Wednesday, 28 March 2012

New Humanist Podcast March 2012: Fukushima, Meades and Tarot

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There's sweet reason and occult irrationality in this month's installment of the New Humanist podcast, as we bring you interviews with three of the contributors to our March/April issue.

First, the reason - one year on from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the east coast of Japan, science journalist Angela Saini discusses the fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. While the meltdowns that followed the tsunami have provided anti-nuclear activists with fresh ammunition for their campaigns, and prompted several countries to rethink their approach to nuclear power, Saini argues that the disaster has in fact proven that nuclear power is one of the safer energy sources, and points out that the lessons learned from Fukushima will make it even safer in the future. Skip to 01:25 for start of this interview.

In part two, Matthew Adams tells us about his interview with the broadcaster Jonathan Meades for our current issue. Meades is a hard man to pin down, but Adams managed to run him to ground in his modernist bolt hole in Marseille. He tells the story from 08:38.

And finally, the irrationalism - in the March issue, cultural historian argues that "atheists can embrace the power of Tarot". Now, she's not arguing for soothsaying, but rather that myths can resonate and taking part in a Tarot reading can provide a therapeutic opportunity to examine our lives. So, to test her argument, we thought we'd invite her to the office to read our editor Caspar Melville's cards. You can hear us dabble in the occult from 20:05.

To listen to the podcast, which is just under 38 minutes long, use the player below, subscribe via RSS or email, or download the full file via our podcast page, where you can also find the full archive of the podcasts we published during 2008-9. We're also on iTunes - just search for "New Humanist" in the store and select the podcast subtitled "The podcast for godless people".

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