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An interview with Yazidi activist, Nadia Murad. When militants from so called I.S. entered Nadia's village, they killed all the men. She escaped, but many women are still being held.
aired 4 days ago
Stephen Sackur is in Washington DC to speak to leading Nicaraguan dissident, Felix Maradiaga, now leader of an opposition in exile. Is change finally coming to Nicaragua?
aired 5 days ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Kwame Antony Appiah, an academic and public intellectual who says society needs to rethink identity to escape the myths of the past.
aired 6 days ago
Theresa May is facing a mutiny inside her own Conservative Party, and Owen Paterson, a Conservative MP and former Minister, is intent on rejecting her Brexit. Is it too late to avert a damaging national crisis?
aired 10 days ago
On December the 11th the UK Parliament will vote on whether to accept the Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with the EU. Her case boils down to this and it's the least worst option. Jo Johnson resigned in order to oppose the deal.
aired 11 days ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Danuta Hübner, a Polish MEP. The UK parliament will shortly make a fateful decision: to accept or reject Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU. Is the EU ready to deal with potential Brexit chaos?
aired 13 days ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Abdullah Alaoudh, a Saudi exile whose father is facing charges that carry a death sentence. President Trump says he doesn't know whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and frankly he doesn't seem to care. Safe to assume then that he also doesn't care about the hundreds of clerics, intellectuals, and dissident activists locked up by MBS's security forces.
aired 24 days ago
How do you stop prime ministers and presidents lining their own pockets with the country's wealth? US Judge Mark Wolf is lobbying for the creation of an international anti-corruption court.
aired 26 days ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to The Washington Post's editor Martin Baron about the fractious relationship between the White House and the US media.
aired 27 days ago
The American economy is booming. Growth is well above 3 percent and unemployment is near a 50 year low. President Trump claims it's the best it has ever been and has claimed the credit for that. But he's threatening a trade war with China at a time when many economists are warning that the US and the world face another recession. Sarah Montague speaks to Mohamed El-Erian, CEA at the insurance giant, Allianz. Does he see dark days ahead for the American and therefore the world's economy?
aired 31 days ago
General Stanley McChrystal oversaw the American war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since leaving the military he has studied and taught the principles that make good leaders effective. So what kind of leadership does he think the US needs now?
aired 33 days ago
The Christian religion is divided on issues of sexuality, not least the degree of acceptance offered to gay men and women of faith. Amid the fierce theological arguments are stories of individuals torn between their faith and sexual orientation. Stephen Sackur speaks to Vicky Beeching, a popular Christian singer-songwriter, turned public advocate for LGBT rights, described as one of the most influential Christians of her generation. Has she found peace after years of turmoil?
aired 34 days ago
It is an age old debate that engages scientists and philosophers; which is the more powerful influence on who we are, nature or nurture? In recent years, genetic science has done much to reframe the debate by highlighting the connections between our individual DNA and our traits and behaviours.
aired 38 days ago
American politics in the era of President Donald Trump is a polarised, partisan arena. But still there are pillars of the US system of governance such as the constitution and the courts that are supposed to safeguard the liberty of all. HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to David Cole, the legal director of the American Civil liberties union, the century old guardian of citizen rights. Has the ACLU betrayed its mission by putting partisanship before principle in the age of Trump?
aired 39 days ago
Cyril Ramaphosa replaced Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC and President of South Africa with a promise to revive the country's economy, tackle poverty and root out corruption. Maybe he underestimated the scale of the challenge, because South Africa is currently in recession, and popular discontent is rising. One key sector- energy, threatens the stability of the entire economy. HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to Deputy Energy Minister Thembisile Majola.
aired 41 days ago
Zeinab Badawi speaks to Vice President of the small southern African state of Malawi, Saulos Chilima, a former business executive turned politician. Mr Chilima was President Mutharika's running mate in elections in 2014.
aired 42 days ago
In five months, Britain will be out of the European Union. But on what basis, and under whose leadership? And could it yet not happen? Brexit uncertainty is coursing through the veins of British politics leaving little room for anything else. The Conservative party is deeply divided, as is the Labour opposition. Stephen Sackur speaks to David Lammy - a prominent Labour advocate of another referendum on any final Brexit deal. But how would that help Britain move beyond its Brexit breakdown?
aired 46 days ago
Turkey's President Erdogan says the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a savage crime meticulously planned in Riyadh. He wants all those responsible to stand trial in Turkey. As the pressure on the house of Saud mounts, will the kingdom's partners in the West take punitive action? HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to Alan Duncan, Minister of State in the UK Foreign Office. Has the time come for Britain to stop lucrative arms exports to Saudi Arabia?
aired 48 days ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to President Ashraf Ghani's recently appointed National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib. Has the US Government decided to engage with the Taliban regardless of the wishes of the Afghan Government?
aired 52 days ago
The Tate Modern's Turbine Hall is a space which has played host to installations by some of the world's leading contemporary artists. The most recent to tackle it is Cuban conceptual artist Tania Bruguera whose pieces and immersive performances have attracted international acclaim but prolonged harassment from the Cuban authorities. She talks to Stephen Sackur. Is she an artist, activist or both?
aired 53 days ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Ernest Maragall, the self-styled Minister of Foreign Action in the Catalan regional government. Have the separatists reached a dead end?

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