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Eileen Cooper, Frederick Bernas and Vhils:

We meet Eileen Cooper: artist, keeper of London’s Royal Academy art school and co-ordinator of its famed Summer Exhibition. Plus: reporter Frederick Bernas checks out the Paraty International Literary Festival in Brazil and we look at the influence of Portugal’s culture around the world with Lisbon-based street-artist Vhils.

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18 Aug 2017
15 min

The Classics 34: DBC Pierre: 

Author DBC Pierre joins The Monocle Weekly team to discuss tips and tricks for writing, as detailed in his book ‘Release the Bats’.

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42313 Aug 2017
1 hour

Eileen Cooper, Frederick Bernas and Vhils: 

We meet Eileen Cooper: artist, keeper of London’s Royal Academy art school and co-ordinator of its famed Summer Exhibition. Plus: reporter Frederick Bernas checks out the Paraty International Literary Festival in Brazil and we look at the influence of Portugal’s culture around the world with Lisbon-based street-artist Vhils.

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11 Aug 2017
17 min

The Classics 33: Jonathan Yeo : 

Artist Jonathan Yeo discusses his career creating portraits of everyone from Dennis Hopper to Cara Delevingne and his subversive images of George W Bush. Original air date: 27 March 2016.

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4226 Aug 2017
1 hour

Noma Bar, Guy De Launey and Andrew O’Neill: 

Israeli illustrator and graphic artist Noma Bar discusses his career and new retrospective book collection ‘Bittersweet’. We also head to Belgrade – where Monocle’s Guy De Launey has been sampling summer with the city’s ice-cream makers – and writer and comedian Andrew O’Neill stops by to talk us through his book ‘A History of Heavy Metal’.

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3 Aug 2017
11 min

The Classics 32: Dan Cruickshank: 

We listen back to a discussion with British art historian and architecture expert Dan Cruickshank, who joined us in 2015 to tell us about the 100 most important buildings ever made. Original air date: 8 November 2015.

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42130 Jul 2017
1 hour

Trajal Harrell, Zoë Lescaze and Fergus Linehan: 

We meet choreographer and artist Trajal Harrell, whose new show at London’s Barbican, ‘Hoochie Koochie’, is combining art, dance, and everything in between. Plus, writer Zoë Lescaze joins us to discuss her book ‘Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past’ and we preview this year’s Edinburgh International Festival with its director Fergus Linehan.

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42023 Jul 2017
48 min

Soosan Lolavar, Morten Strøksnes and Alex Preston: 

We speak to musician and composer Soosan Lolavar about her new opera on immigration “ID, Please”. Plus, Norwegian author Morten Strøksnes reflects on his new book “Shark Drunk” and writer Alex Preston joins us to talk about the simple pleasures of birdlife – as detailed in his new publication “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”.

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20 Jul 2017
9 min

The Classics 31: Nahlah Ayed: 

We have another listen to our discussion with the Canadian journalist, who visited one of the most diplomatically isolated nations on Earth: North Korea.

Original air date: 5 June 2016

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41916 Jul 2017
1 hour

Fabrizio Ballabio, Matthew Engel, Danny Goldberg: 

We discuss Milanese entrance halls with Fabrizio Ballabio, Americanisms with Matthew Engel and the idealism of the 1960s with Danny Goldberg.

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13 Jul 2017
17 min

The Classics 30: Bobby Gillespie : 

We listen back to last year’s conversation with musical shapeshifter and rock’n’roll survivor Bobby Gillespie, lead singer of UK band Primal Scream. Original air date: 22 May 2016.

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4189 Jul 2017
55 min

Phyllida Lloyd, Daniel O’Sullivan and Adam Wagner: 

We speak to film and stage director Phyllida Lloyd, creator of such screen hits as ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘The Iron Lady’, about her newest project: Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ performed by an all-female cast. Plus, musician Daniel O’Sullivan discusses his new album ‘Veld’ and Adam Wagner, founder of human-rights site rightsinfo.org, tells us why everyday freedoms should never be taken for granted.

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6 Jul 2017
12 min

The Classics 29: Gillian McCain: 

A relisten to our discussion with writer Gillian McCain who, along with co-author Legs McNeil, is responsible for one of the most influential books on music writing of the past 20 years: ‘Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk’. Original air date: 10 July 2016.

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4172 Jul 2017
1 hour

Andy Hamilton, Peter Randall-Page and Clare Conville : 

We’re joined by comedy and satire writer Andy Hamilton to talk over his podcast ‘Inside Donald Trump’. Plus: sculptor Peter Randall-Page discusses his career and his new work that’s part of London’s Sculpture in the City showcase and literary agent Clare Conville tells us how to spot talent – and why some of that talent will be appearing at her festival Curious Arts.

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30 Jun 2017
12 min

The Classics 28: Neil Hannon: 

We listen back to a chat with musician Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy that touches on history, humour and, of course, pop music.

Original air date: 13 August 2016

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41625 Jun 2017
54 min

Lydia Polgreen, Gregory Crewdson and Pete Brown: 

We’re joined by editor in chief of ‘HuffPost’ Lydia Polgreen, speak with photographer and artist Gregory Crewdson about his show ‘Cathedral of the Pines’ and welcome back beer expert and writer Pete Brown to discuss his new book ‘Miracle Brew’.

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