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SF Secular Podcast Relaunches Wednesday Night, Features Post-Debate Chat!

Photographer and freethinker Jered Dawnne of Sioux Falls started the Thinking Unenslaved podcast in 2010. He took a break in 2011 after 22 episodes. Tomorrow night, Wednesday, October 29, he's back, relaunching what he hopes will be a fascinating series of conversations:

Thinking Unenslaved is a weekly podcast from the perspective of a secular humanist living and working among the people of the Northern Midwestern United States. The intent of the show is to foster dialogue to bring an understanding of the need and purpose of humanistic and secular concepts into the mainstream for a better world. Naturally, political and sociological concerns are the primary focus of the show, but subject matter also delves into religion, agnosticism, atheism and related topics from time to time. Frequent participants on the show come from all walks of life, so every episode is a unique experience [Jered Dawnne, personal communication, 2014.10.27].

Dialogue, understanding, secular concepts, political and sociological concerns... hey! Sounds like my kind of program! So much so that Dawnne is inviting me to join him for a segment of tomorrow night's two-hour show. Thinking Unenslaved runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Jered plans to have me on right after the big KELO Senate debate, which is supposed to wrap up at 8 p.m.

Dawnne will also chat program sponsor and Siouxland Freethinkers member Josh Tordsen, as well as high-powered Democratic consultant turned Sioux Falls kaffeemeister Steve Hildebrand.

If technology cooperates, you can listen live on If you want a wilder more interactive experience, you can tune in via that site will have a chat room! But if you find yourself too drowsy after playing the Mike Rounds "South Dakota Common Sense!" drinking game during the KELO debate, you'll be able to download the podcast to cure your hangover in the morning. Live or recorded, you should find Dawnne's conversations great fun!


  1. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.10.28

    It sounds like a very interesting podcast. I look forward to checking it out.

    I like the drinking game idea too. Have fun with the debate and with your post-debate discussion.

  2. JeniW 2014.10.29

    With so many nasty comments directed toward the members of the Free Thinkers, I would not blame them for not calling Kelo back.

    Disappointing to read Christians writing such hateful comments.

  3. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    JeniW, please provide a quote that you view as hateful.

  4. JeniW 2014.10.29

    All you have to do is read the comments written in the Argus about the snow plow.

    There are a lot of anger filled and hateful messages, way too many to post here.

  5. Bill Fleming 2014.10.29

    JeniW, Sibby probably wrote half of them. ;-)

  6. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    JeniW, are you sure they were true Christians?

    Fleming continues with the false accusations in order to deceive.

  7. Les 2014.10.29

    How many of the true Christians no longer sin, Sib?

  8. leslie 2014.10.29

    sib needs to time out on adjectives.

  9. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    leslie, it is sad that very few care enough about truth that we use adjectives to add clarification.

  10. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    Les, sorry that you asked that question. Get yourself a Bible and dig in.

  11. Bill Fleming 2014.10.29

    Lol. Sssssibson the >~ssssssssssssinner.

  12. JeniW 2014.10.29

    Steve, I knew that you would write something about "true Christians," so I did not waste my time finding an example for you.

    I should have just written, "I am disappointed by all the anger filled and hateful comments directed toward the members of the Free Thinkers."

    All those nasty comments are a reflection of human's being inhumane. How sad. :(

  13. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    "All those nasty comments are a reflection of human's being inhumane."

    You don't mean the ones directed at Christian conservatives? Liberals like Fleming are the only ones allowed to be nasty, right?

  14. JeniW 2014.10.29

    I mean all nasty comments directed at anyone, by anyone. They are all inhumane, including any nasty comments that you would write.

  15. leslie 2014.10.29

    sib has dominated this thread from 7:53 to 11:11. a web thread on a liberal blog-a terrible thing to "truly" waste. adverbs too sib. DO NOT FEED TROLLS/micro black holes

  16. John Hess 2014.10.29

    Roku has the Atheist TV channel that's been out since August. Interesting to see Madalyn O'Hair on the Johnny Carson show and newer clips of Richard Dawkins and others. Quality varies greatly, but they talk about evolution among many other things. Even Pope Francis just came out to say evolution and the big bang are real. Hard to deny science in the year 2014.

  17. jerry 2014.10.29

    I wonder how long the Pope will hold that line though, he kind of waffles. But it is always good to hear that even for a while. These christian fanatics with their jihad attitudes are too much to listen to sometimes. I will try to tune in to this much needed fresh air.

  18. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    " Even Pope Francis just came out to say evolution and the big bang are real."

    That is because the pope is a South American liberation theology Marxist and not a Christian.

  19. Jenny 2014.10.29

    You need help, Sibby.

  20. Jenny 2014.10.29

    Sibbinator, If we're all so screwed up, why don't you just start praying for us, then?

  21. Bill F. 2014.10.29

    LOL, the Pope's not a Christian! Good one Sibby.
    And a trout's ass isn't watertight either, right?
    Hahahahaha. *sideache, sideache*

  22. Lynn 2014.10.29

    I take a morning break from Madville and see Sibby had the morning shift. Sibby time to punch out. Daniel or Angelo it's your shift.

  23. Roger Cornelius 2014.10.29

    If we are to believe that God created all things, it wouldn't be a far stretch to say that God created science and evolution.
    Heck, maybe he even created Sibson, I'll leave that up to debate.

  24. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    Right Lynn, free thinking is only allowed if you are a Neo-Marxist liberal.

  25. Jenny 2014.10.29

    Sibby, can you pray for peace in the world? I like prayers for the poor and suffering also.

  26. Bill F. 2014.10.29

    If you want to think that the Pope isn't a Christian, Sibby, you are of course free to do so. And further you're free to think those most excellent thoughts while riding any of the beautiful flying rainbow unicorns on my 200 square mile fantasy ranch.

  27. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    Fleming, his processors would agree with me:

    Ever since Bishop Bergoglio picked St Francis of Assisi to be his guiding inspiration and lead a "church for the poor", all his actions have been in the same direction.

    Liberation Theology is taking over the Vatican a quarter of a century after John-Paul II systematically sought to stamp out the "singular heresy" in the radical parishes and dioceses of Latin America, a task carried out with dutiful efficiency by Cardinal Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

  28. JeniW 2014.10.29

    Everyone is entitled to his or her opinions, including the Pope.

    If anyone has a problem with that, he/she own problem, not the Pope nor anyone else.

  29. Bill F. 2014.10.29

    Sibby, you don't get to decide who is a Christian and who is not. Further, if the Cardinals didn't think that Francis was a Christian, they would have excommunicated him, not made him the head of the (world's first and still by far largest) Christian Church. These are the kinds of arguments you put forth that make us all pretty sure you are three or four french fries shy of a happy meal.

  30. leslie 2014.10.29


    I like that. Might read it if it wasn't from sib and ifn I ever get an unwasted moment. try CAP AND TRADE on.

  31. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    "Sibby, you don't get to decide who is a Christian and who is not."

    Fleming it was John Paul II that called liberation theology a "singular heresy". First you say:

    "If you want to think that the Pope isn't a Christian, Sibby, you are of course free to do so."

    25 minutes later you say:

    "Sibby, you don't get to decide who is a Christian and who is not."

  32. Jenny 2014.10.29

    Sibster, be a productive Christian and you'll get far more respect from us if you do the things I mentioned instead of use us for entertainment.

  33. Francis Schaffer 2014.10.29

    I am with the pope on evolution as science has proven plants and animals evolve(change) to adapt to the environment in which they reside. Also, the big bang theory to me means something/someone started the system in motion and created the first life. I sort of like the name he has chosen too; takes a very courageous person to carry this name.

  34. Steve Sibson 2014.10.29

    "I am with the pope on evolution as science has proven plants and animals evolve(change) to adapt to the environment in which they reside."

    You are talking micro-evolution, the Pope is mistakenly talking macro-evolution.

  35. Bill F. 2014.10.29

    "If you want to think that the Pope isn't a Christian, Sibby, you are of course free to do so."

    25 minutes later you say:

    "Sibby, you don't get to decide who is a Christian and who is not."

    Exactly. You can have your opinion but you don't get to decide. That's your problem. You think there's no difference between the two.

  36. Bill F. 2014.10.29

    Sibby, did anyone ever teach you that you don't have to believe every thought that pops into your head?

  37. Francis Schaffer 2014.10.29

    Steve Sibson, please send me the link to Pope Francis' statements so I can read it for myself. Thank you.

  38. JeniW 2014.10.29

    The Pope can believe anything that he wants to, just like others can believe in what they want to believe.

    If people have a problem with what he believes, they own that problem, not the Pope.

  39. Bill F. 2014.10.29

    Smart of him. So what's not Catholic/Christian about that? Do you believe God is a magician with a magic wand, Sibby?

  40. Francis Schaffer 2014.10.29

    Who am I to put limits on the power of God?

  41. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.10.29

    John: a whole channel for atheists? That could be either really fun or really grouchy. :-) Any original, real-budget programming, or is it just old stuff and YouTube clips?

  42. Douglas Wiken 2014.10.29

    And a bunch of angels jumped right off the head of a pin.

  43. John Hess 2014.10.29

    If you go to the American Atheist web site you can watch their live stream and review the programming schedule. On Roku they have 4 or 5 more on demand sections of Richard Dawkins, O'Hair, the Austin Atheist call in show, and a mix of others. My guess most are recycled. They are looking for new content so might want to mention that to the Freethinkers.

  44. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.10.29

    Occasionally I take a look at various atheist's/free thinkers websites. I have two quibbles with some of them:

    1. They shouldn't waste their time poking at all the gaping holes that yawn in the arguments of Biblical literalists. It's child's play and not that productive. There are much more bigger fish to fry.

    2. Talk more about yourselves and what you do believe in. Everyone believes in something. (As Norm said on Cheers, "I believe I'll have another beer.")

    Really, that tiny god so closely defined and limited by the fundamentalists/literalists is not attractive. The tiny god's appeal is generally to the fearful, the angry, and the greedy. With rare exceptions.

    Personally, I don't understand those who desire a god they define so closely. Where's the mystery, the power, the awe? I'm not attracted to the robot god.

    Oh well. And so it goes . . . . .

  45. Bill Fleming 2014.10.29

    Just finished 'Waking Up', Sam Harris's new book. Most will remember Sam's book 'The End of Faith' and perhaps his recent flap with Ben Afleck on Bill Maher's show over the Muslim faith. Turns out Harris is actually intensely spiritual and has been for decades. Worthy read.

  46. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.10.29

    Deb, Jered and I had a great conversation making his podcast tonight. I did not spend any time poking holes in the arguments of Biblical literalists. We fried much bigger fish.

    We did not talk about beer, but I did mention brownies as a significant way to fight stereotypes and bridge religious and political difference. Jered should have the full podcast available online soon!

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