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

Episodios

  • US Democrat Senate Candidate Jaime Harrison: Joe Biden bringing calm to the storm were in

    US Democrat Senate Candidate Jaime Harrison: Joe Biden 'bringing calm to the storm we're in'

    08/05/2020 Duración: 23min

    The Covid-19 death toll in the US has gone beyond 70,000 and scientists now expect it to go far beyond 100,000 within the next month. At the same time President Trump is doubling down on his calls for American states to relax the lockdown and get back to work. In this presidential election year dealing with the pandemic is now the dominant political issue. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to senior Democratic party official and candidate for the US Senate Jaime Harrison. Has Covid-19 changed America’s political landscape? (Photo: Jaime Harrison, senior Democratic Party official and candidate for the US Senate)

  • Dutch MEP Sophie int Veld: Decline of the EU is possible but its in our own hands

    Dutch MEP Sophie in't Veld: 'Decline of the EU is possible but it's in our own hands'

    04/05/2020 Duración: 23min

    The coronavirus pandemic has presented Europe with a massive challenge – and so far the EU’s response has been found wanting in several key respects. As the death toll has mounted and the economic damage worsened, European solidarity and coordinated action has been questioned by member states like Italy and Spain. Stephen Sackur speaks to the influential Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld. Has Covid-19 exposed the weakness at the heart of the European project? (Photo: Sophie in 't Veld, Dutch MEP)

  • Liu Xiaoming: Is China a victim of Covid-19 or the source of the problem?

    Liu Xiaoming: Is China a victim of Covid-19 or the source of the problem?

    01/05/2020 Duración: 24min

    As the global effort to control Covid-19 continues so arguments about culpability for the spread of the pandemic intensify. At the centre of the story is China, where the outbreak began. Did the Chinese government’s impulse to cover up the truth cost the world dear? Or did China respond with admirable determination? Stephen Sackur speaks to the veteran Chinese Ambassador in London Liu Xiaoming. Is China the villain or the hero of this pandemic? (Photo: Chinese Ambassador in London Liu Xiaoming. on the Andrew Marr show, 9 February, 2020. Credit: Reuters)

  • Jens Stoltenberg: Has Nato risen to the challenge of Covid-19?

    Jens Stoltenberg: Has Nato risen to the challenge of Covid-19?

    29/04/2020 Duración: 23min

    The coronavirus pandemic is a multi-layered global crisis. It starts with public health, but it reaches deep into the world economy and the global security system too. Could Covid-19 fears be used for malign purposes? Will it enhance or undermine multi-lateral institutions? Stephen Sackur speaks to Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of Nato. Has his organisation risen to this massive challenge? (Photo: Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of Nato)

  • Yuval Noah Harari: Covid-19 - a new regime of surveillance?

    Yuval Noah Harari: Covid-19 - a new regime of surveillance?

    27/04/2020 Duración: 23min

    The coronavirus pandemic has presented humanity with an almighty shock. Here we are, with our evermore interconnected, technologically-advanced societies, living in lockdown and fearful for our health and economic futures - thanks to an invisible virus. Stephen Sackur interviews Israeli historian and best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari. What 21st century lesson can we draw from the spread of COVID-19?

  • Brian Cox: From poverty to Succession

    Brian Cox: From poverty to Succession

    26/04/2020 Duración: 23min

    Brian Cox, star of the global hit HBO drama Succession, is currently in New York, the US city worst affected by the virus. His long career has taken in everything from King Lear to the ruthless, media mogul Logan Roy in the HBO drama Succession. He defied childhood poverty and tragedy to make it; where does his fierce passion for acting come from?

  • David Nabarro: Is the WHO failing its greatest test?

    David Nabarro: Is the WHO failing its greatest test?

    24/04/2020 Duración: 24min

    With nation states across the world struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, there’s an urgent need for an internationally coordinated response. That’s where the UN agency the World Health Organisation should have a vital role to play; but right now, the WHO is at the centre of a political storm. Donald Trump has withdrawn US funding, accusing the agency of being China-centric. Stephen Sackur speaks to David Nabarro, the WHO special envoy for Covid-19. Is the organisation failing its greatest test?

  • Zoltan Kovacs: Is the EU facing its first de facto dictatorship?

    Zoltan Kovacs: Is the EU facing its first de facto dictatorship?

    24/04/2020 Duración: 22min

    The coronavirus pandemic has prompted governments around the world to take emergency measures. Liberties have been restricted in the name of safeguarding public health, but no European nation has gone further than Hungary in the embrace of authoritarianism. In Hungary, democracy has in effect been suspended indefinitely. Stephen Sackur interviews the country’s State Secretary for International Communication, Zoltan Kovacs. Has Covid-19 ushered in the EU’s first de facto dictatorship? (Photo: Zoltan Kovacs via video link)

  • Ola Källenius: Surviving coronaviruss economic shock

    Ola Källenius: Surviving coronavirus's economic shock

    27/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    Every day, the havoc wrought by the coronavirus pandemic on public health and on the global economy worsens. Economic activity beyond the barest of essentials has been frozen in much of the world. What on Earth will the economic landscape look like when this is over? Stephen Sackur interviews Ola Källenius, the CEO of Daimler, one of Europe's biggest vehicle manufacturers. What will it take to survive the greatest economic shock in most of our lifetimes?

  • Antonio Guterres: How should the UN fight Covid-19?

    Antonio Guterres: How should the UN fight Covid-19?

    26/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    Zainab Bedawi talks to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, who has described the Covid-19 crisis as "a threat to the whole of humanity". How can the UN help countries fight the coronavirus?

  • Margaret Heffernan: Is it time to embrace uncertainty?

    Margaret Heffernan: Is it time to embrace uncertainty?

    23/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    The worldwide spread of coronavirus and its significant negative impact on the global economy represents a powerful illustration of the perils of forecasting. Countries in lockdown, financial markets in turmoil; this isn’t the way 2020 was supposed to pan out. HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur interviews acclaimed writer and businesswoman Margaret Heffernan, who has just published a book on the fallacies of forecasting.

  • Laurence Boone: Is enough being done to prevent a recession?

    Laurence Boone: Is enough being done to prevent a recession?

    20/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Laurence Boone, chief economist at the global economic forum, the OECD. Leaders around the world have adopted the language of war to capture the scale of the threat posed by coronavirus. But are they deploying the right weaponry, not just to protect public health, but to prevent a worldwide economic depression? Will we get the dramatic, coordinated, emergency intervention needed to stave off economic disaster?

  • Eoin Ó Broin: Will Sinn Fein be part of Irelands government?

    Eoin Ó Broin: Will Sinn Fein be part of Ireland's government?

    18/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Sinn Fein’s Eoin Ó Broin. Coronavirus is first and foremost a global health crisis. But its impacts go so much further. The economic damage is deep and worldwide, and political systems face profound challenges too. Ireland is a telling case study. Last month’s election left the country without a stable government. Eoin Ó Broin is a leading figure in Sinn Fein, the party that won the most votes, but failed to form a government. Does political uncertainty now make Ireland especially vulnerable?

  • Mufaddal Hamadeh: Is the world indifferent to Syrias sufffering?

    Mufaddal Hamadeh: Is the world indifferent to Syria's sufffering?

    16/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    Idlib, Syria’s sole remaining rebel province is on the verge of the biggest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century". So says the UN’s top official responsible for emergency relief. Almost a million civilians have fled their homes since December. Shaun Ley interviews Dr Mufaddal Hamadeh, president of the Syrian American Medical Society. He’s been to Idlib this year, and seen for himself the carnage of war, and how hospitals and clinics which should give sanctuary have been bombed. After nine years of war, have we become indifferent to Syria’s pain?

  • Ian Goldin: Will Covid-19 cause a new recession?

    Ian Goldin: Will Covid-19 cause a new recession?

    13/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    The Covid-19 crisis is not only a threat to people's health and wellbeing, it is already having severe financial consequences, which many fear will result in a crisis of the kind we saw over a decade ago. Zeinab Badawi interviews Ian Goldin, a professor on globalisation and development, who six years ago predicted that the next financial crash would be caused by a pandemic. Will his prophesy come to pass, or can this be averted?

  • Congressman Anthony Brown: Is Joe Biden really the best the Democrats can do?

    Congressman Anthony Brown: Is Joe Biden really the best the Democrats can do?

    11/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    The US political landscape has shifted dramatically in the last few weeks. The Democratic Party’s search for the best candidate to beat Donald Trump in November now seems likely to end with the nomination of a 77-year-old establishment politician, written off as ‘past it’ just a month ago. Is Joe Biden really the best the Democrats can do? And could the coronavirus crisis change everything? (Photo: Democrat Congressman Anthony Brown)

  • William Kentridge: The unnaturalness of apartheid

    William Kentridge: The unnaturalness of apartheid

    09/03/2020 Duración: 24min

    Zeinab Badawi is in Johannesburg, interviewing William Kentridge. He is considered one of the world’s greatest living artists. He is versatile, hard-hitting and his talent spans many different genres. How has South Africa’s difficult, violent and racist past influenced his work? (Photo: William Kentridge, Rome, 2015 Credit: Stefano Montesi/Corbis/Getty Images)

  • Gabriel Attal: Has the magic worn off Frances Emmanuel Macron?

    Gabriel Attal: Has the magic worn off France's Emmanuel Macron?

    06/03/2020 Duración: 24min

    President Emmanuel Macron’s bold promise to break the political mould in France has collided with reality. His reform plans, from tax to pensions, have stirred a backlash against what protesters call his neo-liberal elitism. And as his internal problems have mounted, so too have doubts about his ability to be the EU’s visionary leader. HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur interviews Gabriel Attal, Minister for Youth and a rising star in the President’s En Marche party. Photo: Gabriel Attal Credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

  • David Tait: Speaking out about sexual abuse

    David Tait: Speaking out about sexual abuse

    04/03/2020 Duración: 24min

    David Tait appeared to have a perfect life: all the trappings of a successful and highly lucrative career in the City of London, a wife and young family at home. But on the inside, he was in turmoil. He suffered sexual abuse as a child, which had catastrophic consequences into his adult life. After a breakdown that nearly cost him everything, he’s dedicated himself to increasing the awareness of abuse against children, and has climbed Everest five times to raise millions for charity. Has David Tait found a way to deal with the pain of the past?

  • Mmusi Maimane: Can his new party become a force in South Africa?

    Mmusi Maimane: Can his new party become a force in South Africa?

    02/03/2020 Duración: 24min

    Hardtalk is in Cape Town to speak to Mmusi Maimane, who stood down last October as leader of the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance. In his first major interview to an international broadcaster since he left the DA, Zeinab Badawi asks Mmusi Maimane what his resignation says about the state of politics in South Africa and his ambitions for the new Movement for One South Africa which he hopes will become a new political force in the country

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