About Culture Shocks
America is in the middle of a real, not imaginary, “culture war.” It pits people who want to maximize freedom — freedom to believe, freedom to speak, freedom to make intimate moral decisions — against those who want to use government power to push their religious, moral and cultural beliefs on everyone. It is also a battle over which role governments should have in seeing to the needs of everyone in the United States. It is a struggle between genuine populist “progressive” values and repressive ultra‑conservative ones.
Culture Shocks has been called by KCAA station owner Fred Lundgren, “a really engaging and unique program that falls between the shows on Air America and National Public Radio.” The show examines issues and trends in today’s culture wars through conversations with and about some of the most fascinating figures of our times.
Culture Shocks is hosted by the Rev. Barry Lynn, an ordained minister, constitutional lawyer, noted activist, and longstanding civil libertarian. Because of his position as the executive director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and his past involvement with the American Civil Liberties Union, he’s a popular guest on shows like Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC’s Hardball, NBC News with Brian Williams, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and Larry King Live, as well as an occasional visitor to Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and ESPN’s Frankly Speaking.
He is a radio host with a lot of experience “trying to correct” the Right and served as a daily co-host with Pat Buchanan on NBC/Mutual Broadcasting Radio. He also co-hosted a weekly news wrap-up with Colonel Oliver North on Radio America. Lynn has battled every major conservative figure from the late William F. Buckley, Jr. and Jerry Falwell to Pat Robertson, Phyllis Schlafly, Bob Barr and Ann Coulter.
About Americans United
Americans United (AU) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.
We come from all backgrounds and represent all fifty states. In our work, we seek to preserve and protect religious freedom for every single American and have been dedicated to this since 1947.
Friends of the Show
- Dr. Eugenie Scott
- Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).
- Frederick Clarkson
- Independent journalist, author and lecturer on politics and religion.
- Lynn v Sekulow
- On Beliefnet; an ongoing blogalouge about the “culture wars” between Barry and Jay Sekulow.
- The Reverend Debra W. Haffner
- On the need for sexual justice in our faith communities and society.
- The Wall of Separation
- The official blog of Americans United For Separation of Church and State.