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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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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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181219 Oct 2018
30 min

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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181118 Oct 2018
30 min

Thursday 18 October: 

Why are the world’s leaders so reluctant to criticise Saudi Arabia? We also discuss plans for an enormous pro-independence rally in Taiwan, ask who might stand against Donald Trump in the US presidential election in 2020 and explore Norway’s proud relationship with its Viking past.

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181017 Oct 2018
30 min

Wednesday 17 October: 

Why does Canada’s decision to legalise cannabis matter to the rest of the world? We also discuss the controversy surrounding Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine, explore Croatia’s plans to join the Schengen Area and hear from a man who wants to make renting a flat a far more pleasurable experience.

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180916 Oct 2018
30 min

Tuesday 16 October: 

Could Australia be about to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital? We also hear from the former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, discuss political polling in Brazil and find out about General Electric’s designs for a commercial supersonic aircraft engine.

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180815 Oct 2018
30 min

Monday 15 October: 

We get the latest on Brexit, after the UK said it had hit an impasse in negotiations over the Irish border. We also look at the reopening of the border between Jordan and Syria, get the latest business headlines and hear about the protests in Hong Kong about the government’s land-reclamation plan.

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180712 Oct 2018
30 min

Friday 12 October: 

We examine whether this weekend’s state elections could reshape far more than just the political balance of Bavaria. Plus: a whole new meaning for the term ‘west wing’ and our editor explains what we should prioritise when it comes to building real communities in our cities.

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180611 Oct 2018
30 min

Thursday 11 October: 

Do the latest polls from Brazil indicate that the country will elect a far-right president? We also discuss whether Switzerland could vote to cement sovereignty over international law, ask whether anyone will want to replace Nikki Haley at the UN and tell you all about The Shed project in New York.

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180510 Oct 2018
30 min

Wednesday 10 October: 

Could Japan be preparing to host a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un? We also discuss concerns over press freedom in Hong Kong and Brazil’s attempts to tackle fake news during the country’s presidential election. Plus: how is ‘Vogue’ looking to make its mark at next year’s Met Gala?

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18049 Oct 2018
30 min

Tuesday 9 October: 

Has Bashar al-Assad won the war in Syria? We also take a look at Angela Merkel’s in-tray and explore how a low-cost carrier has been able to compete with some of its more established transatlantic rivals. Plus: should pop and politics ever mix?

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18038 Oct 2018
30 min

Monday 8 October: 

Why has China detained the head of Interpol? Plus: the mood in Brazil as it prepares to elect a new leader, why Bosnia-Herzegovina's elections are so complicated and a new font that might be able to help people who struggle to remember facts.

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18025 Oct 2018
30 min

Friday 5 October: 

Monocle 24's Fernando Augusto Pacheco gives us his guide to the presidential election in his home country of Brazil. Plus: we profile the woman who is hoping to lead Austria, discuss the row over Japan's ‘rising sun’ flag and find out why Tronc has decided to change its name back to Tribune Publishing.

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18014 Oct 2018
30 min

Thursday 4 October: 

Could the FBI’s report into Brett Kavanaugh’s past derail his Supreme Court bid? Plus: Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco on Brazil’s presidential election, a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia, and an update from one of the world’s biggest art fairs.

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18003 Oct 2018
30 min

Wednesday 3 October: 

Will Russia halt the development of its new cruise missiles? Plus: we explore the dramatic rise in the price of oil, find out why an Italian mayor has been arrested for helping migrants and discuss Netflix’s plans to let viewers decide TV and film endings.

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17992 Oct 2018
30 min

Tuesday 2 October: 

Why is Shinzo Abe trying to reform Japan’s pacifist constitution? Plus: we explore what other countries could learn from Switzerland’s experience of direct democracy, discuss the use of public spaces in Lebanon and find out about the return of London’s elevated walkways.

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17981 Oct 2018
30 min

Monday 1 October: 

We get the reaction after Washington and Ottawa agree terms on a free-trade deal and update the stakes at the Conservative Party conference in the UK. Plus: what’s behind a plan to change Australia Day?

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