Ask an Atheist

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Mike Gillis (left) and Sam Mulvey on Ask an Atheist, episode 4, "Why Do Atheists Have a Show?".

Ask an Atheist is a live call-in radio show based in Tacoma, Washington, dedicated to "atheism, skeptical inquiry, and issues of separation of church and state." It airs on Sundays from 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST. Inspired by the Atheist Experience, the program was created by Mike Gillis, Casey Doran, Sam Mulvey and Jeremy Whitman. It is a production of NEDM Media and produced by Mike Gillis, Sam Mulvey, Jeremy Whitman and Beth Lehman.

The program debuted as a televison show on SCAN Community Media public access in Seattle on June 6, 2010. Past episodes are archived on the show's official website and on YouTube.

In January of 2011, the program was relaunched as a radio show on KLAY 1180 AM, a local owned station based in Lakewood, WA.

Format of the show

Ask an Atheist is hosted each week by one of a rotation of Hosts, who acts as master of ceremonies for the program, along with a Topic Host who has prepared a specific topic for the episode, and a Color Commentator to keep things lively. The rotating lineup of Hosts currently includes Mike Gillis, Casey Doran, Libbie Mistretta, Paul Case, Sam Mulvey, and Rich Lyons.

After a series of listener emails and a commercial break, the Co-Host will speak on their topic for the duration of the program, allowing for calls from viewers. The calls need not stick to that show's topic, allowing the discussion to touch on any question or challenge the caller may have about atheism or skepticism. Recent official topics have included "Conspiracy Theories", "Biblical Contradictions" and "Epistemology."

The show is concluded with a segment called "the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," a look at three news stories relating to religion, skepticism and belief. The first is something positive, the second negative, and the third, simply unusual.

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