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The Monocle Weekly

Want to hear from the authors, artists, creative thinkers and business leaders shaping your world? Hosts Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound present just that on our longest-running radio programme.

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Stephen Bayley, Roger Mavity, Alice Vincent and Marty Jopson:

Creative minds Stephen Bayley and Roger Mavity join us to discuss why they’ve updated their business and etiquette classic ‘Life’s a Pitch’. Plus, arts and culture critic Alice Vincent previews this weekend’s Emmy awards and we talk to science broadcaster Marty Jopson about the unusual events that go on in our kitchens.

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20 Sep 2017
14 min

The Classics 39: Ed Yong: 

Science-writer Ed Yong discusses his book ‘I Contain Multitudes’ and explains why the tiny organisms living within us deserve more credit. Original air date: 4 September 2016.

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42817 Sep 2017
1 hour

Stephen Bayley, Roger Mavity, Alice Vincent and Marty Jopson: 

Creative minds Stephen Bayley and Roger Mavity join us to discuss why they’ve updated their business and etiquette classic ‘Life’s a Pitch’. Plus, arts and culture critic Alice Vincent previews this weekend’s Emmy awards and we talk to science broadcaster Marty Jopson about the unusual events that go on in our kitchens.

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13 Sep 2017
12 min

The Classics 38: Radmila Topalovic and Tom Kerss: 

Astronomers Radmila Topalovic and Tom Kerss join Monocle's Robert Bound to discuss stargazing and the seemingly infinite potential for making new discoveries. Original air date: 16 October 2016

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42710 Sep 2017
1 hour

Helen Gordon, Travis Elborough, Zola Jesus and Caz Hildebrand : 

We look at what it takes to develop authorly talent with Helen Gordon and Travis Elborough, co-creators of book ‘Being a Writer’. Plus, musician Zola Jesus discusses new album ‘Okovi’, and we speak with cookery book designer and writer Caz Hildebrand about her latest title, ‘The Grammar of Spice’.

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8 Sep 2017

The Classics 37: Sacha Jenkins: 

A listen back to our discussion with filmmaker, journalist and creative Sacha Jenkins, who visited ‘The Monocle Weekly’ to talk about ‘Fresh Dressed’, his documentary on hip-hop and fashion.

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4263 Sep 2017
46 min

Andrew Ellis, Nathalie Savaricas and Karen Flett: 

Andrew Ellis, director of Art UK, joins us to discuss the Art Detective initiative, an online resource dedicated to unearthing obscure works. Meanwhile, we hear from Monocle’s Athens correspondent Nathalie Savaricas, who has been enjoying the city’s Open Air Film Festival. Plus: designer and author Karen Flett explains the enduring appeal of Airstream trailers and life on the open road.

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1 Sep 2017
17 min

The Classics 36: Peter Mead: 

Monocle editor Andrew Tuck and Culture editor Robert Bound meet advertising luminary Peter Mead. He joined the show to discuss his career path from 16-year-old office boy to co-founder of one of the most successful agencies in the industry, AMV, as detailed in his book ‘When in Doubt Be Nice: Lessons from a Lifetime in Business’.

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42527 Aug 2017
44 min

Saint Etienne, Josh Fehnert and Emiko Davies: 

We talk to UK pop band Saint Etienne about how to write songs for the summer and their new EP ‘Dive’. Plus: Monocle’s Josh Fehnert joins us to discuss some of the highlights of ‘The Summer Weekly’ and food writer Emiko Davies explains the appeal of Italian cooking as detailed in her book ‘Acquacotta’.

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24 Aug 2017
7 min

The Classics 35: Rebecca Gowers: 

Robert Bound and Tom Edwards meet writer Rebecca Gowers, whose great-grandfather Sir Ernest Gowers created one of the go-to guides to good writing, ‘Plain Words’, more than 60 years ago. Rebecca had just published an updated version back in 2014 and joined us in the studio to talk about it.

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42420 Aug 2017
56 min

The Rails, Venetia Rainey, Sara Shamsavari and Jo Wallace: 

We meet singer-songwriters The Rails, whose new record ‘Other People’ continues the husband-and-wife duo’s smart update on folk traditions. Plus, a report on how the Amsterdam brewing scene hots up for summer and we speak with artist Sara Shamsavari and creative Jo Wallace about their new exhibition ‘There’s a Good Immigrant’, which highlights the benefit of mixing cultures.

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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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