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Simon Amstell, Rachel Reeves and Kadir van Lohuizen:

Simon Amstell talks us through his new film ‘Benjamin’, politician and author Rachel Reeves discusses her book ‘Women of Westminster’, and we learn about the Arctic region with photographer Kadir van Lohuizen.

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50617 Mar 2019
1 hour

Simon Amstell, Rachel Reeves and Kadir van Lohuizen: 

Simon Amstell talks us through his new film ‘Benjamin’, politician and author Rachel Reeves discusses her book ‘Women of Westminster’, and we learn about the Arctic region with photographer Kadir van Lohuizen.

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50510 Mar 2019
1 hour

Anna Danneman, Mary Timony and Soumik Datta: 

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize rewards innovation behind the lens. Anna Danneman, curator of its accompanying show at The Photographers’ Gallery, stops by to put this year’s nominees in focus. Plus: songwriter Mary Timony discusses her new record and we meet sarod-playing musician and composer Soumik Datta.

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5043 Mar 2019
1 hour

Mariele Neudecker, Kathleen Soriano, Tom Scutt and Jérôme Tubiana.: 

We discuss Norwegian painter Harald Sohlberg with artist Mariele Neudecker and curator Kathleen Soriano. Plus: Tom Scutt on his play Berberian Sound Studio and Jérôme Tubiana on Guantánamo Bay’s youngest inmate.

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50324 Feb 2019
53 min

David Gray, Stefi Orazi and Aïcha Mehrez: 

Musician David Gray on his upcoming album ‘Gold in a Brass Age’. Plus designer Stefi Orazi discusses her new book ‘Modernist Estates Europe’ and curator Aïcha Mehrez reflects on the work of renowned photojournalist Don McCullin, whose retrospective is on show at Tate Britain.

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50217 Feb 2019
1 hour

Lydia Yee, Andy Holden and Ece Temelkuran: 

We talk to Lydia Yee, curator of Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘Is This Tomorrow?’. Plus: artist Andy Holden on his animation project, ‘Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape’, and Ece Temelkuran’s book, ‘How To Lose A Country’.

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50110 Feb 2019
1 hour

Seu Jorge, Nicole Berry and Marlon Fuentes: 

Musician, songwriter and actor Seu Jorge joins us to talk through his latest shows celebrating the music of David Bowie and more. Plus: a lookahead to this year’s Armory Show art fair in New York with its executive director Nicole Berry, and a preview of this weekend’s Grammys with Marlon Fuentes, ethnomusicologist and World Music Awards manager for the ceremony.

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5003 Feb 2019
1 hour

Jeremy Deller, Sofia Prantera, Peter Broderick and Dr Gordon Rintoul: 

Artist Jeremy Deller and designer Sofia Prantera discuss their recent collaboration, Peter Broderick explains the enduring appeal of Arthur Russell and we hear about the role of museums from Dr Gordon Rintoul.

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49927 Jan 2019
1 hour

Jessica Helfand, Beatrice Gibson, Keith Harrison and Beatrice Dillon: 

We discuss book-cover design with Jessica Helfand, co-founder of the Design Observer website. Plus: artist Beatrice Gibson talks us through her new show ‘Crone Music’, and we hear from Keith Harrison and Beatrice Dillon about their new music-and-art showcase ‘Ecstatic Material’.

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49820 Jan 2019
1 hour

Grace Weir, Craig Oldham and Lisa O’Neill: 

We celebrate cult-classic film ‘They Live’ with designer and book-publisher Craig Oldham. Plus: singer Lisa O’Neill discusses how she is revitalising folk traditions and we meet artist and film-maker Grace Weir, whose new work ‘Time Tries All Things’ is on show at the Gallery at the Institute of Physics.

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49713 Jan 2019
1 hour

Reinaldo Marcus Green, Mick Harvey and Jane Dickson: 

We catch up with Reinaldo Marcus Green to learn more about his hard-hitting debut film, ‘Monsters and Men’; discuss Serge Gainsbourg, the First World War and the process of collaboration with former Bad Seed Mick Harvey; and look back at the dangerous, creative energy of 1970s New York with artist Jane Dickson.

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4966 Jan 2019
1 hour

The Monocle Weekly: The year ahead: 

We get 2019 off on the right foot by speaking to organisational guru Ryder Carroll, creator of The Bullet Journal system. Plus, Monocle’s bureau chiefs and correspondents from around the globe stop by to talk to us about what is in store in locations such as Canada, the US and Japan.

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49530 Dec 2018
1 hour

The Monocle Weekly: Best of 2018: 

We look back on some of the most memorable chats of 2018, with highlights from film-maker Eugene Jarecki, musician Róisín Murphy, photojournalist Lynsey Addario and more.

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49423 Dec 2018
1 hour 5 min

Christmas special: Mark Gatiss, Bubble & Squeak, Yuki Gomi and Robert Zemeckis: 

For our Christmas edition, we talk ghost stories with actor and writer Mark Gatiss, Christmas tunes with musical duo Bubble & Squeak, get creative in the kitchen with Japanese chef Yuki Gomi and hear from the creator of some of the season’s most well-loved films, Robert Zemeckis.

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49316 Dec 2018
53 min

Julie Cohen, Betsy West, Jas Shaw, Gold Panda and Pedro Corrêa do Lago: 

We hear from documentary filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen about their film ‘RBG’, which profiles the life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Plus, Selling, the musical duo formed by beatmakers Gold Panda and Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, discuss their record ‘On Reflection’, and pre-eminent collector of letters and documents Pedro Corrêa do Lago discusses his life’s work and new book from Taschen, ‘The Magic of Handwriting’.

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4929 Dec 2018
1 hour

Noah Horowitz, Paddy Butler, Yasmine Seale and Paulo Lemos Horta: 

As Art Basel Miami Beach takes place in the US, we hear about some of the highlights from the art fair’s director Noah Horowitz, artist Abraham Cruzvillegas and gallerist Bree Zucker. Plus, Christmas reads with Libreria bookshop’s Paddy Butler, and we learn the backstory of classic tale ‘Aladdin’ with Yasmine Seale and Paulo Lemos Horta.

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