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From pop stars to memoirs, abstraction to athleisure, Lilah Raptopoulos and Griselda Murray Brown get together to make sense of culture today. Lilah's an editor in New York and Gris is in London – join them as they dissect the trends shaping life in the 2020s, interview people breaking new ground and bring you behind the scenes of the Financial Times' award-winning Life & Arts journalism. Come to hear what’s new in two cultural capitals; stay for compelling interviews that aren't afraid to go deep. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll take notes. New episodes every two weeks.

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From pop stars to memoirs, abstraction to athleisure, Lilah Raptopoulos and Griselda Murray Brown get together to make sense of culture today. Lilah's an editor in New York and Gris is in London – join them as they dissect the trends shaping life in the 2020s, interview people breaking new ground and bring you behind the scenes of the Financial Times' award-winning Life & Arts journalism. Come to hear what’s new in two cultural capitals; stay for compelling interviews that aren't afraid to go deep. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll take notes. New episodes every two weeks.

    How to record sex, with podcaster Kaitlin Prest. Plus: fashion month explained by a trend forecaster

    How to record sex, with podcaster Kaitlin Prest. Plus: fashion month explained by a trend forecaster

    Award-winning podcaster Kaitlin Prest (of The Heart and Mermaid Palace) is one of the most innovative people making audio today. She chats with Lilah about sex, power and the grey areas around consent—as well as how her collective of queer anarchist outsiders climbed to the top of the audio world. Plus: trend forecaster Emily Segal, known for coining the term 'normcore', stops by to share her top five alternate takeaways from fashion month (including that trends may be entirely over!).


    As always, we'd love to hear from you. Say hi on Twitter @FTCultureCall, or by email at culturecall@ft.com to tell us what you're reading, watching, listening to or otherwise obsessed with. And if you enjoy the show, why not leave us a review on Apple Podcasts?


    Recommended links:


    –Kaitlin Prest and Drew Denny's new audio show, Asking For it, comes out February 25. Trailer here: https://mermaidpalace.org/Asking-For-It
    –The Heart's three part series on consent, 'No': https://www.theheartradio.org/no-episodes
    –If you liked Emily Segal of K-Hole, this is a great conversation between her and star fashion designer Virgil Abloh: http://moussemagazine.it/virgil-abloh-emily-segal-2018/
    –Danny Leigh's piece about Amy documentarian Asif Kapadia ('the director who reinvented the documentary'): https://www.ft.com/content/5311f8ce-871b-11e9-a028-86cea8523dc2
    –Gris' Twitter thread about the best theatre on in London right now: https://twitter.com/griseldamb/status/1229743591863541761
    –FT review of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt and Death of England (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/9f91a7f6-4e4b-11ea-95a0-43d18ec715f5
    –Gris' Culture Call interview with Kristen Roupenian, author of Cat Person: https://www.ft.com/content/79a36ebb-3599-4231-92e8-094220b414ef For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 59 min
    Noah Baumbach on his film Marriage Story. Plus: everything you need to know before the Oscars

    Noah Baumbach on his film Marriage Story. Plus: everything you need to know before the Oscars

    We're back with a brand new season! In our pre-Oscars special, Gris talks to Noah Baumbach, director of the nominated film Marriage Story, about love, divorce — and how Netflix is changing film. Plus: the FT's film critic Danny Leigh drops into the studio ahead of the Academy Awards. Who's going to win? Who really should win? And do the Oscars — for which no female directors and just one actor of colour were nominated — still matter in 2020?


    As always, we'd love to hear from you. Say hi on Twitter @FTCultureCall, or by email at culturecall@ft.com to tell us what you're reading, watching, listening to or otherwise obsessed with. And if you enjoy the show, why not leave us a review on Apple Podcasts?

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    Recommended links:

    Kaitlin Prest's podcast The Heart - specifically the mini-series ‘No’ (she's our next guest): https://www.theheartradio.org/all-episodes

    The FT's Academy Awards package: https://www.ft.com/Oscars2020

    The Spotify soundtrack of Jagged Little Pill (the Alanis Morissette musical): https://open.spotify.com/album/3JUvh3Ch6QFxguLABtTOE3

    FT review of Anna Wiener's book Uncanny Valley (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/77a8d150-33a8-11ea-a329-0bcf87a328f2

    Danny Leigh's review of Uncut Gems (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/b717ed0e-322b-11ea-a329-0bcf87a328f2

    FT review of Charlotte Salomon at the Jewish Museum, London: https://www.ft.com/content/97e00f90-0484-11ea-9afa-d9e2401fa7ca

    FT review of Uncle Vanya, London (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/adf70afe-4359-11ea-abea-0c7a29cd66fe

    Ekow Eshun on Masculinities at the Barbican, London (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/eaaeeff4-422b-11ea-bdb5-169ba7be433d For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 58 min
    We're back for season two!

    We're back for season two!

    The season kicks off this Thursday, February 6! Join Gris and Lilah as they dig into the trends shaping life in the 2020s, interview the people breaking new ground and bring you behind the scenes of the Financial Times' Life & Arts journalism. In episode one, Gris speaks with director of Marriage Story Noah Baumbach, and our film critic stops by to chat about this year’s nominees. We also have an exciting line up of guests this season, including podcaster Kaitlin Prest and novelist Eimear McBride, as well as artists, chefs, trend forecasters and more.


    Want to say hi? Email Gris and Lilah at culturecall@ft.com or follow us on Twitter at @ftculturecall. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 2 min
    Our 2019 cultural roundup: the biggest and best of the year

    Our 2019 cultural roundup: the biggest and best of the year

    From Lizzo and Fleabag to Greta Thunberg and the Impossible Burger, Lilah and Gris look back at the biggest themes, people and moments of the year. How did we go from talking about 'global warming' to the 'climate crisis'? How has technology opened up the generational divide? And how is culture reflecting the changing conversation around gender, race and representation?

    Plus: we asked our FT colleagues for their stand-out moments of 2019! Melissa Ingabire takes on the surprising ascendance of country music, via Lil Nas X and Kacey Musgraves. Alec Russell describes meeting the 89-year-old Irish novelist Edna O'Brien. Jo Ellison explains why Karl Lagerfeld's death marked the end of an era in fashion. And Anna Nicolaou argues that 2019 was a great year for movies - thanks, in part, to streaming platforms like Netflix. The episode rounds out with reader recommendations to help you with your holiday gift list.

    We're taking a short break -- we'll be back in late January 2020! Let us know who we should interview and which subjects we should tackle in our second season. You can get in touch on Twitter @FTCultureCall or by email at culturecall@ft.com. And if you like the show, the kindest gift you could give us is a review on Apple Podcasts.

    ***Links from the episode, arranged by theme:***
    Gris's Lunch with the FT with superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/33ed2b6e-1b3e-11ea-97df-cc63de1d73f4

    Climate:
    Greta Thunberg has Lunch with the FT: https://www.ft.com/content/4df1b9e6-34fb-11e9-bd3a-8b2a211d90d5
    Why renting your wardrobe makes fashion sense: https://www.ft.com/content/f8b1b96c-ffb7-11e9-be59-e49b2a136b8d
    Review of Eco-Visionaries exhibition at the Royal Academy (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/25e8d842-1684-11ea-9ee4-11f260415385

    Technology:
    Anna Nicolaou on TikTok and how video shaped a generation: https://www.ft.com/content/dd7234e8-fcb9-11e9-98fd-4d6c20050229
    John Thornhill's review of Shoshana Zuboff's book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: https://www.ft.com/content/43980f9c-0f5b-11e9-a3aa-118c761d2745
    Review of Euphoria on HBO: https://www.ft.com/content/bed942be-b2aa-11e9-bec9-fdcab53d6959

    MeToo and female creators:
    Rebecca Traister on the toll of MeToo: https://www.thecut.com/2019/09/the-toll-of-me-too.html
    Gillian Tett's review of She Said, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey's account of breaking the Weinstein story: https://www.ft.com/content/02b579fc-d480-11e9-a0bd-ab8ec6435630
    Review of Fleabag series two on BBC/Amazon Prime: https://www.ft.com/content/443bcecc-35c9-11e9-bb0c-42459962a812
    Review of Russian Doll on Netflix https://www.ft.com/content/ef66cb66-1d79-11e9-b2f7-97e4dbd3580d
    Profile of Lizzo from The Cut: https://www.thecut.com/2019/02/lizzo-flute-pop-star.html

    Race and representation:
    Review of Stormzy's headline performance at Glastonbury: https://www.ft.com/content/ee3303d6-9b23-11e9-9c06-a4640c9feebb
    A clip of Stormzy's performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX4Anwyzhmw
    Review of Kara Walker's water fountain at Tate Modern: https://www.ft.com/content/73573e6a-e44e-11e9-b8e0-026e07cbe5b4
    Review of Fairview at the Young Vic (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/d7f135d8-1b44-11ea-9186-7348c2f183af
    Gris's podcast interview with George the Poet: https://www.ft.com/content/5a8e2aa2-1eaf-4f4d-b12e-f536d17075ea
    Review of Bernadine Evaristo's Booker-winning Girl, Woman, Other: https://www.ft.com/content/8b808cac-7587-11e9-b0ec-7dff87b9a4a2
    Op-ed by Bernadine Evaristo on being a black woman in 2019 (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/156f5a42-155b-11ea-8d73-6303645ac406

    FT colleagues recommend:
    Alec Russell interviews novelist Edna O'Brien: https://www.ft.com/content/e31a1164-15db-11ea-9ee4-11f260415385
    Jo Ellison's obituary of Karl Lagerfeld: https://www.ft.com/content/cf64d152-344c-11e9-bd3a-8b2a211d90d5
    Anna Nicolaou on online streaming in 2019: https://w

    • 58 min
    Why astrology is thriving in 2019

    Why astrology is thriving in 2019

    You may have noticed the revival of astrology in recent years, as meme accounts accrue millions of followers, horoscope apps raise millions of dollars in venture funding, and Americans spend more and more on 'mystical services' (it's currently a $2.2b market). Lilah and Gris explore what this growing trend says about our culture, digging into the renaissance of birth charts and moon signs with the help of some Culture Call listeners. Plus: one of New York's most prominent astrologers, Rebecca Gordon, stops by the show to discuss her growing clientele and her predictions for Brexit and the US presidential race. She also takes a look at how compatible Culture Call's co-hosts really are.


    Also: we are putting together an episode of our cultural highlights from 2019, and we’d love to include yours. Which books, films, TV shows and other trends have you been recommending to your friends? Let us know on Twitter @FTCultureCall or by emailing us at culturecall@ft.com.


    Here are some links from this episode:


    – Lilah's article on astrology: https://www.ft.com/content/2816a0ec-000c-11ea-be59-e49b2a136b8d
    –Suzy Feahy's review of The Crown Season 3: https://www.ft.com/content/767e6b32-fefb-11e9-b7bc-f3fa4e77dd47
    –Meghan Markle's interview on ITV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo9G91QWMQs
    –Liz Jobley's piece on artist Dora Maar, whose work is on view at the Tate Modern in London until March 15 (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/0ee21c42-05a6-11ea-9afa-d9e2401fa7ca
    –Picasso's 1937 painting, Weeping Woman: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/picasso-weeping-woman-t05010
    –Witch, a book of poetry by Rebecca Tamás: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43842058-witch
    –Recap of the Broad City episode Witches: https://www.vulture.com/2017/10/broad-city-recap-season-4-episode-6.html For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 40 min
    Novelist Ben Lerner on angry white men and the origins of Trump

    Novelist Ben Lerner on angry white men and the origins of Trump

    Ben Lerner is one of the most acclaimed American writers working today. Gris meets him to discuss good parenting, male rage and why "autofiction" (fiction infused with autobiography) isn't narcissistic, despite what people think. 


    One of the biggest books of 2019, Lerner's new novel The Topeka School is arguably his most ambitious to date. Set partly in Kansas in the 1990s, it tells the story of one family -- and of the US at large. Can it help us understand how we got here?


    Get in touch! We’re putting together an episode of our cultural highlights from 2019, and we’d love to know what yours have been. Which books, films, TV shows and other trends have you enjoyed this year? Let us know on Twitter @FTCultureCall or by emailing us at culturecall@ft.com. And if you like the show, you can help us out by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or recommending it to your friends!


    Links from the episode:  
    - FT review of Ben Lerner's novel The Topeka School  (paywall) : https://www.ft.com/content/5147ef78-fa37-11e9-a354-36acbbb0d9b6  
    - Gris' podcast interview with Sheila Heti, another great writer of autofiction: https://www.ft.com/content/8dd9fc2d-9172-47ea-bbd7-0256d4ee4c4d
    - Lilah's piece on the rebirth of astrology for the FT (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/2816a0ec-000c-11ea-be59-e49b2a136b8d  
    - India Ross's piece on the "OK boomer" meme for the FT (paywall): https://www.ft.com/content/52d858a0-06da-11ea-9afa-d9e2401fa7ca
    - FT's NextGen package, featuring pieces about the post-millennial generation: https://www.ft.com/nextgen   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 49 min

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