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Season 2 of Babelfish Incoming from Kirstine Kærn


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/07/18

Kirstine Kærn is the Host of Babelfish, and a Member of Humanistisk Samfund. Kærn through the podcast, Babelfish, aims to provide a platform for the voices of atheists, freethinkers, humanists, and other nonbelievers.

The podcast gives a means by which to document the state of non-believers around the world, around the mostly religious communities throughout the globe. The experiences for the secular in a religious dominant world remains difficult for many.

Nonbelievers need a space to express the challenges faced by them, including stigma and discrimination in family, community, and in the legal contexts of their lives and their countries.

Kærn stated, “I want to share the life stories of non-believers so others can listen to them and maybe recognize their own struggles. I have interviewed many who felt alone with their doubts and questions for many years. They thought they were the only ones not believing until they as grown-ups finally met likeminded people.”

Babelfish is an outlet by a nonbeliever for nonbelievers to express the grievances, lives, hopes, and dreams of those in the freethought community. When discrimination comes from politicians, when Humanists International supports nonbelievers from around the world, when Gulalai Ismail continues to face a charge of sedition while her family faces state harassment.

The issues stretch to all regions of the globe to different degrees of severity in different areas and on different topics with one common theme of discrimination against the non-religious or the secular. Season 1 of Babelfish came to 30 interviews. Now, Season 2 is on its way.

“I plan to travel around the world from the end of August to cover the other continents. My project is not funded yet. I sold my house last year so I live off my savings. They will of course not last forever,” Kærn said, “At some point, I will run out of money. It is certain that I don’t have enough money to cover all countries in the world, not even the countries with humanist organizations. So I look for funding and will appreciate any support or any ideas for funding.”

For more information, please see below, the podcast is found in iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and hosted on Buzzsprout:


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