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 Rails, Venetia Rainey, Sara Shamsavari and Jo Wallace  

We meet singer-songwriters The Rails, whose new record ‘Other People’ continues the husband-and-wife duo’s smart update on folk traditions. Plus, a report on how the Amsterdam brewing scene hots up for summer and we speak with artist Sara Shamsavari and creative Jo Wallace about their new exhibition ‘There’s a Good Immigrant’, which highlights the benefit of mixing cultures.

The Classics 34: DBC Pierre  

Author DBC Pierre joins The Monocle Weekly team to discuss tips and tricks for writing, as detailed in his book ‘Release the Bats’.

Eileen Cooper, Frederick Bernas and Vhils  

We meet Eileen Cooper: artist, keeper of London’s Royal Academy art school and co-ordinator of its famed Summer Exhibition. Plus: reporter Frederick Bernas checks out the Paraty International Literary Festival in Brazil and we look at the influence of Portugal’s culture around the world with Lisbon-based street-artist Vhils.

The Classics 33: Jonathan Yeo  

Artist Jonathan Yeo discusses his career creating portraits of everyone from Dennis Hopper to Cara Delevingne and his subversive images of George W Bush. Original air date: 27 March 2016.

Noma Bar, Guy De Launey and Andrew O’Neill  

Israeli illustrator and graphic artist Noma Bar discusses his career and new retrospective book collection ‘Bittersweet’. We also head to Belgrade – where Monocle’s Guy De Launey has been sampling summer with the city’s ice-cream makers – and writer and comedian Andrew O’Neill stops by to talk us through his book ‘A History of Heavy Metal’.

The Classics 32: Dan Cruickshank  

We listen back to a discussion with British art historian and architecture expert Dan Cruickshank, who joined us in 2015 to tell us about the 100 most important buildings ever made. Original air date: 8 November 2015.

Trajal Harrell, Zoë Lescaze and Fergus Linehan  

We meet choreographer and artist Trajal Harrell, whose new show at London’s Barbican, ‘Hoochie Koochie’, is combining art, dance, and everything in between. Plus, writer Zoë Lescaze joins us to discuss her book ‘Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past’ and we preview this year’s Edinburgh International Festival with its director Fergus Linehan.

Soosan Lolavar, Morten Strøksnes and Alex Preston  

We speak to musician and composer Soosan Lolavar about her new opera on immigration “ID, Please”. Plus, Norwegian author Morten Strøksnes reflects on his new book “Shark Drunk” and writer Alex Preston joins us to talk about the simple pleasures of birdlife – as detailed in his new publication “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”.

The Classics 31: Nahlah Ayed  

We have another listen to our discussion with the Canadian journalist, who visited one of the most diplomatically isolated nations on Earth: North Korea. Original air date: 5 June 2016

Fabrizio Ballabio, Matthew Engel, Danny Goldberg  

We discuss Milanese entrance halls with Fabrizio Ballabio, Americanisms with Matthew Engel and the idealism of the 1960s with Danny Goldberg.

The Classics 30: Bobby Gillespie  

We listen back to last year’s conversation with musical shapeshifter and rock’n’roll survivor Bobby Gillespie, lead singer of UK band Primal Scream. Original air date: 22 May 2016.

Phyllida Lloyd, Daniel O’Sullivan and Adam Wagner  

We speak to film and stage director Phyllida Lloyd, creator of such screen hits as ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘The Iron Lady’, about her newest project: Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ performed by an all-female cast. Plus, musician Daniel O’Sullivan discusses his new album ‘Veld’ and Adam Wagner, founder of human-rights site, tells us why everyday freedoms should never be taken for granted.

The Classics 29: Gillian McCain  

A relisten to our discussion with writer Gillian McCain who, along with co-author Legs McNeil, is responsible for one of the most influential books on music writing of the past 20 years: ‘Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk’. Original air date: 10 July 2016.

Andy Hamilton, Peter Randall-Page and Clare Conville  

We’re joined by comedy and satire writer Andy Hamilton to talk over his podcast ‘Inside Donald Trump’. Plus: sculptor Peter Randall-Page discusses his career and his new work that’s part of London’s Sculpture in the City showcase and literary agent Clare Conville tells us how to spot talent – and why some of that talent will be appearing at her festival Curious Arts.

The Classics 28: Neil Hannon  

We listen back to a chat with musician Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy that touches on history, humour and, of course, pop music. Original air date: 13 August 2016

Lydia Polgreen, Gregory Crewdson and Pete Brown  

We’re joined by editor in chief of ‘HuffPost’ Lydia Polgreen, speak with photographer and artist Gregory Crewdson about his show ‘Cathedral of the Pines’ and welcome back beer expert and writer Pete Brown to discuss his new book ‘Miracle Brew’.

The Classics 27: Flume  

Australian dance-music producer and beatmaker Flume joined ‘The Monocle Weekly’ in June 2016 to discuss collaborating with the likes of Beck and how to please audiences in the digital era. Original air date: 5 June 2016

Brian Dillon, Tamsie Thomson and Tom Oldham  

Photographer Tom Oldham, whose new exhibition ‘The Herder Boys of Lesotho’ looks at life in the southern African country, joins us to talk about his career. Plus: we also meet Tamsie Thomson, director of the the London Festival of Architecture, and speak with author and critic Brian Dillon about his new book ‘Essayism’.

The Classics 26: Rod Nordland  

We listen back to a discussion with correspondent at large and Kabul bureau chief for ‘The New York Times’, Rod Nordland. He spoke with Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck about his book, ‘The Lovers’, which focuses on a young couple from Afghanistan. Original air date: 7 February 2016.

Terry Stiastny, Guy Delisle and Jules Evans  

Journalist and author of political thrillers such as ‘Acts of Omission’, Terry Stiastny, joins us to discuss the chaos that was this week’s UK election. Plus, Canadian cartoonist, illustrator and animator Guy Delisle talks us through his new book ‘Hostage’, and we get ecstatic with philosopher Jules Evans, whose book ‘The Art of Losing Control’ seeks to learn why letting go might be the best way to get a better hold on life.

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