This week we bring you one of the most popular episodes from our archive: a conversation with Elif Shafak, the most widely read woman novelist in Turkey. She and Lilah discuss national identity, the generational pain of conflict, and writing in countries that don't have freedom of speech. This conversation feels especially poignant today, as the war in Ukraine becomes even more devastating. This episode also features columnist Enuma Okoro on loving our cities, and economist Tim Harford on feeling less pressure to get everything done.

We’ll be back with a new episode, on the cultural side of the war in Ukraine, next week.

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Links from the episode:

––Key coverage of the war in Ukraine is free to read: You can also keep up with FT coverage by following @financialtimes on Instagram and Twitter.

—Enuma Okoro’s love letter to New York City:

—Lilah’s piece about visiting Armenia: 

—Review of Elif Shafak’s novel, The Island of Missing Trees: 

—Tim Harford on to-do lists: 

—Oliver Burkeman on how not to waste your life (paywall):

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