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aired 24 days ago
Sarah Montague interviews journalist Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer prize for his investigation of Harvey Weinstein. His revelations prompted an outpouring of rage at the way women had been treated, and triggered the MeToo movement.
aired 27 days ago
HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to film director Ken Loach. For many film makers and film goers movies are about escapism and entertainment - look at the listings in your local cinema and you'll see what I mean. But not so for Ken Loach, one of the most lauded and durable directors in the UK film industry. He's made twenty seven films, he's won the biggest prize at Cannes twice.
aired 45 days ago
HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Armenia's Foreign Minister. Armenia is a small state with outsize strategic significance in a Caucasus region beset with tension and hostility. Last year popular protests delivered a so-called velvet revolution which saw a new government installed in Yerevan amid ambitious talk of reform. Is Armenia looking east or west for political and economic inspiration.
aired 46 days ago
HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to Alfred Bosch, Catalan Minister for Foreign Action. Since Spain's highest court sentenced nine pro-independence politicians to a collective one hundred years in prison there have been mass, sometimes violent protests across the region which has left hundreds injured. Madrid says there can be no political dialogue until Catalan politicians condemn the violence and rein in the militants. Where does the pro-independence movement go from here?
aired 48 days ago
John Letts and Sally Lane are the parents of an Islamic State militant, British born Jack Letts. He left the UK to live in the IS Caliphate. He's had his British citizenship revoked and his parents have been convicted under UK anti-terror laws.
aired 51 days ago
Stephen Sackur interviews Katharine Gun. In 2003 she worked at the UK's signals intelligence agency GCHQ. She leaked potentially explosive information about America's covert effort to sway UN diplomats to support the Iraq war.
aired 51 days ago
The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, talks exclusively to HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi in Ankara. Turkey has been condemned for its offensive in northern Syria, but it says it will press on with its operations to flush out what it describes as Kurdish terrorists.
aired 54 days ago
HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to Alan Semo, UK Representative, Kurdish Democratic Union Party. Donald Trump's decision to pull US troops out of northern Syria has prompted a Turkish military invasion of territory held by Syria's Kurds. The Kurds are now looking to President Assad for military help. The region, once a playground for so-called Islamic State, has been plunged back into chaos. What are his people's options now?
aired 58 days ago
Brexit represents a political gamble played for the highest of stakes. If Britain leaves the EU without a deal there will be significant economic disruption, even the most ardent Brexiteers acknowledge that. But they believe the potential rewards justify the risk. Stephen Sackur speaks to Stuart Wheeler, a successful businessman and lifelong gambler who backed his commitment to Brexit with plenty of his own cash. Has his money given him undue influence over Britain's future?
aired 60 days ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to the singer/songwriter Brett Anderson. His band Suede was hailed as the future of rock and roll back in the early 1990s. Today they are still making music a generation after Britpop ceased.
aired 72 days ago
The Internet was trumpeted as the tech tool to deliver us a golden age of knowledge, freedom and democracy. Now we're in a darker, more cynical place. The digital revolution has generated fears about lost privacy, mass surveillance and systemic misinformation. Stephen Sackur speaks to the President of Microsoft, Brad Smith, about we can ensure our astonishing technological advances are harnessed for good, not harm.
aired 73 days ago
It is tempting to ask what almost two decades of American intervention in Afghanistan have achieved. Even now, the death toll in the Afghan conflict far outstrips the losses in Syria and Yemen. But the grim statistics tell only a part of Afghanistan's story. Stephen Sackur speaks to Kimberley Motley, an American lawyer who went to Kabul in a training capacity and stayed to become a respected litigator fighting for the rights of the abused and the powerless.
aired 86 days ago
Brexit is stress-testing Britain's political and constitutional conventions to the very limit. With prime minister Boris Johnson apparently intent on ignoring the will of parliament and exiting the EU at the end of October, the eye of the Brexit storm is fast approaching. Stephen Sackur speaks to the MP Heidi Allen who quit the Conservative Party earlier this year and co-founded a new pro-remain centrist party, but that bid to break the political mould failed.
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Stephen Sackur interviews Anson Chan, who was the chief secretary of Hong Kong.
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Stephen Sackur interviews French MEP and former Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau.
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Stephen Sackur speaks to Carola Rackete, who defied Italian authorities to land the rescue ship Sea Watch 3 in Sicily with 50 migrants on board.
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Stephen Sackur interviews Conservative MP and ardent Brexiteer Peter Bone.
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Stephen Sackur speaks to entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley, who was one of hundreds of Jewish children smuggled out of Nazi-occupied Europe 80 years ago.
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Stephen Sackur interviews social media personality and former porn actress Mia Khalifa.
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Stephen Sackur speaks to Lee White, newly appointed environment minister in the West African state of Gabon.
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Stephen Sackur talks to Andre Calantzopoulos, CEO of Philip Morris International.

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