Brendan O’Neill: A Heretic’s Manifesto

The Reason Interview With Nick Gillespie | 21 June 2023 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Brendan O’Neill about his collection of essays A Heretic’s Manifesto: Essays on the Unsayable. Discusses heated topics such as attacks on J.K. Rowling by trans activists; dismissals of populist moments that gave rise to Brexit, Donald Trump, and Emmanuel Macron; and the refusal by elites to own up to their mistakes related to covid lockdowns.

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Jonathan Rauch on Free Speech

Different Matters | 16 May 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Rauch about his books Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought and The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth. Discusses the importance of social systems that pursue the truth.

See also the Quillette episode.

I am a member of the Free Speech Union, which brought Jonathan Rauch to New Zealand to discuss the importance of academic freedom.

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Reporting From the Frontlines of the Culture Wars

The Michael Shermer Show | 14 May 2024 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nellie Bowles about her book Morning After the Revolution: Dispatches from the Wrong Side of History. Discusses what it’s like to work at The New York Times; what it’s like to found a new media company; same-sex marriage; Liberalism versus Progressivism; the Black Lives Matter, #metoo, and transgender movements; Patrisse Khan-Cullors; White privilege; somatic abolitionism; anti-racism; cancel culture; and more.

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Anna Funder on Stasiland, the US, Australia and Whether Writers Are Like Spies

Lowry Institute | 14 May 2020 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Anna Funder about her book Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall. Discusses the Stasi and East Germany, the differences between the United States and Australia, life in a pandemic – and whether writers are a bit like spies.

This is the first of what will be several posts with the remarkable mind that is Anna Funder.

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Konstantin Kisin – An Immigrant’s Love Letter to the West

American Thought Leaders | 26 July 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Konstantin Kisin about his book An Immigrant’s Love Letter to the West. Contrasts his experience of growing up in the Soviet Union with the self-loathing of the West with regard to race politics, free speech, immigration and more.

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Wesley Yang – The Souls of Yellow Folk

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast | 1 December 2018 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wesley Yang, author of The Souls of Yellow Folk. Describes the cultural invisibility of Asian-Americans: neither black nor white, tasting the frustrations of both, but denied the entitlement of either. Uses the Asian-American experience to explore racial gaslighting and microaggressions, concluding that the cure is more dangerous than the disease. Suggests that the liberal institutions that let us live together in peace are vulnerable to political correctness.

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