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

  • Wednesday 8 April

    Apr 08 2020

    Tyler Brûlé and Andrew Mueller examine the poor communication around Boris Johnson’s illness. Plus: Trump’s spat with the WHO, Mexico’s attempts to stamp out Covid-19 and some positive business news.

  • Tuesday 7 April

    Apr 07 2020

    Monocle 24's health and science correspondent, Dr Chris Smith, joins political analyst Lance Price for the latest on UK prime minister Boris Johnson's condition. Plus: Chris Cermak on how Eurozone countries are addressing economic uncertainty and a roundup of the week's more positive stories.

  • Monday 6 April

    Apr 06 2020

    Tyler Brûlé on Austria’s plans to ease lockdown restrictions. Plus: Japan prepares to declare a state of emergency, Boris Johnson is admitted to hospital and Yuan Potts from Bloomberg brings us the business news.

  • Friday 3 April

    Apr 03 2020

    Peter Goodman from ‘The New York Times’ assesses the economic impact of coronavirus. Plus: Tyler Brûlé joins us from Zürich, Ivan Carvalho has an update from Milan and we find out how the pop industry is adapting.

  • Thursday 2 April

    Apr 02 2020

    What can the world learn from South Korea’s coronavirus testing programme? Plus: Monocle’s Balkans correspondent, Guy De Launey, tells us how leaders in the region are using the outbreak to curb civil liberties, the latest business headlines and Fernando Augusto Pacheco’s Global Countdown.

  • Wednesday 1 April

    Apr 01 2020

    The World Health Organization’s Dr Margaret Harris assesses the challenges posed by coronavirus. Plus: the latest from Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck and Markus Hippi, and a report from Monocle’s Paris correspondent.

  • Tuesday 31 March

    Mar 31 2020

    Why do national armies play such differing roles during uncertain times? Plus: coronavirus and mental health, how Latin America is battling the outbreak and Tyler Brûlé and Fiona Wilson on the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Monday 30 March

    Mar 30 2020

    What part can we all play in helping to stamp out coronavirus? Tyler Brûlé joins us live from Zürich, we get the latest on Donald Trump’s woeful response to the virus and we assess the impact on the print industry.

  • Friday 27 March

    Mar 27 2020

    Monocle's editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, and Bloomberg's Ed Robinson assess the economic impact of coronavirus. Plus, the latest as Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19, Monocle’s Andrew Mueller reflects on an extraordinary week in newsrooms across the world and our global countdown shows solidarity with our listeners in Italy.

  • Thursday 26 March

    Mar 26 2020

    Tyler Brûlé, Monocle’s editor in chief, and Chris Smith, our health and science correspondent, have the latest on the fight against Covid-19. Plus, why some authoritarian countries are in denial about the virus, the latest business news and we offer some life hacks if you are working from home.

  • Wednesday 25 March

    Mar 25 2020

    What should we make of Donald Trump's claim that the US could reopen in the coming weeks? Plus: the latest from Europe, UK scientists lead the way in mapping the virus and Fernando Augusto Pacheco has some tips for those who are missing their favourite soap operas.

  • Tuesday 24 March

    Mar 24 2020

    Former Downing Street insider, Jonathan Powell, assesses Boris Johnson’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Plus, Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé has the latest from Zürich, our health and science correspondent Chris Smith reports on the race to find a vaccine and China begins to reopen its cinemas.

  • Monday 23 March

    Mar 23 2020

    Leading virologist Chris Smith explains how we should tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Plus: Monocle’s editors, business news with Yuan Potts and how the media in Wales is helping children who are stuck indoors.

  • Friday 20 March

    Mar 20 2020

    Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé and security expert Paul Rogers assess an extraordinary week. Plus: Andrew Mueller has the world’s other news stories and Fernando Augusto Pacheco chooses the songs that could have won Eurovision.

  • Thursday 19 March

    Mar 19 2020

    It’s just over a decade since we last saw global markets tank, also during a US election. Did we learn anything useful? Plus: the practicalities of creating a vaccine and why Australian football is continuing.

  • Wednesday 18 March

    Mar 18 2020

    Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, on how coronavirus is increasing tensions between China and the US. Plus: the political consequences of Italy’s lockdown and what to read or watch if you are stuck at home.

  • Tuesday 17 March

    Mar 17 2020

    Coronavirus: As Europe shuts down, Tyler Brûlé and Andrew Tuck look at what happens next. Plus: Ben Hubbard on Mohammed bin Salman, news from Latin America and challenging times for the film and television industries.

  • Monday 16 March

    Mar 16 2020

    Coronavirus: Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, virologist Chris Smith and political analyst Lance Price have the latest. Plus: municipal elections in France, Markus Hippi reviews the papers and how we’ll help to provide a few distractions if you have to self-isolate.

  • Friday 13 March

    Mar 13 2020

    Virologist Chris Smith has the latest on the coronavirus outbreak. Plus: Germany's far-right AFD party is placed under surveillance, an interview with the author Christina Lamb, and Fernando Augusto Pacheco looks at the US music charts.

  • Thursday 12 March

    Mar 12 2020

    Coronavirus: we have the latest as Donald Trump imposes a travel ban from Europe to the US. Plus: Putin’s power grab in Russia, news from South America with Monocle’s Lucinda Elliott and a look at Melbourne Design Week.

  • Wednesday 11 March

    Mar 11 2020

    Can Joe Biden become the 46th president of the US? Plus: Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, plays peacemaker in Libya, the latest headlines from the Balkans and Monocle's Robert Bound on Andy Warhol's enduring appeal.

  • Tuesday 10 March

    Mar 10 2020

    We've got the latest as the US begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Plus: Italy's emergency measures to combat coronavirus, the day's business headlines and Monocle's tech guru, David Phelan, brings his best gadgets into Midori House.

  • Monday 9 March

    Mar 09 2020

    Flight MH17: the latest as the trial opens in Amsterdam. Plus: former presidential candidate Kamala Harris endorses Joe Biden, business headlines from Bloomberg and Iceland’s relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Friday 6 March

    Mar 06 2020

    Why are there no women left in the US presidential race? Plus: Australian army officer turned US counterinsurgency advisor David Kilcullen on his new book, the week’s quirkier stories and the best of Lithuanian pop.

  • Thursday 5 March

    Mar 05 2020

    We examine the legacy of the UN’s Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, who has died at the age of 100. Plus: Israel’s inconclusive election, contingency plans for Tokyo 2020 and journalist Helen Lewis on her book ‘Difficult Women’.

  • Wednesday 4 March

    Mar 04 2020

    Monocle’s team ponders whether Joe Biden can become the next president of the US. Plus: the media’s coverage of coronavirus, the latest business headlines from Bloomberg and why St Petersburg has been miscalculating its population.

  • Tuesday 3 March

    Mar 03 2020

    Benjamin Netanyahu claims victory in Israel, Germany’s politicians promise to tackle far-right extremism, a key day in the US presidential race and Monocle’s Eurovision expert plays some of his favourite entries.

  • Monday 2 March

    Mar 02 2020

    What to expect from UK-EU trade talks; Monocle reports from the US campaign trail; the headline stories in Latin America and why Muscovites are unhappy about a Soviet courthouse being turned into a perfumery.

  • Friday 28 February

    Feb 28 2020

    Are Turkey and Syria edging closer to a full-blown military conflict? Plus: the warming of relations between two of Europe’s greatest foes, a roundup of the week’s weirdest stories and Ethiopia’s music charts.

  • Thursday 27 February

    Feb 27 2020

    Could a travel ban help stop the spread of coronavirus? Plus: the legacy of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, the latest on a chaotic week in Malaysian politics and we remember Michael Hertz, the man who mapped the New York City subway.

  • Wednesday 26 February

    Feb 26 2020

    How is Russia trying to interfere in the US presidential election? Plus: Turkey’s role in Syria’s civil war, the world’s largest furniture fair is postponed due to coronavirus and Lucinda Elliott visits the Rio Carnival.

  • Tuesday 25 February

    Feb 25 2020

    Will US Democrat Bernie Sanders’ comments about Cuba damage his electoral hopes? Plus: former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dies aged 91, Glenn Patterson on his book ‘Backstop Land’ and Frederick Studemann of the ‘Financial Times’ on whether German efficiency is a myth.

  • Monday 24 February

    Feb 24 2020

    How should national governments and global business tackle coronavirus? Plus: the changing shape of German politics, the “pact of free cities” in Eastern Europe and why a Croatian singer has fallen foul of her country’s politicians.

  • Friday 21 February

    Feb 21 2020

    How does South Korea’s response to coronavirus compare to others? And we hear from the authors of ‘A Very Stable Genius: Donald J Trump’s Testing of America’. Plus: the week’s stranger stories and Rio Carnival.

  • Thursday 20 February

    Feb 20 2020

    We have the latest as leading Democrats Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg go on the attack. Plus, the UK Labour Party attempts to resurrect itself, a look ahead to Rio Carnival and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella tells us why some of Raphael’s greatest work is returning to the Sistine Chapel.

  • Wednesday 19 February

    Feb 19 2020

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has sacked his top political aide, Michael Bloomberg has entered the US presidential race and we discuss the cultural impact of Brexit. Plus: why has South Korea launched an air-quality satellite?

  • Tuesday 18 February

    Feb 18 2020

    We have the latest as leading Democrats Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg go on the attack. Plus, the UK Labour Party attempts to resurrect itself, a look ahead to Rio Carnival and Monocle’s Chiara Rimella tells us why some of Raphael’s greatest work is returning to the Sistine Chapel.

  • Monday 17 February

    Feb 17 2020

    Are trade talks between the EU and the UK about to become increasingly hostile? Plus, leading economist Paul Krugman on the nature of politics in the US, Monocle’s editor, Andrew Tuck on the latest edition of the magazine and we discuss Croatia’s cultural heritage.

  • Friday 14 February

    Feb 14 2020

    The FT’s political editor, George Parker, and the former spin doctor Sean Kemp unpack a dramatic week in Westminster. Plus: what to expect from the Munich Security Conference, reflections from the campaign trail in New Hampshire and the best and worst of South Korean pop music.

  • Thursday 13 February

    Feb 13 2020

    Are the US and the Afghan Taliban preparing to broker a peace deal? Plus: Venezuela’s political crisis, the Chinese leadership’s handling of coronavirus and what makes a great live television programme?

  • Wednesday 12 February

    Feb 12 2020

    Can Bernie Sanders win the race to the White House? Will Sudan’s former leader Omar al-Bashir appear before the International Criminal Court? Plus: why Air Serbia is expanding, and promoting classical music.

  • Tuesday 11 February

    Feb 11 2020

    What will it take to end the war in Yemen? Plus: Australia’s high court rules that its indigenous population cannot be deported, a brief history of failed infrastructure projects and Monocle’s culture editor, Chiara Rimella, has the latest on Serpentine Pavilion 2020.

  • Monday 10 February

    Feb 10 2020

    Why are the Democrats' centrists squabbling ahead of the New Hampshire primary? Plus: national governments try to contain coronavirus, Japan’s diplomatic ties with Kosovo and Fernando Augusto Pacheco analyses the Oscars.

  • Friday 7 February

    Feb 07 2020

    Monocle’s transport correspondent, Gabriel Leigh, tells us how to stress test an airport and our design editor, Nolan Giles, reports from the Stockholm furniture fair. Plus: we discuss Emmanuel Macron and the future of France’s nuclear deterrent, while Fernando Augusto Pacheco is in the studio with his global countdown.

  • Thursday 6 February

    Feb 06 2020

    What impact will President Donald Trump’s acquittal have in the upcoming US election? Plus: a liberal German is elected with the help of the far-right, Joshua Wong on democracy in Hong Kong and we remember Kirk Douglas.

  • Wednesday 5 February

    Feb 05 2020

    The chaos surrounding the Iowa caucuses continues and Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address. Plus: why has Algeria pardoned more than 3,000 prisoners? And author Ziya Tong on her book ‘The Reality Bubble’.

  • Tuesday 4 February

    Feb 04 2020

    We examine the UK’s future trade relationship with the EU, get the latest from Des Moines following a confusing night for the US Democrats and unpack Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s global tour. Plus: how Vienna wants to reward car-free travel with tickets to concerts and museums.

  • Monday 3 February

    Feb 03 2020

    We unpack what to expect from the Iowa caucuses as process to select the US presidential candidates begins, while Isabel Hilton and Tessa Szyszkowitz discuss the coronavirus and the future of the relationship between the UK and the EU. Plus: Sweden’s defence exercise and Milan’s car ban.

  • Friday 31 January

    Jan 31 2020

    Former head of communications in Downing Street, Lance Price, explains the UK’s exit from the EU. Plus: we profile Democratic Party presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, delve into the week’s stranger stories and host a very special edition of The Global Countdown.

  • Thursday 30 January

    Jan 30 2020

    We have the latest as New South Wales announces an inquiry into Australia’s bushfires. Plus: John Bolton’s book causes a political storm in Washington, why Italy’s newsstands want greater public funding and Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov on Austria’s hotel industry.

  • Wednesday 29 January

    Jan 29 2020

    Should people be placed in quarantine to help combat coronavirus? Plus: the lack of Russian outrage over Vladmir Putin’s constitutional reforms, a profile of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, and Monocle’s take on Japan’s cinematic renaissance.

  • Tuesday 28 January

    Jan 28 2020

    Why is Donald Trump’s administration continuing to blacklist journalists? Plus: the latest on Peru’s election, Netflix’s plan to open a new hub in Rome and we ask whether there should be a ban on discussing sport in the workplace.

  • Monday 27 January

    Jan 27 2020

    Beijing-based journalist Sophia Yan and consultant virologist Chris Smith discuss China’s coronavirus outbreak. Plus: Ireland’s leader warns the UK over EU trade talks, a rail link between Serbia and Kosovo and Fernando Augusto Pacheco unpacks the Grammy Awards.

  • 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.