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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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    • 4.5 • 361 Ratings

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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    ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’ author Gabrielle Zevin

    ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’ author Gabrielle Zevin

    This week, we’re joined by Gabrielle Zevin, author of the novel ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’. One of last year's bestsellers, it traces the lives of two friends, Sam and Sadie, who meet as kids and become world famous video game creators. Gabrielle tells Lilah why she focused on games, and how video games from Pac-Man to Mario influenced a generation of people. Then, we learn about a Rolex watch ‘grey market’ with Jeff Maysh. Try to buy a Rolex – you're unlikely to find one on the shelves. Jeff found out why that’s the case (crypto has something to do with it).
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    Links and mentions from the episode: 
    – Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin, is available now in paperback. 
    – The FT review of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: https://on.ft.com/3JYGtvv  
    – Jeff’s piece on the Rolex grey market in the FT: https://on.ft.com/3hQggFW 
    – Jeff’s piece on the 30 million dollar lottery scam https://t.co/IyDQnNxStZ (The Atlantic) and on Donald Trump and the Sweepstakes scammers https://t.co/TTfyJnAd2I (New Yorker)
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. 
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    • 24 min
    Oscar-nominated directors: ‘Everything Everywhere’ and ‘Triangle of Sadness’

    Oscar-nominated directors: ‘Everything Everywhere’ and ‘Triangle of Sadness’

    The Oscar nominations have been announced. This weekend, we revisit two of our interviews from last year, with filmmakers behind two of the most nominated films: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who directed ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’, and Ruben Östlund, director of ‘Triangle of Sadness’. Both are nominated for best director and best picture, and both are unexpected: 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' is praised for combining genres from indie comedy to sci-fi to kung fu. 'Triangle of Sadness' is a dark comedy critique of wealth and power. The interviews are a wild ride, and among our favourites.
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    Links and mentions from the episode: 
    – The FT’s roundup of this year’s Oscar nominees: https://on.ft.com/3ZZAIp3 
    – Our review of Everything Everywhere All at Once: https://on.ft.com/3R6cjdr  
    – Our review of Triangle of Sadness: https://on.ft.com/3Hblu7J
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    • 33 min
    Surviving US healthcare. Plus: Prince Harry’s 'Spare'

    Surviving US healthcare. Plus: Prince Harry’s 'Spare'

    This weekend, the FT's Claire Bushey asks a question that sounds poetic but is actually entirely unsentimental: how much is my life worth? In 2021, Claire learned she had breast cancer. The cost of her treatment points us to how, exactly, the US healthcare system is broken. Then, Lilah takes on Prince Harry's autobiography Spare with chief features writer Henry Mance. After so much Harry and Meghan content, what can we possibly still learn?
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    Links: 
    – Claire’s column, ‘How much does my life cost? A tale of US cancer care’’: https://on.ft.com/3HeGyeS
    – Claire recommends the book Never Pay The First Bill, by Marshall Allen. She also references The Undying: A Meditation on Modern Illness by Anne Boyer
    – Henry Mance’s review of Spare, by Prince Harry: https://on.ft.com/3J2oDcy 
    – Claire is on Twitter @Claire_Bushey. Henry is @HenryMance. Henry has a book called How to Love Animals.
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 29 min
    How AI is changing art. Plus: winter cooking

    How AI is changing art. Plus: winter cooking

    This weekend, we learn about AI-generated art. Type any sentence, such as “Sea otter with a pearl earring by Johannes Vermeer” into a website, and you’ll get an uncanny visual approximation created entirely by AI — with no input from humans. Our gaming critic Tom Faber joins Lilah to explore what impact it could have on human creativity. Then, we talk about deep winter cooking with the chefs behind our food column: Honey and Co. Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer give us tons of ideas, from soup to shanks to citrus salads.
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    Links: 
    – Tom’s magazine cover, ‘The Golden Age of AI-generated art is here’, including AI-generated images: https://on.ft.com/3CIlY3V 
    – You can make your own AI art at openai.com/dall-e-2. FT readers have submitted some great ones here: https://on.ft.com/3iztEOV 
    – Honey and Co’s latest recipe, a delicious tomato and rice soup with basil oil: https://on.ft.com/3GDpg9w 
    – Cabbage stuffed with beef, rice and prunes: https://on.ft.com/3W1xJZP 
    – Winter jams, spreads and chutneys: https://on.ft.com/3kdK4ge
    – A collection of citrus recipes, from treacle-cured salmon to lemon fizz: https://on.ft.com/3X8zNk9 
    – Their cookbooks are called Honey and Co the cookbook, Honey and Co at home, Golden (which has baking recipes), and Chasing Smoke: cooking over fire around the levant
    – Tom is on Twitter @_TomFaber. Itamar and Sarit are on Instagram @honeyandco.
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 26 min
    The secret lives of MI6’s women spies

    The secret lives of MI6’s women spies

    This week, we learn about the secret lives of women spies. Our colleague Helen Warrell got exclusive access to the women at the top ranks of Britain’s MI6 agency. For the first time, they reveal what it’s like to be a woman in espionage, and how pop culture – from James Bond to John le Carré novels – has made it harder for MI6 to recruit a diverse team of spies. Then, we’re joined by behavioural economist and friend of the podcast Tim Harford, who – just in time for your New Year's resolutions – makes a compelling case for learning when it’s time to quit.
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    We love hearing from you! You can email us at ftweekendpodcast@ft.com. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap.
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    Links: 
    – Helen’s exclusive story trailing the women at the top of MI6: https://on.ft.com/3Im2962 
    – Helen is on Twitter @HelenWarrell 
    – Tim’s column on why quitting is underrated: https://on.ft.com/3vEBVnx 
    – Tim’s podcast is called Cautionary Tales and he’s on Twitter @TimHarford
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 30 min
    Tamagotchis and reality TV: 2023 cultural predictions

    Tamagotchis and reality TV: 2023 cultural predictions

    It’s our last episode of the year, and our annual predictions episode for 2023! Lilah is joined by FT Magazine editor Matt Vella to talk through listener call-ins, from dog trends to speed dating to what White Lotus says about the end of the world. Matt and Lilah also add some hopes, dreams and guesses of their own. Then, FT editors and journalists share their predictions for what will happen in art, fashion, music, tech and more.
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    Links: 
    – Matt is on Twitter @mattvella. You also heard from fashion editor Lauren Indvik (@laureni), arts editor Jan Dalley, music critic Arwa Haider (@ArwaHaider), deputy arts editor Raphael Abraham (@RaphAbraham), and San Francisco correspondent Patrick McGee (@PatrickMcGee_)
    – Raph’s film recommendations are Aftersun (2022, out now), directed by Charlotte Wells. The Fabelmans (January 2023), directed by Stephen Spielberg and Alcarràs (January 2023), directed by Carla Simón
    –Here’s Raph’s interview with Aftersun director Charlotte Wells: https://on.ft.com/3Twlweq 
    –A column from Jan on how rich bashing is back, onscreen, with White Lotus: https://on.ft.com/3UaFX18 
    –Lauren has a new excellent newsletter on the business of the $2.5tn fashion industry, called Fashion Matters. Subscribe here: https://on.ft.com/3Xa4Nk5 
    – A full list of FT columnists’ predictions for 2023 will be published on the FT’s website at the end of this month
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
361 Ratings

361 Ratings

Easily impatient ,

Always my favourite non cycling podcast !

Hands down the best show I subscribe to ( subject to the caveat above ) . A great breadth of topics , always engaging and interesting, an enthusiastic host and lots of really knowledgeable journos. Never patronising. I’d subscribe to the FT off the back of this if I didn’t already. Hats off to the team , seriously .

wewonthewar ,

Uh

Too many Californianisms, such as the incorrect use of “like”

My1World ,

Disappointing, boring and irrelevant

How is this podcast connected to anything FT?
Sounds like completely irrelevant topic educated by amateur “journalists”.
Shame on FT for hosting it.
It is dilutive to the FT brand.

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