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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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Herman Koch, Philip Curtis, Jakob Søndergård Pedersen and Aimee Hartley:

Dutch writer Herman Koch discusses darkness, comedy and his new book ‘Dear Mr M’, we speak to map experts Philip Curtis and Jakob Søndergård Pedersen about their new project ‘War Map: Pictorial Conflict Maps 1900-1950’ and wine-lover Aimee Hartley talks us through her new design-minded wine magazine ‘Above Sea Level’.

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37725 Sep 2016
00:54:28

Herman Koch, Philip Curtis, Jakob Søndergård Pedersen and Aimee Hartley: 

Dutch writer Herman Koch discusses darkness, comedy and his new book ‘Dear Mr M’, we speak to map experts Philip Curtis and Jakob Søndergård Pedersen about their new project ‘War Map: Pictorial Conflict Maps 1900-1950’ and wine-lover Aimee Hartley talks us through her new design-minded wine magazine ‘Above Sea Level’.

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37618 Sep 2016
01:00:00

Harry Shearer, Exploded View and Judith Clark: 

Broadcaster, actor and satirist Harry Shearer joins Robert Bound and Tom Edwards to discuss his varied career, including ‘Le Show’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ and more. Plus: post-punk outfit Exploded View tell us about their new album and Judith Clark, co-creator of forthcoming Barbican exhibition ‘The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined’, tells us why the limits of taste should always be tested.

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37511 Sep 2016
00:55:00

Simon Bainbridge, Eliza Tamo, Michael Booth and Kevin Howlett : 

Simon Bainbridge, editorial director of the ‘British Journal of Photography’, and photographer Eliza Tamo discuss the new “Portrait of Britain” project. We also hear from Copenhagen-based journalist and author Michael Booth about why Japan has taken his story to its heart. Plus: we review Ron Howard’s new documentary ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ with Beatles expert Kevin Howlett.

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3744 Sep 2016
00:55:01

Sean Ellis, Ed Yong, Mike Martin, Chloe Baker and Charlie Hatch-Barnwell: 

We discuss new book ‘Crossing the Congo’ with its authors: former army man Mike Martin, anaesthetist Chloe Baker and photojournalist Charlie Hatch-Barnwell. Plus: film-director Sean Ellis fills us in on Second World War true-life drama ‘Anthropoid’ and we look at the world of microbes with science writer Ed Yong, author of ‘I Contain Multitudes’.

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37328 Aug 2016
01:00:00

Paul MacAlindin, Michael Bird and Travis Elborough: 

Orchestra conductor Paul MacAlindin describes how he helped musicians form the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and we get a creative lesson in art history from Michael Bird, author of ‘Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories’. Plus: we celebrate open spaces with Travis Elborough, whose book “A Walk in the Park” is just that.

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37221 Aug 2016
01:00:00

24-hour cities, falling box-office numbers and Canada's Unesco World Heritage Sites: 

As London unveils its Night Tube, we explore the concept of the 24-hour city. Meanwhile, we ask why the box office has struggled this summer and speak to Canada’s environment minister about the country’s process for picking Unesco World Heritage Sites.

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37114 Aug 2016
01:00:00

Ben Wright, Dominic Wilcox and Sofia Serbin de Skalon: 

Journalist Ben Wright discusses his book ‘Order!, Order! The Rise and Fall of Political Drinking’. Meanwhile, artist, designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox talks us through a new exhibition designed for dogs and we meet Sofia Serbin de Skalon, director of London’s Argentine Film Festival that takes place this week.

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3707 Aug 2016
00:53:16

Neil Hannon, Bernadette Murphy and Alicia Bastos: 

Neil Hannon, frontman and songwriter for the Divine Comedy, joins us to discuss new album “Foreverland”. We also unpick the mystery of one particular painter’s troubled life with Bernadette Murphy, author of ‘Van Gogh’s Ear’, and celebrate the culture of Rio and Brazil with Alicia Bastos, a curator at Braziliarty.

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36931 Jul 2016
00:55:17

Sir Lockwood Smith, Henry Eliot and Martin Creed: 

Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed talks us through his music and new album ‘Thoughts Lined Up’. Plus: we welcome Sir Lockwood Smith, high commissioner of New Zealand to the UK, to the show and speak with Henry Eliot, writer and co-author of unconventional travel guide ‘Curiocity: In Pursuit of London’.

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36824 Jul 2016
00:56:30

Simon Hucker, Ali McGregor, Adam Rawson and Joel Karamath: 

Simon Hucker from auction house Sotheby’s talks us through ‘Bowie/Collector’, their exhibition and upcoming auction of David Bowie’s personal art collection. Plus: cabaret and opera performer Ali McGregor tells us how to hold a note and chef Adam Rawson and curator Joel Karamath discuss ‘The Rhône Touch’, a new exhibition combining French wine and contemporary art.

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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
01:00:00

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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