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Tall Stories 161: Torre Littoria

Mon, 2019-06-17 21:20
We're in Turin to ponder a towering relic of the Italy’s fascist past. Referred to as Mussolini's finger, this skyscraper has stayed standing despite the wishes of residents.


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

Art Basel, 2019

Mon, 2019-06-17 21:02
Monocle’s Culture editor, Chiara Rimella, shows us around the biggest art event of the year – and speaks to the curators, collectors and critics.


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

Monday 17 June

Mon, 2019-06-17 14:00
Will hostilities between Iran and Saudi Arabia lead to a conflict in the Middle East? Plus: pressure grows in Hong Kong, Boris Johnson skips TV debate and why cricket is more than just a sport to India and Pakistan.


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

Ocean drive

Mon, 2019-06-17 14:00
Cyrill Gutsch is founder of the Parley for the Oceans initiative. He explains how his love for the sea powers his efforts to persuade designers to use environmentally friendly materials instead of plastic – and his work with the governments of nations at risk from plastic waste. Gutsch also sees the impact of environmental damage on the oceans – but one potential solution lies in an island nation’s long tradition of packaging. Fiona Wilson, Monocle’s Asia editor-at-large, interviews Saeko Kato, curator of Japan House in London, about the art of Japanese packing techniques. Kato’s meditations emphasise the value of traditional craft and underscore Gutsch’s mission to protect the oceans.


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

Monday 17 June

Mon, 2019-06-17 09:00
How is the continuing unrest in Hong Kong affecting the wider region? Plus: understanding the plight of refugees and why the role of the awards-show host might have had its day.


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

Art Basel: Federico Herrero

Sun, 2019-06-16 18:00
UBS marks its 26th year as global lead partner of Art Basel by presenting a collaboration with artist Federico Herrero in the UBS Lounge. Mary Rozell, head of the bank’s collection, explains why the Costa Rican was a natural choice to create a site-specific wall painting for the occasion; and the man himself tells us about his inspiration and practice, and the challenges and opportunities presented by the commission.


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

María Wills, Alexis Fabry, Laird Hamilton, Bruce McLean and Anda Winter

Sun, 2019-06-16 14:02
We hear from curators María Wills and Alexis Fabry about a new Latin American showcase at The Photographers’ Gallery called ‘Urban Impulses’. Plus: surfing legend Laird Hamilton discusses his book ‘Liferider: Heart, Body, Soul, and Life Beyond the Ocean’, and we meet art pioneer Bruce McLean and Anda Winter, the artistic director of London’s Coronet Theatre, to discuss the artist’s new show.


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

Jared Diamond

Sun, 2019-06-16 11:02
Jared Diamond’s 1997 book ‘Guns, Germs And Steel’ is one of the most influential non-fiction books of our time. It won a Pulitzer prize and influenced presidents and prime ministers. His latest book, ‘Upheaval: How Nations Cope With Crisis and Change’, takes a similarly sweeping view of history. The bestselling historian talks to Andrew Mueller about how nations recover from crisis and why the UK might currently find itself in a bigger crisis than the US.


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

Armistead Maupin

Sat, 2019-06-15 17:02
Georgina Godwin talks to one of America’s finest storytellers Armistead Maupin, the man who gave us ‘Tales of the City’. In this interview, first aired after the release of his memoir ‘Logical Family’ and rebroadcast to mark the Netflix screening of ‘Tales of the City’, we examine books that paint a portrait of an era that forever changed the way we live, with words that gave hope to many who feared they would never find their logical family.


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

China’s surveillance state

Sat, 2019-06-15 14:02
Everybody is subject to a certain amount of surveillance, whether it’s CCTV cameras in our streets or websites monitoring our online movements to better sell advertising. But what happens when governments use this information to learn things we might not even know about ourselves? China is at the forefront of much technological development, and surveillance is no different — the Communist Party of China is rolling out one of the biggest monitoring systems the world has ever seen. When does supervision become spying? Andrew Mueller is joined by Karoline Kan, Kai Strittmatter and Josh Cowls.


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

Fashion and football

Sat, 2019-06-15 12:02
We speak to one of the most influential figures in the world of fashion: former ‘Vogue’ fashion director Tonne Goodman. She tells us about her new memoir. Also on the show: we welcome Felicia Pennant from ‘Season’ magazine, a title on women’s football.


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

Highlights from Monocle 24

Sat, 2019-06-15 11:02
Markus Hippi and Fernando Augusto Pacheco offer up a selection of highlights from the past seven days on Monocle 24. This week: Chilean writer-director Sebastián Lelio, Grammy award-winning graphic designer Lawrence Azerrad and the French musician, songwriter and producer, Lewis Ofman.


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

South Africa’s culinary star

Fri, 2019-06-14 21:02
How South African chef Kobus van der Merwe made his restaurant Wolfgat one of the most talked-about dining spots in the world. Plus: Slovenia’s gin revolution and a Japanese exhibition on fermentation.


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

Eureka 152: Perlego

Fri, 2019-06-14 18:30
Gauthier Van Malderen is the CEO and founder of Perlego, a digital streaming platform for textbooks. Around the world, the cost of textbooks is one of the greatest pain points for college and university students, who often only need to read small sections of increasingly expensive books. Van Malderen launched the business in 2016 to help not only students, but also publishers in their fight against illegal content-sharing. Perlego now has 250,000 titles from 2,300 publishers.


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

Friday 14 June

Fri, 2019-06-14 14:00
Are Iran’s soldiers to blame for co-ordinated attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman? Plus: Donald Trump's spin doctor leaves the White House, the day's business headlines from Bloomberg and Russia’s beleaguered space programme.


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

Friday 14 June

Fri, 2019-06-14 09:00
Tensions rise in the Persian Gulf as two more oil tankers are attacked; is the US headed for a confrontation with Iran? Plus: Matteo Salvini's new European alliance and author Tom Chivers on how to manage the rise of artificial intelligence.


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

Cities through the artist’s eye

Thu, 2019-06-13 21:02
We stroll through the halls of The Urbanist art gallery to look at how the artist’s perspective can help us paint a new picture of the cities we live in.


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Extra: Design on the Rhine

Thu, 2019-06-13 18:50
As the mercury rises, we shine a spotlight on the growing urban-river movement and head to *Swim City*, a new exhibition at Basel’s Swiss Architecture Museum, to see how the residents of Basel unwind by the river.


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

Monocle Reads: ‘The AI Does Not Hate You’

Thu, 2019-06-13 17:30
Science journalist Tom Chivers talks to Georgina Godwin about the risks of AI, where it might lead us and his first book, *The AI Does Not Hate You: Superintelligence, Rationality and the Race to Save the World*.


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

Is the future supersonic?

Thu, 2019-06-13 17:30
We discuss the highs and lows of the groundbreaking supersonic technology for commercial aviation that emerged in the late 1960s, as Concorde and the Tupolev Tu-144 took flight. Plus: the perks of travelling faster than the speed of sound.


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

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