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Humanists UK launches season two of its podcast, ‘What I Believe’

Humanists UK is launching season two of its hit podcast, What I Believe, with the help of some well-known celebrity guests. In the podcast – which will be broadcast every Thursday  – Chief Executive Andrew Copson will be speaking to humanists in the public eye about what they believe, to understand more about their worldview and the values, convictions, and opinions they live by.

The series is inspired by the 20th century What I Believe essays of Humanists UK patrons Bertrand Russell and E M Forster. Big guest names for the ten episode season include Dan Snow, Joan Bakewell, José Gonzalez, Natalie Haynes, Leo Igwe, Hannah Peel, David Aaronovitch, Christina Patterson, Stephanie Merritt, and Adèle Anderson.

Season one saw Tim Minchin, Alice Roberts, Paul Sinha, Janet Ellis, David Baddiel, Robin Ince, Margaret Heffernan, Richard Wiseman, and Rebecca Goldstein speak about their humanist beliefs. It was downloaded by tens of thousands of people in over 100 countries including Canada, Israel, Mexico, Sudan, Iraq, Peru, and Uganda, received glowing reviews, and has a 5* rating on Apple Podcasts.

The first episode of season two interviews Nigerian human rights advocate and humanist activist Leo Igwe, who speaks about what he believes, from humanism as an alternative, to harm done to the vulnerable by religion in Nigeria, and our potential to change the world.

New episodes go live each Thursday, and are available on all the usual places you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson said:

‘I’ve found it fascinating to speak to so many interesting humanists about topics so personal to them, and to discuss their multiple perspectives on the world. I hope our listeners enjoy season two!’


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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