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FT Weekend

Turn off your email alerts and settle into the weekend. We explore today's culture, big ideas, nuanced questions and what it means to live a good life. Join our host Lilah Raptopoulos every Saturday for inspiring conversations, in-depth storytelling, a bit of escapism and a lot of fun. Brought to you by the award-winning Life & Arts journalists at the Financial Times. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 02.07.2022
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    How to live forever

    This week, we return to one of our favourite episodes to ask the question: what does it mean to defy death? Rock climber Leo Houlding tells us about his terrifying family holidays, scaling vertical cliff-faces with his two young kids. We also explore radical life extension with science writer Anjana Ahuja. How close are we scientifically to extending the human lifespan to 150 or 200? What are the implications when we get there? And do we really want to live forever? Links from the episode: — Leo Houlding’s extreme family holiday in Wyoming’s wild west: https://www.ft.com/content/0bcba30a-bb46-4bc1-8a7d-9166dc43a5e8 — Anjana Ahuja on whether we can live forever: https://www.ft.com/content/60d9271c-ae0a-4d44-8b11-956cd2e484a9 — Inside the life extension market, with Tiffanie Darke: https://www.ft.com/content/867e647b-c0e8-4aeb-9777-fedff7ec3476 Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . If you want a great discount on an FT subscription or a $1/£1/€1 month-long trial, we’ve got you: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor music. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 25.06.2022
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    A Strange Loop, the Tony-winning queer black best new musical

    This week we speak with Michael R. Jackson, playwright of A Strange Loop, which just won the Tony award for Best Musical and Best Book. Jackson is a queer, black writer whose musical is about a queer, black writer writing a musical about a queer, black writer.. Hence the strange, but incredibly entertaining loop. Then, we learn about the dark side of Copenhagen's world-famous fine dining restaurant scene from Imogen West-Knights. Denmark seems to be turning a blind eye to abuses in its hottest – and extremely lucrative – hospitality industry. -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – Imogen’s article ‘Fine dining faces its dark truths in Copenhagen’: https://on.ft.com/3NlO6Mq . – Lilah’s article ‘How far does a chef have to go to be truly good?’: https://www.ft.com/content/246cdc2a-f135-4d3d-9d74-e524e9217699 . – Michael’s musical A Strange Loop is on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. – Imogen is on Twitter @ ImogenWK , and Michael is @ TheLivingMJ . —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 18.06.2022
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    What Warhol’s Marilyn tells us about the art market

    Last month, Andy Warhol's "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" sold for $195mn, making it the second most expensive piece of art to sell at auction, ever. And as prices keep going up, the art market — auction houses, gallerists, dealers, collectors — want to keep it that way. On the heels of a ‘stonking’ art season, we invite two heavy hitters into the studio to walk us through it: arts editor Jan Dalley and art market columnist Melanie Gerlis. Then, Christie's head of 20th- and 21st-century art, Alex Rotter, pulls back the curtain on these record-breaking sales. -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – Melanie’s article ‘Art Basel’s Swiss fair defies gloomy economy with soaring sales’: https://on.ft.com/3QtSagn – Melanie’s auction season roundup: https://on.ft.com/38jn363 – Columnist John Gapper on how ‘The art market cannot get enough Andy Warhol Marilyns’: https://on.ft.com/3O3GeAm – Jan’s most recent art column, on whether we should send art back to Russia: https://on.ft.com/3OeLzF2 – Robert Armstrong’s profile of Larry Gagosian: https://on.ft.com/3IfT0sD – Melanie’s books are called The Art Fair Story and Art as an Investment? – Melanie is on Twitter @ mgerlis , and Alex is on Instagram @ rottweilernyc . —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 11.06.2022
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    The rich interior lives of pigs

    This week, we explore new scientific research behind: pigs! They have far more sentience and complexity than we give them credit for. Chief features writer Henry Mance joins to discuss how pigs and other animals think and feel, and the bigger questions around how we farm and eat them. Then, we look at a New York City architectural phenomenon: skinnyscrapers. Architecture critic Edwin Heathcote tells us about these new, super-thin towers that shoot up more than a quarter of a mile into the sky. How does a city’s architecture reflect its identity? -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – Henry Mance’s article: ‘What cutting-edge science tells us about pigs’: https://on.ft.com/3MEe6Cz – Henry’s book is called How To Love Animals: In A Human-Shaped World – Edwin Heathcote on 111 W 57th and Manhattan’s skinnyscrapers: https://on.ft.com/3aMIehZ – Henry Mance is on Twitter @ henrymance , and Edwin is at @ edwinheathcote . —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 08.06.2022
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    Introducing: Hot Money

    A bonus episode! We’ve just launched a new podcast on porn, power and profit. When FT reporter Patricia Nilsson started digging into the porn industry, she made a shocking discovery: nobody knew who controlled the biggest porn company in the world. Now, she and her editor, Alex Barker, reveal who is behind it and much more. This eight-part investigative podcast reveals the secret history of the adult business and the billionaires and financial institutions who shape it. Brought to you by the Financial Times and Pushkin. To listen to Episode 2, search ‘Hot Money’ wherever you listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 04.06.2022
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    Tina Brown and Simon Schama on the royal family

    This weekend, we're marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a spirited discussion on what’s next for the Windsors. Tina Brown, author The Palace Papers, speaks with historian Simon Schama and HTSI editor Jo Ellison about the state of the royal family. As Britain celebrates 70 years of Elizabeth II on the crown, what will the royal family look like over the next decade? We bring you this conversation from the recent US FT Weekend festival stage. -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – FT interview with Tina Brown, by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson: ‘Nobody is remotely real around royals’ https://on.ft.com/3v19UqW – Tina’s new book is called The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor--the Truth and the Turmoil – Jo is on Twitter @ jellison and Instagram @ jellison22 . Tina is On Twitter @ TinaBrownLM . Simon is on Twitter @ simon_schama . – You can watch the full interview with Tina, Jo and Simon by buying an on-demand pass to the FT Weekend festival: https://usftweekendfestival.live.ft.com/page/2064102/program A few more great FT Weekend pieces on the Jubilee: – Simon Okotie: ‘Why, after all, I will celebrate the Jubilee’ https://on.ft.com/3xfTj3I – Sarfraz Manzoor: ‘A constant Queen for a changing realm’ https://on.ft.com/3zhkooK – Nilanjana Roy: ‘Elizabeth in India: the steel beneath the hats’ https://on.ft.com/38L5P1G —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . If you have an iPhone and want to try FT Edit (eight pieces of journalism a day, handpicked by senior editors, for much less than an FT subscription), search ‘ FT Edit ’ in the App Store. -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 28.05.2022
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    The story of a stolen cookbook. Plus, Elizabeth Strout

    In the 1930s, Alice Urbach wrote a beloved cookbook in Vienna. But during the Holocaust it was stolen: Aryanized, peppered with Nazi ideology and republished under someone else's name. The publisher refused to change it back for more than 85 years. Alice got her intellectual rights restored by her granddaughter Karina Urbach, a historian, who joins us to tell the story. Afterwards, we bring you a conversation with Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, from our recent US FT Weekend festival. She’s in conversation with FT Globetrotter editor Rebecca Rose. -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –FT review of ‘Alice’s Book: How the Nazis stole my Grandmother’s Cookbook’, by Katrina Urbach https://on.ft.com/3z0D8bQ –A recent piece by Elizabeth Strout for the FT Weekend Magazine, on Judith Joy Ross’s photography: https://on.ft.com/3JdFF4U –Watch the whole FT Weekend Festival on demand here (paid): https://usftweekendfestival.live.ft.com/page/2064102/program —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . If you have an iPhone and want to try FT Edit (eight pieces of journalism a day, handpicked by senior editors, for much less than an FT subscription), search ‘ FT Edit ’ in the App Store. -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 21.05.2022
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    Why US abortion rights are under attack

    It’s about to become much harder to find safe abortion care in America, in a country where some states already make it almost impossible. This week, we make sense of what’s happening and how we got here. Lilah speaks with Rhiannon Hamam, a Texas public defender and host of the popular show 5-4 (“a podcast about how much the Supreme Court sucks”) to make sense of Roe vs Wade, the seminal law that is expected to be overturned. Then, we pass the mic to three people providing abortion services in three states that will face some of the biggest changes: Wisconsin, Alabama and Illinois. They tell us what they’re seeing, and how they’re preparing for a post-Roe world. -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – You heard this week from Rhiannon Hamam, co-host of the podcast 5-4. Listen everywhere, or here: https://www.fivefourpod.com . Rhiannon is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AywaRhiannon – Dr. Kristin Lyerly is an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She's on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kristinlyerly?lang=en – Robin Marty is author of ‘The New Handbook for a Post-Roe America’ and operation director of the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa. She recently wrote an op-ed for the FT: https://on.ft.com/3wr0HZK . You can find her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/robinmarty – Marie Khan is director of programs for the Midwest Access Coalition, a practical abortion fund. You can learn more about them at https://midwestaccesscoalition.org/ – Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read: https://www.ft.com/freetoread -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . If you have an iPhone and want to try FT Edit, search ‘FT Edit’ in the app store. -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner. Archival clip courtesy of CBS. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 18.05.2022
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    Behind the Money is back!

    Behind the Money is back with all-new episodes! From hostile takeovers to C-suite intrigue, Behind the Money takes you inside the business and financial stories of the moment with reporting from Financial Times journalists around the world. The podcast returns May 25. You can follow the show now! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 14.05.2022
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    How Shakespeare gave actor Michael Patrick Thornton his life back

    This weekend, Lilah talks to actor Michael Patrick Thornton, who appears in the buzzy new Broadway production of Macbeth. When Michael was 24, he had a series of spinal cord strokes. Reciting Shakespeare's sonnets taught him how to breathe and speak again, and continue his career. Michael is at present the only actor on Broadway who uses a wheelchair. We ask him about the power of language and his role in the play (which also stars Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga). Then, we learn about Britain's top forensic artist from journalist Will Coldwell, and the techniques she uses to catch criminals — which include a jar of strawberry jam. -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – Will’s profile of Melissa Dring, ‘To catch a criminal: what a forensic artist knows about the mind’: https://on.ft.com/3rw0lht – Michael Patrick Thornton’s theatre company, The Gift: https://thegifttheatre.org/ – Macbeth – starring Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga and Michael – is on Broadway’s Longacre Theatre until July 10 – Michael is on Twitter @ ThorntonMPT , and Will is on Twitter at @ Will_Coldwell – Select coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read at https://www.ft.com/freetoread —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . If you have an iPhone and want to try FT Edit (eight pieces of journalism a day, handpicked by senior editors, for much less than an FT subscription), search ‘ FT Edit ’ in the App Store. -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 07.05.2022
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    'Everything Everywhere All at Once' with Daniels

    This week, Lilah interviews Everything Everywhere All at Once directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, also known as Daniels. Their film, starring Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis, has received rave reviews for successfully combining genres from indie comedy to sci-fi to kung fu. Then our colleagues Leo Lewis and Eri Sugiura join us from Tokyo to explain Japan's succession crisis. Small and medium-sized companies employ 80 per cent of people in the country, but many owners’ children do not want to inherit the family business. -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Everything Everywhere All At Once is out now in the US. It will be released in the UK on Friday 13th May. The trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxN1T1uxQ2g – You can follow Daniels on Twitter @daniels. –Leo and Eri’s FT Magazine piece, ‘The pervasive succession crisis threatening Japan’s economy’: https://www.ft.com/content/dc5c19f7-5f4b-4bf5-809a-f46859fb5c39 –Leo Lewis’ piece on Japan’s ageing population and the plunging yen: https://www.ft.com/content/c18281da-3036-4b50-9757-334ad3a82620 –Eri Sugiura on Kyoto’s empty house tax, a story she broke in February about how Japan is dealing with a declining population https://www.ft.com/content/9b87824b-f9a2-4098-8f59-345e174ec736 – Leo is on Twitter at @Urbandirt, and Eri is at @SugiuraEri. –Select coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read at https://www.ft.com/freetoread —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 30.04.2022
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    Morality in the Twitter era. Plus: China’s language revolution

    This weekend, we think about morality in the age of social media. According to writer Dan Brooks, we're great at pointing out where good is missing, but we’ve forgotten how to be good people. Then, Yale professor Jing Tsu tells us the story of how China standardised its complex language of 80,000 characters into something that could fit on a keyboard. It wasn’t easy, but it helped make the country the global digital superpower that it is today. -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – Dan Brooks’ FT Magazine piece, ‘What we need now that social media has fully weaponized morality’: https://on.ft.com/3LyIE9c –The dreaded tweet that inspired Dan’s piece: https://twitter.com/mimismartypants/status/1498332885362823170 –Jing’s book is called Kingdom of Characters. The FT’s review is here: https://on.ft.com/3nJqzey –Jing’s 2020 piece for the FT, ‘Why sci-fi could be the secret weapon in China’s soft-power arsenal’: https://on.ft.com/3y2WbBF –Dan Brooks is on Twitter @dangerbrooks , and Jing Tsu is at @tsu_jing . –Tech Tonic Season 3, about the US/China tech race, is available now. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or at https://www.ft.com/tech-tonic –Select coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read at https://www.ft.com/freetoread —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC! To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 50% off. -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Tommy Bazarian. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 23.04.2022
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    The good life, with chefs Daniel Humm and Alice Waters

    This weekend we’re returning to the first-ever episode of the FT Weekend podcast, from September. Lilah talks to Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm and Chez Panisse’s legendary Alice Waters to discover how the world’s top chefs are finding purpose beyond their restaurants. Humm created a buzz in May when he announced that his world-famous restaurant would be going entirely plant-based. Has that risk paid off? And what does it mean to do good as a chef? Plus: the FT’s design critic Edwin Heathcote gives us a tour of the world’s most vengeful architecture, and reporter Madison Darbyshire shares tips for how to furnish your home with old things. Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . —---------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC! To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 50% off. -------------- Links from the episode Lilah’s piece on chefs: https://www.ft.com/content/246cdc2a-f135-4d3d-9d74-e524e9217699 Edwin on the architecture of spite: https://www.ft.com/content/1161fbbe-5ae1-4328-bf59-dcd8b1d6564f Madison’s masterclass in flea-market chic: https://www.ft.com/content/6c8bf8a2-ddee-11e9-9743-db5a370481bc Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 16.04.2022
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    The story behind one of reggae’s most sampled songs

    This week, we bring our classic Life of a Song series to your ears, with the dramatic story behind 'Bam Bam', Sister Nancy's reggae dancehall classic. Despite being one of the most sampled reggae tracks of all time, it didn't make Sister Nancy a penny for more than 30 years, Alice Kemp-Habib tells us. Then, undercover economist Tim Harford teaches us how to think about failure. What can we learn from an early 2000s Broadway flop that went on to win a Tony award? -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Life of a Song, ‘Bam Bam – said to be the most sampled reggae track of all time’: https://ig.ft.com/life-of-a-song/bam-bam.html –To learn more about reggae and dancehall music, Alice recommends Inna de Yard: Soul of Jamaica (2019) directed by Peter Webber. Here’s the Spotify playlist –Tim’s podcast is called Cautionary Tales. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or at https://www.pushkin.fm/show/cautionary-tales/ –Tim’s latest Undercover Economist column for FT Magazine, ‘The lesson humble sea urchins offer about resilience’: https://on.ft.com/3Ectq6S –Volumes 1 and 2 of The Life of A Song: The fascinating stories behind 50 of the world’s best loved songs are available in bookshops . A paperback of both volumes together will be out in August. –Alice is on Twitter at ​​ @Alice_Khabib . Tim is on Twitter at @TimHarford . –Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read at https://www.ft.com/freetoread —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC! To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 50% off. -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner. Clips from: ”Bam Bam," courtesy Observer Music ”Le’ts Go to Zion," courtesy Studio One Records ”Zungguzungguguzungguzeng," courtesy Greensleeves Records “Revolution," courtesy VP Records “Tear Off Mi Garment," courtesy UMG Recordings “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” courtesy BMG Music Entertainment See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 09.04.2022
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    How Cameo is changing celebrity. Plus: designing your home

    This weekend, we delve into the world of celebrity via the app Cameo. What does it mean that we can now pay celebrities to send us personalised video greetings? And how has our interaction with famous people shifted over the last decade? Lilah talks to gaming critic Tom Faber about the ethics and absurdities of fame in 2022. Then, interior design columnist Luke Edward Hall gives us his top tips on making your home really feel like yours. -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Tom Faber on Cameo: https://on.ft.com/3FIF7kF –Luke Edward Hall on the magic of your own murals: https://on.ft.com/3jjN4UY –Luke’s five design principals: https://on.ft.com/2OZGXcH –Luke Edward Hall is on Instagram at @lukeedwardhall , and Tom Faber is on Twitter at @_TomFaber –Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read: https://www.ft.com/freetoread —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast . If you have an iPhone and want to try FT Edit, search ‘FT Edit’ in the app store. -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC. To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 10% off. -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 08.04.2022
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    Introducing Tech Tonic: The US/China Tech Race

    A new six-part series of Tech Tonic brings you stories from the frontlines of the battle between the US and China for global technological supremacy. At stake is the future of technologies that will shape all our lives, from the way the internet is used to the way we govern our societies. Join the FT’s Global China Editor James Kynge as he charts China’s dramatic transformation into a global tech superpower, sparking rivalry with the US over who controls our technological future. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 02.04.2022
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    Poet Maria Stepanova. Plus: Inside the FT newsroom

    This week, guest host Marc Filippino discusses the FT's war coverage in Ukraine with our Editor, Roula Khalaf. How does a news organisation make decisions during wartime? Then Marc talks with Maria Stepanova, author of In Memory of Memory, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize last year. Maria tells us why so many intellectuals are leaving Russia and what it’s like to be Russian and against the war. —------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC. To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 10% off. -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read: https://www.ft.com/content/77ab8dcf-cb02-4e57-aff0-85c8a84f5a1f -In late March the FT published an exchange on NATO’s red lines between our Chief Economics Commentator Martin Wolf and Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator Gideon Rachman: https://www.ft.com/content/7640ea89-cc1f-4e41-a64f-95e88de19454 –Maria Stepanova, ‘The War of Putin’s Imagination’: https://www.ft.com/content/c2797437-5d3f-466a-bc63-2a1725aa57a5 –Maria’s International Booker Prize shortlisted novel is called ‘In Memory of Memory.’ Here’s a quick review we ran when it first appeared in English: https://www.ft.com/content/bad0513d-f67c-4e0e-9b2d-962040fa6422 –This weekend’s FT Magazine cover story, ‘21 days in Ukraine: a diary’: https://www.ft.com/content/391232c8-b05c-480f-a189-4e9e21d1bd4a#comments-anchor –You can also keep up with FT coverage by following @financialtimes on Instagram and Twitter. –Marc Fillipino is on Twitter at @mfilippino and hosts the FT News Briefing. You can listen at the following link, or by searching for ‘FT News Briefing’ wherever you get your podcasts: https://www.ft.com/ft-news-briefing -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Garrett Tiedemann. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 26.03.2022
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    Art in times of war, plus: Anish Kapoor

    This weekend, guest host Taylor Nicole Rogers talks to Ukrainian filmmaker Iryna Tsylik, director of the documentary The Earth is Blue as an Orange. It won a major directing award at Sundance in 2020 and has now become one of the films being used to explain the current war in Ukraine around the world. The film was shot in 2017 in a disputed area of eastern Ukraine, and focuses on a family making home movies during the conflict. Iryna reflects on the power of art now that she’s had to flee her own home. Then we hear from Louis Wise, who recently interviewed the sculptor Anish Kapoor about his grand plans for this year's Venice Biennale. -------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at ftwe[email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC. To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 10% off. -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read: https://www.ft.com/content/77ab8dcf-cb02-4e57-aff0-85c8a84f5a1f –Iryna Tsylik’s documentary, ‘The Earth is Blue as an Orange’ https://www.sundance.org/projects/the-earth-is-blue-as-an-orange – Iryna writes public updates using her Facebook account here: https://www.facebook.com/ira.tsilyk You can also keep up with FT coverage by following @financialtimes on Instagram and Twitter. –Louis Wise on Anish Kapoor: https://www.ft.com/content/6a371cb7-9042-4f6f-8cc3-5a7f0f8444ad –Louis is on Instagram @louisquinze –Jan Dalley, ‘Is it right to cancel Russian artists?’ https://www.ft.com/content/c5b1a01a-dc5b-41a6-a941-2480d2123fe9 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 19.03.2022
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    This is how Russia weaponizes disinformation

    This weekend, we discuss the power of disinformation, and how Russia has been using it in Ukraine. We are joined by Natalia Antelava, who has reported in Ukraine and Eastern Europe for years. Natalia is editor-in-chief of the popular news website called Coda Story, which focuses on global digital crises, and has been closely covering Putin’s disinformation machine in Ukraine and beyond. We step back and examine the narratives Russia has used since 2014 to confuse, distort, and spread lies. -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . —-------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read: https://www.ft.com/content/77ab8dcf-cb02-4e57-aff0-85c8a84f5a1f –Coda Story, Natalia’s news website: https://www.codastory.com/ -Coda’s Disinformation Matters newsletter: https://www.codastory.com/newsletters/disinfo-matters-newsletters/ – Natalia is on Twitter @antelava . You can also keep up with FT coverage by following @financialtimes on Instagram and Twitter. -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC. To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 10% off. —------ Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner Clips this week from Euronews, CNN and the BBC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 12.03.2022
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    Understanding Ukraine’s identity. Plus, the Oscars

    This weekend, we speak with Ukrainian journalist Olga Tokariuk, who is currently in western Ukraine. Olga reflects on how Ukrainians forged the resolve they are showing now in the fight against Russia. She shares how Ukraine’s identity has shifted and strengthened over the past 30 years since its independence, especially in the seven years since the Maidan revolution. Then, FT film critic Danny Leigh joins us to discuss this year's Oscars nominees, from ‘Power of the Dog’ to ‘Don't Look Up’. With a drop in viewership over the years, it seems the Academy is scrambling to make us care. But should we? Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC. To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 10% off. -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read: https://www.ft.com/content/77ab8dcf-cb02-4e57-aff0-85c8a84f5a1f –Olga is on Twitter @olgatokariuk. You can also keep up with FT coverage by following @financialtimes on Instagram and Twitter. –Mary Elise Sarotte on Ukraine’s history since 1991: https://www.ft.com/content/742f15fc-675a-4622-b022-cbec444651cf –Danny’s roundup of this year’s Oscars nominees: https://www.ft.com/content/d9000eb2-11ec-40af-aa8f-2e5f654bde4e –Danny’s review of Power of the Dog: https://www.ft.com/content/8f2af17e-cad5-4fc6-9ea7-68e5402dda5d –Lilah made a Hark list of some of our favorite moments from the show so far, which you can listen to here https://short.harkaudio.com/3pwwAMH -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Hannis Brown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 05.03.2022
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    The stories we tell, with Elif Shafak

    This week we bring you one of the most popular episodes from our archive: a conversation with Elif Shafak, the most widely read woman novelist in Turkey. She and Lilah discuss national identity, the generational pain of conflict, and writing in countries that don't have freedom of speech. This conversation feels especially poignant today, as the war in Ukraine becomes even more devastating. This episode also features columnist Enuma Okoro on loving our cities, and economist Tim Harford on feeling less pressure to get everything done. We’ll be back with a new episode, on the cultural side of the war in Ukraine, next week. -------------- We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Special offers for FT Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Links from the episode: ––Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read: https://www.ft.com/freetoread . You can also keep up with FT coverage by following @financialtimes on Instagram and Twitter . —Enuma Okoro’s love letter to New York City: https://www.ft.com/content/e2507d84-9a12-4755-a9c7-41c9ea116947 —Lilah’s piece about visiting Armenia: https://www.ft.com/content/2e2f38b0-e7a1-11e8-8a85-04b8afea6ea3 —Review of Elif Shafak’s novel, The Island of Missing Trees: https://www.ft.com/content/1a064a06-bd19-43c7-8237-38931853d0e2 —Tim Harford on to-do lists: https://www.ft.com/content/06ffe40d-fdcc-4be8-b536-810cedce7ed1 —Oliver Burkeman on how not to waste your life (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/dd0d477b-c1f7-4d74-af68-c1ef1692566c -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC. To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 10% off. -------------- Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 26.02.2022
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    The international mystery of the 'Hum'

    Russia has invaded Ukraine. We begin this episode with a visit from FT Weekend editor Alec Russell, a week after he joined us to discuss his years covering the fall of communism in eastern Europe. How can we make sense of this? Then, we go searching for the Hum, a mysterious noise that has plagued the residents of Halifax, West Yorkshire. It’s an uncomfortable, low-frequency sound that has also been heard in towns across the world, from New Mexico to Ontario to Scotland. The FT's Imogen West-Knights tells us that it's mostly heard by middle-aged women. So is it a real noise, an imaginary illness, or both? -------------- Special offers for Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial are here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We are on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- The first US FT Weekend Festival is on Saturday, May 7 in Washington, DC. To attend virtually or in person, buy tickets at http://ft.weekendfestival.com – use the discount code FTFriends2022 for 10% off. -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Imogen West Knights on the mystery of the hum: https://on.ft.com/3pe43ve –The FT’s key coverage on the war in Ukraine is free to read: http://ft.com/freetoread – Here’s the piece Alec mentioned, ‘The road to war: how Putin wrote the requiem for peace’, by Mary Sarotte: https://on.ft.com/3HqSO8F – Alec’s lunch with Lea Ypi: https://on.ft.com/3GHmi1J –Alec is on Twitter at @AlecuRussell , and Imogen is on Twitter @ImogenWK –Rob Armstrong’s profile of Larry Gagosian: https://on.ft.com/3ImMiBr -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing, sound design and sleuthing by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 19.02.2022
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    Lea Ypi talks capitalism and freedom

    This weekend, FT Weekend editor Alec Russell brings us to Albania for Lunch with the FT. He sits down with writer Lea Ypi, whose memoir ‘Free’ documents her childhood there, both under communism and after its fall. Ypi, a political theorist at the London School of Economics asks: does capitalism make us free? Plus: European tech correspondent Madhumita Murgia explores how science fiction shapes our attitudes towards the future, and how that translates across different cultures. -------------- Do you want to read the Financial Times? We have special discounts for listeners here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Exciting news! Lea Ypi will be speaking at the first FT Weekend Festival to be hosted in the US. To attend (virtually or in person) go to http://ft.weekendfestival.com – with 10% off using the discount code FTFriends2022. It’s on Saturday May 7th at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Alec Russell’s Lunch with Lea Ypi: https://on.ft.com/3GHmi1J –FT review of Lea Ypi’s memoir Free: https://www.ft.com/content/b5455f0f-33a9-480e-9027-6884cc25faa4 –Madhu on how science fiction shapes our attitudes to the future: https://www.ft.com/content/2f35be37-9da8-4cf6-89b2-8488b36c5a63 –Madhu recommends the book Exhalation by Ted Chiang –Chen Qiufan’s latest book is caled AI2041: Ten Visions for ur Future, co-authored with Kai-Fu Lee – This weekend’s Lunch with the FT, with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas: https://www.ft.com/content/098ba985-1284-46c6-9abe-f626fa9e47f0 – Lunch with the Financial Times, edited by Lionel Barber, a selection of classic lunches: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/309/309448/lunch-with-the-ft/9780241400685.html Alec is on Twitter at @AlecuRussell, and Madhu is at @madhumita29. "Long Live Enver Hoxha!" copyright Believe Music and UMPG Publishing. "Astroboy" Copyright Tezuka Productions Co. Clip: AP Archive -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 12.02.2022
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    Will Silicon Valley ruin Miami?

    Miami is hot right now. In the pandemic, more people moved to Florida than to any other state by a long shot. Chief among them were the tech elite, who have made Miami—one of America’s most diverse cities—their next big conquest. But what happens when Silicon Valley falls in love with a place with such a singular culture? Will a new tech migration help Miami, or hurt it? We go to Miami with writer Joel Stein to meet the people investing in 'Miami 2.0', from A-Rod to Mayor Francis Suarez to its newest residents. We also hear from Miamians who have lived there for decades. -------------- Do you want to read the Financial Times? We have special discounts for listeners here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- To attend the first US FT Weekend Festival in the US (virtually or in person) go to http://ft.weekendfestival.com – with 10% off using the discount code FTFriends2022. It’s on May 7th at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Joel Stein on how Miami became the most important city in America: https://on.ft.com/3LsiMfy –Alec Russell’s Lunch with Lea Ypi (ahead of next week’s episode): https://on.ft.com/3GHmi1J –Joel Stein is on Twitter at @thejoelstein -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. "Miami" by Will Smith. Copyright Sony Music Entertainment See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 05.02.2022
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    Does Peloton trick us into working out?

    This weekend, we look at the Peloton phenomenon. Is it a failing fitness cult or a lasting way to stay healthy? Lilah and San Francisco correspondent Patrick McGee explore the behavioural science behind why we don’t exercise and the tech that tricks our brains into doing it anyway. Then, management editor Andrew Hill tells us why so many bad business books exist at the airport, and what makes a good one -------------- If you want to explore the FT, use this link for special discounts for listeners: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Patrick McGee on how connected fitness became the new obsession: https://on.ft.com/32YplFd –Andrew Hill: ‘Pulp non-fiction: the worst business books of 2022’: https://on.ft.com/34ao7Hz –All the winners and shortlisted books for FT and McKinsey's best business books of the year award https://ig.ft.com/sites/business-book-award/ –If you want to read more about the culture of Peloton, here’s ‘This is your brain on Peloton’, by Amanda Hess (NYT): https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/arts/peloton-cody-rigsby-content.html –Anne Helen Peterson is the unofficial internet scholar on Peloton celebrity: https://annehelen.substack.com/p/towards-a-unified-theory-of-peloton -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 29.01.2022
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    Treasure hunting on the Thames, with Jo Ellison

    This week, we look at two things that connect us to human history. First, How To Spend It editor Jo Ellison takes us mudlarking — sifting through low tide for treasure — to find remnants of ordinary life from hundreds of years ago. Licensed mudlark Lara Maiklem teaches us how. Then we explore the staying power of games: why do we love them? Why have we been playing some for more than 7,000 years? Our gaming critic Tom Faber joins us to discuss. -------------- If you want to explore the FT, use this link for special discounts for listeners: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – This week’s How To Spend It cover story and photoshoot: ‘Tide and seek: the hidden treasures of low tide’ https://www.ft.com/content/44a1a5be-d0de-4a5a-a02b-1386e0b7c84f –Lara Maiklem’s books are called ‘Mudlarking’ and ‘A Field Guide to Mudlarking’ –Last time Jo went mudlarking was with jeweller Ruth Tomlinson for this November 2021 article: ‘Why I’m throwing my jewellery into the Thames’: https://www.ft.com/content/aacc19ef-d397-4c15-b943-a029a4954ca1 –A great piece Lilah recommends on mudlarking by novelist Daniel Wallace: https://gardenandgun.com/feature/daniel-wallace-explores-the-art-of-mudlarking/ –Tom Faber on the transformative power of games: https://www.ft.com/content/c2f8b5b6-1f30-48cc-a098-71484ded9a00 –Tom also wrote a great piece this week about the Cameo app and celebrity culture: https://on.ft.com/3FIF7kF -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 22.01.2022
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    Pati Jinich and Gillian Tett on food, culture and power

    This weekend, we look at our culture through new lenses. First, we go to Mexico. Lilah speaks to James Beard Award-winning chef Pati Jinich about how diplomacy is sometimes better achieved through the language of food. Then, anthropologist and FT columnist Gillian Tett looks at social phenomena through the lens of anthropology – from crypto to how tastemakers decide what is 'cool'. Gillian has a PhD in social anthropology and recently published a book called ‘Anthro-Vision’. -------------- If you want to explore the FT, use this link for special discounts for listeners: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Pati’s cookbook is called ‘Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets’ –Pati’s show, ‘Pati’s Mexican Table’ is on PBS, with some episodes on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BETE1-6Pzrk –La Frontera is on PBS: https://www.pbs.org/show/la-frontera-pati-jinich/ –Salsa Matcha with pistachios, walnuts and pine nuts: https://patijinich.com/salsa-macha-with-pistachios-walnuts-and-pine-nuts/ –Gillian Tett’s book is called ‘Anthro-Vision’. FT review: https://www.ft.com/content/65d66cf7-f793-4531-9b82-1b54b70bbd21 – Gillian’s latest column: ‘A year on, we haven’t absorbed the lessons of the Gamestop saga’ (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/8bbd2ef9-41fe-4dfa-8f02-28b3f3dac200 -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 15.01.2022
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    Tracey Emin: ‘I want to be a happy ghost’

    This week, we’ve got two GOATs – that’s Greatests Of All Time. Legendary artist Tracey Emin is starting an art school and studio compound in Margate, England, the seaside town where she grew up. On the week of her winning the Whitechapel Art Icon Award, we speak to Emin about the legacy she’s building and examine the work that came before, from scandalous installations like “My Bed” to her more contemplative work. Then, the FT’s wine columnist Jancis Robinson teaches us about the world of wine. Robinson was the first non-winemaker to receive the title of Master of Wine from the Institute of Masters of Wine, the world’s most prestigious wine organisation. -------------- Looking for a discount on an FT subscription? Use this link for special offers specifically for listeners of the show: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – Louis Wise’s interview with Tracey Emin for How To Spend It: https://www.ft.com/content/ffd55216-7751-43d3-9ad8-f495cb08d7c7 –Tracey Emin’s video “Why I Never Became a Dancer” (1995): https://www.artforum.com/video/tracey-emin-why-i-never-became-a-dancer-1995-49262 –A free online exhibition of Emin's video works between 1995 and 2017 (Xavier Hufkens): https://www.xavierhufkens.com/exhibitions/video-works-1995-2017 –Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course (Youtube, 1995): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNahwe1nPHc&list=PL0smQshvSba5YYij7-R1HM-HT04woET9A –Jancis’ latest column, “Bargain Burgundy”: https://www.ft.com/content/c59f4150-b431-4202-b7f3-60fab84ac4fb –Jancis on the truth about the wine world and diversity (no paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/3dc097fc-dbd8-4248-82e6-69d5acc1b169 -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 08.01.2022
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    Happily ever after? Disney in the 21st century

    Happy New Year! Our first episode of 2022 is dedicated to one of the world’s most powerful cultural forces: Disney. What happens when a company with that much influence just keeps growing? We visit Disneyland for a rare interview with CEO Bob Chapek, with FT reporters Chris Grimes and Anna Nicolaou. We explore where Disney Plus fits into the digital streaming wars. And Lilah speaks with a Disney expert, Sabrina Mittermeier, about how the company is reckoning with its prejudices 100 years into its history. -------------- If you want a great offer on an FT subscription specifically for listeners, use this link: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: – Chris and Anna’s profile of Bob Chapek, Disney CEO: https://www.ft.com/content/69e1cc1e-9c64-4000-b47f-a7e448107a5b – And their follow-up on the streaming wars: ​​https://www.ft.com/content/ae756fda-4c27-4732-89af-cb6903f2ab40 – Dr. Sabrina Mittermeier’s book, A Culture History of the Disneyland Theme Parks: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/C/bo70345519.html –Follow Anna Nicolaou on Twitter @ annaknicolaou –Follow Chris Grimes on Twitter @ grimes_ce -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 18.12.2021
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    Predictions for 2022: Britney, flip phones and the metaverse

    It's our final episode of 2021, and we are marking the end of one unpredictable year and the start of another. What do you think will happen in 2022? Matt Vella, FT Weekend Magazine editor, joins Lilah to discuss listeners’ cultural predictions. A lot of them had an air of nostalgia: Will Britney make a documentary about her life? Will flip phones make a comeback? Then, our pop critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney teaches us the art of the perfect holiday playlist. -------------- If you want a great offer on an FT subscription specifically for listeners (and not a bad Christmas gift!) use this link: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Thank you for listening to the show this year. We’ll be back on January 8! What culture will you be reading, watching, listening to during the holidays? Say hi and let us know! Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Two books by the late, great bell hooks: The Will to Change, and All About Love –The FT’s Christmas roundup-(the complete guide to eating, drinking, giving and self-caring your way to a very merry holiday this year): https://www.ft.com/content/3d6c80dd-dbc3-4e0e-939f-b917aa401dfc Here are Ludo’s reviews of his favourite albums of the year (all free to read): –The Weather Station: Ignorance https://www.ft.com/content/57aef341-cce1-4816-9939-3c71a3fe5edf –Nation of Language: A Way Forward https://www.ft.com/content/ed7f3da8-d033-4ca0-90c7-1b7e4b425a19 –Pharoah Sanders, Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra: Promises https://www.ft.com/content/c00c0655-013d-4d3b-8c7c-bf7dea47c1fc -------------- Thank you to everyone who shared your notes, including: Andrei Berghianu from Romania, Olga Sihmane from Stockholm, Ashley Harris from Brooklyn, Lily Bland, Roger Ralph, Manish Prayaga, Helen Beedham, April from Los Angeles and so many more. -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 11.12.2021
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    A trip to our secret book vault. Plus: the best books of 2021

    This weekend, we’re going behind the scenes of the FT’s legendary Books of the Year roundup. Literary editor Frederick Studemann and deputy books editor Laura Battle take us into a secret room in the basement of the FT, where all the books sent in for review are kept behind lock and key. You’ll leave this episode with a lot on your reading list, including recommendations from editor Roula Khalaf, FT weekend editor Alec Russell, chief economics commentator Martin Wolf and more. -------------- If you want a $1 trial or 50% off a digital subscription, go to http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------- Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . -------------- We want your cultural predictions, wishes, or questions for 2022! Share them with Lilah and FT Magazine editor Matt Vella by Sunday, December 12. Open your phone’s voice memo app, get close to the mic and say your name, location and your thoughts, then email it to [email protected] . You can write to us, too. But you’ll sound great on tape, we promise. -------------- Links and mentions from the episode: –Roula Khalaf recommends Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe –Pilita Clark recommends The Hydrogen Revolution by Marco Alvira and How to Blow Up a Pipeline by Andreas Malm. Her whole climate list: https://on.ft.com/3DFcYLr –Alec Russell recommends Sentient by Jackie Higgins and Free by Lea Ypi –Edwin Heathcote recommends Public House: A Cultural and Social History of the London Pub. His whole architecture and design list: https://www.ft.com/content/37545da9-7142-408b-a0bb-e458079ebd53 –One of Edwin’s favorite books of the past few years is Sandfuture by Justin Beal. Here’s his review (free to read): https://www.ft.com/content/91a35024-4e41-4325-81ca-2373321ae4ff –Fred Studemann recommends Notes from Deep Time by Helen Gordon, The Passenger by Ulrich Boschwitz and Just the Plague by Lyudmila Ulitskaya –Laura Battle recommends Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen, Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan, and the audiobook of Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Her whole fiction list: https://www.ft.com/content/7a881a03-2462-459e-930c-f526e4e54449 –Martin Wolf’s economics list: https://www.ft.com/content/25ca2b59-8047-4f9b-bf99-e7f7c15d8d51 –Explore the whole Books of the Year package: https://www.ft.com/booksof2021 Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 08.12.2021
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    Seeing Princess Diana, with ‘Spencer’ director Pablo Larraín

    Do we need another Princess Diana film? Maybe we do, actually. This weekend, we’re talking about new ways to see old things. Lilah speaks with director Pablo Larraín, who our film critic calls ‘one of the most consistently interesting directors in cinema today’. He explains the creative process behind his new film Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Diana. Then, we ask the question: what is up with the House of Lords? The FT’s political editor George Parker explains why one of the world’s most prominent democracies has an entirely unelected house of legislature, with some seats passed down hereditarily to eldest sons. --------------------- We want your cultural predictions, wishes, or questions for 2022! Share them with Lilah and FT Magazine editor Matt Vella by December 12. Here’s what to do: Open the voice memo app on your phone. Get close to the mic and say your name, where you’re from and your prediction, then email it to [email protected] . You can write to us, too. But you’re going to sound great on tape, we promise. --------------------- Go to http://ft.com/weekendpodcast for a special discount on an FT subscription! --------------------- Links from the episode: –Film critic Danny Leigh’s interview with Pablo Larraín: https://www.ft.com/content/87efb3c2-82ee-11ea-b6e9-a94cffd1d9bf –Spencer review: https://www.ft.com/content/e05684d2-9161-4fdd-94cf-7d8f4576ffaa –George Parker on the House of Lords: https://www.ft.com/content/d5aebb99-0316-41a9-b19a-505713e4fb41 –Last year’s predictions — forecasting the world in 2021: https://www.ft.com/content/cbfe6821-c70b-4e4d-977b-979bfe929fd3 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 08.12.2021
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    Eat, drink and be merry

    What do you think of when you hear the words ‘British food’? This week, to celebrate the FT Weekend Magazine’s food and drink holiday special, we’re digging in. Food critic Tim Hayward praises modern British cuisine and challenges his compatriots to be proud of their food culture. Our team visits one of the last standing eel and pie shops in London to explore how culinary traditions survive. Then, Lilah learns a great holiday cocktail from one of Brooklyn’s best mixologists, Shannon Mustipher, author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails and the first African-American bartender to write a cocktail recipe book in 100 years. If you want a great discount on an FT subscription or a $1 month-long trial, go here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast -------------------------- Links from the episode: — Tim Hayward on how Britain overcame its culinary cringe: https://www.ft.com/content/5e718d4e-140f-4991-9dd1-2779d64732c5 — Tim in this weekend’s Magazine Food and Drink Special, about the merry hell of Christmas: https://www.ft.com/content/fb718958-a556-42bb-9ac9-33b394f8fc52 — The 25 best hotel bars in the world, including Lilah’s recommendation: https://www.ft.com/content/a51b0215-344e-4aa0-b3b4-c5a78ddd8299 — Shannon Mustipher’s book, Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails: https://www.rizzoliusa.com/book/9780789335548/ — You can explore the whole magazine issue here: https://www.ft.com/magazine Shannon’s cocktail: Tha God’s Honest Truth, inspired by El Diablo 1.75 oz Casa Dragones Tequila Blanco, 1 oz Ginger Beer (with low sugar content, like Fever-Tree), .75 oz Hisbiscus Syrup, .75 lemon Juice. Combine all but ginger beer in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Collins glass. Tip off with ginger beer, garnish with a lime wheel, then serve. Sorrel (Hisbiscus) Syrup 500 ml water, 500 ml sugar, 2 -3 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cloves. In a saucepan, toast the cinnamon and cloves for 2 minutes, until aromas are released. Add the water and bring to a soft boil (don’t over-boil). Add the sugar, reduce to a low simmer and whisk briskly to dissolve. Add ¾ cup dried hibiscus and simmer for 30-45 minutes, until desired flavor extraction is achieved. To serve: Strain out the solids and chill prior to use. -------------------------- Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 08.12.2021
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    The art of conversation, with Ruby Wax

    This weekend, we talk about conversation. Columnist Enuma Okoro explores what makes certain conversations feel good. Lilah and US Managing Editor Peter Spiegel chase the mystery of who actually wrote the US constitution along with esteemed historian William Ewald. And Ruby Wax, the iconic celebrity interviewer of the 90s, tells us how she got stars good and bad—from the members of the Spice Girls to Bill Cosby—to open up and show us who they really are. Links from the episode: — The FT’s best books of 2021 (paywall): https://www.ft.com/booksof2021 — Enuma Okoro on the art of conversation: https://www.ft.com/content/7ea1d669-a490-418e-a4a0-5aa04175657a — Watch Lilah’s full conversation with Ruby Wax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E317YWBFyws — Watch a lecture by UPenn law and philosophy professor William Ewald, on forgotten founding father James Wilson: https://vimeo.com/521928817 — Ewald’s published articles about Wilson: https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/do/search/?q=author_lname%3A%22Ewald%22%20AND%20author_fname%3A%22William%22 Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . If you want a great discount on an FT subscription or a $1/£1/€1 month-long trial, we’ve got you: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor music. ‘Yankee Doodle’ was performed by Carrie Rehkopf. Clips of Ruby Wax are from BBC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 13.11.2021
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    How to live forever

    This weekend, we ask the question: what does it mean to defy death? Rock climber Leo Houlding tells us about his terrifying family holidays, scaling vertical cliff-faces with his two young kids. We also explore radical life extension with science writer Anjana Ahuja. How close are we scientifically to extending the human lifespan to 150 or 200? What are the implications when we get there? And do we really want to live forever? PLUS: inside the luxury life extension market, with How to Spend it writer Tiffanie Darke. Links from the episode: — Leo Houlding’s extreme family holiday in Wyoming’s wild west: https://www.ft.com/content/0bcba30a-bb46-4bc1-8a7d-9166dc43a5e8 — Anjana Ahuja on whether we can live forever: https://www.ft.com/content/60d9271c-ae0a-4d44-8b11-956cd2e484a9 — Inside the life extension market, with Tiffanie Darke: https://www.ft.com/content/867e647b-c0e8-4aeb-9777-fedff7ec3476 Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . If you want a great discount on an FT subscription or a $1/£1/€1 month-long trial, we’ve got you: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 06.11.2021
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    Comfort food, with Danny Meyer

    This weekend, we talk about food and home. Lilah has lunch with restaurateur Danny Meyer, chief executive of Union Square Hospitality Group, known for the likes of Gramercy Tavern and the $3bn Shake Shack empire. They eat at his favourite classic New York restaurant, Sparks Steakhouse, where Meyer found an unlikely mentor in his early years. What makes a restaurant an institution? We also visit the historic province of Shanxi, China, to learn about its legendary noodle arts. Listener Zhiwei Guo and award-winning FT food writer Fuchsia Dunlop take us there. Links from the episode: —Fuchsia Dunlop on the noodles of Shanxi: https://www.ft.com/content/86e7d353-27dc-4ce3-a60d-6304fc339571 —Fuchsia’s culinary tour of North Korea: https://www.ft.com/content/1f9bbfc0-9d93-11e7-9a86-4d5a475ba4c5 —Danny Meyer’s essay on Sparks: https://blog.resy.com/2021/09/the-most-amazing-things-can-happen-after-a-meal-at-sparks/ —More about Resy’s classics collaborations: https://blog.resy.com/2021/09/the-classics-remix-presented-by-american-express/ Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . If you want a great discount on an FT subscription or a $1/£1/€1 month-long trial, we’ve got you: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 30.10.2021
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    Why We Read: Books, Booker and COP26

    This weekend, we’re talking about books. The prestigious Booker Prize is about to announce its 2021 winner, and we hear what it’s like to be a judge—and read a book a day!—with two colleagues, Horatia Harrod and Jan Dalley. We explore how the literary world has changed, from boozy lunches to viral Twitter campaigns, with columnist Simon Kuper and agent Jonny Geller. And ahead of the UN climate summit, join us on a journey with Moral Money editor Simon Mundy, who just traveled to 26 countries to document the climate crisis for his new book. Links from the episode: —Simon Mundy on his two year journey to the frontlines of the climate battle (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/e3bfb91d-2273-4da9-a7a7-eecf396f8d33 —Simon’s book is called Race for Tomorrow: Survival, Innovation and Profit on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis —Archive: Jan Dalley’s lunch with “naughty old thing” Booker Prize administrator Martyn Goff: https://www.ft.com/content/3e17b618-b4a0-11da-bd61-0000779e2340 —The Booker Prize 2021 shortlist and longlist: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Booker_Prize —Simon Kuper on how book promotion has changed: https://www.ft.com/content/7dbc7e21-904c-492e-9313-5ce665a5ec45 —To follow our COP26 coverage, here’s Climate Capital. The entire FT will be free to read on Wednesday: https://www.ft.com/climate-capital Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . For an exclusive 50% online subscription (and a discounted FT Weekend print subscription!), follow this link: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast To watch the NextGen festival sessions, go here: www.nextgen.live.ft.com and use the promo code FTNextGenx2021 Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 23.10.2021
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    Hell of an Episode, with Jason Mott

    It’s easy for our identities to look like checkboxes: white and black, woman and man, young and old. How do we speak about the communities we belong to without the weight of entirely representing them? Lilah speaks with Jason Mott, author of the National Book Award shortlisted novel Hell of a Book, about race, identity, masculinity and more. Plus, we go sneaker shopping with style columnist Rob Armstrong to dissect the unspoken rules of men’s fashion. Links from the episode: Robert’s style guide on sneakers for middle-aged men: https://www.ft.com/content/7e2a31d5-b456-4e02-9b4f-9b80531f470e Rob’s day job, the Unhedged newsletter on markets and Wall Street: https://www.ft.com/content/31374c59-deb0-4b62-a9b2-f56ecb78e4d8 The FT’s video on the $6bn sneaker industry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez2cg-xo1L4 Jason Mott’s novel, Hell of A Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/670375/hell-of-a-book-by-jason-mott/ For an exclusive 50% online subscription (and a discounted FT Weekend print subscription!), follow this link: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast The FT NextGen festival is back! This Thursday the 28th of October! It'll be full of great panels. Here’s a promo code so you can attend for free. And if you're in London, there's an in person reception at the London Brewery. Sign up at www.nextgen.live.ft.com with promo code FTNextGenx2021 Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 16.10.2021
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    Alice Cooper finds an Andy Warhol in his garage, plus: HBO's Succession

    This week, rock legend Alice Cooper tells us about selling the multi-million dollar artwork he found rolled up in his garage — a story that involves Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí and Dennis Hopper. We also explore the backstabbing families that have inspired HBO’s Succession with chief feature writer Henry Mance, ahead of its season three premiere. And finally: thank you for sharing your recommendations, they’re excellent. We’ve compiled them, alongside our colleagues’, for your listening pleasure. What did you think of this episode? Write to us, or record and send us a voice note at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . Links from the episode: —How To Spend It interview with Alice Cooper: https://www.ft.com/content/9c338ab3-6445-47ca-91a7-7bb4091dc1a4 —Henry Mance on Succession: https://www.ft.com/content/fda23812-d724-4112-a5ec-78b836a89894 —Henry Mance’s new book, How to Love Animals in a human-shaped world: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1118598/how-to-love-animals-in-a-human-shaped-world/9781787332089.html A list of your recommendations: Jamiroquai’s Instagram; Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl by David Wundrich; Space 1.8 by Nala Sinephro; Emily Mariko’s cooking Tiktoks; Netflix’s Squid Game; 1776-1789 US history; Dressed podcast; Cynar artichoke liqueur; Garden City by John Mark Comber; Titane and Raw directed by Julia Ducournou; The Dante Project at the Royal Opera House; Frieze London art fairs; Dries van Noten designer; A House Through Time on the BBC. For an exclusive online subscription (and a discounted FT Weekend print subscription!), follow this link: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 09.10.2021
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    Into the depths of an erupting volcano

    As we watch the climate shift before our eyes, this weekend we focus on the awesomeness of nature and how it humbles us. Travel writer Mark Stratton brings us to a live erupting volcano in La Palma, where “the lava flows like honey on a plate”. Columnist Nilanjana Roy introduces us to the prescient books that warned us of a climate crisis 50 years ago. Plus, 1970s interior design is back, baby! Subeditor Cherish Rufus defines the aesthetic, and defends its revival. Listeners: this is your last chance to send us a recommendation! Email us one cultural thing you’re reading/watching/cooking/Googling etc that you can’t stop thinking about. We’ll use the best in next week’s episode. Write to us, or record and send us a voice note at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . Links from the episode: —Mark Stratton on volcano tourism: https://www.ft.com/content/8c9b8847-2f8d-4a4f-8e07-9abc99b42b1f —Nilanjana Roy on what 1971 climate writing can teach us today: https://www.ft.com/content/6bca430e-c9b6-4997-ae78-ee6f4f5f24f1 —Cherish Rufus on 1970s design: https://www.ft.com/content/184c7504-2a7a-4a33-b0a4-ed42679f6e54 —The Love Your Mother poster: http://collections.museumca.org/?q=collection-item/2010543613 For an exclusive 50% online subscription (and a discounted FT Weekend print subscription!), follow this link: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 02.10.2021
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    Behind the scenes with music's biggest mogul

    How has the music industry changed over the past decade? The FT’s business and media reporters tell the dramatic tale, and introduce us to the most powerful exec in the business: Universal Chief Sir Lucian Grainge. Then, ethical philosopher Julian Baggini questions what our bookshelves say about us, and Work & Careers editor Isabel Berwick, a Duolingo master, makes the case for learning a new language from scratch. This weekend, we explore the forces that shape our cultural habits: how we listen to music, how we learn languages, and how we read. Listeners: what are you reading, watching, eating, doing, that is making you happy? We want your recommendations, to use in a future episode. Write us, or record and send us a voice note at [email protected] . We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . Links from the episode: —Profile of Sir Lucian Grainge, the last music mogul, by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson and Anna Nicolaou: https://www.ft.com/content/ae259b02-67a1-4eec-848c-7dc739efa910 —Julian Baggini on why we should get rid of our books: https://www.ft.com/content/3aac4854-997e-4391-b7e0-627142ba00e4 —Isabel Berwick on being a Duolingo champion: https://www.ft.com/content/872f057e-ec37-4f93-b72a-03e83ec107a4 ––FT review of Ride Upon the Storm, one of the Danish shows Isabel loved (the other is called Rita): https://www.ft.com/content/f1ad0fda-1e5e-11e9-b126-46fc3ad87c65 For an exclusive 50% online subscription (and a discounted FT Weekend print subscription!), follow this link: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 25.09.2021
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    How has lockdown changed us? Plus: a night on the Orient Express

    This episode, we explore the question of how we’ve changed. Lilah talks to the writer Imogen West-Knights about the phenomenon of treat brain: how the pandemic spurred our desire to excessively indulge. Then, columnist Janan Ganesh describes why lockdown decidedly did not change him — and why he’s worried if it changed you. Plus: Maria Shollenbarger sweeps us away on the world’s most glamorous train. Links from the episode: —Imogen West-Knights describes Treat Brain: https://www.ft.com/content/3ed08931-80b0-43a0-9bba-6c4bcc1b3e70 —Janan Ganesh on the lockdown epiphany that wasn’t: https://www.ft.com/content/bf7c501e-12a5-4737-b297-15eba91b26a0 —Maria Shollenbarger aboard the Orient Express: https://www.ft.com/content/9f776436-8205-48cc-a879-7a053f388671 —Lilah’s Instagram Live with Esther Perel: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CULKKCcJXdq/ We want to hear from you! Follow us on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . What are you reading, watching, eating, doing, that is making you happy? We want your recommendations, and may use them in a future episode. Write us, or record and send us a voice note at [email protected] . Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 18.09.2021
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    The stories we tell, with Elif Shafak

    Life & Arts columnist Enuma Okoro explores what our cities tell us about ourselves. Then, Lilah speaks with Elif Shafak—the most widely read woman novelist in Turkey—about writing in countries without freedom of speech, and her new book, The Island of Missing Trees. Plus: our prolific Undercover Economist Tim Harford makes a case for letting go of your to-do list. Links from the episode: —Enuma Okoro’s love letter to New York City: https://www.ft.com/content/e2507d84-9a12-4755-a9c7-41c9ea116947 —Lilah’s piece about visiting Armenia: https://www.ft.com/content/2e2f38b0-e7a1-11e8-8a85-04b8afea6ea3 —Review of Elif Shafak’s novel, The Island of Missing Trees: https://www.ft.com/content/1a064a06-bd19-43c7-8237-38931853d0e2 —Tim Harford on to-do lists: https://www.ft.com/content/06ffe40d-fdcc-4be8-b536-810cedce7ed1 —Oliver Burkeman on how not to waste your life (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/dd0d477b-c1f7-4d74-af68-c1ef1692566c We love hearing from you. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . Email us at [email protected] . Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 16.09.2021
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    9/11 and the passing of time

    Twenty years after the Twin Towers were brought down, host Lilah Raptopoulos explores where 9/11 sits in our memories. The FT’s New York correspondent Joshua Chaffin introduces us to billionaire developer Larry Silverstein, who bought the World Trade Center in July of 2001 and had to rebuild on the site of a tragedy. How do spaces change in meaning over time? The FT’s former Kabul correspondent Jon Boone introduces us to the “New Afghanistan” generation, what they were promised, and what was lost. Plus: we hear from a woman who fled the Taliban and is now waiting in limbo in Albania, suddenly a refugee. For a special offer on FT Weekend for all our print and digital content visit ft.com/weekendpodcast . We’re on Twitter at @FTWeekendpod. Lilah is on Twitter and Instagram @lilahrap. Links from the episode: Joshua Chaffin on Larry Silverstein: https://www.ft.com/content/f38a5067-58d1-491f-902f-568abcdd8a84#comments-anchor Jon Boone on The Last Days of the New Afghanistan: https://www.ft.com/content/4a276093-cf85-4da7-9093-6af6443bb53a Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 07.09.2021
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    The good life, with chefs Daniel Humm and Alice Waters

    In this first-ever episode of the FT Weekend podcast, host Lilah Raptopoulos talks to Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm and Chez Panisse’s legendary Alice Waters to discover how the world’s top chefs are finding purpose beyond their restaurants. Humm created a buzz in May when he announced that his world-famous restaurant would be going entirely plant-based. Has that risk paid off? And what does it mean to do good as a chef? Plus: the FT’s design critic Edwin Heathcote gives us a tour of the world’s most revengeful architecture, and reporter Madison Darbyshire shares tips for how to furnish your home with old things. For a special offer on FT Weekend for all our print and digital content visit ft.com/weekendpodcast . We’re on Twitter at @FTWeekendpod . Lilah is on Twitter and Instagram @lilahrap . Links from the episode Lilah’s piece on chefs (paywall) - https://www.ft.com/content/246cdc2a-f135-4d3d-9d74-e524e9217699 Edwin on the architecture of spite (paywall) - https://www.ft.com/content/1161fbbe-5ae1-4328-bf59-dcd8b1d6564f Madison’s masterclass in flea-market chic - https://www.ft.com/content/6c8bf8a2-ddee-11e9-9743-db5a370481bc Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 28.08.2021
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    Trailer: Introducing the FT Weekend podcast

    Welcome to our new show: FT Weekend. Every Saturday, from September 4, join host Lilah Raptopoulos for inspiring conversations, in-depth storytelling, a bit of escapism and a lot of fun. Brought to you by the award-winning Life & Arts journalists at the Financial Times. We love hearing from you. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod , and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap . Email us at [email protected] Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Some news

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  • 18.12.2020
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    Shantell Martin on how to draw a line. Plus: Gris returns!

    Welcome to our Season 3 finale! To wrap up the year, Lilah is joined by the artist Shantell Martin. Shantell draws big, bold lines. Everywhere. She makes a strong case for taking out a pen. We discuss how to teach art to the next generation, what it means to 'sell out' in the art world, British versus American racism, and an urgent question for this time: who are you? Afterwards, co-host Griselda Murray Brown stops in during maternity leave to talk about motherhood and this season's themes. Thank you for joining us on this journey. You can keep in touch with Lilah on Instagram at @lilahrap , on Twitter at @lilahrap and @ftculturecall , and by email at [email protected] Links from the show: For free 30-day access to all FT journalism, sign up to the Coronavirus Business Update newsletter with this special link . —Shantell on Instagram —Shantell's work at the New York City Ballet — Dear Grandmother , a collaboration between Dot and Shantell Martin —New Tricks, Shantell's British detective show recommendation, is on Amazon Prime —Janelle Monáe music video for Turntables —A great recent FT interview with Mary Gaitskill , author of Lost Cat — Morning Song , a poem by Sylvia Plath —Great back catalogue episodes: start the six-episode journey of this season with episode one: Miranda July! Some standout Gris interviews include Tyler Mitchell, George the Poet and Jia Tolentino. Some standout Lilah interviews include Ira Glass, Maaza Mengiste and Esther Perel. --- “Turntables” is an original song by Janelle Monáe for the Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés' 2020 documentary film All In: The Fight for Democracy. Courtesy Bad Boy, 2021 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Maaza Mengiste on telling lost stories: 'Archives are not innocent'

    Maaza Mengiste is one of the FT's Women of the Year, and author of the epic historical novel The Shadow King. Her book, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, is about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia at the start of WWII. It asks massive questions about how history is remembered, recorded and retold. Maaza and Lilah talk about collective memory, women warriors, decolonising the archives and who will tell the stories of 2020. It's full of wisdom. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll take notes. Plus: Alice Fishburn, editor of FT Weekend Magazine, drops by to discuss the novel, our Women of the Year issue, and commissioning in a pandemic. We love hearing your thoughts! Email us at [email protected] . Message Lilah on Instagram or Twitter @lilahrap , and the podcast @ftculturecall . Links: For free 30-day access to FT journalism, sign up to the Coronavirus Business Update newsletter with this special link . –Explore the FT Women of 2020 issue (paywall) –A Big Read on the crisis in Ethiopia (FT) and a Twitter thread from Maaza on the humanitarian disaster –What's going on currently in Armenia (Politico) and a history of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh (Jacobin) – Project 3541 , Maaza's online archive of the 1935-41 Italo-Ethiopian war –An essay by Maaza on losing her father –Maaza's book recommendations: Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah, Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez and Trieste by Dasa Drndic –Alice mentioned two FT Magazine stories: The next pandemic : where is it coming from and how do we stop it? and Siri Hustvedt : ‘I think of the sirens as New York’s heartbreaking music’ –Alice's book recommendation: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 25.11.2020
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    Simon Schama on what history can teach us

    Simon is one of the world’s premier historians and art historians, and also a colleague! After a tumultuous election, we've invited him on to help connect the dots and give us much-needed historical context. Plus: Neil Munshi, our west Africa correspondent joins us from Lagos to reflect on our conversation and discuss his recent piece on how companies are facing their brutal colonial histories. Two people with global and historical lenses through which to see 2020. What do you think is possible now, that seemed impossible before? Email us at [email protected] . You can message Lilah on Instagram or Twitter @lilahrap, and find the podcast on Twitter @ftculturecall. We love voice notes – so send those, too. Links from the episode: –Simon's piece The two Americas: LBJ, MLK and what the dramas of 1965 can teach a polarised nation –Simon's piece on statues : History is better served by putting the Men in Stone in museums –Simon's BBC series the Romantics and Us is on YouTube –Wendell Wilkie's One World – September , by Gerhard Richter –Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories is on Netflix –Neil Munshi's piece, Belgium’s reckoning with a brutal history in Congo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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