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Summary: In this month's podcast we speak to a member of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association about the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We interview Brenda Frei, the atheist who spent one month living with an evangelical Christian family for the reality tv show 30 Days. Margaret Downey, the new president of Atheist Alliance International, makes an historic announcement about her organizations annual conference (which falls on the same day as the annual conference of American Atheists). And the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization interviews international student humanist youth workers about a variety of topics regarding humanism, religious extremism and America's human rights record.

Segment 1: After Katrina

Host Duncan Crary speaks in the studio with Michael Malec, aboard member of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association.

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Segment 2: 30 Days

Host Jes Constantine and Matt Cherry, executive director ofthe Institute for Humanist Studies, speak by phone with Brenda Frei, an atheisthomemaker who lived with evangelical Christians Michael and Tracey Shores forone month for the reality television show 30 Days.

Ends 32:52

Segment 3: Listener Comments

 

Two listeners call in response to the HNN story about comicbook superheroes and religion.

Ends: 37:30

Segment 4: An Atheist Cold War Thaws?

 

Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute forHumanist Studies, speaks in the studio with Margaret Downey, new president ofthe Atheist Alliance International. Downeyexplains why Atheist Alliance International, and American Atheists, the twolargest U.S.-based atheist organizations, hold their annual conferences on thesame day. Downey says she favorsmoving the AAI conference date to foster more opportunities for the two groupsto collaborate.

Ends 46:00

Segment 5: IHEYO

 

The Institute for Humanist Studies, through it's IHS GrantFund is a major financial supporter of the International Humanist and EthicalYouth Organization. (IHEYO). Host Duncan Craryprovided some questions to the members of IHEYO to ask international humanistyouth workers. This is a special presentation including several interviews withyouth representatives of humanist and freethought organizations from four differentEuropean countries. Find out how these young activists found humanism, theirideas on reaching out to youth and their thoughts on the United States and religious extremism.

*This segment by IHEYO was edited for length. To hear a longer version of this audio production, click here.

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"Earth & Flesh" by Anji Bee
"Feels like a Sunday" by Circle in a Square
"Christians & the Pagans" by Dar Williams
"Sunday Moring" by Markovich/AMP

Links:

New OrleansSecular Humanist Association | 30 Days |  Atheist Alliance International | American Atheists | International Humanist and Ethical YouthOrganization

Call the HNN listener comment line: 206-339-4168 or "Skype" us at hnn_editor

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