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.


Dale Pinnock, Ed Eisler and Tomos Lewis  

Dale Pinnock, known as the ‘medicinal chef’, gives Robert Bound and Tom Edwards food for thought as we start the new year. We also find out where to find the world’s best teas with Ed Eisler, founder of Jing Tea, and Monocle’s Tomos Lewis discusses the virtues of waterside living in his adopted home of Toronto.

Stuart Semple, Tim Marshall and Anna Smith  

Artist Stuart Semple explains why he created what he thinks is the world’s pinkest-ever shade of pink; foreign-affairs journalist Tim Marshall discusses the history of flags as detailed in his book ‘Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags’; and we look ahead to some of 2017’s most anticipated film releases with critic Anna Smith.

Looking ahead to 2017  

We talk to our bureau chiefs around the globe to look ahead to what the new year will bring in the worlds of global affairs, culture, design and more.

The Monocle Weekly Christmas special  

Featuring British actor Jason Isaacs discussing new Netflix hit ‘The OA’, food with Danish writer Trine Hahnemann, wine with Kathleen Burk, music from Bill Laurance and design chat with Peter Murray and Eva Calduch.

The Monocle Weekly: best of 2016  

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound revisit some of our favourite chats from the past 12 months. Includes Italian director Luca Guadagnino, actor Ethan Hawke, broadcaster and comedy favourite Harry Shearer and many more.

Leo Villareal, Sarah Gaventa, Tom Burges Watson, Ben Parker and Margaret Sweeney  

Light-artist Leo Villareal and public-space expert Sarah Gaventa discuss ‘The Illuminated River’: a bold new plan to light up London’s bridges at night. Plus: journalist Tom Burges Watson on France 24’s 10th anniversary and we hear from Ben Parker of Made Thought – and paper-business expert Margaret Sweeney – about how they’re looking to the future with paper brand GF Smith.

The Classics 6: Andy Bell  

We delve into the ‘The Monocle Weekly’ archives to revisit a chat with Andy Bell, one half of synth-pop masters Erasure with producer Vince Clarke. Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck and Culture editor Robert Bound talk through three decades of hits – and give a little respect. Original air date: 1 November 2015.

Nitin Sawhney, Patrick Shen and Alan Connor  

Summary: We welcome musician and composer Nitin Sawhney with his new ‘Animal Symphony’, documentary-maker Patrick Shen talks about his latest film, ‘In Pursuit of Silence’, and author Alan Connor accepts questions about his new book, ‘The Joy of Quiz’.

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’.

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