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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 30 July:

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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255530 Jul 2021
30 min

Friday 30 July: 

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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255429 Jul 2021
30 min

Thursday 29 July: 

Could Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill help define his presidency? Plus: the world’s biggest auction house commits to Hong Kong, the day’s business headlines from Bloomberg and Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco explores Fijian pop culture.

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255328 Jul 2021
30 min

Wednesday 28 July: 

We hear powerful testimony from the US Capitol riot inquiry and examine the scope of the investigation. Plus: we ask why the UK’s coronavirus wave appears to have peaked, explore education policy and ask Fernando Augusto Pacheco for his highlights from the Olympics so far.

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255227 Jul 2021
30 min

Tuesday 27 July: 

We have the latest from Hong Kong as the first person to be charged under the controversial national security law is found guilty in a landmark ruling. Plus: the news from Panama, the business headlines from ‘Bloomberg’ and David Whitehouse on Boeing’s space ambitions.

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255126 Jul 2021
30 min

Monday 26 July: 

Could Taliban gains in Afghanistan drag China into the wider conflict? We also discuss bipartisan co-operation in Washington, tell you why Austrians are so fond of cash and Monocle’s Nic Monisse brings us the week’s urbanism news.

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255023 Jul 2021
30 min

Friday 23 July: 

Monocle’s Fiona Wilson and the UK’s former ambassador in Japan, David Warren, have the latest as the Olympic Games begin. Plus: Rob Cox from Reuters on the G20 summit, Louis Harnett O'Meara’s round-up from far-flung reaches and Andrew Mueller’s wry take on the week’s news.

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254922 Jul 2021
30 min

Thursday 22 July: 

Why is China continuing to obstruct the WHO’s investigation into the origins of coronavirus? Plus: the creative director of the Olympics opening ceremony leaves his post, the Bloomberg business news and we embark on a truly global pop voyage with Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco.

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254821 Jul 2021
30 min

Wednesday 21 July: 

Co-presenters Chris Cermak and Tom Edwards explore tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol. Plus: Daniel Freund from Germany’s Greens on the country’s flooding, the day’s business news and Monocle Olympians Nolan Giles and Fiona Wilson have an update on the Games.

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254720 Jul 2021
30 min

Tuesday 20 July: 

Western powers respond furiously to reports of a Chinese state-backed cyber hack. Plus: the US launches an investigation after diplomats fall ill in Vienna, we find out how Cuba’s neighbours are responding to the island’s protests and Monocle’s David Phelan reviews the latest gadgets.

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254619 Jul 2021
30 min

Monday 19 July: 

We have the latest as questions are posed about Germany’s flood preparedness. Plus: tensions between India and China, why England’s “pingdemic” is proving a logistical problem and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella has a cultural round-up.

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254516 Jul 2021
30 min

Friday 16 July: 

We have the latest as the UK government prepares to abandon the majority of its coronavirus restrictions in England. Plus: tensions between the EU and Switzerland, a Brazilian press review and Flightglobal’s Murdo Morrison has the latest aviation news.

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254415 Jul 2021
30 min

Thursday 15 July: 

How can Afghanistan’s neighbours help the war-torn nation? Plus: Joe Biden’s relationship with US Catholics, Monocle’s Andrew Mueller on the origins of the unrest in South Africa and the relationship between Bulgaria’s politics and pop culture.

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254314 Jul 2021
30 min

Wednesday 14 July: 

We have the latest from South Africa as the country’s military is deployed to the streets of Johannesburg. Plus: mixed messages around the reopening of English society, an assessment of Germany’s space ambitions and a round-up of the week’s culture news.

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254213 Jul 2021
30 min

Tuesday 13 July: 

How concerned should Japan be about Chinese dominance in east Asia? Plus: we explore the future of the GOP, Slovenia’s government wobbles and Monocle’s Nic Monisse rounds up the week’s urbanism news.

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254112 Jul 2021
30 min

Monday 12 July: 

We ask what’s driving rare political protests in Cuba. Plus, we explore the value of coronavirus booster vaccines, have an update from Colombia and discuss why Turkish authorities are clamping down on popular music in nightclubs.

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