Splendid Isolation

Meditations on a surreal cherry-blossom season in Japan.

Source: Financial Times
Published: May 23, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,000 words)

Arundhati Roy: ‘The pandemic is a portal’

“The novelist on how coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, and the world, should do next.”

Source: Financial Times
Published: Apr 3, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,087 words)

A Weekend in Texas with ZeroHedge Readers

An unofficial conference for readers of the conspiratorially-minded finance blog ZeroHedge brings a host of largely male, mostly conservative readers (and reporter Alexandra Scaggs) to the small, left-leaning town of Marfa, Texas. Prepare for Bitcoin and specialized jeans with room for four knives in this first of a three-part series.

Source: Financial Times
Published: Jun 27, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,485 words)

The Great British Curry Crisis

Britain’s traditional curry houses are in crisis; can a new generation of entrepreneurs save the nation’s tandoori?

Source: Financial Times
Published: Jan 8, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,871 words)

Lunch with the FT: Jonathan Franzen

Why do people find Jonathan Franzen so aggravating? Lucy Kellaway investigates at lunch.

Source: Financial Times
Published: Oct 9, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2,723 words)

The Future of Flying

Discussing the future of air travel from inside one of British Airway’s highly realistic £10m Heathrow flight simulators.

Source: Financial Times
Published: Apr 17, 2015
Length: 8 minutes (2,100 words)

Inside the Dyson Dynasty

A profile of the family behind the British technology company that designs and manufactures vacuum cleaners, fans and more.

Source: Financial Times
Published: Apr 10, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,755 words)

A Psychedelic Murder Story

Hallucinogenic ayahuasca tea has long played a religious role in Brazil, but did it also contribute to the brutal death of a celebrated Brazilian artist?

Source: Financial Times
Published: Feb 27, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,960 words)

The Invasion of Corporate News

The line between journalism and PR.

Source: Financial Times
Published: Sep 19, 2014

The New Baby Boom

A generation of new babies is painting a picture of what the future of the British Empire will look like: “Today, the increase in British birth rates has ushered in another baby-centric age, one defined by three distinct aspects. More babies of different ethnicities are being born, challenging the very notion of an ethnic ‘minority’. They are also part of a simultaneous parenting boom: people from an ever wider array of backgrounds can become parents of healthy babies. Finally, there is an intellectual boom: as scientists and policy makers – like their political forebears – seek to use our growing knowledge about how babies and their brains develop to improve education and curb inequality.”

Source: Financial Times
Published: Jul 11, 2014
Length: 20 minutes (5,171 words)