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)

  • Iurie Leanca 30 07 14

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is on location in Chisinau, capital of Moldova where the stage is set for another tug of war between Russia and the European Union. With the backing of the majority Romanian speaking population Moldova’s government is vigorously pursuing membership of the European Union despite strong objections from the country’s Russian speaking minority. Stephen Sackur asks Iurie Leanca, Prime Minister of Moldova, if his country can avoid the fate of neighbouring Ukraine?

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  • Ama Ata Aidoo: Monday 28th July

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to the acclaimed Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo who has arguably done more than any other writer to depict and celebrate the condition of women in Africa, in books such as ‘The Dilemma of a Ghost’ and ‘Changes’. She is opposed to what she has described as a 'western perception that the African female is a downtrodden wretch'. But when you look around the African continent today: girls abducted in Nigeria, polygamy re-introduced in Kenya, child marriages and the prevalence of gender based violence, how much is there really to celebrate about being female in Africa?

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  • Danny Danon: Friday 25th July

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Israel says its current campaign in Gaza is in response to rocket strikes from Hamas militants and is aimed at destroying illicit tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle arms. In more than two weeks of conflict around six hundred Palestinians - mostly civilians - have been killed and nearly four thousand wounded. The UN Human Rights Commissioner says Israel may have committed war crimes. About thirty Israelis have died - nearly all of them soldiers. HARDtalk speaks to Danny Danon a member of the Israeli prime-minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. He was dismissed as Deputy-Defence Minister earlier this month for accusing the Prime Minister of being too weak in his Gaza campaign. How does he justify the high Palestinian death toll?

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  • Obiageli Ezekwesili: Wednesday 23rd July

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A few months ago international attention was fixed on the remote forests of north eastern Nigeria - believed to be where 200 kidnapped schoolgirls were being held by Boko Haram militants. Well, the girls have now been missing for 100 days; Boko Haram's terror campaign continues, but the media focus has shifted elsewhere. HARDtalk speaks to Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former Nigerian minister and one of the leaders of the Bring Back our Girls campaign. Has their country failed these girls and their families?

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  • Chris Packham: Monday 21st July

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in the heart of the English countryside, a habitat that is rich in wildlife but for how much longer? The impact of human beings here, as in so much of the world, is putting enormous pressure on natural eco systems. Stephen Sackur speaks to Chris Packham, one of Britain’s best known naturalists and campaigners for wildlife protection. Is it time to radically rethink man’s relationship with the natural world?

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  • Lord Falconer 16 July 2014

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Just a handful of countries allow assisted dying or euthanasia or both - most notably Switzerland and the Netherlands. It is a difficult and contentious area for policymakers. This week in the UK, the highly controversial Assisted Dying Bill has its second reading in parliament. HARDtalk speaks to Labour peer and former Attorney-General Lord Falconer, who has introduced the bill, and asks how he defends the right to die in the face of staunch opposition from the many in the medical establishment, politicians and religious leaders?

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  • Thomas Piketty: Monday 14th July

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Just occasionally a big idea makes waves across the world. HARDtalk speaks to French economist Thomas Piketty whose book, ‘Capital in the 21st Century’ has become an unlikely international bestseller. His thesis carries echoes of Karl Marx - modern capitalism, he believes, works in favour of entrenched wealth and exacerbates inequality. His research and conclusions have come under intense fire; has Thomas Piketty emerged unscathed?

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  • Carl Bildt: Friday 11th July 2014

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It is out with the old and in with the new at the European Union as EU member states conduct the usual bout of horse-trading that follows elections for the European Parliament. They are selecting a new set of officials including the key post of commission president. The choice of EU insider Jean-Claude Juncker has led to a bitter and public row between the UK and other member states. How far has this damaged the reputation of the EU and what does it tell us about the future direction of the European Union? HARDtalk speaks to one of the EU's most experienced politicians, Sweden's Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt.

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  • Dore Gold: Wednesday 9th July

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The kidnap and murder of four teenagers - three Israeli and then one Palestinian - has triggered protests and violent clashes in both Israel and the Occupied Territories and unleashed the heaviest rocket fire between Israel and Hamas for nearly two years. Israel blames Hamas for the abduction and killings of the Israelis. The tensions flared over the past week after the bodies of the Israeli boys were found on the West Bank. Two days later a sixteen year old Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khdair was killed in Jerusalem. Jewish suspects have been arrested for his murder. This latest crisis has exposed the abyss between the two communities - could it escalate into a wider conflict? HARDtalk speaks to Dore Gold - advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

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  • Mohamoud Nur Monday 7th July

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Most of us probably don't associate local government with racing pulses and grave danger. But few local government jobs are like the Mayor of Mogadishu's. HARDtalk speaks to Mohamoud Nur who had that post for more than three years, trying to improve life in one of the most violent, most corrupt, most rundown capital cities in the world. So what persuaded him to leave home life in London to take up the post? And, with the benefit of distance now, what hope does he hold out for Somalia?

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