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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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Tom Dyckhoff, Christine Negroni and Matthew Raw:

Architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff joins us to discuss his new book ‘The Age of Spectacle’, which asks why cities are filling up with increasingly sensationalist buildings. Plus, aviation expert Christine Negroni discusses why some of aviation’s most infamous incidents, as explained in her new publication ‘The Crash Detectives’, are actually creating safer air travel, and ceramic artist Matthew Raw talks us through contemporary craft and his new exhibition ‘Clad’.

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40723 Apr 2017
1 hour

Tom Dyckhoff, Christine Negroni and Matthew Raw: 

Architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff joins us to discuss his new book ‘The Age of Spectacle’, which asks why cities are filling up with increasingly sensationalist buildings. Plus, aviation expert Christine Negroni discusses why some of aviation’s most infamous incidents, as explained in her new publication ‘The Crash Detectives’, are actually creating safer air travel, and ceramic artist Matthew Raw talks us through contemporary craft and his new exhibition ‘Clad’.

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21 Apr 2017
13 min

The Classics 18: Dennis Morris: 

A listen back to a chat with photographer and creative Dennis Morris, whose work with musicians such as Bob Marley and John Lydon – for whom he designed the classic ‘Metal Box’ album art – has earned him a unique place in music history. Original air date: 6 March 2016

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40616 Apr 2017
57 min

David Baddiel, Kristen Visbal, Francesca Gavin, Matt Tyrnauer and Robert Hammond: 

We’re joined by writer, comedian and broadcaster David Baddiel to discuss his new stage show ‘My Family: Not the Sitcom’. Plus: the sculptor behind the Fearless Girl statue explains her work to art critic Francesca Gavin, and we discuss a new documentary about city-planning activist Jane Jacobs with film-makers and urbanists Matt Tyrnauer and Robert Hammond.

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14 Apr 2017
14 min

The Classics 17: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato: 

We listen back to a chat with production duo Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the minds behind ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, who a year ago had just made a documentary about photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe. They joined Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield and Tom Edwards to discuss how art can push the boundaries.

Original air date: 24 April 2016

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4059 Apr 2017
1 hour

Kanishk Tharoor, Peter Godfrey-Smith and Tom Jeffreys: 

Writer and journalist Kanishk Tharoor explains his short-story collection ‘Swimmer Among the Stars’. Plus, we speak with scuba-diving philosopher Paul Godfrey-Smith about underwater life and his book ‘Other Minds’, and learn why writer Tom Jeffreys chose to walk one of the UK’s newest train routes as detailed in his book ‘Signal Failure’.

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7 Apr 2017
12 min

The Classics 16: Miriam Elia: 

Artist, satirist and writer Miriam Elia created a viral sensation in 2015 with her book ‘We Go to the Gallery’, which inspired many imitators. She joined Monocle’s Andrew Tuck and Tom Edwards to discuss it.

Original air date: 4 October 2015.

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4042 Apr 2017
53 min

Richard Wentworth, Yasmeen Ismail and Jeffrey Young: 

Artist Richard Wentworth discusses new group show “Architecture as Metaphor” and explains how city life influences his work. Plus: we preview the London Coffee Festival with its founder Jeffrey Young and illustrator and author Yasmeen Ismail joins us to talk about her latest title, ‘Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad: Draw & Discover’.

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29 Mar 2017
15 min

The Classics 15: Sebastian Faulks: 

Listen back to a discussion with celebrated British author Sebastian Faulks. He joined us in 2015 to talk about his new novel ‘Where My Heart Used to Beat’ and to reflect on why themes such as 20th-century history and the mysteries of the human psyche continue to fascinate him as a writer.

Original air date: 20 September 2015.

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40326 Mar 2017
1 hour

William Sitwell, Michael Rakowitz and Stacey Tenenbaum: 

We welcome back food writer and critic William Sitwell to discuss ‘The Really Quite Good British Cookbook’ – celebrating both the local and global influences on British dishes. Plus, conceptual artist Michael Rakowitz explains his latest work that will soon sit on London’s prestigious fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, and we hear from filmmaker Stacey Tenenbaum about her documentary ‘Shiners’, which looks at the shoe-shining profession.

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24 Mar 2017
10 min

The Classics 14: Wolfgang Tillmans : 

With the UK set to trigger Article 50 in the coming days, we listen back to a chat with German fine-art photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, recorded shortly before the EU referendum in 2016. The result might now be known but the UK’s future remains uncertain with more than 16 million voices in the country echoing Tillmans’ sentiments, and they won’t be going away.

Original air date: 1 May 2016.

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40219 Mar 2017
52 min

Matthew Herbert, Val McDermid and Andrew Martin: 

Musician Matthew Herbert explains his Brexit Big Band project that’s designed to celebrate European collaboration, we meet crime writer Val McDermid to discuss the Wellcome Book Prize and science’s role in literature, and novelist Andrew Martin discusses his book ‘Night Trains’, which looks at how long-distance rail travel helped shape transport across Europe.

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16 Mar 2017
14 min

The Classics 13: James F Reilly: 

We head back to March 2015 and a chat with astronaut James F Reilly. Whether it’s space food or how to approach a space walk, Reilly’s three trips to the great beyond have made him a sought-after educator on how to operate in zero gravity with zero fuss.

Original air date: 22 March 2015.

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40112 Mar 2017
1 hour

Rodney Graham, Paul Keedwell and Roberto Fonseca: 

Canadian visual artist Rodney Graham stops by the studio to discuss his new career retrospective “Rodney Graham: That's not Me”, and new album “Gondoliers”. Plus: a psychiatry and mood expert explains his book “Headspace: The Psychology of City Living”, and Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca on recent album “ABUC”.

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9 Mar 2017
11 min

The Classics 12: Donna Hay: 

We listen back to a chat with Australian cookery favourite Donna Hay, who joined us at Midori House in 2015 to talk easy dishes and the culinary character of her home nation. Tune in to ‘The Monocle Weekly’ each Sunday for more discussions on food, film, the arts and world affairs.

Original air date: 13 September 2015

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4005 Mar 2017
1 hour

Kelly Reichardt, Steven Cantor, Gabrielle Tana and Hugo Chapman: 

Director Kelly Reichardt on her new film ‘Certain Women’, the British Museum’s Hugo Chapman on how the US reacts to social change via art and print and film-makers Steven Cantor and Gabrielle Tana on the appeal of ballet and why they chose the prodigal talent of Sergei Polunin to be the focus of new documentary ‘Dancer’.

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