The Atheist Experience

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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 Time Warner Cable Channel 10 in Austin, Texas. 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 2008) have included financial scams (as examples of situations warranting skepticism), John Hagee, connections between the movie Batman Begins and the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah, Chuck Colson's book The Faith, and skepticism in children's literature.

Intended mainly as an effort towards community outreach and education, the show is geared toward 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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