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The Week Unwrapped podcast: Space dates, living apart and pub chaperones

Why is a Japanese billionaire looking for a ‘single woman’ to join him on a trip to the Moon? And what is a ‘sober chaperone’?

The Week Unwrapped Team

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Space dates

Japanese billionaire Yusaka Maezawa has announced that he is looking for a “single woman” to join him in a SpaceX rocket heading to the Moon in 2023. But how far has space tourism come, and is it a boundary-pushing journey to a new frontier, or just a fad for rich neo-conquerers?

Pub chaperones

Leading law firm Linklaters has launched a chaperone scheme to keep staff in check at boozy work events - part of a wider crackdown on the workplace drinking culture at professional services firms in the City. What’s behind the campaign and will it really work?

Living apart together

What links Gillian Anderson and Peter Morgan, Helena Bonham-Carter and Timothy Burton and Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk? All three are (or were) couples who "live together apart" (LAT). The domestic arrangement is part of a growing trend for couples who can't live with each other, but can't live without each other either. A quarter of couples in Britain have a LAT arrangement, so what is driving couples into living separately?

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