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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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‘Elle Decoration’, ‘Regain’, ‘Tokyo: Art & Photography’:

We speak with Ben Spriggs, editor-in-chief of ‘Elle Decoration’ and Daphné Hézard from ‘Regain’ tells us about its anniversary issue, with Catherine Deneuve on the cover. We also pay a visit to ‘Tokyo: Art & Photography’, a new exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.

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46731 Jul 2021
30 min

‘Elle Decoration’, ‘Regain’, ‘Tokyo: Art & Photography’: 

We speak with Ben Spriggs, editor-in-chief of ‘Elle Decoration’ and Daphné Hézard from ‘Regain’ tells us about its anniversary issue, with Catherine Deneuve on the cover. We also pay a visit to ‘Tokyo: Art & Photography’, a new exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.

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46624 Jul 2021
30 min

The Olympics in print: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ it’s all about the Olympics. We speak to Tom Loxley, editor of ‘Radio Times’, about its bumper Olympics issue. Plus: Luke Kennedy from Aussie surf title ‘Tracks’ on the surfing debut at Tokyo 2020 and our Tokyo bureau chief Fiona Wilson on how the Japanese media is covering the event.

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46517 Jul 2021
30 min

‘Hodinkee’, ‘Rolling Stone’ UK, ‘Wax Poetics’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we talk about the redesign of ‘Hodinkee’ magazine, discuss the upcoming ‘Rolling Stone’ UK and the relaunch of ‘Wax Poetics’.

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46410 Jul 2021
30 min

‘Photo No-Nos’, ‘Storied’ and a Raffaella Carrà tribute: 

We speak with photographer Jason Fulford about his new book with Aperture, ‘Photo No-Nos’, a meditation on what not to photograph. Plus, ‘Storied’, a new title about the people and traditions of Japan. We also pay tribute to Italian icon Raffaella Carrà, replaying an interview with Simone Marchetti from ‘Vanity Fair Italia’, from when he chose Carrà for his inaugural cover as editor.

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4633 Jul 2021
30 min

‘Hating Peter Tatchell’, ‘Direction of Travel’, ‘Capra Falconeri Traveller’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we feature a newspaper about vintage airline route maps, a new title showcasing the best of Pakistan, and a conversation with broadcaster Peter Tatchell and the director of new Netflix documentary ‘Hating Peter Tatchell’.

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46226 Jun 2021
30 min

‘Huck’, ‘Mamute’ and ‘Bibliotech’: 

This week we speak with the team behind ‘Huck’ magazine about its redesign, and feature two new literary titles: ‘Mamute’ and ‘Bibliotech’.

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46119 Jun 2021
30 min

‘DJ Mag’, ‘Claudia Andujar: The Yanomami Struggle’ and ‘The Travel Writing Tribe’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak with the editor of iconic dance music title ‘DJ Mag’ and pay a visit to the Barbican for its latest exhibition, ‘Claudia Andujar: The Yanomami Struggle’. Plus: we speak with author Tim Hannigan on his new book ‘The Travel Writing Tribe: Journeys in Search of a Genre’.

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46012 Jun 2021
30 min

‘Kindling’ and ‘Kinfolk’, creative director Zak Kyes and ‘Record’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak with Harriet Fitch Little, editor in chief of ‘Kindling’, a title aimed at people with children from the team behind ‘Kinfolk’. Plus: creative director Zak Kyes on his latest print projects, including the redesign of ‘Fact’ magazine, and Karl Henkell from delightful music title ‘Record’.

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4595 Jun 2021
30 min

‘The Walrus’, ‘Eighty Degrees’, ‘Buffalo Zine’: 

Jessica Johnson, editor in chief of Canadian title ‘The Walrus’ joins us to discuss the latest issue. Plus our Lisbon correspondent Gaia Lutz speaks with Martin Boháčik, founder of ‘Eighty Degrees’, which is all about tea. And finally David Uzquiza and Andrea Lazarov from the wonderfully fun ‘Buffalo Zine’.

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45829 May 2021
30 min

‘Condé Nast Traveler’, ‘The Monocle Book of Homes’ and Magculture Live: 

We meet Divia Thani, global editorial director of ‘Condé Nast Traveler’. Plus: Monocle’s senior editor Nolan Giles introduces ‘The Monocle Book of Homes’ and Jeremy Leslie on his forthcoming event Magculture Live.

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45722 May 2021
30 min

‘The Village Voice’, ‘Weekendavisen’ and Jim Bilton: 

We speak to RC Baker about the return of ‘The Village Voice’ and pay a visit to the award-winning newsroom of Danish broadsheet ‘Weekendavisen’. Plus: media insights from Jim Bilton.

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45615 May 2021
30 min

Olimpia Zagnoli, ‘Uppercase’ and Taschen: 

We speak with Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli, the editor of ‘Uppercase’ magazine. Plus: Taschen’s latest release, ‘Toys: 100 Years of All-American Toy Ads’.

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4558 May 2021
30 min

Brad Walls, Daniel Haaksman and ‘Return Trip’: 

This week on The Stack we speak with aerial photographer Brad Walls, DJ Daniel Haaksman on his new single “Vem” and the editor of travel title ‘Return Trip’ Erin Pehlivan.

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4541 May 2021
30 min

Men’s magazines: ‘Fantastic Man’, ‘L’étiquette’ and ‘Decent’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we have a men’s magazine special. We speak with Gert Jonkers from ‘Fantastic Man’; Marc Beaugé on the English-language edition of ‘L’étiquette’; and ‘Decent’, a magazine for men, by women.

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45324 Apr 2021
30 min

‘Variety’ on the Oscars, and the history of ‘Ebony’ magazine: 

This week we discuss the Oscars with Clayton Davis, film awards editor at ‘Variety’. Plus, Lavaille Lavette talks about her new book, ‘Ebony: Covering Black America’, as the magazine celebrates its 75th anniversary.

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