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Ricky's special first hour guest is the author of 'Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening', an intensely personal account of a journey into and out of religious extremism. Maajid Nawaz speaks about becoming politically militant as a teenager after experiencing racial violence, and then going on to join the radical group, Hizb al-Tahrir, eventually ending up in an Egyptian jail. Co-founder of The Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank, he's now busy spreading the word about democracy.

One of our leading classical composers, James MacMillan, talks about reviving and promoting chant based worship in the Catholic Church in Scotland, the idea behind a conference being held by "Musica Sacra Scotland".

We drop into The Sunday Assembly, a kind of church service minus the religion, as it hits Glasgow on the 40 days and 40 nights tour.

Nick Page gives the horrible histories treatment to a new book on the history of Christianity. "A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity" takes us on a journey through 2,000 years of Christianity with a few laughs along the way.

And with a current stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment getting rave reviews, Ricky is joined by theatre critic Joyce McMillan and Professor Jolyon Mitchell from the University of Edinburgh, to talk about how literature and theatre can offer a deeper understanding of some of the big philosophical themes.

Release date:

1 hour, 54 minutes

Last on

Sun 3 Nov 2013 07:05

Additional Programme Information

To find out more about Maajid Nawaz go to and for more about his book,“Radical”,  go to


If you’re interested in finding out more about Musica Sacra Scotland click on


For more about Nick Page’s book,  “A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity”, go to


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ProducerAmraine Rasool

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