Tracie discusses how losing ones faith suddenly can be jarring and difficult.
This episode aired on June 18, 2017.
What is the Atheist Experience?
The Atheist Experience is a weekly Internet television show based in Austin,
Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. Every week we field live calls from
atheists and believers alike, and you never know what you're going to get!
Sometimes it can get quite feisty indeed! You don't want to miss it.
The Atheist Experience is produced by the
Atheist Community of Austin.
The Atheist Community of
Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and
support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and
friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist
culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation,
to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations
in pursuit of common goals.
We are no longer on in the Austin TV market. We are currently an Internet-only show.
Can I see or hear the show some other way?
Yes, watch us live on ustream or via
our YouTube channel.
Tune in Sundays around 4:30 to 6:00 pm Central US Time. Check the clock at the right for Austin's current time.
We also have most of our episodes on YouTube and Google Plus. We provide MP3 and
OGG audio files of our shows for download. You can even subscribe to these
via RSS audio syndication (e.g. Podcast). We also sell DVDs of the show and audio
compilations in the ACA's
products area. See our show archive
page for more information.
How do I call in?
You can phone 1-512-686-0279 or
See our technical FAQ for more information. Remember: we only take
callers during a live show. Check the clock, above to know when we're on.
NOTE: the "Call the Atheist Experience" button is temporarily disabled while we wait for a required update from our phone switch vendor.
UPDATE (Feb 10, 2017): We have a workaround for calling the show from your computer or smartphone. Instructions here:
How do I get on the show if I'm an atheist?
We get frequent complaints from atheists that they can't get on the air when they call into the show.
We get A LOT of calls from atheists and we try to balance atheist callers with theist callers. On average, 4 out of every 5 callers is an atheist.
We know via feedback from our viewers that the calls that best help people navigate themselves out of their religious dogma are the discussions with theists. For that reason, we prioritize the calls.
We have a 6 line phone switch and we've set up a guideline that at no time will there be more than 3 atheists in the call queue. Those 3 "atheist slots" fill fast.
As an atheist it's easy to get on the show, provided you're willing to call about half an hour before the show starts and are willing to stay on hold for an indefinite period of time. The good news is once the show starts you hear the show through your phone while you're on hold.
The bad news is that once those three "atheist slots" are full it's very hard to get on as an atheist because we don't have an open phone line for you to wait on.
So if you're an atheist and you're determined to get on the air, please call about a half hour before the show starts and be willing to wait on hold for an indefinite period of time.
We have the meet-up after the live TV show on Sunday. We are meeting at Star of India (2900 W Anderson Ln Suite 12D) around 6:30 pm.
We change restaurants periodically and we try to meet at various
locations around Austin. We're always looking for suggestions for good
places to eat. If you have a favorite spot you would like to meet, send us
Dinner after the September 9, 2007 show
Viewers and listeners, give us your feedback.
E-mail us your feedback or
questions. We will try to respond to you in e-mail or on the air. Due to our
now international audience, we're sometimes not able to respond to all e-mails.
All e-mails to us are read by the hosts and crew.
ACA members, want to help?
The Atheist Experience can always use extra helping hands in
the studio. Tasks involve screening phone calls, manning the communication
with the host so Matt will know who the heck's on the phone, running Camera 2,
or just being a cheering supportive studio audience member (we love those!).
Talk to Matt,
any ACA board member at one of our gatherings
if you'd like to help us on the show, and they'll give you directions
to the studio.