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The Monocle Weekly

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.

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Robert Bound and Tom Edwards grapple with the origins of some ghoulish intruders as they talk to author Roger Luckhurst about his new book ‘Zombies: A Cultural History’. We also hear about some more welcome visitors as we chat to Matthew Shaw, curator of ‘Animal Tales’, an exhibition at the British Library looking at our fury friends as depicted in literature. Plus: chief film critic at ‘New York Magazine’ David Edelstein discusses the box-office success that is ‘Straight Outta Compton’.

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320 23 Aug 2015
00:52:45

Weird wild west: 

Robert Bound and Tom Edwards grapple with the origins of some ghoulish intruders as they talk to author Roger Luckhurst about his new book ‘Zombies: A Cultural History’. We also hear about some more welcome visitors as we chat to Matthew Shaw, curator of ‘Animal Tales’, an exhibition at the British Library looking at our fury friends as depicted in literature. Plus: chief film critic at ‘New York Magazine’ David Edelstein discusses the box-office success that is ‘Straight Outta Compton’.

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319 16 Aug 2015
01:00:00

Roll on summer : 

Tom Edwards and Steve Bloomfield explore the sights, sounds and tastes of summer. We cover DJ legend Norman Jay, then take to the waves with author William Finnegan and discuss his new book devoted to surfing, ‘Barbarian Days’. Plus we hear Pete Brown’s musings on the trends and culture on that most vital of summer beverages: beer.

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318 9 Aug 2015
00:53:40

Nicely done: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound meet style guru Peter York to learn why he’s trying to become a nicer person. Plus, we here about the Travel Photographer of the Year event with Chris Coe and learn why cricket is in need of rediscovering its gentlemanly reputation with sports writer Sam Collins.

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317 2 Aug 2015
00:54:18

Setting scenes: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound talk to Tellart’s Matt Cottam about how to integrate technology into places of learning such as London’s Science Museum. We also meet Japanese photographer Tomoko Yoneda to chat about her serene images of dramatic locations. Plus: designer Jeff Staple educates the team about what it means, and costs, to be a true sneakerhead.

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316 26 Jul 2015
00:50:20

City stories: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound meet writer Brian Case to discuss meeting Al Pacino, Michael Caine, jazz greats and more. They also learn how to depict the city of London with photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg and hear why Danish band Efterklang are putting on an opera in one of Copenhagen’s Cold War bunkers.

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315 19 Jul 2015
01:00:00

The modern dance: 

Robert Bound and Tom Edwards meet Sven Hansen-Løve, one of the minds behind a new film about the French dance-music scene, ‘Eden’. They also chat economics with a Nobel Prize-winner Alvin Roth and discuss Ballet Folklórico de México with the company’s director Salvador López López.

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314 12 Jul 2015
00:54:22

The sound of the underground: 

Steve Bloomfield and Tom Edwards talk to US author Stephen Witt about why the music industry imploded at the end of the 20th century, meet a farmer who is using London’s abandoned bomb shelters to grow food and chat with veteran journalist Tim Marshall about why maps define some of the world’s most complex conflicts and challenges.

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313 5 Jul 2015
00:54:17

Food for thought: 

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound get a new slant on art with Dana Arnold, learn how to make authentic New York pizza with chef Bruno di Fabio and find out why the Moog keyboard is still king of the disco (and the concert hall) with Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory.

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312 28 Jun 2015
00:54:06

Quality time: 

Robert Bound and Andrew Tuck meet Lisson Gallery owner Nicholas Logsdail and discover how art can enhance the quality of life in the spaces it inhabits. They also talk to the cast of War Horse about authentically horsing around and learn about the story of indigo from author Jenny Balfour-Paul.

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311 21 Jun 2015
00:52:30

Lighting the way: 

We meet Dr Matthew Green to find out about the untold history of London, hear from Austrian activist Christian Felber to learn how to create an economy for the common good and learn about one of Helsinki’s most valuable natural resources: light.

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310 14 Jun 2015
00:57:06

Forward momentum: 

We meet governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, to discuss cycling and the spinning wheels of US politics. We also talk to band Alabama Shakes about its recent successes and get tips for global financial trends with director of the McKinsey Global Institute, Richard Dobbs.

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309 7 Jun 2015
00:57:05

Rank and file: 

Robert Bound and Andrew Tuck meet Major General JC Lawrence to talk about the history of the Gurkhas. We also take a look at the Open City Documentary Festival with producer Chloe Trayner and filmmaker Katharine Round and discuss the fate of Syria with veteran reporter Charles Glass.

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