Secular Student Life Podcast
official podcast of the Secular Student Alliance
Episode 4 -What does it mean to be secular? with Nick Fish
On this episode we talk with Nick Fish, president of American Atheists, about what it means to be an atheist and a secular person in America today.
Nick Fish is a seasoned civil rights and civil liberties activist with more than a decade of political, organizing, and leadership experience with many of the nation’s most prominent political organizations and progressive non-profits. A native of Michigan, Nick studied political science at Albion College before working in Raleigh, North Carolina, managing a voter outreach office that registered more than 5,000 new voters and knocked on 25,000 doors in the two months leading up to the 2008 election. After the election, Nick worked in donor outreach, marketing, fundraising, and communications, including with the Secular Coalition for American. Before his appointment as president, Nick served as Development Director and National Program Director for American Atheists.
Since 2015, Nick has often represented American Atheists in the media, including appearances on the Fox News programs Spirited Debate, Hannity, and Fox and Friends, and on countless local media outlets. He has been quoted in The Washington Post, CNN, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and The Associated Press. He has created innovative advocacy and visibility campaigns, including AtheistVoter, and has developed messaging and strategy around American Atheists’ legal, public policy, and outreach campaigns.
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Episode 3 -Discussing the Bladensburg Cross with Monica Miller and Sarah Henry
On this episode of the Secular Student Life podcast, Ryan Bell speaks with Monica Miller, about the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland—a war memorial that stands 40 feet tall in the middle of a busy intersection. Monica is Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association. Since joining the AHA in 2012, she has vigorously defended the constitutional mandate of separation of church and state by litigating Establishment Clause cases across the country. She has served as lead counsel in over 25 federal cases, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits. Just over a month ago Monica presented oral arguments on behalf of the American Humanist Association before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of regarding the constitutionality of the Bladensburg Cross war memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland.
In part two, Ryan speaks with Sarah Henry, a spokesperson for the American Humanist Association, about her appearance on The Ingraham Angle, with Laura Ingraham. We break down her interview and talk about how she stayed on message and challenged the false narrative that Ingraham was spinning.
Sarah is the Communications Associate at the American Humanist Association. Sarah graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Photography from Lynn University, in sunny South Florida. She is currently a graduate student at American University, pursuing a Masters of Public Administration.
Both Monica and Sarah were SSA student leaders in their respective schools and have gone on to important roles in the secular movement.
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Episode 2 - Facing and Growing Through Grief with Alana Carter and Garrett Price
On this episode of the Secular Student Life podcast, Ryan Bell speaks with Alana Carter, a student at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, about her deconversion experience and subsequent experience of loss. In the space of just a year or so, Alana lost her dad, her grandmother, her aunt, and then her cat. Some of these losses happened while she was studying abroad. Alana speaks with impressive wisdom and shares how she has faced grief as a secular person.
Then Ryan speaks with Garrett Price, a licensed professional counselor working in hospice in the state of Idaho. Day in and day out, Garrett works with those who are dying and the survivors they leave behind. His insights about grieving and mourning are deeply insightful.
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Episode 1 - Lisa Daughtery, Kevin Bolling, Charles Darwin, and more...
On this episode of Secular Student Life, Ryan Bell speaks with Lisa Daugherty, a student at Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Indiana. Lisa has worked tirelessly to get her chapter started and running smoothly in the past year, in the face of steady opposition, but there are signs that the ice is breaking and even some Christians on campus have become allies. Lisa also shares from her personal life about her upbringing in the church and how she became an atheist later in life.
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