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Culture with Robert Bound

Our Culture editor and his guests discuss what has piqued their interest in our one-stop shop for lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business.

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The Escapist:

We dive into summer through Monocle’s sister publication ‘The Escapist’, a journal of places less explored. Robert Bound is joined by some of the team who brought the stories to life on the page and we head to one of our destinations, Bucharest, to find out about its burgeoning arts scene.

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30224 Jul 2017
27 min

The Escapist: 

We dive into summer through Monocle’s sister publication ‘The Escapist’, a journal of places less explored. Robert Bound is joined by some of the team who brought the stories to life on the page and we head to one of our destinations, Bucharest, to find out about its burgeoning arts scene.

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30117 Jul 2017
27 min

Wish you were here…: 

As people head off to warmer climes during the summer-holiday season we celebrate the postcards that they might be posting back home.

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30010 Jul 2017
30 min

Something Old, Something New: Fiona Stewart and Ben Coleman: 

Fiona Stewart and Ben Coleman, the mother-and-son duo behind Green Man Festival, discuss how music and the Brecon Beacons inspired 15 years of their annual bonanza.

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2993 Jul 2017
27 min

How do you write an essay?: 

The essay is a format that prompts a mixed response. While some marvel at the endless possibilities for ideas and considered prose, for others it’s a style of writing that brings back memories of homework and set texts. Robert Bound sits down with writer Travis Elborough to tackle what an essay is.

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29826 Jun 2017
29 min

Summer lookahead 2017: 

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by co-founder of Unbound John Mitchinson, art critic and curator Francesca Gavin and film critic Karen Krizanovich to discuss the art, books and film to look out for this summer.

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29719 Jun 2017
28 min

Behind the scenes at Monocle: issue 105: 

In the July/August issue of Monocle, Robert Bound goes dancing in Tel Aviv and learns how to paint in Cornwall, while Andrew Mueller meets Saint Etienne as they release their new album ‘Home Counties’.

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29612 Jun 2017
28 min

Something Old, Something New: Sharmaine Lovegrove and Elizabeth Day: 

Tom Edwards stands in for Robert Bound in this month’s episode of ‘Something Old, Something New’. He's joined in the studio by Sharmaine Lovegrove, co-founder of Dialogue Scouting and literary editor for ‘Elle’ magazine, and journalist and author Elizabeth Day, to discuss the items that have influenced and interested them.

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2955 Jun 2017
30 min

What is the magic of Hay Festival?: 

As the world’s greatest celebration of literature turns 30 we find out what makes it beloved by so many.

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29429 May 2017
28 min

Poetry, what poetry?: 

We get our rhyming couplets in order with poet and novelist Joe Dunthorne, discover a collaborative project aimed at promoting poetry across different cities around the world and head to Singapore to find out why the country loves poetry so much.

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29322 May 2017
30 min

Behind the scenes at Monocle: issue 104: 

Hear from the people who put together this month’s culture section of Monocle. We find out about the factory that produces film sets for ‘Saturday Night Live’, discover what it’s like to be a TV critic and meet the woman behind a new arts concept in Toronto.

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29215 May 2017
30 min

Something old, something new: Paula Scher and Adrian Shaughnessy: 

This month Robert Bound is joined by graphic designer and first female principal at Pentagram, Paula Scher, and Adrian Shaughnessy who teaches visual communication at the Royal College of Art and is also co-founder of Unit Editions. They bring in the objects that have aided and inspired them throughout their careers.

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2918 May 2017
30 min

What’s the role of a fan?: 

In the good old days fans tended to adore from behind a barrier but now the lines between them and their adored subject have been blurred by the internet. On the show today we’re interested in why some people decide to devote themselves to a particular celebrity or brand and what their dedication does for them.

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2901 May 2017
28 min

How do you run an independent bookshop?: 

From London to Milan and Belgrade to Toronto, we showcase the independent bookshops that are thriving around the world.

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28924 Apr 2017
28 min

Behind the scenes at Monocle, issue 103: 

We meet some of the people who contributed the May edition of Monocle. Georgina Godwin tells us about her story on the Hay Festival turning 30, Andrew Mueller chats about his trip to the Paris apartment of Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan and Robert Bound sits down with our photo director, Matt Beaman, to discuss why Photo London is a must-attend event this year.

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28817 Apr 2017
30 min

How do you write true crime?: 

People have always loved a good murder-mystery but recently there’s been an influx of binge-worthy documentaries, books and podcasts based on true crime, such as ‘Serial’ and Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’. From Malaysia to Rio via the streets of 1960s New York, we find out why this genre has become so popular recently and how writers and film-makers use real cases to feed our thirst for a twisted tale.

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