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.


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.

The Classics 25: Eden Collinsworth  

A chat with US publisher, author, entrepreneur and etiquette expert Eden Collinsworth. She was at Midori House to talk to us about her move to China and the best-selling books she wrote that followed. Original air date: 21 December 2014

Patrick Gyger, Laura Clarke, Thomas Page McBee and Stuart A Staples  

Historian and writer Patrick Gyger and curator Laura Clarke join us to talk through London’s Barbican Centre’s new sci-fi showcase ‘Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction’. Plus, author Thomas Page McBee discusses gender and his book ‘Man Alive’, and Stuart A Staples of the band Tindersticks explains his new film ‘Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F Percy Smith’.

The Classics 24: Gered Mankowitz  

Photographer Gered Mankowitz has shot music’s great and good, from Jimi Hendrix and Kate Bush to the Rolling Stones. In 2014 he stopped by Midori House to discuss his work with the latter, the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band. Original air date: 28 December 2014

Tim Moore, David Michôd and Alex Booker  

Author and journalist Tim Moore joins us to talk about why he rode more than 8,000km along the former Iron Curtain route, as told in his book “The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold”. Plus: film director David Michôd discusses his new Netflix film ‘War Machine’, starring Brad Pitt, and we look at the best of Clerkenwell Design Week with printmaker Alex Booker.

The Classics 23: Dana Thomas  

Fashion journalist and author Dana Thomas visited Studio One at Midori house in 2016. She joined Monocle’s Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound to discuss the careers of two maverick fashion talents who had helped shape London’s design identity: Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. Original air date: 28 February 2016.

Lauren Greenfield, Richard Barnett and Aaron Holloway-Nahum  

Photographer and documentary-maker Lauren Greenfield joins us to discuss her new book about the pursuit of affluence, ‘Generation Wealth’. Plus, medical historian Richard Barnett tells us why the history of dentistry has some bite, as told in his book ‘The Smile Stealers’, and we meet composer and contemporary-music creator Aaron Holloway-Nahum.

The Classics 22: Garth Risk Hallberg  

When American author Garth Risk Hallberg visited Monocle 24 in 2015 he was riding the wave of achieving a literary hit with his debut novel, ‘City on Fire’, which had caused a bidding war from publishers before it hit shelves. He sat down with Monocle’s Robert Bound to explain how he created a phenomenon. Original air date: 1 November 2015.

James Hawes, Clare Barlow and Kaspar Astrup Schröder  

Writer James Hawes discusses nationality and why his book ‘The Shortest History of Germany’ aims to enlighten and entertain. Plus: Tate Britain curator Clare Barlow talks us through the gallery’s exhibition ‘Queer British Art – 1861 to 1967’ and we meet filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder, whose new documentary ‘Big time’ focuses on influential Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels.

The Classics 21: Owen Hatherley  

Writer Owen Hatherley joined the Monocle Weekly team in 2015 to explain how Soviet history can be seen through the architecture of former Eastern-bloc nations. Original air date: 29 May 2016.

Grace Dent, Ben Davis and Laurent Binet  

Columnist and food critic Grace Dent joins the Weekly to discuss London’s culinary scene and the forthcoming London Food Month. Plus: Ben Davis, director of documentary ‘Northern Disco Lights’, tells the unlikely story of Norway’s progressive dance-music scene and French author Laurent Binet discusses the weekend’s election and his politically charged new book ‘The 7th Function of Language’.

The Classics 20: Emmy the Great  

Musician and writer Emmy the Great, aka Emma-Lee Moss, joined the Monocle Weekly team last year to discuss how having grown up in Hong Kong and London among multiple languages now informs her songwriting. Original air date: 29 May 2016.

Booker T Jones, Judith Matloff and Nadim Karam  

Music legend Booker T Jones joins us to discuss his long and varied career. We also speak to foreign correspondent Judith Matloff about her new book ‘The War is in the Mountains’, and talk creativity and urbanism with Lebanese artist Nadim Karam, whose show ‘Urban Stories’ opened in London this week.

The Classics 19: Simon Armitage  

A listen back to a chat with poet, broadcaster and essayist Simon Armitage – on the simple pleasures of walking. Having previously walked much of the length of the UK, when he visited Midori House he’d just finished covering some of its lesser-known coastal routes, too. He joined us to explain why walking and writing go hand in hand. Original air date: 24 May 2015.

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

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