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4 Nov 2018
30 min

The Big Interview - Esa-Pekka Salonen: 

The lauded Finnish composer and conductor, currently principal conductor for London’s Philharmonia and conductor laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has spent his career tearing down the elitist labels associated with classical music. He experiments with VR and shaking up the classical-concert format to make orchestras and music more accessible. In a lyrical conversation with Monocle’s Robert Bound he muses over the idea of danger in classical music, pushing virtuosos’ comfort zones and giving back to the system.

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28 Oct 2018
27 min

The Big Interview - Agnès Varda: 

French film director Agnès Varda was a key protagonist in the new wave of French cinema in the 1960s. Her signature films include ‘Cleo from 5-7’, ‘Vagabond’ and ‘The Gleaners and I’. At age 90, ‘Faces Places’ is her latest documentary about a road trip to rural France with world-renowned artist JR. She talks to Robert Bound about bringing attention to the ordinary, using cinema to build bridges and her trademark two-coloured haircut.

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21 Oct 2018
30 min

The Big Interview - Mary Robinson: 

The former president of Ireland and ex-UN high commissioner for human rights devoted her life to standing up for gender equality and social justice around the world. Today, she is an outspoken climate-change campaigner. In conversation with Tom Edwards, she talks about her podcast ‘Mothers of invention’ and how she’s retained a positive outlook.

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14 Oct 2018
28 min

The Big Interview - Kerry James Marshall: 

The celebrated Chicago-based artist, known for his figurative paintings depicting black figures using his signature black paint, sits down with Augustin Macellari to reflect on his early passion for painting, the influence of the European masters and the invisibility of black bodies in the western canon of art.

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7 Oct 2018
30 min

The Big Interview - David Sedaris: 

The American humorist and bestselling author joins Georgina Godwin to discuss his latest book, ‘Calypso’. He muses over everything from family dynamics and awkward social situations to the boundaries of humour and the role of entertainment in a time of troubling politics.

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2 Sep 2018
52 min

The Monocle Weekly - Suzanne Ciani, William Miller and Chris Nichols: 

We hear from music pioneer and analogue-synthesiser luminary Suzanne Ciani about her career and upcoming appearance at Brighton Digital Festival. Plus: William Miller on growing up among London’s most storied cultural figures and his book ‘Gloucester Crescent’, and the story of Disneyworld with cultural historian Chris Nichols.

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10 Jun 2018
54 min

The Monocle Weekly - Owen Hatherley, Paloma Varga Weisz and Shirley Collins: 

Writer and journalist Owen Hatherley discusses his new book ‘Trans-Europe Express’, we meet German artist Paloma Varga Weisz and folk-music legend Shirley Collins talks about her life in music and her new book, ‘All in the Downs’.

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3 Jun 2018
1 hour

The Monocle Weekly - Leonor Antunes, Tim Marshall and David Hollander: 

We welcome back foreign-affairs specialist and best-selling author Tim Marshall to discuss his book ‘Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls’. Plus: installation artist Leonor Antunes talks us through her show ‘A Thousand Realities from an Original Mark’ and curator David Hollander talks about his new book ‘Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music’.

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20 May 2018
1 hour

The Monocle Weekly - Nayia Yiakoumaki, Rob Young and Michel Hazanavicius: 

Curator Nayia Yiakoumaki joins us to discuss the Whitechapel Gallery’s new show ‘Killed Negatives’. We also look back on the story of German experimental band Can with Rob Young – author of ‘All Gates Open’ – and speak to Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius about his new release ‘Redoubtable’.

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13 May 2018
1 hour

The Monocle Weekly - Nargisse Benkabbou, Josh T Pearson, Matt Everitt and Jim Stoten: 

Cook and writer Nargisse Benkabbou discusses her new book ‘Casablanca: My Moroccan Food’, we meet Texas musician Josh T Pearson to hear his new record ‘The Straight Hits!’ and talk festivals with radio DJ Matt Everitt and illustrator Jim Stoten as detailed in their new book ‘Where’s My Welly?’.

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12 May 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Jeremy Bailenson: 

Jeremy Bailenson is one of the most influential architects of virtual reality. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book ‘Experience on Demand’, and how VR can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy and health.

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6 May 2018
30 min

The Big Interview - Ian Bremmer: 

For our season finale we sit down with Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group. He is one of the world’s leading political-risk experts, specialising in US foreign policy, states in transition and global political risk. He talks to Tom Edwards about his new book ‘Us vs Them: The Failure of Globalism’, which explains the rise of populist leaders and why we shouldn’t blame their supporters.

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29 Apr 2018
1 hour

The Monocle Weekly - Ross Raisin, Nasima Razmyar and Wilhelm Sasnal: 

Ross Raisin, the celebrated writer behind such novels as ‘God’s Own Country’ and ‘Waterline’, discusses his new title ‘Read This if You Want to Be a Great Writer’. Plus: we meet Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal and ask Nasima Razmyar, deputy mayor of culture and leisure in Helsinki, how to make cities both productive and fun.

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28 Apr 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Mihkel Mutt: 

Renowned Estonian writer Mikhel Mutt is a former head of propaganda for the government, as well as a former theatre and literary critic. He made his writing debut in the 1970s and has now published more than 40 titles. He takes Georgina Godwin through his varied career.

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24 Apr 2018
30 min

Monocle on Design - Milan Design Week digest: 

This year’s Salone del Mobile clocked a record attendance figure. We bring you interviews with designers and buyers in a special report with the highlights worth hearing. Plus a day out in London to consider design for children.

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22 Apr 2018
1 hour

The Monocle Weekly - Tom Oldham, Joseph Cook, Rachel Reichert and Byron Folwell: 

Microbiologist Dr Joseph Cook explains why his work studying ice sheets is becoming more urgent than ever – and why he’s now setting it to music with composer Hannah Peel. Plus, we welcome back London photographer Tom Oldham to discuss his new project ‘The Last of the Crooners’ and learn about why the house of long-departed outsider artist James Castle is still revealing new secrets in Idaho.

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22 Apr 2018
30 min

The Big Interview - Robert Harris: 

The author of numerous bestsellers, including ‘Fatherland’, ‘The Fear Index’ and ‘An Officer and a Spy’, sits down with Robert Bound to talk about his new novel ‘Munich’, as well as themes ranging from ancient Rome to contemporary politics and why it’s difficult to write political fiction in the modern world.

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21 Apr 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Eddie Ayres: 

Ayres was widely known in Australia as Emma, a celebrated radio presenter. Unhappy in his own body, he gave it all up to travel to Afghanistan and teach music in a school. However an incident there led him to return to Australia and begin his transition from female to male. He tells Georgina Godwin that story.

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