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Monocle 24: The Big Interview

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Monocle 24’s new series features in-depth interviews with inspirational names in global politics, business, culture and design. Hosted by Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck and Monocle’s senior editors.

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Monocle 24’s new series features in-depth interviews with inspirational names in global politics, business, culture and design. Hosted by Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck and Monocle’s senior editors.

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Smart, gentle, enjoyable

By lecmht - Dec 04 2019
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Interviewer is great! So glad to have stumbled on this podcast. Thank you

Don’t listen to the author interviews before reading the books...

By BranBran-BranBran - May 25 2019
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The interviewer gives away the ending of Ottessa Moshfegh’s “DescriptionMy Year of Rest and Relaxation” through questioning plot motivations that happen within the last 10 pages of the book. This was unnecessary and completely spoiled the ending. I wish I had not listened to this.

iTunes Ratings

24 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
4
1
2
0

Smart, gentle, enjoyable

By lecmht - Dec 04 2019
Read more
Interviewer is great! So glad to have stumbled on this podcast. Thank you

Don’t listen to the author interviews before reading the books...

By BranBran-BranBran - May 25 2019
Read more
The interviewer gives away the ending of Ottessa Moshfegh’s “DescriptionMy Year of Rest and Relaxation” through questioning plot motivations that happen within the last 10 pages of the book. This was unnecessary and completely spoiled the ending. I wish I had not listened to this.
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Monocle 24: The Big Interview

Latest release on Oct 16, 2020

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Monocle 24’s new series features in-depth interviews with inspirational names in global politics, business, culture and design. Hosted by Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck and Monocle’s senior editors.

Rank #1: George Saunders

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‘New York Times’ bestselling author George Saunders has just won the most prestigious literary prize in the English-speaking world: the Man Booker. He sat down with Monocle’s Georgina Godwin to talk about his career and winning debut novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’.

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Oct 22 2017

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Rank #2: Imelda Staunton

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Despite popular film credits including the Harry Potter series and an Oscar-nominated turn in 2004’s ‘Vera Drake’, Imelda Staunton has never strayed far from the stage. She’s won four Olivier awards, most recently for her much acclaimed portrayal of Madame Rose in Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical ‘Gypsy’. Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan asks Staunton about her career highlights and the secrets of good stage acting.

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Oct 13 2019

28mins

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Rank #3: Sandra Bernhard

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Comedienne, actress, activist, singer and pioneer of the one-woman show: Sandra Bernhard sits down with Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé to talk about stand-up, Tinder, the media the 1970s and much, much more.

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Mar 11 2018

28mins

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Rank #4: Dries van Noten

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Nolan Giles sits down with the Belgian fashion designer to talk about crafting clothes in the era of images and screens, being hands-on in both the creative and commercial sides of his business and the importance of his hometown of Antwerp to his business.

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Nov 27 2016

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Rank #5: Ottessa Moshfegh

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The acclaimed American writer’s short stories first appeared in ‘The Paris Review’, ‘The New Yorker’, ‘Granta’ and others. She went on to publish her first novella ‘McGlue’ in 2014 and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for her second novel, ‘Eileen’. Her writing is whip-smart and bleakly funny. In conversation with Monocle’s Chloë Ashby she talks about her third novel 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation', New York in the early 2000s, and why she writes.

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May 19 2019

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Rank #6: Marina Abramović

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Influential performance artist Marina Abramović sits down with Sophie Grove in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm to talk about her childhood, the Slavic soul, the powerful chemistry between audience and performer and the sacrifices that an artist must be willing to make.

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Mar 05 2017

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Rank #7: Dave Eggers

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Eggers is the author behind bestselling and award-winning books such as ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’, ‘What is the What’ and ‘The Circle’. But apart from a career as an author, Eggers is also a journalist, editor, graphic designer and artist. He is the founder of independent publishing company McSweeney’s, which produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing and a monthly magazine. He met Monocle’s Ed Stocker to talk about his work, influences and more.

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Mar 04 2018

29mins

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Rank #8: Christophe Galfard

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Theoretical physicist and popular science author Christophe Galfard sits down with Robert Bound to delve into the world of special relativity and quantum mechanics. Plus: the necessity of bridging the gap between the general public and the experts when it comes to science.

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Jul 31 2016

28mins

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Rank #9: John Waters

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Film director John Waters, aka the Pope of Trash, is known for his 1972 film ‘Pink Flamingos’ and 1988’s ‘Hairspray’, later a hit Broadway musical. Today he writes books and performs standup. He spoke to Monocle’s Daphne Karnezis about building a career on bad reviews and how Trump ruined the word ‘ugly’.

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Nov 24 2019

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Rank #10: Sir David Tang

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‘The Big Interview’ is back on Monocle 24, featuring in-depth conversations with inspirational names in global politics, business, culture and design. To kick off the fourth series Tyler Brûlé sits down with Hong Kong businessman and concert pianist Sir David Tang to talk about nationality, the notion of nice and some of his favourite – and least favourite – Asian destinations.

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Oct 02 2016

29mins

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Rank #11: Jared Diamond

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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.

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Jun 16 2019

29mins

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Rank #12: Isabel Allende

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Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker sits down with celebrated Chilean author Isabel Allende to discuss the art of storytelling, her deep-rooted affection for Chile and Latin America, the dangers of the US’s new government and her human-rights work.

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Apr 09 2017

28mins

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Rank #13: Architects

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In this special edition of The Big Interview we look back at our best discussions with some of the world’s leading architects and designers. Join Tom Edwards for this flashback episode in which he presents highlights from Daniel Libeskind, Amanda Levete, Lord Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick and Kevin Roche.

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Jun 26 2016

28mins

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Rank #14: Art Spiegelman

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One of the world's most influential graphic artists, Art Spiegelman sits down with Andrew Mueller to discuss depicting atrocities, his career-defining graphic novel ‘Maus’ and, of course, president-elect Donald Trump.

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Nov 13 2016

30mins

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Rank #15: Steve McQueen

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For our season finale, we sit down with the British Turner prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning director of ‘12 Years a Slave’, ‘Shame’ and ‘Hunger’. He talks to Robert Bound about his latest film ‘Widows’ and focusing on the work, not the accolades.

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Dec 16 2018

21mins

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Rank #16: David Puttnam

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The independent producer and legend of the UK film industry Lord Puttnam sits down with Robert Bound to discuss playing father to an entire film crew, the lack of integrity in today’s media and the role of the documentary as a tool to help the world.

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Jul 24 2016

29mins

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Rank #17: Samantha Power

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From 2013 to 2017 Samantha Power served in Barack Obama’s cabinet and as US ambassador to the UN. Starting out as a journalist, she won the Pulitzer prize in 2003 and has now written a memoir, ‘The Education of an Idealist’. Andrew Mueller asks her about her journey to the White House, playing football with the Latin American ambassadors and what it’s like at the centre of a media storm.

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Nov 17 2019

29mins

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Rank #18: William Kentridge

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Robert Bound talks to artist William Kentridge about the process of creation, the drawing as the starting point, the beauty of opera, the importance of peripheral vision and his home country, South Africa.

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Oct 09 2016

29mins

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Rank #19: Kristin Scott Thomas

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Academy award-nominated actress Kristin Scott Thomas sits down with Monocle 24’s Robert Bound to discuss her latest film ‘The Party’, the differences between acting for film and stage, her debut as a director and why she has chosen Europe over Hollywood.

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Apr 02 2017

29mins

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Rank #20: Isabelle Huppert

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Doyenne of French cinema Isabelle Huppert sits down with Monocle’s Robert Bound to talk about her upcoming film with Neil Jordan, ‘The Widow’, how confidence has come to guide her roles and how less is more when it comes to acting.

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Sep 24 2017

29mins

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Charlie Sykes

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The former radio host and founder of the conservative news website The Bulwark talks to Chris Cermak about a career of two halves: before and after the rise of Trump, losing listeners to Trumpism and how to win them back over to the moderate fold.

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Oct 16 2020

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Karen Donfried

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In the third episode of our US election series, Karen Donfried, the president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, talks to Chris Cermak about the challenges for the transatlantic relationship and how to get the alliance back on track, regardless of who takes the White House in November.

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Oct 09 2020

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Chris Wallace

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The veteran Fox News anchor was the man tasked with moderating the fractious first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. In our second episode in our special US election series, Tomos Lewis speaks with Wallace about the state of US media, what makes a good question and why after a long career in journalism, moderating a presidential debate is still a nerve-wrecking event.

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Oct 02 2020

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Ben Rhodes

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In our first episode of a special series on the US election, Monocle’s Tomos Lewis sits down with Ben Rhodes, the former speechwriter, foreign-policy adviser and deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama. He talks about how the US has changed since the Obama years and about his new podcast “Missing America”.

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Sep 25 2020

31mins

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Michel Comte

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For more than 40 years, the Swiss artist and photographer has worked for all the major fashion houses and publications including ‘Vogue’ and ‘Vanity Fair’. The subject of his forthcoming book is his grandfather, Alfred Comte, a legendary Swiss aviation pioneer. He sits down with Tyler Brûlé to reflect on the golden age of commercial air travel and on the extraordinary life and achievements of his grandfather.

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Sep 11 2020

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Masha Gessen

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Now a columnist for ‘The New Yorker’, the prize-winning journalist and author spent over two decades covering the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia. Gessen’s latest book ‘Surviving Autocracy’, turns a lens on the US. Andrew Mueller spoke to Gessen about meeting Putin, Donald Trump’s America and how to find the tools, and the language, to recognise an autocracy, and survive it.

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Sep 04 2020

26mins

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Adam Goodes

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One of the greatest ever players of Australian Rules football, former Sydney Swans captain Adam Goodes was also named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his advocacy for his fellow Indigenous Australians. In a rare interview, he talks to Andrew Mueller about connecting with his aboriginal roots, confronting racism on and off the football field and about changing things for the better for future generations.

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Aug 29 2020

27mins

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AC Grayling

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Philosopher and author AC Grayling is one of the foremost thinkers of our time. He is founder of and master at the New College of the Humanities and has written and edited more than 30 books. He sat down with Monocle’s Georgina Godwin to talk religion, humanism and the role ethics can play in our lives, electoral reform and more. All of which are discussed in his latest book, ‘The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy’.

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Aug 21 2020

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Kevin Rudd

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The twice former prime minister of Australia speaks to Andrew Mueller about his life in politics – the stakes, the achievements and how precarious the job of PM can be.

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Aug 14 2020

29mins

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Anne-Sophie Mutter

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Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of the world’s pre-eminent classical soloists. For 40 years the German performer has collaborated with distinguished composers and musicians, winning numerous awards. She talks to Monocle’s Robert Bound about Beethoven, her Stradivarius and sending biscuits to John Williams.

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Aug 07 2020

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The Chiefs Edition: Bernd Bauer

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Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this week’s episode, Bernd Bauer, CEO of Swiss premium leisure carrier, Edelweiss Air, discusses risk mitigation as we take to the skies again and how to get the aviation industry’s optimism back.

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Jul 03 2020

24mins

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The Chiefs Edition: Peter Maurer

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President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, joins Tyler Brûlé to discuss the shifting funding models for international institutions, the importance of brand on the frontline and reshaping humanitarian aid and diplomacy in a post-coronavirus world.

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Jun 26 2020

29mins

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The Chiefs Edition: Sarah McNally

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Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this episode, Sarah McNally, founder of McNally Jackson bookshops, discusses the latest challenge to the publishing industry and why New Yorkers’ steely resilience could save independent retail.

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Jun 23 2020

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The Chiefs Edition: David Miliband

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Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this episode, David Milband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former UK foreign secretary, discusses how to fix the vacuum in global leadership and why public trust – not hospitals – is the real key to fighting coronavirus.

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Jun 19 2020

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The chiefs Edition: Andrew Cogan

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Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks some of the world’s leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead as we exit the current crisis. In this episode, CEO of office-design firm Knoll, Andrew Cogan, discusses the changing nature of the way we work and the importance of workplace culture, ergonomics and sustainability in the workplaces of the future.

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Jun 16 2020

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The Chiefs Edition: Jeremy King

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Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this episode, celebrated restaurateur Jeremy King discusses the fate of the UK hospitality industry – and tells us why the socially distanced restaurant is a myth.

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Jun 12 2020

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The Chiefs Edition: Emma Tucker

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Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, meets Emma Tucker, the editor of ‘The Sunday Times’, to discuss what it’s like to cover a global pandemic, the importance of Sunday journalism and how digital can complement, not replace, print media.

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Jun 05 2020

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The ChiefsEdition: Jens Henriksson

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Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, meets Jens Henriksson, the CEO of Nordic financial services giant Swedbank, who talks about supporting SMEs, the path to economic recovery and how best to approach the challenges that lie ahead.

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May 29 2020

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The Chiefs Edition: Scott Malkin

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Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, talks to the CEO of Value Retail, Scott Malkin, about the luxury fashion industry’s response to coronavirus, changing consumer habits and how disruption might be an opportunity to fix physical retail’s enduring problems.

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May 23 2020

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The Chiefs Edition: Sergio Ermotti

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Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, is joined by Sergio Ermotti, the CEO of Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services giant UBS, to discuss how to help small and medium-sized business through the crisis, the resilience of the Swiss economy and what next for global leadership and cooperation in a post-coronavirus world.

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May 15 2020

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iTunes Ratings

24 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
4
1
2
0

Smart, gentle, enjoyable

By lecmht - Dec 04 2019
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Interviewer is great! So glad to have stumbled on this podcast. Thank you

Don’t listen to the author interviews before reading the books...

By BranBran-BranBran - May 25 2019
Read more
The interviewer gives away the ending of Ottessa Moshfegh’s “DescriptionMy Year of Rest and Relaxation” through questioning plot motivations that happen within the last 10 pages of the book. This was unnecessary and completely spoiled the ending. I wish I had not listened to this.