October 15, 2018
Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of the Center for Inquiry, was a groundbreaking show when it debuted in 2005, when podcasting was still very new. It provided the skeptic and freethought communities with engaging, long-form conversations with the most fascinating and brilliant minds in science, religion, politics, philosophy, and journalism.
Over the years, several talented hosts have made their mark on the show, welcoming guests such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Steven Pinker, Ann Druyan, Paul Krugman, Sam Harris, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Margaret Sullivan, Chris Hayes, Temple Grandin, Elizabeth Kolbert, Richard Dawkins, and myriad other luminaries, introducing thousands of listeners to new and challenging ideas.
On the eve of the CSICon 2018 skeptics’ conference in Las Vegas, the Center for Inquiry is thrilled to announce Point of Inquiry’s newest hosts, Kavin Senapathy and James Underdown!
Kavin Senapathy is an author, journalist, activist, and mom who covers science, health, medicine, agriculture, food, parenting and their intersection. Her work appears regularly in outlets such as Forbes, SELF Magazine, Slate, and in her new column for Skeptical Inquirer online, Woo Watch. She is one of the co-authors of the book The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House, as well as a member of the “Science Mom” team, the subject of a recent documentary film Science Moms. (She has also been a recent guest on Point of Inquiry!)
Actor, comedian, musician, and freethought activist James Underdown has been the Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-West in Los Angeles since 1999. He has written several articles for both Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines, and currently writes the CFI blog Ask the Atheist. He is also the founder and chairman of the Independent Investigations Group in Hollywood, which offers a $100,000 prize for anyone who can prove paranormal ability under scientific testing conditions. Jim has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including Dr. Phil, Miracle Detective, Hannity and Colmes, Penn and Teller’s Bullshit, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, among many others, and has even endured filming a long conversation with banana-obsessed creationist Ray Comfort.
This new phase of Point of Inquiry will be produced by Michael Powell, the Center for Inquiry’s digital marketing srategist.
Kavin and Jim will be at CSICon, putting together interviews for their first episodes. To make sure you get the first new show as soon as it comes out, make sure you subscribe to Point of Inquiry at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, or in the pod-catching service of your choice.