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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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Do we still buy the news?:

Some say we’re in a post-fact age – but what does that mean for journalism? Along with John Owen, chairman of the Frontline Club, and Juan Señor from Innovation Media Consulting, a firm helping media organisations transition to the digital age, Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé looks at how news publishers can improve their business models.

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20820 Aug 2016
00:30:00

Do we still buy the news?: 

Some say we’re in a post-fact age – but what does that mean for journalism? Along with John Owen, chairman of the Frontline Club, and Juan Señor from Innovation Media Consulting, a firm helping media organisations transition to the digital age, Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé looks at how news publishers can improve their business models.

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20713 Aug 2016
00:30:00

Sporting success: 

With Rio in full Olympics mode, we take some time out with sportswriter Mihir Bose to discuss how to produce the perfect sporting title. And as the new issue of movie magazine ‘Little White Lies’ hits newsstands, we take a peek inside the western-themed edition with editor David Jenkins.

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2066 Aug 2016
00:30:00

Sweden and the screen: 

From the cool and crisp landscapes of Sweden to the dark cinemas of Asia, evoking a sense of place on the page is a delicate art. We talk to the editors of two magazines doing just that: Liz Schaffer from travel title ‘Lodestars Anthology’ and Davide Cazzaro, the man behind ‘Nang’ magazine.

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20530 Jul 2016
00:30:00

‘Popeye’ turns 40: 

Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé joins creative director Richard Spencer Powell and Winkreative’s senior strategist Adam Thompson to browse through the pages of the special 40th-anniversary edition of ‘Popeye’ magazine.

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20423 Jul 2016
00:30:00

Positive thinking: 

We meet the editor of ‘Positive’ magazine Giacomo Cosua, hear from Monocle correspondent Tom Burges Watson on the new kiosks in Paris and speak to Angharad Lewis, author of a new book on how to publish a magazine.

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20316 Jul 2016
00:28:30

A magazine about magazines: 

On this week’s episode of ‘The Stack’ we sit down with Steven Gregor, editor of ‘Gym Class’ – a magazine about magazines. Plus: a Belgian publication dedicated to raising the country’s spirits after recent difficult times.

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2029 Jul 2016
00:27:05

Paper perfection: 

Putting pen to paper is a good first step but starting a magazine requires more than words; we take a closer look at what makes a good debut with Magculture’s Jeremy Leslie. And of course, sometimes it all comes down to the paper – especially if you’re as passionate about it as Fenner’s Justin Hobson.

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2012 Jul 2016
00:28:00

Weekend press: 

In a special live edition hosted by Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, Steve Watson of independent magazine distributor Stack and Lisa Markwell, former editor of the ‘Independent on Sunday’, join Monocle editor Andrew Tuck to discuss the state of today’s international publishing scene.

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20025 Jun 2016
00:28:11

Foodie fare: 

From a pizza-by-the-slice map of New York to the amber-hued pleasures of craft beer, capturing food and drink on the page is something of an art form. We meet two magazine editors who know their food and drink: David Lane from ‘The Gourmand’ and Fraser Doherty from craft-beer publication ‘Ferment’.

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19918 Jun 2016
00:27:49

LGBT media with attitude: 

After last week’s horrific shooting in Orlando, we assess the print coverage in the city’s local newspaper, ‘The Orlando Sentinel’. Plus: editor of LGBT magazine ‘Attitude’, Matthew Todd, discusses how the title’s history-making interview with Prince William (featured on the cover of the latest issue) is promoting a positive message.

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19811 Jun 2016
00:28:58

Jocks & Nerds: 

Were you a jock, a nerd or fortunate enough to fit somewhere in between? From its vintage-inspired roots, ‘Jocks & Nerds’ magazine has launched a brand version of itself onto newsstands. We meet the magazine’s founder and editor Marcus Agerman-Ross. Plus: the newsstand view from Merano with Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé.

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1974 Jun 2016
00:28:51

Hot off the press: 

We speak with Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books, Canada’s largest book retailer. We also review fashion biannual magazines with Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco, and we speak with Christian Rocca, the editor of ‘IL’, the monthly lifestyle magazine of Italian daily ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’.

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19628 May 2016
00:28:28

A look at the biggest print markets in the world: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we look at two of the biggest print markets in the world – the US and Japan – with our New York and Asia bureau chiefs. Plus: the booming regional magazines market in North America.

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19521 May 2016
00:29:15

International prestige: 

For most of the year Cannes is like any other sleepy city on the French Riviera – until the prestigious Cannes Film Festival ramps up that is. From ‘Variety’ to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, we take a closer look at the daily print titles that the festival wakes up to during the annual jamboree. Plus: international print reviews from Hong Kong and Toronto.

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19414 May 2016
00:28:47

Denim and diamonds: 

Whether it’s evening attire or tips on how to redecorate for the season, fashioning the pages of a style magazine demands fearless originality – but a splash of fun always helps. From Istanbul to London, Ben Rylan joins Sagra Maceira de Rosen and Bryan Levandowski to review our newsstand picks.

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