HARDtalk

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

In Tunis for HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Said Ferjani, a member of the Ennahda political bureau. He experienced imprisonment, torture and exile under the former Tunisian president Zine Ben Ali's regime. Ferjani's Ennahda party won the most seats...
Hardtalk is in Tunisia a year after the revolution which gave birth to the Arab Spring. Stephen Sackur meets Moncef Marzouki - a man who has undergone an extraordinary transformation from political prisoner and dissident exile to president of the...
The best-selling children's author Jacqueline Wilson talks to Sarah Montague on HARDtalk about why she writes about children in unhappy and difficult situations and the responsibility she has to set a good example for her young and impressionable...
Ghana has been hailed as a shining example to all of Africa - a model of democracy, decent governance and responsible economic management in a continent struggling to fulfil its potential. But if Ghana looks like a success story to outsiders how does...
Turkey is a rising power in a strategically vital region, but does it have the ability to shape events beyond its borders? Officials in Ankara would like to see Turkey inside the EU and providing leadership in the Middle East, but both goals remain...
Politics can be a cruel business. No one knows that better than Britain’s former foreign secretary David Miliband. He was hot favourite to lead the UK’s Labour party after its dismal 2010 election defeat, but he lost out to his own younger brother Ed....
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the end of Angola's devastating post- independence civil war. What a difference a decade makes. Angola is now one of Africa's powerhouse economies, enjoying growth that puts the west to shame, exploiting China's...
In this special edition of HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur speaks to the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, currently on a visit to London. He took power in Kampala at the head of a rebel army in 1986 - he’s delivered stability and economic progress in a...
This summer Ukraine is co-hosting the European football championships, but don't be deceived by the sporting camaraderie - Ukraine's political relationship with the EU is in crisis. The most pressing dispute concerns Yulia Tymoshenko, the former...
Tim Franks talks to Fawzia Koofi, an MP in the Afghan parliament who has been a prominent national figure since she was first elected in 2005. She's already survived several assassination attempts. So what - in that case - does she believe she can...
Stephen Sackur speaks to Sir Clive Woodward, coach of England’s World Cup winning rugby team in 2003 and now performance director for the British Olympic Team preparing for London 2012. Are sporting champions born or made?...
HARDtalk is in the financial heart of New York City to meet one of the country’s most respected and enduring policy makers. Paul Volcker was chairman of the Federal Reserve in the Reagan years and in all he served five presidents, most recently...
HT: John McCain Feb. 13, 2012
Stephen Sackur talks to Senator John McCain. Four years ago he challenged Barack Obama for the presidency and lost. This time around is the Republican party in any better shape to take back the White House?...
HT: 09 Feb 12 Feb. 10, 2012
Tim Franks speaks to John Fahey, the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency. What can WADA do to combat what it sees as the growing role of organised crime in the trafficking of performance enhancing drugs?...
HT: 08 Feb 12 Feb. 8, 2012
South Sudan became independent last July after a five-decade war against the north. But hostilities between the two countries are pushing them to the brink of war. Zeinab Badawi speaks to the UN Head of Mission for South Sudan Hilde Johnson. Is the...
Barring a miracle, Vladimir Putin will soon be back where he thinks he belongs; inside the Kremlin as Russia's elected President. But the cracks are beginning to show in the House of Putin...protests about the failings of Russian democracy are getting...
There aren't many sportspeople who have competed in their fifties and are on course to be challenging for a medal at their sixth straight Olympic Games. That's the achievement of Mary King - Britain's most cherished three-day eventer. But her profile...
Gene Sharp is a political thinker whose influence is now spoken of in same breath as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. But he is no platform speaker or figurehead at a demonstration. Rather, a quietly spoken political philosopher who's been...
Living openly as a gay man in socially conservative Africa is hard enough; but Edwin Cameron, went even further. He was the first public official in South Africa to reveal his HIV positive status. Nelson Mandela appointed him a judge and he now serves...
Gus O'Donnell has been at the heart of government in Britain for 30 years, working closely with the last four British prime ministers. He was John Major's press secretary; under Tony Blair he took on the top job in the civil service, a position he...