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The Briefing, 727

Friday 22 August

This one-hour show airs at 12 noon London time and includes analysis of the day’s news in Europe. This is also our drivetime show for the US East Coast.

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Desperate times

Friday 22 August

The brutal beheading of US journalist James Foley shocked the world and intensified the crisis in Iraq. Now the UK has a responsibility to intervene, says Matt Alagiah.

There can be no more grotesque and poignant visual example of how complex the situation in Iraq has now become than the video that emerged on Tuesday night. A man with what sounds like an unmistakably British accent, under…

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The Globalist, 735

Friday 22 August

Joseph Dana profiles Turkey’s new prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, we analyse the latest in Indonesian politics with Shoeb Kagda and Dr Lee Jones, Loren Feldman of The New York Times talks business news, Nolan Giles reflects…

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The Monocle Daily, 729

Thursday 21 August

We discuss how a lack of diversity in US newsrooms affects coverage of events such as the Ferguson protests, assess the politics behind the US terror list, and hear how Ebola is affecting Liberian society, especially women…

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The Urbanist, 149

Thursday 21 August

Independent cities: we discuss whether London could ever become a separate city state, take a look at which areas work best for independent businesses, and visit a café in Vancouver for a digital detox experience. Plus, we…

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Midori House, 722

Thursday 21 August

Daniella Peled and Shashank Joshi assess the 12 months since a sarin-gas attack in a Damascus suburb, we ask why Canada’s scientists are becoming increasingly frustrated with prime minister Stephen Harper, and trace the…

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The Briefing, 726

Thursday 21 August

Michael Luhan of the OPCW discusses the first anniversary of a chemical-weapons attack in a Damascus suburb that left over a thousand civilians dead, we assess the ongoing investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, and…

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A slice of Brazilian life

Thursday 21 August

In Brazil, one phrase sums up both the country’s problems with political corruption and also its jovial feel-good spirit. Monocle’s Gaia Lutz explains why so many Brazilian situations seem ‘to end in pizza.

Reading columns and opinion pieces in the papers from my home country of Brazil for the latest on this year’s presidential elections, I'm noticing how frequently the expression “acabar em pizza”, or “to end in pizza” crops…

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The Globalist, 734

Thursday 21 August

The latest from eastern Ukraine with Igor Sutyagin, we analyse Germany’s decision to arm the Kurds in northern Iraq, and review the morning’s newspapers with Darren McCaffrey.

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The Monocle Daily, 728

Wednesday 20 August

As Israel and Hamas return to fighting, we ask when the conflict could end. Plus, we analyse an interview with the new President of the western-backed Syrian National Coalition, and find out what happened when a robot…

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Midori House, 721

Wednesday 20 August

Samira Shackle and John Everard share their views on the day’s top stories, we check in with our Istanbul correspondent, and review this year’s best comedy at the Edinburgh Festival.

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The Briefing, 725

Wednesday 20 August

The latest following the reported execution of journalist James Foley by the Islamic State, we also go live to Gaza City as hostilities resume between Israel and Hamas, and assess the ongoing travails over the sale of New…

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Growing up fast

Wednesday 20 August

The city state of Singapore is expanding in numerous ways, from its famous skyline to the ambitions of its people. Monocle’s Jason Li reflects on the past, present and possible future of the nation he calls home.

Most people would agree that turning 49 years old puts you firmly in the middle-aged category but not when it comes to nation-building. The country of my birth, Singapore, hits this milestone this month – not quite an adult…

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The Globalist, 733

Wednesday 20 August

Gwen Robinson discusses the latest developments in Thailand’s government, we look at Sweden’s record influx of refugees, review the morning’s newspapers with Giles Winn, and learn how China’s television producers are get…

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