HARDtalk

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

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...
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...
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...
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...
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€™...
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...
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...
HT: Mark Lynas 30Jan13 Jan. 30, 2013
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?...
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...
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...
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...
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...
HT: Kiran Bedi 18 Jan 13 Jan. 18, 2013
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...
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...
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...
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?...
Stephen Sackur speaks to the Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy...
Stephen Sackur talks to Fatih Birol - the Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency...
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...
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...