AirTalk for December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens: 1949 - 2011

Christopher Hitchens

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Christopher Hitchens speaks at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

The world lost one of its most noted contrarians yesterday. Christopher Hitchens, the opinionated essayist, master debater and journalistic devil's advocate, succumbed to esophageal cancer last night. Larry spoke with Hitchens in 2007 about his book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything." We revisit that conversation in which Hitchens characteristically challenged the world's dominant sacred cows and delved into what brought meaning to his life. We also invite resident skeptic, Michael Shermer, on the program to share some drinking stories he had with Hitchens.


Love him or hate him, what qualities did you respect most about Christopher Hitchens? Do you still find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with any of his opinions? How did one man gain such admiration for being so disagreeable?


Michael Shermer, Founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine; Executive Director of the Skeptics Society; monthly columnist for Scientific American

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