If you're missing your weekly fix of Chris and Rifa, since Refigure series 2 ended last week, here's a fast and loose bonus half-hour of some outtake conversations and arguments that we cut, either for time, or because they were a bit too bonkers.
Includes Dune's space worms, James Corden's lack of empathy and both our names on a plaque.
It's the season two finale of Chris and Rifa's weekly review of culture, tech and diversity.
For this packed episode, we binge-watch the entire run of HBO's hugely acclaimed multi award-winning political satire Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, to mark the occasion of that show finishing.
We also mooch up to Tate Modern for a preview of Danish/Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's major new solo exhibition 'In Real Life', which, spoiler alert, is sensational.
And on Netflix we check out Aziz Ansari's new stand-up special Right Now, that inevitably reflects on his changed status after last year's accusation against him of sexual misconduct.
Rifa is reading New Philosopher magazine (which she actually bought for Chris), while Chris is reading Benjamin Myers' poetic non fiction work Under The Rock.
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Nearing the end of season two, Rifa and Chris take their weekly bitesize chunk out of the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
This week we cleared our schedules, bought a pile of unhealthy snacks and settled in to spend the whole weekend binge-watching BBC live streams from Glastonbury Festival, enjoying full live sets by more than 25 bands, without the distractions of presenters, acoustic sets or annoying 'atmosphere' video packages over on the 'normal' TV coverage.
Our Glasto conversation ranges from the impressive BBC sound quality; via the improvement of diversity at major festivals; to Stormzy's sensational headline and the state of grime; via the genius of Lizzo, the tears of Idles singer Joe Talbot and the obligatory "oh god, Morrissey" sidebar. Icons as disparate as Sali Hughes and Darren Hayman get brief mentions.
In What You Reading For? Rifa is enjoying Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and Chris is blown away by Robert Macfarlane's Underland.
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Next time will be the final episode of season two. XX
Chris and Rifa's weekly bitesize look back at their week in culture, tech and diversity.
This week, we chat about three recent TV drama series that we binge-watched, all of which try to make us think about the state of reality, right now.
We watched season five of Charlie Brooker's Netflix show Black Mirror, Russell T Davies' new BBC series Years & Years and NBC's Chicago legal drama The Good Fight.
In What You Reading For? Rifa talks about the epic blog entry she has written with collaboration from some of Brighton's experts on creativity.
Meanwhile Chris read Jody Rosen's long article in New York Times Magazine about a warehouse fire in 2008 on the Universal Pictures lot, which is now revealed to have destroyed tens of thousands of music's most important audio masters, from the greatest artists of all time.
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Chris and Rifa's weekly bitesize show digging through their favourite arts, culture, tech and diversity.
This week is a Barcelona special, mostly recorded at Kino Café outside the Contemporary Art Gallery, over a big pile of patatas bravas. We chat about our weekend at Primavera Sound 2019 music festival, which had a wildly diverse lineup and booked more than 50% women artists.
We also talk about Catalonia's great architect and design genius Antoni Gaudí, walking around Sagrada Família and doing a tour of his extraordinary, unique house Casa Batlló.
In What You Reading For? Chris is reading Tina Jordan's essay in the New York Times about the disappearance of Agatha Christie, while Rifa just finished Toni Morrison's first novel The Bluest Eye, from 1970.
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After a mid-season hiatus and a bit of overseas travel, Chris and Rifa return for another bitesize munch on culture, tech and diversity.
This week the show is taped in our Barcelona hotel room. We would've recorded it on the roof terrace but there were noisy Brits. We chat about new Netflix drama series Dead To Me starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini.
We also talk about visiting Brighton Museum's new archaeological gallery, with its excellent exhibition uncovering some of the earliest humans to live in Sussex, including hi-tech facial reconstructions from their original skulls.
It's a quick episode to ease us back into the habit of podding, so expect more soon. Hope you dig it. Find us at Facebook.com/refigurepod and on Twitter @refigurepod and on Insta @refigureUK
Chris and Rifa dig into another week of arts, culture, tech and diversity.
This week we're both blown away by Icelandic indie film Woman At War starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir.
Chris is also watching Sky Atlantic's sobering true-life 1980s drama Chernobyl about the Soviet Union's great nuclear disaster – and we aren't convinced by buddy comedy Wine Country, directed by Amy Poehler, which is up on Netflix.
We also have starkly conflicting reactions to Malian photographer and DJ Fototala King Massassay's exhibition Iron Men, about iron workers and smelters in Mali's capital city of Bamako, which is at Brighton's Pheonix Gallery this month as part of Brighton Festival.
Rifa gets annoyed with the English edition of Flow magazine from the Netherlands, while Chris loves N J Stallard's short story The White Cat that won the Aleph Prize.
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Chris and Rifa take a marmalade-fuelled amble through some arts, culture, tech and diversity.
This episode, we go to the cinema with everyone else in the world to watch Avengers: End Game.
We also take part in the opening ceremony of Nwando Ebizie's glorious Distorted Constellations installation / exhibition at Lighthouse, as part of Brighton Festival. And we eat some Divine ginger thin chocolates (sort of biscuits) we got from Oxfam.
Rifa is reading Ruben Pater's The Politics Of Design and Chris is reading Kel Winser's horror/fantasy comic User, based on a screenplay by Anthony Melton, and also J.B. Morrison's as-yet unpublished fifth novel.
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Chris and Rifa's weekly adventures in culture, the arts, tech and diversity.
This week Chris and Rifa head to Tate Britain to check out hot new exhibition Van Gogh And Britain. They also watch Beyoncé's new concert film Homecoming on Netflix, based on her headline shows at last year's Coachella festival.
Chris is reading Suzannah Evans' first book-length poetry collection Near Future published by Nine Arches Press, while Rifa is reading about the artist Daniel Minter in Womankind magazine.
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Chris and Rifa swim in the balmy waters of the arts, culture and diversity. This week's episode comes from the Eastern Mediterranean sea shore.
We revisit the three British sitcoms that we reviewed at the start of the season, now they've each finished their six episode run, namely Derry Girls, Home and Fleabag.
We also went to the career retrospective exhibition of iconic Greek realist painter Valias Semertzidis at the Museum Of Greek Modern Art.
Rifa reads a tiny poem she saw on Twitter and Chris is re-reading Robert Macfarlane's Landmarks.
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Chris and Rifa take their weekly dip into the choppy waters of culture, tech and diversity.
This week we catch up with two iconic queer TV shows: the second season of makeover reality hit Queer Eye on Netflix and groundbreaking FX drama series Pose, about the underground trans ball scene in 1980s New York, which is on the BBC iPlayer. This expanded into a broader conversation about LGBTQI and QTIPOC representation, privilege and ally-ship.
Chris is reading David Grann's non fiction book White Darkness, about Henry Worsley's solo attempt to cross Antarctica, while Rifa's reading Oprah's new pithy advice quotations book The Path Made Clear.
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Rifa and Chris do their weekly dance of near-death with the all powerful octopus of culture, art, tech and diversity.
This week we reflect on Jim Bob's solo show at Shepherds Bush Empire (where Chris was part of the band). We then binge-watch the second series of Brit Marling's brilliant reality-bending mystery TV series The OA, which has gone up on Netflix. Finally we taste-test three different artisan vegan cheeses from Fauxmagerie, the deli in Brixton Market, while arguing if vegan cheese (or even normal dairy cheese) is a Good Thing.
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We made a BONUS episode of Refigure, in which we unpick our reactions to Ricky Gervais' new TV series After Life made for Netflix, which has had a pile of attention and wild praise. Too convoluted and lengthy a conversation to include in the main episode. Enjoy!
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Yo! Welcome to Chris and Rifa's weekly ramble through the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
This week we went to the pictures to watch Captain Marvel and we also did our first Tate Modern trip of the year, to check out Dorothea Tanning, Franz West and Pierre Bonnard, though he scarcely got a look in. We recorded the Tate segment in the members' café, so it's a lot noisier and harder to hear than usual.
Chris also recommends Njideka Akunyili Crosby's beautiful large mural Remain, Thriving above the entrance to Brixton Tube.
Chris is reading Evan Ratliff's excellent new crime non-fic The Mastermind, while Rifa is loving Jim Bob From Carter: In The Shadow Of My Former Self.
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Chris and Rifa's weekly dive into the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
This week, we watch a bunch of new and returning British TV sitcoms including Fleabag, Partridge, Home and Derry Girls.
Rifa goes on a bell hooks-inspired poetry workshop and mourns 80s youth telly icon Magenta Divine, while Chris accidentally uncovers an audio archive of his Great Uncle Reg's first-hand account of the trenches in World War One.
Chris is reading an article about chimpanzees in The Atlantic and Rifa is reading Matt Haig's Reasons To Stay Alive. We did watch HBO's extraordinary Leaving Neverland and were originally planning to discuss Michael Jackson but decided it was too heartbreaking.
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Chris and Rifa's chaotic and giggly weekly dive into the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
This week we go to the cinema to see Spiderman – Into The Spiderverse ahead of The Story Conference (which Rifa organised and compered) where Justin K. Thompson, the film's production designer, gives a superb talk.
We also binge-watch the second season of Netflix fantasy show The Dragon Prince, making this episode a bit of an accidental animated special.
In What You Reading For? we try out some printed magazines we haven't seen before (purchased from Brighton's shop Magazine), including Australian feminist mag Womankind and the Flying Lotus takeover edition of Huck. None more hipster.
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Chris and Rifa return with a second season of Refigure, our weekly bitesize culture wig-out.
This week we binge-watched Netflix show Russian Doll, co-created by Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler.
Meanwhile Chris went to an actual cinema to watch National Geographic's BAFTA-winning climbing documentary Free Solo and Rifa fell in love with indie/hip hop/soul singer Lizzo, especially her current single 'Juice'.
In What You Reading For? Rifa is deep into University of Houston Professor Brené Brown's 'Daring Greatly', while Chris is reading the new collected writings of Mark Fisher, published in one huge volume as 'K-Punk'. Chris also finally made his start on Proust's 'In Search Of Lost Time' and recommended the article Amazon boss Jeff Bezos wrote on Medium, exposing the National Enquirer attempts to blackmail him. (Jeff that is, not Chris)
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Chris and Rifa's week in the arts, culture, diversity and tech.
Episode #15 – last in the current series.
We argue about the latest TV version of a John Le Carré novel, Park Chan-Wook's adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl, starring Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon and Alexander Skarsgard.
We also binged on Netflix comedy Great News and compared it to the crop of similar shows like 30 Rock and The Good Place.
In What You Reading For? Chris has just finished lost children's classic 'The Tree That Sat Down' by Beverley Nichols. Meanwhile Rifa is ploughing through Michelle Obama's much hyped memoir 'Becoming'.
Thank you very much for listening to season one of Refigure. We'll drop a few one-off specials over the Christmas season and then be back in spring 2019 with season two.
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Rifa and Christopher's weekly misadventures in the arts, culture, tech and diversity. Episode #14 – our penultimate episode of Season One.
This week we went to the cinema to check out Steve McQueen's intense new heist thriller Widows, starring Viola Davis. We also took another trip up to Tate Modern to look at Christian Marclay's wonderful 2010 piece Clock, built from cut up clips from throughout cinema history.
Rifa watched John Leguizamo's acclaimed one-man Broadway show Latin History For Moron's, which is now up on Netflix.
In What You Reading For? Rifa highlights Ayoola Solarin's Dazed Digital article 'Frida Kahlo Is Not Your Symbol' about the commercial commodification of a communist art icon. http://www.dazeddigital.com/art-photography/article/40259/1/frida-kahlo-is-not-your-symbol
Chris also read a magazine article this week; April Ryan's essay in the Washington Post, 'I'm A Black Woman, Trump loves insulting people like me.'
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Christopher and Rifa slowly open a creaky door onto the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
Episode #13. Unlucky for some.
Rifa manages to get a ticket for Bristol's hottest righteous rock band Idles at the Concorde 2. Meanwhile, still avoiding live bands, Chris checks out Truestory Theatre's imaginative production of Dracula at The Spire.
We also binge the new Netflix reboot of Sabrina The Teenage Witch, now called The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina.
In What You Reading For? Rifa gets annoyed with Gavin Strange's Do Lectures self-help book 'Do Fly' and much prefers Nikki Gattenby's book 'SuperEngaged'.
Chris is re-reading for the second time in two years Lewis Hyde's classic 'Trickster Makes This World', trying to think about it in the context of the rise of the trolling alt-right.
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Rifa and Chris scrabble through the detritus of the week's arts, culture, tech and diversity. Episode #12 is meant to be a Netflix special but our fearsome pair stupidly ate a load of intense Thai takeout during taping, so the second half goes a bit loopy in a chilli-high haze.
Anyway, they watch the new Derren Brown special Sacrifice, in which Derren tries to solve racism by attempting to 'persuade' a (friendly) bigot to take a bullet for an illegal immigrant.
They also binge psychedelic multi-reality drama series Maniac, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
Chris is reading Robin Ince's new non-fiction book about psychology, I'm A Joke And So Are You.
Rifa is still reading Arundhati Roy's The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness and feels differently about it now.
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Rifa and Chris waffle on about their week in the arts, culture, tech and inclusivity.
Episode #11 is a bit more highfalutin than usual. Rifa gets invited to the Woman Of The Year Awards and brings home a bulging goodie bag, while Chris stays in with new Netflix' new Paul Greengrass film 22 July.
Then they also go to Convivial Tools one-day symposium, inspired by Ivan Illich, which takes place at the Design Museum.
In What You Reading For? Chris has gone back to Ivan Illich's classic 1970s books, in particular Tools For Conviviality. Rifa is reading The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi.
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Rifa and Chris trample through the wreckage of their week in the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
Safe home from Scotland, in episode #10 our fearless pair dive into mainstream zeitgeist telly to watch the smash hit opening episode of the new series of the BBC's Doctor Who *SHOW INCLUDES MILD SPOILERS*. They also visit TomTech's VR Lab at The Old Market in Hove and watch Jacques Tati's full-length animated film The Illusionist (from 2010) on YouTube.
Rifa is reading Bored Panda articles online and the November issue of Harper's Bazaar, which is a 'women in art' special. She also had a quick look around our nearest (and still quite new) community-run arts space, The Rose Hill in Brighton.
Chris is reading J. A. Baker's 1960s nature writing classic The Peregrine.
It's a big, messy episode, with opinions likely to offend at least some. Let us know what you think about what we think (any and all questions, comments and suggestions for future topics welcome):
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Chris and Rifa dig through their week in the arts, culture, tech and diversity.
Episode #9 is our Scottish Art Trip Special: we visited the freshly opened V&A Dundee to check out the Scottish Design Galleries permanent collection. The next day we went to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, where we were blown away by Rip It Up – The Story Of Scottish Pop. Along the way we ate at Dundee's Flame Tree Café and tried the Sicilian theme menu at Six By Nico in Edinburgh.
Also, Rifa is on a diversity course and has re-discovered a love for noisy boy bands, thanks to Idles and Youngfathers.
In WHAT YOU READING FOR? Rifa read The Medium Is The Massage by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore, while Chris planned to start J.A. Baker's The Peregrine but instead found himself ploughing through a proof copy of Jim Bob's new memoir Jim Bob From Carter: In The Shadow Of My Former Self.
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Chris and Rifa dig into their week in culture. This week we taped the show on an iPhone internal microphone, in a hotel room in central Edinburgh, so forgive us if the sound is a bit off.
We went to the V&A in London to check out the Video Games exhibition but got distracted by the even better Future Starts Now exhibition about how technology is reshaping all our lives.
We also checked out Danish company Makropol's intense, immersive (mixed reality) theatre production Doom Room at The Old Market in Hove.
Rifa is reading articles about how the UK Government is mistreating the Windrush Generation and Chris is digging into the new Haruki Murakami short story collection Men Without Women.
We're in Scotland because we're on our way up to Dundee to check out the new Victoria & Albert Design Museum that just opened. So next week's episode will feature this gorgeous new V&A and our short Scottish mini-adventure.
Welcome to Refigure, in which Chris and Rifa talk about their week in culture with their mouths full of Japanese food.
In episode #7 our team binges BBC America thriller series Killing Eve, as well as getting unnecessarily upset about the first episode of Hugo Blick's overwrought drama Black Earth Rising. Rifa chats about her latest She Says Brighton event and Chris recommends Saatchi in-house composer Alex Ball's YouTube channel. Rifa has also just dived into Arundhati Roy's second novel, The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness.
Rifa and Christopher unpack a week of culture, tech, reading and general nonsense.
In episode 06 Chris spends the week on a storytelling and virtual reality training course, while Rifa catches up with Netflix doc series Wild Wild Country and shows her cousin around Brighton. Rifa is thinking about an opinion piece in the Tate magazine, while Chris recommends a longread in The Daily Beast about the man who stole millions from McDonald's Monopoly.
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"When you buried us you didn't realise we were seeds."
Chris and Rifa binged HBO miniseries Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams and talk about inclusion and diversity advocate David McQueen. Rifa is reading Maya Angelou and Chris is reading David Grann's 'Killers Of The Flower Moon'.
Episode #4 – "It's not Adventure Time!"
This week Rifa and Chris watch Reading Festival livestreams on the BBC iPlayer and compare two high-production podcast series, Slow Burn (Slate Plus) and Folk On Foot (Matthew Bannister). In 'What You Reading For' (yeah our book bit has a proper name now – and its own jingle) Rifa got through Dave Eggers' Monk Of Mokha (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin) in one day and she's bingeing Matt Groening's Disenchantment on Netflix, while Chris is ploughing through Zeynep Tufekci's book Twitter & Teargas (Yale University Press) and got emotional watching Michaela Coel's MacTaggart Lecture.
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"James Brown's in it!"
Rifa and Christopher recap their week in culture, including a day out to Tate Modern, the legacy of Aretha Franklin and whether The Blues Brothers film is any good.
Chris recommends N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy and (sticking like glue to the art theme) Rifa is reading the exhibition book of last year's Soul Of A Nation show, which was also at the Tate.
"So who would Frida Kahlo choose as a pepper pot, if she was a salt shaker?"
Welcome to Refigure episode #01, in which Chris and Rifa sit in their brand new bed and recap their week in culture and silliness.