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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 13 December:

A special programme on the UK general election examines the Conservative Party’s resounding victory, Labour’s collapse and the Liberal Democrats' loss of its leader. Plus: Andrew Mueller on the week’s quirkier stories and our pop countdown gets political.

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211213 Dec 2019
1 hour

Friday 13 December: 

A special programme on the UK general election examines the Conservative Party’s resounding victory, Labour’s collapse and the Liberal Democrats' loss of its leader. Plus: Andrew Mueller on the week’s quirkier stories and our pop countdown gets political.

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211112 Dec 2019
1 hour

Thursday 12 December: 

Monocle’s Ed Stocker surmises the impeachment case against Donald Trump. Plus: the latest on Libya’s civil war, the EU’s plan to save the planet and why Vanna White has finally taken the reins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’.

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211011 Dec 2019
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Wednesday 11 December: 

Why is China imprisoning record numbers of journalists? Plus: the last day of campaigning in the UK’s general election, Balkan nations boycott the Nobel prize for literature and how Christmas music encourages us to part with our hard-earned cash.

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210910 Dec 2019
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Tuesday 10 December: 

Are US Democrats ready to outline the impeachment case against Donald Trump? Plus: Argentina’s Alberto Fernández takes office, the European Space Agency’s plan to clear up space junk and Monocle’s Nic Monisse talks Australian skyscrapers.

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21089 Dec 2019
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Monday 9 December: 

Monocle’s Hong Kong team reflect on six months of mass protests in the city-state. Plus: we profile Finland’s 34-year-old prime minister, meet the man behind Miami’s Perez Art Museum and ask if tactical voting can keep Boris Johnson from Downing Street.

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21076 Dec 2019
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Friday 6 December: 

We discuss the allegations that Russia has been posting agents in the French Alps to launch operations in the EU. Plus: why homelessness in LA is a political talking point, the latest from Design Miami and we listen to some of Iceland’s most popular current chart hits.

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21065 Dec 2019
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Thursday 5 December: 

Could the UK’s general election deliver a shock result? Plus: pension reform in France, party politics in Brazil, the day’s main business stories and we hear from the official spokesperson for Sweden’s Gävle Goat.

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21054 Dec 2019
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Wednesday 4 December: 

Why has Kamala Harris withdrawn from the US presidential race? Plus: Montenegro bids to join the EU, 2019’s Turner Prize is split four ways and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella reports live from Art Basel in Miami Beach.

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21043 Dec 2019
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Tuesday 3 December: 

We have the latest from the Nato summit as Donald Trump takes aim at his allies. Plus: Finland’s prime minister quits, North Korea hails the completion of its ‘modern mountainous city’ and technology guru David Phelan.

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21032 Dec 2019
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Monday 2 December: 

Are the UK’s leaders making ‘political capital’ out of the London Bridge terror attack? Plus: Joe Biden’s presidential campaign gets underway, Germany’s SPD shifts to the left and Monocle’s Josh Fehnert discusses the apostrophe’s demise with Robin Lustig.

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210229 Nov 2019
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Friday 29 November: 

We discuss Donald Trump’s attempts to broker a peace agreement with the Afghan Taliban. Plus: a sideways take on the week’s news with Monocle’s Andrew Mueller, the best (and worst) of Angolan pop music and why the Danes are so fond of societies.

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210128 Nov 2019
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Thursday 28 November: 

Will the US and China come to blows over Hong Kong? Plus: digital media in the UK’s election, leftist title Jacobin publishes a Brazilian edition and author Priya Basil tells us why we should all be more hospitable.

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210027 Nov 2019
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Wednesday 27 November: 

Will Germany’s ‘grand coalition’ survive the SPD’s leadership election? Plus: the parallels between US Republicans and the UK’s Conservatives, a round-up of stories from the Balkans and why feminists think Father Christmas should get a makeover.

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209926 Nov 2019
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Tuesday 26 November : 

Will protests in Georgia help transform the country’s political landscape? Plus, Germany’s government mounts a defence of the Nato alliance, the UK sketch writer John Crace on satirising Westminster and we discuss history’s most audacious heists.

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209825 Nov 2019
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Monday 25 November: 

Can Michael Bloomberg win next year’s US presidential election? Plus: LVMH buys Tiffany & Co, the global shortage of halloumi cheese and Monocle’s affairs editor, Chris Cermak, reviews the day’s papers.

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