HARDtalk

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

HT: Ian Thorpe 12 Nov 12 Nov. 12, 2012
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 revealed that through …
Eight years after the Orange Revolution, with some of the government’s leading critics serving long sentences in jail, is Ukraine turning its back on the offer of membership of the European Union? Tim Franks speaks to Leonid Kozhara, the man who...
Eight years after the Orange Revolution, with some of the government’s leading critics serving long sentences in jail, is Ukraine turning its back on the offer of membership of the European Union? Tim Franks speaks to Leonid Kozhara, the man who...
HARDtalk is in Cairo to assess the state of Egypt’s post-revolutionary politics. Right now the report card is mixed. Egypt has a democratically- elected president but arguments over the framing of a new constitution have sparked clashes between rival...
The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering unity in Europe. Ironically, the award was made during the current EU presidency of its only divided member: Cyprus. Since 1974, the island has been partitioned between its Turkish occupied...
Next Tuesday’s US presidential election promises to be the closest since the Bush Gore race ended in a dispute over hanging chads a dozen years ago. And Barack Obama could yet join the list of underwhelming one-term presidents. HARDtalk’s Stephen...
Mitt Romney and his Republican advisers claim momentum is on their side as the US presidential election enters the final stretch. Their unrelenting focus is on the ailing US economy and their claim that a Romney administration would rebuild America as...
From global media baron to convicted criminal doing time in a Florida prison: the remarkable rise and fall of Conrad Black has made for years of lurid headlines, not least in the newspapers he used to own. Now Conrad Black, or Lord Black of...
HT: Richard Thaler Oct. 24, 2012
Shaun Ley speaks to behavioural economist and discoverer of the "nudge" theory, Richard Thaler. Britain's Prime Minister is so impressed, he's set up a whole "nudge unit" in the heart of his government. So is the nudge guru teaching those in power how...
Stephen Sackur talks to the European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard....
HT: Bernard Cazeneuve Oct. 17, 2012
The grandeur of the French foreign ministry in Paris gives a sense of how France sees its role in Europe - it’s assumed here, Paris will have a dominant role in shaping the continent’s future. But how does that square with current reality? The French...
The aviation industry is in trouble. Fuel prices have soared, there’s been a drop in passenger numbers and some airlines have gone out of business but in Europe there’s one airline which is bucking the trend. The low-cost no-frills Ryanair carried...
With elections approaching in six months, many Kenyans are apprehensive. The last disputed presidential election resulted in violence claiming 1500 lives. Two of today's presidential candidates face charges at the International Criminal Court in The...
Kenya is a country with big ambitions -to be East africa's powerhouse economy, and as is being seen in Somalia - to be a dominant regional player. And yet Kenya's also a nation with deepseated problems. Its political culture is disfigured by...
Can the Euro be saved? Europe's leaders think so; its central bank says there's no limit to the money it’s prepared to spend to defend it. But is their solution in danger of destroying not just a currency but Europe's union, too? Otmar Issing fears...
In the lead-up to November's Presidential election in the United States, groups on the right and left are sounding the alarm at the influence of money on US politics. HARDtalk’s Katya Adler speaks to one guest who knows a lot about that. At the height...
Europe’s economic crisis has pushed its governments further and faster down the road of economic integration than many might have expected. But it is also raising serious questions about countries' individual powers. At a time when the people of...
Kurds in Iraq are growing restless and impatient over the violence and open political rivalries in Baghdad, between Shias and Sunnis. Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region of four million is a haven of relative stability and prosperity and what's more has...
Have opposition politicians in Zimbabwe learned the lessons of the violent and disputed elections in 2008 in which Robert Mugabe and his party Zanu-PF outmanoeuvred the Movement for Democratic Change, and held onto power. The MDC has since been in an...
Germany's pivotal role in resolving the Eurozone crisis has sparked fierce international discussion but also deep rifts at home. HARDtalk’s Katya Adler speaks to Hans Werner Sinn, one of Germany's most influential and controversial economists, who is...