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The Monocle Weekly

Want to hear from the authors, artists, creative thinkers and business leaders shaping your world? Hosts Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound present just that on our longest-running radio programme.

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Bold futures : Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound talk to Rod Nordland, international correspondent and Kabul bureau chief for ‘The New York Times’, about his new book ‘The Lovers’. We also meet architecture curator, critic and author Lucy Bullivant to hear about new urban thinking at the Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture. Plus: Whitechapel Gallery curator Emily Butler discusses the new exhibition ‘Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)’.

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3447 Feb 2016
01:00:00

Bold futures : 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound talk to Rod Nordland, international correspondent and Kabul bureau chief for ‘The New York Times’, about his new book ‘The Lovers’. We also meet architecture curator, critic and author Lucy Bullivant to hear about new urban thinking at the Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture. Plus: Whitechapel Gallery curator Emily Butler discusses the new exhibition ‘Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)’.

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34331 Jan 2016
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Game changers: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound sit down with reporter Jack Shenker to learn where Egypt and the legacy of the Arab Spring might be headed. We also talk to psychology expert Maria Konnikova about the murky world of confidence tricksters. Plus: we try to trace the links between art that emerged from Soviet-era Russia and its influence on nations across Africa, with curator Mark Nash.

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34224 Jan 2016
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High standards: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound hear from film-producer John Smithson, one of the creative forces behind new Bafta-nominated Mount Everest documentary ‘Sherpa’. We also meet author Ayisha Malik, whose novel ‘Sofia Khan is Not Obliged’ documents elements of Muslim culture in London. Plus: we talk to Joseph Seelig, founder and co-director of the London International Mime Festival.

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34117 Jan 2016
01:00:00

Culture shock: 

Robert Bound and Markus Hippi meet novelist Adam Thirlwell and gallerist Tayah Leigh Barrs to learn how they’re combining art and publishing. We also hear from Grammy-nominated theatre-production duo the Sisters Grimm. Plus: we look back at the life of David Bowie with an archive interview with his personal photographer Mick Rock.

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34010 Jan 2016
00:57:15

Star turns: 

Robert Bound and Andrew Tuck hear from global music connoisseur Gilles Peterson about his top tunes of the moment. We also discover why designer Hefin Jones wants to put Welsh design on the map – and also up into space. Plus: Philip Ilson, artistic director of the London Short Film Festival, stops by to discuss cinema in brief.

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3393 Jan 2016
00:50:10

2016 lookahead: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound are joined by a selection of Monocle’s bureau chiefs from around the world, in order to find out why 2016 is a year to look forward to across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewsi, our man in Istanbul Chris Lord, and our Asia bureau chief based in Tokyo Fiona Wilson provide some global perspective for the next 12 months.

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33827 Dec 2015
01:00:00

The Best of 2015: 

Robert Bound and Andrew Tuck look back at a year of great interviews on The Monocle Weekly, featuring guests such as former Sonic Youth man Thurston Moore, astronaut James F. Reilly, sneaker head Jeff Staple, and literary man of the moment Garth Risk Hallberg – and more.

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33720 Dec 2015
01:00:00

Home for the holidays: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound get a masterclass in perfecting pre-dinner aperitifs with Alex Kammerling of Kamm & Sons. We also hear from author Padraig Rooney about why Swiss-chalet life holds enduring appeal for literature’s great and good. Plus: Caz Hildebrand – the mind behind the look of Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks – tells us how to design a bestseller.

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33613 Dec 2015
01:00:00

Classic cuts : 

Tom Edwards and Markus Hippi discuss diary-making with Simon Garfield, who has published (with permission) 60 years of diaries from bookseller Jean Lucey Pratt. We also hear from reporter Tim Judah about stories from war-torn Ukraine. Plus: we learn the simple dos and don’ts of how to correctly chop, store and burn wood with Norwegian writer Lars Mytting.

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3356 Dec 2015
00:55:05

Off the map: 

Andrew Tuck and Tom Edwards look at map-making with rare-book collector Daniel Crouch, take a surreal trip into the thoughts of John Lennon with author Kevin Barry and meet Roger W Smith, the master watchmaker whose timepieces take years to make and sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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33429 Nov 2015
00:53:46

Culture clash: 

Historian W David Marx joins us from Japan to discuss that country’s contribution to classic American style, a topic covered in his new book, ‘Ametora’. We find out why the year 1966 was such an explosive one for pop from Jon Savage who has dedicated a whole tome to it. Plus: Artists Mikhail Karikis and Adam Basanta join us in the studio to discuss their sonic installation in London’s Carroll/Fletcher gallery.

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33322 Nov 2015
00:53:00

Other lives: 

Andrew Tuck and Tom Edwards talk to Darren Wall about the evolution of video games and his design-led publishing venture Read-Only Memory. We also chat about Iran and what attracted film-makers Tom Allen and Leon McCarron to follow its longest river, the Karun. Plus: we learn why creative Paula Zuccotti has been documenting the objects people touch in the space of one day.

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33215 Nov 2015
00:59:00

Paris attacks: 

Tune in to the Monocle Weekly with Tyler Brûlé and Andrew Tuck on Sunday 14 November at 12.00 UK time for a special coverage of the aftermath of Friday night's deadly terror attacks in the heart of the French capital.

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3318 Nov 2015
00:53:40

New builds: 

Andrew Tuck and Steve Bloomfield hear from architecture expert and television documentarian Dan Cruickshank about his new book, which looks at the 100 most important buildings ever made. Gustav Temple of ‘The Chap’ magazine also tells us how to consume our favourite tipples in the proper manner and writer Robert Penn discusses how many objects can be created from the humble Ash tree.

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3301 Nov 2015
00:54:30

Different times: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound are joined by literary man of the moment Garth Risk Hallberg to discuss his new book ‘City on Fire’. Diccon Bewes also stops by to talk about why the maps of Switzerland reveal more than just cheese or watches. Plus: Erasure’s Andy Bell joins the team to look back on 30 years of impeccable synth-pop greatness.

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