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The Big Interview

Monocle 24’s new series features in-depth interviews with inspirational names in global politics, business, culture and design. Hosted by Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck and Monocle’s senior editors.

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Susan Goldberg:

Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of ‘National Geographic’, sits down with Monocle’s Tomos Lewis in Washington to talk about the US’s new administration, the power of journalism, magazine covers and how to steer a legacy brand in changing times.

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5619 Mar 2017
29 min

Susan Goldberg: 

Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of ‘National Geographic’, sits down with Monocle’s Tomos Lewis in Washington to talk about the US’s new administration, the power of journalism, magazine covers and how to steer a legacy brand in changing times.

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5512 Mar 2017
29 min

Jude Kelly: 

The theatre producer and artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre sits down with Monocle 24’s Tom Edwards to talk about gender equality and the importance of universal accessibility to the arts and culture.

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545 Mar 2017
29 min

Marina Abramović: 

Influential performance artist Marina Abramović sits down with Sophie Grove in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm to talk about her childhood, the Slavic soul, the powerful chemistry between audience and performer and the sacrifices that an artist must be willing to make.

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534 Dec 2016
30 min

John Simpson: 

Steve Bloomfield sits down with the BBC’s world affairs editor to talk about his 50-year career, the responsibilities, danger and excitement of being a war correspondent and some advice he would give to his younger self.

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5227 Nov 2016
30 min

Dries van Noten: 

Nolan Giles sits down with the Belgian fashion designer to talk about crafting clothes in the era of images and screens, being hands-on in both the creative and commercial sides of his business and the importance of his hometown of Antwerp to his business.

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5120 Nov 2016
30 min

Mario Testino: 

Tyler Brûlé sits down with legendary photographer Mario Testino to talk about the allure of London in the 1980s and 1990s, the changing landscape of fashion and photography, the pleasures of travel and philanthropy, and his recent reconnection to his native Peru.

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5013 Nov 2016
30 min

Art Spiegelman: 

One of the world's most influential graphic artists, Art Spiegelman sits down with Andrew Mueller to discuss depicting atrocities, his career-defining graphic novel ‘Maus’ and, of course, president-elect Donald Trump.

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496 Nov 2016
28 min

Robert Longo: 

Monocle’s Ed Stocker sits down with US artist Robert Longo to talk about his youth, the creation of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center with some of the leading artists of the time, his famous “Men in the Cities” series and the messy state of US politics.

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4830 Oct 2016
30 min

Luc Tuymans: 

Monocle’s Robert Bound sits down with Belgian artist Luc Tuymans to discuss his idea of ‘the real’ as well as the physicality of painting, when to begin and when to stop and the changing role but immutable nature of the artist. Plus: Tuymans discusses artist and painter James Ensor, about whom he has recently curated an exhibition.

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4723 Oct 2016
30 min

Marina Willer: 

Monocle’s Tom Edwards sits down with graphic designer, film-maker and Pentagram partner Marina Willer to talk about her family’s origins, the importance of openness in a post-Brexit UK, the challenges of digital media and the everyday inspiration she gets from her children.

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4616 Oct 2016
30 min

Simon de Pury: 

Monocle’s Robert Bound sits down with the world-renowned Swiss auctioneer and collector, Simon de Pury to discuss his journey into the epicentre of the art world, his love of contemporary art, the evolution of taste, the art of collecting and the performance of auctioneering.

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459 Oct 2016
30 min

William Kentridge: 

Robert Bound talks to artist William Kentridge about the process of creation, the drawing as the starting point, the beauty of opera, the importance of peripheral vision and his home country, South Africa.

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442 Oct 2016
30 min

Sir David Tang: 

‘The Big Interview’ is back on Monocle 24, featuring in-depth conversations with inspirational names in global politics, business, culture and design. To kick off the fourth series Tyler Brûlé sits down with Hong Kong businessman and concert pianist Sir David Tang to talk about nationality, the notion of nice and some of his favourite – and least favourite – Asian destinations.

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4331 Jul 2016
28 min

Christophe Galfard: 

Theoretical physicist and popular science author Christophe Galfard sits down with Robert Bound to delve into the world of special relativity and quantum mechanics. Plus: the necessity of bridging the gap between the general public and the experts when it comes to science.

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4224 Jul 2016
30 min

David Puttnam: 

The independent producer and legend of the UK film industry Lord Puttnam sits down with Robert Bound to discuss playing father to an entire film crew, the lack of integrity in today’s media and the role of the documentary as a tool to help the world.

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