100 episodes

The Godless Spellchecker Podcast is an award winning weekly sceptical/atheistic 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. The motto of the show is: "I think we've all learned something here today".

The Godless Spellchecker Podcast Stephen Knight

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 155 Ratings

The Godless Spellchecker Podcast is an award winning weekly sceptical/atheistic 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. The motto of the show is: "I think we've all learned something here today".

    Ep#200 - Andrew Gold Returns - The Psychology of Secrets

    Ep#200 - Andrew Gold Returns - The Psychology of Secrets

    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.
     
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Taking The Myth - May 2024 Edition

    Taking The Myth - May 2024 Edition

    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.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Stephen Knight's Opening Remarks - BattleFest - Antisemitism

    Stephen Knight's Opening Remarks - BattleFest - Antisemitism

    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
     

    • 11 min
    Ep#199 - Louise Distras - Cancelled By The Music Industry

    Ep#199 - Louise Distras - Cancelled By The Music Industry

    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.
     
     

    • 47 min
    Ep#198 - Buck Angel

    Ep#198 - Buck Angel

     
    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.

    • 47 min
    Taking The Myth - December 2023 Edition

    Taking The Myth - December 2023 Edition

    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.
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

urusainaa ,

Not enough episodes

Great show. Too infrequent

emma skewen ,

Late to the party…

Can’t believe only now in June 2021 I’m coming across this podcast. Look forward to listening back.

The Cotswolder ,

Very boring

Stephen doesn't half like the sound of his own voice, man. Yeah, man. Plus he likes protein shakes. He really likes clever people because he thinks if he interviews them and half understands what they say, man, and kinda like repeats some of it back at them, and says he listens to Sam Harris, it'll, like, rub off on him, man.

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