HARDtalk

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

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...
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...
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...
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?...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 –...
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...
HT: John Limbert Oct. 2, 2013
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...
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....
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,...