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Summary: Happy Halloween! In this month's show we have two, count'em two celebrity interviews. We speak to singer Holly Near about her music andactivism and comedian Julia Sweeney (of Saturday Night Live fame) about hershow "Letting God." We also talk to cartoonist Matt Bors about hisrecent visit to a "Hell House" and Matt Cherry reads an essay aboutthe origins of Halloween.

Segment 1: Holly Near Ain't Afraid

Holly Near is a life long activist for human rights. She'salso an actress and a singer/songwriter. We speak to Holly Near about her song"I Ain't Afraid" and about her work promoting human rights.



Segment 2: Julia Sweeney Let's Go of God

Julia Sweeney's one-woman show, "Letting Go ofGod" is currently playing at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City until Oct. 29. Sweeny talkswith us about the difference performing her show before atheist audiences andaudiences of mixed religious beliefs. She also talks about her experience withsecular parenting.



Segment 3: Atheist Cartoonist Gets "Judged"

Since the 1970s religious organizations have been hosting"Hell Houses" or "Judgment Houses" in the place oftraditional Halloween haunted houses. Matt Bors, creator of the cartoon"Idiot Box" did some undercover investigative cartooning to find outwhat goes on in hell.




Segment 4: Is Halloween Sacred, Secular, or Satanic?

Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute forHumanist Studies, reads his essay on the origins of Halloween.




"Singing For Our Lives" by Holly Near



Holly Near | Julia Sweeney | Massimo Pigliucci, Ph.D. | Matt Bors' "IdiotBox" |

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