Jim Al-Khalili is announced as the new British Humanist Association President and we speak to the BHA’s Chief Exec about what the amazing new census numbers mean for non-religious people in the UK. It’s not so great for non-believers elsewhere though as a new report shows – and we also pick apart the Snoopers Charter, which was shot down this week by Nick Clegg. Plus a new mental health manual could have a big impact, why Northern Ireland is still flagging, and why Erasmus Darwin was awesome.
Census Results and a new BHA President (2:11) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andrew Copson) Atheist Persecution Worldwide (9:11) by Bob Churchill Snooper’s Charter Slapdown (19:56) by Jenny Woods Mental Health Diagnosis Pronosis (29:35) by Max Davie Reviewing Peer Review (36:30) by Drew Rae Flying The Flag (42:13) by Rory Fenton (ft Brian McClinton) Erasmus Darwin (48:48) by Philip John Video Codecs (55:11) by Trent Burton
Is David Cameron finally right about something? Why do Bristol University Christian Union think that women should be seen and not heard? What’s the deal with the human rights act? Kate speaks to Games Workshop co-founder and fantasy gaming legend Ian Livingstone and ruminations on arthouse film following Cineworld’s takeover of PictureHouse cinemas.
Agreeing with Cameron on Leveson (2:21) by James Firth Bristol Christian Union Fiasco (10:58) by Jenny Bartle Women: Seen and Not Heard? (15:49) by Nathan Rae Human Rights Act (22:41) by Georgia Gale Grant Ian Livingstone Interview (28:21) by Kate Russell Geoengineering (36:40) by Drew Rae Cineworld take PictureHouse (45:13) by Alex Fitch Pale Blue Cafe (56:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Trent Burton) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
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Government Snooping (2:20) by Dr Jenny Woods Open Access Publishing (11:32) by Matt Kaiser Brackley Council Prayers (20:20) by Alex Dutton Protest Suicides (29:01) by Alex Fitch Ban The Burka Response (35:56) by Clio Bellenis Do Atheists Have It In For Christianity? (42:20) by Ed Bower The Skeptic Song (50:10) by Blake Hutchings The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
This week is a bit of a secularism special – punch your fist in the air at the Rally to Defend Freedom of Expression, find out about the perils of censorship in Nick Cohen’s new book and get the accurate story on the Bideford council prayers ruling. Plus we talk about a new survey showing Christians aren’t terribly Christian, find out why Alan Turing deserves a pardon and solve the mystery of which Sherlock Holmes adaption is best.
Rally to defend Freedom of Expression (2:40) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff
(ft Richard Dawkins, Nick Doody, Kate Smurthwaite, Rhys Morgan, Joan Smith and Anne-Marie Waters) Nick Cohen Interview (18:10) by Liz Lutgendorff & James O’Malley Census Christians (28:54) by James O’Malley (ft Paula Kirby) Bideford Council (37:35) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Tessa Kendall) Turing Pardon (45:00) by Peter Rowlett Sherlock and Copyright (54:56) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
We speak to Craig Reucassel from The Chasers about why satirists should be allowed to use Parliamentary footage, find out about our care footprints, and find out why the arms trade is like slavery (and other cheerful stuff like that).
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Care Footprint (1:52) by Simon Howard The Vorderman Report (9:24) by Peter Rowlett Slaughterhouse Five Banned (16:54) by Salim Fadhley (ft Marc Leeds) Parliamentary Censorship (25:42) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Craig Reucassel and Helen Lewis-Hasteley) The Arms Trade & Slavery (38:41) by Henry Boddington Geek Nation (47:42) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Angela Saini) Christian Skeptic (56:10) by Bethany Jenkins Mysticism in Pregnancy (59:57) by Matt Kaiser The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two