Monocle 24: The Monocle Weekly

Monocle 24: The Monocle Weekly

United Kingdom

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.


Trine Hahnemann, Zeva Oelbaum and Susie Dent  

Danish chef and food writer Trine Hahnemann talks us through her book ‘Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge’. Zeva Oelbaum discusses a film she has co-directed about the maverick life of unsung historical heroine Gertrude Bell and lexicographer Susie Dent makes sense of the UK’s regional dialects in her book ‘Dent’s Modern Tribes’.

The Classics 1: Alain de Botton  

Join Robert Bound for a new series looking back at some of the best moments from Monocle 24’s original podcast. To celebrate five years of Monocle 24 radio we’ll be enjoying interviews from the show with everyone from artists to astronauts – delivered with the Weekly’s signature insight and wit. This week: author and thinker Alain de Botton talks us through some big ideas and his book ‘Religion for Atheists’. Original air date: 22 January 2012.

Thomas Frank, Radmila Topalovic, Tom Kerss and Lauren Collins  

US political writer and cultural historian Thomas Frank joins us to discuss the US presidential race and his book ‘Listen, Liberal’. We also hear from astronomers Radmila Topalovic and Tom Kerss about the basics of stargazing, and ‘New Yorker’ journalist Lauren Collins talks us through Francophile culture and her book ‘When In French’.

Ben Langlands, Nikki Bell, Will Carruthers and Michael Johnson  

Artist-duo Langlands and Bell discuss their new work, which celebrates the life of one of the architects of the London transport system, Frank Pick. We also hear musical tales of Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and more from psychedelic journeyman Will Carruthers. Plus: we talk branding with designer and creative Michael Johnson, author of ‘Branding in Five and a Half Steps’.

Yann Tiersen, Henry Hitchings and Joudie Kalla  

Breton composer Yann Tiersen discusses his soundtrack work for cinematic classic ‘Amelie’ and his new album ‘Eusa’, which celebrates his home: the island of Ushant. Plus: Henry Hitchings talks us through the world’s favourite reading spots as detailed in his new book ‘Browse: The World in Bookshops’ and UK chef Joudie Kalla explains why she’s looking to put the culinary culture of Palestine on a plate.

BONUS: The Big Interview, season 4  

‘The Big Interview’ series is back on Monocle 24, featuring in-depth conversations with inspirational names in global politics, business, culture and design. To kick off the fourth season, Tyler Brûlé sits down with Hong Kong businessman and concert pianist Sir David Tang to talk about nationality and the notion of nice. The full interview airs this Sunday October 2. Head to [The Big Interview]( or your usual podcast provider for this episode and the complete archive.

Herman Koch, Philip Curtis, Jakob Søndergård Pedersen and Aimee Hartley  

Dutch writer Herman Koch discusses darkness, comedy and his new book ‘Dear Mr M’, we speak to map experts Philip Curtis and Jakob Søndergård Pedersen about their new project ‘War Map: Pictorial Conflict Maps 1900-1950’ and wine-lover Aimee Hartley talks us through her new design-minded wine magazine ‘Above Sea Level’.

Harry Shearer, Exploded View and Judith Clark  

Broadcaster, actor and satirist Harry Shearer joins Robert Bound and Tom Edwards to discuss his varied career, including ‘Le Show’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ and more. Plus: post-punk outfit Exploded View tell us about their new album and Judith Clark, co-creator of forthcoming Barbican exhibition ‘The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined’, tells us why the limits of taste should always be tested.

Simon Bainbridge, Eliza Tamo, Michael Booth and Kevin Howlett  

Simon Bainbridge, editorial director of the ‘British Journal of Photography’, and photographer Eliza Tamo discuss the new “Portrait of Britain” project. We also hear from Copenhagen-based journalist and author Michael Booth about why Japan has taken his story to its heart. Plus: we review Ron Howard’s new documentary ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ with Beatles expert Kevin Howlett.

Sean Ellis, Ed Yong, Mike Martin, Chloe Baker and Charlie Hatch-Barnwell  

We discuss new book ‘Crossing the Congo’ with its authors: former army man Mike Martin, anaesthetist Chloe Baker and photojournalist Charlie Hatch-Barnwell. Plus: film-director Sean Ellis fills us in on Second World War true-life drama ‘Anthropoid’ and we look at the world of microbes with science writer Ed Yong, author of ‘I Contain Multitudes’.

Paul MacAlindin, Michael Bird and Travis Elborough  

Orchestra conductor Paul MacAlindin describes how he helped musicians form the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and we get a creative lesson in art history from Michael Bird, author of ‘Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories’. Plus: we celebrate open spaces with Travis Elborough, whose book “A Walk in the Park” is just that.

24-hour cities, falling box-office numbers and Canada's Unesco World Heritage Sites  

As London unveils its Night Tube, we explore the concept of the 24-hour city. Meanwhile, we ask why the box office has struggled this summer and speak to Canada’s environment minister about the country’s process for picking Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Ben Wright, Dominic Wilcox and Sofia Serbin de Skalon  

Journalist Ben Wright discusses his book ‘Order!, Order! The Rise and Fall of Political Drinking’. Meanwhile, artist, designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox talks us through a new exhibition designed for dogs and we meet Sofia Serbin de Skalon, director of London’s Argentine Film Festival that takes place this week.

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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.

Sir Lockwood Smith, Henry Eliot and Martin Creed  

Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed talks us through his music and new album ‘Thoughts Lined Up’. Plus: we welcome Sir Lockwood Smith, high commissioner of New Zealand to the UK, to the show and speak with Henry Eliot, writer and co-author of unconventional travel guide ‘Curiocity: In Pursuit of London’.

Simon Hucker, Ali McGregor, Adam Rawson and Joel Karamath  

Simon Hucker from auction house Sotheby’s talks us through ‘Bowie/Collector’, their exhibition and upcoming auction of David Bowie’s personal art collection. Plus: cabaret and opera performer Ali McGregor tells us how to hold a note and chef Adam Rawson and curator Joel Karamath discuss ‘The Rhône Touch’, a new exhibition combining French food and contemporary art.

DBC Pierre, Ethan Hawke and Joanne Rosenthal  

Man Booker Prize winning author DBC Pierre tells us how to write a novel, as detailed in his new book ‘Release the Bats’, Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke looks back on the life of jazz musician Chet Baker – the subject of his new film ‘Born to be Blue’ – and curator Joanne Rosenthal talks us through new exhibition ‘Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl’.

David Goldblatt, Gillian McCain and Matt Potter  

We look forward to the Rio Olympics with journalist David Goldblatt, author of new book ‘The Games: A Global History of the Olympics’. Plus: Gillian McCain joins us to discuss the stories behind music book ‘Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk’, which is 20 years old this year, and we welcome back writer and journalist Matt Potter to learn how to write the perfect resignation letter – post-Brexit.

Michael Kiwanuka, Dr Matthew Green and Ellen Wettmark  

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound welcome singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka to Midori House to discuss his new album ‘Love & Hate’. We also hear from historian Dr Matthew Green, who explains the history of London through seven drinks. Plus: Ellen Wettmark, cultural attaché for the Swedish embassy in London, tells us what makes brand Sweden so popular.

Henry Dimbleby, Nadine Chahine, Malou Verlomme and Chris Watson  

Restaurateur, writer and food specialist Henry Dimbleby discusses the virtues of London’s food markets, typographers Nadine Chahine and Malou Verlomme of design agency Monotype explain their new font ‘Johnston100’ and Chris Watson, the pioneering musician and sound recordist for natural history programmes, tells us about his new event ‘The Town Moor – A Portrait in Sound’.

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