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

    Venezuelan opposition envoy to the UK, Vanessa Neumann

    Venezuelan opposition envoy to the UK, Vanessa Neumann

    Eighteen months ago, Venezuela seemed to be on the brink of political upheaval. The leader of the National Assembly declared himself president, 50 countries offered him official recognition. But socialist rule in Venezuela has not been toppled. Nicolás Maduro is still in the presidential palace overseeing a country deep in economic and healthcare crisis. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Vanessa Neumann, London envoy of the would be president Juan Guaidó. Did the Venezuelan opposition blow their chance?

    • 22 min
    Sir Jeremy Farrar: 'I do believe there will be a vaccine' in 2020 and 2021

    Sir Jeremy Farrar: 'I do believe there will be a vaccine' in 2020 and 2021

    Amid the talk of spikes and second waves one thing is clear – people predicting an early end to the coronavirus pandemic are indulging in wishful thinking. Can we find a way of living with Covid-19 that respects the science while mitigating the damage being done to our economic and social lives? Stephen Sackur speaks to Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust and a key scientific adviser to the UK government. How dangerous is the moment we’re in?

    (Photo: Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust)

    • 22 min
    Leader of Ireland's Sinn Fein party Mary Lou McDonald

    Leader of Ireland's Sinn Fein party Mary Lou McDonald

    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?

    • 22 min
    Angus Deaton: The cost of the 'deaths of despair'

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

    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

    • 22 min
    Gloria Allred: Epstein victim lawyer

    Gloria Allred: Epstein victim lawyer

    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?

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

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

    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)

    • 22 min

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