In this episode of our Two for Tea podcast, editor-in-chief Iona Italia talks to the indomitable Claire Lehmann of Quillette about the magazine’s place in the intellectual landscape, its biggest controversies, the audience capture of the Intellectual Dark Web and the Australian perspective on world politics. You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes.
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1:20 Introductions. Claire’s background studying forensic psychology and why she left academic life and founded Quillette.
5:12 The psychology of political views.
10:10 Quillette’s place in the political landscape. The publication’s most controversial pieces; Antifa, Ivermectin, the heritability of intelligence.
21:35 What happened to the Intellectual Dark Web?
30.28 The capture of the heterodox sphere by American culture and politics. How and why Australia, the UK and Canada differ from the US.
41:35 Claire’s pushback against the use of Australia’s Covid policies as a political football in the American culture war.
47:22 Quillette’s controversial reporting on the role of genetics and intelligence.
53:52 Claire’s admiration of Camille Paglia and critiques of post-structuralism.
57.12 The positives and negatives of Substack.
1:02:00 Claire’s decision to leave Twitter and how that has benefited her.
1:05:22 Summing up and outro.
Sound engineering by Justin Ward.
Shownotes by Nicola Muir.