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Life and Art from FT Weekend is the twice-weekly culture podcast of the Financial Times. On Monday, we talk about life, and how to live a good one in one-on-one conversations. On Friday, we talk about ‘art’ – in a chat show. Three FT journalists come together to discuss a new cultural release across film, TV, music and books. Hosted by Lilah Raptopoulos, together with the FT’s award-winning writers and editors, and special guests.
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Life and Art from FT Weekend is the twice-weekly culture podcast of the Financial Times. On Monday, we talk about life, and how to live a good one in one-on-one conversations. On Friday, we talk about ‘art’ – in a chat show. Three FT journalists come together to discuss a new cultural release across film, TV, music and books. Hosted by Lilah Raptopoulos, together with the FT’s award-winning writers and editors, and special guests.
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    Writer Anne Lamott on how to tap into your creativity

    Writer Anne Lamott on how to tap into your creativity

    When it comes to writing, Anne Lamott’s philosophy is to take things one step at a time, keep moving, and give yourself permission to be who you are. She expressed it most famously 30 years ago in her seminal book on writing and life, Bird by Bird. But it also appears across her many non-fiction books, from parenting, to faith. Anne recently came out with her 20th book, about love, titled Somehow. She tells Lilah how she applies this philosophy to creativity, love, grief, ageing and more.
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    We love hearing from you. Lilah is on Instagram @lilahrap. We’re on X @lifeandartpod and on email at lifeandart@ft.com. And please share this episode with your friends!
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    • 23 min
    Culture Chat: ‘Sunny’ has its circuits crossed

    Culture Chat: ‘Sunny’ has its circuits crossed

    ‘Sunny’, a new robot-comedy series, came out on Apple TV+ last week. It stars Rashida Jones as an American expat in Japan, who enlists the help of a cute robot to find out what happened to her late husband. What questions does the show raise about our relationship with tech? And what do we want to see in shows that ponder AI? Lilah's joined by FT columnist and crypto sceptic Jemima Kelly and FT money editor Nathan Brooker to figure it out. 
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    We love hearing from you. Lilah is on Instagram @lilahrap. We’re on X @lifeandartpod and on email at lifeandart@ft.com. And please share this episode with your friends!
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    Links (all FT links get you past the paywall): 
    – The FT”s review of Sunny by Dan Einav: https://on.ft.com/4d3914j 
    – Madhu Murgia’s piece Lilah referenced on how different cultures, including Japan, have depicted AI: https://on.ft.com/4d1nOgt
    – Nathan Brooker is on X @ncbrooker. Jemima is @jemimajoanna
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Clips this week courtesy of A24. 
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    • 26 min
    Why men’s fashion is skimpier and more queer

    Why men’s fashion is skimpier and more queer

    You have probably noticed by their clothes: this summer, men just want to have fun. Crop tops, short shorts and even kilts and skirts are in. Long sleeves, and long inseams, are out. Today, two of the FT’s men’s fashion experts, Robert Armstrong and Eric Platt, join us to discuss how and why this happened, and what the rise of skimpy menswear tells us about masculinity today. 
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    Links (all FT links get you past the paywall): 
    – Rob’s latest style column is here: https://on.ft.com/3xWm8pa
    – Rob is on X @rbrtrmstrng. Eric is on X @EricGPlatt
    – Here’s the GQ piece we mentioned, called “Why is everyone on steroids now?” https://www.gq.com/story/why-is-everyone-on-steroids-now 
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    • 22 min
    Culture chat: Chappell Roan, Brat and pop girl summer

    Culture chat: Chappell Roan, Brat and pop girl summer

    Today, we’re talking about the “femininomenon” that is pop girl summer. This season's music scene has been dominated by unfiltered female sensations, including Chappell Roan, Charli XCX and Sabrina Carpenter. How did these artists become so popular? How does this scene compare with that of the pop girls of the early 2000s? And what is a ‘brat’ summer? Lilah is joined by music writer Arwa Haider and US media correspondent Anna Nicolaou to chat through it.
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    Links (all FT links get you past the paywall): 
    – You can listen to our curation of pop girl summer hits in this Spotify playlist, or by searching “Pop Girl Summer 2024: Life and Art”. You can thank our producer Lulu Smyth
    – The FT’s 4 star review of Brat is here: https://on.ft.com/4cvSTIQ 
    – Arwa Haider is on X @ArwaHaider. Anna Nicolaou is @annaknicolaou 
    – Lilah recommends Miranda July’s novel All Fours
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    • 24 min
    Best of: Why everyone is talking about polyamory

    Best of: Why everyone is talking about polyamory

    Today, we’re bringing you an episode from our archives: Molly Roden Winter was a frustrated mom of two in Brooklyn when she and her husband decided that they should open up their marriage. What followed was a 10-year journey of self-exploration that took her not only into some seedy hotel rooms but also to therapy, back to work, and into other activities that added up to a more fulfilling life. Today Molly is on the show to talk about her memoir More in which she details her journey. She also tells Lilah what polyamory could teach monogamous couples.
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    We love hearing from you. Lilah is on Instagram @lilahrap and we’re on X @lifeandartpod. You can email us at lifeandart@ft.com. We are grateful for reviews, on Apple, Spotify, etc.
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    Links (all FT links get you past the paywall): 
    –  Molly’s book More is out now 
    – The FT’s review of More, by Rana Foroohar, is here: https://on.ft.com/3UmsdUF
    – Molly is on X @mollyrwinter
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    • 18 min
    Culture Chat: Does 'The Bear' still cook?

    Culture Chat: Does 'The Bear' still cook?

    Season three of FX’s “The Bear” is here, and today we discuss it with our top food writers! The Financial Times’s food and drink editor Harriet Fitch Little and restaurant critic Tim Hayward, who also owns a cafe in Cambridge, join Lilah to share their takes. How well does the show reflect the restaurant world? What itch is it scratching? And how does this season hold up?  
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    We love hearing from you. Lilah is on Instagram @lilahrap. We’re on X @lifeandartpod and on email at lifeandart@ft.com. We are grateful for reviews on Apple and Spotify. And please share this episode with your friends!
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    Links (all FT links get you past the paywall): 
    – The FT’S 5 star review of “The Bear” season 3 is here: https://on.ft.com/4eQixtq 
    – A recent column by Tim Hayward: ‘Why the best seat in any restaurant is out by the back of the bins’. He is the author of Steak: The Whole Story, available now in all good bookshops
    – Our episode on ‘The Taste of Things’ featuring Tim and Harriet is here. Tim has also spoken with us about gluttony, and Harriet about throwing dinner parties. You can search wherever you listen
    – Tim is on X @timhayward. Harriet is @HarrietFL
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
394 Ratings

394 Ratings

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The quality of the show is not as good as before

I have been a big fan of the show through its many reincarnations and have loved the show and the hosts over the years. However I feel like the quality of the content has become more and more diluted. I really miss the “Culture Call” during early pandemic days when it has been such inspirational and joyous conversations between the hosts and the in-depth interviews with the cultural figures. Perhaps it’s an intentional pivot, since the name of the podcast has also changed. I welcome the experiments and do like a light-themed fun show sometimes. But I find the recent episodes very watered down and it’s become much more of a spontaneous chitchat that’s not that fun anymore because how it only scratches the surface of many topics… which leaves me wonder whether I should move on to other shows to satisfy the expectation of intellectual stimuli. I really loved the show and that’s why I wanted to share my thoughts about it!

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Great work!

I’m a regular listener of this podcast, but I particularly enjoyed this episode on Palestinian cuisine. It takes a lot of courage and humanity to feature the story of Chef Fadi Kattan at a time when they’re going through unimaginable horrors and destructions. Thank you Lailah and your team for the brilliant work you do for the listeners!

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Great insights

Lived this espisode. New to the show but really liked the practical advice and insights into every day issues.

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