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The Monocle Daily: Tuesday 21 Feb
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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Defence journalist Robert Fox reflects on meeting Donald Trump’s new pick for national-security adviser: Lieutenant General HR McMaster.
Czechs and balances
Tomas Prouza, Czech secretary of state for EU affairs, explains why the UK needs to soften its approach to negotiating Brexit.
The battle for Mosul
Renad Mansour from Chatham House analyses the situation as Iraqi government troops attempt to recapture western Mosul from Isis.
Explainer 52: What will Brexit mean for the UK’s border with Ireland?
With the triggering of Article 50, Brexit will mean that the UK will have a physical border with the EU. But how would that work?
We take you to Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias in Colombia to introduce one of the most talented post-Latin American Boom writers, Héctor Abad. He’s a journalist, a novelist and now he’s written a memoir about his relationship with his father, including his shocking murder by paramilitaries.
Kassia St Clair is a design journalist specialising in colour. She joins us in the studio to explain why kit colour matters and how the commercialisation of sport has made it an extremely bright industry.
Eureka 31: Emma Wingfield
This week we hear the story of Emma Wingfield, a Brooklyn-based researcher, expert on West African art and co-founder of textile brand Five | Six. Along with her co-founder Laine Henry, the two collaborate with the weaving collective in Waraniéné, Côte d’Ivoire, to produce gorgeous ethically-made home-goods and bags. Wingfield explains how they turned a research passion into a company.
11-20: Open for business
We take a look at 10 innovative and adventurous businesses around the globe to see what they are doing right.
Singapore: towards a kinder city
While some cities are happy or sad, others have a bit more attitude. In the 51 years since it became an independent city-state Singapore has certainly become wealthy and very successful – but some worry that its focus on success has come at a price.
Sweden and the screen
From the cool and crisp landscapes of Sweden to the dark cinemas of Asia, evoking a sense of place on the page is a delicate art. We talk to the editors of two magazines doing just that: Liz Schaffer from travel title ‘Lodestars Anthology’ and Davide Cazzaro, the man behind ‘Nang’ magazine.
How do you adapt a novel?
We find out how our favourite books are adapted to both the small and silver screens, the stage and the radio. What makes a book adaptable: is it the characters or the plot? And how closely should you stick to the original? To help answer these questions Robert Bound is joined in the studio by writer Philip Meeks and page-to-screen consultant Sharmaine Lovegrove. Plus: comments from ‘High-Rise’ director Ben Wheatley and ‘One Day’ author and screenwriter David Nicholls.