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5 hours 34 min ago
As Tokyo 2020 finally gets underway, we look back at some of our coverage so far. Professional whistler Molly Lewis discusses her debut EP ‘The Forgotten Edge’ and how to whistle well. Plus: we head to Colombia for a refreshing summer drink.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Historical series: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Sat, 2021-07-24 13:00
In part three of our historical summer series, we travel back in time to 1962 to chart the Cuban Missile Crisis. What does Fidel Castro think he’s playing at? Who is making the decisions in the Kremlin and the White House? And is there any peaceful way out of this? Andrew Mueller speaks to Henry Rees-Sheridan, James Rodgers, Alex von Tunzelmann, and Tom Nichols.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

The Olympics in print

Sat, 2021-07-24 11:00
This week on ‘The Stack’ it’s all about the Olympics. We speak to Tom Loxley, editor of ‘Radio Times’, about its bumper Olympics issue. Plus: Luke Kennedy from Aussie surf title ‘Tracks’ on the surfing debut at Tokyo 2020 and our Tokyo bureau chief Fiona Wilson on how the Japanese media is covering the event.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Monocle on Saturday: 24 July 2021

Sat, 2021-07-24 10:00
Georgina Godwin and the weekend’s top news stories, with fresh newspapers and Monocle editor in chief Andrew Tuck’s column.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Marcus Wareing

Fri, 2021-07-23 21:00
British top chef Marcus Wareing on the post-pandemic future of the hospitality industry; how he pushes the boundaries in the kitchen and escapes repeating old tricks; and why caring for your staff matters more than before.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Friday 23 July

Fri, 2021-07-23 19:00
Monocle’s Olympics correspondent Kieran Pender reports from the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, with analysis from our panel in the studio too. Plus: we examine US Republicans and Jair Bolsonaro’s vaccine tactics in Brazil and CNN’s move into streaming.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Eureka 254: Swapfiets

Fri, 2021-07-23 13:00
Richard Burger, Martijn Obers and Dirk de Bruijn are the founders of Swapfiets, a full-service subscription bike company aiming to make travelling the city on two wheels hassle-free. The three founders met at the University of Technology in Delft and launched the company in 2014. For a monthly fee, Swapfiets will make sure you always have a bike, with repairs and insurance covered in the cost.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Friday 23 July

Fri, 2021-07-23 13:00
Monocle’s Fiona Wilson and the UK’s former ambassador in Japan, David Warren, have the latest as the Olympic Games begin. Plus: Rob Cox from Reuters on the G20 summit, Louis Harnett O'Meara’s round-up from far-flung reaches and Andrew Mueller’s wry take on the week’s news.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Friday 23 July

Fri, 2021-07-23 08:00
We look ahead to the Tokyo 2020 Games and discuss both the apprehension and excitement in Japan. Plus: we ask whether record flooding in China will impact climate policy in Beijing and flip through the morning papers.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

The ideological city

Thu, 2021-07-22 21:00
We investigate the impact that past and present political ideologies have on the way our urban areas look and function.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Thursday 22 July

Thu, 2021-07-22 19:00
We hear from Suzanne Lynch in Washington, DC as US Republicans reject a probe on the Capitol riots. Our panellists Charles Hecker and Yossi Mekelberg discuss Hungary’s referendum on its anti-LGBT law, extreme weather and Cuban protests, and our regular feature ‘On This Day’ takes us to 1894 and the world’s first car race.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Olympics special

Thu, 2021-07-22 17:00
Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco takes a look at the top five songs worldwide. Consider it the Olympics of music.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Monocle Reads: Arifa Akbar

Thu, 2021-07-22 13:47
Arifa Akbar is the chief theatre critic at ‘The Guardian’. A journalist for over 20 years, she previously held the position of literary editor at ‘The Independent’ and worked as an arts and news correspondent. She speaks with Georgina Godwin about her new memoir ‘Consumed’ which is a personal exploration of her own grief after her sister died at the age of 45 from tuberculosis. In this moving debut, Arifa explores illness, sisterhood, and the role of art in life and loss.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Extra: Phoebe Philo

Thu, 2021-07-22 13:00
The British fashion designer is lauded for her ability to produce garments with the female gaze in mind. With news that Philo will launch an eponymous brand, fashion journalist Dana Thomas tells us what we could expect from the designer’s return to the industry.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Thursday 22 July

Thu, 2021-07-22 13:00
Why is China continuing to obstruct the WHO’s investigation into the origins of coronavirus? Plus: the creative director of the Olympics opening ceremony leaves his post, the Bloomberg business news and we embark on a truly global pop voyage with Monocle 24’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Thursday 22 July

Thu, 2021-07-22 08:00
After the US gives up on trying to block the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, we hear why the Biden administration is asking Ukraine not to criticise the U-turn. Plus: we get the latest travel business headlines and review the morning papers.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Saint Ogun and Tickr

Wed, 2021-07-21 21:00
Nic Akinnibosun and Rico Oyejobi are the co-founders of Saint Ogun, a rum blended with spirits from five noted distilleries which celebrates the pair’s shared heritage and passions. Plus: we look at investment app Tickr with co-founder Tom McGillycuddy. The Certified B company has created a platform that allows people to invest in companies that are having a positive impact on our world and the environment.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Wednesday 21 July

Wed, 2021-07-21 19:00
Robin Lustig and Mary Dejevsky on France-UK border crossings, the Tokyo Games and Liverpool losing World Heritage status. Plus: a Nord Stream 2 update with Elisabeth Braw and Marie Le Conte on her new book ‘Honourable Misfits’.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Explainer 275: Venezuela’s two presidents

Wed, 2021-07-21 13:39
Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro was comfortably re-elected to office in 2018. Or was he? Allegations of a false result have led the UK government to formally recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s official premier despite simultaneously continuing diplomatic relations with Maduro’s administration. Both are trying to access gold reserves held by the Bank of England. The British courts must now make a conclusive decision.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

Wednesday 21 July

Wed, 2021-07-21 13:00
Co-presenters Chris Cermak and Tom Edwards explore tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol. Plus: Daniel Freund from Germany’s Greens on the country’s flooding, the day’s business news and Monocle Olympians Nolan Giles and Fiona Wilson have an update on the Games.


From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide. More info.

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