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 Stern: Wednesday 1st October

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    World leaders gathered at a UN climate summit in New York recently and pledged again to tackle global warming. Yet again this year global greenhouse emissions have risen, partly because many politicians and citizens don't want more expensive renewable energy if it costs economic growth and prosperity. HARDtalk speaks to the British climate economist, Lord Nicholas Stern, who has just co-chaired a new report on the climate and economy. He says, it's not an either or situation. But what evidence is there that we can have it both ways and are governments listening?

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  • Jessye Norman: Monday 29th September

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to Jessye Norman, who is acknowledged as one of the greatest singers of her generation. Her voice has enthralled audiences in the world’s greatest concert halls and opera houses for decades. She was born in America’s segregated South with a talent that transcended barriers. Has her success helped to tear those barriers down?

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  • Lord Heseltine 26 Sep 14

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur speaks to former Conservative cabinet minister, Lord Heseltine. The Scottish people voted 'No' to independence, but they may just have changed British politics forever. More powers are to be handed to the Scottish Parliament and now English MPs want their own form of self-determination. Right across this supposedly United Kingdom, alienation from the Westminster status quo is fuelling calls for reform.

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  • Susan Greenfield 22nd September 2014

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The size and capacity of the human brain distinguishes us from all other forms of life on earth, but how well do we really understand the functioning of our brains? HARDtalk speaks to Susan Greenfield, who carved out a reputation as a leader in the study of degenerative brain diseases. Lately though she's focused her attention on the impact of 21st century digital technologies on brain development. She believes our screen habits could be doing us damage, but is her warning based on sound science?

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  • Luis Moreno Ocampo: Friday 19th September

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Twelve years ago the International Criminal Court was set up to be the scourge of war criminals and mass killers everywhere - there would be no more impunity for the worst of crimes. How does the court's record stack up against that grand ambition? Thus far all of its cases have come from Africa, and just two convictions have been handed down from the Hague. HARDtalk speaks to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who was the ICC's chief prosecutor for a decade. Why has the court failed to deliver on its promise?

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  • Peter Bofinger: Wednesday 17th September

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is the Eurozone economy turning Japanese? Flat-lining growth, depressed prices and a general air of economic despondency are surely warning signs of a Japanese-style prolonged stagnation. Can Europe's economic policymakers turn things around? HARDtalk speaks to Peter Bofinger, who sits on Germany’s Council of Economic Experts - is the dominance of Germany's economic model now Europe's biggest problem?

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  • Danny Dorling: Monday 15th September

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Can we afford the world's super-rich and what have they ever done for us? HARDtalk speaks to a leading British social thinker - Professor Danny Dorling of Oxford University. He argues for a slow revolution against the top 1%, whom he claims are impoverishing the rest of us. If 99% of us are becoming more equal, does it really matter if a tiny minority are getting richer?

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  • Chrissie Hynde: Friday 12th September

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Chrissie Hynde, who has one of the most distinctive voices in rock music and a record of success going back to the 1980s. Her band, the Pretenders, found global success during the era of punk; 30 years on she's still making music, but is she still in love with rock n roll?

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  • Jose Manuel Barroso: Wednesday 10th September

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The European Union confronts a host of problems from an economic slowdown inside the Eurozone to the crisis in Ukraine. Jose Manuel Barroso has been president of the European Commission for ten years but has only two months left in the job. HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi talks to him by Lake Como in Italy and asks, how much of a mess is he leaving behind for his successor?

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  • President Petro Poroshenko Monday September 8th

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In an exclusive interview, Stephen Sackur speaks to President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, who's been in Britain to attend a summit of NATO leaders. There's a consensus view that the crisis in eastern Ukraine represents the most serious threat to Europe's security and stability since the fall of the Berlin Wall - Ukraine and Russia are just a few steps away from all-out war - but right now there are hopes of a ceasefire. So, is there a path back from the brink?

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