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Humanists UK launches series five of hit podcast ‘What I Believe’

Pictured: S I Martin, Angela Barnes, and Frank Turner

Humanists UK has launched series five of its popular podcast, What I Believe, with the help of some well-known guests including singer-songwriter Frank Turner, stand-up comedian Angela Barnes, and humanist philosopher A C Grayling.

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 five features acclaimed musician Frank Turner.

Other guests this season include historian and author S I Martin, Labour MP Clive Lewis, model and humanist campaigner Laura Lacole, comedian Tim McGarry, and psychologist and meme expert Dr Susan Blackmore.

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 which includes interviews with Alice Roberts, Tim Minchin, and Jim Al-Khalili.

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 great to be back with another series of What I Believe with a fascinating lineup of humanist guests. With each series, I learn so much about the worldview of each guest and topics so personal to them. I hope our listeners enjoy it!’


For further comment or information, media should contact Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs and Policy Richy Thompson at or phone 020 7324 3072 or 07534 248 596.

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 100,000 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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