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)

  • Brandon Bryant 17 April 2015

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to a man who can provide a rare glimpse into a secret world. His story raises questions about the nature of 21st Century warfare. Brandon Bryant joined the US Air Force straight out of college. He was picked to join one of the United States' most controversial and important military programmes - the deployment of armed unmanned aerial vehicles – drones - to hunt down and kill some of America's most dangerous enemies. The experience has left him haunted and angry. Why?

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  • Maria Corina Machado 10 Apr 15

    Mon, 13 Apr 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Two years after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s socialist revolution is in trouble. The country's oil reliant economy is ravaged by inflation, shortages and corruption. Those hit hardest are the poor, Chavez's bedrock supporters. HARDtalk speaks to one of the most prominent and outspoken members of the Venezuelan opposition - Maria Corina Machado. How close is chaos in Venezuela?

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  • 08 Apr 15 Valerie Amos

    Wed, 8 Apr 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The scale of humanitarian suffering in Syria is impossible to capture in words delivered from the comfort of a television studio - 12 million people are in dire need of emergency aid. And what of the international response? Stephen Sackur speaks to Valerie Amos, head of the UNs humanitarian affairs operation. Is Syria part of a wider story of international humanitarian failure?

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  • John Caudwell 03 Apr 15

    Fri, 3 Apr 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to one of Britain's wealthiest men, the billionaire John Caudwell. He made his fortune out of mobile phones and now divides his time between backing new businesses and philanthropy. Do the world's richest individuals owe anything to the societies within which they flourish?

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  • Nile Rodgers 1st April 2015

    Wed, 1 Apr 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to a legend of the music business, a man who has written and performed some of the most memorable tracks of the last four decades. Nile Rodgers co-founded Chic, the band which defined the late 70s disco generation. From his own band Chic, to his collaborations with everyone from Madonna to Daft Punk, his beat goes on – so what’s the secret to his special sound?

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  • 30 Mar 15 Benny Tai

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hong Kong's self-styled umbrella revolution blew itself out before it could deliver any long-term change in the former colony's political weather. Hardtalk speaks to one of the pro-democracy movement leaders, Benny Tai. Months of street protests failed to pressure Beijing into concessions on the election of Hong Kong's next chief executive - so where does the campaign for political reform go now?

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  • 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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