Culture Call

Culture Call

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From pop stars to memoirs, abstraction to athleisure, Lilah Raptopoulos and Griselda Murray Brown get together to make sense of culture today. Lilah’s an editor in New York and Gris is in London – join them as they dissect the trends shaping life in the 2020s, interview people breaking new ground and bring you behind the scenes of the Financial Times’ award-winning Life & Arts journalism. Come to hear what’s new in two cultural capitals; stay for compelling interviews that aren’t afraid to go deep. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll take notes. New episodes every two weeks.


Photographer Tyler Mitchell on black freedom
Jun 16 • 59 min
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…
Liana Finck, New Yorker cartoonist, on finding confidence and creativity in quarantine
May 29 • 47 min
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…
Slave Play author Jeremy O Harris on the future of theatre
May 15 • 59 min
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…
Bonus: Normal People author Sally Rooney
May 6 • 30 min
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…
How is culture adapting to quarantine? Plus: our film critic on what to watch now
May 1 • 48 min
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,…
Bonus: Esther Perel’s advice for coping in a pandemic
Apr 22 • 38 min
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…
Chef Samin Nosrat on home cooking in trying times
Apr 16 • 58 min
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…
This American Life host Ira Glass on storytelling during Covid-19
Apr 2 • 63 min
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…
We want to hear from you
Mar 27 • 5 min
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…
On culture in the time of coronavirus. Plus: novelist Eimear McBride
Mar 17 • 52 min
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…
Feminism after Weinstein, with Laura Bates, Emma Dabiri and Emilie Pine
Mar 5 • 57 min
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…
How to record sex, with podcaster Kaitlin Prest. Plus: fashion month explained by a trend forecaster
Feb 20 • 59 min
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…
Noah Baumbach on his film Marriage Story. Plus: everything you need to know before the Oscars
Feb 6 • 58 min
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…
We’re back for season two!
Feb 4 • 2 min
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…
Our 2019 cultural roundup: the biggest and best of the year
Dec 19, 2019 • 58 min
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…
Why astrology is thriving in 2019
Dec 5, 2019 • 40 min
You may have noticed the revival of astrology in recent years, as meme accounts accrue millions of followers, horoscope apps raise millions of dollars in venture funding, and Americans spend more and more on ‘mystical services’ (it’s currently a $2.2b…
Novelist Ben Lerner on angry white men and the origins of Trump
Nov 21, 2019 • 49 min
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…
Esther Perel on surviving (and thriving) at work
Nov 7, 2019 • 50 min
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…
Chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese: “we’re living in a post-authentic world”
Oct 24, 2019 • 41 min
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, a young new chef in San Francisco, he started the first pop up restaurant…
Artist Mark Bradford peels back layers. Plus: is Netflix losing steam?
Oct 10, 2019 • 53 min
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…
On sex and bias with comedian Sara Pascoe
Sep 24, 2019 • 34 min
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…
Unpacking the internet with Jia Tolentino
Sep 10, 2019 • 46 min
As the New Yorker magazine’s go-to millennial, Jia Tolentino writes cultural criticism about the internet and how it affects us. She recently published Trick Mirror, a wildly popular collection of essays that explores contemporary culture. On this…
From rap to representation with George the Poet
Aug 27, 2019 • 53 min
He opened the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a love poem. His series Have You Heard George’s Podcast? won multiple awards for its commentary on black inner city culture in the UK and beyond. George the Poet tells Gris about why he…
Talking fame, trauma and fiction with Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Aug 12, 2019 • 46 min
Gris and Lilah return with a revamped show: welcome to Culture Call! Lilah visits New York Times feature writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner at home in suburban New Jersey to talk about how she constructs her viral celebrity profiles (think Gwyneth Paltrow and…
Introducing Culture Call
Aug 2, 2019 • 4 min
We’re changing our name to Culture Call! We’ll be bringing you everything that was great about Everything Else, plus an added emphasis on conversations with people who are shifting culture — writers, musicians, chefs, comedians and more. For regular…
Love, lust and workplace burnout: Three Women’s Lisa Taddeo
Jul 12, 2019 • 48 min
Three Women is one of the most talked-about books of the summer: a true story of female desire that took eight years to write. Lilah talks to its author, Lisa Taddeo, about what it was like to report on real women’s sex lives — and why Woody Allen was…
Our big summer books episode 2019. Plus Simon Schama on Wordiness
Jun 28, 2019 • 38 min
Our big summer books episode! Plus, Simon Schama Looking for a book that will give you an existential crisis on holiday? Gris and Lilah talk with Innovation Editor John Thornhill about what this summer’s best tech books say about our cultural psyche.…
The secret life of a Cannes film critic. Plus: Big Little Lies and the internet wife
Jun 14, 2019 • 42 min
FT film critic Raphael Abraham brings us behind the scenes at Cannes — and recommends the best movies to see this summer. Plus: to welcome season two of HBO’s Big Little Lies, Gris and Lilah unpack the changing role of the housewife, and what the new…
Black Mirror and a date with Rihanna
May 31, 2019 • 42 min
Gris meets Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, the pair behind Black Mirror, the hit Netflix show that explores the darker side of our relationship to technology; its latest season begins next week. Plus: FT fashion editor Jo Ellison tells us what it was…
Jon Ronson on free porn, anxiety and empathy
May 17, 2019 • 34 min
Gris meets the author and podcaster Jon Ronson (The Butterfly Effect, The Psychopath Test, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed) to ask him why he’s drawn to secretive subcultures — from sites like 4chan to the Ku Klux Klan — and to discuss his latest podcast,…
DeRay Mckesson on Black Lives Matter. Plus: the meaning of Games of Thrones
May 3, 2019 • 31 min
Gris meets the activist, podcaster and author of On the Other Side of Freedom to discuss rising police violence against African Americans, what he learnt from meeting Obama, what Extinction Rebellion can learn from Black Lives Matter, and the role of…
Ways of Seeing: Sheila Heti on Pierre Bonnard
Apr 19, 2019 • 33 min
This week, Gris meets the Canadian writer Sheila Heti at Tate Modern’s Pierre Bonnard retrospective to discuss the unlikely parallels between their work, from the depiction of everyday life to the role of memory. Listen, subscribe, rate and review on…
Comedian Nish Kumar, Brexit and the best goodbyes
Mar 30, 2019 • 35 min
Gris talks to The Mash Report host Nish Kumar about comedy, the role of the political satirist and the painfully endless Brexit goodbye. And Gris says her own goodbye to Al, who is leaving the podcast to embark on a new career in ASMR. As he does, Al and…
Kristen Roupenian on ‘Cat Person’, dating and overnight success. Plus: we discuss consent
Mar 16, 2019 • 44 min
When Kristen Roupenian’s short story ‘Cat Person’ was published in December 2017, it became a viral sensation — and a focal point for conversations in the early days of #MeToo. How does she look back on it now? And what does her new collection You Know…
Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind and It’s Not About the Burqa
Mar 2, 2019 • 34 min
Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind and It’s Not About the Burqa The actor talks to Al about his debut as a film director, directing himself and Hollywood after Harvey Weinstein. Later, Salma Haidrani joins Gris and Al to discuss her writing…
Tracey Emin, the Oscars and Frieze in LA
Feb 16, 2019 • 44 min
History catches up with Tracey Emin: the artist on love, loss and #MeToo. And it’s the Academy Awards…who should win, who should not and who cares anyway? Plus: Frieze LA — local artist Martine Syms drives around Los Angeles, exploring the relationship…
Richard E Grant, Oscar nominee. Plus: is Netflix good for TV?
Feb 2, 2019 • 44 min
The star of Withnail and I discusses his new movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?, actors, acting and why sex is key to getting into character. And we debate the startling growth of Netflix - is it remotely healthy? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
Fiction special: Alexander Chee reads The Rosary
Dec 21, 2018 • 53 min
Our coda for 2018 is something rather different: the American writer reads a meditative personal essay from his acclaimed new collection, How To Write an Autobiographical Novel. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Best books of 2018. Plus: Sally Rooney on sex, class and the internet
Dec 15, 2018 • 50 min
In our penultimate episode of the series, we discuss the year’s best novels and non-fiction works — as well as some old favourites — with Arifa Akbar, literary critic and a judge of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction, and Alice Fishburn, editor of FT…
Christmas Food & Drink Special with Tim Hayward, Polly Russell and Chef Cyrus Todiwala
Dec 1, 2018 • 48 min
Is Christmas best for six-year-olds? And was it better in the olden days? We rediscover the joy of festive excess. The Indian British chef discusses the future of food, his own unique style of cooking and why now is the best moment in history to be an…
How to make it as a rapper in 2018. Plus: Thomas Page McBee, the first trans man to box at Madison Square Gardens
Nov 17, 2018 • 44 min
Hip-hop is now the dominant genre in pop. But how do artists get big? We ask the London beat maker and producer Mutual Soundz and the FT’s pop critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney. Plus: a trans writer on ‘toxic masculinity’ and the beauty of being a man. See…
‘The Big Lebowski’ at 20. Plus: John Cooper Clarke, the Baudelaire of Salford, is ‘The Luckiest Guy Alive’
Oct 27, 2018 • 48 min
As the Dude hits 20, has cult movie The Big Lebowski aged well? And, after 30-odd years, John Cooper Clarke, the ‘people’s poet’, has a new book of verse – he also has two pairs of glasses but no mobile phone. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
Kerry James Marshall on painting African-American life
Oct 13, 2018 • 30 min
His paintings of black Americans - families and lovers, parks and hair salons - have earned Kerry James Marshall a reputation as one of our greatest living artists. Gris talks to him about representation, the western canon and who decides the value of…
Sally Rooney, David Shrigley and comedy in contemporary art
Sep 29, 2018 • 45 min
Sally Rooney, author of Conversations with Friends and now Normal People, discusses sex, class and the internet - and why she simply couldn’t stand being at school. Plus - can visual art be very funny? We ask the great David Shrigley. See…
Comedian Phil Wang - Live
Sep 15, 2018 • 23 min
Recorded at the FT Weekend Festival, Phil Wang riffs on the science of comedy, racial stereotypes and being funny on demand. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Can you be a writer and a good parent? Plus: The Guilty Feminist
Sep 8, 2018 • 42 min
Is the pram in the hall really the enemy of good art? We ask Lara Feigel, author of Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing, and the FT’s Isabel Berwick. And later, Gris talks to comedian Deborah Frances-White, host of the hit podcast The Guilty…
Matthew Macfadyen: from Mr Darcy to the ‘dork’ in Succession
Sep 1, 2018 • 19 min
The actor unpicks his role as a “human grease stain” in the new, hit HBO TV series. Gris and Al will interview comedian Phil Wang live at the FT Weekend Festival on September 8. Tickets are available at ftweekendfestival.com. See acast.com/privacy for…
Stephen Mangan’s Hang Ups. Plus essential summer songs
Aug 18, 2018 • 43 min
Actor Stephen Mangan reveals everything about acting, death, boarding school and his new role as an online therapist. And - what makes the perfect summer song? Fluff or poignant melancholy? From Justin Bieber to Mungo Jerry, we dig deep with music writer…
Loneliness and the search for a new reality
Aug 4, 2018 • 37 min
In the age of Instagram, Twitter and ubiquitous screens, are we lonelier than ever? We chat to Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City, and Jo Ellison, the FT’s fashion editor. Plus: Laurence Scott dissects his book, Picnic Comma Lightning, a touching…
Lehman Brothers, Lauren Greenfield and how capitalism turned sour
Jul 21, 2018 • 35 min
Ten years after the financial crisis, The Lehman Trilogy, a play by Stefano Massini, has opened in London. We chat to FT comment editor Brooke Masters and theatre critic Sarah Hemming about what happened then and what we see on stage. Plus: Gris speaks to…
Simon Schama on satire in the age of Trump
Jul 13, 2018 • 21 min
As the US President descends on Britain — and a great big inflatable baby blimp Trump floats above Westminster — we ask Simon Schama whether this is a good time for political comedy, how satire has adapted to Donald Trump and whether it can really change…
Trendy food and faddish diets. Plus: artist Cornelia Parker
Jul 7, 2018 • 49 min
Kombucha? Purple food? Spirulina? Food trends might seem mostly fatuous, but do we need them? Tim Hayward identifies what’s hot now. And Gris meets the witty Cornelia Parker, destroyer of silver spoons, brass instruments and garden sheds. See…
1968 and the spirit of protest today. Plus: comedian Fern Brady
Jun 23, 2018 • 45 min
Fifty years after the uprisings in Paris, Prague and the US, protest is back. There’s Black Lives Matter, #MeToo — and the Stop Trump march in London next month. But what has changed? We talk to FT architecture critic Edwin Heathcote. Later, Al meets the…
Our World Cup hopes and fears. Plus: Akram Khan
Jun 14, 2018 • 33 min
As the World Cup “kicks off” in Russia, we chat to two FT football fanatics, theatre critic Sarah Hemming and magazine associate editor Neil O’Sullivan, about the beautiful game. Later, Gris meets the choreographer and dancer Akram Khan. You can read the…
The birth (and death) of American cool. Plus: Complicité’s Simon McBurney
Mar 31, 2018 • 51 min
Detachment, poise, charisma: “cool” can mean many things. In our season finale, Gris is joined by the academic Sarah Churchwell and arts writer Peter Aspden to discuss its evolution from the 1920s to today. Later, theatre director Simon McBurney tells the…
Peak TV — from The Sopranos to Skam
Mar 24, 2018 • 37 min
We discuss the evolution of television’s so-called “golden age”, from The Sopranos and The Wire to Atlanta and Broad City. What really changed? And what’s next? Will original shows from Facebook, Apple and YouTube threaten Netflix and Amazon — or even…
Peter Carey on Australia’s original sin. Plus: a new short story by JM Coetzee
Mar 17, 2018 • 26 min
This week: two titans of literature with four Booker Prizes between them. First up, Peter Carey on tackling the relationship between Australia’s white and Aboriginal populations in his new novel, A Long Way from Home. Later, JM Coetzee reads ‘The Dog’, a…
Women After Weinstein, with Laura Bates and Reni Eddo-Lodge. Plus: Leila Slimani on motherhood
Mar 7, 2018 • 55 min
What’s the role of feminism in the #MeToo era? We talk to Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, and Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, about where we are — and where we’re…
Oscars 2018: the movies and the moment. Plus: Ekow Eshun on Black Panther
Mar 2, 2018 • 51 min
Film special! We debate the Academy Awards, why they matter and who should win: Get Out, Call Me By Your Name or Lady Bird? And what does Three Billboards — its success and backlash — say about the current climate? Later, Griselda talks to Ekow Eshun…
Simon Schama on Civilisations. Plus: artist Eddie Peake
Feb 24, 2018 • 44 min
Art historian Simon Schama on why he’s updating Kenneth Clark’s landmark TV series from 1969 and what ‘civilisation’ means today. Plus: we visit provocative artist Eddie Peake’s new exhibition at White Cube and chat to him about nudity, desperation and…
JM Coetzee on the problem with English. Plus: Ghanaian-American novelist Yaa Gyasi
Feb 17, 2018 • 48 min
This week: a special episode from the Hay Literary Festival in Cartagena, Colombia. Nobel Prize for Literature and two-time Booker Prize winner JM Coetzee reads a powerful short story from his forthcoming collection — and discusses the troubling dominance…
Genius versus mediocrity. Plus: The Wire’s Clarke Peters
Feb 10, 2018 • 37 min
We’re back! First up: we talk to Lucian Msamati, star of the National Theatre’s Amadeus, and journalist Peter Aspden about the nature of genius. Is Kanye West today’s Mozart? And in an age obsessed with self-improvement, is mediocrity underrated? Later,…
Introducing series four
Feb 3, 2018 • 1 min
Everything Else is back on February 10! First up, we debate the nature of genius from Mozart to Kanye West — and we meet Clarke Peters, star of The Wire and the Oscar-tipped film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In the coming weeks, we’ve got…
A new short story by Ali Smith, read by Olivia Williams
Dec 29, 2017 • 28 min
In a festive special episode, the actor Olivia Williams reads ‘I Heard it on Classic FN’, a new short story by Ali Smith, author of the novels How To Be Both, Autumn and Winter. The story was commissioned by FT Weekend; you can read it at ft.com/books.…
Best films of 2017. Plus: Hayley Atwell on Weinstein culture
Nov 25, 2017 • 51 min
In our season finale we reveal our favourite films of the year, from The Florida Project to Call Me By Your Name. And as Hollywood’s sex scandals dominate headlines - can we separate the art from the artist? Later, we catch up with actor Hayley Atwell,…
Food special! To tip or not to tip? Plus: chef Ravinder Bhogal
Nov 18, 2017 • 46 min
Chef and TV star Ravinder Bhogal describes how women cook differently to men. We explore London’s Borough Market, asking stallholders what makes Christmas Christmas for them. And is tipping on the way out? A quarrel about the bill with food writer and…
From Lenin with love
Nov 11, 2017 • 54 min
Comrades! 100 years since the October Revolution we examine the Russian soul and speak to Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The lurid appeal of true crime. Plus: Roisin Conaty
Nov 6, 2017 • 47 min
Is the genre as compelling as ever? Or is it biting the dust? We discuss hit podcast Dirty John and Netflix spoof American Vandal. Later, Al talks to comedian Roisin Conaty about the deathtrap of the perfect heckle. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
Lionel Shriver
Nov 3, 2017 • 32 min
In this special episode, Lionel Shriver, the American writer best known for her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, reads a new short story inspired by the news of 2017. She wrote it for the Word Factory and New Writing North for ‘Citizen: The New Story,…
Why we sleep. Plus: Chris Kraus on I Love Dick
Oct 30, 2017 • 55 min
Is sleep the answer to health and happiness? Or is the future sleepless? We talk to neuroscientist Matthew Walker about his new book Why We Sleep. Gris is quizzed on famous sleepers. And later, she meets Chris Kraus author of cult feminist novel I Love…
Class and comedy at the movies. Plus: women respond to Harvey Weinstein
Oct 23, 2017 • 49 min
This week, we compare a London comedy (Sally Potter’s The Party) with a New York one (Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories). Gris is conflicted about #MeTo, the social media campaign highlighting the prevalence of sexual harassment. And Al speaks to the…
What’s the naughtiest thing you ever did? Plus writer Amit Chaudhuri
Oct 16, 2017 • 51 min
Can you buy good taste? Kelly Hoppen and Nicky Haslam have the answers. Chaudhuri discusses his mini masterpiece Friend of My Youth. Later, Vince Cable, Ruth Rogers and Jeremy Paxman confess their darkest secrets. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
Boards and barricades – political theatre. Plus: adventurer Natalia Cohen
Oct 9, 2017 • 47 min
Can plays improve the world? We ask playwright James Graham and journalist Helen Lewis. Then we meet Natalia Cohen, who rowed across the Pacific Ocean in a little boat called Doris. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Peace and love. Plus: Teju Cole
Oct 2, 2017 • 44 min
The power of pop, Monty Python’s ‘Every Sperm is Sacred’ - and Gris’s big news. FT pop critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney joins us to discuss how music can change the world. Then we talk to writer and photographer Teju Cole about Confederate statues and ways of…
Extra scoop: S-Town’s Brian Reed
Sep 29, 2017 • 12 min
A short but sweet extra episode for fans of ‘S-Town’. We talk to the host and co-creator of the hit podcast ahead of his UK tour. Contains spoilers! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Basquiat, Banksy and Hollie McNish
Sep 25, 2017 • 50 min
We’re back! We head to the Barbican’s Basquiat show ‘Boom for Real’ - then chat to Ekow Eshun about this ‘radiant child’. Later, poet and YouTube phenomenon Hollie McNish drops by. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Introducing series three
Sep 22, 2017 • 1 min
The FT’s culture podcast is back with a bang on September 25. We’ve got a new co-host and interviews with Pussy Riot, Teju Cole, Hollie McNish and many more. In our first episode, we discuss Basquiat, Banksy and stripping off on stage. Don’t miss out —…
Love summer, love lowbrow. Plus: Elizabeth Strout
Jun 21, 2017 • 40 min
From Baywatch to Justin Bieber, we discuss the best (and worst) of this summer’s trashy film and music. Plus: the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout on writing about class in the age of Trump. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
Why 2017 is the year of queer
Jun 14, 2017 • 36 min
Finally, gay art and writing is getting the attention it deserves. We celebrate with novelist Philip Hensher and critic Jackie Wullschlager. Plus: Twitter’s favourite poet Patricia Lockwood remembers growing up in the American Midwest with her gun-toting…
Dystopian dreams and robotic sculpture
Jun 7, 2017 • 35 min
From Orwell to The Hunger Games, dystopian fiction is back in fashion. But can it offer comfort in troubled times? We discuss the best books, films and the new TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Plus: sculptor Conrad Shawcross on…
Netflix versus Cannes
May 31, 2017 • 32 min
It’s the story that dominated the world’s premier film festival: we discuss how Netflix is reshaping the future of cinema. Plus: the writer Reni Eddo-Lodge on her new book ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. See acast.com/privacy for…
Older, wiser — and happier? Plus: Will Self
May 24, 2017 • 32 min
‘Happiness data’ says youth is carefree, retirement is bliss, and you muddle through in between. We argue with the FT’s Lucy Kellaway about which stage of life is the best. Then: novelist Will Self hotboxes the studio and holds forth on our obsession with…
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May 18, 2017 • 34 min
Soho House is taking over the world. But can members’ clubs ever be cool? We’re divided – even after visiting The Ned, London’s £200m new hangout. Plus: Irish novelist Eimear McBride on the magic of modernism and ‘knicker-sniffing reviews’. See…
We talk to Jude Law. Plus: Trump’s wall
May 10, 2017 • 37 min
Hello again! We’re back — with a Hollywood A-lister and an architectural conundrum. Jude Law visits the FT to discuss masculinity, “method” and music (he’s learning how to play the piano). But first we ask: who will build Donald Trump’s wall? What will it…
Introducing series two
May 5, 2017 • 1 min
The FT’s culture podcast Everything Else is coming back soon — featuring interviews with Jude Law, Eimear McBride, Will Self and lots more See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
When fake news is funny (and when it’s not)
Mar 23, 2017 • 38 min
In our season finale, we discuss hoax stories and Facebook “filter bubbles”; Nigerian novelist Ayobami Adebayo explores love and childlessness; and the FT’s editor Lionel Barber has lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
Elena Ferrante and the perils of adaptation
Mar 16, 2017 • 39 min
The bestselling Neapolitan Quartet is now a two-part play in London. But are adaptations always second best? Plus, 24-year-old writer Edouard Louis on growing up poor and gay in rural France - and why his family will vote Marine Le Pen next month. See…
It’s the sharing economy, stupid! Plus comedian Nish Kumar
Mar 8, 2017 • 29 min
No doubt Uber and Airbnb are convenient, but what kind of impact does the so-called ‘sharing economy’ have on culture? Then, Nish Kumar on the bizarre experience of seeing his image become an internet meme called ‘Confused Muslim’ (he’s not a Muslim, but…
The art of trolling
Mar 1, 2017 • 29 min
Following Milo Yiannopoulos’ downfall, we ask the online provocateur Nimrod Kamer whether ‘bad trolls’ are ruining the internet. Plus: fashion’s rising star Molly Goddard on why she hates being called girly See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
We need to talk about masculinity, and Deliciously Ella
Feb 22, 2017 • 39 min
Men in crisis? What crisis? Plus, the food world’s social media star and author of the fastest selling debut cookbook ever on why vegetables are cool - and why she hates to be called the ‘queen of clean-eating’ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
How Girls turned TV upside down
Feb 15, 2017 • 41 min
Lena Dunham’s show skewered millennial culture - but did it revolutionise TV? Plus: artist Ryan Gander on why he never does the same thing twice See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Self-help special! Featuring smartphones and an Agony Uncle
Feb 8, 2017 • 32 min
We tested the apps that promise to make us more productive, mindful and all-round better versions of ourselves, and discuss the (mixed) results with Tim Harford. Plus: your Valentine’s Day sorted. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Culture stands up to Trump. Plus: Elif Shafak
Feb 1, 2017 • 34 min
From museum strikes to a micro-penis, how artists are responding to the US president; Turkey’s most popular female novelist on Islam, feminism and her unconventional marriage; and lunch with the man who taught the world how to beat the casinos. See…
The Oscars dissected, and the man behind Brexit
Jan 25, 2017 • 38 min
Are La La Land, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea worth the hype? Does Daniel Hannan have any regrets about Britain’s vote to leave the EU? And why did one British artist photograph every page of the Koran? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
The death of new music? Plus: Wayne McGregor
Jan 18, 2017 • 37 min
Did pop itself die alongside David Bowie and Prince last year? Or is it constantly reinventing itself? We debate the state of new music and look forward to the albums of 2017. Plus, choreographer Wayne McGregor on raving in 1990s – and why he’s turning…
‘Pig-killing day’ by David Szalay
Dec 28, 2016 • 37 min
‘It is over before either of us has really understood what is happening.’ David Szalay, whose novel ‘All That Man Is’ was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, reads his short story, specially written for the FT. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and…
2016: the good, the bad and the ugly, with Simon Schama
Dec 22, 2016 • 34 min
We try to make sense of the biggest cultural moments in a crazy year, from the brilliance of Beyoncé to the hideousness of hygge. Plus, the chefs behind the London restaurant Honey & Co talk about feasting, the secrets to Middle Eastern cooking, and their…
Politics and culture in the age of anger
Dec 15, 2016 • 32 min
Pankaj Mishra and Helen Lewis join us to discuss why everyone is so full of rage right now; Nigerian-American artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby on depicting her naked husband in her work; and what to look out for in the FT’s interview with South African…
Literary prizes as ‘posh bingo’. Plus: writer/rapper Kate Tempest
Dec 8, 2016 • 37 min
The power - and politics - of prize-giving, from Dylan’s Nobel to Beatty’s Booker; Kate Tempest on what William Blake and Wu-Tang have in common; and a buffet with the man who jailed Iceland’s bankers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
Don’t worry, you’re not a narcissist (probably)
Dec 1, 2016 • 37 min
FT critics discuss our age of self-admiration and why it troubles us so much; ‘bad boy’ theatre director Ivo van Hove on how his punk origins still inspire his work; and what it’s like to have lunch with the radical performance artist Marina Abramovic.…
Introducing Everything Else
Nov 24, 2016 • 1 min
A new culture podcast from the Financial Times in which we talk about film not finance, music not markets, and style not stocks. Featuring star guests and presented by John Sunyer and Griselda Murray Brown. First episode out on Thursday December 1. See…