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My favourite podcasts

 

I know it's a bit unusual on a site of this variety to include links to podcasts, but as a lifelong student of the human sciences, each of these deals with topics that I love to discuss. If you'd like to learn more about my tastes, have a listen.

 

When I was young, I dreamed of growing up to be an archaeologist. My interest in anthropology and archaeology certainly endures today. Each of the links below indulges that interest in different ways.

 

This is a podcast I truly adore: A History of the World in 100 Objects from the BBC. Each podcast in the series is 15 minutes in length and jampacked with facts and delectable descriptions of history.

 

The second is Radiolab, a fantastic show "about curiosity", which tells stories mostly about science, philosophy, and human experiences. They have both long and short podcasts, depending on your mood and attention span.

 

This American Life is an old favourite of mine, and I've been listening to it regularly for many years. It is a self-described "journalistic non-fiction" show, but it's primarily an anthropology of contemporary American life as told by Ira Glass, one of the most amazing storytellers alive. You'll need an hour to listen to each episode, so it's good for a long commute or road trip.

 

Discovery from BBC discusses significant scientific discoveries and inventions, and interviews key scientists.

 

The Naked Scientists' Archaeology podcasts are wonderful, as are the wide variety of University of Oxford's podcasts focusing on archaeology.

 

 

Recommended London restaurants

 

Gauthier Soho

 

Nopi

 

Sushi Tetsu

 

Clos Maggiore

 

Bob Bob Ricard

 

Hakkasan

 

Novikov

 

Chez Bruce

 

Goodman (best steak in London!)

 

 

Recommended NYC restaurants

 

Marea

 

Daniel

 

Sushi Yasuda

 

Nerai

 

Le Bernardin

 

Gramercy Tavern

 

 

Culture

 

London

 

London Symphony Orchestra is among the five best symphony orchestras in the world. I will never turn down an opportunity to hear them.

 

Royal Opera House: seriously, you can never go wrong taking me to the opera at the ROH in London.

 

The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center

 

 

Spas/Relaxation ideas

 

A half-day Moroccan Hammam spa experience at Harrod's Urban retreat would be amazing to experience together! Definitely on my "date wishlist".

 

 

My favourite London hotels

 

The Rosewood

 

The Connaught

 

The London Savoy

 

St Pancras Renaissance

 

Milestone Kensington

 

 

My favourite NYC hotels

 

The Peninsula

 

The Towers at the New York Palace

 

The London NYC

 

 

My favourite charities/organisations

 

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

 

Amnesty International

 

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

 

Harm Reduction International

 

Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)

 

Sex Workers Project

 

Sex Worker Open University (SWOU)