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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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Christiana Figueres:

Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield sits down with Christiana Figueres, the former head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The woman behind the 2015 Paris Agreement talks about the work involved in the legendary deal, growing up in Costa Rica, our pressing moral obligations to future generations and why it’s important to be stubborn when it comes to the environment.

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6123 Apr 2017
30 min

Christiana Figueres: 

Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield sits down with Christiana Figueres, the former head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The woman behind the 2015 Paris Agreement talks about the work involved in the legendary deal, growing up in Costa Rica, our pressing moral obligations to future generations and why it’s important to be stubborn when it comes to the environment.

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6016 Apr 2017
30 min

Mary Ann Tighe: 

From government arts advisor to one of New York’s most powerful women, Mary Ann Tighe sits down with Ed Stocker to discuss making big deals, tough compromises and how making friends with your competitors can be beneficial for all.

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599 Apr 2017
30 min

Isabel Allende: 

Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker sits down with celebrated Chilean author Isabel Allende to discuss the art of storytelling, her deep-rooted affection for Chile and Latin America, the dangers of the US’s new government and her human-rights work.

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582 Apr 2017
29 min

Kristin Scott Thomas: 

Academy award-nominated actress Kristin Scott Thomas sits down with Monocle 24’s Robert Bound to discuss her latest film ‘The Party’, the differences between acting for film and stage, her debut as a director and why she has chosen Europe over Hollywood.

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5726 Mar 2017
30 min

Agnès B: 

The French fashion designer sits down with Monocle’s Nolan Giles in Paris to discuss politics, supporting young artists, her love of London and getting France back on track.

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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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