The Humanist Hour
The Humanist Hour is a bi-monthly one-hour talk show produced by the American Humanist Association. Every episode explores a different area of humanist thought, from politics to pop culture. A typical episode features interviews, commentary, news, and music.
Notable guests have included Bill Nye the Science Guy, Sir Salman Rushdie, Prof. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, E.O. Wilson, Alan Dershowitz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Andy Rooney, Greg Graffin of Bad Religion, Holly Near, Dar Williams and Julia Sweeney. The Humanist Hour is co-hosted by Todd Stiefel, Kim Ellington and Bo Bennett. Learn more about our hosts below.
The program can also be heard on Public Reality Radio, WPRR, 95.3 FM and 1680 AM, Grand Rapids, MI, and Williamsport Community Radio, WXPI, 88.5 FM, Williamsport, PA.
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Todd lives in Raleigh, NC. He is a secular humanist, an atheist and full-time freethought activist. Todd has given over $3 million dollars to charities in the Freethought Movement. This is highlighted by $2 million to found the Stiefel Freethought Foundation and $500,000 to the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund. Todd graduated cum laude from Duke University. He worked 12 years for Stiefel Laboratories, holding positions in marketing, sales operations and strategy. He was the Chief Strategy Officer, the Enterprise Leadership Team chairman and member of the executive committee of the Board. He was responsible for 250 people including the finance, strategy, risk, facilities, administration and program management functions. He co-led the teams that sold equity to Blackstone and Stiefel Laboratories to GlaxoSmithKline. Todd’s activism was featured in a front page article in the Raleigh News & Observer. He has been seen on the Christian Broadcasting Network and has been quoted in the New York Times and Church & State.
Kim is a secular activist and lifelong atheist originally from New Hampshire. She now lives in North Carolina, working to separate church and state. She is on the Board of Directors for the Triangle Freethought Society, which is the local chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, as well as the Board of Camp Quest South Carolina, and serves as secretary for the Secular Coalition for North Carolina. She is a longtime member of the American Humanist Association, as well as a Humanist Celebrant, and mother of a wonderful, skeptical and inquisitive pre-teen daughter. The work she does in the freethought and civil rights movement is to make the world a more reasonable place for her daughter and all future generations.
Bo is a secular Humanist and a PhD candidate in social psychology. His spiritual/intellectual journey began as a result of a lifetime of unanswered questions. Bo devoted countless hours to studying religion — Christianity in particular, which included reading the entire Bible from cover to cover (New International Version). He has listened to over 1000 hours of religious debate, read many books written by both atheists and Christians, and completed dozens of courses from world’s leading universities on Christianity, Catholicism, Theology, Biblical Studies, Argumentation, Historical Jesus, Cosmology, Biology, Evolution, Quantum and Particle Physics, Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and even Apologetics.