Here is the original About page that I posted 2009-06-20 08:04:23:
Welcome to Everyday Freethought. Everyday Freethought is a podcast where ordinary, everyday atheists, agnostics, skeptics and freethinkers can share their stories and talk about what is going in their hometowns.
If you refer to yourself (either seriously or facetiously) as an Agnostic, Atheist, Bright, Freethinker, Humanist, Infidel, Irreligious, Non-Theist, Rationalist, Secular, Skeptic, or Unchurched, and you want a place for ordinary, everyday people to talk about the local atheist/skeptic/freethought scene in their communities, then this podcast is for you. Everyday Freethought is a podcast dedicated to providing a place for freethinkers all over the USA to share their stories.
The feed for the podcast can be found at Feedburner here.
I live in Illinois, so I will also talk about events and groups in Illinois. I will divide up the state as follows:
- Chicago, The City That Matters
- Chicago Metro: The suburbs surrounding Chicago
- Northern Illinois: Anything west of Illinois 47 and north of Interstate 80 (although parts of Will County will be included in Chicago Metro)
- Central Illinois: Anything between Interstate 80 and US Route 50
- Southern Illinois: Anything south of US Route 50; this will also include the St. Louis Metro Area
I started a podcast in 2009. I wanted to start an atheist/skeptical podcast based in Chicago, since I felt that Chicago was not well-represented in the atheisosphere. I noticed that a lot of other podcasts were by or featured as guests what I call the “Professional Atheist” class: professors, journalists, lawyers, people running national advocacy organizations. I wanted to do a podcast featuring ordinary people with regular day jobs, the sort of people I was meeting at the local meetups.
But over time I decided the podcast was too much work. I called people on Skype, and Skype picked up a lot of noise on my end: breathing, lip and teeth noise. These sounds were never present on the part I would record of myself talking.
I was also going to keep track of meetups and events in Illinois. But that was too much work as well.
Over time I would change it. I am just posting it here for archiving purposes.
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