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Monocle 24: The Monocle Culture Show

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Our Culture editor and his guests discuss what has piqued their interest in our one-stop shop for lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business.
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30:00 | Aug 26th

Robert Bound, John Mitchinson and Susannah Butter crack the spine of ‘The Offing’, the new novel by Benjamin Myers, whose last book ‘The Gallows Pole’ was a big hit.

30:00 | Aug 19th

Last week saw the UK release of what is supposedly Quentin Tarantino’s penultimate film: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’. Robert Bound, Simran Hans and Tim Robey discuss the counter-culture, cowboys and controversies surrounding it.
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30:00 | Aug 12th

We review Olafur Eliasson’s show ‘In Real Life’ – an immersive retrospective of the artist’s career to date. Tom Edwards is joined by Francesca Gavin and Jane Morris to discuss what’s behind the smoke and mirrors.

30:00 | Aug 5th

We take a deep dive into Lil Nas X’s US record-breaking number-one single, “Old Town Road”. Baylen Leonard and Leonie Cooper join Robert Bound to discuss genre, sexuality, remixes and what it takes to make a hit song.

30:00 | Jul 29th

We assess how ‘Queer Eye’ has transformed the makeover genre – and what it has done for queer TV in general. Ben Rylan is joined by critics Scott Bryan and Toby Earle, who also offer tips on the shows to stream now.

29:30 | Jul 22nd

As we celebrate 50 years since Neil Armstrong took that notorious first step on the moon, we watch this thrilling and moving documentary of one of the greatest feats of humankind. Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Anna Smith and Andrew Mueller ...Show More

30:00 | Jul 15th

This summer’s ultimate poolside read, ‘Sweet Sorrow’ is the latest novel by award-winning author and screenwriter David Nicholls. Robert Bound, Georgina Godwin and John Mitchinson talk love stories and 1990s nostalgia.

30:00 | Jul 8th

The art world’s master of disguise has a retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery; we try to get to the bottom of the wit and wigs that have made her one of the greatest contemporary artists. Robert Bound is joined by Kathlene Fox-Davies and Fr...Show More

16:09 | Jul 5th

We relive a performance by The Charlatans from 2017. Robert Bound met the band at the time of the release of their album ‘Different Days’.

30:00 | Jul 1st

Robert Bound is joined by Leonie Cooper, Susannah Butter and Scott Bryan to round up our cultural checklist for the summer. Find out what you'll be reading, watching and dancing to this season.

16:16 | Jun 27th

Take another listen to a 2018 performance by UK neo-soul singer Oscar Jerome, who brought some chilled, summery vibes to Midori House.

30:00 | Jun 24th

We try to separate fact from fiction in Martin Scorsese’s pseudo-documentary about Bob Dylan’s 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Will we ever know the real Dylan? Robert Bound discusses with Liv Siddall, Tim Robey and Will Hodgkinson.

14:09 | Jun 21st

We revisit performances by Julia Holter, Sam Evian, Saint Etienne and Margo Price from our musical archives.

30:00 | Jun 17th

Monocle’s Culture editor, Chiara Rimella, shows us around the biggest art event of the year – and speaks to the curators, collectors and critics.

20:19 | Jun 13th

This week’s guest is French pop musician Lewis OfMan, who might only be in his early twenties but is fast on the rise. He has already soundtracked fashion shows for some of France’s top maisons, composed and produced for Vendredi Sur Mer and Rejjie S...Show More

30:00 | Jun 10th

Robert Bound, Eddy Frankel and Ossian Ward discuss this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Francis Bacon at the Gagosian and the responsibilities of an art critic.

13:23 | Jun 7th

Ahead of the release of his third album, we listen back to a few tracks that New Zealand-born, Brisbane-raised musician Jordan Rakei played for us during performances in 2016 and 2017.

30:00 | Jun 3rd

Robert Bound is joined by film critics Anna Smith and Jason Solomons to discuss two of this month’s documentary releases: ‘Halston’ and ‘Diego Maradona’.

14:26 | May 30th

British singer Andreya Triana performs some tracks from her new album ‘Life In Colour’.

24:03 | May 27th

Robert Bound meets Jim Cummings, director, writer and star of brand new film ‘Thunder Road’. It’s a tender comedy about a Texan police officer trying to forge a relationship with his young daughter, while also grieving for his recently deceased mothe...Show More

20:35 | May 23rd

You might recognise actress Lola Kirke from *Gone Girl* and *Mistress America* but she revealed her musical talents last year with debut album *Heart Head West*. She dropped into Midori House to play tracks new and old.

23:36 | May 20th

We look back at the golden age of US small-screen comedy through the lens of the stars of Saturday Night Live in the 1980s: Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin and John Belushi.

14:51 | May 16th

We revisit Anna Calvi’s 2018 performance at Midori House. Armed with just her electric guitar, she played from her album ‘Hunter’.

30:00 | May 13th

We learn about 90 years of one of the most important independent publishers, which has printed works by everyone from Sylvia Plath to Sally Rooney. Robert Bound sits down with Toby Faber, grandson of the publishing house's founder, and Faber author A...Show More

16:06 | May 10th

Listen back to our 2017 session by Israeli musician and producer Noga Erez who played us a few tracks from her album “Off The Radar”.

30:00 | May 6th

Laura Snapes and Georgie Rogers give Robert Bound their top tips for albums released this month, including records by Carly Rae Jepsen, The National, Hayden Thorpe and Holly Herndon.

17:30 | May 3rd

The Americana star plays from his new album, ‘American Love Song’, and discusses how his life in the US, not least the current political climate, inspired him to write a state-of-the-nation record.

30:00 | Apr 29th

Robert Bound is joined by Susannah Butter and John Mitchinson to talk humanoid love triangles and a reimagined Britain in ‘Machines Like Me’ by Ian McEwan.

17:51 | Apr 25th

Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela wow us with their strumming skills as they play from their new album ‘Mettavolution’ and discuss a career that’s taken them from busking in Dublin to playing at the White House.

30:00 | Apr 22nd

The actor Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with “Mid90s” – a coming-of-age film about a group of teenage skater boys in LA. But how does he do in the director’s chair? Robert Bound discusses the film with critics Simran Hans and Tim Robey.

15:58 | Apr 19th

As Natalie Mering, aka Weyes Blood, releases her new critically acclaimed album “Titanic Rising” we revisit some tracks she played for us in two previous sessions from 2015 and 2017.

30:00 | Apr 15th

During Milan Design Week we look at projects where the worlds of art and design collide: a furniture collection by Matthew Day Jackson and a living installation for Jil Sander created by Australian artist Linda Tegg. Plus: we discuss how you show des...Show More

15:50 | Apr 11th

UK singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh tells us why a Californian road trip inspired both his new album 'A Golden State' and his relocation from Bristol to Los Angeles. He also discusses the power of a sad song as he performs a few tracks from his new...Show More

30:00 | Apr 8th

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by culture writer Lucy Scholes, music columnist Leonie Cooper and film critic Anna Smith to discuss the books, songs and films worthy of your time over the next few months.

15:07 | Apr 5th

With Australian indie trio Middle Kids about to release a new EP, we revisit their 2018 session almost a year to the day after they recorded it at Midori House.

30:00 | Apr 1st

Agnès Varda, who died last week, was a key figure in 1960s French new wave film. We pay tribute to her by listening again to an interview she recorded with Robert Bound last year.

23:41 | Mar 29th

Night Works is the solo project of Gabriel Stebbing – ex-Metronomy and Christine and the Queens guitarist. After his first album in 2013 he’s revived the project for a new EP, followed by an album later this year. Stebbing is at Midori House to talk ...Show More

30:00 | Mar 25th

Tate Britain is unveiling its first Vincent Van Gogh exhibition for more than 70 years, exploring his early adulthood spent in the UK and the events that saw him become one of the most famous artists in history.

16:07 | Mar 22nd

Rhythm-and-blues musician Nick Waterhouse makes his return to Midori House to play some toe-tapping tracks from his new eponymous album and talk to Daphne Karnezis about making American music.

30:00 | Mar 18th

We immerse ourselves in the world of suburban England with Porter’s excellent new novel. Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Susannah Butter and John Mitchinson, who draw comparisons to John McGregor and Russell Hoban.

14:37 | Mar 14th

As the Icelandic band Vök release their new album ‘In The Dark’, we revisit their 2016 performance at Midori House.

30:00 | Mar 11th

Among other releases, March sees the return of early noughties hit-makers Dido and David Gray. The two sold millions of records back in 2000 but can they replicate that success in 2019? Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Liv Siddall and Will Hod...Show More

15:17 | Mar 7th

Robert Forster, founding member of Australian band The Go-Betweens, returns to Midori House to play some new songs and chat to Andrew Mueller.

30:00 | Mar 4th

As everyone’s favourite fictional broadcaster returns in a new BBC series, Robert Bound discusses his enduring appeal with Scott Bryan and Toby Earle.

19:21 | Mar 1st

Grammy nominee Emily King tells us why buying a car and moving upstate from her native New York City to the Catskills provided the inspiration she needed to write her new album ‘Scenery’. She also plays us a few tracks from it.

30:00 | Feb 25th

Ben Rylan and film critics Tim Robey and Karen Krizanovich dissect the highs and the lows of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

15:39 | Feb 22nd

Los Angeles-based musician Sasami plays songs from her new self-titled album and talks inspiration, analogue recording and how to bribe your brother into playing on your record.

30:00 | Feb 18th

Photojournalist Paul Conroy and film director Matthew Heineman join Robert Bound to discuss the making of ‘A Private War’ – the new biopic of the late war journalist Marie Colvin.

17:20 | Feb 14th

Jonny Pierce of The Drums drops by to play us some tunes from ‘Brutalism’, his upcoming record about self-care and pulling yourself out of the dark.

30:00 | Feb 11th

Tate Britain has opened its first-ever photography retrospective: a 60-year survey of work by Don McCullin, famed for his depictions of conflict around the world. Robert Bound is joined by Zed Nelson, Kathlene Fox-Davies and Eddy Frankel to discuss i...Show More

16:47 | Feb 7th

Brazilian samba legend Seu Jorge revisits the David Bowie tracks that he famously covered for the 2004 Wes Anderson film ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’.

30:00 | Feb 4th

Robert Bound and the writers Dan Richards and Alex Preston discuss the music, nature and sex in the pages of ‘Out of the Woods’, the new memoir by Luke Turner.

16:56 | Jan 31st

American indie-rock group Sunflower Bean paid us a visit in 2016. We listen back to the three tracks they played for us from their debut album, ‘Human Ceremony’.

30:00 | Jan 28th

Robert Bound, Ben Rylan and Karen Krizanovich discuss the politics and prosthetics of ‘Vice’, Adam McKay’s new biopic of former US vice-president Dick Cheney.

17:59 | Jan 24th

We revisit our 2017 session with Canadian electro duo Blue Hawaii, who played tracks from their second album ‘Tenderness’.

30:00 | Jan 21st

Liv Siddall and Will Hodgkinson join Robert Bound to discuss ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, the fifth album by American singer Sharon Van Etten.

17:02 | Jan 17th

Sam Swinson is the frontman of American trio Ohtis who, despite having been formed more than 10 years ago, are about to release their debut album, ‘Curve of Earth’. It’s an exploration of the religious cult that Swinson grew up in, his battles with d...Show More

30:00 | Jan 14th

We discuss sexuality, period drama, and Keira Knightley and Dominic West’s starring roles in our review of Wash Westmoreland’s ‘Colette’, with film critics Anna Smith and Tim Robey.

14:34 | Jan 10th

This year the founding member and guitarist in The Killers, Dave Keuning, is going solo. He chats to Kieron Banerji and plays us a few tracks from his new record ‘Prismism’.

30:00 | Jan 7th

Robert Bound is joined by Peter White, Anna Smith and Gareth Harris to look at the year ahead in film, TV and art.

30:00 | Dec 31st, 2018

We review the best books, music and film of 2018 with Kate Hutchinson, Tim Robey and Katie Law.

30:00 | Dec 24th, 2018

Robert Bound hosts the first Monocle Culture Quiz, featuring panellists Alice Vincent, Jason Solomons, Simran Hans and John Mitchinson.

16:46 | Dec 20th, 2018

In this bumper festive special we relive some of our favourite sessions from 2018, including Sam Evian, Anna Calvi, Jess Williamson and Charles Watson, and get into the Christmas spirit with New Zealand duo Broods who play us their cover of ‘Silent N...Show More

30:00 | Dec 17th, 2018

Robert Bound is joined by John Mitchinson, publisher at Unbound, and Susannah Butter, deputy features editor at ‘The Evening Standard’ to discuss ‘Middle England’, the new state-of-the-nation novel by Jonathan Coe.

15:41 | Dec 13th, 2018

We take a trip down memory lane and relive some of our favourite performances from the past year, including tracks by Cults, Yazmin Lacey, Cub Sport and Tiny Ruins.

30:00 | Dec 10th, 2018

Robert Bound rounds up the best (and worst) Christmas tunes of 2018 with Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, and broadcaster and DJ Georgie Rogers.

18:49 | Dec 7th, 2018

Live music from Kiwi brother-and-sister pop duo Broods, who will release their album ‘Don't Feed The Pop Monster’ next February.

30:00 | Dec 3rd, 2018

With the annual battle for the best Christmas advert well underway we take a look at this year’s offerings and work out where festive TV commercials can go next. Robert Bound is joined by Toby Earle and Scott Bryan. Plus: what are Christmas ads like ...Show More

17:58 | Nov 29th, 2018

Making her return to the Sessions, Australian musician Julia Jacklin plays from her upcoming album and chats to Andrew Mueller about the making of it and dealing with writer’s block.

30:00 | Nov 26th, 2018

Up for discussion this week is the latest film by The Coen brothers, a series of beautiful Western vignettes. Robert Bound is joined by film critics Tim Robey and Terri White.

19:28 | Nov 22nd, 2018

LA jazz and soul singer Joey Dosik plays from his debut album ‘Inside Voice’ and talks about writing love songs about basketball.

30:00 | Nov 19th, 2018

Film critics Simran Hans and Jason Solomons review Luca Guadagnino's remake of the 1977 supernatural dance-school horror ‘Suspiria’ to see if it lives up to the original.

17:20 | Nov 15th, 2018

Bill Ryder-Jones is back in the Monocle 24 studios to perform songs from his new record 'Yawn', which he discusses with host Andrew Mueller.

30:00 | Nov 12th, 2018

As Mickey hits a significant birthday, we take a look at his career as a film star, logo, toy and all-round international brand superstar.

15:23 | Nov 8th, 2018

The Austrian-born, Los Angeles-based artist joins us to play tracks old and new – and a Velvet Underground cover.

30:00 | Nov 5th, 2018

As Martin McDonagh’s latest play takes to the stage at the Bridge Theatre, Georgina Godwin sits down with Matt Wolf, theatre critic for the ‘International New York Times’, and Monocle 24’s Augustin Macellari to review it.

15:21 | Nov 1st, 2018

Irish R&B singer Cosha performs from her album ‘RIP Bonzai’.

30:00 | Oct 29th, 2018

Andrew Mueller is joined by the journalist and broadcaster Kate Hutchinson and Laura Snapes, deputy music editor of ‘The Guardian’, to give the new record by Robyn a spin.

15:25 | Oct 25th, 2018

We relive some of our favourite performances by Nerina Pallot, Devendra Banhart, Laurel and JFDR.

25:34 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Robert Bound hits the Croisette in Cannes for this year’s Mipcom – the world’s TV-format marketplace – to find out what we might be watching in the future.

13:10 | Oct 19th, 2018

Brisbane band The Goon Sax hit Midori House to play from their latest album, ‘We’re Not Talking’, and to have a chat with Andrew Mueller.

28:17 | Oct 15th, 2018

We head to The Store in London and immerse ourselves in its enormous new video art exhibition – a collaboration between The Vinyl Factory and The New Museum in New York. Robert Bound is joined by guests Francesca Gavin and Gareth Harris.

14:58 | Oct 11th, 2018

Texan musician Jess Williamson plays songs from her latest album, ‘Cosmic Wink’, and talks about the changing events that sparked it.

30:00 | Oct 8th, 2018

Many versions of the 1937 film ‘A Star Is Born’ have been made over the years and the latest person to tackle one of Hollywood’s favourite love stories is Bradley Cooper. He also stars in his directorial debut alongside Lady Gaga, but has it won the ...Show More

16:10 | Oct 4th, 2018

Irish musician Conor O’Brien has been playing under the moniker Villagers for the past decade. His fifth album, ‘The Art of Pretending To Swim’, brings his usual folk songs to the dance floor for an electro-fuelled meditation on faith.

30:00 | Oct 1st, 2018

Ben Rylan, film critic Anna Smith and writer Candice Carty-Williams attempt to dissect the strange imagined worlds by Cary Fukunaga in his new sci-fi Netflix series, ‘Maniac’.

16:01 | Sep 27th, 2018

We relive some excellent live performances by indie band The Charlatans, Israeli producer Noga Erez, Slow Club’s Charles Watson and American hitmakers Portugal. The Man.

30:00 | Sep 24th, 2018

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ has been hailed as the film that’s put Asian cinema on the western map but how does it hold up as a rom-com in its own right? Andrew Mueller puts this question to the film critics, Simran Hans and Tim Robey.

16:07 | Sep 20th, 2018

Utrecht’s Amber Arcades plays from her new album ‘European Heartbreak’. She also muses on what being European means and how her former work with refugees seeking asylum in the Netherlands has impacted her views on relationships.

30:00 | Sep 17th, 2018

The 1989 teen cult classic 'Heathers' has had a musical makeover on the West End. Monocle senior editor Robert Bound, Alice Vincent (arts and entertainment writer for 'The Telegraph’) and Matt Wolf (theatre critic for ‘The International New York Time...Show More

14:58 | Sep 13th, 2018

Foy performs from her brand new album ‘Bigger Brighter’, telling us about the collaborations that formed it and why it is the most honest record she has made so far.

30:00 | Sep 10th, 2018

From James Bond to Sherlock Holmes, plenty of our favourite investigators have had their legacy continued by authors other than their creators. Another such sleuth is the proto noir detective Philip Marlowe, originally the star of novels by Raymond C...Show More

17:20 | Sep 6th, 2018

Armed with just her electric guitar, Calvi wows Midori House with a trio of tracks from her brilliant new album ‘Hunter’.

30:00 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Anna Calvi’s new album ‘Hunter’ deals with the ideas and limitations of gender stereotypes, all told through her brand of cinematic indie rock. Robert Bound and journalists Sophie Brown and Kate Hutchinson discuss the new LP and the rise of the femal...Show More

17:54 | Aug 30th, 2018

New Zealand band Tiny Ruins first played for us in 2014 when they released their LP ‘Brightly Painted One’. Now they’re back with a more expansive sound and a new album on the way, from which they play a couple of tracks for us.

29:29 | Aug 27th, 2018

Robert Bound and his team of cultural clairvoyants tell us what we will be watching, listening to and reading this autumn. Our guests are film critic Simran Hans, broadcaster and DJ Georgie Rogers and Ted Hodgkinson, head of literature and spoken wor...Show More

17:43 | Aug 23rd, 2018

British musician Oscar Jerome takes to the studio to play us some of his south London soul.

28:47 | Aug 20th, 2018

‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’ creator Matt Groening has released his new animated series ‘Disenchantment’ on Netflix. But when you have a couple of hits under your belt, how easy is it to impress fans again? Tom Edwards and the TV critics Lucy Jones ...Show More

15:47 | Aug 16th, 2018

Sydney’s Sons of the East drop by to play us a few indie-folk tracks in the midst of their European tour.

26:20 | Aug 13th, 2018

Robert Bound, Fernando Augusto Pacheco and film critic for ‘The Telegraph’ Tim Robey talk shark movies and see if this summer’s offering, ‘The Meg’, has any bite.

15:45 | Aug 9th, 2018

British singer and songwriter Lucie Silvas tells Andrew Mueller how a move to Nashville has affected her musical career and performs a few tracks from her new album ‘EGO’.

30:00 | Aug 6th, 2018

This year ‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer picked up the Pulitzer prize for fiction, which was a surprise to critics as this accolade is rarely given to funny books. Robert Bound and writers Lucy Scholes and Andy Miller ask why this novel has been such a ...Show More

15:49 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Listen back to some of our favourite performances by Australian artists who have made the trip all the way around the world to play in our London studios, including tracks by Julia Jacklin, Cub Sport, Sarah Blasko and Middle Kids.

24:11 | Jul 30th, 2018

Tom Edwards is joined in the studio by the film critic Anna Smith, deputy music editor of ‘The Guardian’ Laura Snapes and Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco to discuss why the sequel to ‘Mamma Mia’ is the shot of unabashed musical escapism that every...Show More

14:49 | Jul 26th, 2018

Texan singer Charley Crockett sings the blues for us and explains how he went from street performer to recording artist.

30:00 | Jul 23rd, 2018

As the king of compilations ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ celebrates its 100th edition, Henry Rees Sheridan sits down with Peter Robinson, journalist and founder of Popjustice, and Rob Copsey, editor of The Official Charts, to discuss the legacy of ...Show More

16:11 | Jul 19th, 2018

Irish musician Eoin French, AKA Talos, joins us in the studio to play acoustic versions of his electro-pop.

30:00 | Jul 16th, 2018

As the Hayward Gallery celebrates half a century, Robert Bound takes a look at why it was built, the art it has housed and its importance in London. He is joined in the studio by Jane Morris, editor at large of 'The Art Newspaper', and architecture a...Show More

14:18 | Jul 12th, 2018

London trio Our Girl are set to release their debut album ‘Stranger Today’. Lead singer Sophie Nathan comes to Midori House to play an acoustic set.

30:00 | Jul 9th, 2018

Robert Bound is with the film critics Anna Smith and Tim Robey to discuss the legacy of celebrated fashion designer Alexander McQueen as depicted in a new film ‘McQueen’, and to work out what makes a great fashion documentary.

15:06 | Jul 5th, 2018

Listen back to some great live sessions in the Monocle studios by Tennis, Chip Taylor, Songhoy Blues, and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.

30:00 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Music journalists Liv Siddall and Sarah Carson join Robert Bound in the studio to discuss Florence + The Machine’s fourth album ‘High as Hope’.

17:19 | Jun 28th, 2018

We relive some past performances by the likes of Cults, Holly Williams, Pins and The Barr Brothers.

30:00 | Jun 25th, 2018

We examine the link between two exhibitions being held concurrently at the National Gallery: Thomas Cole’s ‘Eden to Empire’ and Ed Ruscha’s ‘Course of Empire’. Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Ossian Ward, head of content for the Lisson Galler...Show More

19:06 | Jun 21st, 2018

The Grammy-winning, Broadway-performing, avocado-farming, charity-running musician Jason Mraz plays tracks new and old and chats about his upcoming album ‘Know’.

28:05 | Jun 18th, 2018

As ‘Studio 54’ hits cinemas, Robert Bound is joined by film critic Jason Solomons and Horse Meat Disco DJ Severino Panzetta to discuss the documentary about the legendary New York nightclub, as well as the club’s legacy and the music and movies it re...Show More

15:00 | Jun 14th, 2018

We dig out some memorable performances from the Sessions’ archive, including those by Calexico, Andreya Triana, Local Natives and The Dø.

30:00 | Jun 11th, 2018

We dive into one of the biggest political thrillers of the year, co-written by former president Bill Clinton and prolific American author James Patterson. Robert Bound is joined by journalist Sarah Shaffi and Ted Hodgkinson, senior programmer for lit...Show More

16:55 | Jun 7th, 2018

Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara joins us in the studio to sing from her new album ‘Fenfo’ and chat to Andrew Mueller about her relationship with Africa.

30:00 | Jun 4th, 2018

Film critics Karen Krizanovich and Tim Robey join Tom Edwards in the studio to discuss the new ‘Star Wars’ prequel, ‘Solo’. After a bumpy production process is it plain-sailing for the latest instalment of this intergalactic franchise?

15:04 | May 31st, 2018

American psych rock musician Sam Evian plays from his new album ‘You, Forever’ and explains the analogue process of making the album in a house in upstate New York.

30:00 | May 28th, 2018

This week we discuss ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, the new album by Australian indie singer Courtney Barnett. Robert Bound sits down with music journalist Liv Siddall and Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, to give it a spin ...Show More

15:17 | May 24th, 2018

Musician Leah Dou may be the daughter of Chinese musical royalty (mum is popstar Faye Wong and Dad is producer and musician Dou Wei) but she’s carving her own path in the music industry, with two albums and a film soundtrack under her belt at the age...Show More

30:00 | May 21st, 2018

Robert Bound heads down to the Tate Modern for its new show ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’, where he meets curator Simon Baker and artist Barbara Kasten. Back in the studio he’s joined by Kathlene Fox-Davies and Francesca...Show More

14:30 | May 17th, 2018

French psych-pop musician Halo Maud performs from her debut album ‘Je Suis Une Île’.

28:00 | May 14th, 2018

Should a bad TV season get a second chance? The makers of ‘Arrested Development’ have remixed and rereleased their fourth season and Robert Bound takes a look at it with the critics Karen Krizanovich and Toby Earle. Plus, they review new TV series ‘P...Show More
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13:47 | May 10th, 2018

This week we welcome half of Oxford pop quartet Low Island into the studio, who play from their latest EP and tell us how they’re rethinking live shows.
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30:00 | May 7th, 2018

We hit the West End for a new production of ‘Chess’ the Cold War era musical by Tim Rice and Abba’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Robert Bound is joined by Matt Wolf, theatre critic for the ‘International New York Times’, and Nancy Durrant, comm...Show More
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15:47 | May 3rd, 2018

HC McEntire tells us about her complicated relationship with the American South and a meeting with Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna that led to the release of McEntire’s debut solo album ‘Lionheart’.
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28:30 | Apr 30th, 2018

Robert Bound gives the new Janelle Monáe record a spin with writer Candice Carty-Williams and broadcaster and DJ Georgie Rogers. Will the combination of politics and pop on Monáe’s third album propel her into superstardom?
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15:17 | Apr 26th, 2018

Ten years ago Beth Rowley was signed to a major label and had a critically acclaimed top-10 album, but she wasn’t happy with the way the music industry had moulded her and so she walked away. Now she’s back with a self-released record called ‘Gota Fr...Show More
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35:15 | Apr 23rd, 2018

How important is it to discuss the author when you are reviewing a book? Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Katie Law, deputy literary editor for ‘The Evening Standard’, and John Mitchinson, publisher at Unbound, to review ‘Property’ – a new col...Show More
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15:58 | Apr 19th, 2018

We relive some of the great performances from the Sessions’ archives. Music by Bill Ryder-Jones, Jamie Woon, Sunflower Bean and Jaakko Eino Kalevi.
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28:00 | Apr 16th, 2018

Peter White, international editor for ‘Hollywood Deadline’ joins Robert Bound to discuss ‘Pilot TV’ – the new magazine from the people behind ‘Empire’ – that’s dedicated to cinematic television, and ‘Killing Eve’, the darkly comedic new thriller from...Show More
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15:24 | Apr 12th, 2018

Nashville rockers Mona join us in the studio to perform a few tracks from their upcoming album ‘Soldier On’.
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30:00 | Apr 9th, 2018

This week we put country singer Kacey Musgrave’s new album ‘Golden Hour’ under the microscope. Joining Robert Bound in the studio are broadcaster Baylen Leonard and music writer for ‘The Telegraph’ Sarah Carson.
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15:52 | Apr 5th, 2018

Australian indie trio Middle Kids drop by to play us a set of songs ahead of the release of their debut album ‘Lost Friends’.
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30:00 | Apr 2nd, 2018

In the first episode of our brand-new revamped culture show we take Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ for a walk with film critic for ‘The Telegraph’ Tim Robey and ‘It’s Nice That’ design writer Jenny Brewer.
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39:00 | Mar 26th, 2018

Ahead of our new-look ‘Monocle Culture Show’ we look back on the best of the last 367 episodes of ‘Culture with Robert Bound’.
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30:00 | Mar 19th, 2018

We tour Hong Kong, Toronto, Ljubljana, Johannesburg and London for a snapshot of people who work in the business of collecting books; from historians and curators to booksellers and publishers.
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30:00 | Mar 12th, 2018

Robert Bound takes a trip to Paris to visit Google Arts & Culture, the branch of the internet giant that marries art and technology for both digital solutions and fun.
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29:23 | Mar 5th, 2018

We speak to Oscar-winning production designer Paul D Austerberry about his work on ‘The Shape of Water’, and meet Erica Dorn, the lead graphic designer on Wes Anderson’s upcoming ‘Isle of Dogs’, to talk visual worlds.
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30:00 | Feb 26th, 2018

Robert Bound heads to London’s Photographers’ Gallery to meet the nominees for this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, which seeks innovation and bold messages in contemporary photography from around the world.
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30:00 | Feb 19th, 2018

Robert Bound chats to Nick Coleman, author of new book ‘Voices: How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life’, about beloved songs and sounds from rock, pop and soul music. Plus: we invite a few Monocle contributors to tell us which voices they can’t get ...Show More
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30:00 | Feb 12th, 2018

As Taschen releases its new book ‘20th Century Alcohol & Tobacco Ads’, we go back in time to explore the golden age of advertising for cigarettes and alcohol. Robert Bound speaks to the book’s editor Jim Heimann and design critic Stephen Bayley.
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30:00 | Feb 5th, 2018

We pay a visit to the National Museum Cardiff to meet Icelandic visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson as his latest work begins a five-week cycle: a performance piece called ‘The Sky In A Room’.
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28:38 | Jan 29th, 2018

After two years of renovation the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery has just thrown open its doors to the public. Robert Bound heads down to meet director Ralph Rugoff and architect Richard Battye, and we speak to Jane Morris to find out the signifi...Show More
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30:00 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Robert Bound speaks to film director Greg Barker and producer John Battsek about their candid new documentary on Barack Obama’s last 12 months of presidency, ‘The Final Year’.
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30:00 | Jan 15th, 2018

Robert Bound and writers Elizabeth Day and Chris Power celebrate the joys of the short story and why these lithe texts are worth more than just their word count and don’t play second fiddle to the novel.
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29:07 | Jan 8th, 2018

Writer and critic Francesca Gavin and Kathlene Fox-Davies, director of Black Box Projects, sit down with Robert Bound to discuss the big art shows and openings over the next year.
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30:00 | Jan 1st, 2018

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by broadcaster and DJ Georgie Rogers, film critic for ‘The Telegraph’ Tim Robey and publisher at Unbound John Mitchinson to discuss the music, films and books that they’re looking forward to in 2018.
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30:00 | Dec 25th, 2017

We take a trip down memory lane and listen back to some of our favourite interviews from our ‘Something Old, Something New’ series, where we invite creative people – from publishers to pop stars – to talk about the things that have influenced them th...Show More
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25:55 | Dec 18th, 2017

We head to the Southbank Centre where a new exhibition dedicated to Swedish pop behemoths Abba has just opened.
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28:35 | Dec 11th, 2017

Robert Bound goes on his annual pilgrimage to Florida for some December sun and to meet some key figures in the world of art and design during Miami art week: art adviser Lisa Schiff, Art Basel Cities’ artistic director Cecilia Alemani and Belgian de...Show More
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30:00 | Dec 4th, 2017

Platinum-selling musician Plan B and Hollywood actor Ed Skrein have long been friends since meeting in north London as DJs. They recall the films and albums that have influenced their careers on the screen and in the studio.
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28:44 | Nov 27th, 2017

We head out on a worldwide exploration of houses that play home to great art collections. From Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge to an art tour of Cape Town.
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28:20 | Nov 20th, 2017

We head to Saadiyat Island, home to the new Louvre Abu Dhabi, to find out what adorns the walls of this branch of the French mega museum – and whether it will be a success.
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25:11 | Nov 13th, 2017

We go behind the scenes of technology company WeTransfer, which invested its spare advertising space into the arts, to ask whether the sector should be responsible for funding creative endeavours.
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29:25 | Nov 6th, 2017

This week the Culture team pack up their suitcases and head to northern Italy for this year’s Club To Club festival. The 17th edition of the musical affair sees the darlings of jazz, electronica and dance music descend upon Turin for a week of eclect...Show More
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25:29 | Oct 30th, 2017

From ‘Macbeth’ to ‘The Wicker Man’, we discuss what the folk-horror genre means in film and literature with writers Andy Miller and Adam Scovell. Plus: we revisit an interview with the late director of ‘The Wicker Man’, Robin Hardy.
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30:00 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Robert Bound guides us through this month’s culture section of Monocle. From Jeddah’s art scene to the Yves Saint Laurent museums in Marrakech and Paris, we speak to the writers behind the stories.
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29:15 | Oct 16th, 2017

Melissa Harrison and Dan Richards are friends and writers who both deal with, among other things, the natural world. They chat to Robert Bound about the books, music and places that have inspired them throughout their careers.
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30:00 | Oct 9th, 2017

During Art Week in London, Robert Bound heads to 180 The Strand where a new exhibition called ‘Everything At Once’ is taking place as part of the Lisson Gallery’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Rob meets the people behind the show and the gallery.
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25:30 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Holly Fisher meets Julie Shapiro, executive producer for Radiotopia – the US podcast network responsible for hit shows such as ‘99% Invisible’ and ‘Song Exploder’.
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27:55 | Sep 25th, 2017

We go from Christian-rock concerts in Nashville to painter Gary Hume’s New York studio as we meet the writers and photographers who put together the Culture section of Monocle’s latest issue. Plus: Lars Fossheim from Broen on the Norwegian band’s deb...Show More
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30:00 | Sep 18th, 2017

Music journalists and old friends Andrew Harrison and Andrew Mueller are the guests on this month’s ‘Something Old, Something New’. They pick the items that have piqued their interest throughout their lives and careers.
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28:15 | Sep 11th, 2017

We take a look at what we might be listening to, watching and reading this autumn. Robert Bound is joined in the studio by John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound, broadcaster and DJ Georgie Rogers, and Tim Robey, film critic for ‘The Telegraph’.
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30:00 | Sep 4th, 2017

We head to the theatre – but this theatre could be anywhere. It could be in a bar, a stairwell, an old warehouse or on the street. We’re talking immersive theatre, which isn’t a new thing but it has certainly become a trendy one. We ask industry expe...Show More
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28:15 | Aug 28th, 2017

We explore the ways that technology has influenced and changed the English language with publicist Hamish Thompson and assistant senior editor of the Oxford English Dictionary Clifford Sofield.
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28:14 | Aug 21st, 2017

We make our annual pilgrimage to the Green Man Festival in south Wales to meet some of the musicians who have been integral to its success and to relive some memories from the field with the festival’s return customers.
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27:26 | Aug 14th, 2017

Robert Bound introduces us to the the latest addition to the Monocle family, ‘The Summer Weekly’: the newspaper we’re printing throughout August. From the nightclubs of Ibiza to music festivals in Helsinki, we take a sunny trip through the stories th...Show More
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29:54 | Aug 7th, 2017

Monocle Culture editor Robert Bound discusses the entrepreneurship and communal spirit of rave culture with DJ Norman Jay; former promoter for Bagleys and Pacha Debby Lee; and chairman of the Night Time Industries Association Alan Miller.
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29:19 | Jul 31st, 2017

Off the back of last week’s Man Booker long list announcement Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books; Anne Meadows, commissioning editor at Granta and Portobello; and Ted Hodgkinson, senior programmer of literature and the spoken word at Lo...Show More
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27:20 | Jul 24th, 2017

We dive into summer through Monocle’s sister publication ‘The Escapist’, a journal of places less explored. Robert Bound is joined by some of the team who brought the stories to life on the page and we head to one of our destinations, Bucharest, to f...Show More
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27:27 | Jul 17th, 2017

As people head off to warmer climes during the summer-holiday season we celebrate the postcards that they might be posting back home.
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30:00 | Jul 10th, 2017

Fiona Stewart and Ben Coleman, the mother-and-son duo behind Green Man Festival, discuss how music and the Brecon Beacons inspired 15 years of their annual bonanza.
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27:46 | Jul 3rd, 2017

The essay is a format that prompts a mixed response. While some marvel at the endless possibilities for ideas and considered prose, for others it’s a style of writing that brings back memories of homework and set texts. Robert Bound sits down with wr...Show More
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29:10 | Jun 26th, 2017

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by co-founder of Unbound John Mitchinson, art critic and curator Francesca Gavin and film critic Karen Krizanovich to discuss the art, books and film to look out for this summer.
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28:53 | Jun 19th, 2017

In the July/August issue of Monocle, Robert Bound goes dancing in Tel Aviv and learns how to paint in Cornwall, while Andrew Mueller meets Saint Etienne as they release their new album ‘Home Counties’.
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28:47 | Jun 12th, 2017

Tom Edwards stands in for Robert Bound in this month’s episode of ‘Something Old, Something New’. He's joined in the studio by Sharmaine Lovegrove, co-founder of Dialogue Scouting and literary editor for ‘Elle’ magazine, and journalist and author Eli...Show More
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30:00 | Jun 5th, 2017

As the world’s greatest celebration of literature turns 30 we find out what makes it beloved by so many.
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28:56 | May 29th, 2017

We get our rhyming couplets in order with poet and novelist Joe Dunthorne, discover a collaborative project aimed at promoting poetry across different cities around the world and head to Singapore to find out why the country loves poetry so much.
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30:00 | May 22nd, 2017

Hear from the people who put together this month’s culture section of Monocle. We find out about the factory that produces film sets for ‘Saturday Night Live’, discover what it’s like to be a TV critic and meet the woman behind a new arts concept in ...Show More
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30:00 | May 15th, 2017

This month Robert Bound is joined by graphic designer and first female principal at Pentagram, Paula Scher, and Adrian Shaughnessy who teaches visual communication at the Royal College of Art and is also co-founder of Unit Editions. They bring in the...Show More
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30:00 | May 8th, 2017

In the good old days fans tended to adore from behind a barrier but now the lines between them and their adored subject have been blurred by the internet. On the show today we’re interested in why some people decide to devote themselves to a particul...Show More
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28:36 | May 1st, 2017

From London to Milan and Belgrade to Toronto, we showcase the independent bookshops that are thriving around the world.
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28:44 | Apr 24th, 2017

We meet some of the people who contributed the May edition of Monocle. Georgina Godwin tells us about her story on the Hay Festival turning 30, Andrew Mueller chats about his trip to the Paris apartment of Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan and Robert Bo...Show More
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30:19 | Apr 17th, 2017

People have always loved a good murder-mystery but recently there’s been an influx of binge-worthy documentaries, books and podcasts based on true crime, such as ‘Serial’ and Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’. From Malaysia to Rio via the streets of 1960...Show More
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28:51 | Apr 10th, 2017

Robert Bound sits down with author Alex Preston and his editor at Faber & Faber, Walter Donohue, to discuss the objects, books, plays and, in this case, plants, that have influenced them.
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29:39 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Robert Bound is joined by a panel of experts on film, music and art to discuss the things we should be listening to, watching and queueing up for this spring. His guests are head of content for the Lisson Gallery, Ossian Ward, music broadcaster and D...Show More
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28:37 | Mar 27th, 2017

Robert Bound explores some of the stories from the April issue of Monocle’s culture pages, including Chinese book shops, Thai music festivals and a photography exhibition in Kyoto.
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30:00 | Mar 20th, 2017

Robert Bound is joined by Hrishikesh Hirway, who’s the creator of the podcast “Song Exploder”, and music journalist Laura Snapes to discuss the formats, language and knowledge required to write and talk about music.
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30:00 | Mar 13th, 2017

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by the Gavin sisters: curator and writer Francesca and artist Seana. They discuss the books and art that have influenced their lives and work, from Bronzino’s ‘An Allegory With Venus and Cupid’ to a selection of o...Show More
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28:48 | Mar 6th, 2017

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by podcast critic Pete Naughton to discuss the rise of the format, how it works alongside radio and how it’s doing on both sides of the Atlantic. Plus: podcast-makers Helen Zaltzman and John Mitchinson sit down to...Show More
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30:00 | Feb 27th, 2017

We go behind the scenes of the Culture pages in our 10th-anniversary issue, in which we head to Prague to meet the music industry’s go-to orchestra, discuss true crime in Hamburg, meet the editor of Paul Auster’s latest novel ‘4 3 2 1’ and find out a...Show More
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30:00 | Feb 20th, 2017

Once a month this show will bring together two people linked by profession, passion or friendship. To kick things off we invited in Will Hodgkinson, chief music critic for ‘The Times’, and Tom Hodgkinson, the writer, critic and founder of ‘The Idler’...Show More
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27:50 | Feb 13th, 2017

Once declared a thing of the past, why do we still love paper so much? We speak to the founder of a stationery shop, visit a paper mill and gallery in Singapore and examine the colour palette of an established papermaker.
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29:12 | Feb 6th, 2017

Robert Bound heads to Netflix HQ in LA to meet the people behind the behemoth of online streaming.
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29:07 | Jan 30th, 2017

We take a look at the responsibility of art to represent the opinions of the world in today's political climate.
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28:49 | Jan 23rd, 2017

We find out how the Culture pages of the latest issue of Monocle came together, including a chat with our Milan correspondent about his report on ‘La Repubblica’ and a snapshot of life as the magazine’s photography director with Matthew Beaman.
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29:30 | Jan 16th, 2017

It was a busy year for the obituaries desk at newspapers the world over as some of our favourite cultural figures have bade farewell. We speak to Harry de Quetteville of ‘The Telegraph’ about how an obituary is written and Will Hodgkinson, chief rock...Show More
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29:31 | Jan 9th, 2017

We go backstage with British label E Tautz at London Fashion Week Men's to find out how they put together their autumn/winter runway show. We meet the crew behind the catwalk, including creative director Patrick Grant, hair and make-up, the commercia...Show More
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29:56 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Robert Bound sits down with DJ and broadcaster Georgie Rogers, film critic Jason Solomons and author Mark Mason to discuss the year to come in music, film and books.
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56:34 | Dec 26th, 2016

Robert Bound and producer Holly Fisher sit down to discuss their 'Culture' highlights from the past year.
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28:23 | Dec 19th, 2016

Robert Bound is joined by Alice Vincent, arts and entertainment writer for 'The Telegraph', to discuss why nostalgia and cosiness get us all huddled around the television at Christmas.
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26:55 | Dec 12th, 2016

Music journalist Laura Snapes, DJ and broadcaster Baylen Leonard, and chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, Will Hodgkinson, join Robert Bound in the studio to rate this year’s Christmas albums. Plus: singer-songwriter Marika Hackman tells us ab...Show More
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28:15 | Dec 5th, 2016

When almost every city in the world seemingly has one, what is the role of the biennial? We wonder who does this soft-power attraction best and which parts of the world benefit from them as a showcase of how dynamic and cultural they can be.
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30:00 | Nov 28th, 2016

It’s not often that you get your hands on a manuscript, whether it’s the first draft of a novel or an ancient text etched on vellum. On the show today we get to know stories in their original formats and discover what can be learned by experiencing t...Show More
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28:28 | Nov 21st, 2016

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by John Mitchinson, question-writer for British quiz show ‘QI’, and Mark Mason, writer of upcoming book ‘Question Time’, to discuss the enduring and global appeal of the humble quiz. Plus: we put their knowledge t...Show More
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27:38 | Nov 14th, 2016

This year has been one of divided politics, from Brexit to Trump, so is it time to take a stand? We look at the history of the protest song and discuss the musicians vocalising the opinions of a new generation.
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28:11 | Nov 7th, 2016

How has the media satirised the two most talked-about names of the year: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? We discuss the highs and lows of late-night TV sketches, speak to 'The Atlantic' and 'New York Magazine' about media coverage and discover a fi...Show More
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28:20 | Oct 31st, 2016

We explore the theme of morbid fascination with collectors of weird and wonderful objects in New York and a professor who has been studying why we are so compelled to watch things that frighten or disgust us. Plus: We hear from artist Luc Tuymans, wh...Show More
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29:54 | Oct 24th, 2016

We take a whistle-stop tour of art galleries in alternative places, from the back alleys of Belgrade to an elevator shaft in New York via a house in London and even down the line of a Texan phone.
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28:24 | Oct 17th, 2016

What’s the process of predicting the weather and delivering it to the public? From the findings of the Met Office in the UK to Australian presenter Livinia Nixon in Melbourne, we meet the people who ensure that you have the knowledge to stay safe and...Show More
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28:27 | Oct 10th, 2016

We round up the exhibitions that took place outside Regent’s Park during last week’s Frieze Fair in London. We stop by White Cube to speak to Christian Marclay, take in a one-night-only show based around the rising and setting of the sun and check ou...Show More
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30:00 | Oct 3rd, 2016

We look ahead to the final few months of 2016 in film, music and books with our panel of experts: film critic Karen Krizanovich; Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’; and co-founder of Unbound publishers, John Mitchinson.
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30:00 | Sep 26th, 2016

We take a look at the relationship between the arts and gentrification in Madrid, Belgrade and London. Are artistic communities the driving force behind new neighbourhoods or is it the developers? And how well do the two work together?
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28:57 | Sep 19th, 2016

In this special live edition of ‘Culture with Robert Bound’ our host is joined by Victoria Siddall, director of Frieze Fairs; Jordan Gross, founder of Oval Space; Sir Nicholas Kenyon, managing director of the Barbican Centre; and Will Hodgkinson, cri...Show More
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28:30 | Sep 12th, 2016

We delve into the bright and beautifully soundtracked world of video art created by the Hayward Gallery and The Vinyl Factory: ‘The Infinite Mix’.
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30:00 | Sep 5th, 2016

Robert Bound is joined by ‘Broadcast’ magazine’s news editor Peter White to look at the latest trends and discuss the regions that are doing interesting things in the realm of television.
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28:58 | Aug 29th, 2016

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Monocle’s creative director Richard Spencer Powell and Adrian Shaughnessy, co-founder of independent publishing house Unit Editions, to discuss the art of making an eye-catching front cover.
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29:54 | Aug 22nd, 2016

This weekend the Culture team took their tents and waterproofs and set up camp in the Welsh valleys for this year’s Green Man. Robert Bound meets the team behind one of the best independent UK festivals to find out what exactly goes into running the ...Show More
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30:00 | Aug 15th, 2016

It’s August and we’re officially in silly season, the name given to the quiet summer period during which the people who usually make the news are off on holiday. We find out how you keep the news cycle rolling when there’s no one to provide you with ...Show More
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29:39 | Aug 8th, 2016

We discuss the art of being a critic – whether of art, food, technology or music – with Nancy Durrant, commissioning arts editor for ‘The Times’, Alexi Duggins, editor at large of ‘Time Out’ and our technology correspondent David Phelan. Plus: music ...Show More
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28:04 | Aug 1st, 2016

We take a look at what’s been popular on the silver screen so far this year. While talking-animal films made up half of the top 12 grossing movies in the first half of 2016, sequels aren’t enjoying much success. We analyse the trend with film critics...Show More
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30:00 | Jul 25th, 2016

The iconic Four Seasons restaurant has served its final meal in its current guise, as it leaves the Seagram Building on Park Avenue in New York. As the contents of the restaurant come up for sale we take a look around to see what we might like to pla...Show More
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29:06 | Jul 18th, 2016

When journalists, columnists and commentators have news flying at them from all angles, and it feels a little bit like the world is going mad, how do they begin to make sense of it all and mould it into thoughtful prose? Robert Bound sits down with R...Show More
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28:40 | Jul 11th, 2016

In our quest to investigate the difference between the seaside and the beach, we take to the latter for a spot of surfing in Australia and California. Plus: we head to Belgrade and Madrid to find out how they are bringing beach culture to the city to...Show More
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30:00 | Jul 4th, 2016

In the first of a two-part episode we investigate the difference between the beach and the seaside, two coastal cultures that are quite different despite both involving sand and sea. This week it’s the seaside's turn. We speak to writer and cultural ...Show More
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28:45 | Jun 27th, 2016

As the Culture team heads on its summer holiday, we recap some of our favourite moments from 2016 so far, from cruising the Mediterranean with acrobats aplenty to the local newspaper of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
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28:13 | Jun 20th, 2016

We visit the brand new wing of the Tate Modern to find out how architecture firm Herzog & De Meuron extended the art institution into a giant ziggurat. Plus: we assess the success of the new building with editor of ‘The Art Newspaper’ Jane Morris.
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30:00 | Jun 13th, 2016

We profile a rather unique auction house, Summers Place Auctions, as they put the entire collection of a Dutch natural history museum up for sale, including the skeleton of a seven-metre-tall duck-billed dinosaur called Freya.
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30:00 | Jun 6th, 2016

This year’s Hay Festival of literature, which takes place in the beautiful town of Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh border, has just wrapped up. We take a look at the festival’s international ambitions and its influence on book sales. Plus: we meet some of th...Show More
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30:00 | May 30th, 2016

Robert Bound investigates the recent rise in translated fiction with sidekicks Anne Meadows, commissioning editor at Portobello and Granta, and Lisette Verhagen, foreign-rights agent at David Godwin Associates. Plus: we hear from Deborah Smith, Man B...Show More
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30:00 | May 23rd, 2016

Robert Bound is on board the ‘MSC Preziosa’, somewhere between Rome and Marseille, to find out about the most misunderstood area of the arts: cruise-ship entertainers.
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