A member of the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra practises outside the orchestra headquarters in Kinshasa
©Jana Ašenbrennerová

Sounds of Kinshasa: Arts as a lifeline

Congolese have long been neglected by those in power in one of the world’s least developed countries. But the arts offer both a lifeline and an escape


Wine car boot illustration ©Ingram Pinn
‘I have never experienced such a cool, friendly atmosphere at a public wine tasting’
– Jancis Robinson
Rowley Leigh's escalivada ©Andy Sewell
‘The smokiness imparted by the proximity to a naked flame is essential to the flavour of this dish’
– Rowley Leigh
Philippe Selendy
©Flora Hanitijo

Philippe Selendy: the man who took on Wall Street

After four exhausting years, the American lawyer and a federal agency have done what few thought possible: got the banks to start paying – $20bn to date – for their part in the 2008 financial crisis

Saab chief test pilot Hans Einerth and Carola Hayos
©Johan Fowelin

How to fly a fighter jet with the FT

Saab’s chief test pilot Hans Einerth demonstrates how to walk, talk and fly like a real ‘Top Gun’

illustration of a knight holding a flag with the words 'Liberal Democracy'
©Jason Ford

Douglas Coupland: God, no-God

How the internet forces us to choose between science and religion

Detail from a photograph of Antony Gormley's studio
©Gautier Deblonde

Gautier Deblonde: Portrait of the artist as a studio

For his new book, 10 years in the making, the French photographer has shot the working spaces of artists around the world

Nathan Shields serves a Benjamin Franklin pancake to Gryphon and Alice
©Andrew Waits

‘I make educational pancakes’

With a condiment squeeze bottle and a good non-stick pan, Nathan Shields has made about 1,000 – from a portrait of Newton to nudibranchs

The Inventory: Athene Donald

‘I used to think the world was going to change for women – it hasn’t’

Illustration of a father with his child by Laura Carlin
©Laura Carlin

How gloomy should we be?

‘Yes, there is a lot to be disheartened about, but that doesn’t mean we have to forgo what happiness comes our way’

An illustration of people at a restaurant
©Luis Grañena

Dan Jurafsky: the secret language of food

We analysed thousands of US menus and found we could predict prices just from the words

Illustration by Andy Bridge of a group of travellers looking at livestock in Calabria
©Andy Bridge

An Italian adventure: the trip to Calabria

This poor, remote region in Italy’s toe is little known to tourists and foodlovers. But for Edward Behr, the overlooked beauty – and rustic cooking – had a romance of its own