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Monocle 24: The Big Interview

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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Massimo Bottura

We kick off season six of The Big Interview in conversation with the chef, art enthusiast and social entrepreneur Massimo Bottura. The man behind the three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana talks about food, art and beauty, as well as the role and responsibility of a chef in 2017 as an agent of change.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

3 Sep 2017

Rank #1

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Marina Abramović

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

5 Mar 2017

Rank #2

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George Saunders

‘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’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

22 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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Imelda Staunton

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

13 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Sandra Bernhard

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

11 Mar 2018

Rank #5

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Ottessa Moshfegh

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

19 May 2019

Rank #6

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Dave Eggers

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

4 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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Christophe Galfard

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

31 Jul 2016

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Sir David Tang

‘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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

2 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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Jared Diamond

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

16 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Dries van Noten

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

27 Nov 2016

Rank #11

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Steve McQueen

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21mins

16 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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William Kentridge

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

9 Oct 2016

Rank #13

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David Puttnam

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

24 Jul 2016

Rank #14

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Art Spiegelman

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

13 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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Fatima Bhutto

The author is the niece of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and part of the Pakistani political dynasty. In her memoir ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’, she tells the story of a turbulent and tragic family history. Her latest book, ‘The Runaways’, is a story about radicalism, belonging and muslim identity. She talks to Georgina Godwin about growing up in exile, Islamophobia and K-pop.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

12 May 2019

Rank #16

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Isabel Allende

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28mins

9 Apr 2017

Rank #17

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Luc Tuymans

Monocle’s Robert Bound sits down with Belgian artist Luc Tuymans to discuss his idea of ‘the real’ as well as the physicality of painting, when to begin and when to stop and the changing role but immutable nature of the artist. Plus: Tuymans discusses artist and painter James Ensor, about whom he has recently curated an exhibition.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

30 Oct 2016

Rank #18

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Kristin Scott Thomas

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

2 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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Isabelle Huppert

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

24 Sep 2017

Rank #20