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[[Image:Atheist Experience 474.jpg|160px|thumb|[[Martin Wagner]] (left) and [[Matt Dillahunty]] on ''The Atheist Experience'', episode 474.]]
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[[Image:Atheist Experience 474.jpg|160px|thumb|[[Martin Wagner]] (left) and [[Matt Dillahunty]] on ''The Atheist Experience'', episode 474, "Trends in Atheism".]]
'''''The Atheist Experience''''' is a live, call-in, [[Wikipedia:Public access television|public-access TV]] program sponsored by the [[Atheist Community of Austin]] (ACA). It airs on Sundays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. [[Wikipedia:Central Time|Central Time]] on [[Wikipedia:Austin, Texas|Austin]]'s [[Wikipedia:Time Warner Cable|Time Warner Cable]] [http://www.austinpact.org/ Channel 10]. Past episodes of the show have begun to air in other cities, as well; see the website for details.
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'''''The Atheist Experience''''' is a live, call-in, [[Wikipedia:Public access television|public-access TV]] program sponsored by the [[Atheist Community of Austin]] (ACA). It airs on Sundays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. [[Wikipedia:Central Time|Central Time]] on [[Wikipedia:Austin, Texas|Austin]]'s [[Wikipedia:Time Warner Cable|Time Warner Cable]] [http://www.austinpact.org/ Channel 10]. Past episodes of the show have begun to air in other cities, as well; see the official website for details.
  
 
==Format of the show==
 
==Format of the show==
  
The show is usually hosted by [[User:Sans Deity|Matt Dillahunty]], current president of the ACA. He is joined each week by one of a handful of regular cohosts, including [[Don Baker]], [[Jeff Dee]], [[User:Kazim|Russell Glasser]] and [[Tracie Harris]].
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The show is usually hosted by [[User:Sans Deity|Matt Dillahunty]], current president of the ACA. He is joined each week by one of a handful of regular cohosts, including [[Don Baker]], [[User:Kazim|Russell Glasser]], [[Tracie Harris]], and [[Ashley Perrien]].
  
 
After regular announcements of ACA events, the cohost usually talks about a predetermined topic for about half an hour, then calls are taken from viewers. The calls need not stick to that show's topic, allowing the discussion to wander into many different areas, including what [[atheism]] is and what atheists "[[believe in]]" (a question usually asked by Christian callers), the difference between [[atheism and agnosticism]], the possibility of [[secular morality]], the [[scientific viewpoint]] (especially the validity of [[evolution]] and the [[Big Bang]]), [[life after death]], and other topics.
 
After regular announcements of ACA events, the cohost usually talks about a predetermined topic for about half an hour, then calls are taken from viewers. The calls need not stick to that show's topic, allowing the discussion to wander into many different areas, including what [[atheism]] is and what atheists "[[believe in]]" (a question usually asked by Christian callers), the difference between [[atheism and agnosticism]], the possibility of [[secular morality]], the [[scientific viewpoint]] (especially the validity of [[evolution]] and the [[Big Bang]]), [[life after death]], and other topics.
  
Recent official topics (November 2006 – February 2007) have included [[creationism]], liberal [[Christianity]] and the "Christian Left", [[henotheism]] in the [[Old Testament]], [[psychological projection]] and the religious right, [[authoritarianism]], and the intersection of religion and politics (the show generally avoids becoming overtly political since the ACA is a [[Wikipedia:non-profit organization|non-profit organization]]).
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Recent official topics (May–June 2007) have included the connection between [[creationism]] and [[intelligent design]], [[religion]] and [[mental health]], responses to some [[apologist]] [[argument]]s, the nature of [[consciousness]], and atheist [[humor]].
  
Intended mainly as an effort towards community outreach and education, the show is geared largely to a non-atheistic, or at least non-dogmatic, audience.  The ACA also sponsors an internet audio program called [[The Non-Prophets]] which is geared more toward an atheist audience.
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Intended mainly as an effort towards community outreach and education, the show is geared largely to a general audience of both atheists and non-atheists.  The ACA also sponsors an internet audio program called ''[[The Non-Prophets]]'' which is geared more toward an atheist audience.
  
 
==Upcoming and past episodes==
 
==Upcoming and past episodes==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
  
* [http://www.atheist-experience.com ''The Atheist Experience'' official website]
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* [http://www.atheist-experience.com/ ''The Atheist Experience'' official website]
 
* [http://atheistexperience.blogspot.com/ ''The Atheist Experience'' Blog]
 
* [http://atheistexperience.blogspot.com/ ''The Atheist Experience'' Blog]
 
* [http://www.atheist-experience.com/archive/index.php?full=0 Episode archives including podcast]
 
* [http://www.atheist-experience.com/archive/index.php?full=0 Episode archives including podcast]

Revision as of 16:49, 21 June 2007

Martin Wagner (left) and Matt Dillahunty on The Atheist Experience, episode 474, "Trends in Atheism".

The Atheist Experience is a live, call-in, public-access TV program sponsored by the Atheist Community of Austin (ACA). It airs on Sundays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Central Time on Austin's Time Warner Cable Channel 10. Past episodes of the show have begun to air in other cities, as well; see the official website for details.

Format of the show

The show is usually hosted by Matt Dillahunty, current president of the ACA. He is joined each week by one of a handful of regular cohosts, including Don Baker, Russell Glasser, Tracie Harris, and Ashley Perrien.

After regular announcements of ACA events, the cohost usually talks about a predetermined topic for about half an hour, then calls are taken from viewers. The calls need not stick to that show's topic, allowing the discussion to wander into many different areas, including what atheism is and what atheists "believe in" (a question usually asked by Christian callers), the difference between atheism and agnosticism, the possibility of secular morality, the scientific viewpoint (especially the validity of evolution and the Big Bang), life after death, and other topics.

Recent official topics (May–June 2007) have included the connection between creationism and intelligent design, religion and mental health, responses to some apologist arguments, the nature of consciousness, and atheist humor.

Intended mainly as an effort towards community outreach and education, the show is geared largely to a general audience of both atheists and non-atheists. The ACA also sponsors an internet audio program called The Non-Prophets which is geared more toward an atheist audience.

Upcoming and past episodes

A list of upcoming episodes of The Atheist Experience, including scheduled cohosts, can be found at the official website. The site also contains an archive of the last year of episodes in several different digital audio formats, including MP3 and Ogg/Vorbis. A podcast is also available. Video of the show can be found at Google Video and is available for purchase on DVD.

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