Category Archives: Interviews

Derk Venema and Tanya Watkins

Ep 55: Pastafarianism and the meaning of ‘religion’



A spoof religion devised to mock creationism has attracted a global following. But what does ‘religion’ mean anyway?

With Derk Venema (03:20), Tanya Watkins (28:35), and Tony Meacham (43:17).

Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/08/ep-55


Terri Haynes and Tracy Butler

Ep 52: A new Catholic school for Peterborough



A new Catholic primary school is about to be constructed in Hampton Water, Peterborough, despite local opposition. It will be the first state-funded Catholic school in England for a decade.

Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/06/ep-52/


Caroline Fourest title card

Ep 51: Laïcité and free speech in France



Satire is “the oxygen of a democracy,” according to Caroline Fourest, writer, filmmaker, anti-extremist and former Charlie Hebdo journalist. She speaks to Emma Park in the latest episode of the NSS podcast.

Full shownotes and subscriber information: www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/06/ep-51


Ep 48: Challenging the Jehovah’s Witnesses



Lloyd Evans was an elder in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, before he left the organisation in 2013. He has since been campaigning to expose its workings to the public.

Full shownotes and subscriber information:  https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/04/ep-48


pic of Khadija Khan and Fiyaz Mughal

Ep 47: Blasphemy in the classroom: The Batley Grammar case



This episode is about Batley Grammar School’s decision to suspend and investigate a teacher for using a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in an RE lesson on blasphemy.

Full shownotes and subscriber information: https://www.secularism.org.uk/podcast/2021/04/ep47