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Monocle 24: Monocle on Culture
31 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
‘The Passengers’ by Will Ashon
Writer Will Ashon joins us in the studio to discuss his new book, ‘The Passengers’, which brings together 180 anonymous voices whose only link to each other is a connection to the British Isles. This unique work of nonfiction tells the story of what it feels like to be alive in a particular time and place.
27 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
We take a deep dive into immersive theatre with the acclaimed company Punchdrunk and offer recommendations for what to watch if you’re heading to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Plus: a musical treat from comedian Jazz Emu.
30 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
How did drag become mainstream?
Drag culture has sashayed its way into the mainstream. Robert Bound speaks to Nicole Pasulka, the author of the new book, 'How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn', and one of the UK's best-known drag queens, Amrou Al-Kadhi — otherwise known as 'Glamrou' — about the sparkliest of art forms.
32 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
Music for moons
Robert Bound is joined in the studio by composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg to explore how she created her new work, ‘The Moons Symphony’. It tells the story of seven moons in our universe and dramatises the past, present and future of moon explorations.
27 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
Contemporary arts in the Mena region
What does contemporary arts practice look like across the Middle East and North Africa? We head to Morocco to find out from an actress and theatre practitioner, a pop star and an arts facilitator about the challenges and opportunities of creating their work in the region – and whether one of them can help Robert Bound find a cocktail bar in Casablanca.
32 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
Robert Bound is joined by Kate Hutchinson and Christine Ochefu to take you through this summer’s hottest music releases. From the biggest names to the less well-known, find out which artists should be providing the backdrop to your summer.
35 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
As the man who signed Bob Marley and the Wailers, Chris Blackwell is credited with bringing Jamaican music to the masses. He talks to Robert Bound about his upbringing on – and love for – the Caribbean island, as well as the breadth of his musical legacy, which includes playing an instrumental role in the careers of Grace Jones and Nick Drake. Blackwell’s new book, ‘The Islander: My Life in Music and Beyond’, is out now, published by Bonnier.
29 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Norway’s new National Museum, behind the scenes of Primavera and Indonesia’s ‘Balinale’
We visit Norway’s new National Museum on Oslo’s harbour, which aims to cement the city’s position as an emerging cultural capital. Plus: we go behind the scenes of Barcelona music festival Primavera Sound and hear from the founder of the Bali International Film Festival.
28 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Tom Cruise is back as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell for another sky-high adventure in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’. Robert Bound is joined by critics Clarisse Loughrey and Simran Hans to ask whether this legacy sequel takes off.
31 minutes | May 30, 2022
The films of Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola has been applauded as a filmmaker ever since ‘The Virgin Suicides’ in 1999. In the two decades since, her films have touched on everything from an 18th-century queen on the eve of the French revolution to a group of thieves notorious for stealing the property of Paris Hilton. We take a deep dive into her work with critic Hannah Strong, the author of the new book, ‘Sofia Coppola: Forever Young’.
29 minutes | May 23, 2022
Jarvis Cocker's loft
We meet Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker for a tour of the objects that catalogue his rise to stardom, found in a loft and now forming the basis of his new memoir and exhibition. Plus we head to another exhibition, ‘Once Upon a Time’, that explores folklore, myth and fairytales through the ages.
32 minutes | May 16, 2022
Foghorns and the music of the coast
Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Jennifer Lucy Allan, a musicologist, writer and radio presenter, who also has a PhD in foghorns. Her book ‘The Foghorn’s Lament: The Disappearing Music of the Coast’ has just been published in paperback. It charts the history of the foghorn, its poetic role at the boundary of land and sea, and how its bellowing sound captures the imagination.
30 minutes | May 9, 2022
Robert Bound is joined in the studio by one of the UK’s most celebrated writers, Ali Smith. Her latest work, ‘Companion Piece’, is an addition to Smith’s seasonal quartet. Through her typical playful use of language, it brings together the specific hardships of the coronavirus pandemic and mythic history. It is a celebration of companionship and an exploration of how, after being locked down, we might open up again.
34 minutes | May 2, 2022
What to watch
Critic and broadcaster Scott Bryan and Inkoo Kang of ‘The Washington Post’ talk all things TV with Robert Bound. We discuss the best shows on the small screen today, as well as what’s coming up. Expect everything from crime, cooking and comedy to dinosaurs.
34 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
Venice Biennale Special
The world’s most prestigious art event is back in full force. Monocle’s Chiara Rimella and Alexis Self chat about their week in Venice, and how the Biennale has responded in times of conflict. Plus: we hear from some of the most talked-about artists at this year’s event, including Stan Douglas and Golden Lion winner Sonia Boyce.
30 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Spring music releases
Georgie Rogers and Fernando Augusto Pacheco join Robert Bound to look ahead to the most exciting albums of the coming months, including new releases from a Brazilian pop star, a classic British indie band and a camera-shy cowboy.
29 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
The beautiful game
From team badges and strips to the architecture of stadiums, design has long been a major part of football. We visit a new exhibition at the Design Museum in London, ‘Football: Designing the Beautiful Game’, and speak to its assistant curator Rachel Hajek and fashion commentator Simon Doonan about the evolution of style and football.
32 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
‘Henry VI’: Behind the scenes of a new play of heroic proportions
While some of William Shakespeare’s plays are reproduced again and again, there are others that theatre companies tend to steer clear of. The Royal Shakespeare Company is undertaking the challenge of putting on ‘Henry VI: Part II’, renaming it ‘Henry VI: Rebellion’, which has the longest dramatis personae of any Shakespearean drama. We go behind the scenes and speak to those putting on this epic play.
33 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
Spring preview: books and art
Ossian Ward and Mia Levitin join Robert Bound in the studio for a rundown of the best of the season’s art and books.
24 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak
A special edition of the show marking its partnership with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism. Robert Bound is joined by the chairman of the department, who explains his conviction that culture is at the heart of any progressive society. At this moment of reckoning in the world of so-called ‘big culture’, the ability to build new museums with fresh thinking is an opportunity not to be missed. The chairman explains why the wealth of forthcoming institutions at Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island could grasp that chance.
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