Episode 42 – The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Epistemology with Peter Boghossian
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THIS DAY IN HISTORY – January 2nd
* 1890 – Harrison welcomes Alice Sanger as first female staffer
* 1962 – Folk group The Weavers are banned by NBC after refusing to sign a loyalty oath
* 1971 – Football fans crushed in stadium stampede
* 1974 – Nixon signs national speed limit into law
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
* Talking robot in space!
* Huge melt water reservoir in Greenland
* Algae converted to crude oil in an hour
* Doctors come out and say that multivitamins are a waste of money
* Moderate alcohol consumption boosts your immune system!
POLITICS AND RELIGION
* LDS missionary get’s off easy for sexual assault in eastern Idaho
* Federal judge throws out part of Utah’s anti-polygamy law
* Federal judge throws out Utah’s same sex marriage ban
* Utah couples don’t waste any time
* New Mexico Supreme Court grants marriage equality – 19 down
* Washington State requires hospitals to post reproduction and end of life care policies
* Uganda passes new anti-gay law
* Pope reaches out to atheists
* Pope sacks anti-equality US Cardinal
* PA appeals court overturns bishop’s conviction
* Mormons renounce their dark skin doctrine
* Phil fucking Robertson
* Religious belief in the US continues to drop
* Noah’s Ark has been found……or has it
INTERVIEW – Peter Boghossian joins us to talk about his book A Manual for Creating Atheists
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Recorded for release on 2014-01-02