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Our Culture editor and his guests discuss what has piqued their interest in our one-stop shop for lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business.

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‘Heathers the Musical’:

The 1989 teen cult classic 'Heathers' has had a musical makeover on the West End. Monocle senior editor Robert Bound, Alice Vincent (arts and entertainment writer for 'The Telegraph’) and Matt Wolf (theatre critic for ‘The International New York Times’) discuss how easy it is to turn a dark comedy about cliques and killers into an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle.

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20 Sep 2018
16 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Amber Arcades: 

Utrecht’s Amber Arcades plays from her new album ‘European Heartbreak’. She also muses on what being European means and how her former work with refugees seeking asylum in the Netherlands has impacted her views on relationships.

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36217 Sep 2018
30 min

‘Heathers the Musical’: 

The 1989 teen cult classic 'Heathers' has had a musical makeover on the West End. Monocle senior editor Robert Bound, Alice Vincent (arts and entertainment writer for 'The Telegraph’) and Matt Wolf (theatre critic for ‘The International New York Times’) discuss how easy it is to turn a dark comedy about cliques and killers into an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle.

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13 Sep 2018
14 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Lyla Foy: 

Foy performs from her brand new album ‘Bigger Brighter’, telling us about the collaborations that formed it and why it is the most honest record she has made so far.

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36110 Sep 2018
30 min

‘Only To Sleep’ by Lawrence Osborne: 

From James Bond to Sherlock Holmes, plenty of our favourite investigators have had their legacy continued by authors other than their creators. Another such sleuth is the proto noir detective Philip Marlowe, originally the star of novels by Raymond Chandler. ‘Only To Sleep’ is the latest Philip Marlowe novel and it’s by Lawrence Osborne. On this week’s episode it is reviewed by Katie Law, deputy literary editor at the ‘Evening Standard’, and John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound.

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6 Sep 2018
17 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Anna Calvi: 

Armed with just her electric guitar, Calvi wows Midori House with a trio of tracks from her brilliant new album ‘Hunter’.

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3603 Sep 2018
30 min

‘Hunter’ by Anna Calvi: 

Anna Calvi’s new album ‘Hunter’ deals with the ideas and limitations of gender stereotypes, all told through her brand of cinematic indie rock. Robert Bound and journalists Sophie Brown and Kate Hutchinson discuss the new LP and the rise of the female rockstar.

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30 Aug 2018
17 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Tiny Ruins: 

New Zealand band Tiny Ruins first played for us in 2014 when they released their LP ‘Brightly Painted One’. Now they’re back with a more expansive sound and a new album on the way, from which they play a couple of tracks for us.

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35927 Aug 2018
29 min

Autumn lookahead 2018: 

Robert Bound and his team of cultural clairvoyants tell us what we will be watching, listening to and reading this autumn. Our guests are film critic Simran Hans, broadcaster and DJ Georgie Rogers and Ted Hodgkinson, head of literature and spoken word at London’s Southbank Centre.

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23 Aug 2018
17 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Oscar Jerome: 

British musician Oscar Jerome takes to the studio to play us some of his south London soul.

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35820 Aug 2018
28 min

‘Disenchantment’: 

‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’ creator Matt Groening has released his new animated series ‘Disenchantment’ on Netflix. But when you have a couple of hits under your belt, how easy is it to impress fans again? Tom Edwards and the TV critics Lucy Jones and Toby Earle ask whether ‘Disenchantment’ can match the success of its predecessors.

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16 Aug 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Sons of the East: 

Sydney’s Sons of the East drop by to play us a few indie-folk tracks in the midst of their European tour.

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35713 Aug 2018
26 min

‘The Meg’: 

Robert Bound, Fernando Augusto Pacheco and film critic for ‘The Telegraph’ Tim Robey talk shark movies and see if this summer’s offering, ‘The Meg’, has any bite.

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9 Aug 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Lucie Silvas: 

British singer and songwriter Lucie Silvas tells Andrew Mueller how a move to Nashville has affected her musical career and performs a few tracks from her new album ‘EGO’.

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3566 Aug 2018
30 min

‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer: 

This year ‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer picked up the Pulitzer prize for fiction, which was a surprise to critics as this accolade is rarely given to funny books. Robert Bound and writers Lucy Scholes and Andy Miller ask why this novel has been such a hit and whether we take comedy seriously enough.

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2 Aug 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Mixtape: Australia: 

Listen back to some of our favourite performances by Australian artists who have made the trip all the way around the world to play in our London studios, including tracks by Julia Jacklin, Cub Sport, Sarah Blasko and Middle Kids.

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