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Robert Bound 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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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’:

Last week saw the UK release of what is supposedly Quentin Tarantino’s penultimate film: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’. Robert Bound, Simran Hans and Tim Robey discuss the counter-culture, cowboys and controversies surrounding it.

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41019 Aug 2019
30 min

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: 

Last week saw the UK release of what is supposedly Quentin Tarantino’s penultimate film: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’. Robert Bound, Simran Hans and Tim Robey discuss the counter-culture, cowboys and controversies surrounding it.

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40912 Aug 2019
30 min

Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern: 

We review Olafur Eliasson’s show ‘In Real Life’ – an immersive retrospective of the artist’s career to date. Tom Edwards is joined by Francesca Gavin and Jane Morris to discuss what’s behind the smoke and mirrors.

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4085 Aug 2019
30 min

‘Old Town Road’: 

We take a deep dive into Lil Nas X’s US record-breaking number-one single, “Old Town Road”. Baylen Leonard and Leonie Cooper join Robert Bound to discuss genre, sexuality, remixes and what it takes to make a hit song.

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40729 Jul 2019
30 min

‘Queer Eye’: 

We assess how ‘Queer Eye’ has transformed the makeover genre – and what it has done for queer TV in general. Ben Rylan is joined by critics Scott Bryan and Toby Earle, who also offer tips on the shows to stream now.

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40622 Jul 2019
29 min

‘Apollo 11’: 

As we celebrate 50 years since Neil Armstrong took that notorious first step on the moon, we watch this thrilling and moving documentary of one of the greatest feats of humankind. Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Anna Smith and Andrew Mueller to review ‘Apollo 11’, which is made up entirely of original footage of the most famous space mission.

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40515 Jul 2019
30 min

‘Sweet Sorrow’ by David Nicholls: 

This summer’s ultimate poolside read, ‘Sweet Sorrow’ is the latest novel by award-winning author and screenwriter David Nicholls. Robert Bound, Georgina Godwin and John Mitchinson talk love stories and 1990s nostalgia.

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4048 Jul 2019
30 min

Cindy Sherman: 

The art world’s master of disguise has a retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery; we try to get to the bottom of the wit and wigs that have made her one of the greatest contemporary artists. Robert Bound is joined by Kathlene Fox-Davies and Francesca Gavin.

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5 Jul 2019
16 min

The Sessions at Midori House: From the archives – The Charlatans: 

We relive a performance by The Charlatans from 2017. Robert Bound met the band at the time of the release of their album ‘Different Days’.

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4031 Jul 2019
30 min

Summer lookahead 2019: 

Robert Bound is joined by Leonie Cooper, Susannah Butter and Scott Bryan to round up our cultural checklist for the summer. Find out what you'll be reading, watching and dancing to this season.

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27 Jun 2019
16 min

The Sessions at Midori House: From the archives – Oscar Jerome: 

Take another listen to a 2018 performance by UK neo-soul singer Oscar Jerome, who brought some chilled, summery vibes to Midori House.

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40224 Jun 2019
30 min

‘Rolling Thunder Revue’: 

We try to separate fact from fiction in Martin Scorsese’s pseudo-documentary about Bob Dylan’s 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Will we ever know the real Dylan? Robert Bound discusses with Liv Siddall, Tim Robey and Will Hodgkinson.

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21 Jun 2019
14 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Mixtape: 

We revisit performances by Julia Holter, Sam Evian, Saint Etienne and Margo Price from our musical archives.

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40117 Jun 2019
30 min

Art Basel, 2019: 

Monocle’s Culture editor, Chiara Rimella, shows us around the biggest art event of the year – and speaks to the curators, collectors and critics.

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13 Jun 2019
20 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Lewis OfMan: 

This week’s guest is French pop musician Lewis OfMan, who might only be in his early twenties but is fast on the rise. He has already soundtracked fashion shows for some of France’s top maisons, composed and produced for Vendredi Sur Mer and Rejjie Snow, and is in the process of finishing his debut solo album.

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40010 Jun 2019
30 min

The RA’s Summer Exhibition: 

Robert Bound, Eddy Frankel and Ossian Ward discuss this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Francis Bacon at the Gagosian and the responsibilities of an art critic.

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