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Professor Reza Aslan is the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," and is a writer and scholar on religious studies.

Is there a media bias against Islam? Reza Aslan points to certain media pundits and hosts who call all religion bad, but Islam "the worst." Is it bigoted when pundits like Sam Harris call any non-extremist Muslims "not real" Muslims? Are some media commentators denouncing and defining Christian and Muslim extremism themselves fundamentalist bigots? Where is the balance between when interpreting holy text? What is the difference between atheism and neo-atheism? Is there such a thing as the one "truth?"

Reza Aslan sits down with The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur to discuss and debate the state of religious commentary in media, religious ignorance, the removal of religion from society and neo-atheism, what it really means to be religious, picking-and-choosing attitudes across the board, and much more on fundamental misunderstandings of religion.

More on Reza Aslan: http://rezaaslan.com/

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from October 17, 2014. For more go to tytmembership.com

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The Young Turks - 10.16.14: Ebola Panic, Shep Smith & Raise The Wage!!!

Ana and Iadarola host TYT. As Ebola fear spreads in America, travel bans are becoming more and more prevalent and are now being debated among political figures. The list of lawmakers in favor of banning travel from West African nations affected is larger than those against it. Discussion over how this would be detrimental even though it sounds like a safe thing to do follows. Conservative Marc Siegel wrote a piece for the National Review on why we should do a travel ban even though he thinks it would actually be counter-productive. Since fearful politicians are advocating a ban on flights from Africa, John Boehner’s spokesman was asked if flights should be banned from Texas, where the only American cases reside. He dodged the question. Video of Shep Smith voicing how wrong it is for media figures to mislead the American people on the spreading of ebola is shown. While the 2nd nurse infected with Ebola was being airlifted to Atlanta for treatment, one mystery man involved wasn’t wearing any protective gear, and people noticed.

Ana and John continue for SCS. Even more research proves that working employees less hours results in more productivity, since the peak of productivity is at just under 40 hours/week.

A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from October 16, 2014. For more go to http://www.tytmembership.com

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Cenk hosts TYT. Pastor Ron Baity of Berean Baptist Church, is claiming that Ebola is god’s wrath for gay weddings and that “rogue judges” have gone against the ministry. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has given Baity an award for those who are faithfully working to engage the culture in Jesus Christ. Members of Ohio pastor Ernest Angley’s church are coming forward with allegations of sexual abuse . Death threats are made against feminist speaker, Anita Sarkeesian, causing her to cancel an event at Utah State University.

Ana & Cenk host SCS. Restaurant workers across the nation are participating in a protest movement called “Not On The Menu” which highlights sexual harassment of waitresses by their customers and management. A group called dreamdefenders.org has released a video called “Vest or Vote” that examines gun violence in the African American community.

A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from October 15, 2014. For more go to http://www.tytmembership.com

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Cenk hosts TYT. The Koch brothers are organizing their rich donors with “dark money” in a new Super PAC called “Freedom Partners Action Fund” with 25 million already in the bank. One of the donors, Ronnie Cameron, a 69 year old Arkansas poultry producer, is donating over the concern that his grandchildren will live under the threat of communism. Democratic candidate, Wendy Davis, is running an ad against Republican Greg Abbott for US Senate in TX, criticizing his record on tort reform. However, Sean Hannity and Greg Abbott are playing the victim by showing Greg Abbott in a wheelchair. Wendy Davis appears on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell and defends the ad. Alexander Stubb, Finland’s Prime Minister, claims that the IPhone is killing the economy of Finland.

Ana & Cenk host SCS. Apple and Facebook are developing a better work environment, by paying for their female employees to freeze their eggs. An Instagram page is in the middle of controversy, showing the youth of Tehran flaunting their wealth. The President of the Navajo Nation sits with Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, at a Redskins game.

A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from October 14, 2014. For more go to http://www.tytmembership.com

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Cenk hosts TYT. The Vatican is discussing a new policy on gays. Their new document allows Catholics to welcome gay people into their community without believing it destroys their belief system. One Vatican expert called the opinion an earthquake to the system. This is seen as a re-education of Catholic followers that have been programmed. After the SCOTUS rejected cases that allowed gay marriage, the Republican Party are split on how to respond. Videos on the issue: Mike Huckabee threatens to leave the Party and tells them to grow a spine to fight gay rights. On the other hand, on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace and a pro gay rights guest teamed up on Tony Perkins, who is staying strong against equal rights. Wallace challenged him over what a gay couple will effectively do to harm his family. Research on polls that have accepted gay rights more and more showed that respondents changed their negative answer to positive when they were told they were being questioned by a gay person. Cenk remembers the rabid way Fox & Friends opposed Obama implementing Czars in his Admin. Video of Steve Doocy calling for Obama to install an Ebola Czar just today is played. A Wolf-PAC announcement is made.

Hour 2 with Cenk and Ana.

A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from October 13, 2014. For more go to http://www.tytmembership.com

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The Young Turks - 9.29.14: Obama, ISIS, Afghanistan, Police Shooting Update & Gay Rights Win CALI

Cenk hosts TYT today. President Obama told 60 Minutes that the intelligence department underestimated the ISIS threat as it built itself amongst the chaos of Iraq. He also said that we overestimated the willingness of Iraqis to fight. Obama outlines why we have to go in militarily to disrupt their networks in a video. Cenk is annoyed by Obama’s lack of clarity or understanding of how to do anything. Videos of Fox News’ Chris Wallace going after Obama spox Blinken over the Administration’s use of the authorization after they officially came out against the authorization to use force are also shown. In addition, Wallace grilled Blinken on Obama restarting the war after declaring the decade of war is over. Cenk points out that the past few Spox and advisors have similar names. Khorasan, the newly publicized terror group that we’re bombing in Syria has some usefulness for our scare tactics. New evidence shows that since we already declared that ISIS isn’t an imminent threat, we needed an immediate enemy threat that justifies our aggression, so we created this one in order to bomb targets connected to ISIS. A new president has been elected in Afghanistan and we’ve announced that we’ll be keeping 10K troops in the country indefinitely. Oddly enough, there was a suicide bomber near the location of the swearing in ceremony for the new president.

Ana joins Cenk for SCS. Update on the NM police shooting and killing a homeless man that was camping outside on public land. Video of the original video of the execution is played again. Audio of one of the shooting officers has surfaced that shows him talking about shooting the man in the penis, just a few hours before killing him. CA Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would force police to get a search warrant before using a drone to spy on citizens. Jerry Brown also signed legislation that outlaws the Gay Panic Defense, which is used to get lenient sentences for homophobes that attack or kill gay people they feel are hitting on them. Gov. Brown also signed the “Yes Means Yes” law into law as well. It changes the way college campuses approach rape cases.

A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from September 29, 2014. For more go to http://www.tytmembership.com

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Dr. Christopher Ryan is the writer of Sex at Dawn, a definitive book on human sexuality in the modern age, but also way back in our past. Is monogamy natural, or does promiscuity come easier to us? Where did our modern ways of sex, grouping, child-rearing, and social structuring come from, and how did ancient humans mitigate the same topics? How have penises and vaginas evolved over time? Christopher Ryan discusses our prehistoric sexual history and how we've evolved and changed into the modern era.

Christopher Ryan is also a regular contributor to Psychology Today and runs the podcast, Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan. Before writing Sex at Dawn with his wife, Ryan travelled the world teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense (Kung Fu) to land-reform activists in Mexico.

Follow Christopher Ryan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisRyanPhD
Visit: http://chrisryanphd.com/

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Old School TYT Ep. 2: The Bet, Cenk's Love Of Food, Rich Assholes & NFL Drama

Hosted by Cenk Uygur and Ben Mankiewicz featuring guest appearances by Malcolm Fleschner, Jesus Godoy and Jayar Jackson. Cenk talks about his favorite and least favorite parts of life. Cenk and Ben discuss the bet they made on the last episode, the bet had to do with cookies. Ben discusses what people used to say about him until he was 30. Cenk discusses his nutritionist, and how it's impacted his love for food. Cenk talks about why he stopped drinking diet coke. A woman is missing part of her brain, Cenk and Ben discuss what happened to her. A Chinese chef tried to cook snakes head soup, didn't turn out to well for the cook. Ben brings up some shocking numbers about Americans opinion of ISIS. Matt Lauer's new contract is discussed, you won't believe one provision in the contract. #FirstWorldProblems. Cenk tells a personal story about David Brooks and relates it to Matt Lauer. Ben brings up Fox's new show Gotham, and that leads Cenk to wax poetic on Batman villains. The guys discuss TV and how fucked it already is. Cenk and Ben continue discussing Roger Goodell and the NFL. They speculate what happened in the Ray Rice cover up, does the NFL not care or did they purposely cover it up? Cenk discusses a guy at his gym everyone has nicknamed "Black Bain". Cenk tells a few other gym stories. Cenk and Ben talk about an old school story about Cenk's dad and Jackie Kennedy. The crew plays and reacts to clips which used to be mainstays on The Young Turks. Cenk and Ben discuss a college athlete who was caught saying sexist things in the student union, and try to figure out the word meme.

Two guys get together and talk about life, the news, sex and sports. They're from the old school. The original hosts of The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur and Ben Mankiewicz, kick it in a new way but with knowledge from the old day.

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A portion of our Young Turks Main Show from September 26, 2014. For more go to tytmembership.com

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