Hear our take on the news and enjoy sharp reporting on the big stories every weekday. Tune in as our guest panel reviews the day’s events in Europe, follows developing stories in the Americas and welcomes early risers in Asia and Australasia. Plus: reports and analysis from Monocle’s correspondents and bureaux around the world. Nominated for ‘Best Daily Podcast’ in the 2022 British Podcast Awards.
Why is Ankara helping Somalia defend its waters?
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32:18As Turkey and Somalia expand their defence deal to include maritime security, we get the latest from our correspondent in Istanbul. Then: our design editor brings us a round-up of the latest architecture and urbanism stories, we’re at the Frieze Los Angeles art fair and musician Buffalo Nichols stops by to play us ‘The Difference’ song.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
India’s farmers take to the streets
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38:13Latika Bourke and Somnath Batabyal join Monocle’s Andrew Mueller to discuss Vladimir Putin’s state of the nation address – and his warnings to the West of a nuclear war. Then: India’s farmers are protesting but how will this affect Narendra Modi ahead of the country’s election? Plus: Rotterdam’s mayor wants tougher drug controls, the French satirical newspaper that is only published on leap years and a letter from our man in the Balkans.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How is the war in Gaza affecting US elections?
40:02Guests Elisabeth Braw and Vincent McAviney discuss the primary elections in Michigan and assess how the war in Gaza is affecting voters in the US. Then: the future of European defence, a look at whether the Olympic Games will help revitalise the Seine-Saint-Denis suburb of Paris and a look at Pew Research Center’s new survey on democratic governance.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Could Western troops fight in Ukraine?
35:19As Emmanuel Macron says that Western troops could fight in Ukraine, our guests Tessa Szyszkowitz and William Patey assess whether France is trying to become Europe’s military leader. Then: the Taliban releases an Austrian far-right extremist in a deal mediated by Qatar and we speak with Yaroslav Trofimov about his new book ‘Our Enemies Will Vanish’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Protests, CPAC and the return of cash
37:35Terry Stiastny and Ben Kelly discuss the role of protests during a conflict, whether Ireland could ever join Nato, short-haul flights and whether cash is becoming king for a new generation. Plus: A look back at the weekend that was at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the US. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
37:56We speak to Monocle’s US editor, Chris Lord, about political threats in the US and UK, and Julia Lasica about the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Plus: a letter from Kyiv and an interview with a Japanese violinist playing Norway’s traditional fiddle.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The US role in Gaza and London’s thinnest hotel
39:01Julie Norman and Charles Hecker explore whether the US and UN have any real influence over the war in Gaza and why the US still needs to make a point about Julian Assange. Then: we discuss whether the Conservative Political Action Conference is still important and why London will soon get its thinnest hotel. Plus: an interview with Austrian General Robert Brieger.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Gaza aid, forgotten crises and Haiti’s indictments
42:44Our guests Nadine Batchelor-Hunt and Mark Lowcock discuss the trouble of getting aid into Gaza and the forgotten crises of Sudan and Tigray, Ethiopia. Then: a study on the differences between men’s and women’s brains. Plus: we hear from Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and get the latest on the 50 people implicated in a former Haitian leader’s assassination. xSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ukraine’s way forward after Munich
40:08Daniella Peled and Bill Hayton discuss Ukraine’s way forward, Israel’s deadline for a Rafah ground offensive, China’s law-enforcement deal with Hungary and Donald Trump’s shoe brand. Plus: On This Day looks at the world’s shortest-ever presidency.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.