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.


Tom Dyckhoff, Christine Negroni and Matthew Raw  

Architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff joins us to discuss his new book ‘The Age of Spectacle’, which asks why cities are filling up with increasingly sensationalist buildings. Plus, aviation expert Christine Negroni discusses why some of aviation’s most infamous incidents, as explained in her new publication ‘The Crash Detectives’, are actually creating safer air travel, and ceramic artist Matthew Raw talks us through contemporary craft and his new exhibition ‘Clad’.

The Classics 18: Dennis Morris  

A listen back to a chat with photographer and creative Dennis Morris, whose work with musicians such as Bob Marley and John Lydon – for whom he designed the classic ‘Metal Box’ album art – has earned him a unique place in music history. Original air date: 6 March 2016

David Baddiel, Kristen Visbal, Francesca Gavin, Matt Tyrnauer and Robert Hammond  

We’re joined by writer, comedian and broadcaster David Baddiel to discuss his new stage show ‘My Family: Not the Sitcom’. Plus: the sculptor behind the Fearless Girl statue explains her work to art critic Francesca Gavin, and we discuss a new documentary about city-planning activist Jane Jacobs with film-makers and urbanists Matt Tyrnauer and Robert Hammond.

The Classics 17: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato  

We listen back to a chat with production duo Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the minds behind ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, who a year ago had just made a documentary about photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe. They joined Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield and Tom Edwards to discuss how art can push the boundaries. Original air date: 24 April 2016

Kanishk Tharoor, Peter Godfrey-Smith and Tom Jeffreys  

Writer and journalist Kanishk Tharoor explains his short-story collection ‘Swimmer Among the Stars’. Plus, we speak with scuba-diving philosopher Paul Godfrey-Smith about underwater life and his book ‘Other Minds’, and learn why writer Tom Jeffreys chose to walk one of the UK’s newest train routes as detailed in his book ‘Signal Failure’.

The Classics 16: Miriam Elia  

Artist, satirist and writer Miriam Elia created a viral sensation in 2015 with her book ‘We Go to the Gallery’, which inspired many imitators. She joined Monocle’s Andrew Tuck and Tom Edwards to discuss it. Original air date: 4 October 2015.

Richard Wentworth, Yasmeen Ismail and Jeffrey Young  

Artist Richard Wentworth discusses new group show “Architecture as Metaphor” and explains how city life influences his work. Plus: we preview the London Coffee Festival with its founder Jeffrey Young and illustrator and author Yasmeen Ismail joins us to talk about her latest title, ‘Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad: Draw & Discover’.

The Classics 15: Sebastian Faulks  

Listen back to a discussion with celebrated British author Sebastian Faulks. He joined us in 2015 to talk about his new novel ‘Where My Heart Used to Beat’ and to reflect on why themes such as 20th-century history and the mysteries of the human psyche continue to fascinate him as a writer. Original air date: 20 September 2015.

William Sitwell, Michael Rakowitz and Stacey Tenenbaum  

We welcome back food writer and critic William Sitwell to discuss ‘The Really Quite Good British Cookbook’ – celebrating both the local and global influences on British dishes. Plus, conceptual artist Michael Rakowitz explains his latest work that will soon sit on London’s prestigious fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, and we hear from filmmaker Stacey Tenenbaum about her documentary ‘Shiners’, which looks at the shoe-shining profession.

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.

Video player is in betaClose