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)

  • Sir Nicholas Winton Friday 21st November 2014

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to a man with a remarkable story which has earned him accolades and admiration around the world. Sir Nicholas Winton is now 105 years old, when he was just 29 he helped rescue more than 600 mostly Jewish children from Nazi persecution in Czechoslovakia. He hates being labelled a hero, but Sir Nicholas Winton is living proof that individuals can make an extraordinary difference - what motivated him?

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  • Mikhail Kasyanov Wednesday 19th November

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Just how far is Vladimir Putin prepared to push, in his high stakes confrontation with the West over Ukraine? New allegations of Russian military incursions prompted Ukraine's President to talk of all-out war, and western leaders to threaten more sanctions. Hardtalk speaks to Mikhail Kasyanov, who was Russian Prime Minister in Putin's first presidential term, and is now a diehard opponent. Do most Russians remain confident their President knows what he's doing?

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  • Walter Mzembi 17 Nov 14

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is ninety years old. His grip on power is still tight but it it won’t last forever; and in recent months the jostling for the succession has turned into a public punch up - adding to the uncertainty in a country beset with political and economic problems. Hardtalk speaks to Zimbabwe's Tourism Minister, Walter Mzembi. He wants to put an end to his country's international isolation; how can that happen while the old guard remains in place?

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  • Hadi al-Bahra

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Six weeks into the American led airstrikes on so called Islamic State militants in Syria, serious questions are being asked about the wisdom of the US strategy. Worryingly for President Obama many of these questions are coming from the moderate Syrian rebels who are supposed to be Washington's partner of choice. Stephen Sackur speaks to Hadi al Bahra, the president of the Syrian National Coalition. Is America's strategy playing into the hands of the Assad regime?

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  • Adam Goodes 10th November 2014

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Extratime is in Melbourne Australia and if there’s one sport which can uniquely claim to be home-grown it is Australian Rules Football, a high octane mixture of running, kicking and sometimes brutal mid-air collisions. One of the game’s greatest players is Adam Goodes. He’s of Aboriginal heritage and is the 2014 Australian of the Year – an award recognising not only his sporting talent but his public stand against racism, which was epitomised in 2013 when during a match in Melbourne a teenage girl called Goodes an ape. He had her kicked out of the stadium and, not for the first time, racism in sport and society was at the centre of national debate in Australia. Now as Adam Goodes nears the end of his sporting career is he about to enter a new one as a politician? Rob Bonnet talks to Adam Goodes in Melbourne.

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  • Mowaffak al-Rubaie 7th November 2014

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Who can rescue Iraq and defeat the extremists of the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’? The militants have seized about a quarter of the territory of Iraq and there are near-daily reports of human rights abuses and deaths. The crisis at the heart of the political leadership in Baghdad means a united Iraqi response has so far been lacking. Hardtalk speaks to Baghdad MP Mowaffak al-Rubaie - former national security adviser to Iraq. Is the new Shia-led government under Prime Minister Abadi better able to combat the extremists?

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  • Atul Gawande 5th November 2014

    Wed, 5 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    When a dying person asks their doctor if he or she can do anything to help, is it easier for the doctor to provide a false hope than have a difficult conversation about how best to manage their last days? Hardtalk speaks to Atul Gawande, who wants to change the way doctors think - and talk - about death. It's a subject he'll be covering in the BBC's annual Reith Lectures this year. He says doctors are good at addressing specific individual problems or diseases, but argues that the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life - all the way to the very end.

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  • Abubakarr Fofanah Monday 3rd November 2014

    Mon, 3 Nov 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is the world winning the war against ebola? The World Health Organisation describes it as the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times and reckons there could be ten thousand new cases each week in west Africa by December unless international efforts are stepped up to tackle its spread. Zeinab Badawi speaks to Dr Abu Bakkar Fofana: the health minister of one of the nations fighting ebola on the frontline: Sierra Leone. Is he gaining the upper hand over the spread of the disease?

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  • Francis Rossi 31st October 2014

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Francis Rossi, guitarist, singer and founder of the band Status Quo,€“ one of the most popular and durable acts in the history of rock and roll. He's turned the old mantra alive fast, die young on its head: he'€™s lived fast and just kept on going. The music business has changed beyond all recognition in the last 40 years - how come Status Quo are still rocking all over the world?

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  • Shehu Sani 29 Oct 14

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Days ago the Nigerian Government announced a ceasefire deal with the militant group Boko Haram - officials predicted the imminent release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the extremists last April. Now those words look depressingly premature. What is going on with Nigeria's insurgency? HARDtalk speaks to Shehu Sani, a Nigerian human rights activist and sometime mediator with Boko Haram. How can the conflict which has cost thousands of Nigerian lives be ended?

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