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Biography

Point of Inquiry is the premiere podcast of the Center for Inquiry, drawing on CFI's relationship with the leading minds of the day including Nobel Prize-winning scientists, public intellectuals, social critics and thinkers, and renowned entertainers. Each episode combines incisive interviews, features and commentary focusing on CFI’s issues: religion, human values and the borderlands of science. Point of Inquiry explores CFI’s three research areas:

1. Pseudoscience and the paranormal (Bigfoot, UFOs, psychics, communication with the dead, cryptozoology, etc.)
2. Alternative medicine (faith healing, homeopathy, “healing touch,” the efficacy of prayer, etc.)
3. Religion and secularism (church-state separation, the effects and proper role of religion in society, the future of secularism and nonbelief, etc.)

D.J. Grothe hosts Point of Inquiry. Vice President & Director, Outreach Programs for the Center for Inquiry, and associate editor of Free Inquiry magazine, he has lectured widely on topics at the intersection of education, secularism and science at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and dozens of others. Formerly a professional magician, he has special interests in the psychology of belief and processes of deception and self-deception. More information about Grothe can be found at http://www.djgrothe.com

Thomas Donnelly produces Point of Inquiry. A 2004 graduate in media study from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he explores how the media treats topics such as religion and nonbelief, science, and skepticism and the paranormal.

Contributors to Point of Inquiry include Lauren Becker, Paul Kurtz, Benjamin Radford, Sarah Jordan, Debbie Goddard, Joe Nickell, Barry Karr, Tom Flynn, David Koepsell, and Austin Dacey.

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