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Ep 21: Integrated education in Northern Ireland - interview

Posted: Mon, 13 Jan 2020

In this episode, Emma Park speaks with Maddy Bridgman and Sam Fitzsimmons of the Integrated Education Fund, a charity that supports inclusive, integrated education in Northern Ireland.

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Ep 20: Lee and Lizanne Harris – compulsory worship

Posted: Mon, 16 Dec 2019

In this episode, Emma Park speaks with Lee and Lizanne Harris about their experience of the collective worship requirement in schools. The Harrises recently initiated judicial review proceedings against the primary school attended by their children. They challenged its decision to provide no alternative to a proselytising Christian assembly.

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Ep 19: General election special

Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2019

This week, Emma Park is joined by Stephen Evans and Chris Sloggett for a general election special.

The NSS recently outlined 11 secularist policies it would like to see under the next government. But which of these are on the parties' agendas? Will any of them make it onto the statute book any time soon? And is religion stifling political debate? Join Stephen, Chris and Emma for comment and analysis.

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Ep 18: Remembrance Day | Clerical Abuse

Posted: Mon, 11 Nov 2019

In this week's episode, Emma Park is joined by the NSS's Megan Manson and Chris Sloggett (a former history teacher) to discuss the Church of England's privileged role in Remembrance Sunday. Emma then speaks to Keith Porteous Wood, president of the NSS, about the society's campaign to expose institutional abuse in the Catholic Church.

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Ep 17: Thought for the Day | RE in Wales

Posted: Mon, 28 Oct 2019

In this week's episode, Emma Park is joined by Chris Sloggett and Helen Nicholls to discuss whether BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day should still be exclusively for "speakers from the world's major faiths".

Emma also speaks to Stephen Evans and Alastair Lichten about a consultation on the reform of sex and religious education launched by the Welsh government this month.

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