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Hear our take on the news and enjoy sharp reporting on the big stories every weekday. Tune in as our guest panel reviews the day’s events in Europe, follows developing stories in the Americas and welcomes early risers in Asia and Australasia. Plus: reports and analysis from Monocle’s correspondents and bureaux around the world. Nominated for ‘Best Daily Podcast’ in the 2022 British Podcast Awards.

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Tuesday 6 December:

Rebecca Tinsley and Lewis Lukens discuss Russian opposition channel TV Rain, which has had its Latvian broadcast licence revoked. Also on the programme: Georgians vote for their next senator, Sudanese leaders move to resolve the country’s political crisis, and wanted: a “somewhat bloodthirsty” rat tsar to deal with New York City’s vermin problem. Finally, a new documentary on the Opportunity Mars rover and the team behind it.

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23616 Dec 2022
40 min

Tuesday 6 December: 

Rebecca Tinsley and Lewis Lukens discuss Russian opposition channel TV Rain, which has had its Latvian broadcast licence revoked. Also on the programme: Georgians vote for their next senator, Sudanese leaders move to resolve the country’s political crisis, and wanted: a “somewhat bloodthirsty” rat tsar to deal with New York City’s vermin problem. Finally, a new documentary on the Opportunity Mars rover and the team behind it.

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23605 Dec 2022
40 min

Monday 5 December: 

Mark Lowcock and Terry Stiastny ask why some humanitarian disasters are overlooked. Plus, the UK's Labour party calls for House of Lords reform, Chris Cermak on Ukraine’s cultural diplomacy and the public’s choice for word of the year: “goblin mode”.

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23592 Dec 2022
40 min

Friday 2 December: 

Ukraine moves to ban Russian-backed religious groups. We have the latest with Marharyta Varadovska. Plus: Chris Cermak sums up the week in Washington, Fernando Augusto Pacheco looks through ‘Sight and Sound’ magazine’s poll of the best films ever made and we visit Alaska for the Anchorage Biennial.

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23581 Dec 2022
40 min

Thursday 1 December: 

Somnath Batabyal and Lynne O’Donnell look at India’s presidency of the G20 and its relationship with Russia. Also in the programme, a suicide attack by the Pakistan Taliban, teaching in local languages at Nigeria’s schools and new EU rules on plastic packaging. Plus: Henry Rees-Sheridan’s weekly Letter from New York.

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235730 Nov 2022
40 min

Wednesday 30 November: 

The death and legacy of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin. Ivor Gabor and Baria Alamuddin join Andrew Mueller to discuss Nato’s reassurances to Russia’s neighbours, the UK census and religion in politics, and long work lunches. Plus: Chris Lord is at Art Basel Miami Beach.

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235629 Nov 2022
40 min

Tuesday 29 November: 

Patricia Thornton discusses Chinese authorities’ crackdown on those protesting against coronavirus restrictions. In the studio, Julie Norman and Stephen Dalziel assess Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Washington and ask why Russians aren’t demonstrating and whether the West is holding back on its aid to Ukraine? Plus: a new collection of translated classical stories edited by Daisy Dunn.

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235528 Nov 2022
40 min

Monday 28 November: 

Daniella Peled and Phil Clark discuss attacks on journalists in China, concern of a new Turkish offensive in Syria, Russian troops looting Ukrainian museums and the schools considering a smartphone ban. Plus: Henry Rees-Sheridan’s Letter from New York.

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235425 Nov 2022
40 min

Friday 25 November: 

Victoria Scholar rounds up a day of business with her analysis of Black Friday and China’s slowing economy. Our On This Day feature looks at 1970’s attempted coup in Japan. We preview Monocle’s 2023 edition of ‘The Forecast’ and whether New York is a failing metropolis. Plus: John van Wyhe joins us to explain why a Charles Darwin document is the rarest manuscript to be auctioned off; we learn why the Finnish sauna can boost mental health and hear how “bin chickens” learnt to wash poisonous cane toads.

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235324 Nov 2022
40 min

Thursday 24 November: 

Rachel Cunliffe and Vincent McAviney explore the future of the Russian-led security alliance, look at why Malaysia’s constitutional monarch appointed the country’s new prime minister, consider why China has expanded lockdowns as coronavirus cases soar to a record high and explain why France plans to grow cabbage on the moon. We also hear from Laura McAllister about her experiences of the World Cup in Qatar.

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235223 Nov 2022
40 min

Wednesday 23 November: 

The latest from Kyiv after another round of Russian airstrikes. In the studio, Isabel Hilton and Bill Hayton discuss rising unrest over Chinese coronavirus measures, a blow to Scottish independence and Kamala Harris’s visit to the Philippines. Plus: ‘Cleopatra’s Daughter’ with Jane Draycott.

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235122 Nov 2022
40 min

Tuesday 22 November: 

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt and Steve Crawshaw join Andrew Mueller to discuss immigration policy. Has the UK got it all wrong? Also: responsible reporting in a warzone, Donald Trump’s return to Twitter, the English dialects that are going extinct and a new exhibition on war in video games.

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235021 Nov 2022
40 min

Monday 21 November: 

Tessa Szyszkowitz and Charles Hecker ask how journalists should cover the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Plus: New Zealand considers lowering its voting age to 16, strange holiday traditions and Anna Arutunyan on how the West got Russia wrong.

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234918 Nov 2022
40 min

Friday 18 November: 

Fifa bans alcohol sales at the World Cup and the week’s developments from the Cop27 climate summit in Sharm-el-Sheikh, with Laura Kramer and Fernando Augusto Pacheco. Plus: political scientist Janice Stein checks in from the Halifax International Security Conference and Jamaican tourism minister Edmund Hartlett discusses sustainable tourism.

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234817 Nov 2022
40 min

Thursday 17 November: 

The latest from The Hague as a Dutch court finds three men guilty of murder over the downing of flight MH17. In the studio, Marie Le Conte and John Everard cover the UK’s latest budget, China at the G20 and one French town’s fight against Franglais. Plus: Henry Rees-Sheridan’s weekly Letter from New York.

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234716 Nov 2022
40 min

Wednesday 16 November : 

We bring you the latest on the missile strike on a Polish farm which killed two. Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Quentin Peel join Andrew Mueller to look at Donald Trump’s 2024 bid, delays to a loss and damage deal at Cop27 and the dangers of using AI translators. Also, former Hungarian MP Zsuzsanna Szelényi on how Viktor Orbán has subverted Hungarian democracy.

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