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This is the official broadcast of the nonprofit organization Recovering from Religion (RfR), hosted by Emily Karp and Scott Smith, two volunteers on RfR's Hotline Project. Every aspect of leaving, questioning, or changing one's faith is explored.




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Friday, December 2, 2016

Show Notes: 

Extra piece of music used is an instrumental version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".

Mentioned in the Opening Conversation:

Festivids (Fandom fanvideo exchange) FAQ:


Yuletide (fanfiction exchange):


Festivus for the rest of us! 

Seinfeld Boxed Festivus Pole


 Hemant Mehta  

Friendly Atheist 



Noah Lugeons    

Scathing Atheist 


God Awful Movies


The Skeptcrat


Diatribes, Volume 1: 50 Essays From a Godless Misanthrope


Podcast Solutions (The podcasting book Noah recommended) 


Resource of the Month

Adult Coloring Books on Amazon:


Russell Glasser 

Atheist Experience 


The Non Prophets


Aaron’s Blog Post about leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses (Listener’s Story):  


 Seth Andrews   

The Thinking Atheist 



Phil Ferguson  

The Phil Ferguson Show



Upcoming Secular Events/Conventions/Conferences:

New Zealand Sketpic's Conference: https://conference.skeptics.nz/

LogiCal-LA: http://logicalla.com/blog1/

ReAsonCon:  http://reasonnc.com/

Imagine No Religion: http://www.imaginenoreligion.ca/

 Mid Atlantic Podcast Conference: http://podcastmidatlantic.com/

Mentioned in the episode's closing remarks:

Secular Therapy Project: https://seculartherapy.org/

Recovering from Religion support groups:  http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/support-groups

Hotline Project phone number:  1-84 I DOUBT IT (1-844-368-2848)

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If you have any questions or comments about the show please email us at podcast@recoveringfromreligion.org.

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New episodes of the podcast will be published on the first Friday of each month.

Scott Smith was raised Southern Baptist and has been identifying as an atheist since 2009.  He is a retired U.S. Army intelligence analyst who served in West Germany, Fort Drum, NY, Haiti, Somalia, Hawaii, Iraq, Washington D.C., and San Antonio, TX where he also resides now.  Prior to that, he attended the University of Kentucky and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. 

He has been with the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project since September 2015. Scott is currently an agent, mentor, and supervisor with the Hotline Project as well as the co-host of the Recovering from Religion podcast. His hobbies include marathon running, bass guitar, and golf.

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Emily Karp was raised in Catholicism, and has extended family who are Jewish. She has been identifying as an atheist since 2010 and has been volunteering with the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project since it launched at at end of February 2015. She is currently an agent, mentor, and supervisor with the Hotline Project as well as the co-host of the Recovering from Religion podcast.

Emily currently resides in Maryland. She possesses a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Boston University, MA and works in Washington DC at the Department of Interior's Document Management Unit. Her main hobbies are fanvideo editing, writing fanfiction, and blogging about asexuality.