Russia has invaded Ukraine. We begin this episode with a visit from FT Weekend editor Alec Russell, a week after he joined us to discuss his years covering the fall of communism in eastern Europe. How can we make sense of this? Then, 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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Links and mentions from the episode: 

–Imogen West Knights on the mystery of the hum: 

–The FT’s key coverage on the war in Ukraine is free to read: 

– Here’s the piece Alec mentioned, ‘The road to war: how Putin wrote the requiem for peace’, by Mary Sarotte: 

– Alec’s lunch with Lea Ypi: 

–Alec is on Twitter at @AlecuRussell, and Imogen is on Twitter @ImogenWK 

–Rob Armstrong’s profile of Larry Gagosian: 

Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing, sound design and sleuthing by Breen Turner. 

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