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Essential listening for anyone who cares about what they read – and how they read it. The Stack is Monocle’s take on the world of print, focusing on everything from the glossiest fashion title to the grittiest newspaper.

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Debrett’s, ‘Like The Wind’, ‘Boom Saloon’:

We learn manners from Lucy Hume of UK etiquette institution Debrett’s. Plus: Simon Freeman from running title ‘Like The Wind’ and Rachel Arthur from ‘Boom Saloon’ magazine.

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43228 Nov 2020
30 min

Debrett’s, ‘Like The Wind’, ‘Boom Saloon’: 

We learn manners from Lucy Hume of UK etiquette institution Debrett’s. Plus: Simon Freeman from running title ‘Like The Wind’ and Rachel Arthur from ‘Boom Saloon’ magazine.

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43121 Nov 2020
30 min

‘Liberties’, ‘Anorak’, ‘The Age of Static’: 

We speak to Bill Reichblum, publisher of new quarterly ‘Liberties’, Cathy Olmedillas from children’s title ‘Anorak’ and TV critic Phil Harrison about his new book, ‘The Age of Static’.

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43014 Nov 2020
30 min

‘Le Temps’, ‘Britain’s Best Political Cartoons’ and ‘More or Less’: 

This week we speak with Jérôme Koechlin from the Aventinus Foundation on its recent acquisition of Swiss daily ‘Le Temps’. Plus ‘Britain’s Best Political Cartoons’ with Tim Benson and Jaime Perlman from ‘More or Less’ magazine.

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4297 Nov 2020
30 min

Lionel Barber: 

We speak to Lionel Barber, editor of the ‘Financial Times’ between 2005 and 2020, about his memoir, ‘The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times’. We also talk to UK artist Maggi Hambling about her collaboration with Roni Monhait, ‘Maggi’s Mag’.

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42831 Oct 2020
30 min

The return of ‘Playgirl Magazine’: 

We speak to Skye Parrott, editor in chief of ‘Playgirl Magazine’, which is back on the newsstands. Plus: we meet Jeremy Leslie from magCulture, while Snigdha Sur from ‘The Juggernaut’ has the South Asian stories you need to know.

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42724 Oct 2020
30 min

‘The Gentlewoman’, ‘Daily Maverick’, Monocle’s November issue : 

We speak to Penny Martin, editor in chief of ‘The Gentlewoman’. Plus: online South African daily ‘Daily Maverick’ moves to print and we preview Monocle’s November issue.

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42617 Oct 2020
30 min

‘The Opening of the American Mind’, The Information and ‘Point.51’: 

We talk to the team behind ‘The Point’ magazine about their new book, ‘The Opening of The American Mind’. Plus Jessica Lessin, editor in chief of The Information website and Rob Pinney from ‘Point.51’ magazine.

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42510 Oct 2020
30 min

Hymag archive, Banca do Kiro and ‘The Book of Horror’: 

This week we visit the largest magazine collection in the world, Hymag, formerly the Hyman Archive. Plus: we speak with one of the founders of Banca do Kiro, a cool newsstand in Sao Paulo, and chat with film journalist Matt Glasby on his new book explaining our fascination with horror.

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4243 Oct 2020
30 min

‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘Nowhere’ and ‘DIG’: 

We speak to Dylan Jones, editor of British ‘GQ’, about his latest book, ‘Sweet Dreams: From Club Culture to Style Culture, the Story of the New Romantics’. Plus: Tony Kelly on ‘Nowhere’, his new book of LA photography, and a magazine for record collectors: ‘DIG’.

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42326 Sep 2020
30 min

‘The Modern House’, ‘Modern Ikebana’, ‘Material’: 

This week we speak with The Modern House’s co-founder Matt Gibberd about the agency’s new print title. Plus the editors of ‘rakesprogress’ magazine chat about their new book ‘Modern Ikebana’ and craftsman Nick Kary leafs through his book ‘Material’.

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42219 Sep 2020
30 min

‘Noble Rot’, ‘Stars and Stripes’, ‘FourFourTwo’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak to the founders of ‘Noble Rot’ about their magazine and new restaurant in London’s Soho. Plus: we delve into the history and importance of military newspaper ‘Stars and Stripes’ with the title’s ombudsman, Ernie Gates, and we also speak to James Andrew, editor of football title ‘FourFourTwo’.

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42112 Sep 2020
30 min

Clarissa Ward: 

We speak to CNN’s chief international correspondent, Clarissa Ward, about her new memoir, ‘On All Fronts’. Plus: a new Italian daily newspaper and we preview ‘The Monocle Book of Gentle Living’ and our October issue.

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4205 Sep 2020
30 min

‘Racquet’, ‘Meantime’ and ‘Crafts’.: 

We speak to the team behind ‘Racquet’ magazine about a new book featuring the best writing from the title. Plus: ‘Meantime’ from Singapore and ‘Crafts’ magazine.

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41929 Aug 2020
30 min

Indiecon 2020: 

We preview Indiecon 2020 in Hamburg by speaking to event co-founder Urs Spindler as well as magazine editors and attendees Liz Gomis from ‘Off To’ and Anna Broujean from ‘Club Sandwich’. Plus: we talk to Hannah Taylor from ‘Delicate Rébellion’.

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41722 Aug 2020
30 min

The new magazine makers, ‘Weinseller Journal’ and ‘Print Matters!’: 

Monocle’s Culture Editor Chiara Rimella previews our September issue featuring the new magazine makers. Plus: Chandra Kurt talks wine and ‘Weinseller Journal’, and we visit ‘Print Matters!’ in Zürich.

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