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Laura Shapiro, Alex Klein and Don Thompson :

Author, historian and journalist Laura Shapiro discusses her book ‘What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories’. Plus, we learn how to build a computer with Alex Klein, co-founder of technology startup Kano, and find out how it’s possible – and whether it’s sensible – that some artworks fetch prices in the millions of dollars with economist Don Thompson.

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44621 Jan 2018
1 hour

Laura Shapiro, Alex Klein and Don Thompson : 

Author, historian and journalist Laura Shapiro discusses her book ‘What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories’. Plus, we learn how to build a computer with Alex Klein, co-founder of technology startup Kano, and find out how it’s possible – and whether it’s sensible – that some artworks fetch prices in the millions of dollars with economist Don Thompson.

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44514 Jan 2018
1 hour

Alice Black, Travis Elborough and Julia Hobsbawm: 

Alice Black, co-director of London’s Design Museum, discusses what makes for good design in 2018 and this month’s nominations for the Beazley designs of the year. We also welcome back Travis Elborough to talk about his new book – ‘Our History of the 20th Century’ – and meet social-health and connectedness speaker Julia Hobsbawm to learn about her book ‘Fully Connected’.

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4447 Jan 2018
1 hour

Lookahead to 2018: 

For the first edition of ‘The Monocle Weekly’ of 2018 we’re joined by our bureau staff from Tokyo, Toronto and New York to discuss a global spread of themes and stories to look out for over the next 12 months.

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44331 Dec 2017
1 hour

The best of The Monocle Weekly 2017: 

We listen back to some of our favourite conversations from 2017, featuring Yasmeen Ismail, Booker T Jones, Phyllida Lloyd, Sudan Archives and more.

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29 Dec 2017
5 min

Tyler Brûlé’s column: A radical departure: 

Recalling a great 20th-century design innovation, our editor in chief wonders if true progress has been grounded by technological mores.

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27 Dec 2017
6 min

Special 4: Mountain living: 

Monocle’s Sophie Grove and Marie-Sophie Schwarzer discuss how to make great architecture in snowbound settings.

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44224 Dec 2017
50 min

Judith Flanders, Eliza Reid, Richard Smyth and Guy de Launey: 

We discuss the history of Christmas with Judith Flanders, meet birdsong expert Richard Smyth, enjoy some winter sports in Slovenia and learn about a Christmas Eve tradition in Iceland with Eliza Reid.

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22 Dec 2017
4 min

Tyler Brûlé’s column: A break, with tradition: 

Our editor in chief anticipates another full and varied festive itinerary as long-established seasonal customs continue to evolve and expand.

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20 Dec 2017
6 min

Special 3: Ice work: 

Monocle’s Guy de Launey visits a fearless group of ice climbers near Ljubljana in Slovenia.

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44117 Dec 2017
1 hour

Lisa Markwell, Ivan Carvalho, Pasi Remsu and Markus Hippi: 

We discuss how to refresh Christmas cooking with writer and chef Lisa Markwell. Plus, a Christmas market in Italy that’s revitalising one town’s winter calendar and we learn why the sauna is a big part of the Finnish identity with Pasi Remsu and Markus Hippi.

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15 Dec 2017
4 min

Tyler Brûlé’s column: Secret Santa: 

From issue two of ‘The Monocle Winter Weekly’ newspaper, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé helps you get in the spirit of Christmas.

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13 Dec 2017
4 min

Special 2: The gift that keeps on giving: 

This week on ‘The Monocle Winter Weekly’, we’ll be hearing from Govone in the northwest of Italy, where our correspondent Ivan Carvalho has been enjoying the town’s annual Christmas market.

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44010 Dec 2017
1 hour

Patricia Michelson, Melkon Charchoglyan and Brett Wolstencroft: 

We get into the holiday spirit with Patricia Michelson, founder of La Fromagerie cheese shop, who talks us through the perfect seasonal cheeseboard. We also hear from Tromsø in northern Norway, where Monocle’s Melkon Charchoglyan has been meeting reindeer herders, and we meet Brett Wolstencroft of London’s Daunt Books, to discuss what kind of books make great gifts.

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8 Dec 2017
12 min

The Classics 50: Beth Shapiro: 

We talk to evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro about whether it might ever be possible to bring back extinct creatures such as the woolly mammoth – and what developments in this field mean for creatures currently roaming the Earth.

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8 Dec 2017
4 min

Tyler Brûlé’s column: Keeping retail real: 

In the first of his regular columns from ‘The Monocle Winter Weekly’ newspaper, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé explains why the festive season is a time to remember the advantages of traditional retail over online marketplaces. Read more.

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