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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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Friday 18 August:

Should Spain’s authorities have done more to prevent the terrorist attack in Barcelona? We also discuss whether the US could learn from Ukraine’s example when it comes to dealing with controversial statues and why a luxury UK store has shut up shop in Dubai?

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150718 Aug 2017
29 min

Friday 18 August: 

Should Spain’s authorities have done more to prevent the terrorist attack in Barcelona? We also discuss whether the US could learn from Ukraine’s example when it comes to dealing with controversial statues and why a luxury UK store has shut up shop in Dubai?

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150617 Aug 2017
30 min

Thursday 17 August: 

Why has Steve Bannon disavowed the white nationalists he helped to embolden? We also discuss border tensions between India and China and ask whether Apple is moving into film production. Plus: is the world's largest democracy failing its press?

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150516 Aug 2017
30 min

Wednesday 16 August: 

We ask whether there will be border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic following Brexit and why the American Civil War still causes so much angst 150 years on. Plus: have the world’s most popular songs become a lot slower?

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150415 Aug 2017
30 min

Tuesday 15 August: 

Could Donald Trump’s ambiguous response to white-supremacist violence mark a tipping point for his presidency? Plus: Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, Lance Price, gives us his take on Brexit negotiations and we ask why Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is opening her own museum in Tokyo.

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150314 Aug 2017
32 min

Monday 14 August: 

We ask why Donald Trump won’t explicitly condemn the actions of far-right groups in the US and whether Turkey’s economy is starting to struggle. Plus: the chief executive of Index on Censorship tells about press freedom and we explore how national pride is portrayed in film.

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150211 Aug 2017
29 min

Friday 11 August: 

With tensions mounting between North Korea and Washington, we ask how seriously US residents are treating the war of words. Plus: calls for the Australian prime minister to co-sign a letter in support of same-sex marriage and an Italian mayor is ejected from a restaurant for wearing shorts.

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150110 Aug 2017
30 min

Thursday 10 August: 

North Korea: does the hermit kingdom have the capacity to attack the US territory of Guam? We also discuss why Lego is replacing its chief executive after just eight months and we have a preview of our interview with the director of ‘Moonlight’, Barry Jenkins.

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15009 Aug 2017
29 min

Wednesday 9 August: 

Paris attack: we have the latest on the hunt for the motorist who drove into a group of soldiers in the French capital. Plus: we ask whether politicians consult their generals enough when making military decisions and editor Andrew Tuck tells us about Monocle’s new summer newspaper.

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14998 Aug 2017
29 min

Tuesday 8 August: 

We ask whether South Africa’s politicians are preparing to force president Jacob Zuma from office and if China has finally had enough of North Korea. Plus: is France too reliant on cheap labour from eastern Europe? And should we be scared of pilotless planes?

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14987 Aug 2017
30 min

Monday 7 August: 

We ask whether the recent attack on a military base in Venezuela was an attempted coup d’etat and look back on the life of Martin Roth, the first foreign director of London’s V&A Museum. Plus: is press freedom in Israel under threat?

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14974 Aug 2017
30 min

Friday 4 August: 

We find out what a grand jury is and discuss Bhutan’s border dispute with China. Plus: Tony Blair’s former director of communications explains how best to manage internal party disputes and we have a sneak preview of Monocle’s new summer newspaper.

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14963 Aug 2017
30 min

Thursday 3 August: 

We ask whether new Russia sanctions have ended the chance of improving the relationship between the Kremlin and the White House, and discuss the soft power of Brazilian footballers. Plus: do icebergs have commercial value in the Middle East?

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14952 Aug 2017
30 min

Wednesday 2 August: 

We ask whether the US secretary of state and his boss agree on what should be done about North Korea and discuss Isis militants and their move to Afghanistan. Plus: ‘The Buenos Aires Herald’ is closing after 140 years and Barcelona is getting increasingly annoyed with tourists

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14941 Aug 2017
30 min

Tuesday 1 August: 

Did Anthony Scaramucci jump or was he pushed from his top job in the White House? Plus: we ask why the Golan Heights is still one of the most politically and strategically important parts of the Middle East and wonder why more cities don’t bid for the Olympics.

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149331 Jul 2017
30 min

Monday 31 July: 

We ask if Venezuela is becoming a dictatorship, discuss airport security after an alleged plane-bomb plot in Australia and query why some territorial disputes are better known than others. Plus: are some technology giants guilty of censoring content in China?

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