With no blogging last week, there are a couple of The Humanist Hour shows you can catch up on. I spent a little time with Amanda Marcotte at CONvergence talking feminism and politics:
Any year in which we have the first female major party presumptive nominee for president is going to be a busy one in feminist politics. Beyond Hillary Clinton, however, there’s still plenty going on in current political discourse that’s of interest to feminists. From the misogyny of Donald Trump to the recent Supreme Court decision on abortion, we have a lot to talk about.
To cover these topics—as well as Clinton’s rise to nominee—Stephanie Zvan talks this week with Amanda Marcotte, a political writer for Salon with more than a decade of experience covering these kinds of topics. Listen and catch up on the presidential campaigns, online discourse, and the state of abortion rights.
You can catch that podcast here.
Then Peggy Knudtson explored the possibility of starting up an Oasis group in her city and talked to the network’s founders about their work:
For religious believers who live in communities built around their religions, one of the hardest parts of losing their beliefs or admitting to their nonbelief is losing those communities. Former pastor Mike Aus started Houston Oasis to offer nonbelievers the kind of community he had known in the church but without the dogma. In 2014, Helen Stringer started Kansas City Oasis to meet the same needs, and together, they founded the Oasis Network to make it easier for other local groups to form. The Oasis Network now has eight locations, with more on the way.
On this week’s show, Peggy Knudtson talks with Mike and Helen about the impetus for the network and what people can expect to find at an Oasis. They also talk about what it takes to keep a group like Oasis running and what help people who want to start their own can expect from the network.
You can listen to that podcast here.