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The Stack

Essential listening for anyone who cares about the printed word and developments in publishing. From independent publications, new forms of print media and graphic novels to little-known niche magazines, ‘The Stack’ is Monocle’s take on the world of print, focusing on everything from the glossiest fashion title to the grittiest local newspaper.

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The Monocle Quality of Life Conference 2022: media highlights:

This week on ‘The Stack’ we bring you highlights from Monocle’s Quality of Life conference in Paris and look at the state of French media and the power of an image. Plus: the launch of ‘The European Review of Books’.

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51318 Jun 2022
30 min

The Monocle Quality of Life Conference 2022: media highlights: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we bring you highlights from Monocle’s Quality of Life conference in Paris and look at the state of French media and the power of an image. Plus: the launch of ‘The European Review of Books’.

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51211 Jun 2022
30 min

‘Man About Town’, ‘Wonderland’, ‘C41’ and a book for romcom lovers: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak with Huw Gwyther, founder of ‘Man About Town’ and ‘Wonderland’. Plus: Scott Meslow, author of ‘From Hollywood with Love: The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of the Romantic Comedy’ and we head to Salone del Mobile to chat to the team behind ‘C41’ magazine.

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5114 Jun 2022
30 min

‘Mastermind’, ‘Musotrees’ and ‘Plates’: 

This week on The Stack we speak to Marie-Amélie Sauvé of biannual fashion and culture title ‘Mastermind’. Plus: we welcome back Kerol Izwan of Kuala Lumpur-based ‘Musotrees’ and Dee May Tan of ‘Plates’, an independent magazine on food culture.

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51028 May 2022
30 min

‘The Atlantic’, ‘Der Spiegel’ and ‘The Podcast Reader’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak to the executive editor of ‘The Atlantic’, Adrienne LaFrance, about the title’s expanding books section. Plus: how ‘Der Spiegel’ covered the World Economic Forum and ‘The Podcast Reader’, a magazine that publishes transcriptions of outstanding podcasts.

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50921 May 2022
30 min

What next for ‘Vogue Ukraine’? Plus a new ‘Washington Post’ bureau in Kyiv: 

This week on The Stack we speak with Philipp Vlasov, editor in chief of ‘Vogue Ukraine’. Plus a new ‘Washington Post’ bureau in Kyiv and ‘Wyrd Science’, a new magazine about roleplaying and board games.

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50814 May 2022
30 min

Divia Thani, Arman Naféei and Alessandro Cattelan: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak to Divia Thani from ‘Condé Nast Traveler’ about travel trends. Plus music curator Arman Naféei on his new podcast ‘Are We on Air?’ and ‘Eurovision’ host Alessandro Cattelan.

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5077 May 2022
30 min

‘Valentino: The Narratives II’ and ‘Breaking the News’: 

This week we speak to author Fatima Farheen Mirza about her collaboration with Valentino, a words-only advertising campaign called ‘Valentino: The Narratives II’. Plus, curator Luke McKernan on ‘Breaking the News’, an exhibition covering 500 years of UK news at the British Library.

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50630 Apr 2022
30 min

Celebrating 40 years of ‘i-D’ magazine: 

This week we speak with Alastair McKimm, editor in chief of ‘i-D’ magazine on its new book celebrating 40 years of the title. Plus magCulture heads to New York in May and we leaf through ‘Spiral’, a cool title on American football.

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50523 Apr 2022
30 min

‘Le Monde’ in English and ‘Astra’ magazine: 

We speak to Louis Dreyfus, CEO of Groupe Le Monde, about the French publication’s English-language digital edition. Plus: ‘Astra’, a new international literature magazine.

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50416 Apr 2022
30 min

Susan Miller on astrology: 

This week, Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco sits down with astrologer Susan Miller to discuss writing horoscopes for magazines and why the interest in the practice is stronger than ever.

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5039 Apr 2022
30 min

‘M le Magazine’, ‘Pain Pain’, Casa Magazines and ‘Advanture’: 

This week we speak to Marie-Pierre Lannelongue, editor of ‘M le Magazine’, the weekly title from French daily ‘Le Monde’. Plus: a new zine about bread, ‘Pain Pain’; a visit to Casa Magazines in New York; and a title on van culture, ‘Advanture’.

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5022 Apr 2022
30 min

Jason Cowley and Manami Okazaki: 

We speak with Jason Cowley, editor of The New Statesman, about the revamp of his magazine plus his new book ‘Who Are We Now? Stories of Modern England’. Also on the show, we discuss Japanese magazine and dogs with Manami Okazaki, author of ‘Japan’s Best Friend – Dog Culture in the Land of the Rising Sun’.

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50126 Mar 2022
30 min

‘Waves & Woods’, ‘Record’ and ‘Shrunk’: 

This week we feature three fascinating titles: German surf and travel title ‘Waves & Woods’, music journal ‘Record’ and a modern miniatures magazine, ‘Shrunk’.

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50019 Mar 2022
30 min

John C Jay, Yevgenia Albats and James Mullinger: 

Monocle’s editorial director Tyler Brûlé speaks with John C Jay, president of global creative at Fast Retailing. Plus: Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, and James Mullinger from ‘The Maritime Edit’.

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49912 Mar 2022
30 min

‘Orange Crush’, ‘Off’ and ‘Swimmers’: 

This week we take a look at art and wrestling title ‘Orange Crush’, ‘Off’, a new publication exploring movement, and a swimming title with a queer perspective, ‘Swimmers’.

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