Point of Inquiry

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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.

For a very long time marriage was considered a foundation of American life. Adulthood and marriage came hand in hand, and shortly after marriage children were the next logical step. Breaking that mold wasn’t a socially acceptable or...
Medical doctors can hold our lives in their hands. But with great power comes great responsibility, and doctors owe it to their patients to provide accurate information and treatments based on science and evidence. This is the standard we...
Medical doctors can hold our lives in their hands. But with great power comes great responsibility, and doctors owe it to their patients to provide accurate information and treatments based on science and evidence. This is the standard we...
This week we welcome back journalist Johann Hari, author of _Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs_. Hari is a vocal advocate for ending the drug war, and he joins us this week in advance of the UN...
This week we welcome back journalist Johann Hari, author of _Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs_. Hari is a vocal advocate for ending the drug war, and he joins us this week in advance of the UN...
David Silverman, president of American Atheists, was recently seen on championing the importance of the atheist vote to American conservatives on the late night comedy show, _Full Frontal with Samantha...
David Silverman, president of American Atheists, was recently seen on championing the importance of the atheist vote to American conservatives on the late night comedy show, _Full Frontal with Samantha...
Many of us picture our dying moments as being surrounded by loved ones, uttering last words of gratitude and advice before we slip off into a peaceful departure. Yet the reality is that dying is often a long, painful, and constantly...
Many of us picture our dying moments as being surrounded by loved ones, uttering last words of gratitude and advice before we slip off into a peaceful departure. Yet the reality is that dying is often a long, painful, and constantly...
John Allen Paulos is an award winning mathematician and best selling author. A professor in mathematics at Temple University, he has written for _The Guardian_ , CFI’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and...
John Allen Paulos is an award winning mathematician and best selling author. A professor in mathematics at Temple University, he has written for _The Guardian_ , CFI’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and...
Today’s guest is former white supremacist Arno Michaelis, author of _My Life After Hate_. A leader within what he called a “racial holy war," Michaelis later realized his hate was misplaced, the product of fear,...
Today’s guest is former white supremacist Arno Michaelis, author of _My Life After Hate_. A leader within what he called a “racial holy war," Michaelis later realized his hate was misplaced, the product of fear,...
What is it about human behavior that allows con artists to pull off elaborate scams in which they fool thousands? Moreover what is about those thousands of people — many of them intelligent and sophisticated — that make them so...
What is it about human behavior that allows con artists to pull off elaborate scams in which they fool thousands? Moreover what is about those thousands of people — many of them intelligent and sophisticated — that make them so...
We know more and more about how repressive attitudes about blasphemy and religious criticism in parts of the Islamic world can become explosive, as with the Charlie Hebdo attacks or the murder of secularist bloggers in Bangladesh. But these...
We know more and more about how repressive attitudes about blasphemy and religious criticism in parts of the Islamic world can become explosive, as with the Charlie Hebdo attacks or the murder of secularist bloggers in Bangladesh. But these...
Most of us have no problem operating under the notion that we should do unto others as we would have others do unto us. But what do we make of people who do go well beyond that, while asking for nothing in return? Why are often perplexed by...
Most of us have no problem operating under the notion that we should do unto others as we would have others do unto us. But what do we make of people who do go well beyond that, while asking for nothing in return? Why are often perplexed by...
Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, speaker, and sex education activist, challenging misconceptions about what it means to have consenting, satisfying sex. She’s the author of _What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s...