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Pour yourself a coffee with Monocle’s ideal weekend companion. Ease into the day with a look at the international newspapers and hear from an array of leading cultural figures, from the ablest architects and auteur film-makers to crafty coffee roasters and the wittiest writers.

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The art of remembering:

We visit Berlin’s Soviet War Memorial, where an impressive design belies a deeper meaning for both Germany and Russia. Plus: archaeologist Claire Smith explains why restoring Notre Dame won’t make it any less authentic.

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4028 Apr 2019
60 min

The art of remembering: 

We visit Berlin’s Soviet War Memorial, where an impressive design belies a deeper meaning for both Germany and Russia. Plus: archaeologist Claire Smith explains why restoring Notre Dame won’t make it any less authentic.

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3921 Apr 2019
60 min

Isabelle Huppert and the qualities of camp: 

Academy award-winning director Neil Jordan discusses his campy new thriller “Greta”, which stars Isabelle Huppert as a deranged stalker. Plus: how an arts education is raising the standards in US prisons and economist Cornelia Meyer reviews the weekend newspapers.

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3814 Apr 2019
60 min

Salone del Mobile: 

Monocle’s Georgina Godwin sits down for a cinnamon bun with leading designers and architects in this special edition broadcast live from the world’s largest furniture fair.

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377 Apr 2019
60 min

A nature series worth nurturing: 

Sir David Attenborough’s new Netflix Original series ‘Our Planet’ is both a visual masterpiece and an urgent call to action. We meet its producers, Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey. Plus: artist Oliver Jeffers on how politics informs creativity, and a review of the weekend newspapers.

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3631 Mar 2019
60 min

Tackling men’s mental health: 

We look at a play that is bringing the issue of men’s mental health to the forefront. Plus: one of the world’s top 100 start-ups, weekend papers and we celebrate Burmese New Year.

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3524 Mar 2019
60 min

Enter stage left (and right): 

We look at how political issues can be successfully transferred to the stage. Plus: finding your ‘fragrance wardrobe’, a new novel based around the Holocaust and London restaurant Mortimer House Kitchen.

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3417 Mar 2019
60 min

London Burlesque Festival: 

We profile the 2019 version of a festival that does a fine line in raunchy and risqué. Plus: how AI is changing the workplace, an Art Dubai round-up and Chiltern Firehouse’s knack for staying at the forefront of London’s dining scene.

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3310 Mar 2019
60 min

Making the arts accessible: 

We profile two companies making the arts more accessible. Plus: Daunt Books Spring Festival, extraordinary women in history and former MasterChef winner Tim Anderson on Japanese cooking.

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323 Mar 2019
57 min

Changing British culture: 

We assess the impact of refugees from Nazi Europe on British culture. Plus: abstract artwork, how to retell Shakespeare and the weekend papers.

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3124 Feb 2019
58 min

The art of luxury: 

We discuss how to create the feeling of luxury. Plus: specialist sound design, the tale of a household and food from northeast India.

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3017 Feb 2019
60 min

Liberating Europe: 

We walk the route that allied forces took when liberating Europe during the Second World War. Plus: long-forgotten writers, organ-donor recipients and the weekend papers.

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2910 Feb 2019
57 min

Why theatres matter: 

As the Theatres At Risk Register is released, we discuss the importance of these venues. Plus: one of the UK’s most famous ships, political cartoons and where best to drink wine.

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283 Feb 2019
48 min

Clearing the oceans: 

We discuss how superyacht owners can save the world. Plus: we celebrate black and brown cultural innovators and try food from Asturias.

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2727 Jan 2019
60 min

Staying creative: 

We discuss how artists keep from going stale and try to identify the secrets behind perfect choreography. Plus: the story of Madame Tussaud, the weekend papers and how to kick the January blues.

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2620 Jan 2019
60 min

Welcome to the UK?: 

As Brexit, in one form or other, edges ever closer, we examine the plight of refugees in the UK through a play. Plus: Middle Eastern art, the power of the termite and some alcohol-free gin and tonic.

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