Sinopsis

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

Episodios

  • Leader of Irelands Sinn Fein party Mary Lou McDonald

    Leader of Ireland's Sinn Fein party Mary Lou McDonald

    31/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    Last February the talk in Ireland was of a political earthquake. The nationalist party Sinn Féin won the most votes in the general election and promised to smash the status quo. Well, so much for that. Ireland’s two old established political parties instead formed a grand coalition and are steering the country through the Covid-19 crisis and Brexit. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of Sinn Féin. Has her party missed its moment?

  • Angus Deaton: The cost of the deaths of despair

    Angus Deaton: The cost of the 'deaths of despair'

    29/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    How do we judge the health of our economic systems? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to the Nobel Prize winning economist Sir Angus Deaton who believes it’s about much more than the headline numbers on jobs and growth. He has focused on what he calls the deaths of despair – those attributed to suicide, drug and alcohol abuse – and concludes American capitalism is sick. Now, of course, coronavirus is having its own impact on mortality data. Does capitalism itself need emergency surgery? Photo: 2015 Nobel Prize winner in Economics Angus Deaton Credit: AFP

  • Gloria Allred: Epstein victim lawyer

    Gloria Allred: Epstein victim lawyer

    23/07/2020 Duración: 24min

    HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi speaks to the veteran lawyer Gloria Allred. She is among the most famous attorneys in the US and her firm handles more women's rights cases than any other in America. For more than four decades her name has been synonymous with feminist causes. She is currently representing victims of the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. What motivates her and how much has her work brought about real change in America?

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: No-one will be safe until everyone is safe

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: 'No-one will be safe until everyone is safe'

    22/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    If Covid-19 spreads across Africa, it could be a catastrophe. Its health systems are already under strain and could buckle under more pressure. Lockdowns have badly affected local economies and pushed millions into poverty. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the chair of GAVI, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. She's also a Covid-19 envoy for the African Union. As the world races to find a vaccine, how will she ensure lower income countries don't get forgotten? (Photo: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Credit: AFP)

  • Adam Goodes: How racism drove him from Australian Rules football

    Adam Goodes: How racism drove him from Australian Rules football

    20/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    Nowhere has the symbolic power of the Black Lives Matter movement been more evident than in the sports arena. All too often racism undermines the notion of a level playing field. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to an athlete who made a stand. Adam Goodes was a star player in Aussie Rules football. One of the greatest ever players of Aboriginal descent, he quit the game after years of racist abuse. What lessons can Australia and the wider world learn from his experience?

  • Husam Zomlot: How could Palestine respond to annexation?

    Husam Zomlot: How could Palestine respond to annexation?

    16/07/2020 Duración: 23min

    It’s not clear when, or even if, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going to deliver on his promise to annex a large chunk of the occupied West Bank. It’s even less clear what the Palestinian strategy will be if it happens. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to the Palestinian ambassador in London, Husam Zomlot. With the conflict at a turning point, does the Palestinian leadership have the vision, imagination and credibility to mount an effective response?

  • Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law

    Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law

    15/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    The international outcry prompted by Beijing’s imposition of a new national security law in Hong Kong has been long and loud – but will it make any difference? Inside the territory protests have been muted and the main pro-democracy activist movement has disbanded itself. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the co-founders of that movement, Nathan Law. He’s now in self-imposed exile – is China’s Hong Kong strategy working? Photo: Nathan Law Credit: EPA

  • Jane Goodall: A life with chimpanzees

    Jane Goodall: A life with chimpanzees

    12/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to the world-famous conservation activist Jane Goodall. She has made a unique contribution to humankind’s understanding of our closest living animal relatives, the primates, and in particular the chimpanzee. Dr Goodall was in her twenties when she began her meticulous observation of chimp behaviour deep in Africa. Now she’s 86, and still campaigning to protect the natural world. Can the primates and so many other species be saved from mass extinction?

  • Ronny Tong: Has China killed Hong Kongs special status?

    Ronny Tong: Has China killed Hong Kong's special status?

    06/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    Residents of Hong Kong are living with a new reality - a draconian national security law made in China and imposed on the territory with no meaningful consultation. Pro-democracy activists call it the death of the 'one country, two systems' principle established 23 years ago. HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to Ronny Tong, once a pro-democracy politician, now a loyalist of the Beijing-backed Hong Kong government. Has China just killed Hong Kong's special status?

  • Nadya Tolokonnikova: Pussy Riot  Russian protest

    Nadya Tolokonnikova: Pussy Riot & Russian protest

    02/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    Vladimir Putin can now seek to extend his rule in Russia to 2036 thanks to a constitutional referendum, stage managed by the Kremlin. Is there any prospect of an opposition movement ever challenging Putin’s grip on power? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the founders of the Pussy Riot punk protest collective, Nadya Tolokonnikova. What, if anything, can stir Russians to rebel?

  • Kathy Sullivan: Exploring space and the Mariana Trench

    Kathy Sullivan: Exploring space and the Mariana Trench

    01/07/2020 Duración: 22min

    The human impulse to explore new frontiers has taken us into space and to the deepest, most remote corners of our own planet. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to one woman who has done both. Kathy Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space, in 1984. She has just returned from a mission to the deepest point underneath the oceans, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. She is first and foremost a scientist; as we try to navigate our future, are we properly respecting the science?

  • Armando Iannucci: Is this a bad time to be funny?

    Armando Iannucci: Is this a bad time to be funny?

    29/06/2020 Duración: 22min

    It’s the job of the professional satirist to find the funny and expose the absurd in humanity’s most serious endeavours. But are there times when satire just doesn’t work, and is now one of them? Should we be laughing at Covid-19, or at racial discrimination? Stephen Sackur speaks to Armando Iannucci, a hugely successful writer and director of comedy on TV and film, whose credits include Veep, In the Loop and The Death of Stalin. Is there ever a bad time and place to be funny?

  • Maria Ressa: Is the press under attack in the Philippines?

    Maria Ressa: Is the press under attack in the Philippines?

    25/06/2020 Duración: 22min

    No world leader better epitomises the strong man style of political leadership than President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. One hallmark of his rule? A visceral dislike of scrutiny from the independent media. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to journalist Maria Ressa who founded the Rappler news website and has just been convicted of cyber-libel in a case that has raised worldwide concern. Is press freedom being strangled by populist politics?

  • André Leon Talley: Race, fashion and Vogue

    André Leon Talley: Race, fashion and Vogue

    24/06/2020 Duración: 22min

    Since George Floyd died in Minneapolis with a white police officer’s knee on his neck, new conversations about racism and discrimination have begun all over the world. It’s not just about policing, it’s about business, sport, culture – every aspect of life. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to André Leon Talley, who was creative director of American Vogue magazine when the fashion industry was almost devoid of senior black men. He’s just written a controversial memoir of his life in what he calls “the chiffon trenches”.

  • Chile Eboe-Osuji: Can the International Criminal Court achieve its goals?

    Chile Eboe-Osuji: Can the International Criminal Court achieve its goals?

    22/06/2020 Duración: 23min

    President Trump has just widened the scope of US sanctions placed on top officials of the International Criminal Court describing the court as an extraordinary threat to the United States. Stephen Sackur speaks to the president of the ICC, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji. It was an institution set up to end impunity for the worst of crimes – is it time to conclude that grand ambition will never be realised? (Photo: President of the ICC, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji)

  • Jim McGovern: Can Biden unite the left?

    Jim McGovern: Can Biden unite the left?

    19/06/2020 Duración: 23min

    President Donald Trump is in trouble. Coronavirus has plunged the US economy into recession, the killing of George Floyd has inflamed racial tensions and the president’s poll ratings have slumped. This summer the Democrats can sense an historic opportunity. But are they capable of seizing it? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern – is it enough for Democrats and their presidential candidate Joe Biden to be the party of Not Trump?

  • Arancha Gonzalez: Why isnt the world working together?

    Arancha Gonzalez: Why isn't the world working together?

    17/06/2020 Duración: 23min

    Covid-19 has presented governments across the world with a common threat, but the response has been far from united and collaborative. Has the pandemic further weakened the multilateral institutions that were the hallmark of globalisation? Stephen Sackur speaks to Spain's foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez. Is Europe's liberal political elite struggling to cope with a geopolitical reality increasingly defined by nationalism in the US and China?

  • Epidemiologist Ian Lipkin: Are we getting the pandemic response right?

    Epidemiologist Ian Lipkin: Are we getting the pandemic response right?

    15/06/2020 Duración: 24min

    All of us fervently want to believe the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over. Governments around the world are easing lockdowns and focusing on economic recovery. But Covid-19 hasn’t gone away. Infection rates are rising in Latin America, parts of the US and Africa. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to the internationally renowned epidemiologist Ian Lipkin, the scientific advisor for the movie Contagion which, nine years ago, predicted a scenario uncannily like this one. Are we getting the real-life pandemic response right?

  • Simon Cheng: We need to fight for democracy in Hong Kong and China

    Simon Cheng: 'We need to fight for democracy in Hong Kong and China'

    12/06/2020 Duración: 23min

    One year ago, pro-democracy street protests began in Hong Kong. At the time, Simon Cheng was an employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong. Last August, he was arrested in mainland China and, he says, interrogated and physically abused. A year on, Mr Cheng is seeking asylum in the UK, and China is about to impose a new national security law in Hong Kong. Will anything stop Beijing imposing its will on Hong Kong?

  • Mary Frances Berry: A new era in civil rights?

    Mary Frances Berry: A new era in civil rights?

    09/06/2020 Duración: 23min

    Will the waves of protest and anger that have swept through US cities since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis make a lasting difference to race relations? African Americans must surely be sceptical. Racism, discriminatory and violent policing have survived all previous efforts to make real the promises of equality and justice for all. Stephen Sackur speaks to the historian and civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry. What will it take to engineer genuine change? (Photo: Mary Frances Berry Credit: Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

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