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BEASTcast 25: Dr. Rachael Dunlop

March 29th, 2012 by

Rachael Dunlop¬†is an ALS and ageing researcher and¬†Vice President of the New South Wales committee of the¬†Australian Skeptics. She also won the¬†most hilarious internet award ever. She blogs at¬†Skeptic’s Book. We talk about science communication, homeopathy, the anti-vaccination craze and some of the other pseudoscience she and her fellow skeptics deal with in Australia.¬†Music is by¬†Pigface¬†and is used with permission.

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BEASTcast 24: Joe Nickell

March 21st, 2012 by

Joe Nickell is a paranormal investigator at the Center for Inquiry and a historical document consultant. He’s also a senior research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the author of many books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin. We  talk about the subject of that book because some dude is coming to Western New York to do a presentation for the Shroudies. Why is God so bad at Photoshop? Listen to find out!

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BEASTcast 22: Brian Dooley

March 1st, 2012 by


Brian Dooley is the director of the Human Rights Defenders program at Human Rights First. He has worked with several Irish and international non-governmental organizations including Amnesty International and Public Citizen. In the early 1980s he defied the apartheid laws in South Africa by working as a community organizer and English teacher in a South African black township. Recently he was denied entry to Bahrain. We talk about the ongoing human rights crisis in that country and what can be done to stop it.

Music is by¬†Pigface¬†and is used with permission.¬†You can subscribe to the BEASTcast here or rate and/or leave a review¬†in iTunes. (more…)

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BEASTcast 21: Sarah Posner

February 27th, 2012 by

Sarah Posner is the author of ¬†God‚Äôs Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters and senior editor at Religion Dispatches¬†where she covers politics. We talk about Republicans, contraception, my gambling debts, religious code words, the possible problems Foster Friess had with girls in high school,¬†and lots more.¬†Music is by¬†Pigface¬†and is used with permission.¬†You can subscribe to the BEASTcast¬†in iTunes and leave a review if you want. (more…)

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BEASTcast 20: Dave Silverman

February 20th, 2012 by

Dave Silverman is the President of American Atheists. BEAST contributor and stand-up comic Joe Dixon joins in and we talk to him about atheism and some fun upcoming events for secular activists like the Reason Rally, which is March 24 in Washington, DC. Joe wonders aloud what Silverman’s penis looks like, and later Josh gets all reactionary and starts yelling about how atheism is a “choice.” Except not really.

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BEASTcast 19: Adam WarRock

February 13th, 2012 by

BEASTcast Episode 19: Adam WarRock (mp3)

Adam WarRock is a nerd rapper who releases a ridiculous amount of free content through his website. His newest album, You Dare Call That Thing Human?!?, was released just this week. We talk about nerdcore rap, comic books, sci-fi, ragequitting, politics, and his newest album.

You can buy his newest album here. Also, check him out on tour if you can.


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BEASTcast 12: Joe Dixon

September 21st, 2011 by

BEASTcast episode 12: Joe Dixon (mp3)


Joe Dixon is a BEAST contributor and stand-up comedian from NYC. He is also the host of Atheist Bible Study on YouTube. He will be performing at the Center For Inquiry’s Blasphemy Rights Day comedy night September 24 at CFI Transnational near the UB North Campus. We talk about comedy, religion, secular organizations, and why we should all kneel before Thor. (more…)

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Interview: Doug Benson

April 28th, 2011 by

Doug Benson

You probably know Doug Benson from his film Super High Me, a documentary in the vein of Super Size Me, in which the California-based comedian constantly smoked pot for 30 days while measuring the toll it was taking on his body (spoiler alert: it was negligible). He’s also been in a ton of other stuff, too, but when we found out he was coming to Buffalo for to perform, we emailed him some questions. Then he emailed us some answers.

First of all, I hope you’re enjoying the Holidays. Did you do anything special to commemorate the 20th this year, or was it just pizza delivery and a CSI marathon like the rest of the country?

I’m more of an L & O marathon kind of guy. But I actually recorded a new album that night, which will be out later this year.

You’ve carved out a niche as The Weed Comedian after being named Stoner of the Year by High Times Magazine and subjecting yourself to a grueling pot regiment in the documentary Super High Me. When was the last time you paid to smoke?

I buy it sometimes, because I like to give back to the system.

New Jersey recently authorized a handful of medical marijuana dispensaries and several other states have crept closer to decriminalization. As a Card-holding Californian, what advice would you give to Mom and Pop hustlers trying to survive in the face of legalization?

Move to Cali!

Given the amount of time I spend skulking IMDb, I’m downright ashamed with myself whenever I try to play along with the Leonard Maltin Game at home. The actual contestants are typically pretty solid, though. Are there any guests you’re really looking forward to on upcoming Doug Loves Movies podcasts?

Thanks to Twitter I was able to convince Johnathan Lipnicky from JERRY MAGUIRE to be on soon. I think it will be fun to talk to him now that he’s grown up and probably has some perspective on making that movie. Not to mention THE LITTLE VAMPIRE!

I’d like readers to get to know your softer side. When was the last time you cried?

The series finale of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. Great show, great characters, I was balling at the end. But it’s ok because the show is about football, right?

Did you have a favorite stuffed animal when you were little? And how did you feel when you had to part ways with your special buddy? Be honest.

I had a talking Bugs Bunny doll that had dirty fur and the string you pull to make it talk was busted, but every time my Mom threw it away, I’d dig it out of the trash. Finally let it go when I hit 30.

If you had to say whether you like hecklers or whether you dislike hecklers, would you say that you like hecklers? Or would you say that you dislike hecklers?

I think it’s a trick question, but I’m gonna go with dislike. Being enthusiastic and yelling something is ok, but just trying to throw the comic off or disrupt the show – not cool. If you wanna do that, just stay home and yell at your tv.

So yeah, so there you go. Doug is performing at Babeville in Buffalo on April 28 (and we’re pretty sure we get tickets for mentioning that – dope!). Dude is all over the place though, so check out the dates on his website, DougLovesMovies.com, and download his podcast because it’s free and you have no reason not to.


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