By Steve Petersen
This past year was an active one for our cable program. Here is a recap of our programming.
In Janaury, host James Zimmerman interviewed author Mike Davis about his book The Atheist's Bible Companion to the New Testament. Mike discussed how he came up with the idea for the book and explained how it evolved from a simple list into a website and finally into a book. Mike next explained some of the Christian apologetics regarding the New Testament and why such arguments do not hold up under scrutiny.
In Febuary, Mike Haubrich interviewed Stephanie Zvan and Greg Laden of quichemoraine.com on Intelligence and Race. Stephanie and Greg reviewed debunked the myth of connecting intelligence and Race.
March featured George Kane interviewing August Berkshire for two programs titled State/Church Laws: Part 1 and 2. This was a detailed program that covered Supreme Court decisions and both the Minnesota and US Constitutions.
For our April taping, James Zimmerman interviewed Grant Steves for two programs, one titled “The Clash of Worldviews” and the other, “The World view of Naturalism.”
In May, August Berkshire interviewed George Kane on “The Days of Prayer and Reason.” This covered the history of the Day of Prayer and the recent ruling by a Federal judge agreeing with FFRF that the law mandating this is unconstitutional, and also our event at the state Capitol earlier in the day.
For the first June show, host James Zimmerman interviewed MN Atheists member Ryan Sutter on ideas for what to read while on vacation this summer. Ryan suggested an eclectic range of texts, including God, by Alexander Waugh, which consists of hundreds of vignettes on humans' depiction and beliefs in supernatural beings; and the Godhead Trilogy, by James Morrow. For the second show, James interviewed Ryan on his infamous critique of Dawkins’ The Greatest Show on Earth and on his parody-film Flattened.
In July, Grant Steves conducted two interviews, one with James Zimmerman on “Religion’s Use of Science” and the second with Matthew Richardson on “Religion and the US Drug Policy.”
In August, George Kane interviewed Randall Tigue, American Atheists Minnesota State director, on American Atheists in Minnesota.
In, September and August Berkshire interviewed George Kane on MNA Policies. They discussed how these polices relate to government decisions, religion and our members.
In October, host James Zimmerman interviewed Eric Jayne. Eric organizes and heads up the south-of-the-metro bookclub. Eric gave details on where and when the bookclub meets and how many people usually attend. Eric then discussed some of the books the club has covered in recent months.
In November, George Kane interviewed August Berkshire on “Morality With or Without God.”
The December program featured George Kane interviewing August Berkshire on “Atheism 101.”
I would like to thank all of our crew and sponsors of the programs and Grant Hermanson, who puts the podcasts on iTunes. Next year will be just as productive. Stay tuned!
Burnsville/Eagan Community Television: Ch. 14. Check their web site www.bect.tv for day and times. Sponsor: Kevin Hardisty.
Bloomington: Ch. 16. Monday 9:30 p.m. and Tuesday 5:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sponsors: David and Joanne Beardsley.
Minneapolis: Ch. 17. Saturday 8:30 p.m. Sponsor: Steve Petersen.
Rochester: Ch. 10. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 7:30 p.m. Sponsor: Jim Salutz.
Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, North Oaks, Little Canada, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Moundsview/New Brighton: Ch. 14. Wednesday 10:30 p.m. Sponsor: Shirley Moll.
Stillwater: Ch., 16. Tuesday 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday 9:00 a.m. Sponsor: Lee Salisbury.
South Washington County: Ch. 14. Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Sponsor: Jim Bodsberg.
White Bear Lake, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, North St. Paul, Oakdale, Vadnais Heights: Ch. 15. Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sponsor: Michael Seliga.