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In this month's audio podcastwe celebrate our program's two-year anniversary by interviewing SamHarris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. HNN'sDuncan Crary interviewed these best-selling authors, a.k.a. "The NewAtheists", at the Atheist Alliance International annual conference inSeptember. At the conference, Harris, author of "The End of Faith,"told the crowd that they should not identify with the atheist label.Dawkins, Dennett and Hitchens react. So does the Rational ResponseSquad and Pastor Deacon Fred of the Landover Baptist Church. Also,Sweet Reason gives advice on "coming out" as an atheist.

Segment 1: Sam Harris on "The Problem of Atheism"

Interview: Sam Harris, author of The End of Faithexplains why people should not identify as atheists, humanists orBrights. Harris also says that religion testifies (more or less) to thepossibility of extraordinary self-transformation, which is why he feelsthat we must develop a scientific language for talking about"mysticism" or "spirituality." (End: 14:06)

Interview: Daniel Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenonresponds to Harris. Dennett recognizes the problems of the atheistlabel, but thinks it needs to be reclaimed and not discarded. He saysreligion cannot be exterminated, but it can be encouraged to be moresocially benign. (End: 16:55)

Interview: Prof. Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusionresponds to Harris. He also speaks about The Richard Dawkins Foundationfor Science and Reason and his newest idea to write a children's book. (End: 27:39)

Interview: Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,responds to Harris and explains why avoiding the term atheist isinescapable. Hitchens also shares his thoughts on atheistorganizations. (End: 32:23)

Interview: Brian "Sapient" and Kelly M. of the Rational ResponseSquad react to Sam Harris's "seditious proposal" and offer a newchallenge to humanists. (End: 43:54)

Interview: Pastor Deacon Fred of the Landover Baptist Churchresponds to Harris, blasts Harry Potter and prays for Humanist NetworkNews listeners. (End: 47:32)

Segment 2: Sweet Reason on Coming Out as an Atheist

Audio Advice Column: Molleen Matsumura, the voice of "Sweet Reason" responds to a question from Tom about coming out to his family as an atheist.

End: 55:52

Segment 3: Please Support the HNN Podcast

Message: Did you know that Americans donated $97 billion toreligion in 2006? What can you do to help humanists make our voice ofreason and compassion heard? Nancy Buxton, development coordinator ofthe Institute for Humanist Studies, has a special message to HumanistNetwork News listeners.

End: 58:30


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