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Presented by Steve Bloomfield, this is Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show featuring interviews with political leaders and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the day.

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The Globalist: 

News and comment from Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

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Midori House: 

The agenda from Monocle's editors and correspondents.

Weekly shows

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Section D: 

A review of design, architecture and craft.

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The Urbanist: 

What makes cities tick, from city hall to the suburbs.

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The Menu: 

Monocle's guide to food, drink and entertaining.

Weekend shows

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The Curator: 

The best of the week on Monocle 24, compiled into one show.

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The Stack: 

The people and players shaping the future of print media.

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The Recap: 

Catch up with all of the week's big stories.

Latest episodes

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3 Jun 2015
00:15:33

The Monocle Arts Review - Theatre: Donald Hutera: 

Theatre critic Donald Hutera discusses Rufus Norris’ debut as artistic director at the National Theatre, French ballerina Sylvie Guillem’s new show, which will be the final performance of her career, and the all-singing, all-dancing ‘Beyond Bollywood’ at the London Palladium.

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2 Jun 2015
01:00:00

The Monocle Daily: 

Sets the agenda in Asia and considers what’s been dominating the day in Europe and North America. The programme is sometimes co-hosted out of our Toronto and New York bureaux and features regular interviews with special guests both there and across the Americas, as well as experts and analysts at our studios in London.

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2 Jun 2015
00:23:39

Section D: 

Everything you need to know about the world of design, from furniture to fashion and craft to architecture. Expect fresh stories, new finds and designers and all the latest news from the world’s most exciting studios.

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2 Jun 2015
00:30:00

Midori House: 

Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.

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2 Jun 2015
00:30:00

The Briefing - Tuesday 2 June: 

We find out why former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili gives up his Georgian passport and takes on the job as a Ukrainian governor. We also hear why the Finnish government is working in an open-plan office and get the day’s main business headlines.

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2 Jun 2015
01:00:00

The Globalist - Tuesday 2 June: 

We discuss who’s turning up for the party as Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir is sworn into office again, analyse the missing press freedoms in Turkey and look at the New York soccer stars who will take on Cuba’s national team in Havana.

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2 Jun 2015
00:15:42

The Monocle Arts Review - Music: Baylen Leonard: 

Broadcaster and DJ Baylen Leonard introduces us to blues-infused folk by Vancouver’s Frazey Ford, the old-school Nashville sound of rising star Cale Tyson and some polished country pop from Tennessee’s Ashley Monroe.

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1 Jun 2015
01:00:00

The Monocle Daily - Monday 1 June: 

The NSA cops a punch from the right as Republican Senator Rand Paul takes a swipe at controversial surveillance laws, allowing a swathe of powers to expire. We also discuss how the Swiss press has digested the saga engulfing Fifa and learn how to successfully integrate product placement in popular media.

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1 Jun 2015
00:30:00

Culture with Rob Bound - How close are fact and fiction?: 

We look at the blurred lines between fact and fiction with novelist and former travel writer Lawrence Osborne, comedian Mark Watson and journalist and author Adam LeBor.

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1 Jun 2015
00:30:00

Midori House - Monday 1 June: 

After the US Senate lets the NSA spy programme lapse for now, Tom Edwards and guests discuss the state of surveillance in the US. Plus, amid unrest in Burundi due to its president’s bid to stand for a third term, they discuss postponing elections in the small state. As the scandal around Fifa persists, we ask: what can fans and states do to reform world football?

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1 Jun 2015
00:30:00

The Briefing - Monday 1 June: 

We wonder what might rescue Malaysia Airlines, deemed ‘technically bankrupt’ by its CEO, discuss the concerns surrounding the health of king Bhumibol of Thailand and ask what’s next for the Solar Impulse 2 plane project.

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1 Jun 2015
01:00:00

The Globalist - Monday 1 June: 

We look at the prominent names on the blacklist Russia has produced and hear what the results at Italy’s local elections tell of PM Matteo Renzi's support. We also browse through the day’s European papers.

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