore space and explain why the Flat Earth Society’s logic is as flat as their ideas. Link to David...

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Oct 17, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #9: Seeing in Three Dimensions
1:01:33

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at large and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, talk about critical thinking and how it applies to the social and psychological issues underlying such things as mass shootings and random violence such as was talked about in last week’s podcast. They also get into historical revisionism in education...

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Oct 10, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #8: The United States of Guns
55:22

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at large and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, respond to the Roseville, Oregon mass shooting and take up the subjects of gun control and solutions to stopping the madness of random gun violence. They also address the issue of the Pope meeting with Kim Davis and what may...

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Oct 03, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #7 - Rope-a-Pope
1:03:00

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at large and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, field listener questions, discuss the relative merits of science vs religion and engage in our own Pope Watch by breaking down the good and the bad in the Pope’s address to the US Congress. Music provided by Pale Blue and...

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Sep 26, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #6: 50 Shades of Sensibility
1:05:48

This week Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at large and Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist, mourn the passing of a friend, talk about the Pope turning over a new leaf on tax exemption, riff on the mandatory Pledge of Allegiance and discuss the pros and cons of Texas law surrounding the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed....

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Sep 19, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #5: Matters of Life and Death
1:01:02

Ruth and Chris wrap up on Kim Davis, talk about Planned Parenthood and Lawrence Krauss’s article in the New Yorker and discuss a recent loss. Music provided by LinoRise and AudioNautix.com  

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Sep 12, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #4: The Civily Disobedient Episode
1:00:18

Ruth McLeod & Chris Shelton answer listener questions, riff on Kentucky’s jailed clerk Kim Davis and same-sex marriage rights, react to destroyed temples in Syria and get serious about gun control. Music provided by LinoRise and AudioNautix.com

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Sep 05, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #3: The Return of the Atheist
1:01:34

Ruth McLeod & Chris Shelton riff on Trump, get closure on the Duggars, react to Kentucky’s same sex marriage nonsense and see how Creationists are a cult. Music provided by LinoRise and AudioNautix.com

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Aug 29, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #2: Holy Taxes, Ashley Madison!
1:02:11

Ruth McLeod, President of Denver Atheists and Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large, riff on news and hot-topic issues using common sense, skepticism and a healthy dose of critical thinking. In this episode, we take on the Duggars, Chick-Fil-A, climate change and the question of whether religions should have blanket tax exemption. News items mentioned...

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Aug 22, 2015
Sensibly Speaking #1: A New Hope for Podcasting
57:33

Our Premiere Episode Welcome to our brand new,  shiny podcast! In this episode, your hosts, Ruth McLeod, President of Denver Atheists, and Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large, tell a bit about ourselves and why we are doing this podcast. News items mentioned in this episode: A kid gets ‘banished’ from lunch for a few...

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Aug 15, 2015