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)

  • Nick Hanauer

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In this special Hardtalk interview recorded live in front of an audience, Stephen Sackur speaks to Nick Hanauer, the American dotcom billionaire businessman. He believes that the rich in America should pay more taxes and has warned of revolution if wealth inequality is not addressed. Is American capitalism in danger of collapse?

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  • General Sir Richard Shirreff 20th March 2015

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to General Sir Richard Shirreff, recently retired as deputy commander of NATO forces. He’s recently described British Prime Minister David Cameron as hesitant and vacillating, and claims Britain and NATO are exhibiting dangerous weakness on conflicts from Ukraine to Syria. But is there a viable strategic alternative?

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  • 18 Mar 15 David Laws

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Liberal Democrat minister David Laws. For the past five years his party has been the junior partner in a coalition with the Conservatives. They've helped deliver stable government, they've wielded power for the first time in their modern history - but they also seem set to face a tough time in the coming British general election. What does his party's experience say about politics in Britain today?

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  • Raja Shehadeh 16 Mar 15

    Fri, 13 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zeinab Badawi talks to the award-winning Palestinian author and lawyer Raja Shehadeh. For three decades he has written many books about human rights and the Israeli occupation. His family were forced to leave Jaffa in 1948 and settled in Ramallah on the West Bank, where he lives today. He says he hopes his work has helped further the cause of peace but has it?

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  • Lord Levy 13 Mar 15

    Fri, 13 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Levy - a prominent figure in British public life on two counts - as a leading voice in a British Jewish community which is increasingly concerned about rising levels of anti-Semitism, and as a key fund-raiser for the Labour party in the era of Tony Blair and new Labour.

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  • Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

    Wed, 11 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Philippines is Asia’s only predominantly Christian country. The Roman Catholic Church has huge influence; divorce and abortion are illegal. The Church is currently engaged in a huge battle with the Government over its plans to provide free contraceptives to the poor. Stephen Sackur talks to the Catholic Church’s most senior cleric in the Philippines - Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. Is the Catholic Church helping or hindering the development of the nation?

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  • 09 Mar 15 Neil Woodford

    Fri, 6 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stock markets in New York and London are sitting close to record highs; if the Dow is your guide then we are living in the best of times. But it doesn’t feel like that in the real world, what with the Eurozone crisis, a host of geopolitical uncertainties, and frightening levels of global debt. Hardtalk speaks to Neil Woodford, Britain’s most successful investor of recent years. Is this a time for economic confidence, or caution?

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  • Baroness Warsi 04 Mar 15

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi talks to the Conservative peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the first Muslim to sit in the Cabinet before she resigned last year over government policy on Gaza. As a former minster for communities and social cohesion, why does she believe there's a lack of trust between the government and British Muslims?

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  • Aimen Dean 03 Mar 15

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Aimen Dean, a trusted member of Al Qaeda's inner sanctum in Afghanistan in the late 1990s who, after the bombings of US embassies in Africa in 1998, left Afghanistan and began working as an informant for the UK security services. What does his extraordinary story tell us about the nature of the jihadist threat?

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  • Robert Winston 02 Mar 15

    Mon, 2 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of what are commonly known as 'three-parent babies' and the first such infants could be born next year. The process allows mothers who carry rare but fatal genetic disorders to have children without passing on the diseases. Opponents say the change has been introduced too soon and marks a slippery slope towards designer babies. Hardtalk speaks to one of the most celebrated doctors in modern history: Professor Robert Winston - one of the main pioneers of the IVF technique that revolutionised infertility treatment. But are ‘three-parent babies’ a revolution too far?

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