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Werner Herzog, Kathleen Soriano, Liz Rideal, Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler:

We discuss communication with Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler, authors of new title ‘The Communication Book’. We also hear from Werner Herzog about why he’s passing on his directing skills to a new generation and discuss the history of, and current outlook for, female artists with curator Kathleen Soriano and artist Liz Rideal, authors of new book ‘Madam and Eve’.

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45815 Apr 2018
1 hour

Werner Herzog, Kathleen Soriano, Liz Rideal, Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler: 

We discuss communication with Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler, authors of new title ‘The Communication Book’. We also hear from Werner Herzog about why he’s passing on his directing skills to a new generation and discuss the history of, and current outlook for, female artists with curator Kathleen Soriano and artist Liz Rideal, authors of new book ‘Madam and Eve’.

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4578 Apr 2018
1 hour

Kristen Radtke, Pietro Anton and Gregory Berns: 

Designer, illustrator and graphic-novel creator Kristen Radtke discusses her memoir ‘Imagine Wanting Only This’. Plus, we discuss the story of Italo disco with filmmaker Pietro Anton, director of new documentary ‘Italo Disco Legacy’, and learn what dogs might be thinking with animal-behaviour specialist Dr Gregory Berns.

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4561 Apr 2018
1 hour

Robin Campillo, Kamin Mohammadi and Nigel Holmes: 

Film director Robin Campillo discusses his film ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ – telling the story of activists fighting discrimination and misconception about AIDS and HIV in 1980s Paris. Plus, journalist and author Kamin Mohammadi talks through her book ‘Bella Figura: How to Live, Love and Eat the Italian Way’, and we discuss infographics, as depicted in new book ‘Crazy Competitions’, with designer Nigel Holmes.

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45525 Mar 2018
1 hour

John Ralston Saul, Ruben Östlund and Lana Gay: 

Writer, philosopher and former president of Pen International John Ralston Saul joins us to discuss where the world might be headed and why his book, ‘The Collapse of Globalism’, is being updated for a new edition. Plus, Swedish film director Ruben Östlund talks us through his latest release ‘The Square’ and Canadian DJ and music journalist Lana Gay previews this weekend’s Juno awards ceremony in Vancouver.

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45418 Mar 2018
1 hour

Jenna Rossi-Camus, Alexis Okeowo and Tom Holkenborg: 

Fashion curator Jenna Rossi-Camus discusses her new exhibition ‘T-Shirt: Cult, Culture, Subversion’, journalist and author Alexis Okeowo on the individuals who inspired her celebrated book ‘A Moonless, Starless Sky’ and film-score composer Tom Holkenborg discusses his soundtracks for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Tomb Raider’ and more.

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45311 Mar 2018
48 min

Caroline Till, Eliades Ochoa and Dharshini David: 

We discuss new design book ‘Radical Matter’ with forecaster and creative thinker Caroline Till, meet legendary Cuban musician Eliades Ochoa ahead of his appearance at London’s La Linea festival and hear from economist and broadcaster Dharshini David about her new book ‘The Almighty Dollar’.

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4524 Mar 2018
1 hour

Tony Kitous, Meg Jay and Brian Robinson: 

Restaurateur Tony Kitous, founder of Comptoir Libanais, discusses his new book, “Feasts From the Middle East”. Plus, we learn about how to be resilient in the face of a challenge with psychologist Meg Jay, author of “Supernormal”, and look at some of the best film talent showing at London’s upcoming BFI Flare: London LGBTQ + Film Festival with programmer Brian Robinson.

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45125 Feb 2018
1 hour

Jeremy Gavron, Chiara Rimella, Josh Fehnert and James Erskine: 

Author Jeremy Gavron discusses his new book ‘Felix Culpa’, we preview the latest edition of ‘Monocle’ magazine with Chiara Rimella and Josh Fehnert, and learn about the story of British ice-skating pioneer and gold medalist John Curry with filmmaker James Erskine, director of new documentary ‘The Ice King’.

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45018 Feb 2018
1 hour

Roma Agrawal, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Paul Graham : 

Engineer Roma Agrawal joins us to discuss her book ‘Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures’, we also hear from music legend Ryuichi Sakamoto about his career and collaborations, and discuss how to capture the American experience on camera with photographer Paul Graham.

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44911 Feb 2018
1 hour

Antonio Damasio, Hanli Prinsloo and Katy Arnander: 

We speak to neuroscientist Antonio Damasio about his new book ‘The Strange Order of Things’, which looks at the role feelings play in the workings of the body and mind. Plus: freediver Hanli Prinsloo explains the benefits of a life spent near water and we learn why London’s Sadlers Wells theatre is embracing the spirit of flamenco in 2018 with its director of artistic programme, Katy Arnander.

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4484 Feb 2018
1 hour

Ghislaine Wood, Brett Morgen, Yto Barrada and Lotte Johnson: 

We meet Ghislaine Wood, one of the creators of the V&A Museum’s new exhibition “Ocean Liners: Speed and Style”. Plus: film-maker Brett Morgen discusses his latest production “Jane”, which celebrates the life and career of primatologist Jane Goodall, and we learn the story of the Moroccan city of Agadir with artist Yto Barrada and curator Lotte Johnson.

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44728 Jan 2018
1 hour

Daniel Pink, Julia Ducournau and Jeff Koehler: 

Behaviour and business specialist Daniel Pink talks about his book: ‘When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing’. Plus, director of hit film ‘Raw’ Julia Ducournau discusses why French filmmaking is on the ascendant and we learn the story of the world’s favourite drink with Jeff Koehler, author of ‘Where the Wild Coffee Grows’.

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44621 Jan 2018
1 hour

Laura Shapiro, Alex Klein and Don Thompson : 

Author, historian and journalist Laura Shapiro discusses her book ‘What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories’. Plus, we learn how to build a computer with Alex Klein, co-founder of technology startup Kano, and find out how it’s possible – and whether it’s sensible – that some artworks fetch prices in the millions of dollars with economist Don Thompson.

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44514 Jan 2018
1 hour

Alice Black, Travis Elborough and Julia Hobsbawm: 

Alice Black, co-director of London’s Design Museum, discusses what makes for good design in 2018 and this month’s nominations for the Beazley designs of the year. We also welcome back Travis Elborough to talk about his new book – ‘Our History of the 20th Century’ – and meet social-health and connectedness speaker Julia Hobsbawm to learn about her book ‘Fully Connected’.

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4447 Jan 2018
1 hour

Lookahead to 2018: 

For the first edition of ‘The Monocle Weekly’ of 2018 we’re joined by our bureau staff from Tokyo, Toronto and New York to discuss a global spread of themes and stories to look out for over the next 12 months.

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