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The Monocle Culture Show

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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Hayward at 50:

As the Hayward Gallery celebrates half a century, Robert Bound takes a look at why it was built, the art it has housed and its importance in London. He is joined in the studio by Jane Morris, editor at large of 'The Art Newspaper', and architecture and culture writer Owen Hatherley.

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35316 Jul 2018
30 min

Hayward at 50: 

As the Hayward Gallery celebrates half a century, Robert Bound takes a look at why it was built, the art it has housed and its importance in London. He is joined in the studio by Jane Morris, editor at large of 'The Art Newspaper', and architecture and culture writer Owen Hatherley.

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12 Jul 2018
14 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Our Girl: 

London trio Our Girl are set to release their debut album ‘Stranger Today’. Lead singer Sophie Nathan comes to Midori House to play an acoustic set.

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3529 Jul 2018
30 min

‘McQueen’: 

Robert Bound is with the film critics Anna Smith and Tim Robey to discuss the legacy of celebrated fashion designer Alexander McQueen as depicted in a new film ‘McQueen’, and to work out what makes a great fashion documentary.

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5 Jul 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Mixtape: 

Listen back to some great live sessions in the Monocle studios by Tennis, Chip Taylor, Songhoy Blues, and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.

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3512 Jul 2018
30 min

‘High as Hope’ by Florence + the Machine: 

Music journalists Liv Siddall and Sarah Carson join Robert Bound in the studio to discuss Florence + The Machine’s fourth album ‘High as Hope’.

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28 Jun 2018
17 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Mixtape: 

We relive some past performances by the likes of Cults, Holly Williams, Pins and The Barr Brothers.

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35025 Jun 2018
30 min

Ed Ruscha and Thomas Cole at the National Gallery: 

We examine the link between two exhibitions being held concurrently at the National Gallery: Thomas Cole’s ‘Eden to Empire’ and Ed Ruscha’s ‘Course of Empire’. Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Ossian Ward, head of content for the Lisson Gallery, and Eddy Frankel, visual art editor at ‘Time Out London’.

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21 Jun 2018
19 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Jason Mraz: 

The Grammy-winning, Broadway-performing, avocado-farming, charity-running musician Jason Mraz plays tracks new and old and chats about his upcoming album ‘Know’.

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34918 Jun 2018
28 min

Studio 54: 

As ‘Studio 54’ hits cinemas, Robert Bound is joined by film critic Jason Solomons and Horse Meat Disco DJ Severino Panzetta to discuss the documentary about the legendary New York nightclub, as well as the club’s legacy and the music and movies it reminds them of.

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14 Jun 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House Mixtape: 

We dig out some memorable performances from the Sessions’ archive, including those by Calexico, Andreya Triana, Local Natives and The Dø.

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34811 Jun 2018
30 min

‘The President is Missing’ by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: 

We dive into one of the biggest political thrillers of the year, co-written by former president Bill Clinton and prolific American author James Patterson. Robert Bound is joined by journalist Sarah Shaffi and Ted Hodgkinson, senior programmer for literature and spoken word at the Southbank Centre.

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7 Jun 2018
16 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Fatoumata Diawara: 

Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara joins us in the studio to sing from her new album ‘Fenfo’ and chat to Andrew Mueller about her relationship with Africa.

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3474 Jun 2018
30 min

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: 

Film critics Karen Krizanovich and Tim Robey join Tom Edwards in the studio to discuss the new ‘Star Wars’ prequel, ‘Solo’. After a bumpy production process is it plain-sailing for the latest instalment of this intergalactic franchise?

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31 May 2018
15 min

The Sessions at Midori House: Sam Evian: 

American psych rock musician Sam Evian plays from his new album ‘You, Forever’ and explains the analogue process of making the album in a house in upstate New York.

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34628 May 2018
30 min

Courtney Barnett: 

This week we discuss ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, the new album by Australian indie singer Courtney Barnett. Robert Bound sits down with music journalist Liv Siddall and Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, to give it a spin and unpick its influences.

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