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Monocle24 launched in October 2011, and I’ve been working in radio ever since. The following is a selection of interviews and reports for Monocle and a smattering of other outlets. I also contribute live commentary on the station’s daily news shows.

To listen:


Viennese modernism – on Schiele, Klimt, and how they might connect or not to the contemporary scene on the Taschen podcast, September 2018.

Having a Ball – Vienna ball season is a longstanding tradition but its Ball of Sciences has a new take on celebrating education and knowledge.  February 2, 2018, at 23:20.

How will the elections affect German culture? – And vice versa. A take on Germany’s cultural legacy, past and future. September 19, 2017.

Egon Schiele – a look at the Austrian artist in the Taschen podcast, September 2017.

Long live the sleeper car – My little ode to night trains. And my happiness that when Germany got rid of its night routes, Austria picked them up. July 25, 2017.

Art in Greece in the midst of both crisis and Documenta – Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Athens Dialogues marathon spurs other dialogues about Athens and art. June 23, 2017.

Potsdamer Strasse, one of Monocle’s top strolling thoroughfares – A monologue on Berlin’s artsiest drag. April 13, 2017.

Sanctuary Cities on the Urbanist – Since 2015 I’ve been personally involved with Europe’s refugee crisis; here I speak about Vienna’s exemplary first-response to the floods of refugees coming through then, and its integration efforts, despite rising discontent, now. February 2, 2017.

Have we reached peak Biennial? – A monologue about the number and scope of art biennales around the world. What can we take away from the biennale? December 6, 2016.

The Monocle Arts Review – Lots of chatting about goings-on at Vienna’s Secession. October 17, 2016.

The Monocle Arts Review – I finally TALK about Ai Weiwei and his lifejackets, this time floating in a pond at the Belvedere museum (and more). August 22, 2016.

Moody cities on The Urbanist: Vienna is all about polarities and contradictions. Here I got to talk about the city’s pervasive moodiness (which has certainly rubbed off on me). August 18, 2016.

The Monocle Travel Guide, Vienna – A fun voiceover for a brief film on a lovely Vienna city guide, which launched in April 2016.

The Arts Review from Vienna: I chat about the excellent Political Populism show at Kunsthalle Wien, Always, Always Others at Mumok, and Clegg+Guttmann at Georg Kargl gallery. January 11, 2016.

A house for world religions? In Berlin, local leaders of Christianity, Judaism and Islam are planning a building that will house all three – and hopefully promote intra-religious understanding. A monologue. November 12, 2015.

Aural fixation? Curator Clara Meister talks about sound art and music in the art context in relation to a new show called Carrefour at Berlin’s IFA gallery. July 20, 2015.

Summer art in Vienna. In conversation with TBA21 curator Daniela Zyman, a lovely look at Sacred Secret, a collaboration between Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto and delegates from the Huni Kuin, an Amerindian tribe. July 13, 2015.

Greece is the word, Monocle Arts Review. A rundown on top art exhibitions in Greece, just before other Greek news came to utterly dominate. June 23, 2015.

Viennese art on the Monocle Arts Review. A 15-minute talk on institutional art exhibitions in Vienna – Rare Earth at TBA21, Artists and Poets at Secession, and the Wally Neuzil – Her Life with Egon Schiele at the Leopold Museum. April 6, 2015.

How did that get built? An interview with German architecture journalist Florian Heilmeyer about the Plattenbau – East Germany’s most visible urban legacy. On The Urbanist. January 22, 2015, at 31:48.

High design in Berlin’s Hansaviertel. A monologue on how popular one of Berlin’s most iconic architectural projects – an entire neighborhood by architects like Max Taut and Oscar Niemeyer – has remained since it was built in the late 1950s. October 21, 2014, at 29:00.

Chancellor kitsch. To mark Vladimir Putin’s birthday, Monocle asked correspondents to find the kitschiest souvenir available of their various heads of state. I chat about a very popular item in Germany, the Angela Merkel lemon squeezer, on the Monocle Daily. October 7, 2014, at 48:15.

Art Basel 2014.
Most people come to the granddaddy of all art fairs to buy art. But if you’re simply looking for tomorrow’s stars, where to find great stuff beyond the booth? I wander through the madness on a mission to find out, speaking with Marc Spiegler, Florence Derieux, Nadim Samman, Christian Schwarm, and others. June 23, 2014, at 15:39.

The eighth Berlin Biennale moves contemporary art to the city’s western edge. What else makes it special and different from past editions? I talk to curator Juan Gaitan and artists Julieta Aranda and Andreas Angelidakis and catch more than a few interesting sounds from the exhibition. June 9, 2014.

The Briefing, live from The Städel Museum in Frankfurt. Nothing better than sitting as sidekick to Monocle culture editor Rob Bound, talking to guests like star chef Mario Lohninger and Städel director Max Hollein. May 21, 2014.

The Marrakech Biennale’s fifth edition reroots the event in the city: A sound- and performance-heavy  art biennial dances through Marrakech, Morocco. I discuss the show with curators Alya Sebti and Hischam Khalidi, artist Shezad Dawood, and founder Vanessa Branson. March 24, 2014, last clip in show.

Berlin has the highest density of children’s playgrounds in Germany. A look at what makes the city’s playgrounds special, why there are so many, and how the little ones feel about it all (Iona Bradley makes her radio debut). “The Urbanist,” January 23, 2014, at 38:35.

No new airport in Berlin this year – or will part of it open? I head to the airport site on a clear January day to see it all for myself, and chat with some experts about the feasibility of BER opening anytime soon. “The Globalist,” January 9, 2014, at 34:30.

My take on Christoph Schlingensief’s long-awaited exhibition at Kunst-Werke Contemporary Art Center in Berlin, on “The Review,” December 7, 2013, at 17:53.

The Berlin-based magazine Der Wedding takes a wonderful look at everyday life in a non-hip district. The Monocle24’s “The Stack,” I speak to art director Axel Völcker on magazine-making on the ground. November 2, 2014.

Speaking to curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist about 89plus, his long-term exploration of a new generation, at an intriguing small-scale event at the Luma Foundation in Zurich. “Midori House,” October 30, 2014 (47:00)

Talking about formal and informal citymaking with Ares Kalandides, of Berlin’s Technical University, NYU and Inpolis, on the second birthday of “The Urbanist”. October 24, 2013 (42:30).

A Berlin art squat, still holding out after nearly two decades. Urban/art historian Joerg von Stein discusses Berlin’s KULE, an art “squat” long gone legit, on an episode of “The Urbanist” covering feral living. October 3, 2012 (17:00).

Border crossings at the new Art Space Pythagorion in Samos, Greece. A new art space in Samos’s ancient capital, Pythagorio, showcases boundary-crossing art with an exhibition by Slavs and Tatars. Turkey is, after all, just across the channel. Here I speak to ASP cofounder Chiona Xanthoupoulou-Schwarz, curator Marina Fokidis, and Slavs and Tatars. August 20, 2013 (6:00).

Is print dead? Not at Haus der Kunst’s Paper Weight exhibition in Munich. This exhibition shows where independent magazine publishing is right now. Speakers include curator Felix Burrichter, exhibition designer Andreas Angelidakis, HdK director Okwui Enwezor, 032c’s Jörg Koch and White Zinfandel’s Jiminie Ha, “The Stack”, July 20, 2013 (12:20 or so)

Taking a bicycle rickshaw ride through Munich’s A Space Called Public public-space art project with artists Elmgreen + Dragset. I chat with E+D, David Shrigley, and others. June 17, 2013 (36:15)

Coverage of the 55th Venice Biennale. Massimiliano Gioni’s brilliant, fabulously nerdy The Encyclopedic Palace includes outsiders, mystics, and eccentrics alongside art stars, all on a quest for knowledge. Some intriguing Giardini shows as well. June 3, 2013 (5:50)

Global economics impact the Art-Athina art fair in Athens. I’d not attended the Athens art fair in five years. After a year off, the fair is back – much smaller, but extremely well-visited. This means that while not everyone can buy art in Greece, people are hungry to see it. May 27, 2013 (5:30 )

Coverage of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013. GWB’s ninth year had 51 participating galleries and, for the first time, a CEO. I speak to CEO Cédric Aurelle, gallerist Guido Baudach and artist Alex Israel about Berlin’s unique art-world event. May 6, 2013 (16:13)

An exploration of the “Be Berlin” slogan. How it started, what Berliners think of it, and how effective it’s been. On “The Urbanist” episode on the effect of language on the cities we live in. April 11, 2013 (last clip in show)

A monologue on New York’s drag scene, ca. 1995, and how Quentin Crisp broke my heart, on “The Urbanist.” March 15, 2013 (last clip in show)

Live from Berlin: Midori House. Broadcast from Pauly Saal in Mitte. A team of British lads comes to Berlin and I make my cohost debut. But more importantly, we ask lots of people questions about Berlin and Germany, and get some good answers. February 21, 2013,

Berlin’s tech world is about to get a new incubator/hub. A look at The Factory and chats with those leading Wunderlist, Silicon Allee and the Factory itself, on “The Globalist”, February 21, 2013 (about 22:00)

Small-town life and ice fishing in Bemidji, Minnesota. An episode on hometowns has me reminiscing and exploring what’s become of the place I grew up in on “The Urbanist”, January 24, 2013 (first interview in show)

Interview of Zitty magazine’s Felix Denk, discussing the impact of local media, on “The Urbanist”, November 8, 2012. (40:48).

Berlin’s social housing: in history, and now. An interview with architecture journalist Florian Heilmeyer (14:44) October 25, 2012.

Auguststrasse as a microcosm of Berlin. From Clärchen’s Ballhaus to the Jewish Girls’ School, an in-depth scan of the street I live on in an hour-long episode of “The Urbanist”, October 18, 2012.

The ViennaFair art fair has new owners and directors. A look at how Christina Steinbrecher and Vita Zaman are changing the face of Vienna’s commercial art world with new energy and a focus on Eastern European art. (13:30) October 1, 2012

A foodie piece on Sturm, half-fermented “young” white wine produced in Austria and served – just for a few weeks each year, while it lasts – in private cellars called Heuriger (23:48), September 29, 2012

Scottish artist Douglas Gordon wins the Käthe-Kollwitz prize at Berlin’s Akademie der Künste. His chat about his expansive video exhibition was one of the most fun interviews I’d done in a long while. (44:32), September 17, 2012

What’s new in the design world this year? I talk to the design world’s movers and shakers about new materials and new directions at Design Miami / Basel, (2:35) June 2012

Politics meet commerce in an art extravaganza: overall coverage of the Berlin Biennale 7 and Berlin Gallery Weekend, April 30, 2012 (36:24)

Coverage of the Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco. I talk to founder/patron Vanessa Branson, curators Carson Chan and Nadim Samman, and artists like Elin Hansdottir about the how and whys of a northern African art event. March 5, 2012 (19:00)

Plus a 2009 excerpt from a personal essay that ran on NPR’s Berlin affiliate, on Berlin Stories: