Monocle 24: The Monocle Weekly

Monocle 24: The Monocle Weekly

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Want to hear from the authors, artists, creative thinkers and business leaders shaping your world? Hosts Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound present just that on our longest-running radio programme.


The Classics 14: Wolfgang Tillmans  

With the UK set to trigger Article 50 in the coming days, we listen back to a chat with German fine-art photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, recorded shortly before the EU referendum in 2016. The result might now be known but the UK’s future remains uncertain with more than 16 million voices in the country echoing Tillmans’ sentiments, and they won’t be going away. Original air date: 1 May 2016.

Matthew Herbert, Val McDermid and Andrew Martin  

Musician Matthew Herbert explains his Brexit Big Band project that’s designed to celebrate European collaboration, we meet crime writer Val McDermid to discuss the Wellcome Book Prize and science’s role in literature, and novelist Andrew Martin discusses his book ‘Night Trains’, which looks at how long-distance rail travel helped shape transport across Europe.

The Classics 13: James F Reilly  

We head back to March 2015 and a chat with astronaut James F Reilly. Whether it’s space food or how to approach a space walk, Reilly’s three trips to the great beyond have made him a sought-after educator on how to operate in zero gravity with zero fuss. Original air date: 22 March 2015.

Rodney Graham, Paul Keedwell and Roberto Fonseca  

Canadian visual artist Rodney Graham stops by the studio to discuss his new career retrospective “Rodney Graham: That's not Me”, and new album “Gondoliers”. Plus: a psychiatry and mood expert explains his book “Headspace: The Psychology of City Living”, and Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca on recent album “ABUC”.

The Classics 12: Donna Hay  

We listen back to a chat with Australian cookery favourite Donna Hay, who joined us at Midori House in 2015 to talk easy dishes and the culinary character of her home nation. Tune in to ‘The Monocle Weekly’ each Sunday for more discussions on food, film, the arts and world affairs. Original air date: 13 September 2015

Edition 400  

Want to hear from the authors, artists, creative thinkers and business leaders shaping your world? Hosts Christopher Lord and Tomos Lewis present just that on our longest-running radio programme.

The Classics 11: Chilly Gonzales  

For this edition of our regular delve through the archives piano maestro Chilly Gonzales joins Monocle’s Rob Bound to discuss composing solo and collaborating with artists such as Daft Punk and Drake. Tune into ‘The Monocle Weekly’ every Sunday to enjoy new discussions on music, film, art, world affairs and more. Original air date: 22 July 2012.

Survive, Tiffanie Darke, Chris Sidwells and Matt Barbet  

We’re joined by Survive, the Texan electronic band whose members created the hit soundtrack for Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’. Plus: journalist Tiffanie Darke considers what it means to belong to Generation X and cycling specialists Chris Sidwells and Matt Barbet on the history of the humble cycling jersey.

The Classics 10: Jeff Staple  

We listen to a chat with designer and sneakerhead Jeff Staple from The Monocle Weekly’s archive. Back in August 2015, Jeff’s take on the Nike Dunk Low Pro SB had just been put in the Brooklyn Museum and the collector was overseeing a sneaker auction too. He joined Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck and culture editor Robert Bound to explain how to spot a classic pair. Original air date: 2 August 2015.

Ling Lee, Nadine Chahine, Alicia Bastos and DJ Limao  

We talk to Ling Lee, co-curator of ‘Robots’, the new exhibition at London’s Science Museum, which looks at the relationship between humans and our mechanical friends. Plus: typographer Nadine Chahine on how to make fonts more recognisable and a preview of this weekend’s Rio Carnival with culture and music specialists Alicia Bastos and DJ Limao.

The Classics 9: Mira Awad  

In a week that has seen US-Israeli relations hit the headlines, we rewind one year to March 2016 on ‘The Monocle Weekly’, when the show was joined by singer and actress Mira Awad. She tells us about her Palestinian and Arab heritage within her home country’s music scene, which has made her a prominent voice for representing divided cultures. Original air date: 13 March 2016.

Bettany Hughes, Ander Monson and Philip Hook  

We retrace Istanbul’s identities with Bettany Hughes, author of ‘Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities’. Essayist Ander Monson explains writing project ‘March Fadness’, which celebrates music’s one-hit wonders. And Philip Hook, senior director from Sotheby’s, discusses ‘Rogues' Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers’, showing how art dealers can be as influential as artists.

The Classics 8: Mary Pilon  

A listen through ‘The Monocle Weekly’ archives to a chat from 2015 with journalist and author Mary Pilon. She’d just written a book telling the story of the world’s favourite board game, Monopoly. Monopoly’s history began 30 years earlier than commonly believed with an unsung player, Elizabeth Magie, who created the template for today’s iconic game. Original air date: 8 March 2015.

Derek Thompson, Graham Fink and Julius Wiedemann  

We learn the secret ingredients and shadowy forces behind what creates a hit – be it a song, app or meme – with Derek Thompson, author of new book ‘Hit Makers’. Plus, artist and ad man Graham Fink explains his new exhibition ‘Stone Souls’ and some of his most famous campaigns. And we look at the artists who designed some of music’s best record sleeves with Julius Wiedemann, editor of Taschen’s ‘Art Record Covers’.

The Classics 7: Steven Pinker  

In our latest look back into 'The Monocle Weekly' archives, we revisit a discussion with human-behavioural expert and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker. He joined Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield and Sophie Grove to discuss his book 'The Better Angels of Our Nature', and why he thinks that despite all the bad news we see – the world really is becoming a more peaceful place. Original air date: 21 October November 2012.

Robin Lustig, Nathan Hill and Andrew Wong  

Journalist and foreign-affairs specialist Robin Lustig joins us to discuss his life as a newsman, as detailed in his new book ‘Is Anything Happening?’ We also meet Nathan Hill, writer of ‘The Nix’ – the debut novel that’s been lauded by critics and snapped up for a future TV series – and we bring in Chinese New Year with chef Andrew Wong, who explains his Taste of China menu.

Ben Fountain, Dan Tickner and Mark Craig  

Author Ben Fountain reflects on the week that saw Donald Trump inaugurated as the US president and tells us how his book ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ – which has been adapted by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee – became a hit. Plus: music specialist Dan Tickner introduces his new title ‘Recorder’ magazine, the first issue of which will focus on David Bowie, and we re-listen to a discussion about the life of pioneering astronaut Eugene Cernan, who died this week.

Dale Pinnock, Ed Eisler and Tomos Lewis  

Dale Pinnock, known as the ‘medicinal chef’, gives Robert Bound and Tom Edwards food for thought as we start the new year. We also find out where to find the world’s best teas with Ed Eisler, founder of Jing Tea, and Monocle’s Tomos Lewis discusses the virtues of waterside living in his adopted home of Toronto.

Stuart Semple, Tim Marshall and Anna Smith  

Artist Stuart Semple explains why he created what he thinks is the world’s pinkest-ever shade of pink; foreign-affairs journalist Tim Marshall discusses the history of flags as detailed in his book ‘Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags’; and we look ahead to some of 2017’s most anticipated film releases with critic Anna Smith.

Looking ahead to 2017  

We talk to our bureau chiefs around the globe to look ahead to what the new year will bring in the worlds of global affairs, culture, design and more.

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