The stories we tell, with Elif Shafak


Life & Arts columnist Enuma Okoro explores what our cities tell us about ourselves. Then, Lilah speaks with Elif Shafak—the most widely read woman novelist in Turkey—about writing in countries without freedom of speech, and her new book, The Island of Missing Trees. Plus: our prolific Undercover Economist Tim Harford makes a case for letting go of your to-do list.

Links from the episode:

—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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Sound design and mixing is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music. 

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