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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.

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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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  • 28.08.2021
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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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  • 12.11.2020
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    iO Tillett Wright on the American experiment

    “I feel like America was an experiment that right now is yielding really hideous, ugly results". In the days after the US election, Lilah explores how divided the US is with artist and activist iO Tillett Wright. iO created the hit true-crime podcast The Ballad of Billy Balls. He just finished a ten-year project travelling to all 50 states to photograph 10,000 queer Americans and has a unique lens on America. They discuss the election, how Americans were taught to hate, the dangers of groupthink, the ebb and flow of the fight for queer rights, this generation’s fight for civil rights and what effective activism looks like. iO's projects: – The Ballad of Billy Balls – His memoir, Darling Days – Self Evident Truths : 10,000 Portraits of Queer America –iO's Ted Talk, 50 Shades of Gay –A conversation between iO and King Princess (Interview Magazine) iO's recommendations: – Rabbit Hole podcast , from the New York Times –The Social Dilemma is on Netflix ( here's an FT interview with its director, Jeff Orlowski) – Swindled , a podcast about white-collar crime & corporate greed – A General Theory of Love : a book about the science of human emotions and biological psychiatry Ahead of our next episode, three pieces by Simon Schama: – The two Americas : LBJ, MLK and what the dramas of 1965 can teach a polarised nation –Simon Schama: History is better served by putting the Men in Stone in museums – Plague Time : Simon Schama on what history tells us See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    We're back for Season 3!

    The season kicks off on Friday, October 9! With co-host Griselda Murray Brown on maternity leave, Lilah Raptopoulos presents a new series of conversations with creators and thinkers about our radically transformed cultural landscape. We are living through history. The pandemic has exposed deep cracks in our systems, giving us an unprecedented chance to reexamine and upend. This six-episode season is based around the following question: what’s possible now? Join Lilah, star guests and the team behind the Financial Times’ critically-acclaimed Life & Arts journalism to explore how culture is helping us envision what’s next. Want to say hi? Email us at [email protected], find Lilah on Instagram or Twitter at @lilahrap, and find the show on Twitter at @ftculturecall. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Who's afraid of Ai Weiwei? The Chinese dissident artist on what makes a powerful protest

    After a summer defined by protest, we invite on Ai Weiwei, one of the most influential artists and activists of our time, to discuss whether we've changed. Weiwei describes how to protest creatively and powerfully ("you only see your power from your enemy's eye"), the symbolic meaning of this pandemic, and his view on the state of humanity. Plus: FT arts editor Jan Dalley joins Lilah to unpack the conversation and consider where art is going. Links from the episode: —Circa 2020 on Instagram . They're raising money for struggling UK artists with a £100 Ai Weiwei print here through October —Watch Human Flow on Amazon Prime or here —Watch Coronation, Ai Weiwei's most recent documentary, which compiled secret footage of Wuhan during the peak of the Covid crisis, on Vimeo —13 Ai Weiwei works to know ( Royal Academy of Arts ) —FT piece on the best new operas online (paywall) —Jan Dalley's review of the art world in the 2010s Clip credit: AT SEA consists of footage filmed by Ai Weiwei during the making of “Human Flow” in 2016. Since 2015, hundreds of thousands of refugees have attempted the dangerous sea journey trying to reach Europe. Alongside these scenes are shots of physical barriers erected across Europe, the cold response to the plea for safety and shelter from the world’s most vulnerable. Video edited by: Autumn Rin Quotes: The border is not in Lesbos, it is in our minds and in our hearts. – Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist (b. 1957) Music Credit: Karsten Fundal See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Bonus: Poet Natasha Trethewey on memory, grief and Black Lives Matter

    In this bonus episode, we bring you a conversation between Lilah and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. In her recent memoir, Memorial Drive, Natasha shares the painful story of her mother's murder at the hands of her stepfather when Natasha was 19. Natasha was born to a black mother and white father in the Deep South during the civil rights movement. When she was an infant, the KKK burned a cross in her family's front yard. In this interview she speaks to the cyclical nature of history, the disease of racism, and the power of memory. This interview was originally recorded at the FT Weekend Live Festival in early September 2020. Get tickets to the virtual October 22 FT NextGen festival here for free, using the promo code FTPodcast. —Watch this conversation between Natasha and Lilah on YouTube —Read Natasha’s piece for the FT, America the Beautiful: three generations in the struggle for civil rights —Read the FT review for Memorial Drive, written by playwright Bonnie Greer —Read Natasha’s poem, Imperatives for Carrying On in the Aftermath See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Miranda July on releasing a feature film in a pandemic

    Miranda July is an artist ahead of her time: a prolific filmmaker, writer, musician, actor and more. Her work deliberately leads us into discomfort – and then hugs us from behind. Her third feature film, Kajillionaire, now on US and UK general release, is an exploration of loneliness and love that feels especially prescient now. Miranda and Lilah discuss what it’s like to release a film during a pandemic, how to make art when we don’t know what we’ll want in the future, and how a weirder world has made her film a lot less weird. Plus: FT writer Harriet Fitch-Little joins Lilah to debrief on the interview and discuss why we all stopped going to digital events. The coronavirus pandemic has broken so much open. And that gives us a very unique chance to reimagine. Welcome to the first of a six-part season. From now to the end of 2020, Lilah will be posing the question “what’s possible now?” to different creators and thinkers, to FT Life & Arts journalists, and to you. 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: Our Next Gen virtual festival, hosted by the FT’s young editors, is on October 22! Buy tickets here , and use our discount code, NextGen2020 Anthem , by Leonard Cohen A deep dive on the line , “There is a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in” Lilah’s piece about living through history Harriet Fitch-Little’s profile of Miranda July FT’s Kajillionaire review by Danny Leigh (paywall) Jenny Odell interviews Miranda July Behind the scenes of Jopie , Miranda’s crowdsourced film An excerpt of John Giorno’s memoir, Great Demon Kings @newyorknico on Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Photographer Tyler Mitchell on black freedom

    The world has changed. In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, Gris speaks to Tyler Mitchell, a 25-year-old photographer, filmmaker and political artist who shot to fame when he photographed Beyonce for the September issue of American Vogue in 2018. In his work, Tyler explores what freedom means for black Americans, and all the ways in which it is denied. Gris first spoke to Tyler in early May - three weeks before police killed George Floyd - and they talked again just before this episode was published. This is our finale for Season Two! Thank you for an incredible run. Gris is about to go on maternity leave, but Lilah will be back for Season Three in a few months’ time. In the meantime, you can still always find us talking about culture on Twitter @ FTCultureCall or on Instagram at @ lilahrap and @ griseldamurraybrown , and you can email us at [email protected] . Links and notes from the episode: –Here is our massive list of listener recommendations for what to watch on streaming platforms. Thanks to all who shared their thoughts! There’s no paywall on this, so you can share it freely: https://www.ft.com/content/87f1f7fe-af30-11ea-a4b6-31f1eedf762e –If you want free access to explore FT journalism for 30 days, sign up to the Coronavirus Business Update newsletter using this special link: https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/coronavirus?segmentId=0d92d58c-2c7d-178e-6aa8-81529dd53b1b –White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (You can also listen to an interview with Robin here: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/come-through/articles/5-robin-diangelo ) – Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge –The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett –I May Destroy You by Michaela Coel (BBC iPlayer and HBO) –Here’s an excellent recent episode of our sister podcast, Behind the Money, on the history of police funding in America: https://www.ft.com/content/a6d56dd2-fd2c-4047-a502-c6c6d9dc3f90 –Tyler Mitchell on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tylersphotos –Tyler’s new photo book I Can Make You Feel Good, published by Prestel on July 28: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/I-Can-Make-You-Feel-Good/Tyler-Mitchell/Prestel/e563080.rhd –Inside Tyler’s exhibition I Can Make You Feel Good: https://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/12200/tyler-mitchell-photographer-i-can-make-you-feel-good-exhibition-new-york-2020 –Photographers who Tyler Mitchell cites as inspirations: Ryan McGinley, Larry Clark, and Petra Collins (who he calls ‘the first internet phenomenon photographer on some level’) –Jeremy O Harris’s tweets on... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Liana Finck, New Yorker cartoonist, on finding confidence and creativity in quarantine

    This week, Lilah talks to Liana Finck, a graphic novelist and New Yorker cartoonist with a fan base on Instagram that’s half a million strong. Liana is known for her funny and astute explorations of what it means to be human. She talks about how to free yourself up to be creative in quarantine, where confidence comes from, the most interesting human expressions to draw and what it’s like to have Ariana Grande slide into your DMs. We also share some of your Netflix recommendations, which we are still collecting to publish! Let us know what we should be watching that the streaming algorithms are hiding from us. Fill out our short form at ft.com/culturecallout , or email us at [email protected] If you want to get social, we're on Twitter @ FTCultureCall and Instagram at @ griseldamurraybrown and @ lilahrap . Links and notes from the episode: –A special gift from us to you: sign up to the FT's Coronavirus Business Update newsletter and get free access to our journalism for 30 days https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/coronavirus?segmentId=0d92d58c-2c7d-178e-6aa8-81529dd53b1b About Liana Finck: –Liana's Instagram: https://instagram.com/lianafinck/ –Her graphic memoir is called Passing for Human –Some of Liana’s New Yorker cartoons about quarantine: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/some-drawings-from-week-three-at-home –Unpopular likes and unpopular dislikes: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8pSyMMlHcG/ –Me/you/us, plotted: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_Yy65xlYQB/ –Liana’s recommendations for which graphic novels to start with: Everything is Flammable, by Gabrielle BellCan't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz ChastWendy, by Walter Scott –Lilah and listener Martha O’Neill’s film recommendation, Three Identical Strangers, is on Netflix –Martin Wolf video: How might the world be different after the pandemic? https://www.ft.com/video/dafc3578-5c76-412a-8ba3-016495031bd1 –Martin Wolf column: Maintaining the lockdown and saving the economy are mutually compatible (paywall) https://www.ft.com/content/e486590e-8539-11ea-b872-8db45d5f6714 –Apps about trees: Tree Talk (London) and Leafsnap (US and UK) –Gris' film recommendation, 120 BPM, is on Hulu and available to rent –Listener Victoria Amico's Netflix recommendations are 13th (Ava DuVernay's documentary on racialised mass incarceration in the US) and The Great Hack (on the Cambridge Analytica scandal) –Listener Kana Kamagae's Netflix recommendations are Never Have I Ever (Mindy Kaling’s TV series) and Tigertail See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Slave Play author Jeremy O Harris on the future of theatre

    This week, Gris talks to the brilliant 30-year-old playwright Jeremy O Harris about his Broadway sensation Slave Play and his autobiographical "Daddy". This is an interview that will stick with you for a long time. They discuss how black art is re-packaged by white institutions, how black and white audiences respond differently to his work, and how to make theatre more accessible — both for quarantine and for younger audiences (Harris is also an executive producer on Euphoria). Plus: a special appearance from Phoebe Waller-Bridge! As always, we want to hear from you. This week, we'd love to know what gems the Netflix algorithm is hiding from us. What are you streaming that we should be watching? We'll publish your list! Fill out our short form at ft.com/culturecallout , or email us at [email protected] f you want to get social, we're on Twitter @FTCultureCall and Instagram at @griseldamurraybrown and @lilahrap. Links and notes from the episode: –A special gift from us to you: sign up to the FT's Coronavirus Business Update newsletter and get free access to our journalism for 30 days! https://www.ft.com/newsletter-signup/coronavirus?segmentId=0d92d58c-2c7d-178e-6aa8-81529dd53b1b –The recipe for kuku sabzi, a delicious Persian frittata: https://youtu.be/OJFoIfzY7eI –A great piece about Jenny Odell's How To Do Nothing: https://www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-jenny-odell-interview-how-nothing-20190509-story.html –Wesley Morris on ESPN's The Last Dance https://www.nytimes.com/article/the-last-dance-jordan.html –(More Wesley Morris content) Still Processing dissects Tiger King: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/podcasts/still-processing-tiger-king.html –FT review of Becoming on Netflix (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/e46b7582-8df7-11ea-a8ec-961a33ba80aa –Aisha Harris' review of Slave Play: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/07/opinion/slave-play-broadway.html –Slave Play's set designer on the choice behind the onstage mirror: https://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/rihanna-mirrors-and-america-processing-slave-plays-set-design –Genre defying women that Jeremy mentioned: Aphra Behn, Caryl Churchill, Suzan-Lori Parks –Jeremy's recommendation of Perfect Blue by Satochi Kon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_Blue –Jeremy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeremyoharris See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Bonus: Normal People author Sally Rooney

    This week, we've dusted off a little gem from our archives. Gris spoke to the writer Sally Rooney in 2018, just before her bestselling novel Normal People was published in the UK. It went on to win tremendous acclaim, prizes and the hearts of many readers. Fast-forward eighteen months, and Rooney's tale of passionate young love has been turned into a gripping 12-part TV series on the BBC and Hulu. It's all we can talk about: Marianne, Connell — and Connell's neck chain. But what were the origins of the novel? And what does it have to say about sex, class and power? We love hearing from you. Have you watched Normal People? How do you think it compares to the book? Email us at [email protected] or tweet us at @FTCultureCall . Also, we're still collecting your cultural recommendations: what are you watching, reading and doing at home? Fill out our short form at ft.com/culturecallout , or record a short voice note on your phone and email it to us. You can also find us on Instagram at @griseldamurraybrown and @lilahrap . Recommended links: –Sign up for the FT's Coronavirus Business Update newsletter and get free access to our journalism for 30 days: www.ft.com/culturecallcovid –Our colleague Horatia Harrod interviews film-maker Lenny Abrahamson about adapting Normal People (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/c590914c-8870-11ea-a01c-a28a3e3fbd33 –You know it's a phenomenon when a BuzzFeed writer digs deep into Spotify to unearth Sally Rooney's playlists for Connell and Marianne: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tatianatenreyrowhitlock/normal-people-playlists –The FT's book review of Normal People (2018): https://www.ft.com/content/00461b64-b504-11e8-a1d8-15c2dd1280ff –Neck chain hottake 1: 'Why Are Those Little Neck Chains So Sexy?': https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/bvgwp8/normal-people-connell-silver-chain –Neck chain hottake 2: 'Is This the Sexiest Thing About Normal People?': https://www.thecut.com/2020/04/why-is-normal-people-connells-chain-so-hot.html –'Normal people takes sex seriously': https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/17/arts/television/normal-people-hulu.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    How is culture adapting to quarantine? Plus: our film critic on what to watch now

    This week, we discuss the future of movies with FT film critic Danny Leigh. Will we see a wave of apocalypse dramas once this is over? Are mid-budget films under threat? And what little-known films should we be watching? In the second half of the show, Gris and Lilah take stock of how culture has been adapting to a new virtual reality, from online exhibitions to gigs on Instagram Live. What's working in URL vs IRL culture — and what isn't? Will the lockdown democratize the arts? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Which cultural experiences have you been enjoying from your sofa? What are you watching, reading or listening to right now? Let us know at ft.com/culturecallout , or record a short voice note on your phone and send it to [email protected] You can tweet us at @FTCultureCall , and you can find us on Instagram @lilahrap and @griseldamurraybrown . Links from the episode: –Sign up for the FT's Coronavirus Business Update newsletter and get free access to our journalism for 30 days: www.ft.com/culturecallcovid –The TV adaptation of Normal People: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p089g8rs/normal-people , https://www.hulu.com/series/normal-people-57048262-2ca5-41ee-9b57-53bb9b9e1596 –Gris's podcast interview with Sally Rooney, author of Normal People, from 2018: https://www.ft.com/content/03af4b54-01a0-4220-8f52-168355b36024 –Danny Leigh's review of The Perfect Candidate (paywall), which you can stream online: https://www.ft.com/content/ae5d4364-741e-11ea-95fe-fcd274e920ca –Danny Leigh's review of And Then We Danced (paywall), which you can stream online: https://www.ft.com/content/61c4f594-7016-11ea-9bca-bf503995cd6f –Fiona Apple's album Fetch The Bolt Cutters on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0fO1KemWL2uCCQmM22iKlj –BBC Museums in Quarantine - Warhol: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hqml/museums-in-quarantine-series-1-1-warhol –Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court Theatre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptCyZYzUx4M&feature=emb_logo&has_verified=1 –Dance Church on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dance_church/?hl=en –Gris's FT piece on having a ballet lesson with Adam Cooper:

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    Bonus: Esther Perel's advice for coping in a pandemic

    This week, we turn to Esther Perel, psychotherapist and host of the hit podcast Where Should We Begin?, to help put our fears and emotions around coronavirus in context. She also gives us useful strategies for living in lockdown. There are insights in this episode that we think will help listeners in any circumstance, so we've decided to drop it early. We hope you enjoy the episode, and would love to hear your thoughts. Email us at [email protected] or tweet us at @FTCultureCall. We're also still collecting your cultural recommendations under quarantine: what are you watching, reading and doing at home? Fill out our short form at ft.com/culturecallout, or record a short voice note on your phone and email it to us. We'll use a selection in upcoming episodes. Links: –Our last episode with Esther, on surviving (and thriving) at work: https://www.ft.com/content/e271eac4-e41a-4577-b6e3-6c24e4e01c75 –Esther Perel's podcast, Where Should We Begin? https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/where-should-we-begin-with-esther-perel/id1237931798 –Roxane Gay on the value of giving people money to help them get through Covid-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8XQpOrAgWs –A great article on ways to help during this pandemic (US focus): https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/4/14/21212199/donate-masks-blood-coronavirus-stimulus-checks –Another resource with ways to help (UK focus): https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/27/coronavirus-and-volunteering-how-can-i-help-in-the-uk –Lucy Kellaway's piece, "Is it okay to be happy in lockdown?" (paywall) https://www.ft.com/content/2203813e-797e-11ea-9840-1b8019d9a987 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Chef Samin Nosrat on home cooking in trying times

    We can't stop thinking about food: how to cook it, where to buy it, how many meals are too many meals and why everyone's making bread. This week, Lilah talks to Samin Nosrat, of bestselling cookbook and Netflix hit Salt Fat Acid Heat, about tips for cooking in a pandemic, the meaning of comfort food, her next cookbook — and the long-term effects of coronavirus on the restaurant industry. We’d love to hear what you're turning to these days. What are you watching, reading, listening to...or cooking? Let us know at ft.com/culturecallout , or record a short voice note on your phone and send it to [email protected] . You can also tweet us at @FTCultureCall. Stay safe, and stay in touch. Links from the episode –It's your last chance to tell us what you think of the podcast (and be entered to win a pair of Bose wireless headphones!): ft.com/culturecallsurvey –Christine and the Queens EP La Vita Nuova: https://youtu.be/EIdSORj_dd0 –Samin's new podcast, Home Cooking https://homecooking.show/ –Samin's foccacia recipe: https://www.saltfatacidheat.com/fat/ligurian-focaccia –Kenji Lopez's guide on food safety and coronavirus, recommended by Samin: https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/food-safety-and-coronavirus-a-comprehensive-guide.html –Sarah O'Connor's FT column on essential workers: "The people we need the most are often the ones we value the least." (free to read): https://www.ft.com/content/2b34269a-73f8-11ea-95fe-fcd274e920ca –FT piece on China retailers facing a hard truth: if you reopen, they won't come (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/07bd5ad6-6979-400f-a26e-bb0eefac1e6d –The FT Bunker Food series (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/c84f3fdc-73b2-11ea-95fe-fcd274e920ca –Every day, the FT makes a selection of our coronavirus coverage free to read. You can find it all here: ft.com/coronavirusfree –Lilah's interview with Mission Chinese chef Danny Bowien: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/culture-call/id1179847741 –Pedro Almodóvar’s lockdown diary: https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/features/pedro-almodovar-coronavirus-lockdown-diary-part-1 (in English) and https://www.eldiario.es/autores/pedro_almodovar/ (in Spanish) –The two guides Lilah depends on for making sourdough bread:

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    This American Life host Ira Glass on storytelling during Covid-19

    Lilah chats with Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, the long running, seminal and wildly popular radio show that launched a genre of podcasting. But what does its name really mean? And what does American life look like today? They discuss reporting during a pandemic, whether the show has spurred or stifled creativity in audio, how having a more diverse staff has changed their stories — and why Ira is so often name-checked on online dating sites. We’d love to hear what's keeping you centered and whose work you're turning to in these uncertain times. Let us know here: ft.com/culturecallout You can also tweet us at @FTCultureCall. Stay safe, and stay in touch. Links from the episode Tell us what you think of Culture Call (and be entered to win a pair of Bose wireless headphones): ft.com/culturecallsurvey A great example of New Journalism: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, by Gay Talese https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a638/frank-sinatra-has-a-cold-gay-talese/ FT piece on gardening as ‘weeding the psyche’ (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/2ce783ba-6944-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75 DJ D-Nice, who hosts Club Quarantine funk and hip hop dance parties on Instagram Live: https://www.instagram.com/dnice The Salt Drop, Lilah’s workout recommendation: https://www.instagram.com/thesaltdrop FT piece on the rise the lockdown celebrity (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/a51fa513-423e-4e93-9097-bef36129d0a4 Gris’ film recommendation, Honeyland, is on Hulu Lilah’s TV recommendation, Unorthodox, is on Netflix --- Recommended This American Life episodes 'The Test', a recent episode about coronavirus: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/698/the-test 'We Come from Small Places', about Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/685/we-come-from-small-places 'Are We There Yet', about the refugee crisis in Greece: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/592/are-we-there-yet 'Tell Me I'm Fat', one of Gris' favourite episodes of TAL: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/589/tell-me-im-fat See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    We want to hear from you

    Gris and Lilah here, coming to you between episodes to find out how you're holding up. As we live through this surreal pandemic together (and apart), we want to know what's going through your mind. What are you noticing around you? How have you seen culture already begin to adapt to this new reality? And what have you been watching, reading, listening to, crafting, cooking, etc to get through? This is our Culture Call Out. We want to hear from you. Let's put our observations, epiphanies and cultural recommendations together to try to get through this time. Send your voice memos to us at [email protected] by Monday, and we'll put a bunch in our next episode. Here's how to send a voice memo: open the voice notes app on your phone, talk right into the mic, and email the file to [email protected] If you're more comfortable in writing, feel free to email us the old fashioned way. And if you want to connect online, you can find us on Twitter at @ftculturecall and on Instagram at @griseldamurraybrown and @lilahrap. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    On culture in the time of coronavirus. Plus: novelist Eimear McBride

    This week has been dominated by the spread of coronavirus. The situation is changing so fast that we decided to publish a couple of days early. In the first half of this episode, Gris and Lilah discuss how coronavirus is already changing daily life — and how it might impact culture in the longer term. Will we lose our fear of missing out? What will the 'experience economy' look like? And can the thrill of a live performance be replicated online? The second half of the episode is an escape from all that: Gris meets the Irish novelist Eimear McBride, who wrote the literary sensation A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing. They discuss one-night stands, middle-aged women in literature, and her new novel Strange Hotel. We’d love to hear how you’re doing in these strange and scary times, and in particular which TV shows, films and books are bringing you comfort. We’ll put a selection of your recommendations in our next episode. You can tweet us at @FTculturecall or email us at [email protected] . Stay safe, and stay in touch. Links from the episode: Let us know what you think of Culture Call (and win a pair of headphones): ft.com/culturecallsurvey Henry Mance’s FT piece ‘Will coronavirus change how we live?’ (paywall) https://www.ft.com/content/8044788c-5e05-11ea-b0ab-339c2307bcd4 Trend forecaster Emily Segal discusses the experience economy on Culture Call: https://www.ft.com/content/d5f298c8-ca35-43bd-af3c-fdc5c4c7edf7 The New Yorker on the Netflix show Love is Blind: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/how-love-is-blind-transcends-the-norms-of-reality-television FT review of Jenny Offill’s novel Weather: https://www.ft.com/content/5050a052-4766-11ea-aee2-9ddbdc86190d FT review of Eimear McBride’s novel Strange Hotel: https://www.ft.com/content/5fd7880a-3ddf-11ea-b84f-a62c46f39bc2 ‘Today I Learned That Not Everyone Has An Internal Monologue And It Has Ruined My Day’: https://insidemymind.me/2020/01/28/today-i-learned-that-not-everyone-has-an-internal-monologue-and-it-has-ruined-my-day/ New York Times interview with Jeremy O Harris, our next podcast guest: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/28/theater/jeremy-o-harris-slave-play.html Episode in which Lilah recommends Jeremy O Harris’s Slave Play: https://www.ft.com/content/c71cfeee-1ca8-4b07-be68-a05500c6067 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Feminism after Weinstein, with Laura Bates, Emma Dabiri and Emilie Pine

    To mark International Women's Day on March 8, and following Harvey Weinstein's recent conviction in New York, we're doing something a bit different. In this episode, Gris speaks to three of today's most compelling writers and campaigners about feminism now. They touch on everything from changing beauty standards to teens and social media to modern motherhood. Prepare to be surprised. Or as Lilah put it: "whatever I thought I was going to hear, that is not what I heard." (A warning if you're listening with kids: this episode contains some swearing.) The discussion was recorded at FT NextGen, a one-day festival in London in November 2019 — watch this space for details of this year's NextGen festivals in London and New York. Feminism is a subject that inspires strong reactions — and we'd especially like to know what you thought of this episode. Tweet us @FTCultureCall or email us at [email protected] And if you enjoy the show, why not leave us a review on Apple Podcasts? Links to some of the things we discussed: Gris's piece on female essayists, including Rebecca Solnit, Jia Tolentino and Emilie Pine: https://www.ft.com/content/e8126aec-b1e3-11e9-bec9-fdcab53d6959 Gris's podcast interview with Jia Tolentino: https://www.ft.com/content/7d248852-e840-477c-b4c8-8bdbd48a43f2 Lilah's podcast interview with Lisa Taddeo: https://www.ft.com/content/14f68996-d4a8-4d7f-ae2b-4398f35a9a24 A good piece about My Dark Vanessa: https://www.vulture.com/2020/02/my-dark-vanessa-kate-elizabeth-russell.html FT House & Home piece on maximalism and heritage interiors (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/4d78b96e-4e5f-11ea-95a0-43d18ec715f5 Hospital Sant Pau in Barcelona: https://www.santpaubarcelona.org/en/visits-sant-pau-art-nouveau-site Lilah's tilapia recipe, stolen straight off the back of the Trader Joe's label (this is not sponsored!): https://www.food.com/recipe/lemon-butter-tilapia-147551 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    How to record sex, with podcaster Kaitlin Prest. Plus: fashion month explained by a trend forecaster

    Award-winning podcaster Kaitlin Prest (of The Heart and Mermaid Palace) is one of the most innovative people making audio today. She chats with Lilah about sex, power and the grey areas around consent—as well as how her collective of queer anarchist outsiders climbed to the top of the audio world. Plus: trend forecaster Emily Segal, known for coining the term 'normcore', stops by to share her top five alternate takeaways from fashion month (including that trends may be entirely over!). As always, we'd love to hear from you. Say hi on Twitter @FTCultureCall, or by email at [email protected] to tell us what you're reading, watching, listening to or otherwise obsessed with. And if you enjoy the show, why not leave us a review on Apple Podcasts? Recommended links: –Kaitlin Prest and Drew Denny's new audio show, Asking For it, comes out February 25. Trailer here: https://mermaidpalace.org/Asking-For-It –The Heart's three part series on consent, 'No': https://www.theheartradio.org/no-episodes –If you liked Emily Segal of Nemesis, this is a great conversation between her and star fashion designer Virgil Abloh: http://moussemagazine.it/virgil-abloh-emily-segal-2018/ –Danny Leigh's piece about Amy documentarian Asif Kapadia ('the director who reinvented the documentary'): https://www.ft.com/content/5311f8ce-871b-11e9-a028-86cea8523dc2 –Gris' Twitter thread about the best theatre on in London right now: https://twitter.com/griseldamb/status/1229743591863541761 –FT review of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt and Death of England (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/9f91a7f6-4e4b-11ea-95a0-43d18ec715f5 –Gris' Culture Call interview with Kristen Roupenian, author of Cat Person: https://www.ft.com/content/79a36ebb-3599-4231-92e8-094220b414ef See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Noah Baumbach on his film Marriage Story. Plus: everything you need to know before the Oscars

    We're back with a brand new season! In our pre-Oscars special, Gris talks to Noah Baumbach, director of the nominated film Marriage Story, about love, divorce — and how Netflix is changing film. Plus: the FT's film critic Danny Leigh drops into the studio ahead of the Academy Awards. Who's going to win? Who really should win? And do the Oscars — for which no female directors and just one actor of colour were nominated — still matter in 2020? As always, we'd love to hear from you. Say hi on Twitter @FTCultureCall, or by email at [email protected] to tell us what you're reading, watching, listening to or otherwise obsessed with. And if you enjoy the show, why not leave us a review on Apple Podcasts? ------- Recommended links: Kaitlin Prest's podcast The Heart - specifically the mini-series ‘No’ (she's our next guest): https://www.theheartradio.org/all-episodes The FT's Academy Awards package: https://www.ft.com/Oscars2020 The Spotify soundtrack of Jagged Little Pill (the Alanis Morissette musical): https://open.spotify.com/album/3JUvh3Ch6QFxguLABtTOE3 FT review of Anna Wiener's book Uncanny Valley (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/77a8d150-33a8-11ea-a329-0bcf87a328f2 Danny Leigh's review of Uncut Gems (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/b717ed0e-322b-11ea-a329-0bcf87a328f2 FT review of Charlotte Salomon at the Jewish Museum, London: https://www.ft.com/content/97e00f90-0484-11ea-9afa-d9e2401fa7ca FT review of Uncle Vanya, London (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/adf70afe-4359-11ea-abea-0c7a29cd66fe Ekow Eshun on Masculinities at the Barbican, London (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/eaaeeff4-422b-11ea-bdb5-169ba7be433d See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    We're back for season two!

    The season kicks off this Thursday, February 6! Join Gris and Lilah as they dig into the trends shaping life in the 2020s, interview the people breaking new ground and bring you behind the scenes of the Financial Times' Life & Arts journalism. In episode one, Gris speaks with director of Marriage Story Noah Baumbach, and our film critic stops by to chat about this year’s nominees. We also have an exciting line up of guests this season, including podcaster Kaitlin Prest and novelist Eimear McBride, as well as artists, chefs, trend forecasters and more. Want to say hi? Email Gris and Lilah at [email protected] or follow us on Twitter at @ftculturecall. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Our 2019 cultural roundup: the biggest and best of the year

    From Lizzo and Fleabag to Greta Thunberg and the Impossible Burger, Lilah and Gris look back at the biggest themes, people and moments of the year. How did we go from talking about 'global warming' to the 'climate crisis'? How has technology opened up the generational divide? And how is culture reflecting the changing conversation around gender, race and representation? Plus: we asked our FT colleagues for their stand-out moments of 2019! Melissa Ingabire takes on the surprising ascendance of country music, via Lil Nas X and Kacey Musgraves. Alec Russell describes meeting the 89-year-old Irish novelist Edna O'Brien. Jo Ellison explains why Karl Lagerfeld's death marked the end of an era in fashion. And Anna Nicolaou argues that 2019 was a great year for movies - thanks, in part, to streaming platforms like Netflix. The episode rounds out with listener recommendations to help you with your holiday gift list. We're taking a short break -- we'll be back in late January 2020! Let us know who we should interview and which subjects we should tackle in our second season. You can get in touch on Twitter @FTCultureCall or by email at [email protected] . And if you like the show, the kindest gift you could give us is a review on Apple Podcasts. Links from the episode, arranged by theme: Gris's Lunch with the FT with superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/33ed2b6e-1b3e-11ea-97df-cc63de1d73f4 Climate: Greta Thunberg has Lunch with the FT: https://www.ft.com/content/4df1b9e6-34fb-11e9-bd3a-8b2a211d90d5 Why renting your wardrobe makes fashion sense: https://www.ft.com/content/f8b1b96c-ffb7-11e9-be59-e49b2a136b8d Review of Eco-Visionaries exhibition at the Royal Academy (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/25e8d842-1684-11ea-9ee4-11f260415385 Technology: Anna Nicolaou on TikTok and how video shaped a generation: https://www.ft.com/content/dd7234e8-fcb9-11e9-98fd-4d6c20050229 John Thornhill's review of Shoshana Zuboff's book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: https://www.ft.com/content/43980f9c-0f5b-11e9-a3aa-118c761d2745 Review of Euphoria on HBO: https://www.ft.com/content/bed942be-b2aa-11e9-bec9-fdcab53d6959 MeToo and female creators: Rebecca Traister on the toll of MeToo: https://www.thecut.com/2019/09/the-toll-of-me-too.html Gillian Tett's review of She Said, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey's account of breaking the Weinstein story: https://www.ft.com/content/02b579fc-d480-11e9-a0bd-ab8ec6435630 Review of Fleabag series two on BBC/Amazon... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Why astrology is thriving in 2019

    You may have noticed the revival of astrology in recent years: meme accounts are accruing millions of followers, horoscope apps are raising millions of dollars in venture funding, and Americans are spending more and more on 'mystical services' (it's currently a $2.2b market). Lilah and Gris explore what this growing trend says about our culture, digging into the renaissance of birth charts and moon signs with help from Culture Call listeners. Plus: one of New York's most prominent astrologers, Rebecca Gordon, stops by the show to talk about her growing clientele and her predictions for Brexit and the US 2020 election. She also takes a look at how compatible Culture Call's co-hosts really are. Also: we are putting together an episode of our cultural highlights from 2019, and we’d love to include yours. Which books, films, TV shows and other trends have you been recommending to your friends? Let us know on Twitter @FTCultureCall or by emailing us at [email protected] . Here are some links from this episode: – Lilah's FT article on astrology: https://www.ft.com/content/2816a0ec-000c-11ea-be59-e49b2a136b8d –Suzi Feay's FT review of The Crown Season 3: https://www.ft.com/content/767e6b32-fefb-11e9-b7bc-f3fa4e77dd47 –Meghan Markle's interview on ITV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo9G91QWMQs –Liz Jobey's FT piece on artist Dora Maar, whose work is on view at the Tate Modern in London until March 15 (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/0ee21c42-05a6-11ea-9afa-d9e2401fa7ca –Picasso's 1937 painting, Weeping Woman': https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/picasso-weeping-woman-t05010 –Witch, a book of poetry by Rebecca Tamás: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43842058-witch –Recap of the Broad City episode Witches: https://www.vulture.com/2017/10/broad-city-recap-season-4-episode-6.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Novelist Ben Lerner on angry white men and the origins of Trump

    Ben Lerner is one of the most acclaimed American writers working today. Gris meets him to discuss good parenting, male rage and why "autofiction" (fiction infused with autobiography) isn't narcissistic, despite what people think. One of the biggest books of 2019, Lerner's new novel The Topeka School is arguably his most ambitious to date. Set partly in Kansas in the 1990s, it tells the story of one family -- and of the US at large. Can it help us understand how we got here? Get in touch! We’re putting together an episode of our cultural highlights from 2019, and we’d love to know what yours have been. Which books, films, TV shows and other trends have you enjoyed this year? Let us know on Twitter @FTCultureCall or by emailing us at [email protected] . And if you like the show, you can help us out by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or recommending it to your friends! Links from the episode: - FT review of Ben Lerner's novel The Topeka School (paywall) : https://www.ft.com/content/5147ef78-fa37-11e9-a354-36acbbb0d9b6 - Gris' podcast interview with Sheila Heti, another great writer of autofiction: https://www.ft.com/content/8dd9fc2d-9172-47ea-bbd7-0256d4ee4c4d - Lilah's piece on the rebirth of astrology for the FT (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/2816a0ec-000c-11ea-be59-e49b2a136b8d - India Ross's piece on the "OK boomer" meme for the FT (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/52d858a0-06da-11ea-9afa-d9e2401fa7ca - FT's NextGen package, featuring pieces about the post-millennial generation: https://www.ft.com/nextgen See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Esther Perel on surviving (and thriving) at work

    Psychotherapist Esther Perel shot to fame with her TED talks and podcast on sex, infidelity, and the secret to long-term relationships. Lilah meets her in New York to learn about her latest podcast – How's Work? – which puts a microphone in her therapy sessions between co-founders. They discuss how the same dynamics that exist in our romantic relationships also exist in our professional lives – and how best to navigate them. Gris and Lilah also dissect how therapy has been depicted in culture over the years. As always, we'd love to hear from you. We are still looking for your thoughts on astrology – record an audio message and email it to us at [email protected] . You can also always tell us about your favorite cultural trends on Twitter @FTCultureCall. And if you enjoy the show, please recommend us to your friends! –––– Links from the episode: –Lilah's written piece on Esther Perel (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/aaa3b29a-ffb0-11e9-be59-e49b2a136b8d –How's Work? on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0P13JasQfVZ1RiDCMZMYNU –Tom Faber's piece for the FT on London's club scene (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/9e45e870-f668-11e9-bbe1-4db3476c5ff0 –FT NextGen, a package of stories about how the next generation lives: https://www.ft.com/nextgen –Tickets to the FT's NextGen festival, in London on November 16 (where you can hang out with Gris!): https://www.ftnextgen.com/ –Lilah and James Fontanella-Khan's story on why it’s time to stop ignoring mental health at work: https://ft.com/mentalhealth –More about Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk: https://www.ft.com/content/076bb888-372b-11e8-8b98-2f31af407cc8 –The rise of Succession, TV’s new must-watch show (Vox): https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/9/24/20870750/succession-hbo-review-season-2-recap See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese: "we're living in a post-authentic world"

    Award-winning chef Danny Bowien has never fully fit in. Adopted from Korea, Bowien was raised by a white, Christian family in Oklahoma, in "the buckle of the Bible Belt." In 2010, as a young chef in San Francisco, he started the first pop up restaurant ever as an experiment – it became wildly popular for turning Szechuan Chinese food upside down. He now runs two successful Mission Chinese restaurants in New York. Bowien is known in the food world for subverting not just Chinese cuisine, but also what chefs should look like and the rules they should follow. He speaks with Lilah about why authenticity is no longer the benchmark for good food, what it has been like to publicly fail, and how a restaurant becomes an institution. Also: we want to hear your stories about astrology! Do you have a memorable experience to share with us? When do you turn to it? And if you're a skeptic, what doesn't sit right? Record an audio message with your thoughts, and email it to [email protected] . You can also chat with us on Twitter @FTCultureCall. –––– Links from the episode: –Patricia Lockwood's hilarious essay on John Updike in the London Review of Books https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n19/patricia-lockwood/malfunctioning-sex-robot –Tickets to the FT's NextGen festival, in London on November 16 (where you can hang out with Gris!): https://www.ftnextgen.com/ –Danny Bowien's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dannybowienchinesefood See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    Artist Mark Bradford peels back layers. Plus: is Netflix losing steam?

    At almost seven foot tall, Mark Bradford is one of the most towering figures in the art world, in every sense. Gris asks him how it felt — as a gay, black artist — to represent the US at the Venice Biennale in the era of Trump. Mark also discusses growing up in his mother's beauty salon in Los Angeles, his new exhibition in London, and how his foundation makes art accessible to everyone — not just privileged communities. Later in the episode, Lilah speaks to the FT's US media correspondent Anna Nicolaou about Fortnite, the digital streaming wars and why Netflix keeps paying millions for 90's sitcoms. As always, we'd love to hear from you. Chat with us on Twitter @FTCultureCall , and tell us about the cultural trends you can’t get out of your head at [email protected] . Links from the episode: Mark Bradford's exhibition Cerberus is at Hauser & Wirth in London until December 21 - https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/25237-mark-bradford-cerberus Lilah's piece on visiting Armenia for the first time - https://www.ft.com/content/2e2f38b0-e7a1-11e8-8a85-04b8afea6ea3 Anna Nicolaou's piece on Fortnite - https://www.ft.com/content/f2103e72-b38f-11e9-bec9-fdcab53d6959 Anna Nicolaou's piece on the future of Netflix (paywall) https://ig.ft.com/netflix-future/ Is Broadway ready for Slave Play? (New York Times) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/theater/slave-play-broadway-jeremy-harris.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    On sex and bias with comedian Sara Pascoe

    How does evolutionary biology shape our attitudes towards desire? Is it always possible to confront your own prejudice? Gris talks to Sara Pascoe about making jokes in the age of woke speak, the highs and lows of life as a comedian, and her new book Sex Power Money. We love hearing from you. Come chat with us @FTCultureCall on Twitter, and tell us about your favourite cultural trends at [email protected] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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