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The Big Interview

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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Michael Holding:

The West Indies cricket legend looks back on his time as a fast bowler in the 1970s and 1980s and shares why he decided to write a deeply personal book about prejudice he faced both on and off the pitch.

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1463 Dec 2021
30 min

Michael Holding: 

The West Indies cricket legend looks back on his time as a fast bowler in the 1970s and 1980s and shares why he decided to write a deeply personal book about prejudice he faced both on and off the pitch.

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14526 Nov 2021
30 min

Janina Kugel: 

The CV of German board-management expert, Janina Kugel, reads like a vertical line pointing upwards. In this edition, Monocle’s Emma Nelson sits down with the former chief human resources manager of Siemens to discuss leadership and the future of work.

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14419 Nov 2021
27 min

Dirk Boll: 

President of Christie’s in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Dirk Boll, sits down with Monocle’s Robert Bound to discuss what it takes to oversee one of the world’s most prestigious auction houses.

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14312 Nov 2021
30 min

Albie Sachs: 

South African freedom fighter and former Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs sits down with Monocle’s Andrew Mueller to discuss his influential role in the anti-apartheid struggle, and how he managed to resist the impulse to take revenge against the bomber who cost him his right arm.

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1425 Nov 2021
30 min

Juan Manuel Santos: 

Former president of Colombia and Nobel Peace prize winner, Juan Manuel Santos, speaks to Monocle’s Andrew Mueller about his efforts to end more than 50 years of civil war in his country.

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14129 Oct 2021
30 min

Tyler Mitchell: 

Groundbreaking photographer Tyler Mitchell speaks to Robert Bound about his meteoric rise after shooting both Beyonce and vice-president Kamala Harris for the cover of ‘Vogue’.

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14022 Oct 2021
30 min

Chris Hadfield: 

The Canadian former astronaut speaks to Andrew Mueller about his storied career as a space station commander, and the sheer pressure of dealing with dangerous situations in space.

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13915 Oct 2021
30 min

Jung Chang: 

The fearless author of ‘Wild Swans’ speaks to Monocle’s Georgina Godwin about her award-winning books and experience growing up inside Mao Zedong’s communist China.

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1388 Oct 2021
30 min

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: 

Belarus’s exiled opposition leader speaks to Monocle’s Tomos Lewis about the state of the resistance movement and her hopes for the country’s future.

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1371 Oct 2021
30 min

Benjamin Zander: 

We kick off a new season of The Big Interview with something magically different. Monocle’s Emma Nelson speaks to world-renowned conductor Benjamin Zander, the founder of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, about the transformative power of classical music.

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13630 Oct 2020
30 min

Theaster Gates: 

In our final episode of a special series of conversations ahead of the US elections, Chicago-born visual artist and urban planner Theaster Gates talks to Tomos Lewis about making art, redeeming spaces that have been left behind and the ongoing existence of racial violence in the US.

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13523 Oct 2020
30 min

Jane Fonda : 

The Academy Award-winning actor and legendary campaigner talks to Tomos Lewis about the importance of protest, using her celebrity platform for social change and why she is inspired by a new generation of activists.

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13416 Oct 2020
30 min

Charlie Sykes : 

The former radio host and founder of the conservative news website The Bulwark talks to Chris Cermak about a career of two halves: before and after the rise of Trump, losing listeners to Trumpism and how to win them back over to the moderate fold.

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1339 Oct 2020
30 min

Karen Donfried: 

In the third episode of our US election series, Karen Donfried, the president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, talks to Chris Cermak about the challenges for the transatlantic relationship and how to get the alliance back on track, regardless of who takes the White House in November.

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1322 Oct 2020
30 min

Chris Wallace: 

The veteran Fox News anchor was the man tasked with moderating the fractious first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. In our second episode in our special US election series, Tomos Lewis speaks with Wallace about the state of US media, what makes a good question and why after a long career in journalism, moderating a presidential debate is still a nerve-wrecking event.

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