Intelligent thinking for turbulent times, from New Humanist magazine and the Rationalist Association. Interviews with writers, researchers and academics who speak to our age – on subjects including religion, belief, race, politics, sex, technology, science, work and more. Hosted by New Humanist editor Samira Shackle, deputy editor Niki Seth-Smith, and series producer Alice Bloch.
Looking back in anger at 'Cool Britannia' with Jason Arday
Looking back in anger at ‘Cool Britannia’ with Jason Arday The 1990s are remembered for Britpop and New Labour. But it was also a time of inequality and racism. Sociologist and Oasis fan Jason Arday draws on his South London teenage years to...
Escaping the logic of work, with Mareile Pfannebecker
The co-author of ‘Work Want Work: Labour and Desire at the End of Capitalism’ on how the logic of work has crept into all we do, and how we might untangle ourselves. Will the Covid-19 pandemic offer a way out? Or will it simply increase the twin blights...
Sensuous knowledge and black feminism, with Minna Salami
Why do we value some forms of knowledge over others? Minna Salami discusses her bold new book ‘Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone’ and its radical call to move beyond the damaging confines of the ‘euro-patriarchal’ to embrace a...
The symbolic power of charity, with Jon Dean
Society praises those who give, but the ‘good glow’ benefits the giver. Sociologist Jon Dean unpicks how charity operates in the real world, from the wave of Covid-19 volunteering to the new fear of ‘humblebrag’. Can effective altruism help us out of...
Taking sex robots seriously, with Kate Devlin
What’s at stake in the design and distribution of sex robots? And what role could they play in our relationships? Kate Devlin, author of ‘Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots’, discusses her research on technology and intimacy.
Faith, fraternity and the Orange Order, with Joe Webster
Anthropologist Joe Webster discusses his research amongst Protestant groups in Scotland, from Brethren fishermen to the sometimes-controversial Orange Order. We talk about apocalypse and conspiracy, faith and fraternity, hate and masculinity – and why...
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So thought provoking
This is such a great podcast. Each episode is a very easy listen but I still feel like I am getting cleverer with every one. Learning and reflecting about different topics. Particularly enjoyed today’s Jon Dean episode about charity as I’ve often wondered about giving money to the homeless. Can’t wait for more episodes.
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