Toby Young talks to Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford, about his experience of being mobbed by his colleagues. They discuss what motivates academic outrage mobs and what can be done to defend free speech at British and American universities.
Jonathan Kay talks to Doriane Lambelet Coleman, the 800m-runner-turned-academic, about the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s rejection of Caster Semenya’s appeal. As a result of the decision, Semenya will not be able to compete in women’s middle distance events unless she chemically alters her testosterone level. Doriane Labelet Coleman wrote about the case for Quillette.
Jonathan Kay talks to two poets – Clint Margrave and Timothy Green – about the shunning of fellow poet Frank Sherlock after he confessed to having been in a skinhead band in the 1980s. Clint Margrave recently wrote an article about Frank Sherlock’s public shaming for Quillette.
Toby Young talks to the journalist and broadcaster Claire Fox about being a Brexit Party candidate in the forthcoming European Parliament election. How did a former Communist become a candidate for a populist, right-of-centre party?
Jonathan Kay talks to Coleman Hughes about his latest Quillette article, which concerns an allegedly racist incident at Barnard College. Coleman, who is an undergraduate at Columbia, doesn’t think the Barnard employees involved are guilty of racism.
Jonathan Kay talks to stand-up comedian Jamie Kilstein about leaving the Social Justice Left, having Robin Williams as a patron, being blocked by David Frum, moving to LA, and his new, non-tribal, un-woke podcast. You can listen to Jamie’s stand-up at the Quillette Social in Toronto here and read his Quillette article about leaving the cult here.
Toby Young talks to Sir Roger Scruton, the conservative philosopher, about getting sacked as an advisor to the British Government after making some politically incorrect remarks, and the implications of his defenestration for intellectual freedom more widely.
Jonathan Kay talks to Tyler Cowen, economics professor at George Mason University, about the limits of libertarianism, viewpoint diversity in Washington, D.C., and Marginal Revolution University, his new online education venture.
Toby Young talks to Robert Tombs, Cambridge history professor, about why he supports Brexit, why so many of his colleagues don’t, whether the English intelligentsia’s loathing of their country is a uniquely English characteristic, and what their reaction is likely to be if the United Kingdom does eventually leave the European Union. Robert Tombs is the author of The English and Their History, described by David Frum as “a book for our times that should become the standard text for the century to come,” and co-editor of Briefings For Brexit.
Jonathan Kay talks to Rob Montz, the Washington, D.C.-based documentarian who has made a series of slick, entertaining videos about the free speech crisis engulfing America’s universities. You can see some of Rob’s videos, with some additional commentary from Jon, here.