In my very first blog post ever, I thought I would tell you about a few of the organizations and programs we support and follow. We chose these organizations because of the shared freethinking philosophy of bringing information to you that is "outside the box" and away from the standard entertainment-based news media sources we see, hear, and read today. One such organization is New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR). With shows shows like The Exchange, Word of Mouth, and especially Civics 101, NHPR's mission is "Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities" and "foster[ing] civil discourse by producing and distributing objective, in-depth reporting and engaging content." So visit them and see about offering your support. Go to nhpr.org/#stream/0.
Another important organization to the advancement of freethought is the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Now, this is not a group of anit-religionists (although a large part of their membership consists of atheists, agnostics, humanist, secularist, and the like) who are trying to take away the right to worship how one chooses. This organization's purpose is to "promote the constitutional separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism." Through there online show Freethought Radio and their newspaper Freethought Today, they mean to educate the public, and remind government entities, of the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause - the wall of separation between church and state. To read about more of what they do, go to ffrf.org. To follow their radio show, go to www.freethoughtradio.com.
Some other programs that we highly recommend are 1A and the Diane Rehm podcast. 1A is a show hosted by Joshua Johnson - a journalist, radio host, and co-creator of many programs featured on National Public Radio (www.npr.org). “My professional passions have always centered on creativity, exploration and service,” Joshua notes. “This moment in history demands these attributes of us. It’s a chance to tell stories more creatively, to explore ideas beyond our own, and to refocus on serving others.” The show's name is inspired by the First Amendment and "explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports and humor. 1A’s goal is to act as a national mirror — taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be."
Diane Rehm, retired long-time radio host of the Diane Rehm Show, formally on NPR and WAMU (wamu.org), now has a weekly podcast that "brings her unique mix of curiosity, honesty, intimacy and nearly forty years as host of WAMU and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show to the podcast world." In her podcast she talks with lawmakers, artists, thinkers, and many more. You can hear her podcast here, at dianerehm.org/.
Well, that's all for now. If anyone has other suggestions to promote freethinking, let us know, and thanks.