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26 Sep 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - The music press: how it started and where it’s going: 

We look at the past, present and future of the music press. Robert Bound meets Paul Gorman, whose new book, ‘Totally Wired: The Rise and Fall of the Music Press’ details the ‘glory days’ of the industry. Plus: Laura Snapes and Natty Kasambala on where the digital press is heading and we hear the musings of Monocle’s Andrew Mueller on his former life as a music journalist.

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12 Sep 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - The Technicolor world of David Bowie: 

Fifty years after the release of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’, we look at David Bowie’s legacy and what the evolution of his visual world tells us. We speak to ‘Moonage Daydream’ director Brett Morgen and Mark Paytress, author of ‘Glam! When Superstars Rocked the World, 1970-74’.

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5 Sep 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ : 

Elves and orcs return to our screens in Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’, purportedly the most expensive TV show ever made. We speak to the series’ showrunners, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and our own ‘Lord of the Rings’ authority, John Mitchinson, to find out more about the show and where it places us in Tolkein’s infinitely complex world.

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29 Aug 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - ‘Official Competition’: 

Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas star in ‘Official Competition’, a new satirical film poking fun at the movie industry and the art of acting. Critics Caspar Salmon and Hannah Strong join Robert Bound in the studio to ask whether it is a winner and to dwell more widely upon the movies-about-movies genre.

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22 Aug 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Mohsin Hamid : 

International best-selling novelist Mohsin Hamid has been nominated for the Booker prize twice and is perhaps best known for his work ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. He joins Robert Bound in the studio to discuss his new novel, ‘The Last White Man’. Modelled on Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’, it asks powerful questions about race in the modern world.

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15 Aug 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - ‘Nope’: 

Acclaimed writer and director Jordan Peele is back with another ambitious and eerie cinematic extravaganza: ‘Nope’. Critics Leila Latif and Tim Robey join Robert Bound in the studio to discuss their thoughts on the film and examine its abundance of cinematic references.

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8 Aug 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - ‘The Passengers’ by Will Ashon: 

Writer Will Ashon joins us in the studio to discuss his new book, ‘The Passengers’, which brings together 180 anonymous voices whose only link to each other is a connection to the British Isles. This unique work of nonfiction tells the story of what it feels like to be alive in a particular time and place.

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25 Jul 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - How did drag become mainstream?: 

Drag culture has sashayed its way into the mainstream. Robert Bound speaks to Nicole Pasulka, the author of the new book, 'How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn', and one of the UK's best-known drag queens, Amrou Al-Kadhi — otherwise known as 'Glamrou' — about the sparkliest of art forms.

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18 Jul 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Summer reading: 

Is there such a thing as a ‘beach read’? Susannah Butter and John Mitchinson join Robert Bound in the studio to share their top recommendations of new books – and to question the idea of summer reading.

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11 Jul 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Music for moons: 

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg to explore how she created her new work, ‘The Moons Symphony’. It tells the story of seven moons in our universe and dramatises the past, present and future of moon explorations.

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4 Jul 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Contemporary arts in the Mena region : 

What does contemporary arts practice look like across the Middle East and North Africa? We head to Morocco to find out from an actress and theatre practitioner, a pop star and an arts facilitator about the challenges and opportunities of creating their work in the region – and whether one of them can help Robert Bound find a cocktail bar in Casablanca.

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27 Jun 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Summer soundtrack: 

Robert Bound is joined by Kate Hutchinson and Christine Ochefu to take you through this summer’s hottest music releases. From the biggest names to the less well-known, find out which artists should be providing the backdrop to your summer.

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20 Jun 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Chris Blackwell: 

As the man who signed Bob Marley and the Wailers, Chris Blackwell is credited with bringing Jamaican music to the masses. He talks to Robert Bound about his upbringing on – and love for – the Caribbean island, as well as the breadth of his musical legacy, which includes playing an instrumental role in the careers of Grace Jones and Nick Drake. Blackwell’s new book, ‘The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond’, is out now, published by Bonnier.

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13 Jun 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Norway’s new National Museum, behind the scenes of Primavera and Indonesia’s ‘Balinale’: 

We visit Norway’s new National Museum on Oslo’s harbour, which aims to cement the city’s position as an emerging cultural capital. Plus: we go behind the scenes of Barcelona music festival Primavera Sound and hear from the founder of the Bali International Film Festival.

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6 Jun 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - ‘Top Gun: Maverick’: 

Tom Cruise is back as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell for another sky-high adventure in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’. Robert Bound is joined by critics Clarisse Loughrey and Simran Hans to ask whether this legacy sequel takes off.

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30 May 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - The films of Sofia Coppola: 

Sofia Coppola has been applauded as a filmmaker ever since ‘The Virgin Suicides’ in 1999. In the two decades since, her films have touched on everything from an 18th-century queen on the eve of the French revolution to a group of thieves notorious for stealing the property of Paris Hilton. We take a deep dive into her work with critic Hannah Strong, the author of the new book, ‘Sofia Coppola: Forever Young’.

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23 May 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Jarvis Cocker's loft: 

We meet Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker for a tour of the objects that catalogue his rise to stardom, found in a loft and now forming the basis of his new memoir and exhibition. Plus we head to another exhibition, ‘Once Upon a Time’, that explores folklore, myth and fairytales through the ages. 

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16 May 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Foghorns and the music of the coast: 

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Jennifer Lucy Allan, a musicologist, writer and radio presenter, who also has a PhD in foghorns. Her book ‘The Foghorn’s Lament: The Disappearing Music of the Coast’ has just been published in paperback. It charts the history of the foghorn, its poetic role at the boundary of land and sea, and how its bellowing sound captures the imagination.

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