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Todd Stiefel is the found and president of Stiefel Free Thought Foundation, one of the leading atheist groups in the country.

He says he was born an atheist (as we all are) and grew up devoutly Catholic. Only later did he realize the practices and mantras he learned at religious camps were simillar to practices used in brainwashing. He says his group's goal is not to convert the religious over to atheism, but to prevent people from becoming fundamentalist.

According to Stiefel, atheists have an uphill battle in the quest for public acceptance, but it is doable. He says atheists need to gain respect from the religious and show that they have morality and also show how most religious people have more in common with atheists than they do with fundamentalists.

He says the model for the atheist movement should be the LGBT community - need to come out, organize, and get financial support. Stiefel says freethinking has to replace other things religions have to offer - social connection, charity, and more. Can that be achieved?

Learn more here: http://www.stiefelfreethoughtfoundati...

Direct download: Todd_Stiefel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Ashley Spillane is the president of Rock the Vote, and is working to help young voters realize how crucially important it is to exercise their right to vote. You may have seen the "Turn Out for What" music video with Lil' Jon- it's fun and lighthearted, but drives home the message to millenials that voting is an important way to support causes that matter to them. How can Rock the Vote combat apathy and other barriers preventing them from voting? What really stops young people from voting?

John Iadarola (TYT, TYT University) interviews Rock the Vote President, Ashley Spillane all about Rock the Vote and why voting is so deeply necessary, no matter what your beliefs.

Learn more: http://www.rockthevote.com/

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Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Ashley_Spillane.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Professor Reza Aslan is the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," and is a writer and scholar on religious studies.

Is there a media bias against Islam? Reza Aslan points to certain media pundits and hosts who call all religion bad, but Islam "the worst." Is it bigoted when pundits like Sam Harris call any non-extremist Muslims "not real" Muslims? Are some media commentators denouncing and defining Christian and Muslim extremism themselves fundamentalist bigots? Where is the balance between when interpreting holy text? What is the difference between atheism and neo-atheism? Is there such a thing as the one "truth?"

Reza Aslan sits down with The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur to discuss and debate the state of religious commentary in media, religious ignorance, the removal of religion from society and neo-atheism, what it really means to be religious, picking-and-choosing attitudes across the board, and much more on fundamental misunderstandings of religion.

More on Reza Aslan: http://rezaaslan.com/

Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Reza_Aslan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Rosalind Wiseman is a teacher, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, social media, and media literacy. She wrote "Queen Bees & Wannabes," a bestseller that later served as the basis for the hit movie "Mean Girls." Her most recent book is "Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World."

How can boys cope with major issues growing up such as self-identity, dealing with racism and homophobia, standing up for themselves and what principles matter to them, and as society puts it, "be a man?" What about issues such as bullying and hazing, as shown in an extreme sense with the Sayreville High School Football case that can actually be considered sexual assault? When is it right to fight and when is the right choice to "use your words?"

And how can caring parents help their boys without unintentionally hurting them in the long run?

Cenk Uygur talks in-depth with Rosalind Wiseman about raising boys in a way that helps them become well-adjusted, honorable men.

More on Rosalind: http://rosalindwiseman.com/

Her other books include:
- Queen Bee Moms & King Pin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make—or Break—Your Child's Future
- Owning Up Curriculum: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice
- Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials (fiction)
-The Guide: Managing Douchebags, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want

Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Rosalind_Wiseman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Alan Cohn is a progressive Democratic candidate for Congress from Florida, working to fight corporate corruption and overtake a Tea Party incumbent backed with much more money. We checked in on him at the beginning of the campaign- can a progressive candidate topple a Tea Party candidate in Tampa? Can Alan Cohn use grassroots campaigning to beat someone writing regulations for the big banks, oil corporations, and the Koch brothers and is being funded by them? And how does the web key in to reaching voters with a message they connect to in a real way?

Cenk Uygur talks to Peabody Award-Winning Investigative Journalist Alan Cohn about his campaign for Congress and why issues like minimum wage, immigration, and economic reform truly matter.

http://cohnforcongress2014.com/

https://twitter.com/CohnForCongress

Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Alan_Cohn.mp3
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Reza Aslan is a religious scholar and the author of " Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." He has become notorious after being the subject of an interview with Fox News' Lauren Green in what is now thought to be one of the worst, most biased interviews on television ever. Aslan tried, but was ultimately unable to talk about his book in depth. Now, he sits with Cenk Uygur and discusses "Zealot" and his historical and religious findings about Jesus Christ. 

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John Densmore is the drummer of the legendary band, "The Doors." Today he talks all about discord in the group, Jim Morrison, the power of music, and selling out. Densmore is also a vocal political activist- why has he continued to write and speak for liberal causes? Where does he stand on civil disobedience? Can you actually police morality, or is it futile? And why won't Obama return his calls anymore?

John Densmore talks about all these vital topic, the untold history of The Doors, and even drums to a Jim Morrison Poem with Ana Kasparian. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT