Record Your Experience, Strength and Hope

By Steven W.

A couple of months ago I listened with great enjoyment and gratitude to Eric C’s audio qualification posted on  AA Agnostica, and I enjoyed it so much that I listened a second time on my iPhone while at the gym. Later, I downloaded the secular sobriety discussion on the Godless Revolution podcast, and found it amazing to hear like-minded people in recovery explore topics and issues that are important to our community.

It occurred to me that while there are plenty of written stories from atheists, agnostics and freethinkers in AA, there are very few available in audio format, so I had the idea to record stories from agnostics and atheists in AA that could be downloaded and listened to, especially while on the go. Hoping to find support for this project, I reached out to AA Agnostica, WAAFT Central, and the Agnostic AA meeting at intherooms.com.  All were excited and willing to help.

In order to participate, all you need is a story to tell, a microphone and a computer connected to the Internet.

So, here’s what you can do:

  1. Make an audio qualification and submit it!
  2. Help get the word out.
  3. If you attend a face-face agnostic AA meeting, speak with your group about holding a day of sharing to record a series of qualifications. If that’s too much, maybe you can record once a week.
  4. If you know anyone who attends agnostic meetings, but may not read this or related web sites, please take a moment to send them a link to this article.
  5. If you’re interested in joining the project team, let us know as I’m sure we will need a lot of help.

Our ultimate goal is to host a weekly or periodic podcast that people can subscribe to for automatic download to their mobile device or computer.

If you’re interested in submitting a podcast, simply tell your story and your experience as an agnostic, atheist or freethinker in the rooms of AA. If it was difficult for you, let’s hear about it. If it was easy for your, tell us why. Share your journey and how you approach the steps if at all. How do you experience recovery in AA as a nonbeliever?

If you have any questions or comments, or want to submit an audio file, please email We Agnostics Share.

Submissions are best in  MP3 audio file format, and you can use DropBox, iCloud, Google Drive, or create a SoundCloud account to send us a file. Of course your anonymity will always be protected, but if you have any concerns about that, just let us know and we will try to find a solution that makes you comfortable.

Below are some links to instructions for recording audio files to your computer. If you’re having problems and need assistance, please email me and we will do our best to assist you.

PC Instruction links:

How to Record Your Voice on a Windows Computer

How to Record Audio to Your Computer

Mac Instruction Link:

How to Record Sound on a Mac

Remember to first make a test recording to ensure that it is loud and clear, and that there is no distracting background noise. If you run into any problems or have questions, please send an email to We Agnostics Share.


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Record Your Experience, Strength and Hope — 1 Comment

  1. Podcasting and/or Internet Radio were made for anonymous fellowships. The spoken word conveys emotion that words do not. The lack of visual protects anonymity and creates a theater of the mind. There is something very personal about listening to someone.

    Who knows Marc Maron of WTF (What the Fuck) podcast? He’s a clean and sober comedian, he sometimes just yatters but often he has guests. He was the last person to publicly speak with Robin Williams. Well guess what. His guest this week was President Barrack Obama. From Maron’s Pasadena garage, comedian and Chief of Command chatted for an hour. YES Podcasting just got legit. Hear WTF with President Obama.

    Not only is podcasting as anonymous as the story teller wants, it is also as anonymous as the listener wants. Who wouldn’t rather listen to their first AA speaker with ear-buds plugged into your smartphone instead of stepping down into a strange church basement?

    Then there’s the autonomy. There’s no “approval” needed, anyone can post, anyone can listen and no one has to bother who doesn’t want to.

    If you don’t know what a podcast is or you haven’t listened to one for a while, there are already some great recovery podcasts. Some are like the meeting after the meeting, two or three addicts/alkies yacking about a topic with no script or expertise – just their own opinions and experience. Others are interview style and still others are magazine-style shows of spoken editorial content. There is certainly room for one or two or thirty secular sobriety shows.

    My most recent podcast included Erica Spiegelman, author of Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery. Her approach, like most 21st century modalities is secular and she’s written a dogma-free account of how she’s working with addicts/alcoholics in her private practice. It’s great. She has some insightful things to say about authenticity and that’s going to resonate with any pragmatist/realist in recovery.

    Other shows I listen to all the time is KLĒN + SŌBR, a couple of guys from St. Louis, Klean Radio with sports commentator, Pat O’Brien, there is another Californian trio called Recovery 101 Radio. I often disagree with their point of view but I still love listening.

    I’ll be a follower, and I’ll be happy to contribute when I can. Thanks for taking the initiative Steve.