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 listener 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):


Greta Thunberg has Lunch with the FT:

Why renting your wardrobe makes fashion sense:

Review of Eco-Visionaries exhibition at the Royal Academy (paywall):


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... For information regarding your data privacy, visit

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