Two hundred years after Jane Austen’s novels were published, adaptations are still going strong. This summer saw the release of Fire Island, a gay adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and the Netflix original, Persuasion. Brooke Masters, our US investment and industries editor and a lifelong Jane Austen fan, and University of Maine literature professor Caroline Bicks, join Lilah to talk about the novelist’s enduring appeal. Then, the Boston Marathon has a new non-binary gender category. This is one of three approaches to trans inclusion that elite sports have taken so far. Lilah invites US sports business correspondent Sara Germano on to discuss.


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Links and mentions from the episode:

– Brooke is on Twitter @brookeamasters. Sara is on Twitter @germanotes

– The FT’s review of Fire Island: and Netflix’s Persuasion:

– A recent FT Magazine piece by Sara: ‘What next for Brittney Griner – and for women’s sport?’

– To stay up to date on the business of sports, you may like the FT newsletter Scoreboard:


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