Ed Brayton on Atheist Talk Radio

Ed Brayton, journalist, commentator, speaker and blogger at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, was the guest on Atheist Talk Radio this morning. The podcast is now available here.

It was a great conversation but way too short with too many commercials! (The commercials have been removed from the podcast for your listening pleasure.)


  1. #1 Mike Haubrich
    June 12, 2011

    I want to apologize for the beginning of the show. Greg and I were upstairs at the station talking about sciency stuff like wind energy and the engineer rushed up and said “are you guys coming down or not?” And we rushed downstairs and tried to make it all seem natural, but it didn’t work. The podcast is much better and it was a great conversation, with a lot of politics and discussion about the NCSE, and the Michigan Chapter, and the Panda’s Thumb and our Minnesota’s embarrassment of Michelle Bachman. (Who is actually from Iowa, btw.)

  2. #2 Lorax
    June 12, 2011

    Sorry to highjack the thread. Mike, I tried to send an email question today, not that there was time for one, but it got bounced back to me because I had the wrong address. I could not find the address on the Atheist talk website or AM950. I know you said the address during the program, but it was too fast and only occurred once I think. Could this info be made more prevalent or often?

    Also, I could just call, but I didnt have my phone on me and didnt want to miss the show to find it.

    Restoring the thread back to Greg Laden.

  3. #3 Mike Haubrich
    June 12, 2011

    Sorry about that, Lorax. I will try to remember.

    What was your question?

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    June 12, 2011

    I thought the problem was the feedback we were getting because of those new mikes. Mike.

  5. #5 Mike Haubrich
    June 12, 2011

    …and that I put the wrong headphones on, and couldn’t find my file with the show notes.

    No. No. I am a professional! When things go wrong, blame the equipment.

  6. #6 Lorax
    June 13, 2011

    I wanted to get Ed’s thoughts on how facts are now relative in political discourse. Are things worse now than at other times in our history (or is this the norm) and has the media failed us by spending more time talking about celebrities, sex ‘scandals’, and using he said-she said style presentations. (or something like that)

  7. #7 Mike Haubrich
    June 13, 2011

    I think that it is the immediacy that is different now, and we get the impression that things are worse in journalism now than they used to be. But what is funny is that the Pulitzer prize is a measure of prestige, while Joseph Pulitzer himself was quite an advocate and perhaps the Rupert Murdoch of his day.