About Lean Out

Lean Out is a current affairs newsletter for people who are fed up with the limited range of perspectives available in the mainstream media. At Lean Out, Canadian journalist Tara Henley highlights unorthodox writers and thinkers from around the world, exploring dissenting views in a weekly interview podcast, a weekly roundup of reading recommendations, and monthly opinion essays.

Lean Out’s editorial ethos affirms open inquiry, curiosity, and respect.

Lean Out covers a diverse range of topics, from liberal feminism and the status of the modern male, to the media, pandemic policy, comedy, free speech, the literary world, and the culture wars. Paid subscribers gain access to our full archives — including weekly podcast transcripts — and can participate in our growing community via the comments section.

Lean Out’s audience spans 150 countries and more than 5,000 cities. Our readership includes politicians, physicians, mechanics, social scientists, doormen, executives, filmmakers, comedians, animators, policy scholars, podcasters, farmers, lawyers, academics, musicians, veterans, novelists, teachers, pastors, and journalists.

Lean Out readers are people with radically different views and political affiliations. What unites all is a desire for free and open debate about the big issues of our age.

About Tara Henley

Tara Henley is a Canadian writer and podcaster, and the author of the national bestseller Lean Out: A Meditation on the Madness of Modern Life. Over the past two decades, her work has appeared on CBC Radio and TV, and in dozens of newspapers and magazines across the country and around the world.

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Tara Henley is a writer and podcaster based in Toronto, and the author of the bestselling book Lean Out.