Lee Hsien Loong

Luke Waller's illustration of Lee Hsien Loong
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Singapore’s PM talks about Japanese aggression, Ukraine’s revolution and why nanny states are not all bad

Illustration by James Ferguson of Mary Midgley
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Mary Midgley

The 94-year-old moral philosopher talks to Peter Aspden about scientific arrogance and impending ‘catastrophe’

Illustration by James Ferguson of Edmund de Waal
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Edmund de Waal

The ceramicist and best-selling author of ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ shares a seaside picnic with Jackie Wullschlager

Illustration by James Ferguson of Dana White
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Dana White

In a no-holds barred clash, the pugnacious president of the company that has made mixed martial arts a billion-dollar sport takes on the FT’s Lucy Kellaway. Is it a fair fight?

Illustration by James Ferguson of Prince Turki al-Faisal
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Prince Turki al-Faisal

The man who headed Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service for 24 years talks to Edward Luce about equal rights for Saudi women, and which country has the best spies

Illustration of Peter Doig
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Peter Doig

The artist talks about his ‘huge huge leap’ from relative unknown to commanding stellar prices, and what sent Bacon mad in the studio

Illustration of Andrew Smithers by James Ferguson
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Andrew Smithers

The veteran economist has his admirers – including the FT’s Martin Wolf – but has made enemies too. Over lunch in London, the pair discuss what’s wrong with bankers’ bonuses

Dries Van Noten

As he prepares for his next Paris fashion show - and his first exhibition at the Louvre, the Belgian designer talks to Vanessa Friedman about clothes, commerce and courgettes

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Glenn Greenwald

The journalist who collaborated with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about his abrasive approach and his new online venture

Illustration of Helle Thorning-Schmidt
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Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Thrust into the international spotlight after taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, the Danish PM talks to Richard Milne about being a woman in politics, and how to keep a coalition together

Joyce DiDonato

Over grilled octopus, the American opera star gives Martin Dickson a singing masterclass and talks about the loneliness of life on the road

Nick D’Aloisio

The 18-year-old who sold his start-up to Yahoo for an estimated $30m talks to Jonathan Ford about the business of skim-reading and being a time-poor teenager

Adrian Joffe

The president of Comme des Garçons International plays business yin to wife Rei Kawakubo’s creative yang. Over borscht in New York he talks about Zen, karma and ‘breaking the rules’

Elisabetta Tripodi

Over cicci ricci and chocolate cake, the Calabrian mayor tells John Lloyd about sexism in Italian politics and her mission to fight organised crime

Nicholas Penny

Over bacon and eggs with Jackie Wullschlager, the director of the National Gallery rails against the ‘distorting’ effects of contemporary art

Élisabeth Badinter

The chair of the advertising agency Publicis is also a best-selling author, vocal supporter of gay marriage and critic of the French prostitution bill. Over seafood in Paris she talks about DSK and ‘maternal instinct’

Peter Thiel

The billionaire investor and libertarian thinker believes that in a world of government surveillance, more technology is the answer

Steve Coogan

The actor-comedian’s latest film ‘Philomena’ has been tipped for Oscars. Over sea bass in Hollywood, he warns that ‘your brain rots’ in Los Angeles

Margaret Hodge

The former leading lady of the hard left is now the scourge of tax-avoiding multinationals. Over tandoori chicken, she talks to Robert Shrimsley about boycotting Amazon, women in politics and her biggest mistakes

Ha-Joon Chang

Over fish curry in Cambridge, the Korean economist and bestselling author says the time is right to embrace moral dilemmas as well as mathematical models


This column is a weekly interview in the Life & Arts section with leading cultural and business figures.