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Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Atheism & Secularism, Biology, Religion
Subtopics: Comedy, Evolution, Separation of church and state
After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He is now the owner of the popular blog, Dispatches from the Culture Wars. He has appeared …Learn more about Ed Brayton >
Topics: Astronomy & Earth Science, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Religion
Subtopics: Art & science, Comedy, Evolution, Music
Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rapper, science communicator, and award-winning hip-hop playwright based in New York, NY. Best known for his “Rap Guide” series of science-themed plays and albums, Baba has toured the world and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway. The series so far includes rap guides to Evolution, Human Nature, Business, Wilderness, Religion, …Learn more about Baba Brinkman >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment
Subtopics: Art & science, Atheist/secular movement, Comedy, Critical thinking, Music, Pseudoscience, Science denial, Science education, Skeptic movement
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and heliocentrist George Hrab has written and produced six independent CDs; published one book; recorded hundreds of episodes of an award winning podcast; and even performed for President Clinton- all in a personal quest to improve his audience’s cognitive skills by reaching them through their funny bones and dance shoes. …Learn more about George Hrab >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Atheism & Secularism
Subtopics: Comedy, Coming out atheist, History of atheism/secularism
Roger Scott Jackson is a lecturer and orator in the classic tradition (but with profanity). A former reporter and editor, he has worked at dozens of jobs, including stints teaching speech, debate, and English. A longtime amateur historian, he combines his passion and skill in a series of lectures on two historic orators of particular …Learn more about Roger Scott Jackson >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Skepticism
Subtopics: Alternative medicine, Comedy, Conspiracy theories, Pseudoscience
Seth Lepore (writer/performer) holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, focus: Creativity in Education from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Since 1996 he has created over six self-produced one-man shows. Lepore’s latest venture is a trilogy of one-man shows on the underbelly of the self-help and new age movement. Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New …Learn more about Seth Lepore >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Humanism
Subtopics: African American humanism, Comedy
Want funny? Want smart? Leighann Lord blends grace, charm, humor and intellect to become one of the hottest public speakers working today. You’ve seen her as an actress in movies (Radioland Murders), as a stand-up comedian on TV (HBO, Comedy Central, AspireTV), as a radio and TV co-host (StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson), and …Learn more about Leighann Lord >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Education, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Comedy, Science education, Sex & sexuality, Women & gender
Feminist author, blogger, and gadfly Amanda Marcotte has been described as “funny. Really funny,” with a “wit is as sharp as the survival knife.” (Sacramento News & Review) Her “writing zings, it crackles, it leaves a mark, and never sugarcoats.” (Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of Daily Kos) And she tends to frantic ire from anti-feminists such …Learn more about Amanda Marcotte >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Debates, History, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Social Issues & Movements, Sociology & Anthropology
Subtopics: Art & science, Atheist/secular movement, Comedy, Critical thinking, Ethics & morality, Filmmaking, Free expression issues, Journalism, LGBTQ issues, Music, Poetry, Sex & sexuality, Social media, Women & gender
Marissa Alexa McCool, 32, is a podcaster, author, performer, speaker, and an LGBT rights/atheist activist. She’s a trans woman, married, partnered, and a parent. Born in Akron, Ohio and currently residing in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her family, she graduated the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with degrees in English, Cinema and Media Studies, and …Learn more about Marissa Alexa McCool >
Topics: Media, Science (General), Skepticism
Subtopics: Alternative medicine, Comedy, Conspiracy theories, Journalism, Mental illness, Music, Pseudoscience, Science denial, Social media
Seth Mnookin is Director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing and a Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing at M.I.T. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, won the National Association of Science Writers “Science in Society” Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book prize. …Learn more about Seth Mnookin >
Topics: Humanism, Science (General), Skepticism
Subtopics: Alternative medicine, Comedy, Conspiracy theories, Critical thinking, Filmmaking, Paranormal & fringe-science claims, Pseudoscience, Science denial, Skeptic movement
James Underdown has been the Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles since 1999. He has written for both Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. He is also the founder and chairman of the Independent Investigations Group in Hollywood, CA, one of the U.S.’s premiere paranormal investigation teams. The IIG, with the Committee for …Learn more about James Underdown >