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Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.

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Friday 24 March:

We reflect on the violent attack that took place in Westminster this week, ask why Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak is now free and whether the EU should be thinking positively after 60 years of union. Plus: why art-supply sales are up in the US.

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136924 Mar 2017
30 min

Friday 24 March: 

We reflect on the violent attack that took place in Westminster this week, ask why Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak is now free and whether the EU should be thinking positively after 60 years of union. Plus: why art-supply sales are up in the US.

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136823 Mar 2017
30 min

Thursday 23 March: 

We assess the aftermath of this week’s terrorist attack in London, learn why the Taliban is making gains in Afghanistan and assess the future of the EU.

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136722 Mar 2017
30 min

Wednesday 22 March: 

We get the latest from Westminster following a suspected terror attack at the heart of the UK government. Meanwhile, what will we learn from today’s terror summit in the US? Plus: the Catholic church’s relationship with Rwanda and Scotland’s prospective bid for independence from the UK.

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136621 Mar 2017
30 min

Tuesday 21 March: 

We try to assess what the long game of both Russia and the US might be after yesterday's election-tampering hearing. Plus: the life of Martin McGuinness, Europe's perspective on Brexit negotiations and why Brazil’s meat exports to China have been halted.

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136520 Mar 2017
30 min

Monday 20 March: 

We discuss the latest revelations from the enquiry into US election meddling by Russia, analyse how Nato works, preview tonight’s French presidential election debate and ask why Norway is supposedly the happiest nation on Earth.

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136417 Mar 2017
30 min

Friday 17 March: 

We discuss the claim that GCHQ may have had a hand in allegedly wiretapping Trump Tower, look at what is on the table for Angela Merkel and Donald Trump's meeting today and ask whether Brexit can be explained via a board game.

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136316 Mar 2017
30 min

Thursday 16 March: 

We reflect on the Netherlands’ election result, discuss whether a pan-European approach to tackling extremism is a focused enough strategy, analyse what Donald Trump’s budget plans will look like and examine the relationship between music and politics.

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136215 Mar 2017
30 min

Wednesday 15 March: 

We attempt to forecast the outcome of today’s Dutch general election, ask whether Nato reacts more to the wills of Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin and assess the US president’s recent tax revelations. Plus: the origins of Rex Tillerson’s nom de guerre.

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136114 Mar 2017
30 min

Tuesday 14 March: 

We analyse the UK’s place in the world now it is able to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU, plus: what will be on the agenda when Donald Trump and Angela Merkel finally meet? We also discuss the latest in the diplomatic fallout between Turkey and the Netherlands, and ask why François Fillon is in trouble for his choice in suits.

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136013 Mar 2017
30 min

Monday 13 March: 

We analyse the Netherlands-Turkey row regarding the Turkish president’s “Nazi” comments, ask if Kellyanne Conway’s idea about microwaves being used for surveillance is realistic, learn why Scotland must have its say on the UK triggering Article 50 and question whether politicians get enough done.

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135910 Mar 2017
30 min

Friday 10 March: 

We gather voices from Monocle 24 to discuss the week’s talking points, including Bill Clinton’s first major public comment following the US election and Elon Musk offering to solve Australia’s power-supply problem. Plus: why has a Bolivian monastery been in the headlines for its newest recruit?

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13589 Mar 2017
30 min

Thursday 9 March: 

We ask why Republican moderate Jon Huntsman is reportedly in line to become the US’s next ambassador to Russia, learn about Hawaii’s legal challenge to Donald Trump’s revised travel ban and discuss Brazilian president Michel Temer’s attitude towards women. Plus: why China could soon be pumping water into the country from a lake in Russia.

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13578 Mar 2017
30 min

Wednesday 8 March: 

We ask why China is blaming the US for North Korea’s actions, enquire whether your TV is really watching you rather than the other way around, find out why Pakistan and Afghanistan are attempting to avert a humanitarian disaster and look at sports clothing designed for the Islamic market.

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13567 Mar 2017
30 min

Tuesday 7 March: 

We ask why Donald Trump is having problems dealing with agencies such as the FBI and whether French politician Francois Fillon is capable of a rebrand. Plus: China revises its civil code and we find out why the green man found on traffic lights has to be gender biased.

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13556 Mar 2017
30 min

Monday 6 March: 

We ask why Donald Trump has removed Iraq from his revised executive order targeting largely Muslim nations and whether Mexico is getting a headstart on future immigration chaos in the US. Plus: the latest on the French presidential race and bad hotel-room views.

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