I've been listening to the podcast for about a year and enjoy it a great deal.
I discovered I was an atheist when I was about 8 years old. At the same time I discovered adults were liars. I didn't smile much for years after that.
In college I tried very hard to foster a belief in the supernatural and conspiracy stuff. While it was very entertaining and still can be, it took 9-11 to really rock my world. Like many New Yorkers, I smelled the smoke for months. As a WNYC listener, I didn't even realize they went off the air for months since I was glued to CNN. I realized we were being lied to 24 hours a day, and I worked very hard to discover the truth of the matter. I found Noam Chomsky, and while it's good to learn the truth, or least a reasonable attempt to know it, it was not relaxing. I suffered ITB until I decided to turn off the television and return to life.
During that time I developed a drinking problem. Years later, I had to quit booze, and went to AA. In New York, I found an agnostic meetings which helped me a great deal giving up the sauce (positive peer-pressure can work!) and finding/nurturing a more positive outlook generally and shedding the cynicism I thought was inevitable.
However, at those meetings, I discovered another form of woo and anti science. Not from the meeting itself, but some people saw conspiracies in everything, blaming ills on Celebrex and vaccines. I had the feeling they were worrying needlessly. My father, a Chemical Engineer and teacher, had steered me straight years earlier, blaming pseudoscience on the failings of education, so I expanding my reading and moved from a regular non-theist, to a pro-science/data empiricist!
I've been a long time fan of Dawkins, Dennett and Sagan, and in everyday life, found few people with the same interests or reading list! Thus I found my way to the SGU podcast in search of the like minded. Thank you all very much.