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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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Ian Bremmer:

For our season finale we sit down with Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group. He is one of the world’s leading political-risk experts, specialising in US foreign policy, states in transition and global political risk. He talks to Tom Edwards about his new book ‘Us vs Them: The Failure of Globalism’, which explains the rise of populist leaders and why we shouldn’t blame their supporters.

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846 May 2018
30 min

Ian Bremmer: 

For our season finale we sit down with Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group. He is one of the world’s leading political-risk experts, specialising in US foreign policy, states in transition and global political risk. He talks to Tom Edwards about his new book ‘Us vs Them: The Failure of Globalism’, which explains the rise of populist leaders and why we shouldn’t blame their supporters.

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8329 Apr 2018
30 min

The chefs: 

Ahead of the publication of Monocle’s inaugural ‘Drinking & Dining Directory’, we hear from some of the great chefs and restaurateurs who have featured on past episodes of ‘The Big Interview’. Join Tom Edwards for a tasty mix of insights from the likes of Massimo Bottura, Ruth Rogers, Bill Granger and Jeremy King.

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8222 Apr 2018
30 min

Robert Harris: 

The author of numerous bestsellers, including ‘Fatherland’, ‘The Fear Index’ and ‘An Officer and a Spy’, sits down with Robert Bound to talk about his new novel ‘Munich’, as well as themes ranging from ancient Rome to contemporary politics and why it’s difficult to write political fiction in the modern world.

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8115 Apr 2018
30 min

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: 

The Nigerian novelist known for critically acclaimed titles such as ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘Americanah’ joins Monocle foreign editor Megan Gibson to talk about being black in America, becoming a global feminist icon, Nigerian fashion and the challenges facing the Left.

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808 Apr 2018
30 min

Matthew Rolston: 

Celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Prince and Beyonce have all appeared in front of Matthew Rolston’s lens. His glamorous photographs have appeared on the covers of ‘Rolling Stone’, ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, ‘Vogue’, ‘GQ’ and many more. Through the use of his signature lighting, he has become an icon of Hollywood photography. He met up with Ed Stocker to talk about his latest exhibition “Hollywood Royal”, a retrospective of his 1980s photography, and to reflect on his extensive career.

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791 Apr 2018
30 min

Vik Muniz: 

The acclaimed Brazilian visual artist and photographer Vik Muniz is best known for his bold and layered recreations of canonical artworks using a range of media. In conversation with Monocle’s Robert Bound, Muniz muses on the role of art, his fascination with illusion and image and his influences, which range from Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys to his grandmother and his childhood in 1970s Brazil.

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7825 Mar 2018
30 min

Dame Jane Goodall: 

Renowned primatologist Dame Jane Goodall has spent nearly six decades researching our closest non-human relatives. Since her first trip to Tanzania in 1960 her work has vastly expanded our comprehension of chimpanzees. She talks to Andrew Mueller about her groundbreaking discoveries, chimpanzees’ sense of humour and the work still ahead.

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7718 Mar 2018
30 min

Sir Kenneth Grange : 

Sir Kenneth Grange is known as the godfather of UK product design. He is the man behind quintessentially British everyday products for brands such as Kenwood, Parker, Kodak and Anglepoise – but also behind the InterCity 125 train, the regional Royal Mail postbox and the latest London black cab. Grange is one of the founding members of the famous interdisciplinary design consultancy Pentagram and during his more than half a century of work he has come to define, change and modernise British design.

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7611 Mar 2018
30 min

Sandra Bernhard: 

Comedienne, actress, activist, singer and pioneer of the one-woman show: Sandra Bernhard sits down with Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé to talk about stand-up, Tinder, the media the 1970s and much, much more.

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754 Mar 2018
30 min

Dave Eggers: 

Eggers is the author behind bestselling and award-winning books such as ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’, ‘What is the What’ and ‘The Circle’. But apart from a career as an author, Eggers is also a journalist, editor, graphic designer and artist. He is the founder of independent publishing company McSweeney’s, which produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing and a monthly magazine. He met Monocle’s Ed Stocker to talk about his work, influences and more.

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745 Nov 2017
30 min

Nadja Swarovski: 

Nadja Swarovski, great-great-granddaughter of the founder of the Austrian crystal producer, is in charge of corporate communications and design services; she has also kept the heritage brand current with a series of collaborations with the likes of Alexander McQueen and Zaha Hadid. She talks to us about the challenges she’s faced and what the future might hold.

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7329 Oct 2017
30 min

Margot Wallström: 

Sweden’s splendidly outspoken foreign minister Margot Wallström joins Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker to discuss, among other things, her feminist foreign policy, Sweden’s non-aligned military position, the country’s role as a temporary member in the UN’s Security Council and how she upholds her moral views while also being diplomatic.

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7222 Oct 2017
30 min

George Saunders: 

‘New York Times’ bestselling author George Saunders has just won the most prestigious literary prize in the English-speaking world: the Man Booker. He sat down with Monocle’s Georgina Godwin to talk about his career and winning debut novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’.

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7115 Oct 2017
30 min

Alexandre de Betak: 

Alexandre de Betak is commonly referred to as “the Fellini of fashion” and it is easy to see why. For the past 25 years the Frenchman has been creating exuberant shows for the world’s best designers. He sat down with Monocle’s Jamie Waters to talk about supermodels, New York in the nineties and the changing role of the runway in the age of smartphones and social media.

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708 Oct 2017
30 min

Graham Stirk: 

Graham Stirk is a partner at the internationally acclaimed and award-winning architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. He has designed iconic London buildings such as the Leadenhall Building (or “Cheesegrater”) and NEO Bankside. He joins Monocle’s Tom Edwards to talk about the complexity of some of the practice’s projects and what keeps him going.

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