Julia Sweeney – Letting go of God – RadioWest – Utah show
RadioWest on NPR’s KUER radio had a one hour program today with Julia on her upcoming show in Park City and her change from being a believer in God to a believer in the goodness of people without the need for belief in supernatural beings. It’s an excellent interview and preview of her show.
I’ve made a MP3 of the full RadioWest show with Julia. You can download it here and listen to it with any MP3 player. Feel free to post your comments here once you’ve listened to the show.
If you didn’t catch my previous post about her popular appearance on This American Life, you can read it here and listen to the audio.
Sweeney is an atheist, something she brought to light in a one-woman show entitled Letting Go of God. In it, she discusses her Catholic upbringing, early religious ideology, and the life events and internal search that led her to believe that the universe can function on its own without a deity to preside over it.
She began performing the show live in Los Angeles. In May 2006, she performed the piece in Austin, Texas, at The Paramount Theater. The Austin show was followed by a half-hour discussion between Sweeney and Ira Glass (host of This American Life). An excerpt of the show subsequently appeared on This American Life in an episode entitled Godless America. Letting Go of God was released on CD in 2006, and was filmed live on stage in May 2007 (release date t.b.a., pending postproduction).
In 2006, Sweeney was awarded the Richard Dawkins Award and the American Humanist Association’s “Humanist Pioneer” award, and joined the advisory board of the Secular Coalition for America. She also does commercials for the Freedom From Religion Foundation on Air America Radio.
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