Welcome to the Culture Shot, your regular shot of what’s new and noteworthy in the world of culture.
Hosted by Ben Monro-Davies, and brought to you by Midas – the leading communications agency for culture – each episode is a shot of culture, from books to theatre, film to dance, music to art.
Joined by a different guest each time, including writers, artists, creators and more, we get to the bottom of the most pressing issues in the culture sector today, while learning how our guests got to where they are today.
The Culture Shot: Alison Bender
This week we're joined by international sports presenter, Alison Bender, as we learn about her 20-year career as a football reporter covering European Championships, World Cups and Champions League Games. As a woman in a male-dominated world, Alison Bender shares how she broke into this hugely competitive industry, and discusses her experiences of sexism in sport.
The Culture Shot: Damien Lewis
As we mark Remembrance Day this week, we're joined by Sunday Times #1 bestselling author, Damien Lewis, to discuss his epic new book, SAS Band of Brothers. For twenty years Damien worked as a war and conflict reporter for the world's major broadcasters, winning numerous awards. Band of Brothers continues Damien's iconic WWII elite forces series, revealing previously untold facets of one of the war's most daring SAS missions, exploring its wider ramifications for the war as a whole, and its long-lived and extraordinary aftermath.
The Culture Shot: Emma J Bell
Today we're joined by judge turned resilience coach and author, Emma J Bell, discussing her inspirational audiobook, 9 Secrets to Thriving. Taking us on a 35,000 mile journey, Bell draws on insights from 50 inspiring people who have suffered trauma but are nonetheless thriving, identifying the nine secrets any of us can apply to our daily lives to thrive.
The Culture Shot: Geoff White
In this week’s episode we're joined by investigative journalist Geoff White. Having covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Forbes and many others, Geoff White specialises in examining the impact of tech on our daily lives, from AI to the Dark Web. Discussing his new book Crime Dot Com, we go on a deep-dive into the world cyber crime, predicted to be one of the great themes of the twenty-first century.
The Culture Shot: Lola Shoneyin, Aké Festival
In this week’s episode we hear from Lola Shoneyin, Founder & Director of Aké Festival, about why the world needs a festival devoted to African and African Diaspora voices now more than ever, and how the pandemic has enabled this year’s event to become global, digital and free for all.