Point of Inquiry

Center for Inquiry

Religion & Spirituality, Science & Medicine, Social Sciences, Society & Culture, Philosophy

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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.


J.R. Havlan - Writer for The Daily Show

January 28th, 2014

Episode 402 of 537 episodes

This weekPoint of Inquirydiscusses satire in politics and American life with J.R. Havlan, eight-time Emmy Award winning writer onThe Daily Show.J.R. was previously a stand-up comic, including a stint doing crowd warm-up forPolitically Incorrectwhich led to writing jokes for that show'smonologues. He's also co-author of theNew York Timesbest-selling booksAmerica: The Book,Earth: The Book, and wrote for the 2006 and 2008 Academy Awards. Most recently, J.R. began his own podcast calledWriters' Bloc,on which he interviews other television and film comedy writers about their backgrounds, beginnings and influences with a focus on the process of writing comedy. Perhaps no other popular television show does more to defend rationality and to fight B.S. thanThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart. How do the show's writers think about their role in American culture? Does the show actively seek to oppose Fox News and the religious right? How does it use comedy to defend reason and secularism? As the show's longest-serving writer, J.R. Havlan has worked on the show longer than even Jon Stewart has. He gives us an exclusive glimpse inside one of the most culturally influential shows in America.