Culture with Robert Bound

Behind the scenes at Monocle, issue 101

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27 February 2017

Episode 281

30 minutes


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We go behind the scenes of the Culture pages in our 10th-anniversary issue, in which we head to Prague to meet the music industry’s go-to orchestra, discuss true crime in Hamburg, meet the editor of Paul Auster’s latest novel ‘4 3 2 1’ and find out about a new Norwegian gameshow with the journalist who wrote the story: Susie Mesure.

27 February 2017

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Chapter 1

10 minutes


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Chapter 1

Norway: ‘Lost In Time’

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Susie Mesure visits Oslo to investigate – and play – a new TV gameshow that aims to bridge the gap between Saturday night entertainment and the vast new market of mobile games. Mesure comes to Midori House to tell Robert Bound more.

10 minutes

Chapter 2

2 minutes


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Chapter 2

Paul Auster, ‘4 3 2 1’

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In this month’s Monocle magazine Robert Bound visits New York to interview one of his favourite authors, the prolific Paul Auster. Here we meet his editor, Walter Donohue, who explains why the hairs on his neck still stand on end when a new Auster manuscript lands on his desk.

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Chapter 3

6 minutes


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Chapter 3

Czech Republic: the new music-making capital?

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When Adele wants strings on one of her globe-straddling recordings she goes to Prague. The same goes for film-soundtrack maestros, including Ennio Morricone and James Newton Howard. So what attracts people to the Czech capital and its musicians? Price is certainly a factor but it’s the quality – and quantity – of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra musicians that really stands out. Our correspondent Guy De Launey heads to Prague to meet them.

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Chapter 4

7 minutes


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Germany: true crime

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Whether you enjoy it as part of a novel, a podcast or a film, true crime is big business. Now you can add the humble magazine to that growing list thanks to Hamburg-based publication ‘Stern Crime’. This year the magazine also started doing live readings of some of its gruesome tales and Monocle writer Marie-Sophie Schwarzer went along to the premiere performance. She joins Robert Bound in the studio to talk about it.

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