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Monday 1 April

Mon, 2019-04-01 09:00
We assess the UK’s options as the country gets ever closer to crashing out of the EU. Plus, we hear from incoming Slovakian president Zuzana Caputova and get an update on elections in Ukraine and Turkey.


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

Shifting Asia: smart cities

Sun, 2019-03-31 18:00
The seventh edition in UBS’s thought-leadership series dives into the booming world of smart cities in Asia, where waves of innovation and ambitious plans are transforming the relationship between governments and citizens. Cities are grappling with the challenge of balancing population growth with strained infrastructure, depleting resources and finite space. Could smart cities offer an answer? We’ll hear from one of the report’s authors in Singapore and from Monocle’s editors in Tokyo and Hong Kong.


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

Matthew L Tompkins, Julia Blackburn and Daniel O’Sullivan

Sun, 2019-03-31 14:02
Magician-turned-psychologist Matthew L Tompkins joins us to discuss his new book, ‘The Spectacle of Illusion,’ which explores the many ways tricksters have exploited the brain’s vulnerabilities over the ages. Plus: we learn about Doggerland, the sunken landmass that once connected the UK to mainland Europe, from author and poet Julia Blackburn, and hear from musician Daniel O’Sullivan.


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

Tackling men’s mental health

Sun, 2019-03-31 12:02
We look at a play that is bringing the issue of men’s mental health to the forefront. Plus: one of the world’s top 100 start-ups, weekend papers and we celebrate Burmese New Year.


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

A revered label

Sun, 2019-03-31 11:00
We meet the founder of Parisian menswear label De Bonne Facture, visit Chanel’s embroiderers Lesage and Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé, Jamie Waters and Sophie Grove discuss why ‘Made In France’ is still such a revered label.


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

James Runcie

Sat, 2019-03-30 16:02
Son of a former archbishop of Canterbury, Runcie is author of 11 books including ‘The Grantchester Mysteries,’ a series of crime-fiction stories that are now a major television series. We ask him if he believes in God.


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

Islamic State’s foreign fighters – what happens to them now?

Sat, 2019-03-30 13:02
When Kurdish fighters overran Islamic State’s last stronghold in Syria, victory was declared over the jihadist group. But many of Islamic State’s fighters and their families have survived the collapse of the caliphate. What should become of them? And can we be sure that the defeat of Islamic State is also a defeat of its ideology? Andrew Mueller is joined by NPR’s Jane Arraf, former MI6 global counter-terror chief Richard Barrett CMG OBE and Aimen Dean, former al-Qaeda militant turned MI6 agent.


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

Small but perfectly formed

Sat, 2019-03-30 11:02
On ‘The Stack’ this week it’s all about small-sized publications. They are not just practical but they look pretty good too. We speak to the editors and designers of ‘502 Bad Gateway’, ‘99 Percent Lifestyle’, ‘Matters Journal’ and ‘Jewish Quarterly’.


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

Highlights from Monocle 24

Sat, 2019-03-30 10:02
Highlights from the past seven days on Monocle 24 including author Fatima Bhutto, ‘Conde Nast Traveller’ editor in chief Melinda Stevens and live music from Night Works, aka Gabriel Stebbings – the ex-Metronomy and Christine and the Queens guitarist.


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

Best of Métier Class

Sat, 2019-03-30 10:00
Legendary figures from la maison Chanel sit down with Tyler Brûlé to talk about the traditions, heritage, style and design principles behind a unique brand.


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

Friday 29 March

Fri, 2019-03-29 23:00
As the UK prime minister Theresa May sees her Brexit deal crushed in the House of Commons for the third time, we ask what could possibly happen next. Plus we discuss if the US supplied Saudi Arabia with nuclear technology, revisit an interview with the recently deceased Agnès Varda, and Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco gives us his global countdown.


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

Cycling chef

Fri, 2019-03-29 20:02
Tasty recipes for professional and everyday athletes, what got Florence’s Pitti Taste food fair talking this year, plus glass design innovation by Riedel.


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

Friday 29 March

Fri, 2019-03-29 19:00
Monocle’s Venetia Rainey, Paige Reynolds and Augustin Macellari join host Andrew Mueller to debate Britain’s Brexit shambles, the grey area between entertainment and politics and look back at what films were good, or bad, at predicting the year 2019.


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

Friday 29 March

Fri, 2019-03-29 13:00
Why has Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó been barred from public office? We also discuss Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform the French civil service, Theresa May’s attempts to hold a third vote on her Brexit deal and find out why museums are facing repatriation requests for their fossils.


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

Eureka 141: Tay Liam Wee – Watchbox

Fri, 2019-03-29 12:27
Tay Liam Wee is the chairman and co-founder of Watchbox, a growing trading platform for pre-owned watches shaking up a multi-billion-dollar industry. Watchbox mixes personalised online shopping with high-touch retail service. Tay is the former owner of Sincere Watch, a family business he took over in the 1980s, expanding the company across Asia.


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

The Sessions at Midori House: Night Works

Fri, 2019-03-29 11:20
Night Works is the solo project of Gabriel Stebbing – ex-Metronomy and Christine and the Queens guitarist. After his first album in 2013 he’s revived the project for a new EP, followed by an album later this year. Stebbing is at Midori House to talk synth pop, collaboration and to play some new songs.


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

Friday 29 March

Fri, 2019-03-29 08:00
We discuss Ukraine’s election and ask whether Theresa May can get a modified version of her Brexit plan through parliament. Plus: Helsinki’s newest museum, business news and can France cut down on its wine consumption?


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

Thursday 28 March

Thu, 2019-03-28 23:00
As Venezuelan opposition leader – and in some quarters, interim president – Juan Guaido’s wife enjoys an audience with Donald Trump, we ask what next for Venezuela. Plus we ask: is China’s attitude to the Dalai Lama shifting for the worse, why Turkey’s president is converting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque and is the London skyline set to change?


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

Affordable housing

Thu, 2019-03-28 20:02
We look at Helsinki’s model of mixed housing, Cairo’s plan to end all slum dwellings by the end of the year and hear why the state of California is suing some of its own cities over affordability.


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

Thursday 28 March

Thu, 2019-03-28 19:00
Michael Goldfarb and Jonathan Fenby join Andrew Mueller to discuss the ongoing Brexit confusion in the UK parliament, Emmanuel Macron’s plan to overhaul France’s civil service and the deepening crisis in Venezuela.


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

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