HARDtalk

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

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 –...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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?...
HT: 22 Nov 13 Ruby Wax Nov. 21, 2013
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...
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...