Humanist Network News Interview regarding AAI conference from 2006

N.B. The parts of this audio file with Margeret are in bold text.

Summary: In this month's podcast we speak to a member of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association about the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We interview Brenda Frei, the atheist who spent one month living with an evangelical Christian family for the reality tv show 30 Days.

Margaret Downey, the new president of Atheist Alliance International, makes an historic announcement about her organizations annual conference (which falls on the same day as the annual conference of American Atheists).

And the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization interviews international student humanist youth workers about a variety of topics regarding humanism, religious extremism and America's human rights record.

Segment 1: After Katrina Host Duncan Crary speaks in the studio with Michael Malec, a board member of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association. Ends 9:18

Segment 2: 30 Days Host Jes Constantine and Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies, speak by phone with Brenda Frei, an atheist homemaker who lived with evangelical Christians Michael and Tracey Shores for one month for the reality television show 30 Days. Ends 32:52

Segment 3: Listener Comments Two listeners call in response to the HNN story about comic book superheroes and religion. Ends: 37:30

Segment 4: An Atheist Cold War Thaws? Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies, speaks in the studio with Margaret Downey, new president of the Atheist Alliance International. Downey explains why Atheist Alliance International, and American Atheists, the two largest U.S.-based atheist organizations, hold their annual conferences on the same day. Downey says she favors moving the AAI conference date to foster more opportunities for the two groups to collaborate. Ends 46:00

Segment 5: IHEYO The Institute for Humanist Studies, through it's IHS Grant Fund is a major financial supporter of the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization. (IHEYO). Host Duncan Crary provided some questions to the members of IHEYO to ask international humanist youth workers. This is a special presentation including several interviews with youth representatives of humanist and freethought organizations from four different European countries. Find out how these young activists found humanism, their ideas on reaching out to youth and their thoughts on the United States and religious extremism.

*This segment by IHEYO was edited for length. To hear a longer version of this audio production, click here. Ends 1:05 Songs: Earth by Anji Bee Feels like a Sunday by Circle in a Square Christians by Dar Williams Sunday Moring by Markovich/

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