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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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    • 4.7 • 159 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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    Tracking down Nigeria’s stolen artefacts

    Tracking down Nigeria’s stolen artefacts

    This week, we talk about the Benin Bronzes, a group of sacred artefacts stolen by British colonisers from the west African Kingdom of Benin. Guest host Lulu Smyth speaks to Aanu Adeoye and Josh Spero, who have been reporting on the efforts to trace thousands of them. For years western museums, which hold the bulk of the Benin Bronzes, refused to collect and share inventory, meaning they could not be returned to Nigeria. Now, a new digital project is doing just that. Then, it’s the first of our ‘boring topic’ challenges. We talk to author Benjamin Lorr about supermarkets and their secret – and not-so-secret – ways to lure us in.
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    If you prefer, 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 and mentions from the episode:
    – Aanu and Josh’s story, ‘The Benin Bronzes and the road to restitution’: https://www.ft.com/content/1b32105e-428a-49e8-b2f2-d3ba381c4c65 
    – Digital Benin can be explored here: https://digitalbenin.org/ 
    – The song we played is Egbo: The Song of Praise for Oba Eware, by Roseline Obogdu. You can listen to it here: https://digitalbenin.org/oral-history#filter_none&interview_7  
    – Aanu is on Twitter @aanuadeoye. Josh is at @joshspero. 
    – Benjamin Lorr’s book is The Secret Lives of Groceries. 
    – You can follow Benjamin on Twitter @BenjaminLorr.
    ‘Egbo: Song of Praise for Oba Eware’ by Roseline Ogbodu, is courtesy of Digital Benin. 
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 26 min
    Best Of: The international mystery of 'the Hum'

    Best Of: The international mystery of 'the Hum'

    This week, we return to one of our favourite episodes. We go searching for the Hum, a mysterious noise that has plagued the residents of Halifax, West Yorkshire. It’s an uncomfortable, low-frequency sound that has also been heard in towns across the world, from New Mexico to Ontario to Scotland. The FT's Imogen West-Knights tells us that it's mostly heard by middle-aged women. So is it a real noise, an imaginary illness, or both?
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    Tell us your cultural prediction for 2022! You can record a voice message here: https://sayhi.chat/jzdg3 
    If you prefer, 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 and mentions from the episode:
    –Imogen West Knights on the mystery of the hum: https://on.ft.com/3pe43ve
    – The FT’s Best Books of the Year series is now available to read across the FT: https://www.ft.com/content/2dd61d03-13ac-4278-8214-678c1d9a33c1 
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com


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    • 29 min
    Travel mini-series: Nomadic Matt’s travel hacks

    Travel mini-series: Nomadic Matt’s travel hacks

    In the fourth and final episode of our special mini-series on travel, Lilah talks with Matt Kepnes, the creator of the popular travel blog Nomadic Matt. Matt has been traveling the globe for nearly 20 years, and he’s written about it in his books How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and Ten Years a Nomad. Over the years, Matt has amassed a knowledge of all the best ways to see the world without spending a fortune. And on this episode, he shares those tips and more.
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    Links:
    – Matt is on Twitter and Instagram at @NomadicMatt
    – The Nomadic Matt blog: https://www.nomadicmatt.com/ 
    – Matt on how to earn points by paying your rent: https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/bilt-rewards-review/ 
    – 11 cheap places to travel on the US dollar: https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/cheap-places-to-visit-on-the-us-dollar/ 
    – The flight deal websites Matt recommends are Scott's Cheap Flights and Holiday Pirates 
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    This episode was produced by Zach St Louis. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 12 min
    Why your brain craves Despacito. Plus: books of 2022

    Why your brain craves Despacito. Plus: books of 2022

    This week, we learn why we love the music we love. Lilah speaks with Susan Rogers, who was a recording engineer for Prince on albums such as ‘Purple Rain’. Now she's a neuroscientist who has studied what music does to the brain. Her book, 'This Is What It Sounds Like', helps us make sense of our own musical preferences. Susan joins us to listen to some music and explain how it affects us. Why is Despacito one of the most listened to songs of all time? Why does one person love techno, and another just not care? Then, ahead of the FT's Books of the Year special, our literary editors Fred Studemann and Laura Battle come on to share their personal favourite fiction books from 2022. 
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    If you prefer, 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 and mentions from the episode:
    – Susan’s book is called This Is What It Sounds Like: What The Music You Love Says About You: https://www.thisiswhatitsoundslike.com/ 
    – Here’s the Spotify playlist, which you should listen to while reading the book: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5FwghDk8f8jgJdGPIF1RNM
    – Fred is on Twitter @frederick65. Laura is on Twitter @battlelaura
    – The FT Books of the Year will be published across the FT on 26th November 
    Books mentioned by Fred and Laura:
    – Trust by Hernan Diaz. FT review: https://on.ft.com/3GkYZOW
    – Iron Curtain by Vesna Goldsworthy. FT review: https://on.ft.com/3OfuYBT
    – The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li. FT review: https://on.ft.com/3tCvtg7
    – Punishment by Ferdinand von Schirach
    – Grand: Becoming My Mother’s Daughter by Noelle McCarthy 
    – A Sort of Life by Graham Greene, in Slightly Foxed Magazine
    – Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self by Andrea Wulf 
    – An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco
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    Clips courtesy of Universal Music, DFA/Virgin / Parlophone, and Warner 
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    • 30 min
    Travel mini-series: the FT’s travel editor talks tourism

    Travel mini-series: the FT’s travel editor talks tourism

    In the third episode of our special mini-series on travel, Lilah talks with our travel editor, Tom Robbins. Tom is an expert on the tourism industry. We discuss the biggest trends in travel, and he gives us an honest account of where we are today: how social media has changed the places we visit, how governments are dealing with over-tourism, and how James Bond helped make Iceland cool.
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    Links:
    – Tom is on Twitter at @TRtravels
    – 2022 travel predictions: https://www.ft.com/content/f90a73bc-1dbb-472a-bb05-4977728dc3fe 
    – Skiing the Dolomites in a day: https://www.ft.com/content/8b02efc0-45e6-42dd-96c5-ef9d82301df7
    – Deep in the woods, a ski retreat that’s straight from a fairytale: https://www.ft.com/content/868c1b97-ff9d-4502-8244-467dfb5677f1
    – Video: a pilgrimage to Europe’s highest hotel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT583c2E1Vc
    – This winter’s most exciting ski destination: Albania’s Accursed Mountains: https://www.ft.com/content/3f1e25cf-3aac-4c6b-9dc3-4952a02095d1
    – More on Bhutan’s tourist tax https://www.ft.com/content/9baed03d-ce88-4023-a656-52e772d7864d 
    – One of the most remote places to visit in the world: https://www.ft.com/content/b88abb8d-6383-48f4-95db-3c0dda12ff7c
    – On overtourism: https://www.ft.com/content/fd66019e-d960-4187-968f-ca2206081f30 
    – Glamping in Greenland: https://www.ft.com/content/e5314b60-e1e9-11e8-8e70-5e22a430c1ad 
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    This episode was produced by Zach St Louis. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 12 min
    Chef Eric Ripert’s secret to outlasting trends

    Chef Eric Ripert’s secret to outlasting trends

    This week, we speak to legendary chef Eric Ripert on the 50th anniversary of his restaurant Le Bernardin, possibly the most consistently critically beloved restaurant in the world. Keeping a restaurant relevant over time takes work and constant change. More than 30 years in, he tells us what it takes to lead a lasting institution. Then, FT Weekend editor Alec Russell and senior editor Horatia Harrod join Lilah to talk comedy. As comedians navigate artistic expression, respect, and where to draw the line onstage, we explore what makes something funny today.
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    Links and mentions from the episode:
    – Eric has a PBS series called Avec Eric and a delightful video series called Get Toasted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NefJDmTgX08
    – Eric’s three books are the cookbooks Vegetable Simple and the Le Bernardin Cookbook, and the memoir 32 Yolks
    – Lilah’s piece on comedy: https://on.ft.com/3G5WDmJ
    – Alec is on Twitter @alecurussell. Horatia is on Twitter @horatiaharrod
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

Gamer1506 ,

Excellent show!!

This is one of my favorites show, and I love to start my weekends listening to it. A charming host, great hosts and interesting topics. Highly recommended.

Alicefan 101 ,

Terrific show

Lilah and her team always put together an interesting and relevant show. Look forward to it every week.

nick van praag ,

Perfect way to begin the weekend

Lilah and her guests lift the curtain on so many fascinating stories, week after week. Original and energizing podcasting.

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