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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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DBC Pierre, Ethan Hawke and Joanne Rosenthal :

Man Booker Prize winning author DBC Pierre tells us how to write a novel, as detailed in his new book ‘Release the Bats’, Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke looks back on the life of jazz musician Chet Baker – the subject of his new film ‘Born to be Blue’ – and curator Joanne Rosenthal talks us through new exhibition ‘Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl’.

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36717 Jul 2016
01:00:00

DBC Pierre, Ethan Hawke and Joanne Rosenthal : 

Man Booker Prize winning author DBC Pierre tells us how to write a novel, as detailed in his new book ‘Release the Bats’, Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke looks back on the life of jazz musician Chet Baker – the subject of his new film ‘Born to be Blue’ – and curator Joanne Rosenthal talks us through new exhibition ‘Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl’.

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36610 Jul 2016
00:54:54

David Goldblatt, Gillian McCain and Matt Potter: 

We look forward to the Rio Olympics with journalist David Goldblatt, author of new book ‘The Games: A Global History of the Olympics’. Plus: Gillian McCain joins us to discuss the stories behind music book ‘Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk’, which is 20 years old this year, and we welcome back writer and journalist Matt Potter to learn how to write the perfect resignation letter – post-Brexit.

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3653 Jul 2016
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Michael Kiwanuka, Dr Matthew Green and Ellen Wettmark: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound welcome singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka to Midori House to discuss his new album ‘Love & Hate’. We also hear from historian Dr Matthew Green, who explains the history of London through seven drinks. Plus: Ellen Wettmark, cultural attaché for the Swedish embassy in London, tells us what makes brand Sweden so popular.

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36426 Jun 2016
00:54:00

Henry Dimbleby, Nadine Chahine, Malou Verlomme and Chris Watson: 

Restaurateur, writer and food specialist Henry Dimbleby discusses the virtues of London’s food markets, typographers Nadine Chahine and Malou Verlomme of design agency Monotype explain their new font ‘Johnston100’ and Chris Watson, the pioneering musician and sound recordist for natural history programmes, tells us about his new event ‘The Town Moor – A Portrait in Sound’.

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36319 Jun 2016
00:55:00

William Sitwell, Alex Cuadros and Elisabeth Kögler: 

William Sitwell discusses his new book ‘Eggs or Anarchy’, which tells the story of how the UK stayed fed during the Second World War. Plus: we talk to journalist Alex Cuadros about his book ‘Brazillionaires’ and the emergence of Brazil’s super rich, and Elisabeth Kögler, director of the Austrian Cultural Forum London, explains why the arts are one of the nation’s strongest assets.

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36212 Jun 2016
00:55:30

Damian Barr, James Franklin, Gold Panda and Alistair Spalding: 

Andrew Tuck and Tom Edwards meet writer Damian Barr and wine expert James Franklin to discuss their new project A Book and a Bottle, which matches reds and good reads. We also talk music and travel with producer Gold Panda and learn why dance is on the move in 2016 with Alistair Spalding, artistic director of London’s Sadler’s Wells theatre.

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3615 Jun 2016
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Nicolas Winding Refn, Flume and Nahlah Ayed: 

On this week’s The Monocle Weekly we welcome film director Nicolas Winding Refn, Australian musician Flume and Canadian journalist Nahlah Ayed who talks to us about her experience in North Korea.

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36029 May 2016
01:00:00

Emmy the Great, Catie Marron and Mark Dunhill: 

Musician Emmy the Great explains how her dual English and Chinese heritage is informing her new music and we hear from author Catie Marron about some of the world’s most inviting city squares. Plus: we chat to Mark Dunhill of London’s Central Saint Martins school of art about its place in the city’s creative scene.

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35922 May 2016
01:00:00

Maja Hoffmann, Bobby Gillespie, Guy Masterson and Bob Paisley: 

Arts patron, collector and founder of the Luma Foundation Maja Hoffmann tells us how to keep creativity moving, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream explains how the group stay future-focused, and theatre-director Guy Masterson and actor Bob Paisley discuss their new play ‘Bill Clinton Hercules’.

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35815 May 2016
00:55:00

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Arne & Carlos and Kristian Brodie: 

Sir Nicholas Kenyon of London’s Barbican drops by Midori House to discuss how to make our cities more open to the arts. Plus: Scandinavian crochet masters Arne & Carlos leave us in stitches and Kristian Brodie explains how a song can help to change a life.

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3578 May 2016
00:54:45

Wolfgang Buttress, Charlotte McDonald-Gibson and Frank Trentmann: 

Artist Wolfgang Buttress discusses the role of honey bees and how they inspired his ‘The Hive’ installation at Kew Gardens and its accompanying Be musical project. Monocle’s Brussels correspondent Charlotte McDonald-Gibson sheds light on the plight of those fleeing violence in the Middle East and discusses her new book ‘Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis’, and Frank Trentmann tells us why we’re a society of collectors and consumers, as explained in his book ‘Empire of Things’.

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3561 May 2016
00:50:00

Wolfgang Tillmans, Alan Kitching and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers : 

Turner Prize-winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans explains his new posters series and why he’s campaigning for the UK to stay in the EU, we celebrate print with letterpress master Alan Kitching and talk to writer, landscape designer and preservationist Elizabeth Barlow Rogers about her new book ‘Green Metropolis’ and the allure of New York’s Central Park.

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35524 Apr 2016
00:53:18

Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Walker and Jonathan Wakeham: 

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, directors of ‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’, discuss the pioneering photographer’s work. Meanwhile, we discover collaborative classic novel ‘The Floating Admiral’ with the Folio Society’s Tom Walker and get film tips from Jonathan Wakeham of the Loco London Comedy Film Festival.

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35417 Apr 2016
00:53:30

Juergen Boos, Kevin Flanagan and Guy Andrews: 

We meet Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, to discuss where publishing is heading. Plus: architect Kevin Flanagan unveils plans for London’s first ever wooden skyscraper and cycling journalist Guy Andrews talks about his new book ‘Magnum Cycling’, which celebrates pedal power and photography.

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35310 Apr 2016
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Mark Craig, Alexander Downer and Edwina Ehrman: 

Film-maker Mark Craig talks us through his documentary ‘The Last Man on the Moon’, we hear from Alexander Downer, the Australian high commissioner to the UK, and make some small talk with Edwina Ehrman, curator of ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear’ at London’s V&A Museum.

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