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Monocle on Saturday

Don’t miss the week’s most interesting stories from around the world. Join Georgina Godwin every week on Monocle on Saturday to delve into the latest global news and culture, with reports from regular guests in Monocle’s London studio and our international correspondents.

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From Iran and Israel to Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’:

US intelligence predicts that Iran will strike Israel within the next few days. Yossi Mekelberg, associate fellow at Chatham House, joins Georgina Godwin to tell us more. Also in the programme: Angela Rayner is under scrutiny, Donald Trump compares himself to Nelson Mandela and Beyoncé puts Levi jeans back on the hotlist. Plus: Monocle’s Gregory Scruggs speaks to Bernadette McDonald, who spotlights local Himalayan climbers in her new book ‘Alpine Rising: Sherpas, Baltis, and the Triumph of Local Climbers in the Greater Ranges’.

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20213 Apr 2024
36 min

From Iran and Israel to Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’ 

US intelligence predicts that Iran will strike Israel within the next few days. Yossi Mekelberg, associate fellow at Chatham House, joins Georgina Godwin to tell us more. Also in the programme: Angela Rayner is under scrutiny, Donald Trump compares himself to Nelson Mandela and Beyoncé puts Levi jeans back on the hotlist. Plus: Monocle’s Gregory Scruggs speaks to Bernadette McDonald, who spotlights local Himalayan climbers in her new book ‘Alpine Rising: Sherpas, Baltis, and the Triumph of Local Climbers in the Greater Ranges’.

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2016 Apr 2024
31 min

Wirecard scandal and the history of the honeytrap 

Terry Stiastny updates Georgina Godwin on the Wirecard fugitive case and discusses the honeytrap scandal that has rattled Westminster this week. We examine the history of honeytrap scandals and look back at the lives of two extraordinary people: journalist Hella Pick and author Lynne Reid Banks. Plus: twins Dina and Rosabella Gregory take us through their new opera, ‘The Haberdasher Prince’, and Louise Doughty joins to talk about her guest edition of Writers Mosaic, ‘Blood and belonging: Traveller Writers’.

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20030 Mar 2024
36 min

Is China responsible for cyber espionage in the UK and US? 

Isabel Hilton, founder of China Dialogue, joins Emma Nelson in the studio to discuss accusations that China is responsible for cyber espionage in the UK, US and New Zealand, affecting millions of people. We also look at how Truth Social could be worth $9bn (€8.3bn), despite reporting losses, and we head to The Chiefs, Monocle’s conference in Hong Kong, to learn from developer and hotelier Yuta Oka. Also on the programme: Monocle’s Mae-Li Evans takes us to Robert Herman’s latest exhibition, ‘From California with Love’.

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19923 Mar 2024
31 min

Monocle’s Hanami Market 

Monocle’s editorial director, Tyler Brûlé, joins Emma Nelson from Zürich to talk about the Japanese spring market at Dufourstrasse 90, as well as the forthcoming The Chiefs conference in Hong Kong. Plus: communications consultant and journalist Simon Brooke joins the studio in London to flick through the global papers. We also discuss this week’s news, including Moscow’s concert hall attack and the world’s response to Catherine Princess of Wales’s cancer diagnosis.

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19816 Mar 2024
31 min

Russia’s presidential election: opposition flash mobs and voting under threat 

Though voting has begun in Russia to elect the country’s next president, the results are unlikely to come as a surprise. However, there is resistance bubbling under the surface. Join Georgina Godwin and Russia specialist Charles Hecker to discuss the run-up to the election. Plus: Tory donor Frank Hester’s racist comments, Boris Johnson’s unofficial talks in Venezuela and Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco interviews Lauro Andrade, founder of DW!  São Paulo Design Week.

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1979 Mar 2024
31 min

Will the US TikTok ban go ahead? 

US lawmakers have passed a bill that would remove TikTok from app stores – but will the ban go ahead? And does dark matter actually exist? Join Vincent McAviney and Yassmin Abdel-Magied for this as well a background on the potential ceasefire in Sudan during Ramadan. Plus: Monocle’s Tomos Lewis interviews the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ahead of the celebrations tomorrow and the director of the London Book Fair, Gareth Rapley, joins us to discuss next week’s event. 

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1962 Mar 2024
35 min

Navalny’s funeral, Sunak’s speech and a Russian spy exposed 

On Friday the funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny drew thousands of mourners. What was the mood in Moscow? In the UK what has the reaction been to prime minister Rishi Sunak’s Downing Street address on Friday evening? Meanwhile in Austria, an investigation has exposed the fraudulent COO of Wirecard as a decade-long GRU spy – what do we know? Join Vincent McAviney and political journalist Terry Stiastny for all this, as well as a breakdown of the Willy Wonka experience scam in Glasgow. Plus: Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco gives us a rundown of the world’s best biscuits.

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19524 Feb 2024
39 min

Two years of Russia’s war in Ukraine 

Emma Nelson, Christopher Phillips and Charles Hecker reflect on the last two years of Russia’s war in Ukraine and take a look at Christopher’s new book, ‘Battleground: 10 Conflicts that Explain the New Middle East’. Plus: arts and culture communications specialist Issabella Orlando stops by to talk about the Barbican’s new exhibition, ‘Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art’, Sarah Snook’s one-woman take on ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and Bali’s extraordinary New Year tradition. 

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19417 Feb 2024
30 min

The first-ever Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction 

Isabel Hilton, international journalist and founder of China Dialogue, joins Georgina Godwin for a round-up of the week’s news and culture. This week, we look back at the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the UK by-elections and fake Chinese accounts on Elon Musk’s X. Plus: Professor Suzannah Liscomb, award-winning author and broadcaster, joins Georgina Godwin to talk about the first-ever Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction. 

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19310 Feb 2024
29 min

Is it a bumpy road ahead for China’s economy? 

Will China’s economy recover during the Year of the Dragon? What is the UK’s new tech that could control the weather? And how is the ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ being updated? Join Georgina Godwin and David Bodanis for a round-up of the week’s news and culture. Plus: the owner of The Steam Room, Tony Chung, joins us to talk about his collaboration with Ai Weiwei and Avant Arte for the Lunar New Year. 

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1923 Feb 2024
29 min

US airstrikes, Marco Polo and The Heartbreak Hotel 

The US military launched airstrikes against targets in Syria and Iraq on Friday. How has the country’s power changed across different administrations? Also on the programme: Georgina Godwin and international correspondent Nina dos Santos discuss why men are drifting to the far right, the many conspiracies surrounding Taylor Swift and Venice Carnival’s celebration of Marco Polo this weekend. Plus: Alice Haddon and Ruth Field join us to talk about their therapeutic wellness retreat, The Heartbreak Hotel. 

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19127 Jan 2024
33 min

News and culture round-up 

Join Emma Nelson and political journalist Terry Stiastny for a look back at the week’s news and culture. Plus: Issabella Orlando joins the panel for a round-up of her favourite stories this month.

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19020 Jan 2024
34 min

Europe sounds the alarm on Putin and we head to Singapore’s international art fair 

What are the key takeaways from the interview with German defence minister, Boris Pistorius? Which country is the common link in the recent Middle Eastern conflicts, and why? Join Georgina Godwin and Austrian journalist Tessa Szyszkowitz for this and more from the week’s news and culture. Plus: Monocle’s Lilian Fawcett visits Singapore’s international art fair, ART SG, to find out how Singapore is trying to establish itself as a global art hub

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18913 Jan 2024
30 min

US-UK air strikes on Houthi rebels and AI finishes a famous painting 

Can the Israel-Hamas conflict be contained? What is likely to happen at the Iowa caucuses? And why are people upset at artificial intelligence finishing Keith Haring’s ‘Unfinished Painting’? Join Georgina Godwin and communications consultant Simon Brooke for this and more from the week’s news and culture.

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1886 Jan 2024
31 min

Three years on from the Capitol Hill riot, Taiwan’s election and ‘Saltburn’ 

What lasting effect has the Capitol Hill riot had on the US over the past three years? Monocle’s Christopher Cermak discusses how views and memories of that day have changed. How will Asia’s elections this month impact the rest of the world? Monocle’s Naomi Xu Elegant looks ahead. And is ‘Saltburn’ a perfect satire or does it fall flat? Join journalist Vincent McAviney and Georgina Godwin for a review of the week’s news and culture.

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