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Humanists UK wraps up season one of its podcast with guest David Baddiel

Humanists UK today wraps up season one of its successful new podcast, What I Believe, with comedian, author, screenwriter, and Humanists UK patron, David Baddiel.

In the podcast – which has received a 5* rating and has been listened to around the world – Chief Executive Andrew

Copson, has been speaking to humanists in the public eye about what they believe, to understand their personal philosophy for living and to shine a light on different humanist perspectives.

Fans of What I Believe have praised it for its accessibility, its diversity of guests, and for the multitude of humanist perspectives offered. The podcast has been described as ‘rivetingly entertaining’ with sparks of ‘pure gold’. Across the world, from Argentina to Australia, from Cambodia to Canada, listeners have tuned in each week to listen to their favourite humanists and to take time to reflect on their own beliefs.

In the final episode, Andrew speaks to David Baddiel as he discusses the importance of storytelling, the complexity of truth, and why the two usually converge.

The series is inspired by the twentieth century What I Believe essays of Humanists UK patrons Bertrand Russell and E M Forster. Big guest names for the nine episode series include Robin Ince, Tim Minchin, Alice Roberts, David Baddiel, Janet Ellis, Paul Sinha, Margaret Heffernan, Richard Wiseman, and Rebecca Goldstein.

Episodes are available on all the usual places you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

Recording for season two is underway with a launch date soon to be announced.

Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson said: ‘I’ve found it fascinating to speak to so many interesting humanists about their outlook on the world and to hear the diversity of their beliefs. I hope our listeners have enjoyed listening to this podcast!’


For further comment or information, please contact Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs Richy Thompson at or on 07815 558 9636.

You can listen to the podcast and find more information and other links at

What I Believe is inspired by the work of two humanist greats, philosopher Bertrand Russell and the novelist E M Forster. ‘What I Believe’ was the title of two separate essays by Russell and Forster in the early twentieth century which set out their approach to life – their fundamental worldview – in a way that was accessible to all.

Humanists UK is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people. Powered by over 85,000 members and supporters, we advance free thinking and promote humanism to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail. We provide ceremonies, pastoral care, education, and support services benefitting over a million people every year and our campaigns advance humanist thinking on ethical issues, human rights, and equal treatment for all.


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