It's the final FT Weekend episode of 2021, and we are marking the end of one unpredictable year and the start of another. What do you think will happen in 2022? Matt Vella, FT Weekend Magazine editor, joins Lilah to discuss listeners’ cultural predictions. A lot of them had an air of nostalgia: Will Britney make a documentary about her life? Will flip phones make a comeback? Then, our pop critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney teaches us the art of the perfect holiday playlist. 

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Thank you for listening to the show this year. We’ll be back on January 8! What culture will you be reading, watching, listening to during the holidays? Say hi and let us know! Email us at We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap

Links and mentions from the episode: 

–Two books by the late, great bell hooks: The Will to Change, and All About Love

–The FT’s Christmas roundup-(the complete guide to eating, drinking, giving and self-caring your way to a very merry holiday this year): 

Here are Ludo’s reviews of his favourite albums of the year (all free to read):

–The Weather Station: Ignorance 

–Nation of Language: A Way Forward 

–Pharoah Sanders, Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra: Promises 

Thank you to everyone who shared your notes, including: Andrei Berghianu from Romania, Olga Sihmane from Stockholm, Ashley Harris from Brooklyn, Lily Bland, Roger Ralph, Manish Prayaga, Helen Beedham, April from Los Angeles and so many more.

Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design is by Breen Turner. 

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