Point of Inquiry
Point of Inquiry is the radio show and flagship podcast of the Center for Inquiry (CFI), "a think tank promoting science, reason, and secular values in public policy and at the grass roots". Started in 2005, Point of Inquiry has consistently been ranked among the best science podcasts available in iTunes. It has been celebrated for its guests and for the quality of its interviews. Former guests include leading scientists, writers and public intellectuals such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Paul Krugman, Lisa Randall, Brian Greene, Oliver Sacks, Susan Jacoby, David Brin and Temple Grandin.
|Original release||2005– present|
Point of Inquiry is recorded at the Center for Inquiry headquarters in Amherst, New York. iTunes features over 200 free episodes of Point of Inquiry, averaging 30 to 35 minutes in length, with each consisting of a long form interview with a high-profile guest from the worlds of scientific skepticism, science, academia, and philosophy. The show focuses on traditional topics in scientific skepticism, such as psychic investigations, alternative medicine, alleged extraterrestrial visitations, ghosts, and cryptozoology. It also covers current events and public policy. The inaugural episode in December 2005 featured an interview with CFI founder Paul Kurtz, who spoke about the incompatibility of science and religion.
In October 2013, CFI announced the "new team who will take Point of Inquiry into its next exciting phase", Lindsay Beyerstein, Josh Zepps and producer Joshua Billingsley.
On June 2, 2017, Point of Inquiry released its first episode with new host Paul Fidalgo. New hosts Kavin Senapathy and James Underdown were announced on October 15, 2018. The show is produced by CFI digital marketing strategist, Michael Powell.
|D. J. Grothe||December 2005 to March 2010||American author and public speaker|
|Robert M. Price||March 2010 to November 2011||Former host of CFI podcast The Human Bible|
|Karen Stollznow||March 2010 to December 2011||Australian writer, linguist and skeptic|
|Chris Mooney||March 2010 to September 2013||U.S. journalist and academic|
|Indre Viskontas||February 2012 to August 2013||Neuroscientist and opera singer|
|Lindsay Beyerstein||November 2013 to April 2017||Investigative journalist|
|Josh Zepps||November 2013 to April 2017||Journalist|
|Paul Fidalgo||May 2017 to May 2018||CFI Communications Director|
|Kavin Senapathy||January 2019 – October 2019||Author, Journalist, Activist|
|James Underdown||October 2018 – Present||Executive Director of CFI-West|
|Leighann Lord||April 2020 - Present||Comedian, writer, actor|
|Thomas Donnelly||2005 to 2009|
|Adam Isaak||2010 to 2013|
|Joshua Billingsley||2013 to 2014|
|Nora Hurley||2014 to 2017|
|Mike Powell||2017 to present|
Popular Science IdolEdit
Point of inquiry co-sponsored the "Popular Science Idol" contest along with the National Science Foundation Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Discover Magazine, and Popular Science as a science spoof of the reality television series American Idol. The event was hosted as a workshop to discover the next great science communicator. The event was hosted by Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas served as one of the expert judges. The first event was won by Tom Di Loberto for a 3-minute presentation on the difficulties involved in predicting the weather.
|Steven Pinker||The Decline in Violence||February 18, 2013|
|Paul Krugman||Science and Pseudoscience in Economics||January 28, 2013|
|David Brin||Uplifting Existence||December 17, 2012|
|Oliver Sacks||Hallucinations||November 5, 2012|
|Lisa Randall||Knocking on Heaven's Door||October 8, 2012|
|Temple Grandin||The Science of Livestock Animal Welfare||August 27, 2012|
|Cara Santa Maria||Talk Nerdy to Us||June 11, 2012|
|Lawrence M. Krauss||A Universe from Nothing||February 6, 2012|
|Brian Greene||The Fabric of the Cosmos||January 2, 2012|
|Daniel Dennett||The Scientific Study of Religion||December 12, 2011|
|Austin Dacey||Rock the Theocrats||September 26, 2011|
|Neil deGrasse Tyson||Communicating Science||February 28, 2011|
|John Shook||The God Debates||October 15, 2010|
|S. Jay Olshansky||Can Science Extend Human Life?||September 10, 2010|
|Adam Savage||Skeptic||July 9, 2010|
|S.T. Joshi||Fright and Free thought||May 28, 2010|
|Scott Lilienfeld||Real Self-Help||March 19, 2010|
|Andrew Revkin||The Death of Science Writing, and the Future of Catastrophe||March 12, 2010|
|Chris Hedges||I Don't Believe in Atheists||May 2, 2008|
|Lawrence M. Krauss||Seducing for Science||December 28, 2007|
|Paul Kurtz||Ethics for the Nonreligious||December 21, 2007|
|Richard Dawkins||Science and the New Atheism||December 7, 2007|
|Neil deGrasse Tyson||Communicating Science to the Public||November 16, 2007|
|Michael Behe||The Edge of Evolution||November 9, 2007|
|Steven Pinker||The Stuff of Thought||October 26, 2007|
|Alan Dershowitz||Blasphemy||October 5, 2007|
|Francis Collins||The Language of God||August 31, 2007|
|Carol Tavris||Mistakes Were Made||August 3, 2007|
|Ophelia Benson||Why Truth Matters||July 20, 2007|
|Philip Kitcher||Living with Darwin||July 13, 2007|
|Christopher Hitchens||God Is Not Great||July 6, 2007|
|Natalie Angier||The Canon||June 29, 2007|
|Tom Clark||Encountering Naturalism||June 22, 2007|
|Matthew C. Nisbet||Selling Science to the Public||April 20, 2007|
|Steven Pinker||Evolutionary Psychology and Human Nature||February 23, 2007|
|Barbara Forrest||The Wedge of Intelligent Design||February 16, 2007|
|Peter Singer||The Way We Eat||February 9, 2007|
|Neil deGrasse Tyson||Death by Black Hole||January 25, 2007|
|Ann Druyan||Carl Sagan and The Varieties of Scientific Experience||January 5, 2007|
|Susan Blackmore||In Search of the Light||December 15, 2006|
|Richard Dawkins||The God Delusion||October 16, 2006|
|Sam Harris||Letter to a Christian Nation||October 6, 2006|
|Ann Druyan||Science, Wonder, and Spirituality||September 15, 2006|
|Neil deGrasse Tyson||The Sky Is Not the Limit||August 17, 2006|
|Thomas Kida||Don't Believe Everything You Think||July 14, 2006|
|James Randi||Science, Magic, and Future of Skepticism||June 30, 2006|
|Tom Flynn||The Rise of the Non-Religious||June 23, 2006|
|Eugenie Scott||Evolution vs. Religious Belief?||April 28, 2006|
|Sam Harris||The Mortal Dangers of Religion||April 14, 2006|
|Sam Harris||The End of Faith||April 7, 2006|
|Jamy Ian Swiss||Psychics, Science, and Magic||March 24, 2006|
|Daniel Dennett||Breaking the Spell||March 3, 2006|
|Richard Dawkins||The Root of All Evil?||February 10, 2006|
|Eugenie Scott||The Dover Trial: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design||January 20, 2006|
|Max Maven||Magic and Skepticism||January 13, 2006|
A full episode list is available on iTunes.
In May 2012, Point of Inquiry was named one of the "Top 10 Podcasts to Feed Your Brain" by Business Insider.
Featured podcast suggestion by the Telegraph February 9, 2013.
- This description appears at the beginning of most episodes.
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- Grothe, DJ (December 11, 2005). "Paul Kurtz - Science and Religion - Are They Compatible?". Point of Inquiry Podcast. Center for Inquiry. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- "Point of Inquiry In Studio: Chris Mooney Talks to Jamie Kilstein, Ed Brayton, and More.| Center for Inquiry". Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- "Center for Inquiry Announces Three New Hosts for its Popular Podcast, 'Point of Inquiry' | Center for Inquiry". Retrieved February 14, 2010.
- "The Wait is Over: CFI Unveils New 'Point of Inquiry' Team!". Center for Inquiry. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- "Point Of Inquiry podcast announces new co-hosts Kavin Senapathy and James Underdown". CFI. Center for Inquiry. October 15, 2018. Archived from the original on April 27, 2019.
- "All Episodes". Center for Inquiry. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
- "Comedian Leighann Lord Joins Point of Inquiry Podcast as New Co-Host". Center for Inquiry. Archived from the original on April 9, 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
- "Do You Have What It Takes to Be America's Next Science Idol?". March 10, 2013.
- "Meteorologist wins first-ever America's Science Idol competition". March 10, 2013.
- "Steven Pinker - The Decline of Violence". February 18, 2013.
- Olshansky, Jay. "Can Science Extend Human Life?". Point of Inquiry. Center for Inquiry. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
- "iTunes Archive". Apple at apple.com. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- Smith, Kevin (May 14, 2012). "Top 10 podcasts to feed your brain". Business Insider at businessinsider.com. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
- Naughton, Pete (February 9, 2013). "Podcast and internet radio previews: The Secret Policeman's Ball, Point of Inquiry, Radio Three Sixty and The Jazz Groove". The Telegraph. UK: Telegraph Media Group Ltd. ISSN 0307-1235. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013.