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26Episodes
Category: Society & Culture

In this podcast, Chief Executive of Humanists UK Andrew Copson talks to humanists today about what they believe, to understand more about the values, convictions, and opinions they live by.

May 13, 2021

Siân Berry

In this episode, Andrew speaks to politician, campaigner, and author, Siân Berry about what she believes, from abundance, optimism, improvement, the long view of human history, the spirit of inquiry, the distribution of power, and democracy and freedom.

May 6, 2021

Isaac Hempstead Wright

In this episode, Andrew speaks to actor and fledgling scientist Isaac Hempstead Wright about what he believes, from inquiry and truth, joy of finding things out, question after question, and how creativity and imagination are essential for science, and make-believe alike.  

April 29, 2021

Ian McEwan

In this episode, Andrew speaks to critically acclaimed novelist Ian McEwan about what he believes, from novels as a conversation through the generations, tolerance, empathy, freedom, pleasure, being each other, and enlarging our sympathies.

April 22, 2021

Jim Al-Khalili

In this episode, Andrew speaks to theoretical physicist, author, and broadcaster, Jim Al-Khalili about what he believes, from lessons from quantum, science as a human enterprise, the values of the scientific approach, and amiable approaches to finding the truth.

April 15, 2021

Helen Czerski

In this episode, Andrew speaks to physicist, oceanographer, author, television presenter, and ‘bubble-enthusiast’, Helen Czerski about what she believes, from finding out how the world works, acknowledgment of messiness, the perspective of a scientist, being moved by the currents, and all being in the same canoe.

April 8, 2021

Richard Dawkins

In this episode, Andrew speaks to world-renowned evolutionary biologist and science communicator, Richard Dawkins about what he believes, from wanting to be understood, clarity, poetry, and being glad to change your mind.

April 1, 2021

Carol Smillie

In this episode, Andrew speaks to broadcaster and Humanist Society Scotland celebrant,  Carol Smillie about what she believes, from collaborative environments, the diversity of human stories, taking on taboos and injustices, and building your own life story.

January 28, 2021

David Aaronovitch

In this episode, Andrew speaks to award-winning journalist, David Aaronovitch about what he believes, from the value of freedom of expression, an obsession with truth, a hatred of scapegoating, and giving up the Marxist-Leninist worldview he was raised in.
 
January 21, 2021

Hannah Peel

In this episode, Andrew speaks to Emmy-nominated composer and producer, Hannah Peel about what she believes, from the meaning of music, its primal quality, music science and nature, music that binds us to place, music that connects us to people, being open, and the mystical aspect of artistic creation.

January 14, 2021

Adèle Anderson

In this episode, Andrew speaks to Olivier Award-nominated singer and actress, Adèle Anderson about what she believes, from music, beautiful cassocks, performance, opening yourself up to experiences, collaboration, and role models.