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Broadcasting during a pandemic:

We look at the role of public broadcasters during the pandemic. TV critic Scott Bryan tells us what the BBC has been up to while the CBC/Radio-Canada’s Catherine Tait talks about the practicalities of producing for a multilingual country. Plus: we head to northern California to discuss the value of local radio.

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44230 Mar 2020
30 min

Broadcasting during a pandemic: 

We look at the role of public broadcasters during the pandemic. TV critic Scott Bryan tells us what the BBC has been up to while the CBC/Radio-Canada’s Catherine Tait talks about the practicalities of producing for a multilingual country. Plus: we head to northern California to discuss the value of local radio.

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44123 Mar 2020
30 min

The art of an online gallery: 

As art institutions and commercial galleries shut their doors to the public, we speak to critics Ben Luke and Jane Morris about what effect closures will have on audiences and businesses. Plus: we speak to Art Basel director Marc Spiegler about its brave new online world.

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44016 Mar 2020
30 min

‘The Mirror & the Light’ by Hilary Mantel: 

Robert Bound, John Mitchinson and Ted Hodgkinson review the final – and rather hefty – instalment of Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy.

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4399 Mar 2020
30 min

‘Among the Trees’: 

Robert Bound, Francesca Gavin and Ossian Ward get to the root of the Hayward Gallery’s new exhibition.

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4382 Mar 2020
30 min

Portrait of a Lady on Fire: 

We discuss female relationships, the queer gaze and the beauty of Céline Sciamma’s latest film. Ben Rylan is in conversation with Karen Krizanovich, Caspar Salmon and Chiara Rimella.

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43724 Feb 2020
30 min

Steve McQueen at Tate Modern: 

We discuss the new show of the artist and filmmaker, Steve McQueen, and revisit an interview with the man himself.

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43617 Feb 2020
30 min

‘Adults’ by Emma Jane Unsworth: 

Lucy Scholes and Susannah Butter discuss Emma Jane Unsworth’s new novel about Jenny McLaine, a thirtysomething London journalist whose addiction to social media begins to take over her life.

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43510 Feb 2020
30 min

Parasite: 

We review the newly released dark comedy by Bong Joon-ho, which picked up the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year. Film critics Simran Hans and Tim Robey join Robert Bound in the studio.

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4343 Feb 2020
30 min

Mushrooms: the art, design and future of fungi: 

Curator Francesca Gavin takes Monocle’s very own fun-guy, Robert Bound, on a tour of her new mushroom exhibition at Somerset House, which explores the ways fungi have been used in art.

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43327 Jan 2020
30 min

Uncle Vanya: 

Theatre critics Matt Wolf and Lyn Gardner join Robert Bound to give their verdict on the new production of Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ at the Harold Pinter Theatre, starring Toby Jones and Ciarán Hinds.

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43220 Jan 2020
30 min

New year, new music: 

Robert Bound is joined by the chief rock & pop critic for ‘The Times’, Will Hodgkinson, and the writer and broadcaster Kate Hutchinson to round up the best albums of 2020 so far – from forgotten 1970s folk music to the brightest new pop

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43113 Jan 2020
30 min

‘1917’: 

As it’s nominated for 10 Academy Awards, we head into the trenches to join George MacKay on a mission in ‘1917’. Robert Bound, Simran Hans and Jason Solomons review the film and we hear from its director, Sam Mendes.

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4306 Jan 2020
30 min

2020 lookahead: 

Scott Bryan, Francesca Gavin and Karen Krizanovich join Robert Bound to give their two cents on the TV, films and art exhibitions to see this season.

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42930 Dec 2019
30 min

The best of 2019: 

Robert Bound is joined by Tim Robey, Kate Hutchinson and John Mitchinson to round up the best films, albums and books of 2019.

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42823 Dec 2019
30 min

Cats: 

Simran Hans and Caspar Salmon join Robert Bound to discuss one of the cinema events of 2019: the release of ‘Cats’.

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