“Son of Virginia” w/ Governor Douglas Wilder

The Honorable, former Governor of Virginia, Douglas Wilder on the “Mythicist Milwaukee Show”!

Lawrence Douglas Wilder is an American politician, who served as the first African American to be elected as governor of Virginia and first African-American governor of any state since Reconstruction. Wilder served as the 66th Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. When earlier elected as Lieutenant Governor, he was the first African American elected to statewide office in Virginia. His most recent political office was Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, which he held from 2005 to 2009.

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Gov. Doug Wilder has released his first-ever autobiography, Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena which can be purchased here. He joins us live to discuss his life in politics, what he has learned throughout the years. Why he feels Hilary will not win, and where he has encountered conflicts of church and state during his political career.

Long before Barack Obama, there was Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves who became the first African-American elected Governor in the US. 

This is the first autobiography of Lawrence Douglas Wilder, who was sworn in as Governor of Virginia in a January 1990 ceremony that changed the political face of the United States. 

His new book "Son of Virginia", details the events of the Wilder’s life to paint a portrait of the changing face of America. It’s a story of his challenges and conflict, and the struggles of the courageous people who stood up to decades of discrimination, corruption and greed.

The Foundation of Secularism

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.