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Quillette Podcast 18 – Former New York public high school teacher Mary Hudson on why the system lets down disadvantaged students

Quillette‘s Jonathan Kay talks to Mary Hudson, a former teacher in New York’s public high school system, about how disadvantaged students are being let down by school leaders and administrators who are afraid to discipline unruly children for fear of being accused of racism. This conversation follows Hudson’s article on the subject for Quillette.

Quillette Podcast 14 – Kat Rosenfield on the mobbing of Amélie Wen Zhao

Canadian editor Jonathan Kay talks to Kat Rosenfield, young-adult author and prolific vlogger and journalist, about Amélie Wen Zhao, a YA writer who’s withdrawn her debut novel Blood Heir after being mobbed for allegedly breaching various politically correct protocols that all YA authors, including people of color, are expected to observe. Kat has written about the affair for Vulture.

Quillette Podcast 12 – Speeches by Claire Lehmann, Jamie Kilstein, Michael Shermer, Jonathan Kay, Christina Hoff Sommers and Toby Young

Listen to highlights from the speeches made at Quillette‘s party in Toronto by Quillette founder Claire Lehmann, stand-up comic Jamie Kilstein, Skeptic editor Michael Shermer, Quillette‘s Canadian editor Jonathan Kay, author and philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers and Quillette‘s associate editor Toby Young. Thanks to Holding Space Films for supplying us with the audio.

Quillette Podcast 10 – Jesse Singal talks about the reaction to his controversial Atlantic story on transgender adolescents

Canadian editor Jonathan Kay talks to Jesse Singal, a New York-based writer, about the reaction to his controversial cover story for The Atlantic about transgender adolescents. Among other things, Singal interviewed a number of adults who have “detransitioned” – had a change of heart about switching genders after undergoing irreversible medical procedures. This provoked accusations of “transphobia” from trans activists, who argued that highlighting these cases would make parents and mental health professionals needlessly sceptical when reacting to children’s self-diagnoses of gender dysphoria and make it more difficult for those children to get medical treatment.

Quillette Podcast 9 – Professor Jeff McMahan talks about co-founding the Journal of Controversial Ideas

Associate editor Toby Young talks to Jeff McMahan, professor of moral philosophy at Oxford and co-founder of the Journal of Controversial Ideas, a new academic periodical in which contributors will be given the option of publishing their papers pseudonymously. Professor McMahan talks about why he believes the journal is needed, how “controversial” ideas will be defined and responds to some of the criticisms that have greeted the idea, both from the Social Justice Left and the liberal centre.