The nation’s premier freethinking television show returned to the airwaves on Sept. 1.
FFRF’s “Freethought Matters” TV program, a half-hour talk show, airs Sunday mornings in 11 cities and Sunday evening in FFRF’s hometown of Madison, Wis.
U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, was the first guest of the new season. Other guests who have appeared recently (or will appear) include Center for a President and CEO Robyn Blumner, legal scholar Geoffrey Stone, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin and philosopher and scientist Daniel Dennett. If you missed any shows, you can watch them on YouTube on FFRF’s channel.
“Our aim is to provide fun, intelligent alternative programming for those who want to look beyond the Sunday morning religious fare,” says FFRF co-founder Annie Laurie Gaylor. Gaylor and her husband, Dan Barker, a former evangelical minister and well-known atheist author, are FFRF co-presidents and typically co-host the program.
The intent is to introduce communities to leading freethought authors, thinkers and activists. Today, the nonreligious is the largest “denomination,” surpassing Roman Catholics, at roughly one-fourth of the adult population. A third of Millennials are “Nones” and a fifth of Gen Z explicitly identifies as atheist or agnostic.
“The purpose of the show is to offer lively discussions that provide a perspective most often missing on television,” adds Barker.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), with more than 30,000 members nationwide. FFRF also works as a watchdog guarding the constitutional separation between religion and government.
The show is produced by FFRF’s videographer Bruce Johnson, a veteran of many years in public television. Crew includes staff members Kristina Daleiden and Lauryn Seering, plus various floor managers, with sound production provided by Audio for the Arts.
Please tune in to “Freethought Matters” . . . because freethought matters.