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Long-form conversations about the lives and careers of the world's leading and most exciting names from the worlds of art, design, literature, politics, business and food. We hear from the masters themselves, about their art, their craft, their secrets and successes.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter:

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of the world’s pre-eminent classical soloists. For 40 years the German performer has collaborated with distinguished composers and musicians, winning numerous awards. She talks to Monocle’s Robert Bound about Beethoven, her Stradivarius and sending biscuits to John Williams.

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1257 Aug 2020
30 min

Anne-Sophie Mutter: 

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of the world’s pre-eminent classical soloists. For 40 years the German performer has collaborated with distinguished composers and musicians, winning numerous awards. She talks to Monocle’s Robert Bound about Beethoven, her Stradivarius and sending biscuits to John Williams.

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1243 Jul 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Bernd Bauer: 

Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this week’s episode, Bernd Bauer, CEO of Swiss premium leisure carrier, Edelweiss Air, discusses risk mitigation as we take to the skies again and how to get the aviation industry’s optimism back.

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12326 Jun 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Peter Maurer: 

President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, joins Tyler Brûlé to discuss the shifting funding models for international institutions, the importance of brand on the frontline and reshaping humanitarian aid and diplomacy in a post-coronavirus world.

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12223 Jun 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Sarah McNally: 

Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this episode, Sarah McNally, founder of McNally Jackson bookshops, discusses the latest challenge to the publishing industry and why New Yorkers’ steely resilience could save independent retail.

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12119 Jun 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: David Miliband: 

Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this episode, David Milband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former UK foreign secretary, discusses how to fix the vacuum in global leadership and why public trust – not hospitals – is the real key to fighting coronavirus.

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12016 Jun 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Andrew Cogan: 

Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks some of the world’s leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead as we exit the current crisis. In this episode, CEO of office-design firm Knoll, Andrew Cogan, discusses the changing nature of the way we work and the importance of workplace culture, ergonomics and sustainability in the workplaces of the future.

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11912 Jun 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Jeremy King: 

Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this episode, celebrated restaurateur Jeremy King discusses the fate of the UK hospitality industry – and tells us why the socially distanced restaurant is a myth.

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1185 Jun 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Emma Tucker: 

Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, meets Emma Tucker, the editor of ‘The Sunday Times’, to discuss what it’s like to cover a global pandemic, the importance of Sunday journalism and how digital can complement, not replace, print media.

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11729 May 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Jens Henriksson: 

Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, meets Jens Henriksson, the CEO of Nordic financial services giant Swedbank, who talks about supporting SMEs, the path to economic recovery and how best to approach the challenges that lie ahead.

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11622 May 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Scott Malkin: 

Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, talks to the CEO of Value Retail, Scott Malkin, about the luxury fashion industry’s response to coronavirus, changing consumer habits and how disruption might be an opportunity to fix physical retail’s enduring problems.

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11515 May 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Sergio Ermotti: 

Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, is joined by Sergio Ermotti, the CEO of Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services giant UBS, to discuss how to help small and medium-sized business through the crisis, the resilience of the Swiss economy and what next for global leadership and cooperation in a post-coronavirus world.

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1148 May 2020
30 min

The Chiefs Edition: Vas Narasimhan: 

Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, joins some of the world’s leading business figures to ask how we get to the other side of the crisis – and what that might look like. First up is Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, who talks crisis management, the search for a vaccine and the importance of the spaces that we work in.

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11324 Nov 2019
30 min

John Waters: 

Film director John Waters, aka the Pope of Trash, is known for his 1972 film ‘Pink Flamingos’ and 1988’s ‘Hairspray’, later a hit Broadway musical. Today he writes books and performs standup. He spoke to Monocle’s Daphne Karnezis about building a career on bad reviews and how Trump ruined the word ‘ugly’.

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11217 Nov 2019
30 min

Samantha Power: 

From 2013 to 2017 Samantha Power served in Barack Obama’s cabinet and as US ambassador to the UN. Starting out as a journalist, she won the Pulitzer prize in 2003 and has now written a memoir, ‘The Education of an Idealist’. Andrew Mueller asks her about her journey to the White House, playing football with the Latin American ambassadors and what it’s like at the centre of a media storm.

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11110 Nov 2019
30 min

François Ozon: 

The French director received international acclaim for his 2002 musical-comedy-drama ‘8 Women’, starring Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert; ‘Swimming Pool’ (2003) starring Charlotte Rampling; and the psychosexual thriller ‘L’Amant Double’ in 2017. With his latest film, ‘By the Grace of God’, Ozon again is taking viewers into new territory. He talks to Monocle’s Ben Rylan about playing with different genres and telling difficult stories.

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