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Twenty years of Art Basel Miami Beach:

Robert Bound and guests mark 20 years of Art Basel Miami Beach. Artnet’s executive editor Julia Halperin shares her memories of the fair, while outgoing and incoming directors Marc Spiegler and Noah Horowitz discuss the history and future of Art Basel Miami Beach. Plus: Heather Hubbs, director of the New Art Dealers Alliance fair, on how this upstart art fair became an institution all on its own.

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58128 Nov 2022
30 min

Twenty years of Art Basel Miami Beach: 

Robert Bound and guests mark 20 years of Art Basel Miami Beach. Artnet’s executive editor Julia Halperin shares her memories of the fair, while outgoing and incoming directors Marc Spiegler and Noah Horowitz discuss the history and future of Art Basel Miami Beach. Plus: Heather Hubbs, director of the New Art Dealers Alliance fair, on how this upstart art fair became an institution all on its own.

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58021 Nov 2022
30 min

‘The Menu’ and food on the big screen: 

Robert Bound and guests Hannah Strong and Leila Latif review ‘The Menu’, the new film starring Ralph Fiennes, and take a look at the enduring appeal of food on the big screen. Plus: we speak to the film’s food stylist about how the extravagant meals were put together and what goes into creating dishes on a film set.

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57914 Nov 2022
30 min

‘Kingdom of Dreams’: the golden age of high fashion : 

The period between the 1990s and 2010s is often referred to as the golden age of high fashion. A new documentary series on Sky explores the era and shows how – while the models might have been impeccably dressed – backstage, things were often unravelling at the seams. Robert Bound is joined by writer Dana Thomas, The Business of Fashion editor at large Tim Blanks, and head of fashion at ‘The Telegraph', Lisa Armstrong, to discuss the show and the era. 

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10 Nov 2022
16 min

On Collecting: William S Paley: 

As the head of CBS for more than half a century, William S Paley was responsible for transforming the US broadcasting landscape. But his contribution to modern art was equally remarkable. A trip to Europe in the 1930s sparked a lifelong interest that would see the Chicago-born mogul go on to acquire pieces from many of the world’s leading contemporary artists, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Francis Bacon. As the president and chairman of New York’s MoMA, Paley also shaped the way that we understand the history of 20th-century art. In this episode, Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Sales for Global Fine Art, Brooke Lampley, and art critic Amah-Rose Abrams reveal what makes Paley’s collection so extraordinary.

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5787 Nov 2022
30 min

George Saunders: 

Booker Prize winner George Saunders is a master of the short story form. His latest collection, ‘Liberation Day’, contains nine tightly constructed tales that are underpinned by a sense of dystopia and the absurd. He joins Robert Bound to discuss the collection and what makes a great story.

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57731 Oct 2022
30 min

Benjamin Clementine: 

Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine is known for his genre-defying music, soulful voice and poetic lyricism. He joins Robert Bound in the studio to discuss his new album 'And I Have Been' and its creation high in the Santa Monica hills, his musical influences and his affinity for snakes.

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57624 Oct 2022
30 min

The Banshees of Inisherin: 

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Simran Hans and Tim Robey to review the latest film from Martin McDonagh, ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ – a darkly comic tale of friendship and isolation. 

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57517 Oct 2022
30 min

Do literary prizes still matter?: 

We draw back the curtain on literary prizes – what they mean for writers and literary agents – and what it’s like to be a judge on a major literary award. We speak with Clare Conville, co-founder of the literary agency C+W, Monocle’s books editor and Baillie Gifford prize judge, Georgina Godwin, and Eleanor Catton, winner of the Booker Prize in 2013 for her novel, ‘The Luminaries’.  

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57410 Oct 2022
30 min

Commercial photography – or fine art?: 

This week we look through the viewfinder at the world of photography and explore whether the fields of commercial and art photography are beginning to merge. We speak to Matthew Beaman, Monocle’s photography director; stop by London agency East’s gallery space, 10 14; and catch up with photographer Mark Mahaney.

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5733 Oct 2022
30 min

Espionage, Black History Month and ‘Natasha’: 

We explore the relationship between British espionage and male homosexuality with writer, author, and artist Huw Lemmey. Plus: dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and artist Ben F Jones reflect on their relationship with art and activism in celebration of Black History Month and we learn about the seventh edition of the Singapore Biennale, also known as ‘Natasha’.

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57226 Sep 2022
30 min

The music press: how it started and where it’s going: 

We look at the past, present and future of the music press. Robert Bound meets Paul Gorman, whose new book, ‘Totally Wired: The Rise and Fall of the Music Press’ details the ‘glory days’ of the industry. Plus: Laura Snapes and Natty Kasambala on where the digital press is heading and we hear the musings of Monocle’s Andrew Mueller on his former life as a music journalist.

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57119 Sep 2022
30 min

Autumn preview : 

We look ahead to the autumn’s unmissable small-screen programming and highlights from galleries and museums. From new TV series to an exhibition by a celebrated photographer, we have you covered for the season’s cultural picks.

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57012 Sep 2022
30 min

The Technicolor world of David Bowie: 

Fifty years after the release of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’, we look at David Bowie’s legacy and what the evolution of his visual world tells us. We speak to ‘Moonage Daydream’ director Brett Morgen and Mark Paytress, author of ‘Glam! When Superstars Rocked the World, 1970-74’.

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5695 Sep 2022
30 min

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ : 

Elves and orcs return to our screens in Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’, purportedly the most expensive TV show ever made. We speak to the series’ showrunners, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and our own ‘Lord of the Rings’ authority, John Mitchinson, to find out more about the show and where it places us in Tolkein’s infinitely complex world.

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56829 Aug 2022
30 min

‘Official Competition’: 

Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas star in ‘Official Competition’, a new satirical film poking fun at the movie industry and the art of acting. Critics Caspar Salmon and Hannah Strong join Robert Bound in the studio to ask whether it is a winner and to dwell more widely upon the movies-about-movies genre.

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