Picks of the week
The Beauty Fix
Naomi Shimada, a plus-size mannequin pushing the often-rigid boundaries of the style trade, is the host of this new podcast. Her interviewees embrace Tan France, Queer Eye’s assured trend skilled who – in actual fact – was so insecure about his pores and skin as a baby that he used lightening lotions, and mannequin Ebonee Davis, who sees carrying her pure curls as a “type of riot”, and needs everybody to have follicular freedom. A heat, looking out and completely physique optimistic have a look at, in Shimada’s phrases, how individuals “be at liberty to be themselves.” Hannah J Davies
Tim Harford’s podcast returns for a second season, with ways in which individuals didn’t be taught the teachings that historical past tried to hammer residence. From the world’s worst financial institution theft to how Harold Shipman may have been prevented from murdering lots of of sufferers, there’s all the time one thing to remove from the tales. And so they’re instructed in a superb approach, with the assistance of dramatisations from actors together with Jeffrey Wright and Helena Bonham Carter, who makes a really convincing Florence Nightingale within the episode about how knowledge visualisation modified concepts about public well being.
Chosen by Courtney Yusuf
This collection from the UAE masters the craft of telling “tales from the Center East, north Africa, and the areas in between”. Now in its sixth yr, its successful mixture of first-person-led investigations, skilled witnesses, rigorous analysis, and exquisite sound design have produced an thrilling catalogue of tales that provide a sideways glimpse into this interconnected world.
The most recent collection has already requested questions like “how do Black Arabs contemplate their very own identification and their very own battle in opposition to discrimination, significantly after George Floyd’s killing?”, “how did Kuwait’s thriving Indian neighborhood expertise Saddam Hussein’s invasion?”, “what’s it about Ok-Pop that speaks to 1000’s of Arab megafans?” and “who can decide the place Jewish-Egyptian artefacts actually belong right now?”
That is sincere storytelling led by these from the area with an actual love for its richness, and, whilst you could find yourself on the finish of the journey with many issues being true on the similar time, it’s refreshing to keep away from lazy tropes or the idea that anywhere, individual, or phenomenon may ever be understood by way of a single lens.
The most recent collection is presently being launched however do additionally try quite a few nice episodes from earlier collection – the haunting Zabelle, centred on Armenian-American singer Zabelle Panosian, is one episode particularly that I maintain returning to. For Arabic-language audio system, the Kerning Cultures community additionally gives a spread of further reveals.
For followers of the whimsical but emotive world of Japanese animation giants Studio Ghibli, Ghibliotheque is a must-listen. Its creators have now turned their consideration to the work of Irish studio Cartoon Saloon, whose work consists of The Breadwinner, a YA story set in Taliban-held Afghanistan, in Cartoon Salooniverse.