Shereen El Feki

Shereen El Feki is a writer, broadcaster, and academic. She started her professional life in the lab, with a doctorate in molecular immunology from the University of Cambridge. She has been Healthcare Correspondent for The Economist, a programme presenter at Al Jazeera, written and researched Sex and Citadel, and served as vice-chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

Alongside studying sexuality in the Arab world she is an inaugural TED Global Fellow, and a member of the Global Experts network of the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations. She sits on the advisory board of Meedan, a digital town square promoting dialogue between Arabic and non-Arabic speaking communities around the world, as well as that of the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, an NGO promoting human rights across the region. She also serves on the editorial board of Dinar Standard, a leading publication on finance and business in the Islamic world.

She is half- Egyptian, half-Welsh, grew up near Toronto, and now lives between London and Cairo.

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Nine Nasty Words

Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

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I Can’t Believe It’s Baby Food!

My aim is to help parents make both cooking and mealtimes as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. It’s all about sharing food that the whole family will love, with your baby in a highchair pulled up to the table. Apart from the first few weeks of weaning, there really is no need to cook twice. In fact, it’s much better that you don’t! Your baby will benefit both nutritionally and developmentally from eating with you; and, if you are not stuck in the kitchen all day preparing endless different meals, you’ll be happier and less frazzled, too.

Your child’s development depends on three key areas of health that are intertwined and are interdependent – these are the Brain, the Immune system and the Gut (BIG). The first thousand days seems to be the critical window to get this essential BIG nutrition trio functioning well, as that is when your baby’s mind, immune-resilience and intestinal health are being primed for the future.

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Extra Life

Steven Johnson will present a four-part television series with historian David Olusoga, also titled Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer. As with the book, the series, set in the context of today’s COVID-19 crisis, explores the lessons learned from previous global pandemics—including smallpox, cholera, the Spanish flu, and others—and reveals how scientists, doctors, self-experimenters, and activists launched a public health revolution, saving millions of lives, fundamentally changing how we think about illness and ultimately paving the way for modern medicine.

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