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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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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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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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691 Oct 2017
30 min

Steve McCurry: 

Steve McCurry is one of the most iconic photographers of the past several decades. He has explored Asia and the Middle East extensively and his work spans conflicts, ancient traditions and contemporary culture. He sits down with Monocle’s Henry Rees-Sheridan to talk about capturing the world and his most celebrated image, ‘Afghan Girl’.

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6824 Sep 2017
30 min

Isabelle Huppert: 

Doyenne of French cinema Isabelle Huppert sits down with Monocle’s Robert Bound to talk about her upcoming film with Neil Jordan, ‘The Widow’, how confidence has come to guide her roles and how less is more when it comes to acting.

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6717 Sep 2017
30 min

Glenn Lowry : 

Lowry has been at the helm of New York’s Moma for 22 years, overseeing acquisitions of works by major artists, the creation of new departments and various expansions and renovations. He joined Monocle’s Tomos Lewis to talk about the importance of museums when it comes to enriching public life.

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6610 Sep 2017
30 min

Clarissa Ward: 

CNN’s senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward talks to Monocle’s Christopher Lord about her fascinating career. From her early days as an intern in CNN’s Moscow bureau to reporting undercover from Syria, Ward has seen it all and continues to believe journalism can give a voice to those caught on the frontline.

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653 Sep 2017
30 min

Massimo Bottura: 

We kick off season six of The Big Interview in conversation with the chef, art enthusiast and social entrepreneur Massimo Bottura. The man behind the three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana talks about food, art and beauty, as well as the role and responsibility of a chef in 2017 as an agent of change.

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6414 May 2017
28 min

Tessa Ross: 

Monocle Culture editor Robert Bound sits down with legendary film producer and former head of Film4 Tessa Ross. The woman behind ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘12 Years a Slave’, ‘Under the Skin’ and many more tells us about what goes on behind the scenes, the importance of listening and starting her own production company.

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637 May 2017
30 min

Lyse Doucet: 

Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield sits down with the BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet to talk about the start of her career, the impact that Afghanistan has had on her life, her current reporting on Syria and why she continues to see working in journalism as a privilege.

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6230 Apr 2017
29 min

Ilse Crawford: 

The UK designer, academic and creative director Ilse Crawford sits down with Monocle editor Andrew Tuck to discuss her early days as a journalist, how her family has influenced her career and the importance of good design in social projects.

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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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