Hardtalk

Hardtalk

Interviews with the world's leading politicians, thinkers and cultural figures. In an in-depth, hard-hitting, half-hour discussion, Stephen Sackur talks to some of the most prominent people from around the world. Broadcast on the BBC World Service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Lord Coe 17th December 2014

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Does the world of sport need a Mr Clean to fix it? The constant drip of doping allegations, bribery and corruption that have one way or another dogged the sporting world - have tainted it. Zeinab Badawi speaks to Sebastian Coe – former British Olympic champion. He set twelve world records during his athletics career on the track and went on to hold many roles in various sporting organisations. Now he wants to become the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the IAAF. What more can be done help clean up sport?

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  • Sir Antony Sher 15 December

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sir Antony Sher is widely regarded as one of the finest of contemporary classical actors - he is South African, Jewish, openly gay and famously frank about his private struggles. Stephen Sackur asks how this self-styled outsider became a doyen of the British theatrical establishment.

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  • Thuli Madonsela 12 December 2014

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s Public Protector. As the country’s anti-corruption watchdog, Mrs. Madonsela claims President Zuma ‘benefitted unduly’ from a 25 million dollar facelift for his private home and wants him to return some of the taxpayers’ money. The ruling ANC says she’s mistaken, and the Parliament dominated by the party has voted to throw out her findings. Mrs. Madonsela is sticking to her guns and has been under attack at home whilst being celebrated abroad. So who’s right and who’s wrong?

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  • Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi 10 Dec 14

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Stephen Saclur talks to the joint winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize who have been chosen for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of children's rights - Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani school girl campaigner Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever recipient. Malala rose to prominence two years ago after she was shot and almost killed by the Taliban in Pakistan. She now lives in England and campaigns around the world for girls' education. Kailash Satyarthi has spent three decades fighting child slavery and abuse in India - his organisation Save the Childhood has saved tens of thousands of children from servitude and suffering.

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  • Alaa Al Aswany 08 Dec 2014

    Mon, 8 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Whatever happened to the Egyptian revolution? Those heady days of people power in Tahrir square now seem like a collective delusion. A military strong man is back in power, President Mubarak has been handed a get out of jail for free card and dissent is being repressed with an iron fist. HARDtalk speaks to Alaa Al Aswany, the bestselling Egyptian novelist, political commentator and sometime dentist. Is Egypt's story a harsh lesson in the dangers of wishful thinking?

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  • Cornel West 05 Dec 14

    Fri, 5 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Around the world the election of Barak Obama to the White House was seen as a watershed moment for race relations in America. The first black man to be President was taken as the symbol of a new post-racial era; but six years on, with tensions between black communities and the police running sky high is anyone still talking about a post-racial America? HARDtalk speaks to Cornel West, writer, academic and fierce critic of President Obama, and asks why the race debate turned sour.

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  • Robert Serry 3rd December 2014

    Wed, 3 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Israelis and Palestinians seem to have given up on the idea of negotiating a compromise peace. From Jerusalem to Gaza mutual mistrust is deep and getting deeper. Israel's unilateral approach is embodied in settlement building on occupied land; the Palestinians are seeking international recognition of their claim to statehood. Hardtalk speaks to Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the so-called Middle East peace process. Has the time come to admit that the 'peace process' is an unhelpful fiction?

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  • James Ellroy 1st December 2014

    Mon, 1 Dec 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to the man who has been called America’s greatest living crime writer. Through works such as the Black Dalia and LA Confidential, James Ellroy has created a uniquely dark portrait of America. His is a nightmare vision of crazed killers and corrupt cops. He writes of what he knows – his own mother was murdered when he was a child. So is that simple, terrible fact the key to understanding all the words he has ever written?

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  • Vali Nasr 28 Nov 14

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Sarah Montague speaks to Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a former adviser to President Obama's administration, about US foreign policy.

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  • 26 Nov 14 Pervez Musharraf

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to Pervez Musharraf. The former army chief and former president of Pakistan thought he could ride a wave of popular support back into power. Instead, he found himself facing separate charges of treason and murder. How did Pakistan's former strong man get things so wrong, and what will his fate tell us about where power lies in today’s Pakistan?

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