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 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
Evan 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
Our 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.”
S2E3 - Failing Forward Part III: The Humanist Case for Hope
Discouraged 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
Seráh 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
Seráh 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.
S1E5 - Disaster, Resilience, and Art
Evan and Seráh visit a small town in California where hundreds of residents lost their homes in a recent fire. We explore the role art is playing in this community’s resilience, economic growth, and sustainability.
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A journey toward greater understanding
It is through experience that we gain greater understanding of the world around us, and cultivate compassion. Evan Clark and Serah Blain invite us along on a journey to connect with individuals from different walks of life, including those who at times might feel marginalized or misunderstood, and enlighten our perspectives of those groups. A job well done!
Great new podcast!
What makes The Humanist Experience different is that instead of the usual podcast formula (i.e. we rant about the news and/or interview someone we like), it's more journalistic. Think This American Life from a humanist perspective. Keep up the good work!
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