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

Pictured: Jim Al-Khalili, Carol Smillie, and Richard Dawkins

Humanists UK is launching season three of its hit-podcast What I Believe, bringing listeners the life philosophies and worldviews of well-known humanists including Richard Dawkins, Carol Smillie, Jim Al-Khalili, and many, many more.

Each week, host Andrew Copson speaks to a humanist in the public eye about what they believe, to understand more about the values, convictions, and opinions they live by. The first episode of season three interviews Changing Room presenter-turned-humanist celebrant, Carol Smillie. In this episode, she discusses her journey to becoming a Humanist Society Scotland accredited celebrant and how humanism has altered her outlook on life.

Other guests this season include Game of Thrones actor Isaac Hempstead Wright, Atonement author Ian McEwan, physicist and TV presenter Helen Czerski, and Hollywood actor Eddie Marsan.

New episodes go live each Thursday, and are available on all the usual podcast platforms – including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Listeners can also explore a back catalogue of episodes which include interviews with Alice Roberts, David Baddiel, Tim Minchin, and Janet Ellis.

The series is inspired by the 20th century What I Believe essays of Humanists UK patrons Bertrand Russell and E M Forster.

Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson said:

‘It’s been a delight to speak to so many fascinating humanists again for What I Believe. It’s a special podcast that gives a unique insight into the beliefs of others. It’s inspired me, and I hope it inspires listeners!’


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.

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