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​Presented by ​Andrew Mueller, Monocle’s flagship global-affairs show features​ expert guests ​and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the week. Nominated for ‘Best Current Affairs’ show and the ‘Spotlight Award’ in the 2022 British Podcast Awards. 

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    • 4.4 • 135 Ratings

​Presented by ​Andrew Mueller, Monocle’s flagship global-affairs show features​ expert guests ​and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the week. Nominated for ‘Best Current Affairs’ show and the ‘Spotlight Award’ in the 2022 British Podcast Awards. 

    Munich Security Conference special edition

    Munich Security Conference special edition

    In this special episode recorded at the Munich Security Conference, Andrew Mueller sits down with the prime minister of Belgium, Alexander de Croo, the prime minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, former CIA director General David Petraeus, Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, the prime minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, and the prime minister of Bulgaria, Nikolai Denkov. 
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    • 55 min
    Explainer 405: Taliban 2.0

    Explainer 405: Taliban 2.0

    After the Taliban refused to attend a UN conference in Doha about Afghanistan this week, Andrew Mueller takes a moment to evaluate how much the terrorist group has really changed. 
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    • 7 min
    The other half

    The other half

    The role of first lady or, increasingly, first gentleman, can be one of the most potent ambassadorial positions in any nation’s diplomatic ranks. What is it really like to be the spouse of a world leader? Andrew Mueller speaks to Clarke Gayford, broadcaster and husband of Jacinda Ardern; Charity Wallace, former chief of staff to Laura Bush; and Elizabeth Natalle, co-founder of the First Ladies Association for Research and Education. 
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    • 32 min
    Explainer 404: Putsch away democracy

    Explainer 404: Putsch away democracy

    Andrew Mueller explains how Senegal’s president, Macky Sall, is clinging to power beyond his term limits.
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    • 7 min
    Indonesia’s election: what’s at stake?

    Indonesia’s election: what’s at stake?

    Voters in Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, are gearing up to elect their next president in what is expected to be a hotly contested vote. Who is running and what are the key issues? Andrew Mueller speaks to James Chambers, Dewi Fortuna Anwar and Jacqui Baker.
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    • 26 min
    Explainer 403: What’s behind the Super Bowl conspiracy?

    Explainer 403: What’s behind the Super Bowl conspiracy?

    Andrew Mueller examines why bizarre conspiracy theories about Taylor Swift and the Super Bowl are spreading.
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    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

MBelderson ,

It's actually two shows in one. Both are brilliant

There’s the bite-sized Explainers: excellent short analyses of a single foreign affairs new event. And then there’s the longer weekly show which digs deeper into an issue and is unrivalled even by the BBC’s many but increasingly gimmicky current affairs programmes. The secret is having a heavyweight journalist, Andrew Mueller, as presenter. The wealth of knowledge and experience he brings to the show is invaluable.

veganman1961 ,

Intersting but not exactly unbiased

A very interesting approach and informative .But some of the language used didn’t seem unbiased .Is this meant to be his Personal opinion with no attempt at a non biased journalistic Approach?

Crimebrook ,

What it means to be English

Terrific show. Always informative engaging and challenging. This pod was particularly good talking about something we tend not to want to address 👍

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