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The Briefing

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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Tuesday 25 April:

We ask what needs to be done to tackle the “largest humanitarian crisis” the world has seen since 1945 and discuss Wikipedia’s plans to challenge fake news with an army of journalists and volunteers. Plus: what’s behind the LVMH buyout of Christian Dior?

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142425 Apr 2017
30 min

Tuesday 25 April: 

We ask what needs to be done to tackle the “largest humanitarian crisis” the world has seen since 1945 and discuss Wikipedia’s plans to challenge fake news with an army of journalists and volunteers. Plus: what’s behind the LVMH buyout of Christian Dior?

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142324 Apr 2017
30 min

Monday 24 April: 

We speak to some French voters following the weekend’s election as the nation stares at a choice many see as nationalism versus globalism. Plus: Donald Trump nears 100 days in office and why London’s new affordable housing concept eschews floors and walls.

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142221 Apr 2017
30 min

Friday 21 April: 

We ask whether some French presidential candidates are using the Paris shooting to further their political ambitions and hear from the acclaimed novelist Irvine Welsh about his past use of recreational drugs. Plus: is Serbia planning to introduce Soviet-era street names?

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142120 Apr 2017
30 min

Thursday 20 April: 

We find out what’s behind Tillerson’s recent criticism of Iran and ask what’s next for Fox News as O’Rilley is forced out. Plus: Australia’s new citizenship test and an exploration of Australian values.

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142019 Apr 2017
30 min

Wednesday 19 April: 

As Theresa May calls for a general election in June, we ask ‘Financial Times’ political editor George Parker whether it will change anything. Plus: analysis of Mike Pence’s trip to Asia and French presidential polling data with Ipsos Mori’s Ben Page.

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141918 Apr 2017
30 min

Tuesday 18 April: 

As Theresa May calls for a snap general election, we ask what the vote will mean for the UK. Plus: the future of Turkish democracy, analysis of US vice-president Mike Pence’s trip to Japan and the implications of Hollywood’s impending writer’s strike.

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141817 Apr 2017
31 min

Monday 17 April: 

The reaction to Turkey’s referendum result, the future of impeached South Korean president Park Geun-hye and the top news from the global luxury market.

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141714 Apr 2017
30 min

Friday 14 April: 

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell joins Steve Bloomfield to discuss reports of mass torture of gay men in Chechnya and his own first-hand experience as part of gay rights demonstrations in Russia. Plus: the US drops the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, and why is television now part of the line-up at the Cannes Film Festival?

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141613 Apr 2017
30 min

Thursday 13 April: 

As the political world reacts to Donald Trump’s sudden pivot on his support for Nato, we ask what might have prompted the move. Plus: Japan’s air force responds to China’s increasing activity in the East China Sea, South Africa’s president face further protests and Fox News ponders the future of Bill O’Reilly.

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141512 Apr 2017
31 min

Wednesday 12 April: 

The dialogue between the US and Russia has taken a dramatic turn; we examine whether the relationship is quite what it seems. Plus: claims of intimidation in the lead-up to Turkey’s referendum, Brian Patrick Eha discusses the evolution of currency and a look at Pyongyang’s refurbished Koryo Hotel.

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141411 Apr 2017
32 min

Tuesday 11 April: 

Can the G7 convince Russia to sever ties with Syria? We get the view from Brussels. Plus: Marine Le Pen’s anti-Semitism row returns, a tribute to Australia’s favourite political satirist John Clarke and how a Marvel comic book ignited political controversy in Indonesia.

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141310 Apr 2017
30 min

Monday 10 April: 

Does Russia's support for Syria's regime make it impossible for Rex Tillerson to hold talks in Moscow? Plus: the impact that Egypt's state of emergency could have on tourism in the country and we speak to a Japanese professor who is teaching his students Welsh.

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14127 Apr 2017
30 min

Friday 7 April: 

Following US airstrikes on Syria in retaliation for chemical weapons use on civilians, we ask if Donald Trump made the right decision and assess how Russia might respond. Plus: the future of US-China relations.

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14116 Apr 2017
30 min

Thursday 6 April: 

We discuss what to expect from the meeting between Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and ask whether political outsiders are on the rise in the French presidential election. Plus: updates from the Monocle team at Salone del Mobile.

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14105 Apr 2017
30 min

Wednesday 5 April: 

We ask if world leaders are powerless to stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria and speak to Taiwan’s representative in the UK ahead of Donald Trump’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart. Plus: why is a Spanish city banning homeowners from renting out their apartments to tourists?

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