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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




Sushi Tetsu


Clos Maggiore


Bob Bob Ricard






Chez Bruce


Goodman (best steak in London!)



Recommended NYC restaurants






Sushi Yasuda




Le Bernardin


Gramercy Tavern







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)