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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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Thursday 9 July:

What does the UK’s rescue package mean for Brexit? Plus: the latest from Japan, Monocle’s Lucinda Elliott takes us to Paraguay and we bring you the very best of Spain’s summer music charts.

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22619 Jul 2020
30 min

Thursday 9 July: 

What does the UK’s rescue package mean for Brexit? Plus: the latest from Japan, Monocle’s Lucinda Elliott takes us to Paraguay and we bring you the very best of Spain’s summer music charts.

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22608 Jul 2020
30 min

Wednesday 8 July: 

Why is the FBI claiming that China wants to become the world’s only superpower? Plus: the day’s latest business headlines, Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco and Dr Chris Smith on coronavirus in Latin America and Nic Monisse’s urbanism round-up.

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22597 Jul 2020
30 min

Tuesday 7 July: 

Monocle’s Hong Kong bureau chief, James Chambers, tells us how the world’s biggest tech firms are resisting Chinese interference. Plus: heated exchanges between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Linda Scott on her book ‘The Double X Economy’, and Chiara Rimella’s cultural round-up.

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22586 Jul 2020
30 min

Monday 6 July: 

Who is behind attacks on military compounds across Iran? Plus: Dr Chris Smith has the latest on coronavirus, Mark Gevisser on his new book ‘The Pink Line: The World’s Queer Frontiers’ and a tribute to composer Ennio Morricone.

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22573 Jul 2020
30 min

Friday 3 July: 

We’ve got the latest from Paris following the resignation of the French prime minister, Édouard Philippe. Plus: Tomos Lewis on the US campaign trail, the relationship between Brazil and Argentina and the reopening of England’s restaurants.

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2 Jul 2020
35 min

Bonus edition: 

In a special bonus edition of the programme, Ludovic Subran, chief economist at Allianz, joins Monocle’s Josh Fehnert to take a look beyond the horizon at the shifting sands of the global economy. As a key decision-maker and researcher at the world’s largest insurer and asset manager, Subran knows more than most about human behaviour, the global economy and the risks and rewards we’re all facing.

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22562 Jul 2020
30 min

Thursday 2 July: 

What’s behind the US decision to withdraw almost 10,000 troops from Germany? Plus: the latest from Lebanon, an urbanism round-up from Carlota Rebelo and the very best of India’s music charts.

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22551 Jul 2020
30 min

Wednesday 1 July: 

Russia expert and author Luke Harding tells us about the country’s relationship with the West. Plus: we examine the huge surge in coronavirus cases in the US, get the business headlines and hear from Chiara Rimella about New Zealand’s film industry.

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225430 Jun 2020
30 min

Tuesday 30 June: 

We hear from the former UK foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind as China passes a new security law for Hong Kong. Plus: the latest from Japan, an explanation of contact tracing and Brazilian football kicks off.

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225329 Jun 2020
30 min

Monday 29 June: 

Do Donald Trump’s re-election hopes hinge on his response to coronavirus? Plus: the latest on the political situation in Sudan, a profile of Ireland’s new leader and Robert Bound explains why a famous rock group is threatening to sue the White House.

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225226 Jun 2020
30 min

Friday 26 June: 

We’ve got the latest as China deploys troops to its border with India. Plus: an update from Finland, the unstoppable rise of game shows and Monocle’s Andrew Mueller on the week’s quirkier stories.

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225125 Jun 2020
30 min

Thursday 25 June: 

Are the US and Iran preparing to hold high-level talks? Plus: the latest from Australia, a cultural round-up with Monocle’s Chiara Rimella and we travel to Iceland to survey the country’s music charts.

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225024 Jun 2020
30 min

Wednesday 24 June: 

Yemen expert Iona Craig tells us about her recent visit to the war-torn country. Plus: Vladimir Putin’s attempts to stay in power in Russia, an interview with a leading Hong Kong political activist and a round-up of the week’s best urbanism stories.

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224923 Jun 2020
30 min

Tuesday 23 June: 

Why has Singapore’s government called a general election during a pandemic? Plus: an interview with International Committee of the Red Cross president Peter Maurer and the latest from Monocle’s newsrooms across the world.

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224822 Jun 2020
30 min

Monday 22 June: 

Has Lebanon’s economy spiralled out of control? Plus: Joe Biden’s choice of running mate for November’s presidential election, China’s disputes with its near neighbours and the week’s more positive stories.

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