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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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Monday 24 April:

The day after the first round of the French election we take stock of what could be in store for France. Plus: what does this rejection of mainstream politicians mean for the future of Europe?

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139024 Apr 2017
30 min

Monday 24 April: 

The day after the first round of the French election we take stock of what could be in store for France. Plus: what does this rejection of mainstream politicians mean for the future of Europe?

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138921 Apr 2017
30 min

Friday 21 April: 

Culture editor Robert Bound is joined by Steve Bloomfield, Tom Edwards and Henry Rees-Sheridan to discuss the day’s top stories: last night’s shooting in France, the snap general election in the UK and how Toronto plans to regulate housing costs.

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138820 Apr 2017
30 min

Thursday 20 April: 

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson uses a rare press conference to criticise Iran, the race to the Elysee reaches its final stretch and Bill O’Reilly is forced out of Fox News. Plus: why Denmark wants to attract more migrants.

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138719 Apr 2017
30 min

Wednesday 19 April: 

As the UK prepares for an early general election, we look at how Europe reacted to Theresa May’s statement. Plus: Venezuela braces for protest, how an election in Georgia became a referendum on Trump’s presidency and where in the world is the ‘USS Carl Vinson’?

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138618 Apr 2017
30 min

Tuesday 18 April: 

UK prime minister Theresa May calls a snap general election, in France the presidential candidates prepare for the final stretch ahead of the first round of voting on Sunday and we ask why Donald Trump is congratulating Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the referendum result. Plus: writers go on strike in Hollywood.

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138517 Apr 2017
29 min

Monday 17 April: 

We discuss the day’s top stories including the outcome of the Turkish referendum with Sebastian Borger, London correspondent for the ‘Berliner Zeitung’, and Robert Fox, defence editor for ‘The London Evening Standard’.

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138414 Apr 2017
29 min

Friday 14 April: 

Monocle’s Andrew Mueller is joined by editorial staff to unpack the day’s top stories, including the ongoing corruption scandal in Brazil and Turkey’s upcoming referendum.

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138313 Apr 2017
30 min

Thursday 13 April: 

We discuss the souring relations between the US and Russia following the attacks in Syria, unpack Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to Washington and look ahead to Iran’s presidential election. Plus: why are Erdogan-style moustaches trendy within Turkey’s ruling party?

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138212 Apr 2017
30 min

Wednesday 12 April: 

We discuss US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow, unpack France’s presidential election and try to make sense of President Trump’s call on China to sort out North Korea. Plus: White House press secretary Sean Spicer learns the hard way that you should never make comparisons to Hitler.

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138111 Apr 2017
30 min

Tuesday 11 April: 

G7 leaders wrap up their meeting in Italy on the Syrian conflict, the US deploys the Navy to the Korean peninsula and we ask what the latest crisis in Jacob Zuma’s presidency means​ for South Africa. Plus:​ how an overbooked United Airlines flight escalated into a worldwide PR disaster.

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138010 Apr 2017
30 min

Monday 10 April: 

G7 leaders meet in Italy to agree on a unified approach to the Syrian conflict, António Guterres marks 100 days as UN secretary-general and why Beijing is paying its citizens to give the government tip-offs about foreign spies.

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13797 Apr 2017
30 min

Friday 7 April: 

We discuss Sweden’s terror fears following a suspected attack in Stockholm and examine the US’s decision to launch an airstrike against Syria. Plus: Salone del Mobile and Melbourne’s aspirations to connect the city to the airport by rail.

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13786 Apr 2017
30 min

Thursday 6 April: 

We look at UK prime minister Theresa May’s meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk and unpack her latest trip to Saudi Arabia. Plus: the latest from Donald Trump’s administration and how the New Zealand prime minister sparked outrage over a dinner choice.

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13775 Apr 2017
30 min

Wednesday 5 April: 

The world comes together to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the EU approves the negotiation guidelines for Brexit and we unpack last night’s presidential debate in France. Plus: a look at the best – and worst – official portraits.

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13764 Apr 2017
30 min

Tuesday 4 April: 

We unpack the latest chemical attack in Syria, examine the aftermath of the metro bombing in St Petersburg and look ahead to Xi Jinping’s imminent arrival at Mar-a-Lago. Plus: the serialised op-ed indictment of Donald Trump by ‘The Los Angeles Times’.

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