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Episode 5: Mr Watchtower

This month features an interview with an ex-Jehovah’s Witness,  Mr. Watchtower, who having grown up with a devout JW mother, and a father who was a later convert, discovered that their path was not for him.

Mr Watchtower is an erudite and insightful guest who shares a lot of important information about the Jehovah’s Witness faith, in particular the way in which it keeps its members under control, its belief system, and the abusive nature of the threats towards and treatment of apostates and their families.

Listen as he discusses his early life and the experience of growing up within the JW church, and why he now so passionately works to help others find their way out of this religion.

Mr Watchtower can be found on Twitter (@ApostateAwake)

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Episode 4: Jen August

This month features an interview with another extraordinary woman, ex-Catholic Jen August, who having grown up with a devout Irish-Catholic mother and Jewish father, found her way through extreme hardship and an abusive marriage to find freedom as an atheist.

Listen as Jen discusses her early life and search for truth and meaning in both Catholicism and Judaism, and the struggles she went through to define her own identity and rebuild her life as a non-believer after losing her faith.  Jen’s story is powerful and inspiring, with her no-nonsense approach and a strong focus on building an identity as an individual, you’ll be left in no doubt of the fact that who Jen has become as she departed faith is a better, freer and more complete person.

Jen and Chris also briefly discuss their upcoming book collaboration that deals with Jen’s escape from a violent and abusive marriage and how she found the strength to set herself free. She also talks about how she feels it is important for people to truly find themselves as an individual and define an identity that  will contribute to rather than depend upon other communities.

Trigger Warning: This episode contains some discussion of an abusive relationship which some listeners may find upsetting. 

Jen August can be found on Twitter @jen_august

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Episode 3: Ex-Mormon

Apologies for the break last month, unexpected events took precedence.

We’re back with a wonderful guest, an ex-mormon whose devout life was disrupted by a longing to study biology and a difficult, and often abusive, relationship. Join us as she talks about discovering the reality behind her religious upbringing and the Mormon church, and finding a new world of reason and truth through interactions with atheist communities on Twitter.

Our guest describes growing up in a close knit Mormon community and the challenges that she faced as she found herself beginning to doubt, and the struggle to be able to forge her own identity as an educated woman. Her story will move you, make you laugh, and most of all inspire you to realize that even through tremendous difficulty and physical danger, it is possible to find a life of peace through reason.

 

Trigger Warning: This episode contains some discussion of an abusive relationship which some listeners may find upsetting.

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Episode 2: Iman Willoughby

Our second interview is with the extraordinary Iman Willoughby, (@1GodlessWoman on Twitter). Andi and Chris speak with Iman about her life growing up in Saudi Arabia, her experiences as a woman in the muslim world, her struggles to adapt to her new life in Canada, and how she has found her own identity without God.

Featuring a guest who is knowledgable, erudite, powerful, funny and utterly honest about her experiences and struggles, this interview is one you will not want to miss.

Some listeners will already be familiar with Iman via Twitter, and because of the recent campaign by the wonderful Adam Reakes (@AdamReakes). But, there’s so much more to Iman than you may realize.  To endure all that she has, against all odds, and to remain the courageous voice that she does is testament to her character and strength. We could not be more privileged to bring you this episode of the You Without God Podcast.

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Episode 1: Hemant Mehta

We couldn’t be prouder to bring you our first full interview featuring Hemant Mehta, and what a great guest to start with!

Hemant Mehta discusses growing up in the Jain community and how he started to realise at an early age that his faith just didn’t make sense to him.He chats with us about his activism through high-school and later, and his work with secular student groups and the Foundation Beyond Belief, as well as his writing work!

In an informal interview with podcast hosts Chris Krzeminski and Andrew Lee, Hemant offers insights into his writing and blogging activities, touching on some recent controversies such as the fisasco over the Morton Grove Park District and the South Carolina’s soup kitchen banning atheists from helping out.

This is a fun interview with one of the atheist community’s best known activists and authors. His friendly approach to skepticism, reflected in his Friendly Atheist blog typifies the approach that we’re trying to take on this podcast.

(Apologies for some of the sound problems, we’re still working through some bugs with equipment and Andrew’s track in particular needed some work on it. Fortunately, he doesn’t talk too much, and the others sound great! Thanks to @iZotopeInc for their amazing audio-repair plugins!)

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