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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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    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 153 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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    Jamaica Kincaid and Enuma Okoro on writing

    Jamaica Kincaid and Enuma Okoro on writing

    Writer Jamaica Kincaid is one of the best known writers on race and colonialism in the US. Her writing is biting and fearless, and she’s been a keen observer of her native Antigua and the US since publishing her first essay in 1973. This week she joins Lilah together with the FT’s Enuma Okoro in a recording made at the recent FT Weekend Festival in London. Then we share some conversations we had in person with listeners during the festival.
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    Want to stay in touch? We love hearing from you. 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:
    – Full recording of the conversation with Jamaica and Enuma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOB10hGIhwM&t=2s
    -Jamaica’s classic book A Small Place about Antigua: https://tinyurl.com/mshm32ha
    -A great recent essay by Jamaica Kincaid on gardening: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/07/the-disturbances-of-the-garden
    -Enuma’s essay on pleasure: https://tinyurl.com/59eda3vm
    -And another on how our spaces shape us: https://tinyurl.com/ycxt2uv4
     
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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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    • 27 min
    How NFTs shook up the art world

    How NFTs shook up the art world

    NFTs were a big sensation, but the market for them has crashed. This week, we invited a crypto-sceptic, FT columnist Jemima Kelly, to answer all the questions you were afraid to ask. What are NFTs exactly? What happened with them? And have they changed the way we think about art? Jemima hosts the latest season of our FT podcast Tech Tonic, which is all about the cult of crypto.
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    Want to stay in touch? We love hearing from you. 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:
    – Tech Tonic is available wherever you listen to your podcasts, or at www.ft.com/tech-tonic. The episode on NFT mania is here
    – Jemima’s most recent column, ‘Don’t believe the maximalists: bitcoin can’t be separated from crypto’: https://on.ft.com/3SaAAia 
    – Jemima is on Twitter @jemimajoana
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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
    How do young Brits feel about the monarchy?

    How do young Brits feel about the monarchy?

    This week we discuss how young people view the late Queen Elizabeth with journalist Imogen West-Knights and our own producer Lulu Smyth. For many Millennials and Gen Zers, the first royal succession in 70 years is also the first time they’ve considered their stance on the monarchy more broadly. And it’s eliciting some mixed feelings. Then, we explore how we’re spending money on culture now. The FT’s US business editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson explains all the ways our post-pandemic restlessness is colliding with growing inflation. It turns out we’re now more discerning in how we stay in and how we go out.
    Want to stay in touch? We love hearing from you. 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’s dispatch from Buckingham palace: https://on.ft.com/3eVMr50 
     The FT Weekend essay this week, ‘King Charles and the future of the monarchy’: https://on.ft.com/3qPsVcM 
    Edge and Lilah’s conversation on Instagram live: https://www.instagram.com/reel/Ch20tSdJQ8v 
    Imogen is on Twitter @ImogenWK. Edge is on Twitter @Edgecliffe. 
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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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    • 28 min
    The legacy of Queen Elizabeth II

    The legacy of Queen Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth II has died after a 70-year reign. This weekend, we reflect on her legacy, life and cultural impact with FT Weekend editor Alec Russell. Then, producer Lulu Smyth takes us to meet the people gathered outside Buckingham Palace.
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    Links: 
    Simon Schama, ‘Elizabeth II: an appreciation’: https://on.ft.com/3qsNI64
    Jo Ellison, ‘The Queen’s constancy never went out of style’: https://on.ft.com/3qpwOVF 
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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
    Have we hit peak TV? Plus, our debt to bees

    Have we hit peak TV? Plus, our debt to bees

    This week, guest host Topher Forhecz is joined by Los Angeles bureau chief Chris Grimes to hear about the future of TV's streaming wars. Since the pandemic, streaming services have poured huge amounts of money into new content, but it's unclear how long this boom will last. Then, we talk to Nature Therapy columnist Jonathan Guthrie about bees. He's estimated that we owe bees nearly $160bn for their pollination services. What's at stake if we can't repay that debt? 
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    Want to stay in touch? We love hearing from you. 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:
    – Chris Grimes’ piece on the peak of TV streaming: https://www.ft.com/content/0e95cf55-dda1-4f63-bb6b-bf475f974f30 
     – Jonathan Guthrie’s Nature Therapy column, ‘Our £135 bn debt to the humble bee’: https://www.ft.com/content/286dff35-9634-4fd7-9497-3d2de3a555a4  
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    Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco
     Clip from Prime Video.  
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 28 min
    The art of sound design. Plus: summer hits of 2022

    The art of sound design. Plus: summer hits of 2022

    This weekend, we meet a British pioneer of sound design. Errol Michael Henry invites us to the Air-Edel studios in London to show us how a song gets made. Errol is one of the few black sound designers in the UK. He’s been producing music through his independent label, Intimate Records, since the 1980s. He breaks down how he creates his distinct sound, layer by layer. Then, we explore what makes the perfect summer track with music critic Arwa Haider. She and Lilah take a tour through the top hits of the season, from Beyoncé to Bad Bunny to Pussy Riot.
    Want to stay in touch? We love hearing from you. Email us at ftweekendpodcast@ft.com. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap.
    Links and mentions from the episode:
    -Yasmin Jones-Henry’s piece in HTSI: ‘My father, the pioneer of sound design’ https://on.ft.com/3JpA2zD
    -Errol’s music is under the name The Sound Principle
    -“You Threw Our Love Away”, by The Jones Girls, sound designed by Errol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-vpFCn6Ros
    -“You Left Me Lonely”, by Lulu (1993), sound designed by Errol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UILaejQFcJA
    -You also heard Intimate Records tracks “Please Come Back” by Dean Edwards and “Keep It Comin” by Julianne, both written and produced by Errol
    -Here’s the song Errol says is closest he’s gotten to designing something that matched what he’d imagined: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFPgZv-5zbQ
    -Errol’s organisation is called Music Justice
    -Arwa Haider is on Twitter @ArwaHaider. Errol is on Twitter @ErrolMHenry, and on Instagram @thesoundprinciple. Yasmin is on Instagram @yasminrjh
    -Arwa’s review of Lady Gaga live: https://on.ft.com/3ANGkrV
    -Arwa’s music recommendations: "Renaissance" by Beyoncé, "Verano Sin Ti" by Bad Bunny, Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, "Hold the Girl" by Rina Sawayama, "Matriarchy Now" by Pussy Riot, and opera singer Julia Bullock.
    Music clips copyright: Streamline, Interscope, Parkwood, Columbia Records, Rimas and Neon Gold. Julia Bullock clip from NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert (2020)
    Special offers for FT Weekend listeners can be found here. Join us at the FT Weekend festival in London on September 3rd: ft.com/ftwf. Your special £20 off promo code: FTWFxPodcast22
    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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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 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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