HARDtalk

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

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'?...
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,...
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...
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....
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...
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....
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 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...
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...
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?...
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'....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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 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...
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...