The Humanist Experience is a unique podcast series where we seek out radical experiences that educate our emotions and expand our world. Our commitment to social change motivates us to look for ways to effectively connect people to contemporary issues—and persuade them to become changemakers! The Humanist Experience uses experiential learning and storytelling to do just that. We see story, context, and experience as crucial tools for real understanding. Our podcast uses these tools to provide insight and inspiration for engaging positively in the world around us.
S2E5 - Democracy: Inaccessible
43:17Evan and Seráh interact with issues around disability and accessibility, particularly in the political process. They share stories from the 2014 congressional race they staffed for a blind candidate, interview a disability rights activist who was paralyzed by a gunshot wound, and search all over town for an accessible bathroom.
S2E4 - Atheists in Foxholes
43:49Our hosts visit Lackland Air Force Base, home of the nation's only atheist “religious” service available to enlistees in Basic Training. We explore the challenges faced by nonreligious service-members, and how one group of Humanists is working to make sure “no religious preference” doesn’t mean “no moral support.”
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S2E3 - Failing Forward Part III: The Humanist Case for Hope
38:27Discouraged by this past election, Seráh and Evan look for evidence supporting the rationality of hope. From the AIDS crisis to small town racism to the Women’s March following Trump’s election, our hosts explore whether small groups of people can make big change. This is the third of a three-part episode on failure, and the case for hope.
S2E2 - Failing Forward Part II: A Year of Travel with the Humanist Experience
41:22Seráh and Evan navigate running a business with Humanist ideals while juggling financial crises, chronic illness/disability, and political upheaval. This is the second of a three-part episode on hope and failure that follows their travel across the country over the past year.
S2E1 - Failing Forward Part I: A Year of Travel with the Humanist Experience
23:38Seráh and Evan put themselves at the center of a Humanist story by sharing their own lived experiences of failure, sense of purpose, and chronic illness/disability. This is the first of a two-part episode that follows their travel across the country over the past year.
S1E2 - What is a Humanist Experience
28:08We explore our definition of a Humanist Experience—and what makes it different from an ordinary experience. By following the life-changing stories of a veterans’ advocate, a pro-abortion lobbyist, a businesswoman, and a poet, we’ll learn about educating our emotions, cultivating empathy, and using experience to gain understanding.