The coronavirus pandemic has broken so much open, giving us a very unique chance, in this moment, to reimagine. 

Culture Call, the Financial Times podcast, digs into the trends that are shifting culture in London, New York and beyond. It’s hosted by me, Lilah Raptopoulos, an editor in New York, and my colleague and friend Griselda Murray Brown, an FT Weekend Magazine editor in London. This season, Gris is on maternity leave, and a lot has changed: we are living through a pandemic that has taken more than a million lives, a powerful civil rights movement, a raging climate crisis, and a monumental election in the US. Culture as we know it is shifting shape. And we can’t promise to know what things will look like on the other side.

So this season, we’re doing something slightly different. Join me in a special, six-episode series about culture’s shifting shape. I’m bringing on different creators and thinkers to explore how culture and art can help us make sense of what we’re going through, and envision what’s next.

This pandemic has exposed deep cracks in our system, giving us an unprecedented chance to re-examine — and maybe upend. Our question for this season is: what’s possible now that would have seemed impossible before?

Every other Friday, I’ll be asking that question to star guests, from film-maker Miranda July to artist and activist Ai Weiwei to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey. I’ll also be talking about it with my colleagues, the writers and editors behind the FT’s award-winning Life & Arts journalism. And I’ll be exploring it with you. 

So: what do you think is possible now? How do you think culture is shifting? Email me written or voice notes at, or find us on Twitter @ftculturecall. You can also message me on Instagram or Twitter @lilahrap. I’ll be using your thoughts on the show.

This has been an unfathomable year. Let’s move through the rest of it together.

Listen to Miranda July on the first episode of Culture Call’s new season.

How to listen:

Subscribe to Culture Call in the podcast app on your smartphone or tablet and they will pre-load when new episodes are available, making it easier to listen while you’re on the move. To do this, open your podcast app of choice, tap on the Search icon and type in “Culture Call”. Tap Subscribe to have new episodes sent to your phone every other Friday.

You can use the following links to be directed to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Acast, or Stitcher. You can also ask your Alexa, Google Home or Apple HomePod to “play the podcast Culture Call”. 

The FT has a number of other podcasts about politics, banking, technology, personal finance and more. You can browse them all here.

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