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The Monocle Daily

Sets the agenda in Asia and considers what’s been dominating the day in Europe and North America. The programme is sometimes co-hosted out of our Toronto and New York bureaux and features regular interviews with special guests both there and across the Americas, as well as experts and analysts at our studios in London.

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Thursday 23 March:

We ask whether the world’s media has become obsessed with the rhetoric of terror and a former UK ambassador to Afghanistan tells us about the Taliban’s capture of the crucial town of Sangin. Plus: how US first lady Melania Trump is being honoured in the town of her birth.

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139923 Mar 2017
1 hour

Thursday 23 March: 

We ask whether the world’s media has become obsessed with the rhetoric of terror and a former UK ambassador to Afghanistan tells us about the Taliban’s capture of the crucial town of Sangin. Plus: how US first lady Melania Trump is being honoured in the town of her birth.

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139822 Mar 2017
1 hour

Wednesday 22 March: 

We speak to an eyewitness and the former head of the UK’s counterterrorism unit about the attack in London and ask whether Venezuela’s future is being determined by its tumultuous past. Plus: could Nova Scotia soon be home to a rocket-launch site?

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139721 Mar 2017
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Tuesday 21 March: 

Is there any logic behind the ban on certain electronic equipment in the cabin? Plus: Taiwan’s submarine project and the legacy of Bob Silvers, founding editor of the ‘New York Review of Books’.

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139620 Mar 2017
1 hour

Monday 20 March: 

The FBI confirms it is investigating President Trump's Russia ties. Plus: what defence-co-operation between Germany and Britain will be like post-Brexit and a look at Tuesday's Asian papers.

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139517 Mar 2017
1 hour

Friday 17 March: 

We get perspectives on Angela Merkel and Donald Trump’s White House meeting from both sides of the Atlantic, and ask if former British chancellor and MP George Osborne has bitten off more than he can chew with (yet another) new gig, this time as editor of the ‘London Evening Standard’. Plus, a foray into the evergreen Oxford comma debate.

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139416 Mar 2017
58 min

Thursday 16 March: 

What will the outcome of the Dutch general election mean for populist politicians in France and Germany? Plus: a special feature on the health of Australia’s newspaper industry and an entire town in rural Oregon that’s up for sale.

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139315 Mar 2017
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Wednesday 15 March: 

We ask what impact the outcome of the Dutch general election will have on the rest of Europe and discuss China’s National People’s Congress and what it tells us about the health of the country’s Communist party. Plus: Is Russia trying to censor Ukrainian literature?

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139214 Mar 2017
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Tuesday 14 March: 

We ask why Russia has reportedly sent special forces to the Egyptian-Libyan border and whether New York’s governor is preparing for a tilt at the 2020 presidency. Plus: we speak to an author who has been investigating the criminal underbelly of some of the world’s most dynamic cities.

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139113 Mar 2017
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Monday 13 March: 

We ask why Turkey and the Netherlands have fallen out and what a second Scottish independence referendum might mean for both the UK and Europe. Plus: why is China banning some foreign children’s books and do we still need daylight saving?

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139010 Mar 2017
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Friday 10 March: 

Despite the progress made in the battle against Isis, the impact upon the Middle East will take generations to recover; we analyse the situation. Plus: the impeachment of South Korea’s president, an introduction to the new creative director of Chloé and a chat with “Doctor Socrates” author Andrew Downie.

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13899 Mar 2017
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Thursday 9 March: 

What’s behind conservative America’s opposition to Obamacare? We ask Mitt Romney’s former campaign spokesperson. Plus: Hawaii takes Donald Trump to court, a word from Christoph Amend of ‘Zeit Magazin’ and why Poland wants to derail Donald Tusk’s bid for another term in the European Council.

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13888 Mar 2017
58 min

Wednesday 8 March: 

We ask if an anti-Trump political movement started by women can maintain momentum among Washington’s chaotic news cycle and take a closer look at Syria’s crowded battlefield. Plus: A word from artist Marina Abramović and Australia’s former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer on his plan to promote the nation’s greatest ‘citizen soldier’.

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13877 Mar 2017
58 min

Tuesday 7 March: 

The GOP’s long-awaited Obamacare replacement has arrived – but does Donald Trump actually support it? We take a closer look at the underlying political machinations with ‘New York’ magazine's Jonathan Chait. Plus: Argentina’s former leader heads to court, we visit the Geneva Motor Show and Australia unveils its entry for this year’s Eurovision.

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13866 Mar 2017
1 hour

Monday 6 March: 

We look into Donald Trump’s revised immigration order and ask why Spain is helping China to become a world power in football. Plus: a round-up of the Asian front pages.

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13853 Mar 2017
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Friday 3 March: 

We discuss the future of French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron and the acquittal of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Plus: a round-up of this week’s Spanish news and our Tokyo, Toronto and Istanbul bureau chiefs discuss the effect of Donald Trump’s first month in office on their respective beats.

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