The Atheist Experience
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The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable television show based in Austin, Texas, paid for and broadcast by the Atheist Community of Austin. The show has been on the air since 1997 and takes calls from viewers as well as featuring discussions about the reasons for not believing in God. It is hosted by Matt Dillahunty, a former Baptist seminarian turned atheist phenomenon, and Russell Glasser. Former hosts include Jeff Dee, Martin Wagner, Ashley Perrien.
The show became notable through some extremely stupid callers, videos of which went viral on Youtube. Often their callers may engage in PRATT type arguments, while others would just be hilariously wrong; such as a man who didn't believe that your body could contain naturally-occurring electricity, because you would then be electrocuted in the shower and a quote mine so tired and old that Glasser was able to bring up the full quote on his laptop before the caller had even started reading it out.
In the summer of 2009, due to renovations in the Austin public access studio, the show was not broadcast live on public access but through self-described "Guerilla TV" format with a camera set up in Matt Dillahunty's apartment and streamed on the internet. The recordings were submitted to Austin public access for taped broadcast. Subsequent changes in Austin public access policy also cut the length of the show by 30 minutes down to one hour.
- The website
- Unofficial Youtube channel
- The wiki - Considerably more narrowly focused, much less snarky