The Guardian Hay Festival 2010.

May 31, 2010

May 2010. Christopher Hitchens interviewed at Hay Festival 2010 about his memoir Hitch-22. This post is the CH part. Listen/Download the entire podcast (with Pervez Musharraf, Bill Bryson) MP3 here.

Sunday Live with Adam Boulton.

May 2010. From the Hay Literary Festival Adam Boulton discusses the future for Afghanistan with Rory Stewart MP, Christopher Hitchens and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Daily Hitchens and YouTube.

I've created another YT channel. When I posted my thoughts on not starting a new Hitchens YT channel, I was thinking of the massive work it would take to upload all the old videos to new one. I'm not going to do that. For the time being I'm leaving the DHYT channel as it is and use this new one.

I'll post a YT bulletin to all subscribers to switch over to DailyHitchens22
We all know YT's policy's can be a bitch but they've got the advantage. It's too big and popular to ignore if one wants to promote videos and blogs.
I'm not sure about future formats or platforms but for now it's day by day, week by week.

Vatican reaches out to atheists - but not to Dawkins or Hitchens.

The Vatican is planning a new initiative to reach out to atheists and agnostics in an attempt to improve the church's relationship with non-believers. Pope Benedict XVI has ordered officials to create a new foundation where atheists will be encouraged to meet and debate with some of the Catholic Church's top theologians. Read the article here.

The way I see it, they've watched the Intelligence square debate from last year and are scared shitless of Hitchens (and Dawkins). In an interview Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi says "Such atheists only view the truth with "irony and sarcasm" and tend to "read religious texts like fundamentalists".
Don't know whether to laugh or cry? I think I'll do the crying bit first and then have a good laugh.

The Satanic Verses Affair. (1989)

May 29, 2010

One week after the fatwa on Salman Rushdie was issued in 1989, Hitchens appeared on C-SPAN to discuss The Satanic Verses and freedom of speech. Unfortunately very poor audio. Part 1 of 4 Related video: "Christopher Hitchens on Salman Rushdie's fatwa, BBC, Feb 12" in which he mentions the pipe bomb that didn't go off in Cody's bookstore while he (instead of Salman) was reading from The Satanic Verses.

Late Night Live: Christopher Hitchens

May 28, 2010

May 27, 2010. Phillip Adams interviews Christopher Hitchens on Late Night Live. They talk Iraq, Hitch-22, 9/11, The Catholic Church, religion, American politics, Obama, atheism...

Listen/Download here. 53 min.

Mornings with Alex Sloan: Christopher Hitchens.

May 27, 2010

Christopher Hitchens talks to Alex Sloan about his memoir Hitch-22 on 666 ABC Canberra while in Australia for the Sydney Writers Festival.

Listen/Download here.
24 min.

Programmatic specificity we can believe in.

Sydney Writers' Festival, May 2010. Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay.

Hosted by Neil James of the Plain English Foundation. Christopher Hitchens, Annabel Crabb and Nathan Rees discuss the varying standards of political rhetoric and the abusers of the English language. Q&A at the end.
Watch/Download (Flash video-MP3 Audio) here.
2 parts (27 min. + 28 min.)

Christopher Hitchens talks totalitarianism.

May 24, 2010

Mark Colvin interviews Christopher Hitchens on ABC News/PM. They discuss North Korea and totalitarianism.

Listen/Download here.
15 min.

Creationists Are Losing

Christopher Hitchens says creationists are in a panic because they're losing the argument. He's interviewed by Peter Fitzsimons of The Sydney Morning Herald. Watch here. (


Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: Christopher Hitchens

May 22, 2010

May 22, 2010. Christopher Hitchens talks to Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand about his past and present.

Listen here. Download here.
40 min.

The Morning Interview with Margaret Throsby.

May 21, 2010

Christopher Hitchens interviewed on ABC Classic FM. May 21, 2010.

Margaret Throsby (picture) and CH discuss politics, religion, music and Hitch-22 in Sydney, Australia. They also play music chosen by CH.
Listen to the interview here. (Real Player, Windows Media, Download).
55 min.

CH on 2UE 954 News Talk.

Christopher Hitchens discusses politics and of course Hitch-22 on Australian radio. Listen here.

The Three New Commandments lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Link to full length video (54:54) on

ABC Breakfast Interview.

Christopher Hitchens interviewed on the ABC Radio National Breakfast programme. Video and audio. CH talks about his new memoir Hitch-22, Iraq and Obama with Fran Kelly.

Watch/listen here. Watch it on YouTube here.

Christopher Hitchens on Lateline.

Christopher Hitchens discusses his memoir with Tony Jones on Lateline. Watch the video streamed and/or read the transcript here.

The End Is Nigh !

May 20, 2010 least for The Daily Hitchens YouTube Channel. I received my second copyright strike in a short time and was informed that "A single additional claim against your account will result in the termination of your account". These claims seem to be genuine, one for the Bill Maher interview in March and one from Emory. What to do now? With 558 Hitchens videos on YT I feel that the 3rd strike is inevitable. I could stop uploading videos and hope my account won't be terminated. I could continue uploading and hope I won't get more strikes, which I'll do. Why have a Hitchens channel if I can't upload his material? At this point I don't think it matters what I do, the account is coming to an end. This will affect the Daily Hitchens site as well. Most videos are embedded from the DH YT channel and thus won't work on the site. When this happens I'll lose most of my archive but I'll start posting embedded videos from other sources to continue DH. It's not the end of the world losing an YT account. The only thing I'd miss are the great, funny, clever, thought provoking, outrageous, interesting, stupid, intelligent comments on the YT videos. These are delivered to my mailbox and I read them all. Well, we'll see what happens. I just thought I warn you if this happens and you can't find my YT channel. Tom

A Message from Christopher Hitchens.

May 18, 2010

May 16, 2010. Dr. Ed Buckner (President, American Atheists) reading out Christopher Hitchens' message at the 'Texans for Truthful Textbooks' rally in Austin, TX. via richard8a:

PEN World Voices Festival: Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie.

May 7, 2010

The Fifth Annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture. May 2, 2010. Christopher Hitchens speaks on Crucibles: Past and Present followed by a conversation with PEN World Voices Festival Chair, Salman Rushdie. Play All 8 Videos.


Christopher reads from Hitch-22: A Memoir