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The Stack

Essential listening for anyone who cares about what they read – and how they read it. The Stack is Monocle’s take on the world of print, focusing on everything from the glossiest fashion title to the grittiest newspaper.

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Media players: We discuss the men’s magazine market after the closure of publications such as ‘Details’. We also talk to an editor of a magazine about dogs. Plus: a self-publishing house in San Francisco and London.

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17028 Nov 2015

Media players: 

We discuss the men’s magazine market after the closure of publications such as ‘Details’. We also talk to an editor of a magazine about dogs. Plus: a self-publishing house in San Francisco and London.

16921 Nov 2015

Defining image: 

One week on from the horrific events in Paris, we look back at how print media covered the attacks. Photographer Zed Nelson joins Tyler Brûlé and Andrew Tuck as they delve deeper in the broadsheets and ask why this time there seems to be a lack of a single defining image.

16814 Nov 2015

The modern news weekly: 

We’re tracking down that elusive quality that makes today’s news magazine. Tyler Brûlé is joined by France 24’s Bénédicte Paviot to discuss whether the weeklies are still the defining beacons they once were. Plus: a quick dash to Belgium to hear from a Flemish magazine that’s expanding its readership – despite hitting newsstands just four times a year.

1677 Nov 2015

The Modern Magazine conference: 

This week we cover The Modern Magazine conference in London and discuss the challenges of taking a magazine onto the airwaves. Plus: we look at the state of newsstands in Spain.

16631 Oct 2015

Newspapers in journalism: 

This week on The Stack we welcome Caroline Daniel, ‘FT Weekend’ editor, to talk about a newspaper’s role in journalism. We also discuss the recent difficulties in the ‘Los Angeles Times’ newsroom and talk with Michelle Griffin from ‘The Age’ newspaper.

16524 Oct 2015

Place for print: 

James Hyman and Ben Freeman discuss how print went from disposable commodity to timeless keepsake. Plus: we hear the highlights from Fipp World Congress in Toronto.

16417 Oct 2015

Frankfurt Book Fair: 

In this special edition, Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé is at the Frankfurt Book Fair talking to some of the biggest names in German publishing. Among the programme’s guests are Thomas Lindner, CEO of ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’; Christoph Amend, editor in chief of ‘Die Zeit Magazin’; and Alexandra Borchardt, managing editor of ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’.

16310 Oct 2015

Looking inwards: 

What can the publishing world learn from itself? Tyler Brûlé is joined by David Lane of ‘The Gourmand’ and Jeremy Leslie of ‘MagCulture’ to discuss the intricacies of sharing knowledge. Broadcaster and consultant Juan Señor also pops into Midori House. Plus: we hear from David Owen and Jim Bilton at this year’s Distripress congress in Brussels.

1623 Oct 2015

The future of distribution: 

We speak to Steve Watson from independent magazine distributor Stack. We also speak to Carine Nevejans from Distripress about the upcoming conference in Brussels, plus we check in with our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé.

16126 Sep 2015

Live edition: 

Tyler Brûlé hosts a special live magazine discussion with some of the industry's most revered figures. Gert Jonkers of ‘Fantastic Man’, editor of ‘Paris Match’ Olivier Royant, media strategist Ian Birch and world-renowned graphic designer Erik Spiekermann all appear before a studio audience.

16019 Sep 2015

‘Jocks & Nerds’: 

David Plaisant sits down with Marcus Agerman Ross, the founder, editor and creative director of influential men’s style title ‘Jocks & Nerds’. We also check in with our editor in chief. Plus: Fernando Augusto Pacheco leafs through the zines at London’s Art Book Fair.

15912 Sep 2015

Activism and Brazilian magazines: 

On this week’s ‘The Stack’ we visit London’s Feminist Library to discuss activist publishing past and present. We also look at the countercultural publication ‘Mould Map’ and review the pages of Brazilian magazines with Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco.

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