Podcast

Monocle 24: The Briefing

A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology to aviation and retail to media.

Episodes

  • Friday 24 January

    Jan 24 2020

    We hear from our Hong Kong bureau chief about the coronavirus outbreak, look ahead to India’s Republic Day and a Davos debrief. Plus: the week’s strangest stories and Azerbaijan’s charts, with Fernando Augusto Pacheco.

  • Thursday 23 January

    Jan 23 2020

    Why are US troops still stationed in Syria? Plus: how to keep our politicians safe, the latest on Lisbon’s proposed airport and Monocle’s fashion editor, Jamie Waters, tells us about a leaving party for one of the industry’s biggest names.

  • Wednesday 22 January

    Jan 22 2020

    US political expert Jacob Parakilas has the latest on Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Plus: Monocle’s team in Switzerland explore Davos, Fernando Augusto Pacheco on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and we look at the headlines from Latin America.

  • Tuesday 21 January

    Jan 21 2020

    Swiss special: what to expect from Davos. Plus, Donald Trump dodges his impeachment trial, why Switzerland might regulate its franc and Monocle’s technology correspondent, David Phelan, describes his latest gadgets.

  • Monday 20 January

    Jan 20 2020

    World powers emerge from a Berlin summit promising peace in Libya, Tyler Brûlé looks ahead to the World Economic Forum in Davos and an airline is up for grabs in Slovenia. Plus: business news, the papers and facial hair.

  • Friday 17 January

    Jan 17 2020

    Peace negotiator Jonathan Powell on the best ways to resolve a military conflict. Plus: China’s birth rate plummets, a row over a US ambassador’s moustache, the week’s strangest stories and Fernando Augusto Pacheco on Austrian pop music.

  • Thursday 16 January

    Jan 16 2020

    Could the US Senate vote to impeach Donald Trump? Plus: the latest on Putin’s power grab, Australian spin doctor Isaac Levido and Monocle’s Tomos Lewis on why a Welsh folk song has topped the UK’s iTunes chart.

  • Wednesday 15 January

    Jan 15 2020

    Could Donald Trump strike a nuclear deal with Iran? Plus: the virologist Chris Smith on the outbreak of a mysterious virus in China, one of the world’s biggest art fairs gets a new boss and we ask what constitutes a reasonable expenses claim.

  • Tuesday 14 January

    Jan 14 2020

    Could divisions in the US Democratic Party scupper its chances for the presidential election? Plus: Colombia's fragile peace, Germany's concerns for its auto industry and the buzz in Brazil about an Oscar nomination.

  • Monday 13 January

    Jan 13 2020

    Will Libya's warring factions agree to a ceasefire? Plus: a special report on Canada’s Iranian community, why Slovenia has fallen out of love with the Trumps and an update on Vienna's wooden skyscraper.

  • Friday 10 January

    Jan 10 2020

    What do we know about the plane crash in Iran? Plus: James Chambers on Taiwan’s elections, the demise of ‘Metro Boston’, and Robert Bound plays us the best of Ugandan pop music.

  • Thursday 9 January

    Jan 09 2020

    We discuss what we should expect in Taiwan’s presidential election. Plus: the role of Iran’s revolutionary guards in the country’s politics, Croatia’s PR push in Brussels and mysterious radio signals from outer space.

  • Wednesday 8 January

    Jan 08 2020

    We have the latest as Iran attacks US military bases in Iraq. Plus: talks between the UK and the EU resume in London, Monocle’s Robert Bound on the art of the apology and do beards make our leaders more trustworthy?

  • Tuesday 7 January

    Jan 07 2020

    Should Donald Trump have consulted US Congress before giving the order to kill Iran’s top general? Plus: the latest on Venezuela’s political crisis, the day’s business headlines, a fashion round-up and why the French are reluctant to give up alcohol in January.

  • Monday 6 January

    Jan 06 2020

    How will Iran respond to the assassination of its leading military commander? Plus: Croatia’s new president, the UK’s Labour party prepares to elect a new leader and the winners and losers from the Golden Globes.

  • Friday 3 January

    Jan 03 2020

    We have the latest as Iran’s top general, Qassem Suleimani, is assassinated on the orders of Donald Trump. Plus: Boris Johnson’s strategist seeks “weirdos and misfits” for the UK government and designer Kestin Hare.

  • Thursday 2 January

    Jan 02 2020

    Andrew Mueller has the latest from Australia as wildfires devastate the country. Plus: protests at the US embassy in Iraq, the UK government’s attempts to spin Brexit and a critical year for the European Space Agency.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Markus Zusak

    Jan 01 2020

    In this special edition of The Briefing we look back at the best of Meet The Writers in 2019. Georgina Godwin talks to internationally acclaimed Australian author Markus Zusak. His novel ‘The Book Thief’ has sold 16 million copies, spent more than 500 weeks on ‘The New York Times’ bestseller list and been made into a major film. After a 13-year wait, his new novel ‘Bridge of Clay’ was published in 2019.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Damian Barr

    Dec 31 2019

    "In this special edition of 'The Briefing', we look back at some of the year's best episodes of 'Meet The Writers'. Georgina Godwin talks to Damian Barr. His novel Maggie and Me was named the Sunday Times Memoir of the Year and his latest novel, You Will Be Safe Here, has already received high praise. The conversation covers his abusive childhood, his mentoring of other writers, how the British intervention in South Africa laid the ground for Apartheid and... the empathy of chickens.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Sarah Churchwell

    Dec 30 2019

    In this special edition of The Briefing, we revisit the best of the year on Meet The Writers. Here Georgina Godwin speaks to Sarah Churchwell, whose new book, ‘Behold America', examines the origins of the phrases ‘American Dream’ and ‘America First’ ¬– and discusses how they need to be understood afresh so that the true spirit of America can be reclaimed.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Howard Jacobson

    Dec 27 2019

    We look back at some of the year's best episodes of Meet The Writers. On this episode, Georgina Godwin speaks to Howard Jacobson. He has been nominated for the Booker Prize three times, winning it once in addition to many other prizes. He’s also a broadcaster, columnist and academic. He is known for his humour that often centres on his British Jewish characters. His 16th novel 'Live a Little' explored nonagenerian love.

  • The best of Meet The Writers: Elif Shafak

    Dec 26 2019

    In this special edition of The Briefing, we revisit the year’s best episodes of Meet The Writers. In this edition, Georgina Godwin talks to award-winning British-Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, the most widely read female author in Turkey, about issues of identity, language and her most recent book.

  • "Christmas Day special "

    Dec 25 2019

    Tom Edwards is joined by Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé and editor Andrew Tuck to swap presents, take a look at Christmas around the world and learn how the residents of Zürich do the holiday season.

  • "The Briefing: Christmas Eve special "

    Dec 24 2019

    Monocle’s Tom Edwards and Markus Hippi gather to prepare for the big day by comparing festive playlists, revealing the story of Sweden’s Gävle goat, conducting a Christmas quiz – and an interview with Santa Claus himself.

  • Edition 2118

    Dec 23 2019

    A pacy round-up of the day’s main news stories, anchored from London by a Monocle editor. The show features informed reporting, prescient business analysis and invaluable industry reports covering everything from technology to aviation and retail to media.

  • Friday 20 December

    Dec 20 2019

    Australia’s PM, Scott Morrison, faces the music over his handling of the country’s bushfires. Plus: Bloomberg’s Yuan Potts profiles the Bank of England’s new governor, Andrew Mueller on the week’s weird and wonderful stories and we play hits from the decade’s most popular albums.

  • Thursday 19 December

    Dec 19 2019

    Republican Ryan Williams tells us how his party feels about Donald Trump’s impeachment. Plus: the UK’s Labour Party seeks a new leader, Zagreb’s Christmas market and Monocle 24’s Paige Reynolds plays a Christmas belter.

  • Wednesday 18 December

    Dec 18 2019

    Former White House insider Amy Pope discusses today’s impeachment hearing. Plus: Australia’s Kevin Rudd on the crisis of the centre-left, libraries in LA and Monocle 24’s Bill Leuty plays his favourite festive song.

  • Tuesday 17 December

    Dec 17 2019

    Why is Nato facing the most ‘complex security’ environment in its history? Plus: the latest on Trump’s impeachment, a dramatic year in Latin America and Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan plays us his favourite Christmas song.

  • Monday 16 December

    Dec 16 2019

    Can the UK’s Labour Party recover from its crushing election defeat? Plus: China’s leadership becomes embroiled in a row with a top footballer, Vladimir Putin prepares to celebrate 20 years as Russia’s leader and a former spin doctor tells us why he’s written a children’s novel.

  • Friday 13 December

    Dec 13 2019

    A special programme on the UK general election examines the Conservative Party’s resounding victory, Labour’s collapse and the Liberal Democrats' loss of its leader. Plus: Andrew Mueller on the week’s quirkier stories and our pop countdown gets political.

  • Thursday 12 December

    Dec 12 2019

    Monocle’s Ed Stocker surmises the impeachment case against Donald Trump. Plus: the latest on Libya’s civil war, the EU’s plan to save the planet and why Vanna White has finally taken the reins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’.

  • Wednesday 11 December

    Dec 11 2019

    Why is China imprisoning record numbers of journalists? Plus: the last day of campaigning in the UK’s general election, Balkan nations boycott the Nobel prize for literature and how Christmas music encourages us to part with our hard-earned cash.

  • Tuesday 10 December

    Dec 10 2019

    Are US Democrats ready to outline the impeachment case against Donald Trump? Plus: Argentina’s Alberto Fernández takes office, the European Space Agency’s plan to clear up space junk and Monocle’s Nic Monisse talks Australian skyscrapers.

  • Monday 9 December

    Dec 09 2019

    Monocle’s Hong Kong team reflect on six months of mass protests in the city-state. Plus: we profile Finland’s 34-year-old prime minister, meet the man behind Miami’s Perez Art Museum and ask if tactical voting can keep Boris Johnson from Downing Street.

  • Friday 6 December

    Dec 06 2019

    We discuss the allegations that Russia has been posting agents in the French Alps to launch operations in the EU. Plus: why homelessness in LA is a political talking point, the latest from Design Miami and we listen to some of Iceland’s most popular current chart hits.

  • Thursday 5 December

    Dec 05 2019

    Could the UK’s general election deliver a shock result? Plus: pension reform in France, party politics in Brazil, the day’s main business stories and we hear from the official spokesperson for Sweden’s Gävle Goat.

  • Wednesday 4 December

    Dec 04 2019

    Why has Kamala Harris withdrawn from the US presidential race? Plus: Montenegro bids to join the EU, 2019’s Turner Prize is split four ways and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella reports live from Art Basel in Miami Beach.

  • Tuesday 3 December

    Dec 03 2019

    We have the latest from the Nato summit as Donald Trump takes aim at his allies. Plus: Finland’s prime minister quits, North Korea hails the completion of its ‘modern mountainous city’ and technology guru David Phelan.

  • Monday 2 December

    Dec 02 2019

    Are the UK’s leaders making ‘political capital’ out of the London Bridge terror attack? Plus: Joe Biden’s presidential campaign gets underway, Germany’s SPD shifts to the left and Monocle’s Josh Fehnert discusses the apostrophe’s demise with Robin Lustig.

  • Friday 29 November

    Nov 29 2019

    We discuss Donald Trump’s attempts to broker a peace agreement with the Afghan Taliban. Plus: a sideways take on the week’s news with Monocle’s Andrew Mueller, the best (and worst) of Angolan pop music and why the Danes are so fond of societies.

  • Thursday 28 November

    Nov 28 2019

    Will the US and China come to blows over Hong Kong? Plus: digital media in the UK’s election, leftist title *Jacobin* publishes a Brazilian edition and author Priya Basil tells us why we should all be more hospitable.

  • Wednesday 27 November

    Nov 27 2019

    Will Germany’s ‘grand coalition’ survive the SPD’s leadership election? Plus: the parallels between US Republicans and the UK’s Conservatives, a round-up of stories from the Balkans and why feminists think Father Christmas should get a makeover.

  • Tuesday 26 November

    Nov 26 2019

    Will protests in Georgia help transform the country’s political landscape? Plus, Germany’s government mounts a defence of the Nato alliance, the UK sketch writer John Crace on satirising Westminster and we discuss history’s most audacious heists.

  • Monday 25 November

    Nov 25 2019

    Can Michael Bloomberg win next year’s US presidential election? Plus: LVMH buys Tiffany & Co, the global shortage of halloumi cheese and Monocle’s affairs editor, Chris Cermak, reviews the day’s papers.

  • Friday 22 November

    Nov 22 2019

    Why has the UK refused to return control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius? Plus: the rise of Austria’s Greens, the latest from the world’s biggest tech conference and the start of Switzerland’s ski season.

  • Thursday 21 November

    Nov 21 2019

    Former White House insider Amy Pope has the latest on the impeachment investigation. Plus: Canada gets a new cabinet, Monocle’s executive editor, Josh Fehnert, takes us inside the pages of ‘The Winter Weekly’ and we ask what it’s like to stand in an election you know you won’t win.

  • Wednesday 20 November

    Nov 20 2019

    Israel launches one of its biggest raids on Syria in recent years. Plus: Shinzo Abe becomes Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, the role of fact-checking websites and the Global Countdown live from Zürich.

  • Tuesday 19 November

    Nov 19 2019

    What should we expect from the UK’s televised general-election debate? Plus: left-wing politics in the US, business headlines from Bloomberg and Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan discusses plans to scrap film-distribution rules.

  • Monday 18 November

    Nov 18 2019

    What should we know about Sri Lanka's new president? Plus: Germany’s ‘grand coalition’, Russia’s footballers refuse to wear their new Adidas kit and Vicky Pryce on her new book, ‘Women vs Capitalism’.

  • Friday 15 November

    Nov 15 2019

    Will Lebanon’s new government be more successful than the last? Plus: we ask whether the UK’s Liberal Democrats are in the ascendency, discuss the value of workplace meetings and hear some Ukrainian chart toppers.

  • Thursday 14 November

    Nov 14 2019

    Can Germany’s SPD recover from its abysmal approval rating? Plus: Why countries are wary of recognising Kosovo, Switzerland’s relationship with coffee and former US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, tells us how to diffuse a political scandal.

  • Wednesday 13 November

    Nov 13 2019

    What should we expect from today’s impeachment hearing? Plus: ‘Times’ columnist Matthew Parris leaves the UK’s Conservatives, Jair Bolsonaro launches a new political party and we discuss museum diplomacy in China.

  • Tuesday 12 November

    Nov 12 2019

    We concentrate on the escalation in tensions between Israel and Gaza, after an airstrike kills a senior commander of militant group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Plus: a long history of leaders in exile and why the International Space Station might be doing a few more laps than anticipated.

  • Monday 11 November

    Nov 11 2019

    We have the latest as Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is released from jail. Plus: Spain’s general election, Austria’s spy agencies, and one of the UK’s top satirists tells us why he’s excited about the country’s general election.

  • Friday 8 November

    Nov 08 2019

    Emmanuel Macron takes aim at Nato. Plus: the importance of radical policy in the UK’s general election, Andrew Mueller’s sideways take on the week’s best stories and we find out why scientists are sending wine to space.

  • Thursday 7 November

    Nov 07 2019

    What is the power balance between the US and Iran in the Middle East? Plus: we ask whether alliances in politics work and find out why Finland is debating the annual publication of residents’ tax information.

  • Wednesday 6 November

    Nov 06 2019

    Have Democrat state-election gains delivered a hammer blow to Donald Trump’s presidency? Plus: The UK’s general election kicks off, a diplomatic spat between Venezuela and El Salvador, and Monocle 24’s Ben Rylan on the best way to preserve film.

  • Tuesday 5 November

    Nov 05 2019

    Why is the UK government sitting on a report into alleged Russian meddling? Plus: Donald Trump’s relationship with the GOP, what colours tell us about our political parties and whether abolishing daylight saving would improve our health.

  • Monday 4 November

    Nov 04 2019

    Sir William Patey, former UK ambassador to Iraq, tells us about the protests that have engulfed the country. Plus: the world’s most profitable company prepares to go public, the UK parliament elects a new speaker and Finland anticipates a particularly cold winter.

  • Friday 1 November

    Nov 01 2019

    What should we know about Russia's new internet laws? Plus: the UK’s pro-European parties attempt to prevent a Conservative majority, New York City Council bans foie gras and Monocle 24's David Stevens joins us for a special edition of The Global Countdown.

  • Thursday 31 October

    Oct 31 2019

    Why are there new concerns over Boeing’s 737 fleet? Plus: James D Zirin, author of ‘Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3500 Lawsuits’, the value of news for children and political adverts on social media.

  • Wednesday 30 October

    Oct 30 2019

    As the UK gets ready for its sixth significant poll in as many years, we discuss where the battle lines will be drawn. Plus: Serbia and Russia join forces for military exercises known as the Slavic Shield and we ask how to write an obituary for someone truly ghastly.

  • Tuesday 29 October

    Oct 29 2019

    Have protests brought Hong Kong’s economy to the brink of recession? Plus: the difficulties facing Justin Trudeau’s minority administration in Canada, Taiwan’s concerns over tourist numbers and a world exclusive from our technology correspondent.

  • Monday 28 October

    Oct 28 2019

    Are Germany’s political extremists in the ascendency? Plus: Argentina’s new president, press freedom in Australia and we ask a veteran hack what it’s like to cover a winter election in the UK.

  • Friday 25 October

    Oct 25 2019

    Can a top political strategist become Argentina’s next president? Plus: the latest on Robert Mueller’s investigation, the rise of Europe’s Green parties, Andrew Mueller’s take on the week’s stories and pop in Uruguay.

  • Thursday 24 October

    Oct 24 2019

    When will UK voters head back to the polls? Plus: Argentina’s presidential election, political protest in Lebanon, an age-old dispute between India and Pakistan and whether the location of historical statues matters.

  • Wednesday 23 October

    Oct 23 2019

    Are Turkey and Russia attempting a power grab in the Middle East? Plus, we have the latest on protests in Chile, discuss EU accession talks with the Western Balkans and find out why railways are often the source of aggravation between major powers.

  • Tuesday 22 October

    Oct 22 2019

    We have the latest as Justin Trudeau wins Canada’s federal elections but falls short of an outright majority. Plus: Taiwan’s plans to build its own fighter jet and ‘The Times’ transforms one of London’s busiest Underground stations.

  • Monday 21 October

    Oct 21 2019

    Monocle’s team in Canada unpacks the country’s most uncertain federal election in decades. Plus: Bolivia’s president fights for his future, climate change and Austria’s grapes, and Germany plans to build a spaceport.

  • Friday 18 October

    Oct 18 2019

    The latest on the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry and Canada’s election, with opinion polls showing that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party and the Progressive Conservatives are neck and neck. Plus: Brazil’s singles chart.

  • Thursday 17 October

    Oct 17 2019

    Does international diplomacy have written rules? We consider this question and also ask whether the proposed new Brexit deal will have the support of politicians in Westminster. Plus: The science behind a 20-hour non-stop flight and a look inside the latest edition of Monocle magazine.

  • Wednesday 16 October

    Oct 16 2019

    Has Madrid’s stance on Catalan independence emboldened the secessionists? Plus: James Verini on life as a war reporter, former ambassador Sir David Warren on Japan’s monarchy, and the value of televised political debates.

  • Tuesday 15 October

    Oct 15 2019

    Could a Brexit deal be agreed this week? Plus: Cuba’s relationship with its Communist party, the challenges facing France’s wine producers and Slovenia’s attempts to attract tourists who want eco-friendly holidays.

  • Monday 14 October

    Oct 14 2019

    The latest on Typhoon Hagibis, Japan’s worst storm in decades. Plus: Scotland’s leader calls for another vote on independence, we ask whether diplomatic immunity should be scrapped and the Monocle 24 team get excited about the season finale of ‘Succession’.

  • Friday 11 October

    Oct 11 2019

    Two Trump donors are embroiled in a legal case over campaign funding. Plus: Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Adam LeBor on the Nobel Peace prize, the Berlin Wall and Fernando Augusto Pacheco on Kosovo’s pop music.

  • Thursday 10 October

    Oct 10 2019

    How dynamics are shifting after the Turkish assault on northern Syria. Plus: is there something wrong with how Brexit is reported and why is Iceland trying to attract foreign artists to its recording studios?

  • Wednesday 9 October

    Oct 09 2019

    The White House has officially refused to cooperate in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Monocle’s Americas editor at large, Ed Stocker, explains what’s likely to happen next.

  • Tuesday 8 October

    Oct 08 2019

    Why has the US blacklisted dozens of Chinese firms? Plus: why Germany might be on the brink of recession, MP Jess Phillips on the peculiarities of her job and Monocle senior editor Robert Bound reviews the day’s papers.

  • Monday 7 October

    Oct 07 2019

    Donald Trump accuses his political opponents of treason, Emmanuel Macron flexes his muscles on the European stage and Monocle’s Petri Burtsov brings us the news from Finland. Plus: Japan’s space agency works with Nasa.

  • Friday 4 October

    Oct 04 2019

    Why is Russia building China’s missile defence system? Plus: Kosovo’s parliamentary elections, a round-up from our Zürich bureau with Monocle contributing editor Jessica Bridger, and Fernando Augusto Pacheco returns with his Global Countdown.

  • Thursday 3 October

    Oct 03 2019

    We ask why Iraq’s government has imposed curfews across much of the country. Plus: prolific Chinese satirist Badiucao speaks to us about his life as a cartoonist in exile, we profile the Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine and Monocle’s Athens correspondent, Daphne Karnezis, brings us the headlines from Greece.

  • Wednesday 2 October

    Oct 02 2019

    UK PM Boris Johnson’s ‘final’ Brexit offer and Ljubljana loses half of its international-flight network after the bankruptcy of Adria Airways. Plus: a look at this year’s Frieze London art fair.

  • Tuesday 1 October

    Oct 01 2019

    As China marks 70 years of communist rule, we discuss how Hong Kong views the celebrations. Plus: Trump’s new headache about his phone calls to Australian PM Scott Morrison and a look at the legacy of Eurovision mastermind Jon Ola Sand, who steps down as head of the contest next year.

  • Monday 30 September

    Sep 30 2019

    We discuss Austria’s election results and why they are bad news for the country’s far right, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitious plan to make the country self-sufficient in defence by 2023, and how Finland is trying to support peaceful coexistence between people and the country’s wolf population.

  • Friday 27 September

    Sep 27 2019

    What should we know about the whistleblower at the centre of the Trump impeachment case? Plus: Afghanistan’s election, Austria’s main tabloid and some of Australia’s best – and worst – AFL songs.

  • Thursday 26 September

    Sep 26 2019

    We examine the legacy of former French president Jacques Chirac, who has died aged 86. Plus: ‘New Yorker’ writer Adam Gopnik on attempts to impeach Donald Trump, Israel’s election and Monocle’s ‘The Entrepreneurs’.

  • Wednesday 25 September

    Sep 25 2019

    Trump and impeachment: what happens next? And is Boris Johnson’s stint as prime minister about to end? Plus: Russia’s state-run internet, Canberra’s plans to legalise cannabis and Monaco Yacht Show.

  • Tuesday 24 September

    Sep 24 2019

    What does the UK Supreme Court’s judgement that prorogation of parliament was unlawful mean for Boris Johnson and Brexit? Plus: what’s been achieved at the UN climate summit in New York and the business headlines.

  • Monday 23 September

    Sep 23 2019

    The new scandal involving Donald Trump and Ukraine, horse-trading after Israel’s election, plus how the Hong Kong protests are hitting the city’s businesses – and how hotels are trying to benefit from them.

  • Friday 20 September

    Sep 20 2019

    Why has a US intelligence official made a formal complaint about Donald Trump? Plus: the UK Conservative party’s Islamophobia problem, the movement behind global climate change protests and the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Tokyo.

  • Thursday 19 September

    Sep 19 2019

    We discuss Saudi Arabia’s move to blame Iran for the weekend’s attack on its oil facilities, ask whether Justin Trudeau’s past turned up just in time to ruin his election campaign and speak to Nesrine Malik about her new book ‘We Need New Stories’.

  • Wednesday 18 September

    Sep 18 2019

    Will California hit back at Donald Trump’s plans to revoke its ability to set its own car-emission rules? Plus: the latest on Israel’s political stalemate and the headlines in Italy from Monocle’s new outpost in Milan.

  • Tuesday 17 September

    Sep 17 2019

    What does Israel’s election mean for its ties with the US? The UK Supreme Court investigates whether Boris Johnson suspension of parliament was legal, and how will attacks on Saudi oil facilities affect the war in Yemen?

  • Monday 16 September

    Sep 16 2019

    We discuss finger-pointing between Washington, Riyadh and Tehran over the bombing of Saudi oil facilities, Israel’s elections and another weekend of protests in Hong Kong. Plus: the world’s most splendid mail ship.

  • Friday 13 September

    Sep 13 2019

    We discuss Carrie Lam’s attempts to buy off demonstrators by solving problems they weren’t protesting about, and assess the winners and fallers from last night’s Democratic candidates’ debate in the US. Plus: Imelda Staunton talks to us about ‘Downton Abbey’ and its graduation to the big screen.

  • Thursday 12 September

    Sep 12 2019

    We ask whether the US-China trade war is cooling down, speak to Jon Gertner about his new book on Greenland and find out why Air New Zealand has been told to mind its language – on pain of a boycott.

  • Wednesday 11 September

    Sep 11 2019

    What will be the legacy of John Bolton’s time as US national security adviser – and was his tenure ever destined to end badly? Plus: why Turkey’s president is sending one million refugees back to Syria and fears that the new EU defence arm could tread on Nato’s toes.

  • Tuesday 10 September

    Sep 10 2019

    Following the resignation of the UK’s combative speaker of the house, we ask if the timing is mischievous. Plus: what Iran hopes to gain from doing exactly what it said it wouldn’t and the excruciating near-success of India’s latest lunar mission.

  • Monday 9 September

    Sep 09 2019

    We discuss fears of renewed violence in Afghanistan after Donald Trump calls off peace talks with the Taliban. Plus: we look at a censorship row in Brazil and hear from the co-host of a new television show in Iceland that’s aimed at reviving the country’s ancient language.