TPPP Episode 44 : P.O.W.E.R. to the Women

Welcome back to the podcast that will solve world hunger, The Podunk Polymath Podcast! First off, I mention that I will be on an upcoming episode of Habeas Humor with Charone Frankel, and she will return the favor on my next episode. We are going to talk about voter suppression and extra virgin olive oil. For the pre-ramble, I go a bit of a rant about Dave Rubin and how he got all upset about an article that sorta kinda implied he might be affiliated with the alt-right. And in a nice little bit of irony, he becomes a snowflake by threatening to sue!

On the palaver this week I speak with Melissa Smith Taylor, co-founder of the P.O.W.E.R. House, which is a nonprofit dedicated to women’s rights and LBTQ equality. We talk about her work with the P.O.W.E.R. House, how TRAP laws affect the affiliated abortion clinic, other TRAP laws across the nation, the escorts who help women to the clinic, and of course those protestors who make it a living hell for women wanting to get a legal procedure by shouting at them, getting in their faces, and taking pictures. We also talk briefly about the documentary TRAPped, in which the clinic and it’s owner June Ayers is featured in. Melissa and those like her are an inspiration and are really making a difference by being on the front lines of these battles. It’s not an easy story to listen to, but an important one. And please give to the P.O.W.E.R. House if you can. They always need help.

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Cashing in on the Rise of the “Alt Right”

THE P.O.W.E.R. HOUSE – People Organizing for Women’s Empowerment and Rights

P.O.W.E.R. House on Facebook

Mia Raven Talks About Alabama’s HB405 “Fetal Heartbeat Act”, 4-14-15


Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers – Guttmacher Institute

TPPP Episode 43 : A Woman’s Choice

Another episode of The Triple Po has come upon us. I have a guest read the show intro, Lexi from Scenic City Skeptic. I hope to make this a regular feature as long as I can entice enough people to do it. On the pre-ramble, I talk about Matthew O’Neil’s articles and my opinion of the person who threw him under the bus, and my reactions to Matthew and the articles themselves. I also have the second voicemail ever from William and Jessica, both of you have been on previous episodes and who met and became friends at ReasonCon. It’s a fun and rambling message!

On the palaver, I talk to my good friend Jen from Not Another Podcast about the history of abortion, her personal experiences with the procedure, and some of the myths associated with this extremely controversial topic. Jen makes clear that she didn’t regret her decision, and that most people are of the same mind. It is an enlightening conversation, and though Jen thinks her story isn’t remarkable, I still admire her courage for being willing to speak out about it. My hope is that other people will hear her story and it will make them feel not quite so alone.

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FGS029 Chris Watson

It’s Time to Stop Advocating for Violence

Swing and a Miss

I was wrong

U.S. Abortion History

U.S. Abortion Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade

Lessons from Before Roe: Will Past be Prologue?

The abortion rate hasn’t been this low since before ‘Roe v. Wade’

Induced Abortion Worldwide

The Myth of Abortion Regret

Validation of a Decisional Conflict Scale

Scenic City Skeptic

TPPP Episode 42 : Skepticism With A View

Welcome to another thrilling installment of The Triple Po! On the pre-ramble, I talk about my trip to Cincinnati and my pilgrimage to find some information and the grave of show patronus Charles Chilton Moore. I got to see some cool people, such as Patrick and Jenica Crail; Big Bang Betty McGee; and Stephen Chinn. I didn’t get to see Adam Collins unfortunately, but I saw him at ReasonCon, so it’s all good. I had a great time, and I got to see some cool stuff on my pilgrimage. And it was a beautiful day on top of everything else.

On the palaver, I talk to Brian from Scenic City Skeptic. We talk about NanoCon, and how we met there; his show; his deconversion; and his girlfriend’s path to atheism. It is a great conversation with plenty of sexy Tennessee accents, and lots of laughs but also serious moments.

In the post-ramble, I read a review that I forgot to read in the pre-ramble, and tell y’all again how awesome it was to see everyone and the thrill of completing my pilgrimage. Enjoy!

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Cane Ridge Meeting House

History of the Restoration Movement – Charles Chilton Moore

Scenic City Skeptic on Spreaker

Scenic City Skeptic on Facebook

Scenic City Skeptic on Twitter

TPPP Episode 41 : The Gingers Snap Back 

Welcome to another episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast. In the pre-ramble, I read a new iTunes review, which was written by Charone Frankel, host of a funny podcast called Habeas Humor, in which she talks about news stories about court and crime and gives it a funny twist. I then talk about Secular Saturday, which is a convention coming in July to Chattanooga, and yours truly will be on another podcaster panel! 

On the palaver, I talk to the hosts of The Ginger Snaps Podcast, Amy and Nadya. We talk about their podcast, what topics they have covered, the intersection of trans rights and social justice, and many other topics. Oh, and there is much laugher and bad jokes as well. Our conversation was very loose and jovial, and I really enjoyed talking to them. They are above all kind and funny, and those are qualities that endear me to them, and I think y’all will agree. 

In the post-ramble, I tell y’all I was on The Imaginary Friends Show, which I talk about here because I forgot to mention it on the pre-ramble. Damn bad memory! I hope y’all enjoy the show! 

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Habeas Humor Page 

Habeas Humor on Facebook 

Habeus Humor on Twitter 

Secular Saturday Page 

The Ginger Snaps Page 

The Gingers Snaps on Facebook 

The Ginger Snaps on Twitter 

The Imaginary Friends Show Episode 400
The Imaginary Friends Show Episode 401

TPPP Episode 40 : Talking to the Enemy 

It is time for another installment of the podcast that you love to hate, The Podunk Polymath Podcast! In the pre-ramble I talk briefly about the Predators success in the playoffs and also a concert O attended this past weekend. I then go into how some douchepickles decided to bring up #reasoncongate from a couple of years ago in order to attempt to invalidate any arguments I made on a totally unrelated subject. I put a video up on the Facebook page and on YouTube to thoroughly explain (once again!) for my newer friends who perhaps didn’t know so that they can make their own determination on how they look at me. Hopefully people can see that I regret what happened and I am doing everything I can to be a better person.

On the palaver this week I talk to Gleb Tsipursky, professor at Ohio State and creator of the the Pro-Truth Pledge. We talk about his insights regarding how people who have strong disagreements, especially on political issues, can find a way to communicate while still staying true to their personal ethics. In a world where the election of Trump has polarized people more than ever, this is a valuable resource for trying to bridge that gap, or at least making the attempt. I thought it was a fascinating conversation, and I hope you agree.

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#reasoncongate explained on YouTube

Pro-Truth Pledge on Facebook  

Pro-Truth Pledge Page 

Pro-Truth Pledge on Twitter

Intentional Insights

TPPP Episode 39 : Nebos Attack! 

Welcome to another edition of the podcast that helps increase your IQ, The Triple Po! I have another positive pre-ramble, in which I talk about a new review; a new patron; the Predators playoff run; and Mother’s Day. See, not a word about our Orange Overlord anywhere in there!

For the palaver, I have my first dual palaver, as I am joined by the Nebos, Mark and Shanon. In the first half, I talk to Mark about the #normalizeatheism campaign, his involvement and its mission, as well as you can get involved!

I talk to Shanon for the second part about her involvement with Recovering From Religion. She talks about what she does; what the goals of the organization are; as well as how y’all can volunteer to help! I wanted to go ahead and warn you that the sound quality during this part isn’t the best. I had some issues with my recording software, and I didn’t realize it until after the fact. You can understand everything that is said, but the quality isn’t up to my usual standards. I really want to thank y’all for listening to the show. I can’t tell you how much it means to me, and I am thankful to have such great listeners and such great friends.

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The #NormalizeAtheism Campaign

#NormalizeAtheism on Facebook

#NormalizeAtheism on Twitter

Mark Nebo on Twitter

Recovering From Religion 

Recovering From Religion on Facebook 

Recovering From Religion on Twitter 

Recovering From Religion on YouTube 

Shanon Nebo on Twitter

TPPP Episode 38 : A Minister’s Journey 

Thanks for joining me for another installment of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble, I talk about positive things, because we have enough negative news to go around. First, I tell about new likes and read new iTunes reviews. I then mention that I was Country Fried Freethought,  as well as my impending appearance on the Imaginary Friends Show. Finally, I talk about Macron’s victory over the far-right nationalist and Putin ally Marine Le Pen in a landslide. So, at least for now, the march of toxic nationalism in Europe has been halted.

On the palaver I speak to former minister Joshua Richards. We talk about his journey from faith into atheism. He is a very charismatic speaker, and his story is one of struggle and pain, but ultimately results in revelation and freedom. Joshua’s story is an inspiration to anyone who has taken the often difficult path out of religion. His message : it does get better.

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Macron Decisively Defeats Le Pen in French Presidential Race

Country Fried Freethought – The Podunk Polymath Podcast Palace Stories 

JRR Talking Website

JRR Talking Facebook Page