The Aidan Project

83 EpisodesProduced by Aidan Coughlan

Aidan Coughlan's inquisitive podcast examines current events, history and culture. What is happening in the world and how do we make sense of it? Aidan, assisted by expert guests from around the globe, is on a quest to find out. Why not join him?

83 Episodes | 2016 - 2018

#83 - Leaving the Mormon Church

April 29th, 2018

1:15:21

In this edition of the podcast, Aidan is speaking to Eric Pratt, a former radical member of the Mormon Church. Born and raised in Utah, Eric was a …

#82 - Project Extra: The Legacy of Christopher Hitchens

April 16th, 2018

25:03

This episode of the podcast is a bonus audio edition ahead of a full-length episode to follow. Aidan’s guest is Eric Pratt, who for over 20 years was …

#81 - Project Extra: Revisiting The Covenant

April 8th, 2018

30:58

#80 - Richard Carrier on Christianity, Jesus, and Christian Apologetics

April 1st, 2018

1:25:34

#79 - The People Versus Saul Goodman and Lionel Hutz

March 27th, 2018

58:17

In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is speaking to Steven Keslowitz, author of books including The World According to the Simpsons, The Tao …

#78 - Notes on The Irish Famine

March 18th, 2018

17:55

In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan examines the claims regarding culpability and blame within the historiography of The Irish Famine (circa …

#77 - Defending Trump’s Presidency

March 11th, 2018

1:02:25

Dr. Larry Fedewa says that Donald Trump would do well to tweet less often and to rein in some of his unseemly language, but, nevertheless, Dr. Fedewa …

#76 - The Evolution of Alternative Facts

March 3rd, 2018

55:30

In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is talking to Dr. Gleb Tsipursky of the Pro-Truth Pledge about the battle for honest discourse. This is an important consideration. During a speech at the White House in …

#75 - Project Extra: The Gun Debate

February 25th, 2018

22:53

In this bonus edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is speaking to Dr. Larry Fedewa, a conservative political commentator, with countless media …

#74 - Déjà Vu: Consciousness and Free Will

February 22nd, 2018

1:18:54

#73 - Abraham's Secular Covenant

February 17th, 2018

1:13:17

Abraham is the common patriarch of the three major world religions. Indeed, Abraham was supposedly a man of such faith in God that, when commanded to …

#72 - The Mob Historian: An Episode You Can't Refuse

February 9th, 2018

1:10:13

Christian Cipollini writes very good books about very bad things. This is a very good podcast about those same very bad things. In this edition of

#71 - Inspiring The Aidan Project

February 2nd, 2018

20:12

In a very different edition of the podcast, Aidan takes you behind the scenes of The Aidan Project. Within this reflective podcast, Aidan introduces Inspiring The Aidan Project, a potential separate podcast series which …

#70 - Notes on the Great Debate: Paine Versus Burke

January 24th, 2018

18:43

In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan looks at the remarkable debate that is, according to some historians, the origins of left versus right …

#69 – The Churchill Myth: Many Dark Hours

January 16th, 2018

1:00:49

In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by Christopher Hale, a distinguished freelance executive producer, producer/director and writer, to discuss the less distinguished elements of the career of Winston …

#68 - Notes on Pascal’s Wager

January 12th, 2018

19:41

In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan examines Pascal’s Wager. Blaise Pascal (1623–62) was a talented French mathematician, physicist, inventor …

#67 - Project Extra: New Year’s Revolution

January 4th, 2018

20:47

#66 - Hope and Chaos: 2017 Unpacked

December 26th, 2017

53:34

In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by cultural anthropologist, Jared Miracle, to review 2017. Taking a thematic approach, Aidan …

#65 - Project Extra: Trump Tower or Bleak House

December 19th, 2017

16:32

In this bonus episode of the podcast, Aidan and cultural anthropologist, Jared Miracle, discuss Donald Trump’s legislative victory on tax reform. …

#64 - Notes on Jerusalem Syndrome

December 9th, 2017

20:21

The status of Jerusalem is a leading news story, following Donald Trump’s historic announcement that the United States will recognise the Holy City …

#63 - Tribalism Aboard the Ship of Theseus

November 30th, 2017

1:03:15

In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan welcomes back philosopher, Dr. Benedict Beckeld, for a conversation which explores the current political …

#62 - Best of the Project, Vol 3: Orwell’s Victory

November 25th, 2017

1:50:54

“During the Spanish civil war”, wrote George Orwell,  “I found myself feeling very strongly that a true history of this war never would or could be …

#61 – Best of the Project, Vol 2: Donald Trump

November 18th, 2017

1:47:02

In a tour de force of audio, Aidan presents highlights from previous episodes which have addressed Trump’s ascendancy and rule. With contributions …

#60 - Best of the Project, Vol 1: Armistice

November 10th, 2017

1:04:21

In this edition of the Aidan Project, the podcast marks a year online with the first ‘best of’ episode. This episode features audio from Aidan’s …

#59 - Notes on Terror, Treason and Anarchy

November 3rd, 2017

21:06

In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan talks about the infamous Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes in popular culture, and the definition of terrorism. …

#58 - Notes on Shame and the Modern Pillory

October 30th, 2017

12:38

Shaming is a form of social control. When a person violates the established norms of their community, the group may respond by condemning, avoiding …

#57 - Notes on Liberalism: A Glimmer of Hope

October 20th, 2017

16:04

In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan discusses a potential hint of progress in the battle against leftist confusion. The case of Maajid Nawaz and the Southern Poverty Law Centre has been discussed several times …

#56 - Notes on Patriotism: Taking a Knee

October 14th, 2017

15:07

In the previous episode, Aidan talked about the British reverence for Monarchy. In this edition, Aidan moves across the pond to explore the US national identity. In recent weeks, we have been reminded of the importance …

#55 - Notes on Monarchy: House of Wax

October 6th, 2017

22:59

"Why, when the subject of royalty or monarchy is mentioned, do the British bid adieu to every vestige of proportion, modesty, humour and restraint?"Christopher HitchensThe Monarchy: A Critique of Britain's Favourite …

#54 - Afterword on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism

September 27th, 2017

24:12

Kristallnacht, or ‘Night of Broken Glass’, was a notorious pogrom against German Jews throughout Nazi Germany on 9–10 November 1938. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan expands on the arguments presented in episode …

#53 - Project Extra: Choice Words

September 23rd, 2017

15:53

In this edition of the podcast’s bonus audio series, ‘Project Extra’, Aidan again welcomes back special guest Jared Miracle, who holds a PhD. in …

#52 - Project Extra: Whitewashing Revisited

September 14th, 2017

14:39

Is there a real problem in Hollywood with casting agents hiring white actors for roles for which the source material rather seems to necessitate a …

#51 - Betrayal: The Rotherham Abuse Scandal

September 9th, 2017

1:01:10

The Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal is arguably the worst child safeguarding failure in British history. In August 2014 an inquiry led by Professor Alexis Jay concluded that at least 1,400 children, the …

#50 - Notes on Antifa: What’s in a Name?

August 31st, 2017

10:38

There is a quote, often attributed to Winston Churchill, which predicts, “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.” Churchill probably did not say this, but the idea certainly has prowess. We all …

#49 - Notes on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism

August 24th, 2017

20:55

The faithful are playing with reference to a different set of rules when arguing for the merits of religion based on faith alone. Faith, by …

#48 - Project Extra: Atlantis Reimagined

August 18th, 2017

12:56

On this bonus edition of the Aidan Project, Christopher Hale, freelance executive producer, producer/director and writer, explains the curious 19th century reimagining of the story of Atlantis. This revival of the idea …

#47 - Notes on North Korea

August 12th, 2017

25:01

In this edition of the podcast, Aidan is back with everything you need to know about the ominous stand-off between the United States and North Korea. This potentially-catastrophic conflict focuses around Pyongyang's …

#46 - The Emergency: Empire, Massacre, Duterte

August 8th, 2017

1:14:52

The British Empire, and other European powers, began to leave South East Asia in the aftermath of World War 2. The region has changed dramatically since this era; a period when British troops were fighting communists in …

#45 - De-Platformed: Challenging Bad Ideas

August 5th, 2017

1:02:46

On July 21, the noted evolutionary biologist and author, Richard Dawkins, was de-platformed by a ‘progressive’ radio station in California because of …

#44 - The New Cold War

August 1st, 2017

1:14:09

Russia has signalled its intent to demand a reduction in the number of US diplomats in the country, following US Congress approving fresh sanctions …

#43 - Project Extra: Genetic Revolution

July 27th, 2017

11:24

In this edition of Project Extra, Ran Levi explains the hugely exciting developments in gene editing, clustered regularly interspaced short …

#42 - Notes on Dunkirk

July 22nd, 2017

14:01

In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan looks at the glorious myths and gloomy realities of the real Dunkirk, and examines how accurately …

#41 - Westminster Briefing

July 18th, 2017

22:36

In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by John Ashmore, chief reporter for PoliticsHome, to discuss the latest developments in British …

#40 - Downloading a President

July 16th, 2017

1:17:31

The United States Intelligence Community concluded with high confidence that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined on the line …

#39 - Animal Liberation: Ethics and Speciesism

July 12th, 2017

37:47

The name of this podcast was inspired by the influential 1975 book, Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for Our Treatment of Animals, by Peter Singer, an Australian philosopher. Singer argued that the interests of animals …

#38 - Notes on Making America Great Again

July 4th, 2017

10:58

Donald Trump is indeed the pro wrestling president. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan looks at President Trump and the entirely surreal manner of his presidency. We have an emerging problem now of a dangerous new …

#37 - Dogmatic Silence: Abuse in the Church

July 1st, 2017

1:03:12

In this edition of the podcast, Aidan talks to David Greenwood, Chairman of Stop Church Child Abuse. The Catholic Church has a history of abuse …

#36 - Project Extra: A.C. Grayling

June 20th, 2017

11:33

In this edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, enjoy exclusive, previously unreleased, audio from A.C. Grayling’s Q&A session, following his …

#35 - Notes on Belief

June 15th, 2017

4:31

Tim Farron has announced his intention to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats, citing unfair media coverage surrounding his Christian faith. In this podcast, Aidan argues that beliefs matter and that religion does …

#34 - Notes on Mrs. May

June 9th, 2017

9:36

Strong and stable leadership, indeed. Theresa May can surely not long survive this debacle. The votes have been cast and the results are in. In this …

#33 - A.C. Grayling: Brexit Can Be Stopped

June 6th, 2017

1:02:27

In this edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, enjoy an exclusive recording from A.C. Grayling’s impassioned ‘Fighting for Europe’ speech, held at the …

#32 - AMA: UK General Election

June 5th, 2017

56:27

In the very first Aidan Project AMA (Ask Me Anything) episode, Aidan is joined by journalist, podcaster and activist, Joshua Thomas, to answer your listener questions on the forthcoming 2017 UK General Election. For …

#31 - Aide-Memoire: The General Election

May 30th, 2017

15:42

Theresa May called an early election in an attempt to shore up support for her government’s position on Britain’s exit from the European Union. But where do the parties stand on this issue? Or on social issues? Voter …

#30 - Notes on Manchester

May 24th, 2017

22:11

Aidan talks about the Manchester bombing, which took place at Manchester Arena, England, on 22 May 2017. Aidan feels we need an honest debate on the issues which led to this latest outrage, and that liberals need to …

#29 - Project Extra: Under Siege

May 20th, 2017

14:55

In this bonus edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, enjoy previously unreleased audio from Aidan’s conversation with Jared Miracle from the episode, ‘The Great Cat Massacre’. In this ‘Project Extra’ episode, Jared …

#28 - Notes on America's Great War

May 4th, 2017

14:42

In this first spoken essay edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan examines why, and with what effects, the United States opted to enter World War One in 1917. The essay also looks at the idealist US President, …

#27 - Project Extra: Whitewashing

April 25th, 2017

9:22

In this bonus edition of the podcast, enjoy previously unreleased audio from Aidan’s conversation with Jared Miracle, a cultural entomologist with an …

#26 - The Great Cat Massacre

April 20th, 2017

58:15

On this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined once more by Jared Miracle, a cultural entomologist with an M.Ed. and a PhD. in anthropology …

#25 - Project Extra: Exceptional

April 14th, 2017

9:03

This bonus episode features unreleased audio from the podcast, ‘America’s Great War: Part Two’, with Dr. Paul Dean. In this edition of ‘Project: …

#24 - The Irish Famine: Tragedy and Propaganda

April 11th, 2017

32:42

In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by Professor Liam Kennedy, Emeritus Professor of History at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a member of the Royal Irish Academy for Social …

#23 - America’s Great War (Part Two): Courage

April 6th, 2017

1:00:15

One hundred years ago to the day of this episode’s release, on 6 April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson declared that the US was at war with Germany. …

#22 - Project Extra: Money and Death

April 2nd, 2017

7:07

IG Farben was a ruthless former German chemical and pharmaceutical conglomerate which assisted the Third Reich during the Second World War. IG Farben’s key personnel became rich, whilst its slave labourers were worked …

#21 - Project Extra: Imposing The Divide

March 29th, 2017

11:37

This is a bonus podcast from Aidan Coughlan’s conversation with Sami Ramadani from the episode, ‘The Tragedy of Iraq’. Sami grew up in Baghdad, …

#20 - Sleep of Reason: Third Reich and The Vatican

March 24th, 2017

1:01:58

In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined on the line from Florida by acclaimed authors, husband-and-wife, Gerald and Trisha Posner. The Posners have an impeccable body of work behind them; this episode …

#19 - Project Extra: Beyond Brexit

March 20th, 2017

9:29

In this edition of The Aidan Project, enjoy previously unreleased audio from the episode ‘On Liberty and Free Speech’ with Joshua Thomas. In this bonus episode, Aidan and Joshua discuss UKIP, voting reform, Brexit, and …

#18 - The Tragedy of Iraq

March 18th, 2017

51:09

In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by Iraq-born writer, Sami Ramadani, to discuss important questions regarding Iraq and the Middle East. What is happening now in Iraq? We are now 14 years on from the …

#17 - The Fake News Agenda

March 14th, 2017

1:02:27

In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by Gary Herman to discuss press freedom, fake news, citizen journalism and the future of a free press in a digital age. Also discussed on this show is Donald Trump’s …

#16 - On Liberty and Free Speech

March 9th, 2017

1:04:23

The title of this episode is an homage to an important philosophical work by John Stuart Mill, ‘On Liberty’, which was published in 1859. In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by journalist, podcaster …

#15 - Project Extra: Folklore

March 6th, 2017

14:36

In this bonus edition of the podcast, enjoy previously unreleased audio from The Aidan Project episode, ‘Pokemon Diplomacy and Transnational Culture’ …

#14 - America’s Great War (Part One): Neutrality

March 1st, 2017

1:09:43

This is part one of a two-part series focusing on the role and experience of the United States of America in the Great War of 1914-1918. In these …

#13 - Pokemon Diplomacy and Transnational Culture

February 27th, 2017

51:25

On this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined on the line from Oregon by Jared Miracle, a cultural entomologist with an M.Ed. and a PhD. in …

#12 - Western Downfall: Why Trump Won

February 23rd, 2017

1:12:04

On this edition of The Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan is joined on the line from New York City by philosopher, Dr. Benedict Beckeld. In this episode, Aidan and Dr. Beckeld discuss a number of important issues, most …

#11 - Malicious Assured Destruction: Cold War to Cyber War

February 18th, 2017

1:04:59

In this episode of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined on the line from Israel by Ran Levi, an accomplished science author and podcaster. In this episode, Aidan and Ran discuss Ronald Reagan’s ambitious Strategic Defence …

#10 - George Orwell Versus Alternative Facts

February 14th, 2017

47:18

In this edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan is joined by Richard Keeble, who is none other than the Chairman of the Orwell Society. Richard …

#9 - Denying the Holocaust

February 7th, 2017

43:23

In this edition of The Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan is joined by documentary filmmaker, Frances Harper, alongside Richard Payne, to discuss Holocaust …

#8 - The Spanish Civil War

February 1st, 2017

1:19:34

With a very special guest, Dave McCall, The Aidan Project looks at the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Taking the nomme de plume of David Ebsworth, Dave is an acclaimed historical fiction author, and a member of the …

#7 - The Art of Terror

January 27th, 2017

34:35

In this episode, The Art of Terror, I will be looking at the War on Terror, in addition to Edmund Clark’s thought-provoking exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London, entitled War *of* Terror. This adapted name is …

#6 - Left to Die: Whilst Liberals Slept

January 18th, 2017

22:47

This episode of The Aidan Project tackles the moral confusion of the liberal argument, and the intellectual self-harm being conducted by the left. …

#5 - Demise of the Two-State Solution

January 4th, 2017

22:31

On this episode of The Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan looks at the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, explores the views of respected thinkers …

#4 - 1984 Bad, 2016 Worse (Part 2)

December 28th, 2016

12:11

In part one, The Aidan Project covered Brexit, Stop Funding Hate, the British press, the decline of the left, Labour’s impotence, Jihadism, Nigel Farage, David Cameron, and more. In part two, we must talk about Donald …

#3 - 1984 Bad, 2016 Worse (Part 1)

December 24th, 2016

14:11

It is time to review 2016. A brave undertaking, to be sure, but someone has to do it. Across two episodes, The Aidan Project humbly presents a review of the most significant events of the year. Part one includes Brexit, …

#2 - The Man of the Year and The Führer

December 7th, 2016

24:54

On this edition of the Aidan Project podcast, I take a detailed look at Time magazine’s Man of the Year, Donald Trump, and the lessons of history that can be gained from his remarkable election victory. Is Trump a …

#1 - Brexit and Enemies of the People

December 3rd, 2016

15:21

The Aidan Project podcast gets to grips with Brexit. What would Winston Churchill have made of Brexit? And who are the enemies of the people?

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