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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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Brazil’s podcast boom and the launch of ‘Vogue’ Philippines:

We speak to Brazilian journalist Chico Felitti, creator of ‘A Mulher da Casa Abandonada’, one of the country’s most-discussed podcasts. Plus: the launch of ‘Vogue’ Philippines.

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52724 Sep 2022
30 min

Brazil’s podcast boom and the launch of ‘Vogue’ Philippines: 

We speak to Brazilian journalist Chico Felitti, creator of ‘A Mulher da Casa Abandonada’, one of the country’s most-discussed podcasts. Plus: the launch of ‘Vogue’ Philippines.

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52617 Sep 2022
30 min

Edward Enninful, ‘Euroman’ and the Jakarta Art Book Fair: 

This week, we speak to Edward Enninful, editor in chief of British ‘Vogue’, about his new memoir. Plus: we visit the office of Danish men’s magazine ‘Euroman’ and preview the Jakarta Art Book Fair.

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52510 Sep 2022
30 min

‘Somesuch Stories’, micropublishing, global reaction to Queen Elizabeth II’s death: 

This week on The Stack we feature the annual title ‘Somesuch Stories’, investigate the rise of micropublishing and look at the global reaction to Queen Elizabeth’s death.

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5243 Sep 2022
30 min

Panini’s World Cup sticker album: 

We look at the appeal of Panini’s football stickers ahead of the release of their 2022 World Cup album. Plus: a US local paper that’s bucking the trend and Issues, a new magazine shop in Toronto.

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52327 Aug 2022
30 min

Indiecon 2022 special and Estonia’s largest newspaper, ‘Postimees’: 

We preview Indiecon 2022, the annual independent publishing festival, and speak to the editors of some of the magazines that will be there: ‘Hamam’, ‘Ìrìn Journal’, ‘Safar’, ‘Kajet’, ‘Meantime’ and ‘Sick’. Plus: Markus Hippi speaks to Priit Hõbemägi, editor in chief of ‘Postimees’, Estonia’s leading daily newspaper.

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52220 Aug 2022
30 min

‘The Cobrasnake’, print media in Hong Kong and Nick Bryant: 

We speak with Mark Hunter, known as The Cobrasnake, who was an influential party photographer in the 2000s. Plus Naomi Xu Elegant gives us an overview of the print media scene in Hong Kong. And former BBC New York correspondent Nick Bryant tells us about his new book, ‘When America Stopped Being Great: A History Of The Present’.

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52113 Aug 2022
30 min

‘Good Housekeeping’ and ‘Outsider’: 

We celebrate 100 years of ‘Good Housekeeping’ by speaking with their editor-in-chief, Gaby Huddart. Plus: ‘Outsider’, a Slovenian title on architecture and urbanism that has its own kiosk in Ljubljana.

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5206 Aug 2022
30 min

Ted Kessler and the British music press: 

We speak with Ted Kessler, former editor of ‘Q’, about his new memoir ‘Paper Cuts: How I Destroyed the British Music Press and Other Misadventures’. We also speak with Haiane Avakian, editor in chief of ‘Svoi’, which covers the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas.

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51930 Jul 2022
30 min

‘Pitch’, ‘smART’ magazine and the 24.02 Fund: 

We feature a new sports quarterly ‘Pitch’ and Canadian arts title ‘smART’ magazine. Plus we meet 24.02 Fund from Ukraine, which finances independent journalism and provides equipment and training too.

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51823 Jul 2022
30 min

‘The Monocle Companion’ and ‘Farta’: 

This week we look at Monocle’s very first paperback – ‘The Monocle Companion’ – featuring 50 essays to improve your life. Plus a new Portuguese foodie title, ‘Farta’.

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51716 Jul 2022
30 min

Summer reading: the Hydra Book Club, ‘Lodestars Anthology’, ‘In Palma’ and ‘Monocle Mediterraneo’: 

This week it’s all about summer in Europe, from a bookshop on the Greek island of Hydra to a title celebrating the best of Palma de Mallorca. Plus, ‘Lodestars Anthology’ looks at Spain in its latest issue and we launch ‘Monocle Mediterraneo’.

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5169 Jul 2022
30 min

New on the newsstand: ‘Manera’, ‘Disco Pogo’ and ‘Decisive Agents’: 

A special edition featuring only new publications: ‘Manera’, a Spanish interiors title helmed by Enric Pastor; a glossy electronic-music magazine called ‘Disco Pogo’; and ‘Decisive Agents’, a beautifully designed volume about the world of AI.

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5152 Jul 2022
30 min

Mafalda Anjos from ‘Visão’ and Russ Slater from ‘Sounds and Colours’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak to Mafalda Anjos, editor in chief of celebrated Portuguese weekly ‘Visão’. Plus: Russ Slater from Latin American cultural title and record label ‘Sounds and Colours’ on its compilation featuring the new sounds of Rio.

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51425 Jun 2022
30 min

James Hewes, Newsha Tavakolian and David Shaftel: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we hear the highlights from the Fipp World Media Congress with its CEO James Hewes. Plus: Iran-born photographer Newsha Tavakolian and David Shaftel from ‘Racquet’ magazine.

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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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