On air now
The Weekend Edition
The Weekend Edition is a refined mix of music, news and guests to see you through your weekend.
Latest weekly podcasts
Latest news podcast
Latest news highlights
Austria's presidential election
Austria stands on the brink of a momentous decision as it prepares to choose its new president this weekend. The face-off is between a far-right populist and a left-wing independent. Who will it be?
Taking aim at hate crimes
Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, hate crimes rose by more than 40 per cent. A new campaign, Better Than That, aims to address the problem.
Boris Johnson’s new book
The UK’s foreign secretary has been criticised for promoting his latest title on a trip to Serbia. But are we being too hard on him?
Very British Types
Anyone who has used public transport in London or read a classic Penguin paperback will be familiar with the work of seminal UK type designers Edward Johnston and Eric Gill. Now a new book, ‘Johnston and Gill: Very British Types’, looks at the development of the sans serif typefaces that bear their names, as well as the impact that they had on visual culture in the UK and around the world. We meet the book’s author Mark Ovenden.
Stadtflucht Bergmühle: Vienna
In Vienna you are never far away from a green place: parks are plenty and vineyards and leafy hills are all within easy reach. Plus: there are lots of places to kick back and relax beyond city limits.
Explainer 37: Japan and Russia’s dispute over the Kuril Islands
In December Russian president Vladimir Putin will fly to Nagato for a summit with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Ending Tokyo’s longstanding dispute with Moscow over the southern Kuril Islands will be a top priority. We discuss why.
Prestat chocolate factory
British chocolate brand Prestat has been making delicious delights for more than a century and former fans include the Queen Mother and that literary lover of all things chocolate, Roald Dahl. But after more than 100 years of ups and downs and a succession of colourful owners, the company aims to attract the next generation of fans. We visit the factory and sit down with chairman Nick Crean.
Turning pages in Brazil
Touching down in Brazil, we take a closer look at what makes the country’s voracious readers leaf through their favourite magazines. Plus: as the Olympic Games draw closer, we ask how the nation’s daily newspapers are covering the difficulties the country is facing today.
Alongside the team behind Monocle 24’s ‘The Urbanist’, we’re trekking through a metropolitan maze as we explore how cities are depicted on screen. We hear from ‘Detroit Free Press’ on how its city has been given the cinematic treatment, while much-praised film-maker Mark Cousins discusses his relationship with Belfast ahead of his upcoming artistic documentary. Plus: secrets and myths behind the closed doors of New York’s Dakota building.
Belgrade’s Ministry of Space
Fighting the establishment is more than just a figure of speech in the countries that once made up Yugoslavia. As communism gave way to klepto-capitalism, many urban amenities were ransacked for the personal profit of the well-connected. But over the past five years the Ministry of Space – a collective of architects, artists and urbanists – has battled to reclaim public spaces and reconnect citizens with development decisions.