Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.
Friday 7 May
Ahead of the relaunch of ‘The Daily’, it’s our last ‘Late Edition’. But it’s a packed show: a delve into Labour’s demise in the UK, a letter from New York and the office versus mobile working.
Thursday 6 May
Should patents for coronavirus vaccines be waived temporarily? Plus: England’s mayoral elections and Switzerland’s new pitch to tourists, featuring Roger Federer and Robert De Niro.
Wednesday 5 May
Elections take place in the UK tomorrow; we’ll assess what their results could mean for the state of the union. Plus: the future of Hong Kong’s public broadcaster and the prospect of a boom in cinemagoing as theatres prepare to reopen.
Tuesday 4 May
India and the UK unveil a major new trade agreement, the US Supreme Court reviews gun control and we look at the winning design for a new, retractable floor at the Colosseum in Rome.
Monday 3 May
The UK government looks at international travel, regional elections in Madrid heat up as an anti-lockdown candidate leads the race and the city of Liverpool trials a live-music event.
Friday 30 April
We assess US president Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office. Plus: the UK’s soft power and a letter from New York City.
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I’ve been listening to this show every day for the past 5/6 years and it’s a really reliable way to get a daily dose of key news. The show has an informative debate style structure and a great selection of commentators. Recommend!
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I’ve been listening to this podcast for around 2-3 months now. A long-standing Frasier fan, I wanted to find a pod that really got behind the show in a way that was centred around the show rather than going off on tangents or waffling off on other subjects. While this ‘cast is better than others, you do get the feeling that the critiquing goes a little too far and the depth of analysis gets a little too deep for essentially something that’s a comedy and, certainly in the first few series, not something to be taken all that seriously. Still, it’s nice to have another Frasier world for an hour a week.
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Midi 1103 4 March . . . Listen as Andrew Mueller lets Oscar Guardiola-Rivera go off on a conspiracy theory ladened rant about evil right wing elites and their “generaless" coup in Brazil. I had hoped that amiable Canadian ex-pat Jeffrey Kofman might have challenged our South American friend, but no . . . Usual rules apply under Mueller’s stewardship: no critiquing the left. The “show”was bookended by the usual Trump hate sessions, completely ignoring the any rational analysis of the US election primaries and the broader issue of checks and balances within the US Constitution.
Midori 28 Jan: Another unbelievably ill-informed rant on current European boarder protection by Sebastian Borger of ‘Berliner Zeitung’ and Robert Fox of the ‘London Evening Standard’. Especially galling was the dismissal of the Swedish processes in respect of their announced deportation of non-qualified asylum seekers. There seems to be a reluctance by Monocle to understand that Borger is no longer capable of dissecting current events logically; he is politically and emotionally committed to a particular ideology at the expense of facts. Robert Fox says at one point that he “absolutely understands Sebastian’s logic” . . . really? That at least makes one person.
Midori 1073 and yet again another fundamental error by a so called specialist commentator. In this case the guest states that Australia doesn’t accept asylum seekers. Wrong. Australia does take asylum seekers, it takes them from refugee camps throughout the world. In fact Australia (pop = 25m) took more Syrian asylum seekers than the US (pop = 300m) in the recent special round of intake pledged to by nations through the UN. Australia introduced a no boats policy after thousands died taking the people smugglers route under the open door policy of the centre-left (2007 - 2013). Please Monocle get some guests who bother to read details and not just shoot from the hip based on their own political views.