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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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The world has changed. In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, Gris speaks to Tyler Mitchell, a 25-year-old photographer, filmmaker and political artist who shot to fame when he photographed Beyonce for the September issue of American Vogue in 2018. In his work, Tyler explores what freedom means for black Americans, and all the ways in which it is denied. Gris first spoke to Tyler in early May - five days before armed white men killed Ahmaud Arbery while he was on a jog - and they talked again just before this episode was published. This is our finale for Season Two! Thank you for an incredible run. Gris is about to go on maternity leave, but Lilah will be back for Season Three in a few months’ time. In the meantime, you can still always find us talking about culture on Twitter @FTCultureCall or on Instagram at @lilahrap and @griseldamurraybrown, and you can email us at Links and notes from the episode: –Here is our massive list of listener recommendations for what to watch on streaming platforms. Thanks to all who shared their thoughts! There’s no paywall on this, so you can share it freely: –If you want free access to explore FT journalism for 30 days, sign up to the Coronavirus Business Update newsletter using this special link: –White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (You can also listen to an interview with Robin here: –Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge  –The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett  –I May Destroy You by Michaela Coel (BBC iPlayer and HBO) –Here’s an excellent recent episode of our sister podcast, Behind the Money, on the history of police funding in America: –Tyler Mitchell on Instagram: –Tyler’s new photo book I Can Make You Feel Good, published by Prestel on July 28: –Inside Tyler’s exhibition I Can Make You Feel Good: –Photographers who Tyler Mitchell cites as inspirations: Ryan McGinley, Larry Clark, and Petra Collins (who he calls ‘the first internet phenomenon photographer on some level’) –Jeremy O Harris’s tweets on his experience at Yale School of Drama: and  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Lilah talks to Liana Finck, a graphic novelist and New Yorker cartoonist with a fan base on Instagram that’s half a million strong. Liana is known for her funny and astute explorations of what it means to be human. She talks about how to free yourself up to be creative in quarantine, where confidence comes from, the most interesting human expressions to draw and what it’s like to have Ariana Grande slide into your DMs. We also share some of your Netflix recommendations, which we are still collecting to publish! Let us know what we should be watching that the streaming algorithms are hiding from us. Fill out our short form at, or email us at If you want to get social, we're on Twitter @FTCultureCall and Instagram at @griseldamurraybrown and @lilahrap. Links and notes from the episode: –A special gift from us to you: sign up to the FT's Coronavirus Business Update newsletter and get free access to our journalism for 30 days   About Liana Finck: –Liana's Instagram: –Her graphic memoir is called Passing for Human –Some of Liana’s New Yorker cartoons about quarantine: –Unpopular likes and unpopular dislikes: –Me/you/us, plotted: –Liana’s recommendations for which graphic novels to start with: 1. Everything is Flammable, by Gabrielle Bell 2. Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast 3. Wendy, by Walter Scott   –Lilah and listener Martha O’Neill’s film recommendation, Three Identical Strangers, is on Netflix –Martin Wolf video: How might the world be different after the pandemic? –Martin Wolf column: Maintaining the lockdown and saving the economy are mutually compatible (paywall) –Apps about trees: Tree Talk (London) and Leafsnap (US and UK) –Gris' film recommendation, 120 BPM, is on Hulu and available to rent –Listener Victoria Amico's Netflix recommendations are 13th (Ava DuVernay's documentary on racialised mass incarceration in the US) and The Great Hack (on the Cambridge Analytica scandal) –Listener Kana Kamagae's Netflix recommendations are Never Have I Ever (Mindy Kaling’s TV series) and Tigertail  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Gris talks to the brilliant 30-year-old playwright Jeremy O Harris about his Broadway sensation Slave Play and his autobiographical "Daddy". This is an interview that will stick with you for a long time. They discuss how black art is re-packaged by white institutions, how black and white audiences respond differently to his work, and how to make theatre more accessible — both for quarantine and for younger audiences (Harris is also an executive producer on Euphoria). Plus: a special appearance from Phoebe Waller Bridge! As always, we want to hear from you. This week, we'd love to know what gems the Netflix algorithm is hiding from us. What are you streaming that we should be watching? We'll publish your list! Fill out our short form at, or email us at f you want to get social, we're on Twitter @FTCultureCall and Instagram at @griseldamurraybrown and @lilahrap. Links and notes from the episode: –A special gift from us to you: sign up to the FT's Coronavirus Business Update newsletter and get free access to our journalism for 30 days! –The recipe for kuku sabzi, a delicious Persian frittata: –A great piece about Jenny Odell's How To Do Nothing: –Wesley Morris on ESPN's The Last Dance –(More Wesley Morris content) Still Processing dissects Tiger King: –FT review of Becoming on Netflix (paywall): –Aisha Harris' review of Slave Play: –Slave Play's set designer on the choice behind the onstage mirror: –Genre defying women that Jeremy mentioned: Aphra Behn, Caryl Churchill, Suzan-Lori Parks –Jeremy's recommendation of Perfect Blue by Satochi Kon: –Jeremy on Instagram:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, we've dusted off a little gem from our archives. Gris spoke to the writer Sally Rooney in 2018, just before her bestselling novel Normal People was published in the UK. It went on to win tremendous acclaim, prizes and the hearts of many readers. Fast-forward eighteen months, and Rooney's tale of passionate young love has been turned into a gripping 12-part TV series on the BBC and Hulu. It's all we can talk about: Marianne, Connell — and Connell's neck chain. But what were the origins of the novel? And what does it have to say about sex, class and power? We love hearing from you. Have you watched Normal People? How do you think it compares to the book? Email us at or tweet us at @FTCultureCall. Also, we're still collecting your cultural recommendations: what are you watching, reading and doing at home? Fill out our short form at, or record a short voice note on your phone and email it to us. You can also find us on Instagram at @griseldamurraybrown and @lilahrap. Recommended links:  –Sign up for the FT's Coronavirus Business Update newsletter and get free access to our journalism for 30 days:  –Our colleague Horatia Harrod interviews film-maker Lenny Abrahamson about adapting Normal People (paywall): –You know it's a phenomenon when a BuzzFeed writer digs deep into Spotify to unearth Sally Rooney's playlists for Connell and Marianne: –The FT's book review of Normal People (2018):  –Neck chain hottake 1: 'Why Are Those Little Neck Chains So Sexy?': –Neck chain hottake 2: 'Is This the Sexiest Thing About Normal People?': –'Normal people takes sex seriously':  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, we discuss the future of movies with FT film critic Danny Leigh. Will we see a wave of apocalypse dramas once this is over? Are mid-budget films under threat? And what little-known films should we be watching? In the second half of the show, Gris and Lilah take stock of how culture has been adapting to a new virtual reality, from online exhibitions to gigs on Instagram Live. What's working in URL vs IRL culture — and what isn't? Will the lockdown democratize the arts? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Which cultural experiences have you been enjoying from your sofa? What are you watching, reading or listening to right now? Let us know at, or record a short voice note on your phone and send it to You can tweet us at @FTCultureCall, and you can find us on Instagram @lilahrap and @griseldamurraybrown.  Links from the episode:  –Sign up for the FT's Coronavirus Business Update newsletter and get free access to our journalism for 30 days: –The TV adaptation of Normal People:, –Gris's podcast interview with Sally Rooney, author of Normal People, from 2018: –Danny Leigh's review of The Perfect Candidate (paywall), which you can stream online: –Danny Leigh's review of And Then We Danced (paywall), which you can stream online: –Fiona Apple's album Fetch The Bolt Cutters on Spotify: –BBC Museums in Quarantine - Warhol: –Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court Theatre: –Dance Church on Instagram: –Gris's FT piece on having a ballet lesson with Adam Cooper: –New York Times article - How we use our bodies to navigate a pandemic:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, we turn to Esther Perel, psychotherapist and host of the hit podcast Where Should We Begin?, to help put our fears and emotions around coronavirus in context. She also gives us useful strategies for living in lockdown. There are insights in this episode that we think will help listeners in any circumstance, so we've decided to drop it early. We hope you enjoy the episode, and would love to hear your thoughts. Email us at or tweet us at @FTCultureCall. We're also still collecting your cultural recommendations under quarantine: what are you watching, reading and doing at home? Fill out our short form at, or record a short voice note on your phone and email it to us. We'll use a selection in upcoming episodes. Links: –Our last episode with Esther, on surviving (and thriving) at work: –Esther Perel's podcast, Where Should We Begin? –Roxane Gay on the value of giving people money to help them get through Covid-19 –A great article on ways to help during this pandemic (US focus): –Another resource with ways to help (UK focus): –Lucy Kellaway's piece, "Is it okay to be happy in lockdown?" (paywall)  See for privacy and opt-out information.
We can't stop thinking about food: how to cook it, where to buy it, how many meals are too many meals and why everyone's making bread. This week, Lilah talks to Samin Nosrat, of bestselling cookbook and Netflix hit Salt Fat Acid Heat, about tips for cooking in a pandemic, the meaning of comfort food, her next cookbook — and the long-term effects of coronavirus on the restaurant industry. We’d love to hear what you're turning to these days. What are you watching, reading, listening to...or cooking? Let us know at, or record a short voice note on your phone and send it to You can also tweet us at @FTCultureCall. Stay safe, and stay in touch. Links from the episode –It's your last chance to tell us what you think of the podcast (and be entered to win a pair of Bose wireless headphones!):   –Christine and the Queens EP La Vita Nuova: –Samin's new podcast, Home Cooking  –Samin's foccacia recipe: –Kenji Lopez's guide on food safety and coronavirus, recommended by Samin:  –Sarah O'Connor's FT column on essential workers: "The people we need the most are often the ones we value the least." (free to read):   –FT piece on China retailers facing a hard truth: if you reopen, they won't come (paywall): –The FT Bunker Food series (paywall):  –Every day, the FT makes a selection of our coronavirus coverage free to read. You can find it all here:  –Lilah's interview with Mission Chinese chef Danny Bowien: –Pedro Almodóvar’s lockdown diary: (in English) and (in Spanish) –The two guides Lilah depends on for making sourdough bread: and  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Lilah chats with Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, the long running, seminal and wildly popular radio show that launched a genre of podcasting. But what does its name really mean? And what does American life look like today? They discuss reporting during a pandemic, whether the show has spurred or stifled creativity in audio, how having a more diverse staff has changed their stories — and why Ira is so often name-checked on online dating sites.   We’d love to hear what's keeping you centered and whose work you're turning to in these uncertain times. Let us know here:   You can also tweet us at @FTCultureCall. Stay safe, and stay in touch.   Links from the episode Tell us what you think of Culture Call (and be entered to win a pair of Bose wireless headphones):  A great example of New Journalism: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, by Gay Talese  FT piece on gardening as ‘weeding the psyche’ (paywall):  DJ D-Nice, who hosts Club Quarantine funk and hip hop dance parties on Instagram Live: The Salt Drop, Lilah’s workout recommendation: FT piece on the rise the lockdown celebrity (paywall): Gris’ film recommendation, Honeyland, is on Hulu Lilah’s TV recommendation, Unorthodox, is on Netflix ---  Recommended This American Life episodes 'The Test', a recent episode about coronavirus:  'We Come from Small Places', about Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade:  'Are We There Yet', about the refugee crisis in Greece:  'Tell Me I'm Fat', one of Gris' favourite episodes of TAL:   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Gris and Lilah here, coming to you between episodes to find out how you're holding up. As we live through this surreal pandemic together (and apart), we want to know what's going through your mind. What are you noticing around you? How have you seen culture already begin to adapt to this new reality? And what have you been watching, reading, listening to, crafting, cooking, etc to get through? This is our Culture Call Out. We want to hear from you. Let's put our observations, epiphanies and cultural recommendations together to try to get through this time. Send your voice memos to us at by Monday, and we'll put a bunch in our next episode. Here's how to send a voice memo: open the voice notes app on your phone, talk right into the mic, and email the file to If you're more comfortable in writing, feel free to email us the old fashioned way. And if you want to connect online, you can find us on Twitter at @ftculturecall and on Instagram at @griseldamurraybrown and @lilahrap.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week has been dominated by the spread of coronavirus. The situation is changing so fast that we decided to publish a couple of days early. In the first half of this episode, Gris and Lilah discuss how coronavirus is already changing daily life — and how it might impact culture in the longer term. Will we lose our fear of missing out? What will the 'experience economy' look like? And can the thrill of a live performance be replicated online? The second half of the episode is an escape from all that: Gris meets the Irish novelist Eimear McBride, who wrote the literary sensation A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing. They discuss one-night stands, middle-aged women in literature, and her new novel Strange Hotel.   We’d love to hear how you’re doing in these strange and scary times, and in particular which TV shows, films and books are bringing you comfort. We’ll put a selection of your recommendations in our next episode. You can tweet us at @FTculturecall or email us at Stay safe, and stay in touch.   Links from the episode: Let us know what you think of Culture Call (and win a pair of headphones):  Henry Mance’s FT piece ‘Will coronavirus change how we live?’ (paywall) Trend forecaster Emily Segal discusses the experience economy on Culture Call: The New Yorker on the Netflix show Love is Blind:  FT review of Jenny Offill’s novel Weather: FT review of Eimear McBride’s novel Strange Hotel: ‘Today I Learned That Not Everyone Has An Internal Monologue And It Has Ruined My Day’: New York Times interview with Jeremy O Harris, our next podcast guest: Episode in which Lilah recommends Jeremy O Harris’s Slave Play:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
To mark International Women's Day on March 8, and following Harvey Weinstein's recent conviction in New York, we're doing something a bit different. In this episode, Gris speaks to three of today's most compelling writers and campaigners about feminism now. They touch on everything from changing beauty standards to teens and social media to modern motherhood. Prepare to be surprised. Or as Lilah put it: "whatever I thought I was going to hear, that is not what I heard." (A warning if you're listening with kids: this episode contains some swearing.) The discussion was recorded at FT NextGen, a one-day festival in London in November 2019 — watch this space for details of this year's NextGen festivals in London and New York.  Feminism is a subject that inspires strong reactions — and we'd especially like to know what you thought of this episode. Tweet us @FTCultureCall or email us at And if you enjoy the show, why not leave us a review on Apple Podcasts?   Links to some of the things we discussed:  Gris's piece on female essayists, including Rebecca Solnit, Jia Tolentino and Emilie Pine:   Gris's podcast interview with Jia Tolentino: Lilah's podcast interview with Lisa Taddeo:   A good piece about My Dark Vanessa: FT House & Home piece on maximalism and heritage interiors (paywall): Hospital Sant Pau in Barcelona:  Lilah's tilapia recipe, stolen straight off the back of the Trader Joe's label (this is not sponsored!):  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 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: –The Heart's three part series on consent, 'No': –If you liked Emily Segal of K-Hole, this is a great conversation between her and star fashion designer Virgil Abloh: –Danny Leigh's piece about Amy documentarian Asif Kapadia ('the director who reinvented the documentary'): –Gris' Twitter thread about the best theatre on in London right now: –FT review of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt and Death of England (paywall): –Gris' Culture Call interview with Kristen Roupenian, author of Cat Person:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 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's podcast The Heart - specifically the mini-series ‘No’ (she's our next guest): The FT's Academy Awards package: The Spotify soundtrack of Jagged Little Pill (the Alanis Morissette musical): FT review of Anna Wiener's book Uncanny Valley (paywall): Danny Leigh's review of Uncut Gems (paywall): FT review of Charlotte Salomon at the Jewish Museum, London: FT review of Uncle Vanya, London (paywall): Ekow Eshun on Masculinities at the Barbican, London (paywall):  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 or follow us on Twitter at @ftculturecall.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 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): Climate: Greta Thunberg has Lunch with the FT: Why renting your wardrobe makes fashion sense: Review of Eco-Visionaries exhibition at the Royal Academy (paywall): Technology: Anna Nicolaou on TikTok and how video shaped a generation: John Thornhill's review of Shoshana Zuboff's book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: Review of Euphoria on HBO: MeToo and female creators: Rebecca Traister on the toll of MeToo: Gillian Tett's review of She Said, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey's account of breaking the Weinstein story: Review of Fleabag series two on BBC/Amazon Prime: Review of Russian Doll on Netflix Profile of Lizzo from The Cut: Race and representation: Review of Stormzy's headline performance at Glastonbury: A clip of Stormzy's performance: Review of Kara Walker's water fountain at Tate Modern: Review of Fairview at the Young Vic (paywall): Gris's podcast interview with George the Poet: Review of Bernadine Evaristo's Booker-winning Girl, Woman, Other: Op-ed by Bernadine Evaristo on being a black woman in 2019 (paywall): FT colleagues recommend: Alec Russell interviews novelist Edna O'Brien: Jo Ellison's obituary of Karl Lagerfeld: Anna Nicolaou on online streaming in 2019: Review of Marriage Story:
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 Here are some links from this episode: – Lilah's article on astrology: –Suzy Feahy's review of The Crown Season 3: –Meghan Markle's interview on ITV: –Liz Jobley's piece on artist Dora Maar, whose work is on view at the Tate Modern in London until March 15 (paywall): –Picasso's 1937 painting, Weeping Woman: –Witch, a book of poetry by Rebecca Tamás: –Recap of the Broad City episode Witches:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 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) :   - Gris' podcast interview with Sheila Heti, another great writer of autofiction: - Lilah's piece on the rebirth of astrology for the FT (paywall):   - India Ross's piece on the "OK boomer" meme for the FT (paywall): - FT's NextGen package, featuring pieces about the post-millennial generation:    See for privacy and opt-out information.
Psychotherapist Esther Perel shot to fame with her TED talks and podcast on sex, infidelity, and the secret to long-term relationships. Lilah meets her in New York to learn about her latest podcast – How's Work? – which puts a microphone in her therapy sessions between co-founders. They discuss how the same dynamics that exist in our romantic relationships also exist in our professional lives – and how best to navigate them. Gris and Lilah also dissect how therapy has been depicted in culture over the years. As always, we'd love to hear from you. We are still looking for your thoughts on astrology – record an audio message and email it to us at You can also always tell us about your favorite cultural trends on Twitter @FTCultureCall. And if you enjoy the show, please recommend us to your friends! –––– Links from the episode: –Lilah's written piece on Esther Perel (paywall): –How's Work? on Spotify: –Tom Faber's piece for the FT on London's club scene (paywall): –FT NextGen, a package of stories about how the next generation lives: –Tickets to the FT's NextGen festival, in London on November 16 (where you can hang out with Gris!) –Lilah and James Fontanella-Khan's story on why it’s time to stop ignoring mental health at work: –More about Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk: –The rise of Succession, TV’s new must-watch show (Vox):  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Award-winning chef Danny Bowien has never fully fit in. Adopted from Korea, Bowien was raised by a white, Christian family in Oklahoma, in "the buckle of the Bible Belt." In 2010, a young new chef in San Francisco, he started the first pop up restaurant ever as an experiment – it became wildly popular for turning Szechuan Chinese food upside down. He now runs two successful Mission Chinese restaurants in New York. Bowien is known in the food world for subverting not just Chinese cuisine, but also what chefs should look like and the rules they should follow. He speaks with Lilah about why authenticity is no longer the benchmark for good food, what it has been like to publicly fail, and how a restaurant becomes an institution. Also: we want to hear your stories about astrology! Do you have a memorable experience to share with us? When do you turn to it? And if you're a skeptic, what doesn't sit right? Record an audio message with your thoughts, and email it to You can also chat with us on Twitter @FTCultureCall. –––– Links from the episode: –Patricia Lockwood's hilarious essay on John Updike in the London Review of Books –Tickets to the FT's NextGen festival, in London on November 16 (where you can hang out with Gris!) –Danny Bowien's Instagram:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
At almost seven foot tall, Mark Bradford is one of the most towering figures in the art world, in every sense. Gris asks him how it felt — as a gay, black artist — to represent the US at the Venice Biennale in the era of Trump. Mark also discusses growing up in his mother's beauty salon in Los Angeles, his new exhibition in London, and how his foundation makes art accessible to everyone — not just privileged communities. Later in the episode, Lilah speaks to the FT's US media correspondent Anna Nicolaou about Fortnite, the digital streaming wars and why Netflix keeps paying millions for 90's sitcoms. As always, we'd love to hear from you. Chat with us on Twitter @FTCultureCall, and tell us about the cultural trends you can’t get out of your head at  Links from the episode: Mark Bradford's exhibition Cerberus is at Hauser & Wirth in London until December 21 -  Lilah's piece on visiting Armenia for the first time - Anna Nicolaou's piece on Fortnite - Anna Nicolaou's piece on the future of Netflix (paywall) Is Broadway ready for Slave Play? (New York Times)  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Isobel Holland

great to hear articulate, intelligent women talking together. Thank you

Mar 17th
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