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Dr Martin Shaw, Matthias Orsett and Ben Myers:

We take a look at the roots of narrative as we meet master storyteller and mythologist Dr Martin Shaw. Plus, we reflect on a fertile time for experimental music with the man behind a new compilation, Matthias Orsett, and we peek into the dark corners of culture with novelist Ben Myers.

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56029 Mar 2020
1 hour

Dr Martin Shaw, Matthias Orsett and Ben Myers: 

We take a look at the roots of narrative as we meet master storyteller and mythologist Dr Martin Shaw. Plus, we reflect on a fertile time for experimental music with the man behind a new compilation, Matthias Orsett, and we peek into the dark corners of culture with novelist Ben Myers.

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55922 Mar 2020
1 hour

Sir Christopher Frayling, Tony Nourmand, Zoé Whitley and Peter Meanwell: 

We flick through a book of iconic French New Wave film posters with cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling and Reel Art Press founder Tony Nourmand. Plus, a closer look at a cornerstone of the London art scene, the Chisenhale Gallery, with its new director Zoé Whitley, and we head to Norway for the groundbreaking Borealis Festival – and a chat with its director, Peter Meanwell.

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55815 Mar 2020
1 hour

Pete Paphides, Carl Craig, Kelly Kivland and Will Harris: 

We meet music journalist Pete Paphides to talk about his new book, ‘Broken Greek’, and the impact that music has had on his life. Plus: techno legend Carl Craig and curator Kelly Kivland on Craig’s new installation at New York’s Dia:Beacon, and UK poet Will Harris talks us through his new book, ‘Rendang’.

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5578 Mar 2020
1 hour

Max Alexander, Stanley Donwood and Dr Tessa Roynon: 

We meet Secret Cinema CEO Max Alexander to learn about experiential cinema and artist Stanley Donwood to discuss creativity in the anthropocene and his new book of linocuts, ‘Bad Island’. Plus, as a new documentary on Toni Morrison hits cinemas, we talk about the author’s legacy with Oxford academic Dr Tessa Roynon.

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5561 Mar 2020
1 hour

Leïla Slimani, Jason Blum and Hannah Lew: 

French-Moroccan author Leïla Slimani on her book ‘Sex and Lies’ and Jason Blum on Blumhouse Productions’ latest film, ‘The Invisible Man’. Plus: Oakland-based musician Hannah Lew.

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55523 Feb 2020
1 hour

Ian Cheng, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Alice Vincent, Alona Pardo and Hans Eijkelboom: 

Artist Ian Cheng uses digital technology to create extraordinary, evolving worlds. We talk to him and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist about his new exhibition in Madrid. Plus: journalist turned author Alice Vincent on gardening and her memoir, ‘Rootbound’, and we talk to the curator of an exhibition exploring the way photographers explore masculinity.

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55416 Feb 2020
1 hour

Susannah Cahalan, Martin Andersen and Ryan Mosley: 

We meet author Susannah Cahalan whose new book, ‘The Great Pretender’, unpacks the complicated history of the treatment of the mentally ill. Plus: photographer Martin Andersen on his photos that capture his love of Tottenham Hotspur football club and painter Ryan Mosley discusses his participation in a new group show at London’s Whitechapel Gallery.

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5539 Feb 2020
1 hour

William Gibson, Andrea Chalupa and Matthew Flowers: 

We meet science-fiction author William Gibson to unpick his legendary prescience and discuss his new book, ‘Agency’. Plus: journalist and author Andrea Chalupa on the family ties that inspired her to write new drama, ‘Mr Jones’, and, as London’s Flowers Gallery turns 50, we discuss the art world with its MD, Matthew Flowers.

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5522 Feb 2020
1 hour

Afua Hirsch, Darren Waterston and Rikke Villadsen: 

Broadcaster and writer Afua Hirsch tells us about her new podcast series exploring the impact and legacy of the British empire. Plus: US-based painter Darren Waterston discusses his homage to James Whistler and graphic novelist Rikke Villadsen unpacks her subversive new take on the western, ‘Cowboy’.

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55126 Jan 2020
1 hour

Ben Brody, An-My Lê and Giles Price: 

We meet Ben Brody, whose debut book of images draws on his tours of duty as a US military combat photographer. Plus: An-My Lê discusses her work, which probes the impact of conflict on the landscape, and Giles Price on embracing emerging technologies to find new ways of visual storytelling.

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55019 Jan 2020
1 hour

Robert Eggers, Okay Kaya and Francesca Wade: 

Robert Eggers’ 2015 film, ‘The Witch’, depicted terror in an early New England settlement; he joins us to discuss his latest period horror, ‘The Lighthouse’. Plus, Kaya Wilkins, aka Okay Kaya, on her forthcoming album, and we meet author Francesca Wade, whose new book explores a key address of London’s literary ladies in the interwar years.

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54912 Jan 2020
1 hour

Sam Mendes, Nicolas Godin and Radie Peat: 

We meet Oscar-winning director Sir Sam Mendes to learn more about his First World War epic, ‘1917’. Plus: Nicolas Godin – one half of French electro-rocking legends, Air -– talks us through his latest album, and Radie Peat, a lynchpin of the contemporary Irish Folk scene, on how she uses ancient instruments to explore new sonic palettes.

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5485 Jan 2020
1 hour

The year ahead: 

As the new decade dawns, Monocle's Rob Bound and Augustin Macellari look ahead to 2020 with Jacques Testard, founder of London's influential publishing house, Fitzcarraldo Editions. Plus, Clare Gough, director of Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, unpacks the upcoming programme and Mode Exchange director Chris Vaughan explains the experimental music ties between the UK and Japan that his festival will be exploring in 2020.

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54729 Dec 2019
51 min

Best of 2019: 

Rob Bound and Augustin Macellari look back at 2019, revisiting the conversations and motifs that made the year. A conservateur and a mudlark explain how a tactile engagement with the past can facilitate time travel, while journalists, artists and documentarians reflect on surveillance capitalism. Plus: an author and a popstar on the psychic resonance of the US landscape.

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54622 Dec 2019
1 hour

Chris Maynard, Eleonora Biason and Hereward Tilton: 

Chris Maynard, author of cult Usborne children’s book, ‘All About Ghosts’, joins us to discuss his work on a publication that sent chills up the spines of a generation of kids. Plus, a Christmas cocktail-making workshop from one of Rosewood London’s Scarfes Bar’s crack bartenders, and a look at the psychedelic magic that underpins pre-Christian Christmas.

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