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A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology to aviation and retail to media.

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Friday 3 April:

Peter Goodman from ‘The New York Times’ assesses the economic impact of coronavirus. Plus: Tyler Brûlé joins us from Zürich, Ivan Carvalho has an update from Milan and we find out how the pop industry is adapting.

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21923 Apr 2020
30 min

Friday 3 April: 

Peter Goodman from ‘The New York Times’ assesses the economic impact of coronavirus. Plus: Tyler Brûlé joins us from Zürich, Ivan Carvalho has an update from Milan and we find out how the pop industry is adapting.

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21912 Apr 2020
30 min

Thursday 2 April: 

What can the world learn from South Korea’s coronavirus testing programme? Plus: Monocle’s Balkans correspondent, Guy De Launey, tells us how leaders in the region are using the outbreak to curb civil liberties, the latest business headlines and Fernando Augusto Pacheco’s Global Countdown.

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21901 Apr 2020
30 min

Wednesday 1 April: 

The World Health Organization’s Dr Margaret Harris assesses the challenges posed by coronavirus. Plus: the latest from Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck and Markus Hippi, and a report from Monocle’s Paris correspondent.

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218931 Mar 2020
30 min

Tuesday 31 March: 

Why do national armies play such differing roles during uncertain times? Plus: coronavirus and mental health, how Latin America is battling the outbreak and Tyler Brûlé and Fiona Wilson on the Tokyo Olympics.

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218830 Mar 2020
30 min

Monday 30 March: 

What part can we all play in helping to stamp out coronavirus? Tyler Brûlé joins us live from Zürich, we get the latest on Donald Trump’s woeful response to the virus and we assess the impact on the print industry.

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218727 Mar 2020
30 min

Friday 27 March : 

Monocle's editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, and Bloomberg's Ed Robinson assess the economic impact of coronavirus. Plus, the latest as Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19, Monocle’s Andrew Mueller reflects on an extraordinary week in newsrooms across the world and our global countdown shows solidarity with our listeners in Italy. 

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218626 Mar 2020
33 min

Thursday 26 March: 

Tyler Brûlé, Monocle’s editor in chief, and Chris Smith, our health and science correspondent, have the latest on the fight against Covid-19. Plus, why some authoritarian countries are in denial about the virus, the latest business news and we offer some life hacks if you are working from home. 

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218525 Mar 2020
29 min

Wednesday 25 March: 

What should we make of Donald Trump's claim that the US could reopen in the coming weeks? Plus: the latest from Europe, UK scientists lead the way in mapping the virus and Fernando Augusto Pacheco has some tips for those who are missing their favourite soap operas.

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218424 Mar 2020
1 hour

Tuesday 24 March : 

Former Downing Street insider, Jonathan Powell, assesses Boris Johnson’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Plus, Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé has the latest from Zürich, our health and science correspondent Chris Smith reports on the race to find a vaccine and China begins to reopen its cinemas.

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218323 Mar 2020
1 hour

Monday 23 March: 

Leading virologist Chris Smith explains how we should tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Plus: Monocle’s editors, business news with Yuan Potts and how the media in Wales is helping children who are stuck indoors.

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218220 Mar 2020
58 min

Friday 20 March: 

Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé and security expert Paul Rogers assess an extraordinary week. Plus: Andrew Mueller has the world’s other news stories and Fernando Augusto Pacheco chooses the songs that could have won Eurovision.

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218119 Mar 2020
1 hour

Thursday 19 March: 

It’s just over a decade since we last saw global markets tank, also during a US election. Did we learn anything useful? Plus: the practicalities of creating a vaccine and why Australian football is continuing.

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218018 Mar 2020
1 hour

Wednesday 18 March: 

Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, on how coronavirus is increasing tensions between China and the US. Plus: the political consequences of Italy’s lockdown and what to read or watch if you are stuck at home.

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217917 Mar 2020
1 hour

Tuesday 17 March: 

Coronavirus: As Europe shuts down, Tyler Brûlé and Andrew Tuck look at what happens next. Plus: Ben Hubbard on Mohammed bin Salman, news from Latin America and challenging times for the film and television industries.

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217816 Mar 2020
1 hour

Monday 16 March: 

Coronavirus: Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, virologist Chris Smith and political analyst Lance Price have the latest. Plus: municipal elections in France, Markus Hippi reviews the papers and how we’ll help to provide a few distractions if you have to self-isolate.

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