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17 Jan 2021
1 hour

The Curator - Highlights from Monocle 24: 

All the best bits from the past seven days on Monocle 24 carefully curated into a 60-minute show. This week: as Donald Trump becomes the first US president to be impeached twice, we ask whether it could spell the end of his political career; we meet British sound designer Johnnie Burn; and we tuck in to a recipe from one of London’s most exciting young chefs.

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29 Nov 2020
1 hour

The Curator - Highlights from Monocle 24: 

We speak to Simonetta Sommaruga, president of the Swiss Confederation. Plus: we discuss Joe Biden’s cabinet, Peruvian politics and meet the winner of this year’s Booker prize, Douglas Stuart.

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25 Oct 2020
1 hour

The Curator - Highlights from Monocle 24: 

This week: actress and activist Jane Fonda; the new leader of the Green Party of Canada, Annamie Paul; and the editor of ‘Point.51’, Rob Pinney.

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23 Oct 2020
30 min

The Big Interview - Jane Fonda : 

The Academy Award-winning actor and legendary campaigner talks to Tomos Lewis about the importance of protest, using her celebrity platform for social change and why she is inspired by a new generation of activists.

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16 Oct 2020
30 min

The Big Interview - Charlie Sykes : 

The former radio host and founder of the conservative news website The Bulwark talks to Chris Cermak about a career of two halves: before and after the rise of Trump, losing listeners to Trumpism and how to win them back over to the moderate fold.

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9 Oct 2020
30 min

The Big Interview - Karen Donfried: 

In the third episode of our US election series, Karen Donfried, the president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, talks to Chris Cermak about the challenges for the transatlantic relationship and how to get the alliance back on track, regardless of who takes the White House in November.

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12 Oct 2019
30 min

The Foreign Desk - How lawless are the oceans?: 

In an ever more monitored world, escaping to the high seas might seem like a romantic idea. For some, however, being that far off the grid means being exploited, often while undertaking illicit activities. Who should be controlling what happens on the world’s oceans, and what’s being done to help those suffering at the hands of modern-day buccaneers, mercenaries and smugglers? Andrew Mueller is joined by journalist Ian Urbina, David Hammond from Human Rights at Sea and Alessio Patalano from King's College London.

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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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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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28 Aug 2019
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 180: Why is Australia questioning question time?: 

Question time is a key part of some parliaments that operate under the Westminster system, allowing MPs direct access to senior members of the government. As Australia considers reforms, Andrew Mueller explains why protecting it is so important for democracy.

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21 Aug 2019
4 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 179: Why is Russia cracking down on election protests?: 

Last month authorities in Moscow disqualified dozens of opposition candidates from a city council vote due in September on apparently spurious claims that many of the signatures required for their candidacy applications were forged. This triggered an unprecedented protest movement in Moscow and Russian cities, which have been met with a violent crackdown by riot police. Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov reports.

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14 Aug 2019
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 178: The curious case of President Berdymukhamedov: 

As footage of Turkmenistan’s president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov at a forum in Avaza appears, Andrew Mueller asks: what happened to the rumours of his death?

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7 Aug 2019
8 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 177: Why has white nationalism re-emerged?: 

It is not news that white nationalism has returned to the US’s political discourse, but at least one of last weekend’s mass shootings appeared to offer further proof of how dangerous it has become. Why has a movement that had been cast to the fringes for so long made a comeback?

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