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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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FT Weekend Financial Times

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 342 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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    Chef Mashama Bailey on reclaiming African-American food

    Chef Mashama Bailey on reclaiming African-American food

    This week Lilah goes to Savannah, Georgia, to visit chef Mashama Bailey. Mashama recently won Outstanding Chef at the James Beard Awards. Since 2014, she has been chef and partner at The Grey, a restaurant located in a formerly segregated bus station. And she has been redefining American food by reclaiming its African-American roots. But because so much of this history hasn't been documented, how do you find and preserve it, and also expand on it? Mashama explains her creative process. We also speak with Stephen Satterfield, host of the Netflix docuseries High on the Hog. Stephen is the founder of Whetstone Media, which is dedicated to tracing food stories back to their roots of origin.
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    Links and mentions from the episode: 
    Lilah’s written piece on Mashama in the FT Magazine: https://on.ft.com/3I8v4br 
    Mashama and her business partner John O Morisano’s memoir about The Grey is called Black, White, and the Grey
    Stephen is the founder of Whetstone Magazine and Whetstone Media. You can learn more at https://www.whetstonemagazine.com/
    Whetstone Radio Collective has a suite of podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/channel/whetstone-radio/id6442689915
    Dr Jessica B Harris’s seminal book on African-American food history is called High on the Hog: a Culinary Journey from Africa to America
    Edna Lewis is considered the first lady of Southern cooking. Her groundbreaking cookbook, published in 1976, is called The Taste of Country Cooking
    Lilah also recommends Bryant Terry's 2021 cookbook Black Food, and the work of Michael W Twitty. Michael is on Instagram at @thecookinggene and has an excellent Masterclass session on tracing your roots through food
    Mashama is on Instagram at @mashamabailey. Stephen is at @isawstephen
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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
    Food & Drink mini-series: Jancis Robinson on wine trends

    Food & Drink mini-series: Jancis Robinson on wine trends

    Welcome to our summer Food & Drink mini-series, where every Wednesday for four weeks an expert teaches us something new. Lilah’s third guest, Jancis Robinson, is the FT’s wine columnist and one of the most respected wine experts in the world. She joins us from France to talk through today’s top wine trends: oak is out, concrete is in. Heavy reds are out, paler and more acidic reds are in. And more!
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    Links and mentions from the episode:
    – Last time Jancis was on the podcast, she told her story and taught us how we can begin our journey with wine. Listen here: https://www.ft.com/content/53fb48ad-183a-47df-8535-4ab3e9bb0ce7 
    – A recent column by Jancis: ‘Why the era of ageing wine in concrete may finally have come’: https://on.ft.com/3Cz7thu 
    – Jancis’s website is www.jancisrobinson.com and she’s on Instagram and Twitter at @jancis_robinson
    – The two books Lilah mentioned are The World Atlas of Wine and The 24-Hour Wine Expert.
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    This episode was produced by Molly Nugent. 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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    • 14 min
    Author Elif Batuman. Plus, our obsession with feedback

    Author Elif Batuman. Plus, our obsession with feedback

    This week, we talk to the author Elif Batuman about her new novel ‘Either / Or’. The book is set in the 1990s, and follows Elif’s fictionalised alter ego, Selin, as she navigates life as a Harvard student. Elif reflects on looking back at the ’90s from a contemporary perspective and talks about what we’ve learnt since. Then, we hear about feedback from deputy FT Magazine editor Esther Bintliff. We live in a culture obsessed with feedback. But what kind of feedback is actually effective? 
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    Links and mentions from the episode: 
    – Either/Or by Elif Batuman is available in all good bookstores. 
    – Esther’s piece on feedback, https://www.ft.com/content/a681ac3c-73b8-459b-843c-0d796f15020e 
    – Bradley Whitford describing the three-step reaction on WTF with Marc Maron http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-909-bradley-whitford
    – If you want to hear Kim Scott talking about Radical Candour at Inbound Bold Talks, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj9GLeNCgm4 
    – Elif Batuman is on Twitter @BananaKarenina. Esther is on Twitter @estherbintliff. 
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco.
    Silicon Valley clip courtesy of HBO. 
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    • 34 min
    Food & Drink mini-series: Ayesha Nurdjaja on how to flavour

    Food & Drink mini-series: Ayesha Nurdjaja on how to flavour

    “I always like a bite of food to feel like the Fourth of July in your mouth: small explosions of flavour where each bite is different.” Welcome to our summer Food & Drink-themed mini-series, where every Wednesday for four weeks, an expert teaches us something new. Lilah’s second guest is Ayesha Nurdjaja, executive chef and partner of Shuka and Shukette in New York. Ayesha is an expert at flavour. Her Italian and Indonesian heritage, childhood in Brooklyn and travels to the Middle East have fused into a signature style. She explains how balancing flavour is like making music, how to develop and push your palate, and how to taste.
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    Links and mentions from the episode: 
    – Ayesha is on Instagram at @ayesharare
    – Ayesha teaches us to cook shakshuka: https://www.today.com/video/learn-how-to-make-shakshuka-a-one-pot-meal-for-the-holidays-127622213623 
    – Ayesha shares her mother’s Italian meatball recipe: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=580377019271350 
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    This episode was produced by Molly Nugent. 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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    • 14 min
    A new weight-loss drug works. Is that good?

    A new weight-loss drug works. Is that good?

    This week, we hear about a new 'miracle' weight-loss drug called Wegovy. It has unprecedented clinical results and endorsements from celebrities such as Queen Latifah. But critics say it deals with the symptom but not the cause. Then, we’re joined by Lauren Indvik, the FT's fashion editor. She explains how to efficiently pinpoint your personal style, and build a wardrobe that saves money, time and carbon emissions. Plus, she answers listener questions.
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    Links and mentions from the episode: 
    – Hannah Kuchler’s piece, ‘A new ‘miracle’ weight loss drug really works – raising huge questions’: https://on.ft.com/3vpSBQh  
    – Lauren Indvik’s dispatch from the Paris runway, ‘A return to decadence at Paris couture’: https://on.ft.com/3BoXNrl 
    – Hannah Kuchler is on Twitter @hannahkuchler. Lauren is on Twitter @laureni.  
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    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 28 min
    Food & Drink mini-series: Andy Baraghani on finding your home cooking style

    Food & Drink mini-series: Andy Baraghani on finding your home cooking style

    Welcome to our summer Food & Drink-themed mini-series! Every Wednesday for the next four weeks, an expert will teach us something new. Lilah’s first guest is the chef and well-known food writer Andy Baraghani, who recently came out with a cookbook called 'The Cook You Want to Be'. He teaches us how to take the food that excites us, the food we grew up on and the food that we like now, and build it all into a personal home cooking style.
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    Links and mentions from the episode: 
    – Andy’s cookbook is called The Cook You Want to Be
    – Andy’s Kuku Sabzi recipe: https://youtu.be/OJFoIfzY7eI 
    – “I Hid Who I Was for So Long. Until I Became a Cook.” https://www.bonappetit.com/story/andy-baraghani-cooking-and-identity 
    – The series on Iranian cooking that Andy worked on with his mother for Saveur in 2012: https://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen/Behind-the-Story-Iran/ 
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    Want to join us at the FT Weekend festival in London on September 3rd? Buy a ticket at ft.com/ftwf. And here’s a special £20 off promo code, specifically for FT Weekend listeners: FTWFxPodcast22
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    This episode was produced by Molly Nugent. 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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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
342 Ratings

342 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 .

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Possibly the best podcast available on apple podcasts

Incredible breadth of topics, which are discussed with lightness, clarity, and nuance. ‘Eye opening’ might be overused as an adjective, but this podcast most definitely fits that description. Love the clever way they are constructed. Plus, Laila has a gift for asking questions.

Jenethron ,

Great listen!

Really enjoy listening to all the varied topics that are included. Great to have a weekly episode to go through everything!

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