HARDtalk

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In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.

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...
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...
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...
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...
HT: Amr Moussa 30 Aug 13 Aug. 30, 2013
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
HT: Thomas Hampson July 29, 2013
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...
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...
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...
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...