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The Stack

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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‘National Geographic Food’:

A legacy title steps out of its comfort zone with a standalone spin-off focused on food, and we explore the pleasures and sorrows of covering technology in print. Plus, a new style and culture journal from Nottingham.

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27716 Dec 2017
30 min

‘National Geographic Food’: 

A legacy title steps out of its comfort zone with a standalone spin-off focused on food, and we explore the pleasures and sorrows of covering technology in print. Plus, a new style and culture journal from Nottingham.

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2769 Dec 2017
30 min

‘Lodestars Anthology: Pathways’: 

Launched a successful magazine? Why not take the next logical step and dip your to into the world of book publishing? Today, one of our favourite travel journals goes hardbound. Plus: the man who can make all your newsprint dreams come true and a food publication to whet your appetite.

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2752 Dec 2017
30 min

Live from the Monocle Christmas Market: 

Tyler Brûlé is joined by Georgina Godwin and a host of festive favourites in this special live programme broadcast from the Monocle Christmas Market. Luxury correspondent Sagra Maceira de Rosen shares her list of favourite magazines of the season, we browse the weekend's papers, and we find our how David Lane from 'The Gourmand' is setting his Christmas table.

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27425 Nov 2017
30 min

The Stack Awards 2017: 

The people who make independent magazines aren’t motivated by fame or fortune. They simply want their passion projects to reach an appreciative community of like-minded readers. Still, given the long hours and unpredictable financial returns, most wouldn’t turn down an offer of an open bar, and maybe even a gong or two. On today’s show, we look back at last week’s Stack Awards. Plus: a magazine that never fails to have us dusting off our tennis whites and another to take you off the beaten track.

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27318 Nov 2017
30 min

‘Fantastic Man’: 

Find out how one of the most influential magazines of the past decade-and-a-bit has broken the habit of a lifetime with its latest cover. Plus: a title from Germany to boost your hosting skills and a magazine about cities that doesn’t shy away from the grittier aspects of urban living.

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27211 Nov 2017
30 min

Cultural capital: 

The editors of legacy newspapers’ arts sections can be a gloomy bunch: on top of their sensitive dispositions, sadly they’re often the first casualties when management wields the axe. This week: a conversation with an arts-desk chief who’s a heartening exception to that rule. Plus: a magazine proving the midwest is more than flyover country and Edward Enninful’s ‘Vogue’ hits newsstands.

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2714 Nov 2017
30 min

The Modern Magazine 2017: 

Your favourite independent magazines are compiled through hours of solitary and near-solitary toil by industry fanatics hunched over InDesign, stuck in what can sometimes feel like a state of purgatory. No wonder this (usually) invisible army jumps at the chance to get outside and share ideas with like-minded print fans. This week we report from one of the most anticipated print events of the year: the fifth annual Modern Magazine conference.

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27028 Oct 2017
30 min

Il Paradiso: 

A treat for our German-speaking listeners this week, with a travel manual designed to guide them gently but firmly off the beaten track. Plus: a mag full of mutts and the view from Australia.

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26921 Oct 2017
30 min

S-Magazin: 

We’re used to newspapers spicing up their weekend editions with colour supplements: but why would a magazine want to launch a magazine? Plus: blockbuster titles from Paris and the US, and a new food publication with a fresh take on veganism.

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26814 Oct 2017
30 min

Fipp 2017: 

Reports from print-industry events in London and Frankfurt. Plus: Monocle's editor in chief on the latest edition of the magazine.

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2677 Oct 2017
30 min

The Objects that Power the Global Economy: 

A digital news outlet trades pixels for paper, Caledonian craftsmanship gets a boost and erotic drawing with MagCulture’s Jeremy Leslie.

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26630 Sep 2017
30 min

Hugh Hefner and Peddler Journal: 

‘Peddler Journal’ is a magazine that understands that the importance of food extends beyond the edge of your plate. Plus: a look back at the life and times of ‘Playboy’ founder Hugh Hefner.

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26523 Sep 2017
30 min

Distripress 2017: 

A report from the trade fair that covers print and digital distribution. We show some love to the underappreciated army of publishers, retailers and more who are as important to the industry as the writers, editors and photographers who put our beloved magazines together.

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26416 Sep 2017
30 min

Weekend warrior: 

This week we speak to the editor of one of the UK’s leading weekend newspapers about how to strike a balance between out-of-hours fun and business as usual. Plus: Monocle’s finest pick some of their favourites from the newsstand and we discuss a car magazine that’s happy to go off-road.

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2639 Sep 2017
30 min

In depth: 

We take stock of two magazines that show the virtues of going deep rather than wide when it comes to subject matter: first with travel and then with flowers. Plus: a look ahead to this year’s Stack Awards.

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