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Matt Wolf of ‘The New York Times International’ joins Georgina Godwin in the studio to discuss the latest theatre news.
Former US diplomat charged with spying for Cuba
John Everard, former British diplomat who served as the UK’s ambassador to Uruguay, Belarus and North Korea, joins the programme to discuss the latest on Victor Manuel Rocha, a former US ambassador who has been charged with serving as an agent for Cuba for more than 40 years.
Ex-US diplomat accused of spying for Cuba
Charles Hecker joins Emma Nelson for a flip through the papers, looking at a US espionage scandal, claims that Boris Johnson considered a ‘raid’ on a Dutch vaccine plant and the quest to recreate what people in Japan ate 13 centuries ago.
Have you got rizz?
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has named its word of the year: “rizz”, a term made especially popular after its use on TV by Hollywood actor Tom Holland. Fiona McPherson, senior editor at the OED, explains to Monocle’s Andrew Mueller what it means.
The US cautions Israel as fighting resumes in Gaza
After a seven-day pause to allow for the release of Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners, war has resumed in Gaza. Qatar has confirmed that talks are ongoing between Israel and Hamas but the Hamas-controlled Health Ministry says that 32 people have been killed in Gaza today. During another visit to Israel, the US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, has told his hosts that they must account for the safety of Palestinian civilians.
How Slapp is stifling journalism and activism
Steve Crawshaw, former Director of Human Rights Watch UK, discusses Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (Slapp), which is most frequently used by large organisations or companies to target individuals or activists. Now the EU has come up with an agreed legal approach to handle such cases to protect journalists and human rights advocates.
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Retail forays with Mytheresa, Mud Australia and DJ Sofia Kourtesis
This month we want to aid and inspire your festive retail forays, whether that’s through the fine porcelains of Sydney-based brand Mud Australia or a new album by Peruvian artist, Sofia Kourtesis. We also check in with online-retail giant Mytheresa to find out what makes customers tick at this time of year and delve into the history of the most festive evergreen: mistletoe.
Unfeigned and Kind Regards
Rafa Gomez founded menswear brand Unfeigned as a result of his futile pursuit to find a quality, basic T-shirt. Now it’s a thriving business and very much a family affair. Rafa and his sister, Unfeigned’s art director, Maria, join the show to chat about the start of the label and how the family makes working together work. Plus: insights from Shope Delano and Natalia Barros Vives of London-based womenswear label Kind Regards.
Joining Georgina Godwin in today’s episode is American author Sandra Newman, whose sixth novel, ‘Julia’, offers a bold feminist reinterpretation of George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’. The book expands upon the protagonist Winston Smith’s narrative to unveil and explore the experiences of women in Oceania. Born in Boston, Newman has lived in many countries, including Germany, Russia, Malaysia and England, and her professions have ranged from academia to professional gambling. She speaks about her experiences prior to her debut novel, which was published in 2002 to critical acclaim, and how it changed the trajectory of her life.
Building back better in Mykolaiv
We speak to Oleksandr Sienkevych, mayor of Mykolaiv in Ukraine, about how his city hopes to rebuild after the war.
Argentina’s sports clubs
We’re in Buenos Aires to explore how the city’s sports clubs are bringing communities together as anchors for social life.
Branding Corner: Nike ACG
Bob Sheard, co-founder of brand agency Fresh Britain, discusses the power of logos and how Nike’s iconic swoosh almost got in the way of its expansion into the outdoor clothing market.