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)

  • Moazzam Begg 28 January 2015

    Wed, 28 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to the British Muslim campaigner Moazzam Begg. He was detained at Guantanamo Bay ten years ago, and then last February he was held for seven months in a British prison. In October all terrorism-related charges against him were dropped and he walked free. He believes that current counter-terrorism measures are fuelling the very problems they are trying to tackle and are alienating and radicalising some Muslims. So how should Muslim communities work with the authorities to prevent the extremists carrying out attacks?

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  • Robbie Rogers 26 January 2015

    Mon, 26 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Professional football has a problem with homophobia. There are gay footballers, but almost to a man they feel compelled to keep their sexual orientation a secret. Hardtalk speaks to Robbie Rogers, a US international who plays for LA Galaxy. He broke football's great taboo by very publicly coming out after a spell in English football. But why haven't other gay footballers followed his lead?

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  • Luigi Zingales 23 Jan 15

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to the American economist Professor Luigi Zingales. He tells Sarah Montague that Capitalism in America is in crisis and he blames the links between big government and big business. America he says, needs more competition; more free markets; and an end to subsidies and lobbying. Only then can capitalism "rediscover and renew its moral foundation".

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  • Democracy Day : Wu'er Kaixi

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a special edition of HARDtalk for the BBC’s Democracy Day, Stephen Sackur speaks to Chinese dissident Wu’er Kaixi. Wu’er Kaixi was one of the leaders of the Tiananmen square student protests in Beijing in 1989 – and became one of the Chinese Government's most wanted men. He escaped and now lives in exile in Taiwan. Will China have a democratic future? This edition of HARDtalk was recorded in front of a live studio audience.

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  • 21 Jan 15 Werner Herzog

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Draw up a list of the greatest living film makers and Werner Herzog would surely occupy a prominent place. He is responsible for some of the most wildly beautiful images captured on film. If you've seen Fitzcarraldo you won’t have forgotten the steamship being hauled over a mountain. He's seen as the film industry's obsessive genius; the director who once threatened to shoot his lead actor to prevent him quitting. After five decades making movies is Werner Herzog's love of film as intense as ever?

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  • Suha Arafat 20 January 2015

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a special edition of HARDtalk, Zeinab Badawi is in Malta to speak to Suha Arafat – the widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Ten years after his death, Mrs Arafat gives a rare broadcast interview about their marriage, why she believes he was assassinated and why she has chosen to live in Malta and not amongst the Palestinian people who so revered her husband.

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  • Richard Barrett 18 January 2015

    Fri, 16 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In the wake of the Paris attacks mounted by homegrown militants swearing allegiance variously to al Qaeda in Yemen and the self-styled Islamic State, politicians in the west have promised to beef up security measures. Hardtalk talks to Richard Barrett a former UK counter-terror chief and until recently head of a UN team monitoring al Qaeda, about how best to confront the jihadist threat.

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  • Yehuda Glick 12 January 2015

    Fri, 9 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Jerusalem boasts one of the most bitterly contested pieces of real estate in the World - known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims. Jews aren't allowed to pray there, many Jewish religious leaders say Jews should not set foot there; but that consensus is breaking down. Hardtalk speaks to Yehuda Glick an activist who's been variously described as a dangerous extremist, and a campaigner for religious freedom. Three months ago he survived an assassination attempt. Why does he persist with his divisive campaign on Jerusalem's holiest ground?

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  • Costas Lapavitsas 9 January 2015

    Fri, 9 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Greek voters may be about to plunge the European Union into a fully-fledged economic and political crisis. Opinion polls suggest the leftist, anti-austerity party Syriza is likely to emerge as the biggest party in Greece's late January election. If so the next Athens Government may reject the terms of the bailout which is keeping the country afloat. And then what? Hardtalk speaks to Costas Lapavitsas, a London-based Greek economist who has been advising Syriza's leaders.

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  • Rory Stewart 7 January 2015

    Wed, 7 Jan 15

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The West's strategic vision appears as clear as mud. After protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the appetite for military intervention has all but disappeared. But given the threat of jihadist extremism and the spread of turmoil across the Middle east, non-intervention is seen as an unacceptable risk. The net result is uncertainty. Hardtalk speaks to Rory Stewart, a British Conservative MP who's worked in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

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