In this episode, Bo interviews David Silverman, President of American Atheists and the creator & Executive Producer of the 2012 Reason Rally. Silverman attended Brandeis University, where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science while honing his debate skills with theists in numerous informal debates. He previously served as a professional inventor at Bell Labs for eight years (with 74 issued patents) and a marketing director for Natural Microsystems.
Silverman has been an atheist since he was six years old. He became an activist in 1996 and soon began his tenure at American Atheists, first serving as New Jersey State. Around this time, he also founded the Alliance of Lucent and AT&T Atheists and Secularists, the first employee club of its kind. He was tapped to be the National Spokesperson in 2004, and then was named Vice President in 2008. The Board of Directors elected Silverman as President in September of 2010.
Silverman has appeared on most major news programs including The O’Reilly Factor (spawning the famous meme “Are You Serious Face”), Scarborough Country, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s Paula Zahn Now, Nick News, Hannity & Colmes, Fox & Friends, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many more. He hosts the Atheist Viewpoint TV show with co-host Dennis Horvitz.
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