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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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    How technology is changing our bodies

    How technology is changing our bodies

    Sitting too much is terrible for you. It leads to early onset heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and anxiety. To fight the effects of our sedentary lifestyle, regular exercise isn’t enough. Scientists have found that if we want to feel better, and be healthier, we need regular movement breaks throughout our days. Journalist and podcaster Manoush Zomorodi recently challenged her listeners to take these. She tells Lilah about the surprising results and why technology can make it hard to plug into your mind-body connection.
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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): 
    – You can listen to Manoush’s reporting for the Body Electric challenge here and take the movement challenge here. 
    – Lilah’s column on how to be bored is here: https://on.ft.com/3SzU016 
    – Manoush is on Instagram @manoushz
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    • 18 min
    Culture Chat: Margaret Atwood, John Grisham and friends write a novel

    Culture Chat: Margaret Atwood, John Grisham and friends write a novel

    In this episode we’re discussing the new novel Fourteen Days. The book is a collaboration by 36 authors including Margaret Atwood, John Grisham, Celeste Ng, RL Stine, and Dave Eggers – and part of the experience is guessing who wrote which part. So does the premise work as a novel? What do we want from experimental fiction? And are we ready to revisit the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic, during which the action is set? Lilah is joined by the FT’s acting deputy books editor Andrew Dickson and assistant arts editor Rebecca Watson, author of the novel Little Scratch.
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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): 
    – Fourteen Days, edited by Margaret Atwood and Douglas Preston, is out now where books are sold. 
    – The FT’s review of Fourteen Days is here: https://on.ft.com/4bCdRFD 
    – Rebecca’s novel is called Little Scratch (2021). Her second novel I Will Crash comes out on July 4th.
    – Andy recommends novels by Sheila Heti and Jon Fosse for their experimental prose. 
    – Andy is on X, formerly Twitter, @andydickson. Rebecca is @rebeccawhatsun
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    • 17 min
    ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ director Mstyslav Chernov

    ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ director Mstyslav Chernov

    Today, we talk to the director of the acclaimed documentary 20 Days in Mariupol, Mstyslav Chernov. Chernov’s film is an extraordinary chronicle of Russia’s attack on one of Ukraine’s largest cities in its first days under siege. The city is now destroyed. Mstyslav’s team of journalists were the only press left in the city during those 20 days: the film documents the harrowing experience of residents, from hospital workers to shop owners. It has since won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2023, and it is now up for best documentary at the Oscars and the Baftas. Mstyslav joins Lilah to discuss the documentary, his experience making it, and his hopes for Ukraine. 
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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): 
    – 20 Days in Mariupol is available to stream on multiple platforms, including Dogwoof On Demand, Amazon Prime and PBS. The full documentary is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvAyykRvPBo 
    – The FT’s 5-star review of 20 Days in Mariupol: https://on.ft.com/49MWvED 
    – An FT profile of a number of Ukrainian documentarians, including Mstyslav, Maciek Hamela (In The Rearview) and Karim Amer (Defiant): https://on.ft.com/3OEQEZA 
    – You can follow Mstyslav on Instagram @mstyslav.chernov 
    – His novel is called The Dream Time (2023) 
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, McMurran and Sam Giovinco. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 18 min
    Culture Chat: What makes the Super Bowl so super?

    Culture Chat: What makes the Super Bowl so super?

    Let’s get ready to rumble! This week, we’re pregaming this Sunday’s Super Bowl, which could break records as the most-watched television event in US history. The FT’s sports business correspondent Sara Germano and Wall Street reporter / sports fanatic Sujeet Indap join Lilah to set the scene for the Super Bowl as a cultural event: the teams, the history, the drama, the head injuries, the halftime shows, the Taylor Swift conspiracies! Whether you watch football or not, you’ll be ready for Sunday’s game.
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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): 
    – The Super Bowl goes live at 3.30PM PT / 6.30PM EST this Sunday, February 11. You can watch it in the UK at 10.45 PM on ITV.
    – Sara is on X @germanotes. Sujeet is @sindap. Both excellent follows.
    – You can follow Sara’s sports reporting here: https://www.ft.com/sara-germano. She will be in Vegas covering the Super Bowl over the weekend, so watch this space! 
    – Sara’s piece on the resurgence of the Detroit Lions is here, co-written with Mark Vandevelde: https://on.ft.com/3SAht2g 
    – Sujeet’s reporting on Wall Street is here: https://www.ft.com/sujeet-indap
    More or less: 
    – Sara wants more house remixes of Creed. You can check out Book Club Radio here: https://www.youtube.com/@bookclubradio. The ‘One Last Breath’ remix is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fdKfaq1YN8  
    – Sujeet wants more independent news and tough questions. You can read more about the Super Bowl commissioner Roger Goodell avoiding tough questions here: https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/roger-goodell-saying-nothing-super-bowl-press-conference-invite-only/ 
    – Lilah wants more funny novels. She has been reading Come and Get It by Kiley Reid, who also wrote Such A Fun Age (2021)
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner, Sam Giovinco, and Katie McMurran. Clip courtesy of Pepsi, Sony Music, Weathered and Jojo Lorenzo. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 23 min
    Why everyone is talking about polyamory

    Why everyone is talking about polyamory

    Molly Roden Winter was a frustrated mom of two in Brooklyn when she and her husband decided that they should open their marriage. What followed was a 10-year journey of self-exploration that brought Molly 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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    Special FT subscription offers for Life and Art podcast listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial, are here: http://ft.com/lifeandart
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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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    • 18 min
    Culture chat: Is ‘Poor Things’ a feminist film?

    Culture chat: Is ‘Poor Things’ a feminist film?

    Today we take on ‘Poor Things’, the latest film from director Yorgos Lanthimos. It stars Emma Stone as a Victorian woman whose brain is replaced with that of her unborn baby. She embarks on a sexual journey of self-discovery through Europe and beyond. The film is a critical darling, with 11 Oscar nominations, but unsurprisingly, it left many viewers feeling uneasy. Lilah invites FT arts editor Jan Dalley and HTSI editor Jo Ellison to talk through it: is it an empowering exploration of a woman’s sexual freedom or an uninspiring male gaze fantasy?
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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): 
    –  Poor Things is in theatres now 
    – You can read the FT’s three-star review of Poor Things, by film critic Danny Leigh here: https://on.ft.com/480VjMg  
    – The FT’s Raphael Abraham also wrote a review of Poor Things – and gave it five stars: https://on.ft.com/49jGnKe 
    – The article we mentioned, with 14 critics’ perspectives on the film, is here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/jan/24/bound-gagged-poor-things-feminist-masterpiece-male-sex-fantasy-oscar-emma-stone-ruffalo 
    – Jo is on X @joellison and Instagram @jellison22
    More or less: 
    – Jo wants to see more of Harris Dickinson, who is in The Iron Claw (out now), and Triangle of Sadness
    – Jan wants to see more funding for the arts, and for artists to be given more creative freedom
    – Lilah wants better, more concentrated travel reviews, and Oaxaca tips! (You can write to her on Instagram)
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    Special FT subscription offers for Life and Art podcast listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial, are here: http://ft.com/lifeandart
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Clip courtesy of Searchlight
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 20 min

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