4. Elif Shafak

In the latest CultureBlast episode,Turkish-British Elif talks about her diplomatic mother, who took her around the world, and her storyteller grandmother, a healer who read coffee cups and melted lead at her home in Ankara. She discusses the taboos around sex in Turkey, where women are sometimes likened to a certain vegetable, and the excesses of identity politics in the West.

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