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Ep 55: Pastafarianism and the meaning of ‘religion’

Tue, 24 Aug 2021

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

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Ep 54: The Catholic Church and Canada’s residential schools

Tue, 20 Jul 2021

"Not one single residential school was ever built with a playground. But every single residential school had ample space for a cemetery."

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Ep 53: Religion and LGBT rights: fifty years of change

Tue, 06 Jul 2021

The history of LGBT rights in the UK has involved persistent struggles against prejudice, entrenched views – and organised religion.

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Ep 52: A new Catholic school for Peterborough

Tue, 22 Jun 2021

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

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Ep 51: Laïcité and free speech in France

Tue, 08 Jun 2021

Satire is "the oxygen of a democracy," according to Caroline Fourest, a French writer, filmmaker, feminist, anti-extremist and former Charlie Hebdo journalist. Free speech, including satire, is a vital part of laïcité or secularism.

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Ep 50: The Church of England's influence over education

Tue, 25 May 2021

What does it mean for a school to be 'C of E'? And how far does the Church of England's influence extend over state-funded education?

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Ep 49: The early history of secularism

Sun, 16 May 2021

The term 'secularism' was coined in 1851. But Britain's tradition of freethinkers, atheists and radicals goes back much further than that.

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Ep 48: Challenging the Jehovah's Witnesses

Thu, 29 Apr 2021

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.

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

Tue, 13 Apr 2021

A Yorkshire secondary school recently decided to suspend and investigate a teacher for using a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in an RE lesson on blasphemy, amid protests outside the school gates.

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Ep 46: Forced marriage and the importance of RSE

Tue, 30 Mar 2021

A marriage can be forced even if it doesn't involve the threat of physical violence. In some faith communities in Britain, young people's freedom to choose their future spouse can be denied in subtler ways.

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