Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, September 13, 2013

Unloading Your Sins: There’s An App For That

A couple of eScapegoat confessions are displayed at (eScapegoat screengrab)

A couple of eScapegoat confessions are displayed at (eScapegoat screengrab)

If you can tweet, then you can atone. That’s what some are saying about a new online tool called “eScapegoat,” a creation of the non-profit media production company “G-dcast.”

On the eScapegoat website,, guilty consciences can unload  their sins — no more than 120 characters — which are then tweeted out online @sinfulgoat. More than 15,000 users have made confessions, from trivial to heartbreaking.

Website says, “The eScapegoat is roaming the Internet collecting sins before Yom Kippur. Like in Bible Times, only nerdier!” It goes on to explain the backstory:

In Bible Times, Israelites atoned with sacrifices. Once a year, on what we now call Yom Kippur, the High Priest placed all the Israelites’ sins on a goat and set it loose in the wilderness. Today we reflect and try to clean our slates during Elul, the Hebrew month before Yom Kippur.

“Yom Kippur is not all doom and gloom,” G-dcast founder and director Sarah Lefton told Here & Now. “It can be incredibly uplifting if you do it right.”


  • Sarah Lefton, founder and director of G-dcast, a non-profit media production company.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 23 29 Comments

The Politics Of Home Ownership

Author Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn't necessarily pan out

May 23 15 Comments

How Political Cartoonists Are Watching The Presidential Campaign

For cartoonists Marshall Ramsey, Darrin Bell and Gary Varvel, it's been a mixture of hilarity and sadness.

May 20 2 Comments

Olympic Swimmer: After Russian Doping, ‘No Confidence’ Of Fair Competition In Rio

Olympic athletes from around the world are outraged at the latest doping allegations out of Russia.

May 20 12 Comments

Oklahoma Bill Criminalizing Abortion Is Most Likely Unconstitutional

The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion, unless it is to save the life of the mother.