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In our latest podcast, Jessica and I discussed the past week in politics and atheism.

We talked about:

— 50 years ago, the pope said birth control was immoral. (1:15)

— Did you know Gwyneth Paltrow hired a fact checker for Goop? (9:40)

— This 11-year-old college grad wants to pursue astrophysics so he can prove God’s existence. (19:44)

— Computer models could help us understand the future of religion. (30:25)

— A Republican candidate for office thinks the Founding Fathers put “One Nation Under God” in the Pledge… which wasn’t written until after they all died. (45:35)

— Two South Asian atheists face blasphemy charges in their countries. One’s currently filming a reality show. (56:25)

— This alternative Ten Commandments is incredible. (1:02:20)

— We answer a question about whether or not to show off your shoulders in a very Mormon part of Utah. (1:07:17)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.