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)

              • Emma Sky

                Fri, 22 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                When the self styled Islamic State movement took control of Ramadi, capital of Iraq's Anbar province days ago, it was another humiliation for the Baghdad government. Another discomfiting development for the United States which has bombed IS, but failed to neutralise the jihadi threat. Hardtalk speaks to Emma Sky, a British woman who was a senior advisor to the US military in Iraq til 2010 - where do the roots of the current mess lie and what should America and the West be doing now?

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              • Pravin Gordhan 20 May 2015

                Wed, 20 May 15

                Duration:
                25 mins

                HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Pravin Gordhan, South Africa's Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

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              • Jonathan Moyo 18 May 2015

                Mon, 18 May 15

                Duration:
                25 mins

                HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Jonathan Moyo, Zimbabwe's Information Minister, in Harare.

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              • Sergio Jaramillo 15 May 2015

                Fri, 15 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                It's one of the world's most intractable insurgencies. Hundreds of thousands dead. Millions more displaced. The conflict in Colombia between the state and left-wing rebels has been running for more than fifty years. HARDtalk talks to the government's chief peace negotiator. Can Sergio Jaramillo make a deal? Should he even be trying?

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              • UK Election Discussion 13 May 15

                Wed, 13 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                HARDtalk's Shaun Ley is joined by three leading British politicians to discuss the post-election future for a country facing possible break-up and a referendum on EU membership.

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              • Amr Darrag 11 May 15

                Mon, 11 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                The Muslim Brotherhood was Egypt's oldest and once most successful political movement, but some say it is on the verge of extinction - a victim of its own failure in government. When Mohammed Morsi was deposed as Egypt’s President, the organisation was banned and is now weaker not just in Egypt, but across the Middle East. Sarah Montague speaks to one of its political leaders, Amr Darrag who is in self-imposed exile in Turkey. He says "we will come back" but do Egyptians want them back anyway?

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              • Maria Luis Alburquerque 6th May 2015

                Wed, 6 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                Tim Franks speaks to the Portuguese Finance Minister Maria Luis Albuquerque who has one of the most unforgiving jobs in politics. She is committed to reviving her own country’s battered economy, to saving the single currency, and somehow to ensuring that Greece pays its debts and stays inside the Euro.

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              • Richard Haass 4 May 15

                Mon, 4 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                Hardtalk's Sarah Monatgue speaks to Dr Richard Haass - President of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has worked in the State Department and advised US presidents, and he now believes we are witnessing the end of one period of world history and the dawn of another. A new 'era of disorder' - more chaotic and more dangerous than any time in a generation. Why? And what does he think can be done about it?

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              • Irvine Welsh 1st May 2015

                Fri, 1 May 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to a novelist whose fictional world is filled with drugs, sex, sleaze and alienation. Scottish writer Irvine Welsh draws deeply flawed characters and makes them entertaining and all too human. His first bestseller was Trainspotting, a tale of heroin ravaged youths from the wrong side of Edinburgh’s tracks. His latest book returns to the same turf. He now lives most of his life in the US, so how come his imagination is still so heavily stirred by Scotland and his working class roots?

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              • Philip Nitschke 29 April 2015

                Wed, 29 Apr 15

                Duration:
                24 mins

                Many people are familiar with cases involving terminally ill patients who believe that they should have the right to die. But what about making this a right for everyone - even if they are fit and healthy? Zeinab Badawi speaks to the controversial Australian doctor Philip Nitschke who believes anyone over 50 should be able to plan an end to their own life. But is he not just encouraging acts of suicide?

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