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The Godless Spellchecker Podcast is an award winning weekly sceptical show in a conversational, interview format hosted by Stephen Knight. We hear from leading public figures as well as people without a public profile that have equally valuable experiences and ideas to share. The goal is to amplify good ideas and scrutinise bad ones. I think we've all learned something here today.
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May 30, 2024

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) Journalist and Author Andrew Gold (@AndrewGold_OK) returns to talk about hid fascinating new book ‘The Psychology of Secrets: My Adventures with Murderers, Cults and Influencers’.

You can watch the video version at www.youtube.com/gspellchecker

0:00 Intro
0:08 Air conditioning and summer heat
1:24 Andrew’s YouTube success and avoiding audience capture
3:51 Doe accusations of bigotry hurt?
8:59 Prosocial lies: How do we recognise when we aren’t being honest?
14:14 Is it dangerous to talk to extreme people? Why cover the most dark, heinous topic possible?
19:42 Do you ever worry people will make judgments about you for the dark topics you write about?
28:27 Andrew Gold’s experience with Piers Morgan
36:46 The fear of running out of things to say in interviews and pushing back with your guests.
41:57 Are the left unwilling to debate their ideas? And does being ‘ex-communicated’ from your ’tribe’ make you more extreme?
51:46 Utopian thinking, Stephen going soft on vegetarianism and the value of religion.
57:18 Jews and Santa
01:02:34 Lie detector tests and the cult leader aspect of ‘influencers’.
01:09:20 Are other people’s secrets a burden?


Buy Andrew’s book:
https://amzn.eu/d/bccQLCJ

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

 

May 21, 2024

Palestinian student who said she was 'full of pride' at Hamas October 7 attack has visa... - LBC

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss all the big topics.

0:00 Intro
0:21 Where the hell have we been?!
1:19 Iram’s trip to Tel Aviv
16:13 Social media
20:44 Palestinian student has UK student visa revoked for comments about October 7th terror attacks and the topic of Palestinian refugees.
36:37 New proposals for single sex spaces in UK public spaces
44:59 New guidance banning teaching ‘gender ideology’ in schools.
49:52 The Cass Review into gender services for children
57:59 Man tries to enter women’s loos in Central Park
59:53 Is New York Safe?
01:01:29 Michaela School: Muslim student loses prayer ban challenge
01:26:55 Audience Question: Dark or milk chocolate biscuits?
01:18:14 Audience Question: Review of RoboDoc
01:20:14 Audience Question: Ninja swords!
01:27:03 Lucky to be in Britain

Iram reporting from Tel Aviv: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13372277/hamas-kidnapped-grandfather-wife-heartache.html


Stephen Knight’s Substack:
www.sknight.substack.com

Sedaa: www.sedaa.org

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

May 17, 2024

In November 2023 Stephen Knight spoke on the Panel ‘In the Wake of Terror: Antisemitism today’ at The Battle of Ideas.

Here are his opening arguments and some highlights from the panel.

You can watch the full debate on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/uvrilBoPRQk?si=qacsvKWBbGnVfsVL

 

May 17, 2024


This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) speaks to musician Louise Distras (@LouiseDistras)

0:00 Intro
0:37 About Louise
1:00 On the perception of ‘cancel culture’ and a bad childhood.
6:13 Policing the language women are allowed to use in this debate
7:13 The political climate in the music industry.
11:20 What first got you in to trouble on the gender debate?
13:28 Being banned from Bandcamp and dropped from her booking agent.
20:27 Is Louise able to record new music now?
22:02 The Smiths singer Morrisey
25:26 Online trans activist mobs
26:55 What happened with Billy Bragg?
30:02 Religious and cult-like behaviour
32:20 Is there a class issue in all this?
35:44 Would Louise keep quiet about this issue if she could go back in time?
39:08 The power of smears and cause for optimism?
43:06 Has your fanbase increased?
45:19 The problem with Spotify

This conversation was recorded before Louise was arrested in December 2023.

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

 

May 17, 2024

 

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) speaks to motivational speaker and transgender activist Buck Angel (@BuckAngel). 

Watch the video version at www.youtube.com/gspellchecker

0:00 Intro
1:29 About Buck Angel
4:42 Is trans activism hurting the cause for trans people?
6:31 Is there a disproportionate focus on male to female trans people?
8:43 What is it like to experience ‘gender dysphoria’.
11:54 When did Buck decide to transition?
16:08 Do trans activists defend rights or push ideology?
18:30 Does Buck annoy the far-left and the Christian right?
20:26 Is Buck’s sexuality linked to their gender identity?
23:07 Buck’s career in the adult entertainment industry
30:16 The American right’s problem with transgenderism
33:38 Trans activism going too far
36:09 People that say they are “born in the wrong body”.
37:01 “internalised lesbophobia”
38:22 Buck being used as a poster boy for trans success and restroom use. 40:39 The abandonment of young girls in sport 44:07 Buck as a trans success story

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com
Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

Dec 18, 2023

Giuseppe Cesari, Diana and Actaeon (ca. 1600-1603), found in the Collection of Musée du Louvre, Paris

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss all the big topics.

0:00 Intro
1:22 France
5:14 French school ‘row’ over renaissance art and Muslim pupils
18:20 The UK’s diplomatic spat with Greece over Parthenon marbles.
25:10 Stephen speaking at The Battle Of Ideas in Buxton
28:38 The march against antisemitism in London and the arrest of Tommy Robinson
34:00 American college presidents, free speech and antisemitism.
45:36 Italian carbonara row
48.14 Owen Jones reviews October 7th massacre footage
57:16 Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?
59:00 Audience  questions

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Sedaa: www.sedaa.org

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

 

 

Dec 8, 2023

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) speaks to Author Dr Rakib Ehsan (@rakibEhsan) about his book 'Beyond Grievance: What The Left Gets Wrong About Ethnic Minorities'.

Watch the video version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE9CIlh4AQg

0:00 Intro
0:10 About Rakib Ehsan
1:49 Why talk about ‘race’ given how controversial it is?
3:04 Does it matter what publications you write for?
5:50 Is religious faith really a solution to our problems?
9:35 Freedom of expression at pro-Palestinian protests and the failure of the Metropolitan Police.
14:04 Reflecting on the Brexit referendum.
16:40 The white saviour complex of the progressive left.
19:18 Is it ethical to limit certain types of immigration?
22:18 ‘The traditional family’ argument.
25:22 The outcome of Bianca Williams’s stop and search case.
32:21 The problem with importing American identity politics and grievances to the UK
37:29 Is the gender debate really all that important to the general public and our election cycle?
41:40 Reflecting on the problem of Jeremy Corbyn
45:44 Do ethnic minorities in the UK lean conservative?
48:55 Is patriotism important to a modern Britian?
55:25 ‘White privilege’ and anti-white attitudes.


Stephen Knight’s Substack:
www.sknight.substack.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

 

Dec 1, 2023

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) speaks to Author, Journalist and editor of The Jewish Chronicle, Jake Wallis Simons about his book ‘Israelophobia’.

Watch the video version at www.youtube.com/gspellchecker

0:00 Intro
0:32 About Jake
2:03 Why the title of ‘Israelophobia’ for Jake’s book?
3:49 Disagreement with David Baddiel
8:18 Israel and the power dynamic
9:40 The left’s problem with Israel and reality
11:40 The problem of Jeremy Corbyn
12:29 Does Keir Starmer understand the problem?
17:08 People who take a position of neutrality on the conflict
19:53 Israel screening footage of Hamas’s atrocities for journalists.
22:04 Islamist and Arab support for Israel from within Israel
28:32 Is Israel an ‘apartheid state’?
34:48 History repeating itself and younger generations
41:36 Is antisemitism a unique form of racism?
45:22 Pro-Palestine marches and freedom of expression
51:46 Are more people openly supporting Israel now?



Stephen Knight’s Substack:
www.sknight.substack.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

 

Nov 29, 2023

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes the return of counter-extremist Liam Duffy. Liam has recently released a report chronicling the problem of violence in response to perceived ‘blasphemy’ in the west. They will discuss the high profile cases and the effect this has had on freedom of expression in the West.

Watch the video version: www.youtube.com/gspellchecker

                                                                                                                                                                    
0:00 Intro
01:02 Have we failed to make any progress on the issue of Islamic ‘blasphemy’ in the west?
01:14 What is ‘The Counter Extremism Project’?
05:41 How are we defining ‘blasphemy’?
08:27 Sensitivity surrounding Islam’s prophet Muhammad
14:32 The chilling effect on free speech: Is it now just a bad idea to publish cartoons that will inevitably inspire violence?
18:03 Elon Musk and should Muhammad cartoons violate Twitter’s rules?
23:56 Are modern blasphemy controversies in the west almost exclusively Islam related?
28:45 The reaction to the attempted murder of Salman Rushdie in New York
35:09 The silence from the UK Government on the Batley teacher forced into hiding.
38:10 Will we see more isolated attacks rather than largescale ones?
44:11 UK ‘hate speech’ laws as secularized blasphemy codes.

Report: Violence Against Perceived Blasphemers In The West – From Khamenei’s Fatwa To The Present: https://www.counterextremism.com/sites/default/files/2023-06/Violence%20Against%20Perceived%20Blasphemers%20in%20the%20West_July%202022.pdf

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.  

 

Nov 22, 2023

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss all the big topics.

0:00 Intro
2:06 Tommy Robinson’s contempt of court case used as a case study in new Journalism Law textbook.
6:06 Iram meets movie legend Jean Claude Van Damme
10:14 The moral implications of the ‘new’ Beatles song ‘Now and Then’.
14:42 The best Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions you’ll ever hear.
16:52 Elon Musk’s advertiser problems on ‘X’/Twitter.
26:59 The allegations against Russell Brand and his reinvention as a political commentator and ‘guru’.
38:30 Female Newcastle football fan is interviewed by the police and has club membership terminated for tweets about trans people.
32:34 Trans footballer quits women’s team and threatens to sue as rival team refuses to play against them
47:18 Israel/Gaza conflict
01:05:05 Audience Questions: Nigel Farage in I’m A Celeb and daytime drinking.

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Sedaa: www.sedaa.org

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

Jul 28, 2023

The 10 Most Brilliant Psychopaths In Movies | Taste Of Cinema - Movie Reviews and Classic Movie Lists

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss all the big topics.

0:00 Intro
0:28 Barbie or Oppenheimer?
3:34 Iram stays overnight in a Welsh mine.
10:04 Kevin Spacey found not guilty in court.
18:49 Nigel Farage being ‘debanked’ by Coutts
35:03 Sadiq Khan’s ‘maaate’ campaign and gender lunacy.
49:05 Keir Starmer causes controversy by saying a woman is an ‘adult human female’.
50:48 Ending membership with Humanists UK
55:20 Audience Question: Test Cricket in Manchester
56:30 Audience Question: Fight or leave in the face of institutional capture?
59:22 Audience Question: More on ‘maate’.
59:43 Tobias Ellwood’s comments on Afghanistan

Iram’s Welsh mine article: https://www.mailplus.co.uk/edition/features/292700/now-thats-what-you-call-a-deep-sleep

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Sedaa: www.sedaa.org

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

 

Jul 26, 2023

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes author Matt Johnson. They will be discussing Matt’s new book ‘How Hitchens Can Save the Left: Rediscovering Fearless Liberalism in an Age of Counter-Enlightenment’.

Video Version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6a4Ccp9zhQ

0:00 Intro 
0:29 Why focus on Christopher Hitchens to make the points in your book?
2:59 Why does ‘the left’ need saving?
5:55 Leaving the left for the right and Dave Rubin.
09:36 What is meant by ‘the counter-enlightenment’?
11:30 Trump and the right’s hypocrisy on free speech
14:10 Richard Seymour’s terrible book on Christopher Hitchens (‘Unhitched’)
18:36 How much did ‘The Rushdie Affair’ impact the life of Christopher Hitchens?
22:04 Has freedom of speech improved where Islam is concerned since the death of Christopher Hitchens?
25:20 Would it help for people to simply admit they are scared to criticise Islam for safety reasons?
28:57 Stephen Knight’s debate with Chris Hedges about Islam
30:28 What explains the Putin apologism from the American right?
33:34 Christopher Hitchens’s support for the invasion of Iraq
40:12 What did Christopher Hitchens think about identity politics? 
45:18 What is ‘fearless liberalism’? How can it be applied?
49:16 The legacy of Jeremy Corbyn
56:34 Disappointment with Hitchens’s dislike of Sci-fi and preference for limericks over puns.
01:00:14 Sensationalist Youtube Thumbnails

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Buy Matt Johnson’s Book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitchens-Save-Left-Rediscovering-Counter-Enlightenment/dp/1634312341

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

May 23, 2023

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss all the big topics.

0:00 Intro
1:25 Golliwog controversy pub closes down
4:21 Iram investigates Brazilian Jiujitsu with Roger Gracie
15:17 Andrew Bridgen spreading vaccine falsehoods
28:04 The unlawful tactics of ‘Just Stop Oil’ protests
35:10 Anti-Monarchy protests and police overreach
47:46 Sarah Comrie: The pregnant NYC nurse dubbed ‘racist Karen’ in bike altercation.
1:00:28 Audience Question: Is Artificial Intelligence an existential risk?
1:05:11 Audience Question: What explains the people that support Putin?
1:09:16 Audience Question: Guardians of The Galaxy volume III
1:10:12 Audience Question: Oxford students needing mental health protection from Kathleen Stock

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Iram tries BJJ: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-12100889/IRAM-RAMZAN-tries-hand-Britains-fastest-growing-sport-Brazilian-jiu-jitsu.html

Sedaa: www.sedaa.org

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

 

Apr 15, 2023

Bud Light Doesn't Care That You're Mad About Its Dylan Mulvaney Collab | Them

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss all the big topics.

0:00 Intro
0:44 The Dalai Lama asking a child to “suck my tongue”.
6:17 Stephen Knight reporting from Kellie-Jay Keen event in London
10:16 The Nashville school shooting in the USA.
18:11 Police seize ‘Golliwog’ dolls from a UK pub after complaints.
30:53 Kier Starmer Vs Rishi Sunak on women with penises.
35:21 The backlash to Dylan Mulvaney’s Nike and Bud light endorsements.
45:17 Elon Musk V Substack
51:33 Megan Markle not attending the Coronation of King Charles

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Sedaa: www.sedaa.org

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

Mar 26, 2023

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss all the big topics.

0:00 Intro
0:21 Ramadan
5:10 Shamima Begum loses citizenship appeal and her BBC podcast
14:59 Kellie-Jay Keen (Posie Parker) mobbed in New Zealand
30:13 World Athletics say trans athletes must compete in their correct sex category
40:27 Roald Dahl books changed by publisher to make them more progressive.
54:06 The Wakefield school Quran blasphemy controversy.
01:03:16 Audience Question: Do mobs that shutdown gender critical events actually help to grow support for the gender critical side?
01:06:36 Audience Question: What is going on with Eddie Izzard?

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Sedaa: www.sedaa.org

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

Feb 16, 2023

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes the return of Michael Shermer. Michael Shermer is an author and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine. They will be talking about Michael’s new book titled ‘Conspiracy: Why The Rational Believe The Irrational’.

                                                                                                                                                                    
0:00 Intro
0:46 Is it possible for a ‘rational’ person to believe in conspiracy theories?
3:57 Why did you write this book? Was it inspired by the recent conspiracies surrounding ‘stolen elections’ and COVID?
8:37 Why do people believe conspiracies? The tribal, political and emotional reasons.
14:43 Are conspiracy theories becoming more sinister and dangerous? Has there been an escalation?
17:59 Is it worth pushing back against conspiracy theories? Is the best tactic to just ignore them? Why didn’t you push back against Brett Weinstein and Heather Heying?
30:25 If something worse than COVID comes along, will we be able to convince the public to lockdown again?
31:31 Are the COVID anti-vax arguments any different than the ones we have heard for previous vaccines?
35:42 Is it a waste of time to debunk conspiracy theories?
39:28 Peddlers of anti-vax nonsense achieving huge popularity and success
44:41 Should Alex Jones’s conspiracy theories about Sandy Hook have been protected under the First Amendment?
48:09 Is Trump legally culpable for the Capitol riots?
49:26 Does Michael know that Bill Murray’s character in Ghost Busters (2016) is based on him according to Dan Aykroyd?
51:21 Haunted locations and exposing ‘Paranormal Investigators’.

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Jan 17, 2023

Andrew Tate sends cryptic "Matrix" tweet after 'being rushed to hospital' from jail - Irish Mirror Online

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss all the big topics.

0:00 Intro
1:52 The dangerous ‘grooming gang’ hoax in Cumbria, UK
13:13 The spread of anti-vax misinformation.
14:59 Professor in Minnesota fired for showing painting of Muhammad in art history class.
26:43 The gender recognition act in Scotland and the mystery of ‘non-binary’.
45:17 The rise and arrest of Andrew Tate
51:26 Masculinity, societal shift and male role models.
57:21 Prince Harry’s book revelations and the response to them.
1:05:06 Top Gun review and fatal attraction.


Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Sedaa: www.sedaa.org

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

 

 

Nov 10, 2022

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss all the big topics.

0:00 Intro
0:39 The death of The Queen, the impact of monarchy and national identity
11:17 Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover
27:43 The current civil unrest in Iran
36:03 The attempted terror attack on a migrant centre in Dover, UK
46:19 The Stop Oil protests and disruption in the UK—Climate activism
52:16 Audience Questions: Leicester riots and the war in Ukraine

Stephen Knight’s Substack: www.sknight.substack.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube & Spotify.

Oct 11, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by comedy writer and activist Graham Linehan. Graham had a very successful career in comedy writing (Father Ted, The IT Crowd) until he vocally opposed gender ideology. They discuss the destruction of his career by activists, gender ideology and his journey from pro-cancellation to the ‘cancelled’.        

Watch the video version here: www.youtube.com/gspellchecker

                                                                                                                                                                    
0:00 Intro
0:23 How much has Graham’s worldview changed in the last few years?
4:11 What would Graham do if he got his Twitter account back?
5:13 How does he feel about what happened with Mark Meechan/Count Dankula now?
9:07 Why get involved in the trans/gender debate?
16:34 Is it fair to label Graham “anti-transgender”?
21:47 When did Graham realise his career as a comedy writer was in big trouble?
24:18 How can we expect people to speak up when the personal and professional consequences are so huge?
29:05 Why was Graham so critical of comedian Stewart Lee?
37:04 Unisex spaces and safeguarding
40:43 Will those responsible for supporting this harmful ideology be held to account? And the misrepresentation of trans murder stats
44:47 How far has gender ideology spread?
47:47 The controversy over the Canadian teacher with the huge prosthetic breasts…
51:51 Punching down?
54:19 Visits from the police

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Sep 21, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by author and comedian Andrew Doyle (@AndrewDoyle_com). Andrew discusses his latest books ‘The New Puritans: How the Religion of Social Justice Captured The Western World’. Andrew makes a strong case for treating the new ideology of social justice the same way we would any faith-based religion.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

0:00 Intro
0:26 Andrew working for GB News
3:29 ‘The New Puritans’. What is this ideology? How can it be a religion without a god?
7:18 Titania McGrath and the challenge of satire in the current climate
11:42 Has Twitter spilled over into the real world?
15:39 The Salem witch trials hysteria
20:35 Jerry Sadowitz’s show being cancelled at Edinburgh fringe and the decline of mainstream comedy
30:14 Is everyone now being forced to engage in “the culture war”?
32:25 Does the issue of class and economic inequality get overlooked by ‘the new puritans’?
36:25 Does Andrew feel he has been let down by gay rights movements in the current day? And how much harm has gender ideology caused children?
41:55 The treatment and misrepresentation of JK Rowling

Watch the video version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP2wOf3SUkw&t=255s

Support the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/gspellchecker

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Sep 8, 2022

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by screenwriter and renowned author Chris Matheson. Chris Matheson is one of the screenwriters for the popular Bill & Ted movies and the author of several books of comedy fiction. Chris’s late father is Richard Matheson, author of iconic books such as ‘I Am Legend’. In Chris’s latest book, ‘Conversations with the Father’, he explores his relationship with his father, and how they became estranged due to their differences on spirituality and new age beliefs.

0:00 Intro
0:29 Thoughts on Bill & Ted Face The Music
5:19 Why pivot from fiction to writing about your personal relationship with your father?
10:36 Who was the author Richard Matheson?
13:51 Does everyone have unresolved issues with their parents that they need to work through after they have died?
15:59 Were you worried about the possibility of tainting the public perception of Richard Matheson?
17:33 Is it an odd upbringing having a famous father?
18:48 Disdain for Psychics
23:22 Is comedy a coping mechanism?
31:51 What are “new age beliefs”? Why do they annoy you so much?
36:28 Is it harder to find meaning as a non-believer?
43:00 Is there a sense that your father was stolen from you by new age ideology?
46:13 Do you regret arguing with your father about these issues? Would you have done it differently if you could go back?
51:30 The fictional, second half of his book.

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Buy ‘Conversations with the Father’ on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3AqGW6k