More than three decades after it aired, Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking, brilliant 13-part TV series Cosmos:A Personal Voyage will finally get a sequel.

Cosmos, which originally ran in 1980 and was rerun many times over the following decade, is widely regarded as one of the first, and best, TV shows to make science accessible to everyone. You can watch the show now on Hulu, but despite its brilliance it is still a show from more than 30 years ago, and you can tell — the special effects are primitive by today’s standards, but more importantly some of the content has been superseded by discoveries in the intervening years.

So, it’s high time someone made a sequel to it, and now someone is! In partnership with Sagan’s colleagues Ann Druyan (who is also his widow) and Steven Soter, Seth MacFarlane — yes, that Seth MacFarlane — is going to produce a new 13-part series to serve as a sequel and modern update to Sagan’s masterpiece.

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July 21, 2011, St. Cloud, MN – Central Minnesota Freethinkers, formerly Central Minnesota Friends Free of Theism, a St. Cloud area organization of humanists, rationalists, freethinkers, atheists and agnostics, has funded a scholarship sponsoring a student to attend one week at Camp Quest in Minnetrista this summer. Central Minnesota Freethinkers made a donation of $489 this year. There is a waiting list annually that has children who want to attend camp but can’t afford the fee.

Camp Quest if Minnesota ( is affiliated with National Camp Quest ( of Ohio, the first secular summer camp for youth in the history of the United States. Camp Quest was specifically designed for children of Unitarians, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists, or whatever terms might be applied to those who maintain a naturalistic, rather than supernaturalistic world view.


It has been more than a year since I wrote to you about the organizational progress of Atheist Nexus. This was primarily due to my waiting for our previously discussed projects to be fulfilled. I am happy to report that many of our goals have been accomplished, but we have barely scratched the surface.

Where We Stand

As I write this, we have nearly 23,000 active members. On top of that, there are a few hundred thousand individuals who visit Atheist Nexus regularly who have not joined. We are also more diverse than ever before. We have hundreds of members in all 50 United States and member representation in every country of the world. Our subgroups now total 850+. These include numerous “official” groups for local and international organizations.

St. Paul, Minn. — Bright Ideas host Stephen Smith sat down with noted science blogger PZ Myers to discuss evolution and the intersection of science and politics.

Myers is well-known for his personal blog, Pharyngula, one of the most popular science blogs in the world. He has published numerous research papers in Nature and other notable scientific journals.

In 2006, the journal Nature listed his blog as the top-ranked blog written by a scientist. Additionally, Myers was also the recipient of the Humanist of the Year award in 2009.

Find the video and transcript at MPR

If you're a regular visitor you may have noticed that our site URL has changed recently. Twice, actually. Since we changed our organization's name, we thought it appropriate to change our address as well. We're now at Several other domains redirect here, including our original URL,, so no one should find him- or herself completely lost.