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  • Retail special: gin distilleries - Film 28 Jan '16, 1pm

    Just like craft breweries, small local distilleries are reinventing drinks that have fallen out of fashion. Monocle films visits three entrepreneurs who have uncorked the potential of the old spirit in London, Hamburg and the Finnish countryside.

  • New-generation animators - Film 31 Jan '16, 4pm

    With the success of Pixar came an avalanche of computer-generated animation but not all animators are following the hi-tech pack. Monocle Films travels to the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and southern England in search of storytellers who think outside the computer box.

  • How do you look after a legacy?, Culture with Rob Bound 224 - Radio 25 Jan '16, 9pm

    Will Hodgkinson, rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, tells us how David Bowie led the world in musical legacies. We also meet sculptor Frances Segelman to find out how you immortalise someone in statue form. Plus: David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest’ and its reputation as a modern ...

  • Jon Ronson - The Big Interview 23 - Radio 10 Jan '16, 9am

    Monocle’s culture editor Robert Bound sits down with journalist and documentary maker Jon Ronson to discuss getting non-fiction stories to the big screen, representing the fringes of society and how amateur psychology almost took over his life.

  • Spain, what next?, The Foreign Desk 107 - Radio 23 Jan '16, 12pm

    Who governs Spain? Elections in December were inconclusive: the old parties lost votes, the new ones won some and no-one came out on top. Spain’s divide will not be easy to fix. Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield is joined by David Alandete, managing editor of ‘El País’, and Pablo Rodriguez S...

  • Chilly Gonzales - The Sessions at Midori House 44 - Radio 02 Jan '16, 8am

    Master of the ivories Chilly Gonzales hit Midori House back in 2012 to play tracks from his then new record ‘Solo Piano II’. We revisit the session and his conversation with Robert Bound about the role of the entertainer.

  • Well worth a listen Erica Jong - Meet the Writers on @monocle24

    Erica Jong - Meet the Writers 3 - Radio 26 Dec '15, 3pm

    In the 1973 novel ‘Fear of Flying’, author Erica Jong introduces the world to the “zipless fuck”. Now, 42 years later, Erica has written ‘Fear of Dying’. Georgina Godwin speaks to her about feminism, getting old and her lifetime as a writer.

  • The battle over Zwarte Piet - The Foreign Desk 102 - Radio 19 Dec '15, 12pm

    Like a number of nations, the Netherlands has its own version of Father Christmas – in its case, Sinterklaas. But Sinterklass has a little helper not found anywhere else: Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete. For many, Zwarte Piet is undeniably racist yet he remains popular in his home country....

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