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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  • Danny Danon: Friday 25th July

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Israel says its current campaign in Gaza is in response to rocket strikes from Hamas militants and is aimed at destroying illicit tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle arms. In more than two weeks of conflict around six hundred Palestinians - mostly civilians - have been killed and nearly four thousand wounded. The UN Human Rights Commissioner says Israel may have committed war crimes. About thirty Israelis have died - nearly all of them soldiers. HARDtalk speaks to Danny Danon a member of the Israeli prime-minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. He was dismissed as Deputy-Defence Minister earlier this month for accusing the Prime Minister of being too weak in his Gaza campaign. How does he justify the high Palestinian death toll?

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  • Obiageli Ezekwesili: Wednesday 23rd July

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A few months ago international attention was fixed on the remote forests of north eastern Nigeria - believed to be where 200 kidnapped schoolgirls were being held by Boko Haram militants. Well, the girls have now been missing for 100 days; Boko Haram's terror campaign continues, but the media focus has shifted elsewhere. HARDtalk speaks to Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former Nigerian minister and one of the leaders of the Bring Back our Girls campaign. Has their country failed these girls and their families?

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  • Chris Packham: Monday 21st July

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in the heart of the English countryside, a habitat that is rich in wildlife but for how much longer? The impact of human beings here, as in so much of the world, is putting enormous pressure on natural eco systems. Stephen Sackur speaks to Chris Packham, one of Britain’s best known naturalists and campaigners for wildlife protection. Is it time to radically rethink man’s relationship with the natural world?

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  • Lord Falconer 16 July 2014

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Just a handful of countries allow assisted dying or euthanasia or both - most notably Switzerland and the Netherlands. It is a difficult and contentious area for policymakers. This week in the UK, the highly controversial Assisted Dying Bill has its second reading in parliament. HARDtalk speaks to Labour peer and former Attorney-General Lord Falconer, who has introduced the bill, and asks how he defends the right to die in the face of staunch opposition from the many in the medical establishment, politicians and religious leaders?

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  • Thomas Piketty: Monday 14th July

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Just occasionally a big idea makes waves across the world. HARDtalk speaks to French economist Thomas Piketty whose book, ‘Capital in the 21st Century’ has become an unlikely international bestseller. His thesis carries echoes of Karl Marx - modern capitalism, he believes, works in favour of entrenched wealth and exacerbates inequality. His research and conclusions have come under intense fire; has Thomas Piketty emerged unscathed?

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  • Carl Bildt: Friday 11th July 2014

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It is out with the old and in with the new at the European Union as EU member states conduct the usual bout of horse-trading that follows elections for the European Parliament. They are selecting a new set of officials including the key post of commission president. The choice of EU insider Jean-Claude Juncker has led to a bitter and public row between the UK and other member states. How far has this damaged the reputation of the EU and what does it tell us about the future direction of the European Union? HARDtalk speaks to one of the EU's most experienced politicians, Sweden's Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt.

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  • Dore Gold: Wednesday 9th July

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The kidnap and murder of four teenagers - three Israeli and then one Palestinian - has triggered protests and violent clashes in both Israel and the Occupied Territories and unleashed the heaviest rocket fire between Israel and Hamas for nearly two years. Israel blames Hamas for the abduction and killings of the Israelis. The tensions flared over the past week after the bodies of the Israeli boys were found on the West Bank. Two days later a sixteen year old Palestinian boy Mohammed Abu Khdair was killed in Jerusalem. Jewish suspects have been arrested for his murder. This latest crisis has exposed the abyss between the two communities - could it escalate into a wider conflict? HARDtalk speaks to Dore Gold - advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

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  • Mohamoud Nur Monday 7th July

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Most of us probably don't associate local government with racing pulses and grave danger. But few local government jobs are like the Mayor of Mogadishu's. HARDtalk speaks to Mohamoud Nur who had that post for more than three years, trying to improve life in one of the most violent, most corrupt, most rundown capital cities in the world. So what persuaded him to leave home life in London to take up the post? And, with the benefit of distance now, what hope does he hold out for Somalia?

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  • Deirdre McCloskey Friday 4th July

    Fri, 4 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is rising inequality the sickness that could yet kill capitalism? It's a debate currently raging in politics as well as economics. President Obama says income inequality is the defining challenge of our time. The influential American economist Deirdre McCloskey thinks that is to misunderstand 300 years of global growth and enrichment. She focuses on the enduring power of innovation, rather than wealth distribution. So is it ok for the rich to enjoy a party to which no one else is invited?

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  • Salih Muslim Mohammed 1 July 2014

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The extremist group Isis is expanding its foothold in Syria after its recent gains in neighbouring Iraq. The first town it seized was Raqqa in northern Syria a year ago, it holds parts of Aleppo province in the north as well as more territory on the border with Iraq. Isis is now engaging in battles with other rebel groups in Syria splintering efforts by the opposition who now find themselves battling both Isis forces and government troops. What does the advance of Isis mean for moderate secular opposition groups inside Syria? HARDtalk speaks to Salih Muslim Mohammed, leader of the Syrian Kurdish party, the PYD, which is part of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, a secular, pro-democracy coalition inside Syria.

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  • Anthony Loyd: Monday 30th June 2014

    Mon, 30 Jun 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    More than sixty journalists have been killed in Syria's civil war. Across the world journalists have become targets as never before, murdered, kidnapped and, in the case of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt, locked up by the state for doing their jobs. HARDtalk speaks to Anthony Loyd, the award winning war correspondent of The Times newspaper, who was shot and seriously injured in Syria last month. Is the fear factor forcing journalists to retreat from the front line?

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  • Patrick Honohan 25 June 2014

    Wed, 25 Jun 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Three years ago Ireland was a basket case economy; hollowed out by broken banks, bad debts and a property crash. What about now? Ireland was the first of the Eurozone bail out countries to emerge from the economic emergency room. HARDtalk speaks to Patrick Honohan, Governor of Ireland'€™s Central Bank. Growth has returned, optimism is on the rise, but is it justified?

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  • Aubrey De Grey 23 June 14

    Mon, 23 Jun 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Imagine life without aging. You could live for hundreds of years with the mental and physical attributes of your 25 year old self. Would you be tempted? HARDtalk speaks to a scientist and futurologist who believes it's a proposition that 21st century biotechnology will soon be able to deliver. Aubrey de Grey's Californian research foundation is spending millions of dollars in a bid to conquer the aging process. Is his vision inspiring, daft, or downright dangerous?

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  • Carolyn McCall 18 June 2014

    Wed, 18 Jun 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is flying always going to be this affordable and accessible? Low cost airlines have revolutionised the European aviation business over the past 25 years - offering cheap flights, no frills and a service sometimes to be endured rather than enjoyed. How much further can the budget airlines grow? HARDtalk speaks to Carolyn McCall, the CEO of easyJet.

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  • David LaChapelle: Monday 16th June

    Mon, 16 Jun 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in the gallery district of London’s West End to meet one of the most successful and controversial fashion and celebrity photographers of the last thirty years, David LaChapelle. His story revolves around sex, drugs and provocative pictures. He has the ability to shock and offend, but does his work go deeper?

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  • Jack Straw: Wednesday 11th June 2014

    Wed, 11 Jun 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The UK Independence Party topped the UK polls in the recent European elections putting pressure on the Conservative and Labour Parties to re-consider their position on immigration and the UK’s relationship with the EU ahead of the 2015 general election. HARDtalk speaks to veteran Labour MP, Jack Straw, who held successive senior positions in government between 1997 and 2010. Is the Labour Party under Ed Miliband in tune with voters and capable of winning next year’s general election?

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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Mon 9th June

    Mon, 9 Jun 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How should we make sense of Nigeria's 21st Century identity? Newly anointed as Africa's number one economy, it is an oil-rich emerging power. But it is also beset by corruption, poor governance and a wave of internal conflict that could threaten the very unity of the state. HARDtalk speaks to the highly acclaimed Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her fiction explores her country's troubled past and current challenges. How does this writer see Nigeria's story unfolding?

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  • Doyin Okupe 04 Jun 14

    Wed, 4 Jun 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It took the abduction of more than 200 school girls to focus international attention on the appalling level of violence and insecurity in North Eastern Nigeria. The brutal conflict between the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and government security forces has killed thousands. HARDtalk speaks to Doyin Okupe, a senior adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan. Are Nigeria's leaders capable of rescuing their country?

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  • Kizza Besigye 02 Jun 14

    Mon, 2 Jun 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi talks to Dr Kizza Besigye, a former ally of Uganda’s President Museveni who has become his biggest critic and the country’s best known opposition figure. He was the leader of the main opposition party – the Forum for Democratic Change – and ran unsuccessfully three times in elections against President Museveni. He has called for popular protests in Uganda like the ones that led to the uprisings of the Arab Spring.

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  • Sergey Karaganov 30 May 14

    Fri, 30 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How far can Vladimir Putin push his iron-fist foreign policy? Crimea is now his, but Russia's next move in eastern Ukraine is much less clear cut, as is the extent of the Kremlin's neo-imperialist ambition. HARDtalk speaks to Sergey Karaganov - one of Russia's most influential foreign policy thinkers and until recently, an advisor to President Putin.

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  • Viggo Mortensen May 26th 2014

    Mon, 26 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to award winning film star, Viggo Mortensen. Known to many for his starring role in The Lord of the Rings, he is not your average Hollywood leading man. Fluent in four languages and of mixed American and Danish background, he spent his childhood in three continents – so, what is his response to critics who say the American movie industry has contributed to the ‘Hollywoodisation’ of global culture and killed diversity?

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  • Urmas Paet May 23rd 2014

    Fri, 23 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The crisis in Ukraine has put the spotlight on the relationship between Russia and the EU. How much carrot and how much stick should the EU wield when it comes to dealing with Moscow? The Baltic states, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were once part of the Soviet Union and all share a border with the Russian Federation. HARDtalk speaks to Urmas Paet, Foreign Minister of Estonia. Why does it think that getting tough with President Putin is the most effective way to contain Russia?

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  • Salva Kiir: Wednesday 21st May

    Wed, 21 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In December 2013 South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, became engulfed in a civil conflict which has claimed thousands of lives and prompted fears it could lead to genocide. A ceasefire was agreed just over a week ago between the government of President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar, who has led the rebel forces, but fighting has continued. In a HARDtalk exlusive, Stephen Sackur talks to Salva Kiir in Juba.

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  • Victoria Nuland: Monday 19th May

    Mon, 19 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What can Western nations like the US do to stop Ukraine from breaking up or falling into civil conflict? HARDtalk is at the US Embassy in London to speak to Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State. Now that pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine claim they’ve voted for independence, is Washington powerless to prevent further disintegration?

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  • Supa Mandiwanzira: Friday 16th May

    Fri, 16 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zimbabwe's fortunes have for three decades been tied to one man - President Robert Mugabe. Now, once again, Zimbabwe is staring economic catastrophe in the face, less than a year after the ruling Zanu PF won another term in power. State coffers are virtually empty and potential investors are being scared away by seizures of land and foreign owned assets. HARDtalk speaks to Supa Mandiwanzira, Zimbabwe’s Deputy Information Minister. How does he justify being part of a government that is accused of cronyism, rigging elections and of squandering public funds for the benefit of an elite, whilst impoverishing the many?

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  • Riek Machar: Wednesday 14th May

    Wed, 14 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In December 2013 South Sudan became engulfed in a civil conflict which has claimed thousands of lives and prompted fears it could lead to genocide. A ceasefire has been agreed between the government of President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar, who has led the rebel forces, but the agreement is already looking shaky. Stephen Sackur talks to Riek Machar in Addis Ababa.

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  • Natalia Kaliada: Monday 12th May 2014

    Mon, 12 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Belarus is Europe's last old-fashioned dictatorship - a country where political dissent gets you beaten up and locked up. HARDtalk speaks to one Belarussian who has refused to be cowed by President Lukashenko's iron fist. Natalia Kaliada co-founded the Belarus Free Theatre almost a decade ago. Directors, actors, even the audience have all faced arrest and imprisonment, but still their shows go on. Is drama an effective tool of resistance?

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  • Wole Soyinka 09 May 14

    Fri, 9 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nigeria's century has been assessed as "100 years of trauma". No more apparent than in the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by a militant Islamist group that perceives learning as an alien imposition by Christians and Europeans. Wole Soyinka is Nigeria's most prominent writer, the first African to be awarded the Nobel prize for literature. Persecuted by past governments for his commitment to democracy, what does he make of how Nigeria has stood up to the pressures of insurgency, the temptations of oil wealth and the corruption critics say is endemic. Does a state that cannot even guarantee the safety of its children have a future?

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  • Malcolm Turnbull: Wednesday 7th May

    Wed, 7 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Whoever dubbed Australia the lucky country was on to something - this vast, resource-rich nation has outperformed other rich world economies over the past decade. But Australia doesn't seem entirely at ease with itself or its Asian neighbours. Why? HARDtalk speaks to Malcolm Turnbull, communications minister in Tony Abbott’s right of centre Australian Government. Is Australia in danger of alienating friends and partners?

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  • Jeremy Rifkin: Monday 5th May

    Mon, 5 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What if we lived in a radically different world? An internet driven, smart world where individuals and communities generate their own free energy, produce and share the things they need and build an economy defined by collaboration, not competition. HARDtalk speaks to economist and author, Jeremy Rifkin. For him, this is no utopian fantasy, it's the unfolding story of the next century. Are we really entering the post-capitalist age?

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  • Abu Bakr al-Qirbi: Friday 2nd May

    Fri, 2 May 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Yemen is the Arab world’s slow motion car crash; a humanitarian, economic, and security disaster that makes few headlines in the outside world. The Yemeni government is supposed to be in the middle of a major programme of political and economic reform, but right now its focus appears to be a major military assault on local Al Qaeda strongholds. HARDtalk speaks to Yemen’s veteran foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi - if Yemen is a failing state, who is to blame?

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  • Rime Allaf 30 Apr 14

    Wed, 30 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Rime Allaf,Presidential Adviser to the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces. Assad is so confident that he’s now running for re-election, the coalition’s forces are enduring defeats on the ground and important Western allies are getting nervous – seemingly more worried about the hard-line Islamists gaining a foothold in Syria than they are about Assad himself. Is time running out, not for the President, but for the opposition?

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  • Ahmed Kathrada: Mon 28th April 2014

    Mon, 28 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Ahmed Kathrada, one of the big names of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. He was sentenced to life in prison alongside Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, spending 26 years of his life locked up. On their release, Nelson Mandela persuaded him to join him in government - an experience he didn’t like. But he has never stopped campaigning for the ideals of freedom on which the anti-apartheid movement was based. So has South Africa lived up to those ideals?

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  • Jean Paul Gaultier 25th April 2014

    Fri, 25 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to the French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier who was known as the enfant terrible of the fashion world for his witty and daring designs. Now in his sixties is he still as iconoclastic as ever? And as an exhibition of his best known works continues at the Barbican Arts Centre in London, how does he answer criticisms that some of his designs, like corset dresses and cone bras, contribute to the sexual objectification of women?

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  • José Padilha 21 Apr 14

    Wed, 23 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In this special programme from Brazil HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to one of the country’s most successful and controversial film makers - José Padilha. His movies focus on violence and corruption in the favelas of Rio. But is it a message Brazilians want to hear?

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  • 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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  • Dmitry Peskov: 19th March 2014

    Wed, 19 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a special edition of Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur speaks to Dmitry Peskov, spokesman to Russia’s President Putin following the decision of EU and US leaders to impose sanctions. With international pressure mounting against the Kremlin, does Russia stand to lose more than win from this crisis?

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  • Ai Weiwei: Monday 17th March

    Mon, 17 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    As part of the BBC’s Freedom Season, HARDtalk is in Beijing for a special interview with China’s most famous artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei. Under constant surveillance, prevented from leaving the country, how does this artist push back against the forces of repression?

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  • Cody Wilson: Friday 14th March

    Fri, 14 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    We live in the internet age but perhaps most of us haven’t realised just how radically it will change our lives. As part of the BBC’s Freedom Season, HARDtalk speaks to Cody Wilson who is at the leading edge of an anarchist movement which wants to use the so called ‘dark web’- anonymous, borderless, and lawless - to empower individuals and undermine big government. His symbolic first move was to make a gun using open source software and a 3D printer. Is this really where we want the internet to take us?

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  • Radoslaw Sikorski 12 Mar 14

    Wed, 12 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It’s the biggest crisis confronting Western Europe in twenty years; Ukraine could be just days away from losing a key part of its territory. Russia stands on one side of this conflict, the United States and the European Union on the other. HARDtalk speaks to Poland’s Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski. He helped negotiate a deal to halt the bloodshed in Kiev and now warns President Vladimir Putin if Russia doesn’t deescalate, the EU will impose sanctions. However, last time such a crisis erupted it was the West that blinked first. Why does he believe things will be different this time?

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  • Alden McLaughlin: Fri 7th March

    Fri, 7 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How's this for a vision of earthly paradise? Sun, sand, sea and a tax rate of zero. It's that last bit that turned the tiny Cayman Islands into one of the most attractive offshore financial havens in the world. But now the US and EU are leading international efforts to rein in the world's tax dodgers. HARDtalk speaks to Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands. Is his Caribbean haven about to lose its allure?

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  • Jerry Springer 05 Mar 14

    Wed, 5 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur speaks to the king of tabloid trash-talking television in the United States: Jerry Springer. His show specialises in dysfunctional relationships and sex. Critics call it cynical and manipulative TV, but does he care?

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  • David Keene 03 Mar 14

    Mon, 3 Mar 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For many American firearms are a symbol of freedom. The right to bear arms is treated with the same reverence as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But guns kill extraordinary numbers of US citizens, 30,000 and more every year. Maybe it’s time to better regulate the firearms business. As part of the BBC’s Freedom Season, HARDtalk speaks to the recently retired president of the National Rifle Association, David Keene. Does the gun lobby really stand up for American values?

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  • Lazaro Nyalandu

    Fri, 28 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Within the lifetimes of our children, the African elephant may be extinct, hunted to death - such is the continued lure of ivory, despite international efforts to ban the ivory trade. In Tanzania, poachers have been killing an average of thirty elephants a day. The government there says it will end the slaughter. HARDtalk speaks to Lazaro Nyalandu, Tanzania’s minister for natural resources and tourism. Is human greed destined to kill off Africa’s elephants?

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  • Eugenia Tymoshenko: Wed 26th February

    Wed, 26 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    After the revolutionary tumult in Ukraine, what comes next? The country is financially crippled, internally divided and a cockpit of tension between Moscow and the West. Who can hold Ukraine together? HARDtalk speaks to Eugenia Tymoshenko – her mother Yulia is the former prime minister, newly released from prison and widely seen as a powerful contender for Ukraine's presidency. Her name has pulling power, but is Yulia Tymoshenko what Ukraine needs?

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  • Naftali Bennett 24 Feb 14

    Mon, 24 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Just how stable and sustainable is Israel's coalition Government? HARDtalk speaks to Naftali Bennett, leader of Jewish Home and Israel’s economy minister.

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  • Binyavanga Wainaina 21 Feb 14

    Fri, 21 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a host of African countries, homosexuality is a crime. From Nigeria to Uganda, politicians seem to believe persecuting homosexuals is a vote-winning strategy. HARDtalk speaks to Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina who knew it would be big news when he publicly revealed his homosexuality earlier this year. Sure enough, he's now at the centre of a debate about freedom, identity and culture that's raging across the African continent. Is his stand changing minds?

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  • Saeb Erekat 19 Feb 14

    Wed, 19 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What must it be like to have been at the centre of the seemingly endless and fruitless quest for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal for more than two decades? And is there any reason for expectations to rise as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to publish his own outline for a deal. HARDtalk speaks to veteran Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Are we approaching a defining moment or a dead end?

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  • Dieter Zetsche 17 Feb 2014

    Mon, 17 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in Stuttgart, Germany - a city with a long history of engineering and manufacturing. The auto industry is a major player here, which is good news for Stuttgart as long as the German car industry continues to thrive. Stephen Sackur speaks to Dieter Zetsche, the boss of Daimler, a company with a global reputation and the makers of Mercedes Benz cars. However, over the past decade they have made some costly mistakes and they still face major challenges, not least the push for greener more efficient vehicles. Daimler has a proud reputation, but does it have a bright future?

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  • Allen Ault: Friday 14th February

    Fri, 14 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A host of countries around the world still impose the ultimate punishment on the most serious criminals - death. What is it like to be in command of the machinery of state-sanctioned execution? As part of the BBC’s special Freedom Season, HARDtalk gets a rare insight from Allen Ault, who spent years running the corrections system in the southern US state of Georgia. He organised the killing of criminals until he could stand it no more. Now he is an opponent of the death penalty. Why?

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  • Marion Bartoli: Wednesday 12th February

    Wed, 12 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in Paris at Roland Garros, the headquarters of tennis in France, to speak to the French tennis player and Wimbledon Champion, Marion Bartoli. Last year just six weeks after achieving the highest accolade in her sport, the Wimbledon title, she announced she was retiring from tennis at the age of only 28. Can she really never imagine competing again? And if so, what does that say about the health of tennis?

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  • Peter Turkson 10 Feb 14

    Mon, 10 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It’s nearly a year since the new Pope was installed, but still the same problems dog the Catholic Church. A UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has just criticised the Vatican over its failure to deal decisively with child sexual abuse by priests, gay rights activists still attack the Church on its stand on homosexuality and the Vatican’s finances have been under scrutiny and criminal investigation. HARDtalk speaks to Cardinal Peter Turkson who, last year, was tipped to become the first black Pope. He’s calling for financial reforms and action against poverty and inequality. But does the Catholic Church have the moral authority to take a lead on such issues?

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  • William Hague: Friday 7th February

    Fri, 7 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is at the British Foreign Office to speak to Foreign Secretary, William Hague. From Syria and Afghanistan to relations with the US and Europe, how influential is British foreign policy today?

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  • Kavita Krishnan 05 Feb 14

    Wed, 5 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a special edition of HARDtalk, recorded in the Indian capital, Stephen Sackur talks to the prominent women’s rights campaigner, Kavita Krishnan. Delhi is a proud capital of the nation - a noisy and vibrant place - but a city stained by its record on sexual violence. More rapes are recorded here than any other Indian city. Just over a year ago a 23 year old medical student died after a brutal gang rape on a bus which shocked the nation and prompted millions of people to demand government action to end gender violence. Is India becoming a safer, more equal society for women?

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  • Hussain Al-Shahristani: Monday 3rd February

    Mon, 3 Feb 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Hussain Al-Shahristani, Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister responsible for energy. He’s in London to attend a conference, but also to convince the world that his country isn’t sinking back into civil war. A decade on from the fall of Saddam Hussein, is Iraq perilously close to tearing itself apart again?

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  • Archbishop Justin Welby: Friday 31st January

    Fri, 31 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. He has just embarked on a tour of four African countries, all touched by vicious and bloody conflict - South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. It’s part of his mission to visit as many communities as possible in the 80-million strong Anglican Church worldwide. Can he help heal the divisions in these conflict ridden countries? And what’s his answer to critics who say that religion itself is partly to blame for ethnic hatred and killings. Also, the church is polarised on issues such as same-sex marriage and gay priests. Can the Archbishop keep the Church together?

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  • Omar Abdullah: Wed 29th Janaury 2014

    Wed, 29 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a special edition of HARDtalk, recorded in front of an audience in the Indian capital Delhi, Stephen Sackur talks to one of India's most intriguing young politicians, Omar Abdullah. He is Chief Minister of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir - a long disputed territory once described by former president Bill Clinton as the most dangerous place on earth. Is there any hope of Kashmir becoming a place of peace, not conflict?

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  • Palaniappan Chidambaram 27 Jan 14

    Mon, 27 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a special edition of Hardtalk, recorded in Delhi, Stephen Sackur speaks to India's Finance Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram - one of the most influential and long serving members of the Congress Party dominated government. India has enjoyed a decade of unprecedented economic growth, with signs of a new era of wealth and consumerism visible in every major city. But has this vast country squandered an opportunity to fundamentally reform itself for the 21st century?

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  • Harris Georgiades 24 Jan 14

    Fri, 24 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    When Harris Georgiades became Finance Minister of Cyprus one year ago he was obliged to impose some tough austerity measures in return for a 10 billion Euro bailout from the Troika of the European Central Bank, the EU and the IMF. Now, the economy is shrinking, unemployment will perhaps reach 20% this year and wages are being slashed. He tells Zeinab Badawi that a total collapase of the banking system in Cyprus has been avoided and the economy is proving more resilient than might have been expected.

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  • Yehia Hamed 22 Jan 14

    Wed, 22 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    As Egypt prepares to mark the third anniversary since the revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak, Shaun Ley speaks to the former Muslim Brotherhood Minister, Yehia Hamed. The Brotherhood has now been banned in Egypt, and designated a terrorist organisation. Its leaders are in jail or living in exile. Yehia Hamid is in Istanbul. He insists the Brotherhood is non-violent but backs his partys call for its supporters to "topple the leaders of the treacherous military coup."

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  • Ed Davey 20th January 2014

    Mon, 20 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The British government is "going all out for shale". Those are the words of the Prime Minister about his plan to allow companies to try to extract shale gas from deep underground. It's a contrast to most European countries - many have banned it until they're convinced it can be done safely without damaging the water supply. Sarah Montague speaks to Britain's Energy & Climate Change secretary - the Liberal Democrat Ed Davey. If we want clean, green and affordable energy, what role should fracking have?

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  • Robert Gates 17 Jan 2014

    Fri, 17 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a special edition of HARDtalk recorded in New York City, Stephen Sackur speaks to the former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates. In his newly published memoirs he gives the inside story on arguments and tensions inside the Obama White House – particularly over Afghanistan. He has called his book Duty but are some of his revelations an act of disloyalty?

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  • Dean Spielmann 15 01 2014

    Wed, 15 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Eight hundred million Europeans’ fundamental rights and liberties are supposed to be safeguarded by the European Court of Human Rights. It is an institution steeped in European idealism and ambition, but does it work? HARDtalk speaks to the President of the Strasbourg based court Dean Spielmann. Critics condemn it as an undemocratic, unaccountable infringement on national sovereignty; do they have a case?

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  • Ben Emmerson: 13th Jan 2014

    Mon, 13 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    When a US drone kills a jihadi militant in Pakistan has a law been broken? What if the missile kills women and children too? Who can be held to account? HARDtalk speaks to Ben Emmerson, the British lawyer addressing these questions for the United Nations. He says drone strikes and other exceptional counter terror measures simply breed more terror - but does this liberal lawyer really know what's best in the struggle to make the world a safer place?

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  • Keir Starmer: 13th Jan 2013

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is English justice all it’s cracked up to be? HARDtalk speaks to Keir Starmer, the top barrister who's just stepped down after five years as the Director of Public Prosecutions; in effect the chief prosecutor in England and Wales. Are the pillars of the English judicial system, the laws and the courts really fit for purpose?

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  • Giles Duley 8th Jan 2014

    Wed, 8 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to photographer, Giles Duley. Twelve years ago he abandoned the world of celebrity and fashion photography to focus on stories of human suffering - he was in Afghanistan in 2011 when a landmine blew off both of his legs and an arm. Since then he's defied the odds, not just surviving but returning to work, even revisiting Afghanistan. He's still a photographer, but does he see the world through a different lens?

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  • Mike Mack 06 Jan 14

    Mon, 6 Jan 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HardTalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Mike Mack, CEO of one of the world's leading agribusinesses, the Swiss based Syngenta which specialises in selling seeds, chemicals and agricultural know-how to farmers around the world. One of the great global challenges of the next half century will be feeding a human population set to rise beyond 9 billion. Can bio-science and genetic modification help farmers meet an enormous productivity challenge?

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  • Mark Cavendish 23 Dec 13

    Mon, 23 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Mark Cavendish, who over the past five years has enjoyed the reputation of being the fastest man on two wheels. He is a cycling phenomenon - an explosive sprinter, a world champion and the winner of more Tour de France stages than any other Briton. He also has a reputation for blunt talk in a sport tainted by illegal drug use. So, has cycling cleaned up its act and thrown out the cheats?

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  • Jeremy Deller 20 Dec 13

    Fri, 20 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to artist Jeremy Deller, who defies all the labels and categories of the art world. He is a visual artist who can’t paint, can’t draw and professes no great technical skill - yet he is widely regarded as one of the most important artists in Britain today. He uses images, objects, words and real people to present a portrait of the modern world, from the factory floor to the Iraq War. What is at the heart of his creative vision?

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  • Christophe de Margerie 18 Dec 2013

    Wed, 18 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in Monte Carlo at the World Policy Conference, an international gathering of politicians and business leaders from across the world. Stephen Sackur speaks to one of France’s most influential and outspoken CEOs, Christophe de Margerie, boss of the energy giant Total. Does Europe have what it takes to meet the triple challenge of economic competitiveness, climate change and energy security?

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  • Douglas Alexander :16 Dec 2013

    Mon, 16 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Under Tony Blair's leadership the world grew used to a British Labour government that was the United States’ staunchest ally in a series of military interventions. But with the Blair era long gone and the party preparing for an election battle in 2015 has Labour's world view changed? HARDtalk speaks to Labour's chief foreign policy spokesman, Douglas Alexander. Does Labour have a compelling vision of Britain’s role in the international arena?

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  • Ahmet Uzumcu :13 Dec 2013

    Fri, 13 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    When the Nobel Committee awarded this year's Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), its staff was on the ground in Syria overseeing the removal and destruction of the country's chemical weapons. Sarah Montague travelled to Oslo to speak to the Director General of the OPCW, Ahmet Uzumcu as he collected the prize. Does the work of his organisation mean peace is more likely in Syria?

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  • Francois Pienaar 11th December 13

    Wed, 11 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in Cape Town to meet Francois Pienaar who captained the South African rugby team when it won the World Cup in 1995. Before the game Nelson Mandela walked into the stadium in Johannesburg wearing the Springbok rugby jersey, which was once seen as a symbol of white minority rule. It came to be viewed as a defining moment for the emerging ‘Rainbow Nation.’ Francois Pienaar went on to develop a friendship with Nelson Mandela. George Alagiah asks him whether the hope and optimism generated that day is still alive today?

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  • Marco Rubio 09 Dec 13

    Mon, 9 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Senator Marco Rubio, Republican Senator for Florida. Viewed from across the Atlantic American politics is a mess. A stand off between Congressional Republicans and President Obama temporarily shut down the federal Govt. Healthcare reform is a battleground, immigration reform is blocked. Senator Rubio is widely seen as a possible contender for the White house in 2016. Do the Republicans have what it takes to win a national election?

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  • Martin Schulz 06 Dec 13

    Fri, 6 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For the last few years the EU has been under enormous strain. Amid the bail outs, austerity and rising unemployment some Europeans have come to see the EU as part of the problem, not the solution. HARDtalk speaks to Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament. He’s one of Europe’s most powerful advocates of more integration, but is he out of tune with Europe’s mood?

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  • Laszlo Andor 02 Dec 2013

    Mon, 2 Dec 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is the stability and unity of the European Union threatened by internal migration? Over the past decade millions of people from the accession countries of Eastern Europe have taken advantage of the EU's integrated economic space to live and work in the union's richer countries. But now there are signs of a political backlash, not least here in Britain. Stephen Sackur speaks to the EU commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Laszlo Andor. Has Europe's freedom of movement gone too far?

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  • Glenn Greenwald 29 Nov 13

    Fri, 29 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Thanks to Edward Snowden's leaking of American intelligence secrets the whole world now knows the extent of US-UK surveillance of global phone and internet traffic. Have the revelations flagged up a corrosive infringement of individual liberty, or undermined efforts to protect the world from terrorism? HARDtalk speaks to journalist, Glenn Greenwald - he broke the Snowden story. His mission, he says, is to hold power to account. Is this a journalistic crusade that's gone too far?

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  • Petro Poroshenko 27 Nov 13

    Wed, 27 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Ukraine had an historic opportunity this week to move toward full integration with the European Union. EU leaders wanted to seal an association agreement which would have drawn one of Europe's largest nations firmly into Brussels' orbit. But Ukraine's president walked away from the deal, in favour of closer ties with Russia. Why? HARDtalk speaks to Petro Poroshenko, billionaire Ukrainian businessman and former minister. East or West - where do Ukraine's real interests lie?

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  • Julian Savulescu 25 Nov 13

    Mon, 25 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    From genetic engineering to bioscience, human beings are close to acquiring the ability not just to combat disease, but to enhance and perfect our species. But should we seek to do it, or should we shy away from a path that led to Nazi eugenics? HARDtalk speaks to the Australian born, Oxford based medical ethicist Julian Savulescu. Can we trust ourselves to be wise masters of our own biology?

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  • 22 Nov 13 Ruby Wax

    Thu, 21 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Mental illness is the invisible scourge of modern life, and it comes with a stigma. To admit to depression, or another illness of the mind, has been to risk being labelled as weak, self-indulgent or mad. Ruby Wax wants to change that. She made her name as a comedian and TV entertainer; long experience of depression eventually took her into neuroscience and psychotherapy. Mental illness raises difficult questions, where did she find answers?

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  • Roberto Unger 20 Nov 13

    Wed, 20 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What exactly is progressive politics? In the rich world it’s identified with the centre left, with a faith in the state's ability to ameliorate the perceived excesses of market capitalism. HARDtalk speaks to Roberto Unger, an influential Brazilian political philosopher who has a much more ambitious take on what it means to be progressive. He calls himself a revolutionary, but is the world - rich or poor - ready for his progressive revolution?

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  • Dr Nayna Patel 18 Nov 13

    Mon, 18 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In India, producing surrogate babies is a booming business. Reproductive technology allows childless, wealthy couples to hire impoverished Indian women as surrogate mothers - pregnancy and childbirth have become commercial transactions. HARDtalk speaks to Dr Nayna Patel, a pioneer in the field. Her clinic has been recruiting surrogates and delivering babies to order for a decade. Is this 21st century way of making babies irresponsible and exploitative, or a positive public service?

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  • Paolo Scaroni 13 Nov 13

    Wed, 13 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Paolo Scaroni, boss of one of Europe's energy giants, the Italian oil company ENI. While the US benefits from massive investment in shale gas production, Europeans focus on decarbonising their economy while bickering about the relative merits of fracking, nuclear, and renewable energy. How can Europe best safeguard its energy future?

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  • Paul Massara 11 Nov 13

    Mon, 11 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HardTalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Paul Massara, the Chief Exec of Npower, one of Britain's biggest energy suppliers. Rising gas and electricity bills are putting an enormous strain on millions of households and the energy companies stand accused of unjustifiable profiteering. It has become one of Britain's hottest political issues. Why are prices so high and is it time for an overhaul of the energy market?

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  • Sanusi Lamido Sanusi 4th November 2013

    Mon, 4 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The high price of oil is powering Nigeria's economy to new heights. This year, it's predicted to have grown by over six per cent. So why do some experts say it's more vulnerable now than it was during the global economic meltdown of five years ago? The Governor of Nigeria's Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has accused politicians of flooding the country with dollars to lubricate election campaigning for a presidential poll that's still 18 months away. By then, Governor Sanusi's term of office at the bank will be over. Could he have his eye on a new one - in the presidential palace?

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  • Yuval Steinitz 01 Nov 13

    Fri, 1 Nov 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk travels to Jerusalem to speak to Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s Minister for intelligence affairs and international relations. There is an unmistakable sense of diplomatic apprehension in Israel right now – at the heart if it a recognition that on a number of key issues, from Iran to peace talks with the Palestinians, the Israeli Government is out of step with its key strategic ally the Unites States. In strategic terms, can Israel afford to go it alone?

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  • Ben Ainslie 30 Oct 13

    Wed, 30 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to the most successful Olympic sailor of all time - British four-time gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie. In September he was part of Team USA which enjoyed a spectacular victory against Team New Zealand at the America's Cup in San Francisco. But sailing is becoming more and more expensive - with critics saying it is now a niche sport funded by billionaires and enjoyed by the few. How can its appeal be broadened?

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  • Emma Bonino 28 Oct 13

    Mon, 28 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    As part of BBC World's 100 Women Series, HARDTalk's Zeinab Badawi spoke to Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonini, in front of a live studio audience at the BBC in London.

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  • Professor Rosalind Picard 25th October 2013

    Fri, 25 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Imagine a world where robots can think and feel like humans. HARDtalk speaks to pioneering American scientist Professor Rosalind Picard, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who has advanced the capability of computers to recognise human emotions. In the future, could robots fitted with intelligent computers perform tasks such as caring for the elderly, or fight as soldiers on the battlefield and, if so, what are the ethical implications?

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  • David Nott 23rd October 2013

    Wed, 23 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The International diplomatic effort to push Syria's warring parties to the negotiating table continues - as does the mission to eliminate the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons. But all the while the suffering of Syrian civilians intensifies. HARDtalk speaks to David Nott, a British surgeon recently returned from 5 weeks practising frontline medicine in rebel held Syrian territory. He calls it the most troubling experience in his 20 years of crisis care. In a conflict such as Syria's how much difference can a courageous doctor make?

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  • Pavel Khodorkovsky 21 Oct 13

    Mon, 21 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Vladimir Putin rules Russia with ruthless efficiency. Opponents and potential rivals know they are engaged in a dangerous game, and for proof they need look no further than the fate of Mikhail Khodorkovsky: once Russia’s richest man, an oligarch who crossed the Kremlin and who’s been a prisoner for the past decade. Stephen Sackur talks to his son Pavel Khodorkovsky. His father is due to be freed next year but can Vladimir Putin afford to let him go?

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  • Paul Greengrass 18 Oct 13

    Fri, 18 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What do we want from the movies we see? Judging from the global box office returns the answer is escapism, superheroes and awesome special effects. But that’s not how all A-list Hollywood directors make their name. HARDtalk speaks to Paul Greengrass who makes taut, tense films that aren’t always easy to watch. His biggest hits were the Bourne movies starring Matt Damon, his most intense film was probably United 93, based on the events of 9/11, and his new release is about Somali pirates. How does he juggle truth, art and entertainment?

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  • Sir Malcom Rifkind 16 October 2013

    Wed, 16 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Thanks to Edward Snowden, America's cyber-spy turned leaker, we now know US intelligence agencies backed by the British secretly monitor electronic communications all over the world. In Britain, Snowden's revelations have prompted a ferocious argument between self-styled defenders of liberty and pillars of the security establishment. HARDtalk speaks to Sir Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the UK parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee. Is the security state a potential threat to those it's supposed to protect?

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  • Reza Pahlavi Monday 14th October

    Mon, 14 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Are winds of change blowing across Iran? The Islamic Republic's new president, Hassan Rouhani, has engineered a diplomatic opening with the United States. There's optimistic talk of compromise on the nuclear stand-off and an end to Iran's international isolation. Where would that leave die-hard opponents of the regime? Stephen Sackur speaks to Reza Pahlavi, exiled eldest son of the late Shah of Iran and spokesman for the self-styled Iran National Council. Does a figure steeped in Iran's past have a role to play in its future?

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  • David Nicholson 11 October 2013

    Fri, 11 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In Britain healthcare is state-funded, free at the point of delivery to all citizens. The National Health Service is routinely described by politicians of all stripes as one of the country's greatest treasures. But the NHS's reputation has been damaged by recent shocking revelations of failings in patient care. HARDTalk speaks to the Chief Executive of NHS England Sir David Nicholson. Is his Health service capable of meeting the shifting demands and daunting financial challenges of 21st century healthcare?

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  • Ahdaf Soueif 9 October 13

    Wed, 9 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is it time to mourn the death of Egypt's revolutionary dream? Civilians lead the government but real power lies with the armed forces. Emergency law, military courts, the outlawing of the Muslim Brotherhood - the list of repressive measures invites comparison with the darkest days of the Mubarak era. HARDtalk speaks to Egyptian writer and political activist, Ahdaf Soueif. She is part of a movement trying to re-open the road to revolution. But is it too late?

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  • Lalit Modi 07 Oct 13

    Mon, 7 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Thanks to money, media rights and commercialisation, cricket, a game of proud tradition, has been transformed into a multi-billion dollar sporting commodity. The cradle of this cricketing revolution has been India, home of the Indian Premier League – the world’s richest cricket tournament. HARDtalk speaks to Lalit Modi, the creator of the Indian Premier League. He has since been banished from cricket, and his native India, amid allegations of corruption and dodgy dealing. Is greed killing cricket?

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  • Damian McBride 04 Oct 13

    Fri, 4 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Opinion polls in Britain suggest public faith in politics and politicians has plummeted in the last decade. A political memoir by Damian McBride reveals some dark and ugly truths. He was the spin doctor for the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. He tells Hardtalk how he routinely used smears, leaks and a host of dirty tricks to serve his master's interests and undermine his enemies.

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  • John Limbert

    Wed, 2 Oct 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to John Limbert, the US state department's point man on Iran in President Obama's first term, and one of the US diplomats held hostage in Tehran 34 years ago. What are the chances of overcoming three decades of hostility between the US and Iran?

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  • David Kilcullen: 30th September 2013

    Mon, 30 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Many dozens have died in the Nairobi shopping mall siege raising questions both inside Kenya and elsewhere as to the nature of future terror attacks - who will carry them out, and where? HARDtalk speaks to counter-insurgency expert, David Kilcullen. He has worked in just about every conflict zone across several continents, including in Somalia, Kenya and Syria. Is the world in danger of underplaying the current terrorist threat?

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  • Adonis Georgiadis 27th September 2013

    Fri, 27 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Those who think the worst of the Eurozone crisis is over should consider what's happening in Greece. Public sector job cuts have prompted a new wave of strikes, a third bailout seems likely as the government wrestles with its crippling debt burden, while poverty and extremist violence threaten the country's social cohesion. HARDtalk speaks to Greece's controversial health minister, Adonis Georgiadis - is Greece still in a state of slow motion collapse?

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  • Clarke Carlisle 25 September 2013

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It is many a young boy's dream to become a professional footballer, understandable given the riches and the adulation on offer to the biggest stars in the world's most popular sport. But behind football's flashy facade there are real problems: racism, corruption and, amongst some players, dangerous levels of depression. HARDtalk speaks to Clarke Carlisle, newly retired professional footballer and chairman of England's Professional Footballers Association. Is there a cure for the sickness in football?

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  • Roger Waters 20 Sep 13

    Fri, 20 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Draw up a list of the biggest bands in the history of rock and roll and a remarkable number of them will be British. There’s The Beatles and The Rolling Stones of course, but also Pink Floyd, whose albums ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘The Wall’ remain rock classics. Stephen Sackur speaks to Roger Waters, who was a dominant figure in Pink Floyd until he quit in 1985. He is still performing and he remains the most controversial of rock stars. So what motivates him?

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  • Samantha Geimer 18 Spetember 2013

    Wed, 18 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In the late 1970s the film director Roman Polanski admitted to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a thirteen year old girl. He spent 42 days in prison then fled the United States because he feared being given a longer sentence. Much has been said and written about what happened, but we’ve hardly heard anything from the girl herself. HARDtalk is in New York to speak to the woman at the centre of the decades-old scandal, Samantha Geimer. How has her life been affected by that event nearly 40 years ago?

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  • Abdul Mawgoud Dardery 16 Spetember 2013

    Mon, 16 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    What now for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party? Rarely has the fall from power of a party been so quick, dramatic and violent. Since President Morsi’s removal by the army, thousands of the Brotherhood’s members and supporters have been arrested, including most of its senior leaders. HARDtalk speaks to Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a member of the now suspended parliament. What is the Brotherhood’s next move?

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  • Gary Kasparov 13 September 2013

    Fri, 13 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Vladimir Putin appears to be relishing his role at the centre of the diplomatic manoeuvring over Syria - it reinforces his image as the strong man in the Kremlin. But just how strong is he? A recent round of Russian municipal elections gave the anti-Putin movement a much needed morale boost. HARDtalk speaks to the opposition activist and former world chess champion, Garry Kasparov. Is there any serious challenge to the supremacy of Putinism?

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  • Enrico Letta 11 September 2013

    Wed, 11 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in Italy to speak to the Italian prime minister, Enrico Letta. He is trying to hold together a fragile coalition of left and right, including the party of Silvio Berluscioni, while pushing through a programme of economic reforms designed to stimulate an economy still reeling from the Euro crisis. With the situation in Syria straining international relations at the G20 Summit, can Mr Letta keep his government together?

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  • Peter Henry 09 September 2013

    Mon, 9 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Economists have spent years bemoaning the longterm stagnation of the advanced economies and drawing unflattering comparisons with the dynamic growth in the powerhouse emerging economies, but is it time to change the tune? The US economic motor is showing signs of life, just as nervousness is sweeping financial markets from Jakarta to Brasilia. My guest today is leading American economist and former Obama adviser Peter Blair Henry. He's just written a book about the turnaround in relations between rich and emerging nations; is it already out of date?

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  • Raffaele Sollecito 06 September 13

    Fri, 6 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In 2007, young British student Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia, Italy. The investigative and judicial process which followed was fundamentally flawed. Two people, Meredith's American flatmate Amanda Knox and Knox's then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito spent four years in prison convicted for her murder. But in 2011 they were acquitted on appeal and later this month they will be retried by a fresh appeal court in Florence. HARDtalk speaks to Raffaele Sollecito. His story has made lurid headlines around the world - but how will it end?

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  • Dominique de Villepin 03 September

    Wed, 4 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is a military strike against the Assad regime in the offing or not? Two weeks after reports emerged of an apparent chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs, the West's response is still riddled with uncertainty and confusion. Stephen Sackur speaks to the former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin. His country stands ready to join an attack on the Syrian regime, but with who? British parliamentarians voted against intervention, now President Obama is putting his military case before the US Congress. Is this the way to develop a coherent strategy?

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  • Steven Berkoff 02 Sept 13

    Mon, 2 Sep 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Steven Berkhoff, world famous writer, actor and director who for over 5 decades has rocked and thrilled the industry with outspoken opinions and dynamic performances. He’s just finished performing in one of his own plays at this year’s Edinburgh fringe festival and seems to show no signs of slowing down, angry at the dumbing down of drama, especially on television. He feels the art world is letting its audience down, and should not provide what the audience wants. What does the genre mean to him? And is the role of drama as art, or entertainment?

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  • Amr Moussa 30 Aug 13

    Fri, 30 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Egyptian authorities are drafting a new constitution that would ban religious-based political parties. It's prompted a furious reaction from those who support the deposed President, Mohamed Morsi. They say it will incite "chaos" within Egypt and opens the door to "the system which produced pharaohs". HARDtalk speaks to the country's former foreign minister and former head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa. He supports the new military-backed government but does he trust it to bring true democracy to Egypt?

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  • Richard Holloway 28 August 13

    Wed, 28 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to the former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway. He entered a seminary at the age of 14, intent on becoming a monk and rose to be the leader of the Anglican Church in Scotland. But he gradually lost faith in many of the certainties of Christianity, including the existence of God. He finally resigned from the church, accusing it of cruelly persecuting gay people. So did his own loss of faith betray those he once preached to?

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  • George Papaconstantinou 23 Aug 13

    Fri, 23 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Greece's former finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, was handed a list of 2000 possible tax evaders three years ago, but he did not make it public. When a copy of the list was made public it was missing the names of three of his relatives. This was the man who was negotiating Greece's bail out and, with it, imposing massive cut backs in his country. Last month Greece's parliament voted that he should face criminal charges for tampering with the list, for breach of trust and breach of public duty. He says he is innocent, has been framed, and is being made a scapegoat.

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  • Najib Ghadbian 21 August 2013

    Wed, 21 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A senior US intelligence official has warned that Syria has become the 'predominant jihadist battlefield in the world.' As many as 10,000 foreigners could now be fighting there and the US fears they could return as part of a global jihadist movement that threatens Europe and the United States. There appears to be stalemate on the ground: the United Nations says Syria is 'in freefall'. Sarah Montague speaks to Najib Ghadbian, the UN and US representative of the opposition Syrian coalition. What should he and others do to end the crisis?

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  • Alistair Darling 19 Aug 13

    Mon, 19 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    After almost three years of scraping along the bottom, the United Kingdom seems to be seeing signs of a burgeoning economic recovery from the deep recession that followed the financial crisis in 2008-09. HARDtalk is in the Scottish capital Edinburgh to talk to Britain’s former Chancellor Alistair Darling. His Labour Party was in charge when the crisis hit. Can he admit that the government’s economic plans might be working? And can he stop Scotland voting to leave the United Kingdom next year, as he takes charge of the no to independence campaign?

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  • Professor Mark Post 14 August 13

    Wed, 14 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to professor Mark Post, who says his 'in vitro burger' could be the answer to our unsustainable appetite for meat and help ease the burden on the environment. There's clearly a need for more meat, the World Health Organisation estimates annual global production will have to double by 2050, so will meat grown from stem cells in a science lab ever make it to our dinner plates?

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  • Payam Akhavan 12 Aug 13

    Mon, 12 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HardTalk’s Allan Little speaks to leading international human rights lawyer Payam Akhavan, who made his name trying to bring to justice those responsible for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. He believes that the international community has a duty to challenge human rights abuses wherever they occur. But is true justice ever really possible – or is it compromised by the political constraints and realities of the day?

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  • Mzwandile Masina 09 Aug 13

    Fri, 9 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Mzwandile Masina, the interim president of the ANC Youth League. South Africa is holding general elections next year and for the first time, a whole new generation will cast their vote. The 'born free generation' has no direct memory of the struggle against apartheid - and they've grown up with the powerful African National Congress as their country's government, rather than as its liberators. In a South Africa still struggling to overcome inequality, corruption and youth unemployment, have they still got anything to offer to the younger generation?

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  • Nabil Fahmy 7 July 2013

    Wed, 7 Aug 13

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Allan Little talks to Egypt's new foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, part of the interim government which supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi regard as illegitimate.

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  • Sir John Tavener 05 Aug 13

    Mon, 5 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sarah Montague speaks to Sir John Tavener, one of Britain's most celebrated composers, on location in Dorset, England. He says his music is for God - even referring to it as a form of Divine Dictation. Forty years ago, his work was sometimes dismissed as bland, populist, new age. But over time he has defied the critics: the Protecting Veil was one of the biggest selling classical albums ever, and his Song for Athene was played at the funeral of Princess Diana. Ill for much of his life, he nearly died from a heart attack six years ago. Since then he says everything has changed - his music, his outlook on life, and his faith. So what happened, and how did he change?

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  • Alaska Climate Change 2 Aug 2013

    Fri, 2 Aug 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In a special edition of Hardtalk on the Road, Stephen Sackur travels to Alaska for the second part in his series from America's vast and wild northern territory. Within a generation, the Arctic ocean may be ice free during the summer, and this region is warming faster than any other on earth.

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  • On the Road - Alaska 31July2013

    Wed, 31 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk is on the road in Alaska. Stephen Sackur reports on a bitter dispute between the fishing and mining industries. The issue has divided opinion in the US’s largest state and prompted warnings that one of the last great wild fisheries in the world is at risk.

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  • Thomas Hampson

    Mon, 29 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Opera is one of the least watched art forms in the world, and possibly the most expensive. HARDtalk speaks to opera superstar, Thomas Hampson. He tells Sarah Montague the way to get people to love opera is to get them to understand it, and then it has the power to transform. If he is right, could one of the most elite and expensive art forms have worldwide appeal?

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  • Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi 26 July 13

    Fri, 26 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nigeria's oil industry is in crisis. Production is concentrated in Rivers State, where the Governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi is invovled in a highly public dispute with the President. Is Governor Amaechi championing his state against the failures of federal government, or is he stirring up trouble with his eye on a bigger prize - the Vice-Presidency in 2015? Rotimi Amaechi talks to Shaun Ley on Hardtalk.

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  • Hoshyar Zebari 24 July 2013

    Wed, 24 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For HARDtalk, Zeinab Badawi speaks to Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari. He said he wanted to rehabilitate Iraq’s image after the fall of Saddam Hussein. But now sectarian violence in Iraq is arguably worse than ever before and is overlapping with sectarianism in neighbouring Syria. How can Hoshyar Zebari, himself an Iraqi Kurd, hope to have any coherent foreign policy, when his own country is in danger of slipping into civil war?

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  • Paul Kenny 22 july 13

    Mon, 22 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Paul Kenny, the leader of one of the UK's biggest trade unions. Britain's Labour Party was created by the unions and it still gets most of its money from them. But Labour’s leader. Ed Miliband, now wants to loosen those ties. What would that mean for the Labour Party, the unions and working class representation in Britain?

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  • Edi Rama 19 Jul 13

    Fri, 19 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sarah Montague speaks to Edi Rama, who will become Albania's Prime Minister in September. A modern artist, he won international plaudits for transforming the capital Tirana when he was its mayor - not least by painting its grey buildings in bright colours. He's now promised a renaissance for the whole country. According to Transparency International, Albania is currently the single most corrupt country in Europe. So can he succeed where previous politicians have failed?

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  • David Davis 17 July 13

    Wed, 17 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Gavin Esler talks to the Conservative MP David Davis on Hardtalk about the massive collection of data by the US National Security Agency and Britain’s GCHQ revealed by the American whistle-blower, Edward Snowden. Are we living in a Surveillance state?

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  • ZHANG XIN 15 July 13

    Mon, 15 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Gavin Esler talks to Chinese businesswoman Zhang Xin on Hardtalk. One of only 24 self-made female billionaires in the world Zhang Xin's started work as a teenager in a sweat shop in China. By her 20s she worked for Goldman Sachs in New York. Disillusioned with Wall Street she returned to China to make her fortune in property development. But what kind of China? A country heading for economic problems -- or possibly an emerging democracy as well as an emerging superpower?

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  • Debate on political Islam 12 Jul 13

    Fri, 12 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol and Egyptian political activist Dina Wahba. A year ago the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's creed looked like a winning political formula; not so now. The Islamists have been removed from power by the army and millions of Egyptians see that as a cause for celebration. Meanwhile Turkey's moderate Islamist rulers have faced unprecedented mass protests, and in Tunisia political Islam is on the defensive. Is political Islam failing, if so why?

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  • 10 Jul 13 Nikos Dendias

    Wed, 10 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Nikos Dendias is Greece’s minister for public order. He believes Greece has become the new gateway to Europe, receiving 90 per cent of all illegal immigrants to the EU. He also says the Greek immigration problem may prove even greater than the financial one. Gavin Esler asks him how the years of austerity impacted on Greek society and law and order.

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  • 05 Jul 13 Omar Zakhilwal

    Fri, 5 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Afghanistan is a country that has huge natural resources, but it is also one of the most corrupt countries in the world. HARDtalk is in Kabul to talk to Afghanistan’s finance minister Dr. Omar Zakhilwal. He has publically accused fellow MPs of corruption, and has had to defend himself against similar charges. There is money to be made in Afghanistan, but will the people who live there see any of it?

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  • Sher Mohammad Karimi 03 Jul 13

    Wed, 3 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    International Forces are pulling out of Afghanistan and by the end of 2014 they’ll be gone completely. HARDtalk's Sarah Montague visited Afghanistan to speak to the head of the Afghan National Army, Sher Mohammad Karimi. He and his troops now have the task of keeping the country safe - does he think his men are up to the job?

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  • Tony Iommi 01 July 13

    Mon, 1 Jul 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Shaun Ley talks to “the true father of metal” and “the king of the heavy riff”. Tony Iommi’s band is topping the charts again after 43 years. Black Sabbath are better known for the antics of on/off lead singer Ozzy Osborne than the skills of its guitarist. But Iommi is the one original member of the band to have stayed the course. This despite missing finger tips that can make playing painful, the rock and roll lifestyle lived to the full, and now cancer. Still recording and touring around his treatment, what keeps him playing?

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  • Mogoeng Mogoeng 28th June 2013

    Fri, 28 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    South Africa's Constitution has become one of the most admired in the world - progressive, transformative, guaranteeing equality and human rights. But despite the great strides the country has made, the reality is failing to live up to the promise. The legal system, which guarantees the Constitution, has itself come under fire from within the government, the opposition, and from some human rights groups. Gavin Esler speaks to South Africa's Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng.

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  • Sergei Guriev 26 Jun 13

    Wed, 26 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Gavin Esler talks to Sergei Guriev, a star Russian economist who has been advocating liberalising economic reform in his country. But after becoming involved in the case of former oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, he found himself in trouble with the authorities and decided to go into exile. What does Guriev's extraordinary story tell us about the true face of Vladimir Putin's Russia?

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  • Michael Sandel 21 Jun 13

    Tue, 25 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Tim Franks speaks to political philosopher Michael Sandel who argues that markets are increasingly entering all parts of life and are becoming more and more destructive. Are commercial interests and financial incentives really that much more intrusive these days? If so, how do you draw up the rules for the moral limits of markets?

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  • Memet Simsek 24 Jun 13

    Mon, 24 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For Hardtalk, Zeinab Badawi is in Ankara to speak to Turkey’s Finance Minister, Mehmet Simsek. Following the response to the anti-government demonstrations, critics at home and abroad are pointing to an increasingly authoritarian style of political leadership in Turkey. Why have protests erupted across the country like never before under the ruling AK party? And did the initial crackdown by the security forces actually strengthen the protesters?

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  • Ayad Allawi 19 June 13

    Wed, 19 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Sarah Montague talks to Ayad Allawi, former Prime Minister of Iraq. More than a thousand people were killed in violence in Iraq last month according to the United Nations. The country appears to be dividing along religious lines, not helped by its neighbour Syria's descent into civil war. Ayad Allawi has accused the current Prime Minister, Nouri Al Maliki, of turning into a dictator. So what hope is there now for keeping the peace in Iraq?

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  • HT:Martin Amis 17 Jun 13

    Mon, 17 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Martin Amis. Early in his writing career he was pigeonholed as the enfant terrible of the British literary world. Four decades on he remains one of the most successful and closely scrutinised novelists of his generation.

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  • Ivo Daalder 06 Jun 13

    Fri, 14 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HardTalk's Shaun Ley talks to Ivo Daalder, US Permanent Representative to NATO, at the organisation's headquarters in Brussels. The Alliance was formed to defend western Europe against the Soviet Union, with the United States an enthusiastic member. But today there are increasing divions over money and philosophy. Is it time for this 64 year old veteran security organisation to be pensioned off?

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  • Mo Ibrahim 12 Jun 13

    Wed, 12 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Shaun Ley speaks to Mo Ibrahim, creator of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. His Index of African Governance suggests generally things are getting better. But some worry that China's willingness to lend money "no strings attached" is encouraging politicians to revert to their bad old ways. Is Mo Ibrahim's ambition of better governance being undermined from outside?

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  • Jean-Francois Cope 10 June 13

    Mon, 10 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    France is one of the political heavyweights of the European Union, a key world economy and a major global player. HARDtalk speaks to Jean-François Copé, the leader of the UMP, the main opposition party on the centre-right, who has lurched farther to the right on issues like gay marriage. He has also made comments about the French Muslim community which have led to accusations that he is threatening cultural harmony. Is he in danger of consigning his party to the political dustbin at home and on the world stage?

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  • Pierre Krahenbuhl 07 June 13

    Fri, 7 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Pierre Krähenbühl - Director of Operations, International Committee of the Red Cross. The ICRC is pulling some of its international staff out of Afghanistan, following a murderous attack on its Jalalabad compound. It's an unprecedented move in three decades of ICRC operations in Afghanistan. Is the organisation being overwhelmed by the danger and complexity of modern conflict?

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  • 05 Jun 13: Robert Fowler

    Wed, 5 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Robert Fowler, a senior Canadian diplomat, was held hostage for five months by Al Qaeda in Niger in 2009. He says that since his capture and release, terror attacks and events in the region, such as the brief Islamist takeover of northern Mali, should serve as a wake-up call of a jihadist danger. He believes militants aim to set up a seven thousand kilometre Islamic caliphate stretching from Mauritania to Somalia. Zeinab Badawi asks if he is scaremongering or if his fears are valid.

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  • Lindiwe Mazibuko 03 June 13

    Mon, 3 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sarah Montague talks to Lindiwe Mazibuko on HARDtalk. She's the Parliamentary Leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance Party. It's the biggest opposition party in South Africa, but still a long way behind the ruling ANC which has dominated politics in that country since the end of apartheid in 1994. How can the Democratic Alliance convince black South Africans that it's not just a party for wealthy white people?

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  • Harold Koh 31 May 13

    Fri, 31 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur speaks to Harold Koh was the legal adviser to the US State Department 2009-13. President Obama says the US needs to redefine and recalibrate its strategic response to terrorism. From drone strikes to the future of Guantanamo, the Obama Administration has consistently struggled to reconcile its stated values with the realities of the so-called ‘war on terror’. Did President Obama betray America's highest ideals in the name of national security?

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  • John Kerry 29 May 13

    Wed, 29 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zeinab Badawi presents this special edition of HardTalk from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The US Secretary of State John Kerry, takes questions from a live audience on a wide range of areas of American foreign policy.

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  • Zoran Milanovic 24 May 13

    Fri, 24 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to the Croatian Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic. On July 1st, Croatia will be the twenty eighth and newest member of the European Union. Zoran Milanović sees his country’s accession as a sign of the transformation from war torn land to stable democracy. However, both Croatia and the EU have serious economic problems. So, does either side really need the other?

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  • Alan Parker 22 May 13

    Wed, 22 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Sir Alan Parker, one of Britain's most experienced and successful film directors. His work ranges from the stomach churning realism of Midnight Express to the feel good entertainment of Bugsy Malone and Fame. He has never cared much for film critics and has always held strong views on the future of the film industry - in this digital age, are movies as central to our culture as they used to be?

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  • Alan Johnson 17 May 13

    Fri, 17 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Alan Johnson MP – UK Home Secretary 2009 – 2010. The British public appears increasingly alienated from mainstream politics and politicians - a phenomenon which can also be seen in other mature democracies. Stephen Sackur speaks to Alan Johnson, who held a series of cabinet posts in the last Labour Government. He's that rare breed, a politician who grew up in poverty and worked his way up from the bottom. Has today’s professionalised class of politicians lost touch with real life?

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  • Thomas Drake 15 May 13

    Wed, 15 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the highly-secretive National Security Agency in the US. His life changed when he decided to become a whistle-blower and leak to the media his concerns about the way in which the NSA was developing its surveillance strategy inside the United States. He became the subject of a long-running investigation which threatened to see him locked up for much of the rest of his life. His home was raided, his computers analysed, and he became a key figure in a wider Obama Administration drive to crackdown on leakers within the national security system. For Thomas Drake that meant years of anguish and uncertainty; but did he deserve it?

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  • 10 May 13 Zainab Bangura

    Fri, 10 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Zainab Bangura, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict who says that for too long wars have been waged on the bodies of women. Over the past two decades the list of war torn countries where women and children have been subjected to systematic rape and sexual abuse has grown shamefully long, from Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to Syria. HARDtalk asks - how can the most vulnerable be protected?

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  • 08 May 13: Pravin Gordhan

    Wed, 8 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Shaun Ley speaks to Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister. His national development plan seeks to raise more people out of poverty through economic growth. But his party, the ruling ANC, is facing an election, its union comrades are no longer playing ball, and growth has slowed. In reality, has the country Britain describes as Africa's economic powerhouse stalled?

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  • Lord Patten 3 May 2013

    Fri, 3 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to the Chairman of the BBC Trust, Chris Patten. Almost three hundred million people across the world consume BBC content every week. But does the corporation deserve your trust? After going through a prolonged internal crisis marked by serious internal failings, HARDtalk speaks to the ultimate overseer of the BBC. Lord Patten insists it's the best broadcaster in the world. Stephen Sackur asks if you should believe him.

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  • Lord Browne 1 May 2013

    Wed, 1 May 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Browne, who made his name and fortune in the oil industry, and in the process became one of Britain's best known business leaders. He was BP's boss for 12 years, where he expanded and diversified one of the world’s fossil fuel giants. He's still in the thick of the energy debate, backing a company eager to develop shale gas production in the UK. His career has been defined by the search for fossil fuel and economic sustainability. Can we have both?

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  • Jonathan Miller 29 April 2013

    Mon, 29 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Jonathan Miller. He has had a career of mind-boggling diversity and creativity that defies an easy label. He is best known as a director and producer of opera and theatre, but he is also a writer, performer, sculptor and photographer. He trained in medicine and sometimes seems more fulfilled by science than his life in the arts. Stephen Sackur asks why, after five decades as a dominant figure in British cultural life, he’s never seemed entirely at ease with his country or its culture.

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  • Ioannis Kasoulides 26 April 13

    Fri, 26 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Ioannis Kasoulides, the Foreign Minister of Cyprus. Cyprus is enduring the agonies of a financial and economic meltdown. But here's the really bad news for the Cypriot people - according to international economists their darkest days have yet to come. The island's economy is about to shrink dramatically, overseas investors are fleeing and the current Government is struggling to come up with a survival strategy. Who and what will save Cyprus?

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  • Carlos Gutierrez 24 April 2013

    Wed, 24 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Carlos Gutierrez - US Secretary of Commerce 2005 – 2009. The United States is a nation built by immigrants, but immigration is also an issue which has created deep divisions. As the United States Congress prepares to debate a plan that would offer a pathway to citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants, America’s conservatives face a question – are they ready to embrace their country’s new demographic reality?

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  • Christine Lagarde 22 Apr 13

    Mon, 22 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur travels to the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC to speak to its managing director, Christine Lagarde. The challenge right now, she says, is to move from a fragmented, 3 speed world economy to a full speed economy. It's a neat slogan, but how is it to be done?

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  • Mathieu Kassovitz 19 April 13

    Fri, 19 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Shaun Ley talks to Mathieu Kassovitz, the French actor and director. Mathieu Kassovitz has been a darling of French cinema for thirty years. Now he says "I'm out of this country" - and it's nothing to do with taxes. Frustrated with an industry that was indifferent to his latest movie, or with the politicians who furnish some of his least appealing characters? Or could it be the French themselves who've annoyed Mathieu Kassovitz? His newest film attracted an audience there of just 150 000 people. Has the actor-director tired of France, or have the French tired of him?

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  • Steffen Kampeter 17 April 11

    Wed, 17 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Shaun Ley talks to Germany's Deputy Finance Minister, Steffen Kampeter. His boss, Angela Merkel is a politician caught between a rock and a hard place. In Germany, a new party accuses her of doing too much to keep alive the hated Euro currency. Other eurozone members say her government is doing not enough, fearful of those domestic critics ahead of this autumn's federal election. Just how big a price is Germany prepared to pay to save the euro-project, and its own reputation?

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  • Jeremy Irons 15 Apr 13

    Mon, 15 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to one of Britain's most successful actors, Jeremy Irons. Best known for his portrayal of troubled, brooding upper class men, he is now made a film about the mountains of toxic waste polluting our planet. Could his strong opinions get him into trouble?

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  • Lord Saatchi 12 Apr 13

    Fri, 12 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Rarely does the death of a long retired politician prompt a genuinely worldwide reaction, but Margaret Thatcher was one of a kind. Britain’s first female prime minister transformed her own country, and provided the world with a model of market economics and conviction politics, which was inspirational to some, repellent to others. HARDtalk speaks to a man who played a key role in the creation of Thatcher-ism. Maurice, now Lord Saatchi, was the advertising guru who helped define, and sell, what she stood for. How enduring is the Thatcher legacy?

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  • Sir John Holmes 10 Apr 13

    Wed, 10 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Sir John Holmes, who was the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator during crises in Sudan, Sri Lanka and Haiti. In the midst of war or natural disaster humanitarian aid can make the difference between life and death. Since leaving the UN Sir John Holmes has been wrestling with a basic question - does humanitarian aid work, or does it all too often exacerbate conflict and entrench dependency? With international relief efforts now focused on the unfolding humanitarian disaster in Syria can we be confident that lessons from the past have been learnt?

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  • Mimoza Kusari-Lila 08 Apr 13

    Mon, 8 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister, Mimoza Kusari Lila. She was born and raised in Kosovo but left Pristina to study in the US. When she returned in 2001 Kosovo was in limbo, a war-torn NATO protectorate. Kosovo's progress has been slow. The long running conflict between the ethnic Albanian majority and the ethnic Serbian minority has not been resolved. Kosovo has a form of independence, but in the Serb stronghold around Mitrovica the Belgrade government continues to play a dominant role. Neither Kosovo nor Serbia will be welcomed into the European family of nations until they end their feuding. And without European investment and universal international recognition Kosovo's economy remains the poorest in all of Europe. Mimoza Kusari Lila is now minister of trade and industry but there's little prospect of economic transformation without a new relationship with Belgrade. How close is that?

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  • Patrick Chinamasa 05 Apr 13

    Fri, 5 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Patrick Chinamasa, Justice Minister of Zimbabwe and the first senior Zanu-PF figure to make an official visit to the UK in more than a decade. Zimbabwe's people have endorsed a new constitution, paving the way for elections due later this year. It's hoped that the political violence of recent years will not be repeated in the Presidential contest. But how much has really changed in the country?

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  • Daniel Dennett 01 Apr 13

    Mon, 1 Apr 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HardTalk's Stephen Sackur talks to philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett. He's been described as one of the four horsemen of the new atheism, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. Professor Dennett has written powerfully and extensively against religion by deploying evolutionary theory to argue that religion has outlived its usefulness and serves as nothing more than a block on human thought and understanding of the universe. Dennett's world view is based on the proposition that there is no grand design, no higher purpose beyond life itself - it satisfies him, but do human beings really want to live in a world where atheism rules and religion is dead?

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  • Robert Mood 29 Mar 13

    Fri, 29 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Norwegian general Robert Mood, who lead the 2012 UN supervision mission in Syria. It was the UN Security Council's effort to encourage both the Assad regime and the Syrian rebel forces to stick to a loose ceasefire agreement brokered by the then special envoy Kofi Annan. After worsening violence, the mission was first suspended then abandoned. Has inertia and division within the international community condemned Syria to a slow and agonising collapse?

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  • Alassane Ouattara 27 Mar 13

    Wed, 27 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zeinab Badawi talks to the President of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara. The Ivory Coast was once one of west Africa’s economic powerhouses. Today, the world’s biggest cocoa producer is trying to recover from the conflict that tore the country apart. Alassane Ouattara has the task of uniting a divided country. His critics accuse him of presiding over a victor’s justice and letting off supporters of his who are suspected of crimes. Are they right?

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  • Kishore Mahbubani 27 Mar 13

    Mon, 25 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HardTalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Kishore Mahbubani, one of a select band of international thinkers and commentators whose ideas fuel political debate from Washington DC to Beijing, from Berlin to Brazilia. He was born in Singapore to Indian parents. He had a long career in the foreign service of the Singapore government, twice serving as ambassador to the United Nations. Now he spends his time in academia, and on the international conference circuit, discussing his provocative ideas about the nature of globalisation and the changing balance of world power. His latest book is an antidote to the economic and political pessimism prevalent in the West - the world has never been more peaceful, nor more prosperous, he says, and as peoples converge around shared ideas and aspirations there is every prospect of a more international cooperation on the key challenges facing humanity. But is his optimism to be justified?

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  • Gareth Thomas 22 March 2013

    Fri, 22 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Welsh rugby legend, Gareth Thomas. He confronted one of the last great taboos in professional sport by publically revealing his homosexuality while still playing at the top level. His honesty won him admiration within and far beyond the world of rugby, but has he changed anything for other gay sportsmen? And what other awkward truths lie behind the public mask donned by sport’s elite performers?

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  • Victor Ponta 20 Mar 13

    Wed, 20 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zeinab Badawi speaks to Romania’s Prime Minister, Victor Ponta. At the end of 2013, Romanians will be able to live and work in any EU country they want to. All work restrictions imposed by some countries when Romania and Bulgaria joined the Union six years ago, will be lifted. There were worries then that workers from those two impoverished European states would flock to richer nations, and such concerns haven’t gone away. Victor Ponta is on a mission to restore his country’s image. Can he succeed?

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  • Kenneth Clarke 18 Mar 13

    Mon, 18 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    No one ever said it would be easy for British Prime Minister David Cameron – his government is an uneasy coalition, and his economic inheritance was disfigured by debt. But right now his biggest problems are coming from within. The Conservative Party is fractious; his authority has been challenged on everything from economic policy, to Europe, to his vision of progressive conservatism. Stephen Sackur speaks to veteran Conservative cabinet minister, Ken Clarke. Is Mr Cameron in danger of losing his grip?

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  • Theodor Meron 15 Mar 13

    Fri, 15 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HardTalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Theodor Meron, president of the war crimes tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He was born and raised in Poland, the son of a Jewish family torn apart by the Nazi genocide. He spent his childhood years working in a Nazi labour camp. Having survived and trained as a lawyer he specialised in humanitarian law. He was involved in the discussions which led to the creation of the International Criminal Court, which is now vested with powers to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of war crimes around the world. But does the system of international justice for the worst of crimes really work?

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  • Moncef Marzouki 13 Mar 13

    Wed, 13 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur visits the grand presidential palace in Tunis to speak to the Tunisian President, and former human rights campaigner, Moncef Marzouki. During his presidency, Tunisia’s status as the success story of the Arab uprising has been threatened by growing internal tensions. What has happened to Tunisia’s revolution?

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  • Lord Bilmoria 110303

    Mon, 11 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zeinab Badawi talks to Lord Bilmoria on HARDtalk. Britain and India are two countries united by two hundred years of shared history but now with an ever growing distance in ties. India is a rising global economic powerhouse: Britain a former imperial power in search of a global boost to its ailing economy. When the British prime-minister David Cameron visited India in February, he took a one hundred strong trade delegation with him. Amongst them was the Indian born British entrepreneur, Karan Bilimoria, who was founding chairman of the UK-India Business Council.

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  • Timo Soini 08 Mar 13

    Fri, 8 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HardTalk speaks to Timo Soini, longserving leader of Finland's populist, nationalist movement known as the Finns. He commands almost one-fifth of the seats in the Finnish parliament thanks to a stunning electoral advance in the election of 2011. His campaign was built upon hostility to the European Union in general, and the bail out of the Eurozone's debt-ridden southern periphery in particular. It's a party fuelled by popular anger with the status quo and the ruling elites in Helsinki and Brussels.

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  • Henry Winkler 06 Mar 13

    Wed, 6 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Henry Winkler talks to HardTalk's Stephen Sackur about his long career as an actor. He found international fame playing the Fonz, the cool dude at the centre of the US TV show Happy Days, which was a worldwide hit in the 70s and 80s. Winkler overcame undiagnosed dyslexia and an unhappy childhood to achieve success as a actor.

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  • A. B. Yehoshua 4 Mar 2013

    Mon, 4 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Tim Franks talks to Isareli author A. B. Yehoshua. Given the failure of the politicians and the diplomats, the militants and the liberals to resolve the Middle East crisis, what should we take from the words of the writer? A.B. Yehoshua is known as one of Israel’s great men of letters. His latest book is seen by some as a powerful allegory of the journey Israeli Jews need now to take. So can he chart a way through the quagmire? And why does he have such a low opinion of Jews outside Israel?

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  • Bernard Lynch 1 Mar 13

    Fri, 1 Mar 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Zeinab Badawi talks to Father Bernard Lynch, priest and psychotherapist. The Catholic Church has been rocked by controversies and surprise resignations in the past few weeks. Father Lynch is one of the Catholic church's few gay priests, he talks to Zeinab about the church's attitudes towards homosexuality. How will the church recover from these embarrassing blows at a time of historic transition?

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  • Gloria Steinem 27 Feb 13

    Wed, 27 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to one of the most influential women in the history of the modern feminist movement. Gloria Steinem grew up in an America where women were expected to put husband and children first. But that was never her intention. She forged a successful career as a writer . She co-founded Ms magazine; and she became one of the world’s best known campaigners for gender equality. So how much of what she hoped for and fought for, has been achieved?

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  • Jon Huntsman 25-02-13

    Mon, 25 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The US Republican Party is in a mess. Badly beaten in the race for the White House, seemingly out of touch with mainstream opinion on issues from immigration to gun control and in danger of being outmanoeuvred by President Obama in the continued stand-off over the federal budget. HARDtalk speaks to the former Republican candidate Jon Huntsman - a moderate frequently at odds with his own party. Is the American right on the wrong road?

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  • Mamphela Ramphele 22-02-13

    Fri, 22 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The political supremacy of the ANC in post-apartheid South Africa has never been seriously threatened - but could that be about to change? HARDtalk speaks to Mamphela Ramphele, anti-apartheid activist, prominent public figure and former partner of the late Steve Biko, one of the heroes of the liberation struggle. She's launched a new political movement with an outspoken attack on the failings of ANC governance. She says she's on a journey to realise South Africa's dreams, but how far will she get?

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  • Enrique Garcia

    Mon, 18 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sean Ley talks to Enrique Garcia, The veteran President of Latin America’s Development Bank. He says times have never been so good. But as the world slows, can growth be sustained? The region’s politicians are divided – talking about free trade deals for years even as some impose ever more restrictions on competition from the world outside. Which side will he come down on to make the good times last?

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  • Lucinda Creighton 15.02.2013

    Fri, 15 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Ireland currently holds the Presidency of the European Union; a symbolic leadership role in Europe at the very time it is struggling to emerge from the economic straitjacket imposed by the EU/IMF bailout of its economy. Stephen Sackur talks to Lucinda Creighton - Ireland's Minister of State for European Affairs. Can Dublin convince the world that it has bounced back from the brink of disaster?

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  • Fernando Carrera 13 Feb 13

    Wed, 13 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On this edition of HARDtalk, Zainab Badawi speaks to the newly appointed Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Fernando Carrera.The government of Guatemala has promised to tackle the high murder rate of a country living under the threat of gangs, organised crime and drug traffickers. Some have expressed fears that it could become a narco-state, with state institutions that are weak or corrupted by criminal activity. When President Otto Perez Molina took office just over a year ago he said the war on drugs has failed and that it is time to consider decriminalising them.

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  • Hossein Mousavian 11 Feb 13

    Mon, 11 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur’s guest on HARDtalk is a former Iranian nuclear negotiator, Hossein Mousavian.Can there be a negotiated way out of the high stakes stand-off between Iran and the West over the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions? A new round of talks is planned for later this month but the basic facts haven’t changed, Iran's enrichment programme gets ever more sophisticated, international sanctions on Tehran bite deeper and the warnings from the West grow darker. Does diplomacy have a chance?

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  • Mohammad Jawad 09 Feb 13

    Fri, 8 Feb 13

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Zeinab Badawi talks to renowned British plastic surgeon Dr Mohammad Jawad,who helps reconstruct the faces of women disfigured by acid attacks. He featured in an Oscar-winning documentary about his humanitarian work in his native Pakistan. His high public profile has helped raise awareness about the life-destroying nature of acid attacks in Pakistan and elsewhere in Asia but can it bring about real change and action to help bring down the level of such violence against women?

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  • Renzo Piano 06 Feb 13

    Wed, 6 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to the designer of one of London's newest and most controversial buildings, he Shard. Renzo Piano is one of the world's most accomplished and feted architects; and one used to dividing opinion. Back in the 1970s he designed Paris's€™ Pompidou Centre and since then has taken on high profile developments all over the globe. His latest creation is already loved, but it is also loathed. What does the Shard say about us? And why build it so big?

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  • Lord Ouseley 04 Feb 13

    Mon, 4 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    If football is the beautiful game then it risks being disfigured by an ugly scar: racism. Players, fans and administrators have all pledged their determination to kick racism out of the sport, but there's plenty of evidence to suggest the anti-racist rhetoric isn't working. Lord Ouseley, is a veteran equality campaigner who was appointed to a senior advisory role with the English Football Association. But now he's quitting - has football failed to tackle its race problem?

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  • Paul Bhatti 01 Feb 13

    Fri, 1 Feb 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to Paul Bhatti, a Government minister in Pakistan whose very job description seems deeply ironic given his country's current turmoil. Paul Bhatti is Pakistan's Minister for National Harmony- a job he accepted after his brother was assassinated whilst serving as Minorities Minister. The Bhatti family is from Pakistan's minority Christian community. What hope is there for national harmony in a country disfigured by extremist violence and endemic corruption?

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  • Mark Lynas 30Jan13

    Wed, 30 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    As part of the BBC’s WHAT IF season, HARDtalk talks to pro-GM campaigner and environmental author Mark Lynas asking “What If” genetically modified food is the solution to world hunger?

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  • Sir Nigel Sheinwald 28 Jan 2013

    Mon, 28 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In or out? For the next five years Britain's future in the European Union will be shrouded in uncertainty thanks to David Cameron's commitment to a referendum. He believes his dramatic gamble will pay off not just at home, but in Europe too - allowing him to recalibrate Britain's relationship with Brussels, will it work? HARDtalk speaks to Sir Nigel Sheinwald who was the UK's top diplomat at the EU, foreign policy adviser to Tony Blair, then Ambassador in Washington. Is the Cameron EU gambit in Britain's national interest?

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  • Mohamed El-Erian 25 Jan 2013

    Fri, 25 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Is it time for the doom-mongers to admit they were wrong about the world economy? The Eurozone is intact, the US hasn't plunged off that fiscal cliff and even the most stagnant economy of them all - Japan's - is showing signs of life. Could it be that Central bankers and politicians are finally ready to take bold decisions in their quest for growth? HARDtalk speaks to one of the world's most influential investors, Mohamed El Erian boss of the massive Pimco fund management business. Caution or confidence, which is winning out?

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  • Doreen Lawrence 23 Jan 2013

    Wed, 23 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On the 22nd April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered in South London. Stephen was black and his attackers were white. The killing and subsequent investigation exposed violent racism on Britain's streets and institutional racism within the British police force. Thanks in large part due to the tireless campaign of Stephen's mother Doreen Lawrence. Two of her son's killers were last year brought to justice. Laws have been passed and institutions reformed to combat racism but, two decades on, how much has really changed?

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  • Pascal Lamy 21st January 2013

    Mon, 21 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk travels to Geneva to the headquarters of the World Trade Organisation to meet the man who for the past eight years has been leading the crusade for global free trade. Pascal Lamy will leave the WTO later this year frustrated. The so called Doha round of negotiations designed to spread free trade to the developing world is in limbo. The flagging world economy has prompted a rise in protectionism. Has the march toward trade liberalisation ended in failure?

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  • Kiran Bedi 18 Jan 13

    Fri, 18 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi last month has prompted India to confront a disturbing truth: the country is failing to protect women from sexual violence. Kiran Bedi has seen the problem close up – she was the most senior female police officer in the Indian Police Service when she retired. Is India ready for the deep-seated changes that would make the country’s women less vulnerable?

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  • Joaquίn Almunia 16 Jan 13

    Wed, 16 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    EU officials in Brussels insist the worst of the Eurozone crisis is over; but is that relief premature? Europe’s debt mountain still casts a long shadow. Rising unemployment is fuelling anger on the streets. And Europe’s biggest nations are divided on the basic question – where next for the EU? Amid this uncertainty, big practical challenges remain – not least for the EU’s Competition Commissioner Joaquίn Almunia. Short term or long term, is there reason to be confident about the EU?

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  • Rupert Everett 14 01 13

    Mon, 14 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to an actor whose life is been flavoured with a twist of melodrama. Rupert Everett’s career has been marked by vivid highs and extreme lows. The same can be said of a personal life which at times featured copious amounts of sex, drugs and alcohol. He had Hollywood success but it was fleeting because, he says, the movie business remains biased against gay actors. He’s won a new audience as a writer and he’s planning to direct his first film. So has the wildness in Rupert Everett been tamed?

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  • Lord Heseltine 11 Jan 13

    Fri, 11 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Halfway through its parliamentary term Britain’s Conservative-led Coalition Government has a growth problem - the economy is flat; possibly heading for a triple dip recession. But how does a Government committed to fiscal austerity juice things up? HARDtalk speaks to Lord Heseltine, a former Conservative deputy prime minister who was last year commissioned by David Cameron’s Government to come up with a growth strategy. But on a range of issues from economic management to Europe, are today’s Tory leaders ready to heed this voice of experience?

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  • 7th January 2013 Mona Eltahawy

    Wed, 9 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur speaks to the Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy

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  • 8th January 2013 Fatih Birol

    Wed, 9 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Fatih Birol - the Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency

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  • Ian Thorpe 04 Jan 13

    Fri, 4 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Once in a while an athlete comes along whose feats capture the attention of the whole world. HARDtalk speaks to one of them - the extraordinary Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe – who at the height of his powers in 2006, quit the sport. Now Ian Thorpe has revealed that through the years of his Olympic triumphs and world records he was crippled by depression.

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  • Alan Moore 02/01/13

    Wed, 2 Jan 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Alan Moore is the graphic novelist behind the ghostly, bearded mask worn by computer hackers and Occupy protestors the world over. He has, in the past, championed graphic novels - book-length comics - for their effect on politics and culture. Tim Franks asks him why, in that case, is he now becoming disillusioned?

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  • Philip Glass 31 Dec 12

    Mon, 31 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to the composer Philip Glass about his groundbreaking opera 'Einstein On The Beach' and his search for the answer to the question 'what is music'?

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  • Dr Brooke Magnanti 28 Dec 12

    Fri, 28 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    As Belle de Jour, she achieved global notoriety for years, writing a blog about her sexual encounters as a high-class escort girl working in London. Now, after revealing herself to be an expert research scientist and no longer engaged in prostitution, Dr Brooke Magnanti, is calling for prostitution to be decriminalised and for moral arguments against the sex industry to be dismissed. But is she standing up for prostitutes or whitewashing a profession that is often harmful and degrading?

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  • Lewis Moody 08 Aug 12

    Wed, 26 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    There is no room for sentiment in elite sport. That is the lesson Lewis Moody learned when he captained England’s rugby team at last year’s World Cup in New Zealand. Never mind his 70 odd caps and reputation for wholehearted commitment, Lewis Moody came under heavy fire for England's poor performance on and off the field. In March this year he retired from the game which has dominated so much of his life - so, physically and mentally how heavy a toll has rugby taken on Lewis Moody?

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  • Geoffrey Nice 24 Dec 12

    Mon, 24 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In the 10 year life of the International Criminal Court every case prosecuted and every suspect charged has come from Africa. Why? The ICC is supposed to be the court of last resort for victims of egregious human rights abuse all over the world. Stephen Sackur talks to the British barrister Sir Geoffrey Nice who led the Hague tribunal prosecution of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević and asks if the ICC has been a disappointment?

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  • 21 Dec 12 Naguib Sawiris

    Thu, 20 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How far is the Arab world's most populous and influential country becoming polarised between Islamist and secularist forces? The current vote for a new constitution in Egypt has exposed divisions which at times have erupted into violence on the streets between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Hardtalk speaks to a leading member of Egypt's liberal and secular elite: Coptic Christian billionaire businessman and politician Naguib Sawiris. Who has a better claim to be democratic - the Islamists or their opponents?

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  • Dr Sima Samar17 DEC 12

    Mon, 17 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk talks to Dr Sima Samar, chairperson of Afghanistan's Human Rights Commission and her country's first ever Minister for Women's Affairs. She says, in comparison to neighbouring countries, Afghanistan's political system is more open to women.

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  • LEILA SHAHID 14 DEC 12

    Fri, 14 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to The Palestinian Authority envoy to the European Union, Leila Shahid. She says the most important issue for Palestinians is to have a functioning parliament and full statehood.

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  • JAN CHEEK 12 DEC 12

    Wed, 12 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Jan Cheek is one of the leaders of the 3000 islanders who are about to be asked to vote on whether there should be negotiations with Argentina. She says no but by what right do the Islanders insist they should stay linked to a country on the other side of the world?

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  • Jose Manuel Barroso 10 Dec 12

    Mon, 10 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Nobel Committee surprised many when it awarded this year's Peace Prize to the European Union. It said the EU had helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace. But the award comes at a time when, in the words of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the continent may be facing 'its most difficult hours since World War II'. Sarah Montague travels to Oslo to speak to the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Is Europe's economic crisis in danger of threatening its peace?

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  • Carlos Ghosn 07 Dec 12

    Fri, 7 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to the CEO of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn. Is the French car company adopting the right strategy in the current economic crisis in Europe?

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  • Mike Newell 07 Dec 12

    Thu, 6 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Sarah Montague talks to Mike Newell talks the British film maker with a successful Hollywood career. The director of 'Four Weddings and A Funeral' discusses his latest film 'Great Expectations'.

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  • Peter Voser 03 Dec 12

    Mon, 3 Dec 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The United States is about to become the world's largest producer of oil and gas. Quite remarkable for a country that only a few years ago was the world's largest importer of gas. It's a turnaround made possible by shale and it comes at a time of rapidly increasing demand from China, India and the Middle East. Peter Voser is the boss of Royal Dutch Shell one of the biggest energy companies in the world. With economies so thirsty for power, producers are being driven to new frontiers but at what cost?

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  • Jeh Johnson 30 Nov 12

    Fri, 30 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    How far will Barack Obama go in taking on critics who say the United States has abandoned its role as the global champion of human rights? America's counter-terrorism measures, after September 11 - including targeted killings and indefinite periods of detention without trial - have angered many. One former President, Jimmy Carter, has said the US has now lost its moral authority as a result. HARDtalk speaks to Jeh Johnson, the General Counsel of the US Defense Department, the Pentagon's top lawyer and a close ally of Barack Obama.

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  • Michael Woodford 28 Nov 12

    Wed, 28 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk speaks to the British businessman Michael Woodford, who rose to become chief-executive of one of the most iconic Japanese companies: the camera and medical equipment maker, Olympus. He then exposed fraud at the heart of its leadership and was sacked after thirty years of service. Three bosses of the Tokyo-based company subsequently admitted he was right and it emerged they had hidden one point-seven billion dollars in investment losses dating back to the 1990s.

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  • Frans Baleni 26 Nov 12

    Mon, 26 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    It's become known as the "marikana massacre" – thirty-four people were killed as police in South Africa opened fire on striking miners. For many it had echoes of Sharpeville in 1960 - one of the defining events which opened the world's eyes to the consequences of apartheid. For Frans Baleni, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, Marikana is a challenge - not just to his union, but to the whole post-apartheid political system in which the NUM has been a key player. Eighteen years after black South Africans won legal equality, is the violence evidence that the system has failed all but a tiny political elite? Shaun Ley talks to Frans Baleni.

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  • Kumi Naidoo 23 Nov 12

    Fri, 23 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For more than forty years Greenpeace has campaigned against environmental degradation. This month it’s mobilising its activists to make a stand on saving the planet at the UN climate change conference in Doha. Four decades on and with global warming slipping down the agenda is anyone listening to what Greenpeace have to say? HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi speaks to Kumi Naidoo, Executive-Director of Greenpeace International.

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  • Riad Hijab 11 12 11

    Wed, 21 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk travels to the Jordanian capital Amman, just 100km north of the Syrian border. Three months ago Riad Hijab crossed that border and became the most senior Syrian government official to defect from the regime of President Bashar al Assad. He had been appointed Prime Minister by President Assad in June but six weeks later he fled. Why? And is there a role for Baathist defectors in Syria's future?

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  • Vandana Shiva 19 Nov 12

    Mon, 19 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to the original tree hugger. The phrase was coined back in the seventies when she, along with a group of women in India, hugged trees to stop them from being chopped down. In the decades since, Vandana Shiva has become known throughout the world for her environmental campaigns. She says a billion people go hungry in the world because of the way greedy international companies go about their business. So is it a naïve world view or could we really end poverty and improve everyone's life by returning to old fashioned ways of farming?

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  • James Cracknell 16 Nov 12

    Fri, 16 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The double gold medal winning Olympic rower, James Cracknell tells Stephen Sackur how an accident which left him with a brain injury has changed his life and put his family relationships under strain. In July 2010,he was hit from behind by a petrol tanker whilst cycling during an attempt to cycle, row, run and swim from Los Angeles to New York within 16 days. He tells Stephen Sackur about how his injury has affected his relationship with his son and his wife.

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  • Radoslaw Sikorski 14 Nov 12

    Tue, 13 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The European Union’s formative years were shaped by a Franco-German motor. Could it be that when the EU finally emerges from its prolonged debt crisis a German-Polish partnership might play a dominant role? Poland’s economy is growing, as is its diplomatic clout, so it is significant that the Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski has backed Germany's vision of much deeper EU integration. But do Poles really want to cede their hard won sovereignty to Brussels and Berlin?

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  • Leonid Kozhara 9 Nov 12

    Fri, 9 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Eight years after the Orange Revolution, with some of the government’s leading critics serving long sentences in jail, is Ukraine turning its back on the offer of membership of the European Union? Tim Franks speaks to Leonid Kozhara, the man who advises the Ukrainian president on foreign policy.

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  • Hisham Qandil 07 Nov 12

    Wed, 7 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in Cairo to assess the state of Egypt’s post-revolutionary politics. Right now the report card is mixed. Egypt has a democratically-elected president but arguments over the framing of a new constitution have sparked clashes between rival Islamist and secular activists in Tahrir Square. Stephen Sackur speaks to Egypt's prime minister Hisham Qandil and asks is the new Egyptian government living up to the promise of the Tahrir revolution?

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  • Andreas Mavroyiannis 5 Nov 2012

    Mon, 5 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering unity in Europe. Ironically, the award was made during the current EU presidency of its only divided member: Cyprus. Since 1974, the island has been partitioned between its Turkish occupied North and the Republic of Cyprus, which joined the EU eight years ago. Cyprus is also presiding over the biggest crisis in the EU's history: potential financial meltdown triggered by indebted nations like Greece, and Cyprus itself. Zeinab Badawi speaks to Andreas Mavroyiannis,Deputy Minister for European Affairs for Cyprus. Does he believe the Peace Prize will boost confidence in the EU?

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  • Bob Shrum 2nd Nov 12

    Fri, 2 Nov 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Next Tuesday’s US presidential election promises to be the closest since the Bush Gore race ended in a dispute over hanging chads a dozen years ago. And Barack Obama could yet join the list of underwhelming one-term presidents. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to a veteran Democratic party consultant and campaign strategist, Bob Shrum and asks why President Obama is struggling to rekindle the enthusiasm he generated four years ago?

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  • Grover Norquist 31st Oct 12

    Wed, 31 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Mitt Romney and his Republican advisers claim momentum is on their side as the US presidential election enters the final stretch. Their unrelenting focus is on the ailing US economy and their claim that a Romney administration would rebuild America as a low tax, small government engine of economic enterprise. Grover Norquist is the founder of the advocacy group Americans for Tax reform -one of the most influential figures in Republican politics. Just how credible is the Romney rescue plan for America?

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  • Conrad Black 26 Oct 12

    Fri, 26 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    From global media baron to convicted criminal doing time in a Florida prison: the remarkable rise and fall of Conrad Black has made for years of lurid headlines, not least in the newspapers he used to own. Now Conrad Black, or Lord Black of Crossharbour as he is known in the UK, is a free man out to rebuild his reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. After a turbulent decade, Stephen Sackur asks him if is he a changed man?

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  • Richard Thaler

    Wed, 24 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Shaun Ley speaks to behavioural economist and discoverer of the "nudge" theory, Richard Thaler. Britain's Prime Minister is so impressed, he's set up a whole "nudge unit" in the heart of his government. So is the nudge guru teaching those in power how to encourage us to live better; or helping politicians to control us?

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  • Connie Hedegaard 19th October 2012

    Sat, 20 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to the European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard.

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  • Bernard Cazeneuve

    Wed, 17 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The grandeur of the French foreign ministry in Paris gives a sense of how France sees its role in Europe - it’s assumed here, Paris will have a dominant role in shaping the continent’s future. But how does that square with current reality? The French economy is in a mess, the public is apparently disillusioned with the EU and the new Socialist government has yet to define a clear vision for Europe's future. Stephen Sackur speaks to France's Europe minister Bernard Cazeneuve. Is France capable of leading Europe out of its current crisis?

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  • Michael O'Leary 12 Oct 12

    Fri, 12 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The aviation industry is in trouble. Fuel prices have soared, there’s been a drop in passenger numbers and some airlines have gone out of business but in Europe there’s one airline which is bucking the trend. The low-cost no-frills Ryanair carried almost 80 million passengers last year. Michael O’Leary is the pugnacious outspoken chief executive of Ryanair who has ambitions to make his airline even bigger but how far can he fly before he gets shot down? He talks to Stephen Sackur in Dublin.

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  • William Ruto 09 October 2012

    Wed, 10 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    With elections approaching in six months, many Kenyans are apprehensive. The last disputed presidential election resulted in violence claiming 1500 lives. Two of today's presidential candidates face charges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague as a result of their alleged involvement in the 2008 bloodshed. Stephen Sackur talks to one of them - former education minister, William Ruto.

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  • Musalia Mudavadi 03 Oct 12

    Wed, 3 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Kenya is a country with big ambitions -to be East africa's powerhouse economy, and as is being seen in Somalia - to be a dominant regional player. And yet Kenya's also a nation with deepseated problems. Its political culture is disfigured by violence,corruption is ingrained and poverty deep-rooted. Musalia Mudavadi is deputy prime minister and a presidential candidate. Which version of Kenya will prevail as the country prepares for national elections next year? Musalia Mudavadi talks to Stephen Sackur.

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  • Otmar Issing 1st October 2012

    Mon, 1 Oct 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Can the Euro be saved? Europe's leaders think so; its central bank says there's no limit to the money it’s prepared to spend to defend it. But is their solution in danger of destroying not just a currency but Europe's union, too? Otmar Issing fears so. As one of the most senior officials when the European Central Bank was founded, he helped bring the Euro into being. Until this year he advised Germany's Angela Merkel, and he remains one of Europe's most influential economic voices. When the Euro was being planned, Otmar Issing believed that political union was essential. Now he fears that centralising power in Brussels and Frankfurt and sharing financial risk could provoke a public backlash that would wreck both the currency and the continent.

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  • Jack Abramoff 28 September 2012

    Fri, 28 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In the lead-up to November's Presidential election in the United States, groups on the right and left are sounding the alarm at the influence of money on US politics. HARDtalk’s Katya Adler speaks to one guest who knows a lot about that. At the height of his career he made millions as a career lobbyist in Washington, wining, dining and influencing lawmakers. His fall from grace was dramatic and saw him publicly disgraced and imprisoned for fraud and bribery. A free man once again, Jack Abramoff says he is a reformed man, lobbying to correct what he describes as a corrupt system where he says his behaviour was and continues to be commonplace. Is he trying to make amends for his past or put the blame on others?

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  • Europe debate 26 Sep 12

    Wed, 26 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Europe’s economic crisis has pushed its governments further and faster down the road of economic integration than many might have expected. But it is also raising serious questions about countries' individual powers. At a time when the people of Europe say they've never trusted the EU less what is the European Union’s ultimate goal - to be a federal super-state or a looser union based on common economic goals? HARDtalk’s Katya Adler has gone to the European Parliament to talk to the leader of the British Conservative MEPs Richard Ashworth and to Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister, now the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

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  • Ashti Hawrami 24 Sep 12

    Mon, 24 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Kurds in Iraq are growing restless and impatient over the violence and open political rivalries in Baghdad, between Shias and Sunnis. Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region of four million is a haven of relative stability and prosperity and what's more has its own oil riches to exploit. HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi speaks to Ashti Hawrami. For the last six years, he's been Minister for Natural Resources in Kurdistan's regional government. Why are Kurds upsetting the central government by increasingly seizing control of their oil resources and exports? Do they have plans to breakaway?

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  • Welshman Ncube 21 Sep 12

    Fri, 21 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Have opposition politicians in Zimbabwe learned the lessons of the violent and disputed elections in 2008 in which Robert Mugabe and his party Zanu-PF outmanoeuvred the Movement for Democratic Change, and held onto power. The MDC has since been in an uneasy power-sharing government, in which its main leader Morgan Tsvangirai is prime-minister. But a breakaway MDC faction led by the Commerce and Industry Minister, Welshman Ncube, is splintering the opposition ahead of fresh elections due by next June. HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi speaks to Welshman Ncube and asks shouldn't the opposition be united to better oppose Zanu-PF?

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  • Hans Werner Sinn 19 Sep 12

    Wed, 19 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Germany's pivotal role in resolving the Eurozone crisis has sparked fierce international discussion but also deep rifts at home. HARDtalk’s Katya Adler speaks to Hans Werner Sinn, one of Germany's most influential and controversial economists, who is at the heart of that debate. Recently he joined forces with more than 100 colleagues to oppose any move towards Germany paying for the bank debts of other countries and appeared in front of the German constitutional court to criticise the EU bailout fund. Is he reflecting genuine public concerns or fueling Germans worst fears?

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  • Felipe Larrain 17 Sep 12

    Mon, 17 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Chile is South America's boom economy, growing at a rate which almost echoes that of China. Chile's key commodity is copper, for which China is the world's biggest importer. A perfect marriage. Only China is losing its appetite and Chile risks feeling the effect. So how will it cope? Shaun Ley speaks to the Chilean finance minister, Felipe Larrain and asks if the country is catching a cold.

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  • Pyotr Verzilov 14 Sep 12

    Fri, 14 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    To their critics they're publicity hungry blasphemers. To their minds they are feminist punk rockers protesting against what they say is Russian president Vladimir Putin's authoritarianism and sexism. When three members of the Russian band Pussy Riot were jailed in August, there was an international outcry. They were found guilty of hooliganism for staging an illegal performance early this year in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Pyotr Verzilov is the husband of one of the jailed activists, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Is Pussy Riot's high media profile the result of their shock tactics rather than real political clout?

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  • Tyler Hamilton 12 Sep 12

    Wed, 12 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For years, it's been one of the biggest questions in sport: did Lance Armstrong, the seven-time winner of cycling's greatest race, the Tour de France, dope? Armstrong has denied wrongdoing. But now a former teammate and roommate of Armstrong's, Tyler Hamilton, has produced the most detailed and wounding set of allegations yet. Tyler Hamilton tells Tim Franks about what he calls 'the dark era' of cycling.

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  • Maryam Al Khawadja 10th September 2012

    Mon, 10 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The future of the Gulf state of Bahrain remains uncertain after eighteen months of street protests inspired by the Arab Spring. Some of the most outspoken Bahraini critics of the ruling Al Khalifa family are behind bars, violent clashes between police and demonstrators continue. Maryam Al Khawaja is a prominent human rights campaigner, whose father was sentenced to life in prison for plotting to overthrow the government. Who will win the fight for Bahrain's future?

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  • Xavier Rolet 7th September 2012

    Fri, 7 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The 2008 banking crash prompted a prolonged crisis of confidence in the financial institutions and markets that underpin western capitalism. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic have tried to recalibrate the balance between risk and reward and to encourage genuine wealth creation rather than short term speculation. Xavier Rolet is the CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group. Have financial markets learned the right lessons from recent history?

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  • Raymond Tshibanda 05-09-12

    Wed, 5 Sep 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The grim threat of renewed conflict hangs over the Democratic Republic of Congo. An armed rebellion in the east - on the Rwandan border- has already forced hundreds of thousands to flee. The DRC army is in disarray and the Kinshasa government has been undermined by allegations of electoral fraud and corruption. Stephen Sackur talks to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raymond Tshibanda. What hope is there for the Democratic Republic of Congo?

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  • Tariq Al-Hashemi

    Fri, 31 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The conflict in Syria is fuelling sectarian tension across the Middle East. In neighbouring Iraq, a political and security crisis has deepened in the last year. At the heart of Iraq's instability Tarek al Hashimi - the country's vice president but right now a de facto fugitive in Turkey – is being tried in absentia on charges of sponsoring death squads inside Iraq. What hope is there for justice, or peace, in a region in the grip of sectarian strife?

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  • Brian Sayers 29 August 2012

    Wed, 29 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Western powers led by the United states would dearly like to deal with a well organised, united anti-Assad opposition in Syria; but right now there is no such thing. Which leaves the west's strategy tentative at best - supportive of the rebels, but not with arms; eager to see Assad ousted, but apprehensive about what will come after. HARDtalk speaks to Brian Sayers, chief Washington lobbyist for the Syrian Support Group, a collection of Syrian expatriates eager to back the rebels. Just how credible is Syria's opposition?

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  • Maajid Nawaz 27 Aug 12

    Mon, 27 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Maajid Nawaz is a British born Muslim who became a radical Islamist. He was arrested and imprisoned in Hosni Mubarak's Egypt but when he emerged from prison he renounced his former views and launched a campaign to counter Islamist ideology. To some he's a truth teller, to others a traitor. Stephen Sackur asks him to explain his extraordinary transformation.

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  • Rob Davies 24 Aug 12

    Fri, 24 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The labour unrest in South Africa’s platinum mines has claimed the lives of dozens and produced the kind of violence not seen since apartheid. The strike has driven up the cost of platinum prices and shaken investor confidence. It has also drawn the world’s attention to the low wages and poor working conditions of South Africa’s miners. Stephen Sackur talks to Rob Davies, South Africa’s Minister for Trade and Industry. Is the call to invest in Africa’s biggest economy being stifled by the rage against social and economic disparity?

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  • Angelique Kidjo 22 Aug 12

    Wed, 22 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Angelique Kidjo has been hailed as Africa's premier diva - known for the passion in her voice and her fierce determination to help African girls fulfil their potential. Three decades ago she had to leave her continent to become an international star. Stephen Sackur asks her how much Africa and its music scene has changed between then and now.

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  • Lord Hanningfield 20 August 2012

    Mon, 20 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The expenses scandal tarnished those at the very heart of British democracy. Some politicians in the Mother of Parliaments were shown to be greedy and a few criminal. A handful went to jail -- and one of those is the former Conservative peer and former leader of Essex County Council Lord Hanningfield. So why did he do it? Is there something fundamentally wrong with Britain's political culture -- and with those who go into politics? And what lessons can a lawmaker learn from prison?

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  • Lord Moynihan 17 Aug 12

    Fri, 17 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Lord Moynihan is the Chairman of the British Olympics Association and Director of the London Organising committee of the Olympic Games. London 2012 has been a resounding success - applauded at home and abroad but what can be done to ensure an enduring sporting legacy? British sports are celebrating their best collective performance in over a century so now that the Games are over, Katya Adler asks why has Lord Moynihan submitted his resignation?

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  • Sharon Bowles 15 Aug 12

    Wed, 15 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Eurozone crisis has been a test not only for Europe's politicians but also its institutions. The European Union's response to the economic turbulence in its midst has been criticised as too slow and ineffective. Sharon Bowles is a British Liberal Democrat and the Chair of the EU Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. She has a big say in how economic legislation is drafted, but will it work?

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  • Michael Barber

    Mon, 13 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The United Nations had hoped that by 2015 every child would be able to go to primary school. But the last time they reported on progress to that goal they said 69 million children were still not getting an education - most of those in sub-Saharan Africa. Michael Barber has advised governments around the world about education. He's now working for the international company Pearson. It recently announced it would invest millions in private schools for the world's poorest families. Is that the right way to tackle the problem or could it undermine what governments are trying to do?

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  • Mark Carney 10 Aug 12

    Fri, 10 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    London's reputation as a global financial centre has been tarnished yet again. This time another British bank, Standard Chartered, stands accused of irregularities. New York's top financial regulator claims the Bank carried out two hundred and fifty billion dollars of illegal transactions with Iran over the past decade. The Bank refutes the claim. This latest case follows on the heels of other scandals in the City of London. Moves are underway to tighten international banking regulation. So where does the problem lie? Zeinab Badawi talks to Mark Carney, who is in charge of steering these new rules as Chairman of the Financial Stability Board for the G20 Leading economies. He's also Governor of Canada's Central Bank.

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  • Nigel Farage 06 Aug 12

    Mon, 6 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Nigel Farage the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP)and self-styled scourge of the EU establishment in his role as a member of the European Parliament.

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  • Amos Gilad 01 Aug 12

    Wed, 1 Aug 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zeinab Badawi talks to Amos Gilad, Policy Director at the Israeli Defence Ministry. Upheaval in the Arab world, especially in Syria, means that political realities are still evolving in the Middle East. Is the Iranian threat and Syrian instability raising the tension inside Israel?

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  • Shiekh Hasina 30 July 2012

    Mon, 30 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sheikh Hasina has been prime minister of Bangladesh for the last three and a half years. It’s her second term in office and throughout her time at the top she’s attracted controversy and criticism in equal measure. Bangladesh is densely populated, desperately poor and riven with corruption and political violence. Back in 2009 Sheikh Hasina vowed to clean up government and heal the country’s divisions. Has she delivered?

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  • Nawal El Mutawakel July 27th 2012

    Fri, 27 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    At the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 a diminutive Moroccan runner named Nawal El Moutawakel won the 400 metres hurdles and so became the first Arab and Muslim woman to win Olympic gold. She says her victory changed her life forever and propelled her towards a career in sports administration and as a passionate advocate of women in sport, especially in the Islamic world. She’s now an influential member of the International Olympic Committee. With current IOC president Jacques Rogge due to step down next year, could she be in line to succeed him? Nawal El Moutawakel talks to Rob Bonnet.

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  • HT:Arnold Ekpe 25 Jul 12

    Wed, 25 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The World Bank predicts a decade of African growth which Europe can only dream of, but how realistic is this talk of economic transformation in the world’s poorest continent? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to Arnold Ekpe, CEO of Ecobank, which boasts eight million customers across 32 Sub-Saharan nations.

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  • ET: Jonathan Edwards 23 Jul 12

    Mon, 23 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Extratime talks to the triple jump gold medallist Jonathan Edwards. He's the athletes represntative on the London Olympics Organising Committee overseeing preparations for the Games. Meanwhile his world record in the triple jump still stands after 17 years. Can anyone at the London Games beat his mark? Jonathan Edwards talks to Rob Bonnet

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  • Baaba Maal 20 Jul 2012

    Thu, 19 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Baaba Maal is maintaining a West African tradition: he is an internationally renowned musician with a strong political voice, likle Fela Kuti and Yousso N’Dour before him. Baaba Maal's campaigning touches on sensitive territory from women's rights to HIV and climate change. Africa is currently a jarring mix of rapid economic growth and life-threatening poverty - as the continent changes, is the music changing too?

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  • James Robinson 18 Jul 2012

    Wed, 18 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Why do some nations thrive while others fail? What does Norway have which Mali lacks? The renowned Harvard academic James Robinson is adamant one factor determines economic success much more than all others: the development of resilient, inclusive political institutions. The idea is political freedom begets prosperity. Stephen Sackur asks him if that is always true.

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  • HT:Jocelyn Bell Burnell 16 Jul 12

    Mon, 16 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to the astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell about being a scientist in a man's world and tells him why she has learned to live with missing out on a Nobel Prize.

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  • Paul Kagame 13 Jul 12

    Fri, 13 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zeinab Badawi challenges Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, about UN allegations that his country has been supporting an armed group in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • Karel De Gucht 11 Jul 12

    Wed, 11 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur talks the EU trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. As Europe struggles to keep Greece in the Euro and world trade faces an uncertain future, how is the EU going to come out of the economic crisis?

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  • Femi Kuti 09 JULY 2012

    Mon, 9 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    As Africa's most populous nation and one of its biggest oil producers, Nigeria is a giant on the African stage. But in terms of prosperity it's never fulfilled the expectations of its people. Zeinab Badawi talks to musician and political activist Femi Kuti, son of the late legendary musician Fela Kuti. He's a constant thorn in the side of the authorities, and uses his songs to criticize government and speak up on behalf of the poor and dispossessed. But with fantastic rates of growth in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, is Femi Kuti, being overly pessimistic about Nigeria's prospects?

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  • Ghazi Hamad 06 July 2012

    Fri, 6 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The election of a Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi as president of Egypt will have an impact not only on Egypt but also elsewhere in the Middle East. Nowhere more so perhaps than in Gaza. There, Hamas, which is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has ruled for five years. Zeinab Badawi speaks to Ghazi Hamad, deputy foreign minister for Hamas in Gaza. At loggerheads with the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank and viewed by Israel as a terrorist organisation, will the new dynamics of power in Egypt better serve the cause of peace and reconciliation in the Middle East or merely exacerbate the tensions?

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  • Niall Ferguson 04 Jul 12

    Wed, 4 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Sarah Montague talks to the economic historian Niall Ferguson about the prospects for banking reform in the UK and USA after the investigation into Barclays and the manipulation of LIBOR rates by some banks.

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  • Lynton Crosby 02 July 2012

    Mon, 2 Jul 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Electoral politics is a bloodsport and some of the toughest fighters in the game are the campaign strategists who hone and sell the their candidates' message. Australian Lynton Crosby is widely regarded as one of the masters of the darker political arts, running winning campaigns in his native Australia for former prime minister John Howard. In the UK he twice helped Boris Johnson win the London Mayor's office. Opponents on the left have accused him of using grubby, divisive methods to further a conservative agenda.

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  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt 29 Jun 12

    Fri, 29 Jun 12

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Hardtalk is in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, which for the past six tumultuous months has held the presidency of the European Union. In that time, the number of Eurozone countries seeking an emergency financial bailout has risen to five. On the eve of yet another crisis summit, EU leaders face decisions that could make, or break the common currency. Stephen Sackur speaks to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark’s Prime Minister. Is the dream of a common European future from Scandinavia to the Aegean well and truly over?

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  • Gehad El-Haddad

    Wed, 27 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Mohamed Morsi has made history by becoming Egypt's first freely elected president, but how much power has he won? The image of tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters savouring victory in Tahrir Square can’t disguise the fact that Egypt is still governed by a military clique. Stephen Sackur talks to Gehad El-Haddad, an adviser to the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. With Parliament dissolved, no new constitution written and the generals ringfencing their powers, has Egypt’s revolution run out of road?

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  • Dr Steve Peters 25 June 2012

    Mon, 25 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    With the London Olympics just weeks away, athletes are completing their final preparations - and that means fine tuning the mind as well as the body. In elite sport the title 'head coach' increasingly refers to the specialist hired to get inside the athlete's head to instil a winning mentality. Stephen Sackur talks to the psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, consultant to the British Olympic cycling team and a highly prized adviser to a host of other famous sporting names. Is winning really all in the mind?

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  • Beeban Kidron

    Fri, 22 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Cannes Film Festival was criticised this year when all 22 films in the competition were directed by men. But Hollywood is not much better – a recent study found that less than 10% of its directors were women. Sarah Montague talks to Beeban Kidron, one of the few to have made the big time. She directed the second Bridget Jones movie, ‘The Edge of Reason’. But most of her other films concern far more radical material: a documentary about the anti-nuclear women protesters at Greenham Common, a TV adaptation of the lesbian novel ‘Oranges are not the only fruit’ and her latest documentary about India’s “sacred” prostitutes. Is it women and the choices they make that interest her the most?

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  • Chuka Umunna 20 June 12

    Wed, 20 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Across Europe, politicians are struggling to answer a simple question; how does the continent find a way back to sustainable economic growth? Stephen Sackur talks to the UK Labour Party's top business spokesman, Chuka Umunna. He says active Government can revive and reshape capitalism. Are business leaders or the public ready to believe him?

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  • Meir Dagan 18 June 2012

    Mon, 18 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Israel's secret service, the Mossad, is regarded as one of the most resourceful and ruthless intelligence agencies in the world. But are Israel's top spies on the same page as the country's politicians when it comes to an assessment of the threat posed by Iran? Stephen Sackur speaks to Meir Dagan, director of Mossad until a year and a half ago.

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  • Wayne McGregor 15 June 2012

    Fri, 15 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Wayne McGregor is known for pushing boundaries in an art form usually associated with traditional entertainment. Once known as the bad boy of ballet he has been the resident choreographer in one of the dance world’s pillars of establishment, the Royal Ballet in London’s Covent Garden, for six years. Katya Adler asks if this is why he remains the maverick inside the ballet establishment.

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  • Ali Ashgar Soltanieh 13 June 2012

    Wed, 13 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Iran's nuclear power programme has been a source of international tension for the past decade. At no point has it been able to shrug off the suspicion that its pursuit of nuclear energy is also an effort to make nuclear weapons. Iran insists it has no such ambitions but many of the world's major powers remain unconvinced and Israel is warning it will attack. Katya Adler talks to Dr Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA.

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  • Paul McKeever 10 Jun 12

    Mon, 11 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The police in Britain, used to being revered, respected and admired at home and abroad, find themselves under a heavy black cloud. With allegations of bribery and corruption denting trust, the force now also faces dramatic cuts to its budget and changes to its structure. HARDtalk’s Katya Adler speaks to the chairman of the Police Federation in England and Wales and a long-serving officer. Paul McKeever says proposed government reforms could lead to the destruction of the police as we know it. But with the force untouched by change for decades, is now not an ideal opportunity to shape up for the challenges of the 21st century?

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  • Francoise Barre Sinoussi

    Fri, 8 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Could we soon see a cure for HIV/Aids? Francoise Barre-Sinoussi thinks so. She's the Nobel Prize-winner who helped first identify the virus 30-years-ago. She argues that the need to pour money into fighting one of the world's most deadly diseases is as great as ever.

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  • Tracey Emin 06 Jun 12

    Wed, 6 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HARDtalk,Stephen Sackur speaks to Tracey Emin, the British artist of international renown. She’s made an extraordinary journey from wild youth to pillar of the cultural establishment – just how blurred is the line between her art and her life?

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  • Tim Rice 04 June 12

    Mon, 4 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Gavin Esler talks to Sir Tim Rice, one of the greatest lyricists of his generation. He's written the lyrics for musicals such as Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Lion King.

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  • Paul Krugman 01 Jun 12

    Fri, 1 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk Sarah Montague talks to the Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman. What debt-ridden governments should be doing, he says, is borrowing more to spend their way out of trouble.

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  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt 28 Jun 12

    Fri, 1 Jun 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur is in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, which for the past six tumultuous months has held the presidency of the European Union. In that time, the number of Eurozone countries seeking an emergency financial bailout has risen to five. On the eve of yet another crisis summit, EU leaders face decisions that could make, or break the common currency. Stephen Sackur speaks to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark’s Prime Minister. Is the dream of a common European future from Scandinavia to the Aegean well and truly over?

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  • Yiannis Milios 30 May 12

    Wed, 30 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Gavin Esler speaks to Yiannis Milios, the top economic advisor of Syriza, Greek's radical left coalition party. If Syriza wins the re-run election on June 17th, do they really believe they can stay in the Eurozone while tearing up the rules?

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  • HT:Bruce Dickinson

    Mon, 28 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Iron Maiden is one of the most successful heavy metal bands ever. They've sold more than 80 million albums and tickets for their live shows sell faster now than at any point in their thirty years as a band. HARDtalkâ¿¿s Sarah Montague speaks to the bandâ¿¿s lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, who, when he's not on stage is a commercial pilot trying to set up his own aviation business.

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  • Robin Gibb 25 May 12

    Fri, 25 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Last week saw the death Robin Gibb, a musician who did much to define the pop music of the 70s and 80s with the Bee Gees. Eighteen months ago, Robin Gibb joined Stephen Sackur in the HARDtalk studio.

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  • Grigory Yavlinsky

    Wed, 23 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to Grigory Yavlinsky, a veteran leader of Russia's fragmented opposition. Despite sporadic street protests and the stirrings of middle class rebellion, Vladimir Putin is back in the Kremlin. Why do liberal opponents of Putin struggle to gain traction?

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  • Guy Scott 04 May 12

    Tue, 22 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    At last Sub Saharan Africa has a positive economic story to tell, but is it being matched by improved governance? Are Africa's leaders making best use of the current surge in economic growth to tackle endemic poverty? Stephen Sackur speaks to Guy Scott, recently appointed vice-president of Zambia. He's a trained scientist, an ex-farmer, and he happens to be the most senior white official in post-colonial Africa. It's tempting to see him as a symbol of a continent no longer trapped in its past, but is it true?

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  • Louis Saha 21 May 12

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to Louis Saha, a French international striker, currently playing foorball for Spurs in the English Premier League. His is the view from inside the football factory - has the joy been taken out of the beautiful game?

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  • Michalis Sarris 18 May 12

    Fri, 18 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to Michalis Sarris, chairman of the Cyprus Popular Bank and former Minister of Finance. A mountain of banking debt, a weak Government, an angry public - could Cyprus be the next domino to fall in this Eurozone crisis?

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  • Sir William Patey 16 May 12

    Wed, 16 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Sir William Patey who has just retired from his post as British ambassador in Kabul. Did the West get the balance between war and diplomacy fundamentally wrong in Afghanistan?

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  • Nasser Judeh 14 May 12

    Mon, 14 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Jordan has survived the Arab Spring relatively unscathed, perhaps because its ruler has promised reform. But critics say King Abdullah is buying time and is not serious. Jordan is seen as critical to peace in the region not least because of its neighbours: Syria, Iraq and Israel. HARDtalk asks - how much time does Jordan have?

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  • Norman Finkelstein 11 May 12

    Fri, 11 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sarah Montague talks to political scientist Norman Finkelstein who says that American Jews have fallen out of love with Israel. But then he is nothing if not controversial. Norman Finkelstein is famous for accusing Jews of exploiting the Holocaust. Could he be right about American Jews and Israel, and if so, what does that mean for Middle East policy?

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  • Ronald Cohen 09 May 12

    Wed, 9 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Sir Ronald Cohen who is chair of Big Society Capital. He's one of Britain's most innovative business leaders, a pioneer of venture capitalism, who is now committed to the idea of social investment, or capitalism with a conscience. Can the private sector combine a commitment to profit and the public good?

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  • Nhial Deng Nhial 02 May 12

    Wed, 2 May 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Nhial Deng Nhial, the South Sudanese Foreign Minister. South Sudan is currently in talks over the border demarcation with Sudan but will the two countries fall into a bloody conflict?

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  • John Sulston 30 Apr 12

    Mon, 30 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Sir John Sulston. The British Nobel Prize winning scientist talks about his ground breaking work into genetics using nematode worms and his current interest in climate change and population control.

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  • HT:Oleg Deripaska 25 Apr 12

    Wed, 25 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Russian businessman and billionaire Oleg Deripaska talks to Stephen Sackur about doing business in his home country and the challenges it faces in the current economic and political climate.

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  • Zoe Wanamaker 23 Apr 12

    Mon, 23 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur is at the Globe Theatre in London - a recreation of the theatre where William Shakespeare honed his theatrical genius in the late sixteenth century. He speaks to actor Zoë Wanamaker, honorary president of the Globe, which was built thanks to the tireless efforts of her father, the American actor and director, Sam Wanamaker.

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  • Peter Keen 20 Apr 12

    Fri, 20 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to Peter Keen, Performance Director for UK Sport. In Beijing four years ago, his strategies helped deliver a record medal haul for team GB, in London the aim is to do even better. But has the cult of winning gone too far?

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  • FW De Klerk 18 Apr 2012

    Wed, 18 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to South Africa's last white president, F.W. de Klerk, a co-recipient of the Nobel peace prize with Nelson Mandela. Is the rainbow nation living up to its promise?

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  • Paul Conroy 16 Apr 12

    Mon, 16 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Paul Conroy is a freelance photojournalist. He was injured during the bombardment of Homs, Syria where two journalists caught in the same attack died. He tells Stephen Sackur why he risks life and limb to tell a story.

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  • Ali Dizaei 11 Apr 12

    Wed, 11 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur speaks to perhaps the UK's most controversial police officer - a commander in London's Metropolitan police and a convicted criminal. Ali Dizaei portrays himself as a victim; the courts decided he was a rogue cop - what does his rise and fall say about British policing?

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  • Michael Frayn 09 Apr 12

    Mon, 9 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to Michael Frayn, a renowned playwright whose work has ranged from high farce to cerebral intensity. But he's also an acclaimed novelist and an accomplished translator from the Russian of Chekhov and Tolstoy. Throughout his writing career he's mixed high seriousness with a wicked sense of the absurd. Is laughter an essential tool for the serious writer?

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  • Hamid Al-Bayati 06 Apr 12

    Fri, 6 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Should Iraq be doing more to end the bloodshed on its doorstep or does it have its own vested interest in keeping Syria's president Assad in power? Tim Franks talks to Hamid Al-Bayati, Iraq's Ambassador to the United Nations.

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  • Juergen Stark 4 Apr 12

    Tue, 3 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Juergen Stark who was - until his shock resignation last year - a key figure on the board of the European Central Bank. He quit because he disagreed with the ECB's crisis management. Much has changed in the last few months, but has the eurozone really been saved?

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  • Sir Alan Ayckbourn 02 Apr 12

    Mon, 2 Apr 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Sir Alan Ayckbourn is often described as the most performed living playwright in the world. After more than 50 years of writing and directing, what is it about Alan Ayckbourn that can still fill theatres around the world? Sarah Montague finds out.

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  • Nabeel Rajab 30 Mar 12

    Fri, 30 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Nabeel Rajab - the director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights. Nabeel's one of Bahrain’s most outspoken human rights activists. A year ago revolution was in the air in the Gulf Kingdom - what about now? After months of violence which killed dozens of protestors, the Bahraini king commissioned an independent inquiry - then he promised to implement sweeping reforms. Has this strategically vital Gulf monarchy successfully reformed itself from within?

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  • Len McCluskey 28 Mar 12

    Wed, 28 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    For Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Len McCluskey, the leader of the UK's biggest union, UNITE. Britain has already seen the first skirmishes in what could be a protracted battle between the Cameron-led coalition government and organised labour. Len McCluskey talks of defending workers’ rights within the law, and outside it if necessary. How far is he prepared to go?

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  • Frank Chikane 26 Mar 12

    Mon, 26 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Frank Chikane, former South African Presidential aide. He's the ultimate insider of South African politics and talks about the difficult time when Thabo Mbeki was removed as South Africa's president.

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  • Mark Walport 23 Mar 12

    Fri, 23 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk comes from Portmeirion in North Wales, Stephen Sackur talks to Sir Mark Walport the Director of the Wellcome Trust. One of the world’s most important funding institutions for biomedical research it distributes close to a billion dollars’ worth of grants every year. Much of it goes to cutting edge genetic research which promises to transform human healthcare, but also raises profound ethical questions.

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  • Aimee Mullins 21 March 12

    Wed, 21 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in New York City. Stephen Sackur talks to Aimee Mullins - a woman who has spent her life challenging assumptions that go with the label 'physically disabled'. She had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was just a year old. She went on to become a champion athlete, an actor and highly paid model.

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  • Otis Williams 19 Mar 12

    Mon, 19 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    David Eades talks to Otis Williams, the sole constant in the life of one of the most successful groups in Motown history: The Temptations. The group's record sales tell a story of extraordinary success. And yet, if rock and Roll was about sex and drugs, Motown was all that and more.

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  • Mohamed Waheed 16 Mar 12

    Fri, 16 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Maldives - which promotes itself as an Indian Ocean tourist heaven - is currently experiencing a form of political hell. Street protests, sporadic violence and parliamentary chaos all followed the resignation earlier this year of President Mohamed Nasheed in what he claims was a de facto coup. Stephen Sackur talks to the current Maldives president, Mohamed Waheed, who says his goal is to unify the nation. But how can he when he stands accused of undermining Maldivian democracy?

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  • Abdel El-Menawy 14Mar12

    Wed, 14 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Abdel Latif al Menawy who was the news chief at Egypt's state broadcaster before and during the revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak. Is the Arab world ready for a truly free media?

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  • Said Ferjani 12 Mar 12

    Mon, 12 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In Tunis for HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Said Ferjani, a member of the Ennahda political bureau. He experienced imprisonment, torture and exile under the former Tunisian president Zine Ben Ali's regime. Ferjani's Ennahda party won the most seats in 2011's post-revolutionary election.

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  • Moncef Marzouki 09 Feb 12

    Fri, 9 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk is in Tunisia a year after the revolution which gave birth to the Arab Spring. Stephen Sackur meets Moncef Marzouki - a man who has undergone an extraordinary transformation from political prisoner and dissident exile to president of the Republic. He now heads a coalition government of Islamists and secularists. The country has become the test bed for the new politics of the Arab world. Can Tunisia make a success of its revolution?

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  • Jacqueline Wilson 07 Mar 12

    Wed, 7 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The best-selling children's author Jacqueline Wilson talks to Sarah Montague on HARDtalk about why she writes about children in unhappy and difficult situations and the responsibility she has to set a good example for her young and impressionable readers.

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  • Nana Akufo Addo 05 Mar 12

    Mon, 5 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Ghana has been hailed as a shining example to all of Africa - a model of democracy, decent governance and responsible economic management in a continent struggling to fulfil its potential. But if Ghana looks like a success story to outsiders how does it look to Ghanaians themselves? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to the leader of the main opposition party and candidate for President Nana Akufo Addo. Can Ghana use its resource wealth and inward investment to benefit the many, not just a few?

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  • Egemen Bagis 2 Mar 12

    Fri, 2 Mar 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Turkey is a rising power in a strategically vital region, but does it have the ability to shape events beyond its borders? Officials in Ankara would like to see Turkey inside the EU and providing leadership in the Middle East, but both goals remain elusive. Stephen Sackur talks to Egemin Bagis, Turkey's Minister for Europe. His country is flexing some diplomatic muscle, but is it having the desired effect?

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  • David Miliband 28 Feb 12

    Wed, 29 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Politics can be a cruel business. No one knows that better than Britain’s former foreign secretary David Miliband. He was hot favourite to lead the UK’s Labour party after its dismal 2010 election defeat, but he lost out to his own younger brother Ed. His steady rise to the political summit was halted, but he remains a Labour MP, and he still makes carefully timed interventions in foreign policy and national politics. Without the trappings of power how does David Miliband maximise his influence?

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  • Georges Chikoti 26 Feb 12

    Mon, 27 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This year marks the tenth anniversary of the end of Angola's devastating post-independence civil war. What a difference a decade makes. Angola is now one of Africa's powerhouse economies, enjoying growth that puts the west to shame, exploiting China's insatiable demand for commodities, especially oil. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Angola's foreign minister, Georges Chikoti. For Angola and Africa, this is an era of opportunity - will it be seized or squandered?

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  • President Museveni 23 Feb 12

    Fri, 24 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In this special edition of HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur speaks to the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, currently on a visit to London. He took power in Kampala at the head of a rebel army in 1986 - he’s delivered stability and economic progress in a country previously laid low by brutal dictatorship. But in recent years, he’s faced questions about his commitment to democracy and human rights. When he took power, he said Uganda, and Africa’s, problem was leaders overstaying their time in power – has he fallen into the same old trap?

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  • Eugenia Tymoshenko 21 Feb 12

    Wed, 22 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This summer Ukraine is co-hosting the European football championships, but don't be deceived by the sporting camaraderie - Ukraine's political relationship with the EU is in crisis. The most pressing dispute concerns Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister imprisoned for seven years after a trial dismissed as a political charade by many in the West. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter, Yevgenia. What does the Tymoshenko story say about Ukraine?

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  • Fawzia Koofi 20 Feb 12

    Mon, 20 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Tim Franks talks to Fawzia Koofi, an MP in the Afghan parliament who has been a prominent national figure since she was first elected in 2005. She's already survived several assassination attempts. So what - in that case - does she believe she can achieve in running for the presidency of her country, the year after next?

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  • Sir Clive Woodward 17 Feb 12

    Fri, 17 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Sir Clive Woodward, coach of England’s World Cup winning rugby team in 2003 and now performance director for the British Olympic Team preparing for London 2012. Are sporting champions born or made?

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  • HT:15 Feb 12 Paul Volcker

    Wed, 15 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is in the financial heart of New York City to meet one of the country’s most respected and enduring policy makers. Paul Volcker was chairman of the Federal Reserve in the Reagan years and in all he served five presidents, most recently advising the Obama administration in regulating the banks and engineering an economic recovery. America has lost its economic swagger; Stephen Sackur asks - can it get it back?

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  • John McCain

    Mon, 13 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Stephen Sackur talks to Senator John McCain. Four years ago he challenged Barack Obama for the presidency and lost. This time around is the Republican party in any better shape to take back the White House?

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  • 09 Feb 12

    Fri, 10 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Tim Franks speaks to John Fahey, the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency. What can WADA do to combat what it sees as the growing role of organised crime in the trafficking of performance enhancing drugs?

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  • 08 Feb 12

    Wed, 8 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    South Sudan became independent last July after a five-decade war against the north. But hostilities between the two countries are pushing them to the brink of war. Zeinab Badawi speaks to the UN Head of Mission for South Sudan Hilde Johnson. Is the country effectively already a failed state?

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  • Vladimir Yakunin 06 Feb 12

    Mon, 6 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Barring a miracle, Vladimir Putin will soon be back where he thinks he belongs; inside the Kremlin as Russia's elected President. But the cracks are beginning to show in the House of Putin...protests about the failings of Russian democracy are getting louder; Moscow's foreign policy runs the risk of dangerous isolation and Russia's economy is heavily reliant on high energy prices. Vladimir Yakunin is the boss of state owned Russian Railways and a close Putin ally. Is Putinism taking Russia down the wrong track?

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  • Mary King 03 Feb 12

    Fri, 3 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    There aren't many sportspeople who have competed in their fifties and are on course to be challenging for a medal at their sixth straight Olympic Games. That's the achievement of Mary King - Britain's most cherished three-day eventer. But her profile more broadly is low - equestrianism, even in one of its traditional homes - the United Kingdom - rarely makes it on to the sports pages. It's fans say that's unfair - few sports are greater tests of courage and concentration. It's detractors say it's a hobby for the privileged few. Who is right?

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  • 01 Feb 12: Gene Sharp

    Wed, 1 Feb 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Gene Sharp is a political thinker whose influence is now spoken of in same breath as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. But he is no platform speaker or figurehead at a demonstration. Rather, a quietly spoken political philosopher who's been writing about non-violent struggle for 50 years. His most celebrated pamphlet From Dictatorship to Democracy, is now grabbing attention around the world. He's been hailed as having helped mould protest movements from Burma to Serbia to Egypt. What is it that Gene Sharp has been able to unlock?

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  • Edwin Cameron 30 Jan 12

    Mon, 30 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Living openly as a gay man in socially conservative Africa is hard enough; but Edwin Cameron, went even further. He was the first public official in South Africa to reveal his HIV positive status. Nelson Mandela appointed him a judge and he now serves on South Africa's Constitutional Court. With high levels of homophobia on the continent why are gay activists like him losing the argument?

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  • Gus O'Donnell 27 Jan 12

    Fri, 27 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Gus O'Donnell has been at the heart of government in Britain for 30 years, working closely with the last four British prime ministers. He was John Major's press secretary; under Tony Blair he took on the top job in the civil service, a position he held when Gordon Brown took over. And that meant that at the last election he was the one overseeing the negotiations for Britain's first full coalition government since the Second World War. After nearly two years with David Cameron as prime minister he has now retired. And with his former role being split into three jobs - does even the man who signed his letters by his initials G.O.D - recognise he was just too powerful?

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  • Sir Patrick Stewart 25 Jan 12

    Wed, 25 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Patrick Stewart is instantly recognisable to millions around the world as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise and Professor Charles Xavier of X-Men. But after 17 years in Hollywood, he's turned his back on it to return to England, and to Shakespeare and the theatre. So why choose small audiences and venues over the glamour of Hollywood?

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  • Wadah Khanfar 23 Jan 2012

    Mon, 23 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Wadah Khanfar was the Director General of Al Jazeera Television during the Arab Spring, one of the most tumultuous periods in modern Middle Eastern history. HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi asks him whether the network was as balanced as it claims to be?

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  • Steve McQueen

    Fri, 20 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen talks to Zeinab Badawi about his new film Shame. His second feature has drawn much controversy over his portrayal of sex addiction in modern day New York. But does sex addiction really exist?

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  • HT:Basma Kodmani 18 Jan 12

    Wed, 18 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Bassma Kodmani sits on the Executive Committee of the Syrian National Council. Sarah Montague asks her is she thinks it is time for international intervention in Syria?

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  • HT:Zoltan Kovacs 16 Jan 12

    Mon, 16 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Minister for Communication in the Hungarian Government explains to Zeinab Badawi why his country has made such contraversial constitutional changes.

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  • Cheng Siwei 13 Jan 12

    Fri, 13 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Zeinab Badawi talks to the prominent Chinese economist Cheng Siwei. In 2011 thousands of workers went on strike in China demanding more pay and the country's growth has slowed. Zeinab Badawi asks Cheng Siwei if China's economic miracle is showing its first signs of real vulnerability.

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  • Olli Rehn 11 Jan 12

    Wed, 11 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Hardtalk is in Brussels to talk to Olli Rehn - Europe's Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs. Sarah Montague asks Olli Rehn whether Europe's leaders are any closer to resolving the crisis in the Eurozone and can the Euro survive?

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  • Devi Shetty 9 Jan 12

    Mon, 9 Jan 12

    Duration:
    24 mins

    On Hardtalk, Stephen Sackur speaks to a brilliant Indian heart surgeon Dr Devi Shetty - the veteran of more than 30,000 operations. He wants to make major surgery affordable for the poorest people, by means of mass production, and to do this he's building what he calls medical cities across India and beyond.

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