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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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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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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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2 Mar 2017
12 min

The Classics 11: Chilly Gonzales: 

For this edition of our regular delve through the archives piano maestro Chilly Gonzales joins Monocle’s Rob Bound to discuss composing solo and collaborating with artists such as Daft Punk and Drake. Tune into ‘The Monocle Weekly’ every Sunday to enjoy new discussions on music, film, art, world affairs and more.

Original air date: 22 July 2012.

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39926 Feb 2017
1 hour

Survive, Tiffanie Darke, Chris Sidwells and Matt Barbet: 

We’re joined by Survive, the Texan electronic band whose members created the hit soundtrack for Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’. Plus: journalist Tiffanie Darke considers what it means to belong to Generation X and cycling specialists Chris Sidwells and Matt Barbet on the history of the humble cycling jersey.

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24 Feb 2017
13 min

The Classics 10: Jeff Staple: 

We listen to a chat with designer and sneakerhead Jeff Staple from The Monocle Weekly’s archive. Back in August 2015, Jeff’s take on the Nike Dunk Low Pro SB had just been put in the Brooklyn Museum and the collector was overseeing a sneaker auction too. He joined Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck and culture editor Robert Bound to explain how to spot a classic pair.

Original air date: 2 August 2015.

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39819 Feb 2017
54 min

Ling Lee, Nadine Chahine, Alicia Bastos and DJ Limao: 

We talk to Ling Lee, co-curator of ‘Robots’, the new exhibition at London’s Science Museum, which looks at the relationship between humans and our mechanical friends. Plus: typographer Nadine Chahine on how to make fonts more recognisable and a preview of this weekend’s Rio Carnival with culture and music specialists Alicia Bastos and DJ Limao.

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17 Feb 2017
9 min

The Classics 9: Mira Awad: 

In a week that has seen US-Israeli relations hit the headlines, we rewind one year to March 2016 on ‘The Monocle Weekly’, when the show was joined by singer and actress Mira Awad. She tells us about her Palestinian and Arab heritage within her home country’s music scene, which has made her a prominent voice for representing divided cultures.

Original air date: 13 March 2016.

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39712 Feb 2017
1 hour

Bettany Hughes, Ander Monson and Philip Hook: 

We retrace Istanbul’s identities with Bettany Hughes, author of ‘Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities’. Essayist Ander Monson explains writing project ‘March Fadness’, which celebrates music’s one-hit wonders. And Philip Hook, senior director from Sotheby’s, discusses ‘Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers’, showing how art dealers can be as influential as artists.

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10 Feb 2017
9 min

The Classics 8: Mary Pilon: 

A listen through ‘The Monocle Weekly’ archives to a chat from 2015 with journalist and author Mary Pilon. She’d just written a book telling the story of the world’s favourite board game, Monopoly. Monopoly’s history began 30 years earlier than commonly believed with an unsung player, Elizabeth Magie, who created the template for today’s iconic game.

Original air date: 8 March 2015.

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3965 Feb 2017
1 hour

Derek Thompson, Graham Fink and Julius Wiedemann: 

We learn the secret ingredients and shadowy forces behind what creates a hit – be it a song, app or meme – with Derek Thompson, author of new book ‘Hit Makers’. Plus, artist and ad man Graham Fink explains his new exhibition ‘Stone Souls’ and some of his most famous campaigns. And we look at the artists who designed some of music’s best record sleeves with Julius Wiedemann, editor of Taschen’s ‘Art Record Covers’.

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1 Feb 2017
7 min

The Classics 7: Steven Pinker: 

In our latest look back into 'The Monocle Weekly' archives, we revisit a discussion with human-behavioural expert and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker. He joined Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield and Sophie Grove to discuss his book 'The Better Angels of Our Nature', and why he thinks that despite all the bad news we see – the world really is becoming a more peaceful place.

Original air date: 21 October November 2012.

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39529 Jan 2017
53 min

Robin Lustig, Nathan Hill and Andrew Wong: 

Journalist and foreign-affairs specialist Robin Lustig joins us to discuss his life as a newsman, as detailed in his new book ‘Is Anything Happening?’ We also meet Nathan Hill, writer of ‘The Nix’ – the debut novel that’s been lauded by critics and snapped up for a future TV series – and we bring in Chinese New Year with chef Andrew Wong, who explains his Taste of China menu.

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