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)

  • 16tH April Geraldine Finucane

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Healing a society traumatised by sectarian violence is hard - anyone doubting it should take a look at Northern Ireland today. The de facto war between the IRA and the British state is over, but a legacy of bitterness remains. HARDtalk speaks to Geraldine Finucane, whose husband Pat, a Catholic lawyer, was murdered 25 years ago. The killing exposed collusion between the British security services and Protestant paramilitaries - the Finucane family still wants a full public inquiry. But for the greater good of Northern Ireland, is it time to move on?

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  • 14th April Richard Streatfield

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The British military pull out from Afghanistan will soon be completed. Digesting the painful lessons from a 12 year deployment will take a whole lot longer. HARDtalk speaks to Richard Streatfield, a former infantry officer in Helmand during some of the toughest fighting with the Taliban. Back then he kept an upbeat audio diary of life on the frontline; now he takes a more jaundiced view of Britains Afghan commitment. Is it time to acknowledge failure?

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  • Izabella Teixeira 11 Apr 14

    Fri, 11 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In this special programme from Brazil, HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to the Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira. Her government says it is now protecting Brazil’s unique biodiversity. But agribusiness and urbanisation are still taking their toll. Is the rainforest safe in her hands?

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  • 9th April 2014 Daphne Mashile-Nkosi

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in Johannesburg to talk to the only black women in South Africa to head a mining company. Daphne Mashile-Nkosi has made a fortune out of her business ventures, but with much of the mining industry beset by strikes over pay and conditions, how far has the country’s mineral wealth benefitted its poorest people?

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  • 07 Apr 2014 Emmanuel Jal

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zeinab Badawi speaks to the acclaimed South Sudanese singer and political activist, Emmanuel Jal. He was captured and forced to fight as a child soldier during the Sudanese civil war. His country South Sudan - the world's newest nation - may now be independent but it's descended into vicious ethnic fighting. What lies behind this new wave of conflict and how can it be stopped?

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  • Zwelinzima Varvi 02 April 14

    Wed, 2 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    South Africa is holding elections in May and complaints from workers are getting louder. Unofficial figures show that nearly half of the working population doesn’t have a proper job. Zeinab Badawi talks to Zwelinzima Vavi,the now suspended head of COSATU, the powerful trade unions alliance – is it holding back South Africa’s progress?

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  • 31 March 14: Kenneth Kaunda

    Mon, 31 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in the Zambian capital Lusaka to speak to Kenneth Kaunda – leader of the struggle for independence, he was sentenced to hard labour in prison by the British before he went on to become Zambia’s first President of the post-colonial era. It is a landmark year for Zambia – this is the fiftieth anniversary of its independence - and Kenneth Kaunda himself turns ninety in April. What has fifty years of freedom brought the people of Zambia?

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  • Tamara Rojo: Wednesday 26th March

    Wed, 26 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is at London’s Barbican Theatre to speak to the Artistic Director and Lead Principal of the English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo. Her new production, a ballet about one of the bloodiest conflicts in the 20th century, is part of an attempt to modernise what is often a rather conservative repertoire in ballet. She’d like to do the same with training and technique too, but with some of the stars arguing that ballet should be tough and a new generation of dancers who have gone through a demanding training in Japan and China beginning to flourish, can Tamara Rojo triumph over tradition?

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  • Jin Liqun: Monday 24th March

    Mon, 24 Mar 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Since the financial meltdown of 2008, China has been the key driver of growth in the global economy. In Beijing, it is easy to see how the country's brand of command capitalism has transformed infrastructure and generated unprecedented wealth. But suddenly confidence has given way to insecurity. At the heart of it is a debt bubble that would threaten the whole world economy if it turned toxic. HARDtalk is in Beijing to speak to Jin Liqun, supremely well connected investment bank chief and former chairman of China's sovereign wealth fund. How worried should we be about the Chinese economy?

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  • Rosen Plevneliev: Friday 21st March

    Fri, 21 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    There has been widespread condemnation of Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin’s decision to absorb Crimea after its referendum to break away from Ukraine. But Moscow says that any further sanctions imposed against it by the EU over Crimea, will affect Europe as much as itself. HARDtalk speaks to the Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev. Bulgaria is the EU’s poorest country and depends on Russia for 85% of its gas needs. Can Bulgaria, and the EU as a whole, afford to get tough with Moscow?

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