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.


The Classics 5: Jimmy Wales  

We delve through ‘The Monocle Weekly’ archive from Monocle 24’s first five years on air and revisit a 2013 interview with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. The technology guru came to Studio 1 to discuss London’s position as a start-up hub and technology’s role in activism. Original air date: 18 August 2013

Darren Wall, David Pajo, Clara Gaggero Westaway and Adrian Westaway  

We welcome back Darren Wall, the publisher whose beautifully designed books shed light on the evolution of unsung technology stories. Plus, musician David Pajo (also known as Papa M) talks us through his new record and design duo Clara Gaggero Westaway and Adrian Westaway of Special Projects highlight the unlikely common ground found between wellbeing and flat-pack furniture.

The Classics 4: Julien Temple  

Our regular look back at ‘The Monocle Weekly’ and Monocle 24’s first five years on air takes us to a 2012 interview with British film director Julien Temple. He visited Midori House to talk to Robert Bound about his latest film ‘London: The Modern Babylon’. During the interview they looked at the evolving nature of London that – since their talk – has been transformed politically and socially yet again. Original air date: 5 August 2012.

Alex Hartley, Robert Glasper, Tim Wharton  

Jazz and hip-hop musician Robert Glasper talks us through his album ‘ArtScience’ and artist Alex Hartley explains his exhibition ‘After You Left’, which plays with notions of time. Plus: Tim Wharton on new book ‘Ugly Food’.

Ed Stocker, Tomos Lewis, Simon Coley, Tom Barton and Florian Kaps  

After a week that shook global politics we discuss what Donald Trump will bring to Washington as president-elect of the US. Plus: a chat on how to do ethical business with Simon Coley of Karma Cola and Tom Barton of Honest Burgers, and we speak to Florian Kaps, co-founder of The Impossible Project, about his new book ‘Polaroid: The Magic Material’.

The Classics 3: Kylie Minogue  

This week our show looking back at some of our favourite interviews from the past few years on air revisits a chat with Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue. She stopped by Midori House in between playing sold-out concerts, telling Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé and Culture editor Robert Bound how to put on a show. Original air date: 5 October 2014.

Deyan Sudjic, Mimi Mollica and Paula Zuccotti  

This week we talk to Deyan Sudjic, director of the soon-to-be-opened Design Museum in London. Plus: the latest project of Italian photographer Mimi Mollica and the everyday objects of US candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the latest series of photographs by Paula Zuccotti.

Karl Hyde, Clive Oppenheimer and James Mullinger  

Underworld’s Karl Hyde talks us through 30 years of groundbreaking dance music, as detailed in his new book ‘I Am Dogboy’. Meanwhile, comedian James Mullinger outlines his life as the basis of new film ‘The Comedian’s Guide to Survival’ and we meet Clive Oppenheimer, the volcanologist whose research saw him collaborate with film-maker Werner Herzog on documentary ‘Into the Inferno’.

The Classics 2: Chris Hadfield  

Monocle 24’s new series looks back at some of the most intriguing interviews of the station’s five years on air – and the substantial archives of ‘The Monocle Weekly’. This week Robert Bound remembers our producer Tom Hall's 2013 interview with the singing Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, whose work on the International Space Station and interpretation for David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ made him a global phenomenon. Original air date: 22 December 2013.

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.

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