Monocle 24: The Big Interview

Monocle 24: The Big Interview

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Long-form conversations about the lives and careers of the world’s leading and most exciting names from the worlds of art, design, literature, politics, business and food. We hear from the masters themselves, about their art, their craft, their secrets and successes.


Anne-Sophie Mutter
Aug 7 • 30 min
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of the world’s pre-eminent classical soloists. For 40 years the German performer has collaborated with distinguished composers and musicians, winning numerous awards. She talks to Monocle’s Robert Bound about Beethoven,…
The Chiefs Edition: Bernd Bauer
Jul 3 • 30 min
Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this week’s episode, Bernd Bauer, CEO of Swiss premium leisure carrier, Edelweiss Air, discusses risk mitigation as we take to the skies…
The Chiefs Edition: Peter Maurer
Jun 26 • 30 min
President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, joins Tyler Brûlé to discuss the shifting funding models for international institutions, the importance of brand on the frontline and reshaping humanitarian aid and diplomacy in a…
The Chiefs Edition: Sarah McNally
Jun 23 • 30 min
Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this episode, Sarah McNally, founder of McNally Jackson bookshops, discusses the latest challenge to the publishing industry and why New…
The Chiefs Edition: David Miliband
Jun 19 • 30 min
Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this episode, David Milband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former UK foreign secretary, discusses how to fix the vacuum in…
The Chiefs Edition: Andrew Cogan
Jun 16 • 30 min
Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks some of the world’s leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead as we exit the current crisis. In this episode, CEO of office-design firm Knoll, Andrew Cogan, discusses the changing…
The Chiefs Edition: Jeremy King
Jun 12 • 30 min
Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé asks leading drivers of change what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In this episode, celebrated restaurateur Jeremy King discusses the fate of the UK hospitality industry – and tells us why the socially…
The Chiefs Edition: Emma Tucker
Jun 5 • 30 min
Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, meets Emma Tucker, the editor of ‘The Sunday Times’, to discuss what it’s like to cover a global pandemic, the importance of Sunday journalism and how digital can complement, not replace, print media.
The Chiefs Edition: Jens Henriksson
May 29 • 30 min
Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, meets Jens Henriksson, the CEO of Nordic financial services giant Swedbank, who talks about supporting SMEs, the path to economic recovery and how best to approach the challenges that lie ahead.
The Chiefs Edition: Scott Malkin
May 22 • 30 min
Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, talks to the CEO of Value Retail, Scott Malkin, about the luxury fashion industry’s response to coronavirus, changing consumer habits and how disruption might be an opportunity to fix physical retail’s enduring…
The Chiefs Edition: Sergio Ermotti
May 15 • 30 min
Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, is joined by Sergio Ermotti, the CEO of Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services giant UBS, to discuss how to help small and medium-sized business through the crisis, the resilience of the Swiss…
The Chiefs Edition: Vas Narasimhan
May 8 • 30 min
Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé, joins some of the world’s leading business figures to ask how we get to the other side of the crisis – and what that might look like. First up is Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, who talks…
John Waters
Nov 24, 2019 • 30 min
Film director John Waters, aka the Pope of Trash, is known for his 1972 film ‘Pink Flamingos’ and 1988’s ‘Hairspray’, later a hit Broadway musical. Today he writes books and performs standup. He spoke to Monocle’s Daphne Karnezis about building a career…
Samantha Power
Nov 17, 2019 • 30 min
From 2013 to 2017 Samantha Power served in Barack Obama’s cabinet and as US ambassador to the UN. Starting out as a journalist, she won the Pulitzer prize in 2003 and has now written a memoir, ‘The Education of an Idealist’. Andrew Mueller asks her about…
François Ozon
Nov 10, 2019 • 30 min
The French director received international acclaim for his 2002 musical-comedy-drama ‘8 Women’, starring Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert; ‘Swimming Pool’ (2003) starring Charlotte Rampling; and the psychosexual thriller ‘L’Amant Double’ in 2017.…
Nicholas Britell
Nov 3, 2019 • 30 min
The Academy Award-nominated composer and pianist is the musical brain behind the scores of Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning film ‘Moonlight’ and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, as well as Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ and ‘The Big Short’. Most recently he scored the…
Jill Tarter
Oct 27, 2019 • 30 min
The award-winning astrophysicist is a pioneer in the field known as Seti (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). For more than four decades she has been leading the way in attempting to answer the age-old human question, “Are we alone?” She speaks…
Darina Allen
Oct 20, 2019 • 30 min
For more than three decades, Darina Allen has been tempting would-be chefs from around the world to her renowned cookery school, Ballymaloe. With 19 cookbooks and numerous TV shows to her name, she has gone on to become the face, voice and energy behind a…
Imelda Staunton
Oct 13, 2019 • 30 min
Despite popular film credits including the Harry Potter series and an Oscar-nominated turn in 2004’s ‘Vera Drake’, Imelda Staunton has never strayed far from the stage. She’s won four Olivier awards, most recently for her much acclaimed portrayal of…
James Ellroy
Oct 6, 2019 • 28 min
Known as the demon dog of American literature, Ellroy has won numerous awards for his Los Angeles Quartet novels, ‘The Black Dahlia’, ‘The Big Nowhere’, ‘LA Confidential’ and ‘White Jazz’. Now he has returned to LA with a new quartet; ‘This Storm’, the…
Carla Sozzani
Jun 23, 2019 • 30 min
Sozzani, a luminary of the fashion industry, founded Milan’s 10 Corso Como in 1991. This union of culture and commerce – with photography, fashion, design, music and cuisine under one roof – marked the beginning of a new concept experience: slow shopping.…
Jared Diamond
Jun 16, 2019 • 30 min
Jared Diamond’s 1997 book ‘Guns, Germs And Steel’ is one of the most influential non-fiction books of our time. It won a Pulitzer prize and influenced presidents and prime ministers. His latest book, ‘Upheaval: How Nations Cope With Crisis and Change’,…
Sebastián Lelio
Jun 9, 2019 • 30 min
The Chilean writer-director has made critically acclaimed films such as ‘Disobedience’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’ (the latter won best foreign language film at the Academy awards in 2018). His latest film is ‘Gloria Bell’, a remake of his 2013 breakthrough…
Dame Patricia Routledge
Jun 2, 2019 • 30 min
The legendary sitcom ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ became one of the UK’s most successful international productions. While Hyacinth Bucket is certainly Routledge’s most famous role, it’s just one of the 90-year-old actor’s many achievements in a career that’s…
Sir Terry Farrell
May 26, 2019 • 30 min
Architect Sir Terry Farrell’s postmodern pastiche of styles include the MI6 building and the Breakfast Television Centre in London. His six-decade career has veered from masterplanning city blocks to building train stations in China. He talks to Josh…
Ottessa Moshfegh
May 19, 2019 • 30 min
The acclaimed American writer’s short stories first appeared in ‘The Paris Review’, ‘The New Yorker’, ‘Granta’ and others. She went on to publish her first novella ‘McGlue’ in 2014 and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for her second novel, ‘Eileen’. Her…
Fatima Bhutto
May 12, 2019 • 30 min
The author is the niece of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and part of the Pakistani political dynasty. In her memoir ‘Songs of Blood and Sword’, she tells the story of a turbulent and tragic family history. Her latest book, ‘The Runaways’,…
Tamara Rojo
May 5, 2019 • 30 min
As the principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in London, Tamara Rojo has played all the main parts in the ballet canon. Yet it is as artistic director of the English National Ballet that she has made the most impact on the world of dance. Monocle’s Chiara…
Pipilotti Rist
Apr 28, 2019 • 30 min
Rist’s video and installation art is known across the world for its bold, resonant and often funny style. With a major retrospective of her work open at Copenhagen’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Monocle’s Augustin Macellari sat down with the Swiss…
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Apr 21, 2019 • 30 min
The English actor has had a successful career in film as well as on stage – and earlier this year he launched his career as a writer and director with critically acclaimed debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’. Ben Rylan sat down with him to talk about…
Steve McQueen
Dec 16, 2018 • 30 min
For our season finale, we sit down with the British Turner prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning director of ‘12 Years a Slave’, ‘Shame’ and ‘Hunger’. He talks to Robert Bound about his latest film ‘Widows’ and focusing on the work, not the accolades.
Christine and the Queens
Dec 9, 2018 • 30 min
The French singer’s first album ‘Chaleur Humaine’ launched in 2015 and topped the charts in France and beyond. Since then, Christine and the Queens has travelled the world, performed with Elton John and famously got spanked on stage by Madonna in Paris.…
Barry Jenkins
Dec 2, 2018 • 30 min
The director of ‘Moonlight’, which won the Oscar for best picture in 2017, has been on an extraordinary journey to Hollywood. In conversation with Monocle’s Ben Rylan, he talks about everything from getting into filmmaking while growing up in a rough…
Jane Mayer
Nov 25, 2018 • 30 min
Investigative journalist Mayer became the first female Washington correspondent for ‘The Wall Street Journal’ in 1984 and had been a staff writer at ‘The New Yorker’ since 1995; she has also published numerous non-fiction books. She talks about corruption…
Sally Field
Nov 11, 2018 • 26 min
She won an Oscar for best actress in ‘Norma Rae’ in 1980 and another in 1985 for ‘Places in the Heart’. She appeared in numerous sitcoms and Hollywood box-office hits: ‘Smokey and the Bandit’, ‘Forrest Gump’, ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ and ‘Lincoln’, to name a few.…
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Nov 4, 2018 • 30 min
The lauded Finnish composer and conductor, currently principal conductor for London’s Philharmonia and conductor laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has spent his career tearing down the elitist labels associated with classical music. He…
Agnès Varda
Oct 28, 2018 • 27 min
French film director Agnès Varda was a key protagonist in the new wave of French cinema in the 1960s. Her signature films include ‘Cleo from 5-7’, ‘Vagabond’ and ‘The Gleaners and I’. At age 90, ‘Faces Places’ is her latest documentary about a road trip…
Mary Robinson
Oct 21, 2018 • 30 min
The former president of Ireland and ex-UN high commissioner for human rights devoted her life to standing up for gender equality and social justice around the world. Today, she is an outspoken climate-change campaigner. In conversation with Tom Edwards,…
Kerry James Marshall
Oct 14, 2018 • 28 min
The celebrated Chicago-based artist, known for his figurative paintings depicting black figures using his signature black paint, sits down with Augustin Macellari to reflect on his early passion for painting, the influence of the European masters and the…
David Sedaris
Oct 7, 2018 • 30 min
The American humorist and bestselling author joins Georgina Godwin to discuss his latest book, ‘Calypso’. He muses over everything from family dynamics and awkward social situations to the boundaries of humour and the role of entertainment in a time of…
Ian Bremmer
May 6, 2018 • 30 min
For our season finale we sit down with Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group. He is one of the world’s leading political-risk experts, specialising in US foreign policy, states in transition and global political risk. He talks to Tom Edwards…
The chefs
Apr 29, 2018 • 30 min
Ahead of the publication of Monocle’s inaugural ‘Drinking & Dining Directory’, we hear from some of the great chefs and restaurateurs who have featured on past episodes of ‘The Big Interview’. Join Tom Edwards for a tasty mix of insights from the likes of…
Robert Harris
Apr 22, 2018 • 30 min
The author of numerous bestsellers, including ‘Fatherland’, ‘The Fear Index’ and ‘An Officer and a Spy’, sits down with Robert Bound to talk about his new novel ‘Munich’, as well as themes ranging from ancient Rome to contemporary politics and why it’s…
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Apr 15, 2018 • 30 min
The Nigerian novelist known for critically acclaimed titles such as ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘Americanah’ joins Monocle foreign editor Megan Gibson to talk about being black in America, becoming a global feminist icon, Nigerian fashion and the…
Matthew Rolston
Apr 8, 2018 • 30 min
Celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Prince and Beyonce have all appeared in front of Matthew Rolston’s lens. His glamorous photographs have appeared on the covers of ‘Rolling Stone’, ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, ‘Vogue’, ‘GQ’ and many more. Through the use of his…
Vik Muniz
Apr 1, 2018 • 30 min
The acclaimed Brazilian visual artist and photographer Vik Muniz is best known for his bold and layered recreations of canonical artworks using a range of media. In conversation with Monocle’s Robert Bound, Muniz muses on the role of art, his fascination…
Dame Jane Goodall
Mar 25, 2018 • 30 min
Renowned primatologist Dame Jane Goodall has spent nearly six decades researching our closest non-human relatives. Since her first trip to Tanzania in 1960 her work has vastly expanded our comprehension of chimpanzees. She talks to Andrew Mueller about…
Sir Kenneth Grange
Mar 18, 2018 • 30 min
Sir Kenneth Grange is known as the godfather of UK product design. He is the man behind quintessentially British everyday products for brands such as Kenwood, Parker, Kodak and Anglepoise – but also behind the InterCity 125 train, the regional Royal Mail…
Sandra Bernhard
Mar 11, 2018 • 30 min
Comedienne, actress, activist, singer and pioneer of the one-woman show: Sandra Bernhard sits down with Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé to talk about stand-up, Tinder, the media the 1970s and much, much more.
Dave Eggers
Mar 4, 2018 • 30 min
Eggers is the author behind bestselling and award-winning books such as ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’, ‘What is the What’ and ‘The Circle’. But apart from a career as an author, Eggers is also a journalist, editor, graphic designer and…
Nadja Swarovski
Nov 5, 2017 • 30 min
Nadja Swarovski, great-great-granddaughter of the founder of the Austrian crystal producer, is in charge of corporate communications and design services; she has also kept the heritage brand current with a series of collaborations with the likes of…
Margot Wallström
Oct 29, 2017 • 30 min
Sweden’s splendidly outspoken foreign minister Margot Wallström joins Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker to discuss, among other things, her feminist foreign policy, Sweden’s non-aligned military position, the country’s role as a temporary member…
George Saunders
Oct 22, 2017 • 30 min
‘New York Times’ bestselling author George Saunders has just won the most prestigious literary prize in the English-speaking world: the Man Booker. He sat down with Monocle’s Georgina Godwin to talk about his career and winning debut novel ‘Lincoln in the…
Alexandre de Betak
Oct 15, 2017 • 30 min
Alexandre de Betak is commonly referred to as “the Fellini of fashion” and it is easy to see why. For the past 25 years the Frenchman has been creating exuberant shows for the world’s best designers. He sat down with Monocle’s Jamie Waters to talk about…
Graham Stirk
Oct 8, 2017 • 30 min
Graham Stirk is a partner at the internationally acclaimed and award-winning architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. He has designed iconic London buildings such as the Leadenhall Building (or “Cheesegrater”) and NEO Bankside. He joins…
Steve McCurry
Oct 1, 2017 • 30 min
Steve McCurry is one of the most iconic photographers of the past several decades. He has explored Asia and the Middle East extensively and his work spans conflicts, ancient traditions and contemporary culture. He sits down with Monocle’s Henry…
Isabelle Huppert
Sep 24, 2017 • 30 min
Doyenne of French cinema Isabelle Huppert sits down with Monocle’s Robert Bound to talk about her upcoming film with Neil Jordan, ‘The Widow’, how confidence has come to guide her roles and how less is more when it comes to acting.
Glenn Lowry
Sep 17, 2017 • 30 min
Lowry has been at the helm of New York’s Moma for 22 years, overseeing acquisitions of works by major artists, the creation of new departments and various expansions and renovations. He joined Monocle’s Tomos Lewis to talk about the importance of museums…
Clarissa Ward
Sep 10, 2017 • 30 min
CNN’s senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward talks to Monocle’s Christopher Lord about her fascinating career. From her early days as an intern in CNN’s Moscow bureau to reporting undercover from Syria, Ward has seen it all and continues to…
Massimo Bottura
Sep 3, 2017 • 30 min
We kick off season six of The Big Interview in conversation with the chef, art enthusiast and social entrepreneur Massimo Bottura. The man behind the three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana talks about food, art and beauty, as well as the role and…
Tessa Ross
May 14, 2017 • 28 min
Monocle Culture editor Robert Bound sits down with legendary film producer and former head of Film4 Tessa Ross. The woman behind ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘12 Years a Slave’, ‘Under the Skin’ and many more tells us about what goes on behind the scenes, the…
Lyse Doucet
May 7, 2017 • 30 min
Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield sits down with the BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet to talk about the start of her career, the impact that Afghanistan has had on her life, her current reporting on Syria and why she continues to see working…
Ilse Crawford
Apr 30, 2017 • 29 min
The UK designer, academic and creative director Ilse Crawford sits down with Monocle editor Andrew Tuck to discuss her early days as a journalist, how her family has influenced her career and the importance of good design in social projects.
Christiana Figueres
Apr 23, 2017 • 30 min
Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield sits down with Christiana Figueres, the former head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The woman behind the 2015 Paris Agreement talks about the work involved in the legendary deal, growing up in Costa Rica, our…
Mary Ann Tighe
Apr 16, 2017 • 30 min
From government arts advisor to one of New York’s most powerful women, Mary Ann Tighe sits down with Ed Stocker to discuss making big deals, tough compromises and how making friends with your competitors can be beneficial for all.
Isabel Allende
Apr 9, 2017 • 30 min
Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker sits down with celebrated Chilean author Isabel Allende to discuss the art of storytelling, her deep-rooted affection for Chile and Latin America, the dangers of the US’s new government and her human-rights work.
Kristin Scott Thomas
Apr 2, 2017 • 29 min
Academy award-nominated actress Kristin Scott Thomas sits down with Monocle 24’s Robert Bound to discuss her latest film ‘The Party’, the differences between acting for film and stage, her debut as a director and why she has chosen Europe over Hollywood.
Agnès B
Mar 26, 2017 • 30 min
The French fashion designer sits down with Monocle’s Nolan Giles in Paris to discuss politics, supporting young artists, her love of London and getting France back on track.
Susan Goldberg
Mar 19, 2017 • 29 min
Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of ‘National Geographic’, sits down with Monocle’s Tomos Lewis in Washington to talk about the US’s new administration, the power of journalism, magazine covers and how to steer a legacy brand in changing times.
Jude Kelly
Mar 12, 2017 • 29 min
The theatre producer and artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre sits down with Monocle 24’s Tom Edwards to talk about gender equality and the importance of universal accessibility to the arts and culture.
Marina Abramović
Mar 5, 2017 • 29 min
Influential performance artist Marina Abramović sits down with Sophie Grove in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm to talk about her childhood, the Slavic soul, the powerful chemistry between audience and performer and the sacrifices that an artist must be…
John Simpson
Dec 4, 2016 • 30 min
Steve Bloomfield sits down with the BBC’s world affairs editor to talk about his 50-year career, the responsibilities, danger and excitement of being a war correspondent and some advice he would give to his younger self.
Dries van Noten
Nov 27, 2016 • 30 min
Nolan Giles sits down with the Belgian fashion designer to talk about crafting clothes in the era of images and screens, being hands-on in both the creative and commercial sides of his business and the importance of his hometown of Antwerp to his business.
Mario Testino
Nov 20, 2016 • 30 min
Tyler Brûlé sits down with legendary photographer Mario Testino to talk about the allure of London in the 1980s and 1990s, the changing landscape of fashion and photography, the pleasures of travel and philanthropy, and his recent reconnection to his…
Art Spiegelman
Nov 13, 2016 • 30 min
One of the world’s most influential graphic artists, Art Spiegelman sits down with Andrew Mueller to discuss depicting atrocities, his career-defining graphic novel ‘Maus’ and, of course, president-elect Donald Trump.
Robert Longo
Nov 6, 2016 • 28 min
Monocle’s Ed Stocker sits down with US artist Robert Longo to talk about his youth, the creation of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center with some of the leading artists of the time, his famous “Men in the Cities” series and the messy state of US politics.
Luc Tuymans
Oct 30, 2016 • 30 min
Monocle’s Robert Bound sits down with Belgian artist Luc Tuymans to discuss his idea of ‘the real’ as well as the physicality of painting, when to begin and when to stop and the changing role but immutable nature of the artist. Plus: Tuymans discusses…
Marina Willer
Oct 23, 2016 • 30 min
Monocle’s Tom Edwards sits down with graphic designer, film-maker and Pentagram partner Marina Willer to talk about her family’s origins, the importance of openness in a post-Brexit UK, the challenges of digital media and the everyday inspiration she gets…
Simon de Pury
Oct 16, 2016 • 30 min
Monocle’s Robert Bound sits down with the world-renowned Swiss auctioneer and collector, Simon de Pury to discuss his journey into the epicentre of the art world, his love of contemporary art, the evolution of taste, the art of collecting and the…
William Kentridge
Oct 9, 2016 • 30 min
Robert Bound talks to artist William Kentridge about the process of creation, the drawing as the starting point, the beauty of opera, the importance of peripheral vision and his home country, South Africa.
Sir David Tang
Oct 2, 2016 • 30 min
‘The Big Interview’ is back on Monocle 24, featuring in-depth conversations with inspirational names in global politics, business, culture and design. To kick off the fourth series Tyler Brûlé sits down with Hong Kong businessman and concert pianist Sir…
Christophe Galfard
Jul 31, 2016 • 28 min
Theoretical physicist and popular science author Christophe Galfard sits down with Robert Bound to delve into the world of special relativity and quantum mechanics. Plus: the necessity of bridging the gap between the general public and the experts when it…
David Puttnam
Jul 24, 2016 • 30 min
The independent producer and legend of the UK film industry Lord Puttnam sits down with Robert Bound to discuss playing father to an entire film crew, the lack of integrity in today’s media and the role of the documentary as a tool to help the world.
Alejandro Aravena
Jul 17, 2016 • 30 min
We sit down with the Chilean architect who is the director of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The Pritzker Prize winner explains why he thinks simple design is key to alleviating the world’s biggest woes and recounts the time he quit…
Jeremy King
Jul 10, 2016 • 30 min
The restaurateur behind beloved London establishments The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Colbert and more sits down with Robert Bound to discuss the key elements to consider when creating the perfect dining environment.
Ruth Rogers
Jul 3, 2016 • 30 min
Chef, entrepreneur and head of London’s Michelin-starred River Café Ruth Rogers sits down with Tyler Brûlé to discuss the discipline required to run a restaurant, the effects of Brexit on her business and her passion for Italy.
Architects
Jun 26, 2016 • 28 min
In this special edition of The Big Interview we look back at our best discussions with some of the world’s leading architects and designers. Join Tom Edwards for this flashback episode in which he presents highlights from Daniel Libeskind, Amanda Levete,…
Gay Talese
Jun 19, 2016 • 30 min
US writer and father of narrative journalism Gay Talese sits down with Steve Bloomfield to discuss non-fiction writing, adulterers and gangsters, and obituaries and morality.
Vesna Pusić
Jun 12, 2016 • 30 min
Vesna Pusić​, ​Croatia’s​ former foreign minister​ and a​​ leading ​figure​ in European politics,​ sits down with Tom Edwards for​ ‘The Big Interview’. An outspoken liberal and an advocate of gender equality and human rights​,​ Pusić discusses European…
Thomas Keneally
Jun 5, 2016 • 30 min
Australian novelist and playwright Thomas Keneally sits down with Georgina Godwin to discuss his country and his life in writing, from his time in the priesthood to Booker Prize winning novel ‘Schindler’s Ark’ – later adapted into Spielberg’s Academy…
Alberto Alessi
May 29, 2016 • 30 min
Design heavyweight Alberto Alessi sits down with Josh Fehnert to discuss the ills and advantages of running a family business and the fine line between art and design. Plus: a few choice tips for success in business.
John Ralston Saul
May 22, 2016 • 30 min
Philosopher, author and former president of Pen international John Ralston Saul sits down with Tom Edwards to discuss freedom of expression, the troubling times of global politics and our shared responsibility for the state of the world.
Amanda Levete
May 15, 2016 • 30 min
UK architect Amanda Levete sits down with senior correspondent Sophie Grove to talk about starting out in the industry, pushing the boundaries of engineering and how architecture creates and reflects social values.
Bill Granger
May 8, 2016 • 30 min
Bill Granger, the Australian chef, businessman and restaurateur, sits down with Monocle 24’s Tom Edwards to discuss food’s vital role in many parts of our lives: entertaining friends, travelling the world and simply surviving.
Rossana Orlandi
May 1, 2016 • 30 min
The Big Interview is back with a brand new series for 2016. We kick off with a special interview recorded at Salone del Mobile in Milan. Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé sits down with the doyen of design Rossana Orlandi to discuss the evolution of the…
Joseph Stiglitz
Feb 21, 2016 • 30 min
The Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz sits down with Steve Bloomfield to discuss his work at The White House during the Clinton Administration, his time as chief economist of the World Bank and his views on the current US presidential race,…
Kevin Roche
Feb 14, 2016 • 29 min
The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche sits down with Steve Bloomfield to discuss his early years in his native Ireland and moving to the US. He also talks about working with some of the greatest names in the field, including Ludwig Mies van der…
Oliviero Toscani
Feb 7, 2016 • 30 min
The photographer, broadcaster and creative force sits down with Tyler Brûlé to discuss the importance of being challenged, doing what you love (and loving what you do) and the state of civilisation today.
Mathias Döpfner
Jan 31, 2016 • 30 min
The CEO of German media group Axel Springer sits down with Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé to discuss the German media scene, foreseeing the digital revolution, reacting to it and how great journalism will always be top priority.