Freethought Radio

Reviews For Freethought Radio

It's a fun podcast about the relgious nonsense going on in the nation and how FFRF is trying to defend against religion encroachment. Could use less of the music but whatever
I am 57 years old and it is only in the past six months that I have rejected all the religious garbage I was raised to believe and call myself an atheist. I did a google search and was reminded of the Freedom From Religion organization. And thus discovered this podcast. Leaving God was the first episode I heard and will certainly continue to listen. I also joined FFR as a paid member. Thanks for doing what you do. The sooner people reject gods and religions the better our world will be.
FFRF podcast is a breath of fresh air giving me important information about current events affecting separation of church and state. I always learn something that is enriching about important historical free-thinkers, artists, and musicians. I am always surprised to hear of people who were rebels in their time and who have things to say that are relevant today. In the podcast I hear about legal actions that have been taken to help protect Americans who are being abused by religious organizations. I feel community with these people.
Perfect. Thank you FFRF!
Enjoyed listening & learning from these presentations. Voices are soothing. My ears enjoy these broadcasts! Hope you, yours and your surroundings are safe & Covid free! Be Well!
I’m a long time listener but no more. I always liked to check the news of how the foundation was stepping up and creating legal church/state challenges around the country. Perhaps I have evolved. I find my atheism is stronger than ever but I am beginning to hate the leftist political lean exhibited by the atheist community in general, including this show. They say they are not political, and it may not be overt, but it’s obvious they are left-leaning with the guest choices, race apologetics, commentary, and lack of conservative viewpoints. A belief in gods is irrelevant to belief in republican government, fiscal conservatism, anti communism/socialism, and a pro life abortion view. I’ve declared that it’s ok to be conservative and atheist at the same time. But it’s mostly the music. Sorry.
Freethought Radio is a great podcast for news, information, and updates on FFRF’s challenges to right-wing theocratic legal cases. The format, however, needs reworking. A lot of time is lost listening to host introduction and the FFRF’s mission statement every episode. I understand that this is mostly for new listeners/subscribers, but still… At times, there are extensive musical numbers -which are good, but eat away at the episode’s timing -timing that could be spent polishing interesting and engaging interviews that are (more often than not) abruptly cut short due to time constraints (see previous statements). My hope is that FFRF can eventually manage to update their format. I’d also love for them to develop their own theme music. Don’t get my wrong, John Lennon’s “Imagine” is good and all, but it wears thin to hear it every.single.episode. In the end, I still recommend this for all atheists, freethinkers, agnostics, humanists -and anyone who sees the privilege escalation of the religious right and thinks something should be done about it.
The freethought perspective given in this podcast always informs me about the aspects of the news dealing with the potential rise of theocracy in the US and around the world. This perspective is lacking often in mainstream media. Keep up the good work!


Dan, I like the music, but then I’m a musician.
I have listened for years; not after this last episode. It’s one bad joke too far. Bye
Dan is great but the music doesn’t help. Increase the news percentage ... take a cue from “Thank god I’m Atheist” and play clips from pastors that underscore how hateful and devisive religions are. Keep up the great work!
I'm not an atheist but I'm becoming more and more frustrated with religion and religious people. We definitely need to keep up that separation of church and state. The more I listen to this podcast, the more I like it. However I find myself skipping the music. I usually do that anyway on a podcast *cough* nightvale weather.
The FFRF podcast is a welcome oasis from the majority extreme-right Christian rural community where I live. I enjoy the variety of speakers, news and music presented. Keep up the important legislative work as well - separation of church and state is vital to maintaining our founders’ creation of a secular nation. Thank you for all you do!
I am a regular listener and I sometimes feel like the speakers are going too fast. Maybe you have packed too many ideas into an episode and then are rushing to get through all of them or maybe it’s just a little matter of engineering but I found the most recent episode easier to listen to.
I love FFRF and Annie Laurie and Dan's positive humanist atheism. They stand for far more than just the first amendment. They stand for humanism and ethics in movement atheism which is sadly lacking amongst many of its leaders who lately have been men found sexually assaulting women and advocating and ends-justify-the-means attitude. We need more diversity and humanism in atheism and Annie Laurie is a bright light in that effort. Thank you!
I like the legal updates on state-church separation cases, the music, and many interesting guests.
I love this podcast. Good information and interviews. I learn about issues not covered by the media, plus books and music that I would not hear about otherwise. I am a member of FFRF and a humanist. Thank FFRF.
Like all the news upfront. I am pressed for time and just want to get the news and what progress you are making. Would love more interviews. Can live with the music. Glad to be a supporter.
Thank you so much for keeping me informed and fighting the good fight. I listen as soon as the podcast becomes available on ITunes. Have you considered doing a show on Jesus Christ Superstar? I find it interesting that this is being redone and shown on Easter as I find the musical to be sacreligious.
While not an atheist, I’m a firm believer in the separation of church and state. The degradation of that separation with the new administration and Congress makes the work FFRF does even more important. I really enjoy hearing about what you’re doing for all of us who don’t want religion in our government.


I was attracted to this podcast because of the title. I am agnostic and can’t prove one way or another. And was hoping for a un biased discussion. However the problem with the episode I listened in on was how they TARGET schools for religious insignia or beliefs. While I’m not a believer one way or another this county WAS founded on the belief in Christianity. Targeting schools is not helping the youth in this county with the moral identity problem of this new generation. Wow...
I love hearing about their court cases, but all the music, oy vey... I always attempt to listen but some weeks are way less interesting than others.
Thanks, Annie Laurie, Dan and visiting Andrew on the new show. Very informative and fun. Well, mocking religionists is fun anyway I can get it but you guys do it smarter.
Love all the work these guys do. Keep it up!
A great way to learn what this organization and others are doing to maintain the separation of church and state. Especially enjoy the interviews and updates from the legal team at Freedom From Religion Foundation (which owns this podcast).They have a newspaper that covers the same material but the podcast provides additional detail and color commentary that helps you better appreciate the importance of keeping church and state separate and how determined faith leaders and some lawmakers are to mingle the two. Agree with some previous reviewers that the musical numbers go a bit long - perhaps consider playing clips from the songs vs playing the entire song? Anyhow, keep up the important work you do!


By Lickd
Very boring and could use a format change. There's too much music for a talk show. The music is corny and they only spend a few minutes with interviews, leaving the listener wanting more. Lose the music and become a real talk show!
This unassuming little podcast has TEETH! Wish I had known about your show when I lived in Madison. Just found it and I love hearing the background on current lawsuits and church/states violations. Keep up the good work!
I'm an atheist and unlike some reviewers I do care whether local governments endorse Christianity. FFRF is on the frontline of defending the secularism that our founders designed America with. We can no longer be called a representative secular democracy when government officials promote their brand of religion above others and try to govern all citizens by the tenets of their religion. Even the tiniest promotion of their religion gives the appearance that the promoted religion is preferable to our government all others. This makes us no longer equal and takes away our ability to be free and our right to liberty.
I start my Monday mornings with this show and it make a refreshing start to the week. To hear two great leaders in the freethought movement every week gives me hope that it's getting better for those of us who are good without god. Annie Laurie and Dan, thank you and FFRF for all your work.
Dedicated Podcast listener. Thanks for all you do!
i can't think of a better podcast to update those who are interested in court cases involving separation of church and state. but the music and jokes by dan barker make it unlistenable. i really really want to listen, but turn it off after a few seconds of dan.
I listen to several atheist podcasts. I love them all but none make me feel more human than this one.
Important and pertinent. Agree with others on some deficiencies in the presentation.
FFRF is the best organization out there to defend our rights against religious infringement. I look forward to listening every week to hear about the incredible victories won throughout the country. I enjoy the interviews and historical lessons regarding separation of church and state. I value this amazing organization and encourage everyone join FFRF.
Thank goodness I have unlimited data. I listen to this in my car a lot. Excellent work.
Most of the subject matter is good, interviews could be better, but I agree with others; the jokes are lame and Dan's music is "fast-forwardable". When I put this on my iPod Shuffle to listen on-the-go to all the freethought/atheist podcasts I get, Freethought Radio is put near the end. I think if the podcast ended, I wouldn't miss it at all.
Keeps me up to date on separation of church and state. This show is how I start my week.
I thoroughly support the work that the FFRF does but this podcast is killing me. The intro, including music and the introductions is often over two minutes. The piano/show tunes are incredibly dated and dull. It’s great that host Dan Barker is such an accomplished pianist and I think he’s very talented, but the style of music only appeals to a small number of people. The constant inclusion of Dan's songs are a huge turn-off. The show needs a lot more energy and I just don’t know if Dan and Annie Laurie are up to the task. I’d like to see them hand over the broadcast reigns to some fresh talent and relaunch the show. Until then, I don’t know that I can keep on downloading the show. Based on the work they do, I give them 5 stars. Based on the listenability and enjoyability of the podcast, I can only give them two stars.
I just started listening to this podcast last week, and find it refreshingly balanced. The hosts present a balanced look at atheism, which contrasts the sometimes shrill pro-belief crowd. I could be wrong, but they seem very live and let live - they don't seem to want to impose their beliefs on you, but by the same token, you have no right to impose yours on them, either.
You would think that for the years that Annie and Dan have been doing the show that they'd stop trying to talk over one another. Happens all the time. Also, WAY too much time is spent on Dan's religious parody music and no enough time on news and interviews that freethinkers would prefer to hear. On a recent episode they cut off a guest mid thought...but 5 min was wasted on a stupid song. A cutesy song is ok once in awhile but this happens too often. Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist has screamed by them in professionalism and entertainment.
These are the people at the front of the battle to get religion out of our public schools. They do important work and their podcast is great for news and interviews, but I prefer the irreverent humor and fact-checking of religious fallacies in Irreligiosophy.
I listen to and enjoy this podcast. I wish I had an ounce of the energy these two have. I do my little things in my little way and live my little atheist life. But these two are dedicated go getters accomplishing a wide variety of things on a daily basis. How could I criticize them ever? Yes, Annie is outspoken (you go girl) and Dan can be corny (you go guy). So what? I know They are real people whose skills may not be rooted in broadcasting. I love that about them. A & D are honest hard working dedicated people contributing their skill set(s) so that we all might be better off, more informed, able to participate ourselves if we so desire. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I enjoy you both just the way you are.
I love FFRF and I love this show! Very informative, serious issues are discussed, but they leave plenty of room for light-hearted banter. Overall, very positive and uplifting. I am happy to know someone is fighting to ensure all Americans have equal freedom - especially when many are content to sit on their hands and make excuses.
This show is refreshing! I, too, grew up in a small town and was bombarded by faith systems. We the people do have the right to express our belief(s) or non-belief(s). We do not have the right to express them on neither government property/time nor title. Thank you to both co-presidents of FFRF, all supporters, and even non-supporters. The differences keep the conversation evolving. The only time I'm disturbed is when "good Christians" offer obscenities and violence (via threat or blatant action) as their answer to reason. My best to you all on your journey. The biggest favor I did for God was absolve him of responsibility for my life.
Love the show, great hosts and guests however the songs by Mr Barker have to go. Not everyone likes that type of music and honestly the rhythm is a bit off. If I operated a business with my family I would have to refrain from squeezing in my "singing" and if I did I would also share the stage with other agnostic/atheist artists.
Annie Laurie and Dan are engaging hosts, and they always have interesting topics and guests. Dan is a former Christian minister who truly understands the mindset of American Christianity.
A podcast after my own heart!
They gets some interesting guests.