Michael Trollan has over 20 years of experience in the advertising agency world as a digital technology consultant, working with Fortune 500 clients as large as Verizon, Ralph Lauren, MasterCard, Samsung, the New York Stock Exchange, and many more. His projects have won a Telly award, a PR Week award, one Clio, and three nominations for Webby awards. Michael is the founder of SecularAction.org, a platform which collects and publicizes actions that new activists to the secular community can take to get involved. He has served as a founding board member of Sunday Assembly New York, and as an advisory board member and donor for Women’s Education Project, a nonprofit which helps women in India to transition out of poverty into college and careers.
David Smalley will be on three panels at Mythcon V. We discuss social justice in Atheism, David Silverman’s firing, online harassment and more!
David Smalley is a podcast host, speaker, activist, author, and comedian, combining his love for entertainment and media with his passion for skepticism, truth, and equality, by starting Dogma Debate, a podcast focused on educating the public with humor and unique, respectful discussions. David has appeared on The Adam Carolla Show, Mohr Stories w/ Jay Mohr, CNN, FOX, NewsMaxTV, and many radio shows and podcasts, encouraging humanism and extending peaceful and respectful challenges to dogmatic claims.
Ardent Atheists Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors and friends about atheism, deism and the effects of religion on us all. Guests of the show are a mix of atheists, agnostics, deists, scientists, humanists and the occasional god-loving, scripture-quoting crusader. Discussions are deeply impassioned, mostly respectful and always funny. You can find out more about them on their website here.
Emery is a filmmaker, director, producer, and comedian. He's worked with Penn Jillette, and was the editor of film The Aristocrats and The Green Room with Paul Provenza. He directed "Jake Johannsen: I Love You", Chris Porter's, "Screaming From The Cosmos" and produced "Doug Stanhope's, "Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere" as well as Teller's film, "Play Dead". Emery is a former evangelical Christian whose religious studies, instead of bolstering his faith as he intended, led him to become a skeptic of all things woo.
Heather is a singer, actress, editor, producer, and burlesque veteran. She got her start at the age of 16 as a co-host and mini dancing superstar of the nationwide television show “Dance Party USA”. She has also appeared on Sesame Street and in “Mannequin 2” and the Disney film “Annapolis”. She is currently the lead vocalist of Penn Jillette's No God Band in Las Vegas.
Shelley Segal wrote and recorded the song that appears at the end of our Mythinformed podcast. We are in love with this song and wanted to post it to our RSS feeds. Enjoy!
Tim Heidecker is an actor, comedian, musician, writer and director. He is one half of the comedy team of Tim and Eric. Tim, along with Eric Wareheim, created the television shows “Tom Goes to the Mayor”, “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”, and “Tim and Eric’s Bed Time Stories”. He is also the creator and lead in the television shows “Decker” and “On Cinema”. “On Cinema” is now in its ninth season which will be released on Adult Swim and YouTube on March 6th, 2017.
Tim has also made music a vital part of his career. He released “In Glendale”, his first solo album and most straightforward set of songs yet, in 2016.
Sean Fracek and Jacob Woelfel were extremely honored to have the chance to interview Tim on his upcoming projects and the early days. Tim shares his experience with the short film festival in L.A. Channel 101, where he and Eric Wareheim would create short films and compete against other creators such as Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland (creators of the “Rick and Morty” television show), and Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone from the Lonely Island.
We also discussed his cameo in the “Portlandia” episode entitled “Ants” and his relationship with the actors and creators of the series. We discuss his current focus on music and how this ties into his comedy. Tim also shares his views on religion and why he identifies he is an agnostic/atheist. We are huge fans of Tim Heidecker and had a lot of fun with this interview. Don’t miss it!
Co-founder Doug Mesner and chapter head Nikki Olden Moungo join us for a discussion on the The Satanic Temple (TST). They explain the mission of the organization and how they utilize the Satan figure as a way to promote reason and secularism.
The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will. Politically aware, Civic-minded Satanists and allies in The Satanic Temple have publicly opposed The Westboro Baptist Church, advocated on behalf of children in public school to abolish corporal punishment, applied for equal representation where religious monuments are placed on public property, provided religious exemption and legal protection against laws that unscientifically restrict women’s reproductive autonomy, exposed fraudulent harmful pseudo-scientific practitioners and claims in mental health care, and applied to hold clubs alongside other religious after school clubs in schools besieged by proselytizing organizations.
The Satanic Temple announce headquarters opening in Salem, MA The Satanic Temple will open its doors to the public on September 23rd, 2016 at its Salem, MA headquarters, which also serve as an art gallery/witch-hunt museum SALEM, MA September 14, 2016 – The Satanic Temple (TST) is announcing the opening of its international headquarters in Salem, MA on September 23rd, 2016. The headquarters resides at 64 Bridge Street in an old Victorian house built in 1882 that was once used as a funeral home.
Comedian Willie Barcena is not afraid to take on religion as a stand-up comedian. In his 2016 Netflix special “The Truth Hurts” he challenges the existence of God and the accuracy of the Bible.
Willie Barcena is a comedy veteran that never shies away from a challenge. Willie’s talent has garnered him 12 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” more than any other Latino Comedian in the history of the Tonight Show. Jay even invited Willie to perform for the troops in Afghanistan. Barcena helped provide much-needed laughter to that part of the world.
Willie has appeared on many TV shows including: “Moesha,” “The Wayans Brothers,” and he was chosen to be the host of the popular Si-Tv production “Latino Laugh Festival – The Show.” He’s also made multiple appearances on tours such as “Que Locos,” “Latino Laugh Festival,” “Montreal’s Just for Laughs,” and “Crown Royal Latin All Stars Comedy Explosion.” Willie had his one hour Comedy Central which was received with rave reviews.
Willie joined us to discuss his career as a comedian and how hard it has been to challenge the stereotype of a Latino comic. Willie is no stranger to adversity. In his comedy he challenges religion, race and politics. Don’t miss this very funny and insightful interview with Willie Barcena!
TheraminTrees on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"
Link aka TheraminTrees, is a popular YouTube user who makes very high quality videos on a variety of topics including religion and atheism. His videos do a wonderful job of keeping the audience engaged and learning many critical skills and arguments throughout the experience. His videos highlight his eclectic background in publishing, illustration and psychology.
You may have seen his videos, but you may not know a lot about him and why he creates them. We were honored to have Link make his podcast interview debut on our show.
During this interview we discuss how Link transitioned into atheism and what inspired him to start his video series that he never set out to create initially. He shares his take on the terror attack on Paris that took place on Friday November, 15 2015. Link also shares with us his perception on the negative prejudice that atheists experience in the US and how that is contrasted in the UK.
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Todd Stiefel joins us on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"
Todd Stiefel is the founder and President of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, and chair of Openly Secular. Todd graduated cum laude from Duke University. He has gifted over $4.7 million dollars to nonprofit organizations in the secular movement and is actively involved in a variety of charitable causes. Todd spearheaded the Foundation Beyond Belief international team that raised nearly a million dollars for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Todd and the Stiefel Freethought Foundation’s mission is to gain respect for freethinkers and continue to support efforts that promote the separation of church and state. His activism has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, among a host of many other highly respected media outlets. He has been interviewed on the The Young Turks, HuffPost Live, SiriusXM and NPR just to name a few. His writing has been published in On Faith, Friendly Atheist and Free Inquiry magazine. Todd was also one of the keynote speakers for The Reason Rally and Rock Beyond Belief.
Todd has taken time out of his incredibly busy schedule to discuss why he deems it important to support the secular movement and how everyone can help. We also discuss some of the wins and losses that Todd has experienced through his various secular projects.