In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.
Lord Patten: Were promises to Hong Kong broken?
When the UK handed Hong Kong back to China 25 years ago, the last words of the departing British Governor to the people of the territory were: “Now Hong Kong people are to run Hong Kong. That is the promise. And that is the unshakeable destiny.” Sarah Montague speaks to Lord Patten, the man who made that pledge, to ask if that promise has been broken - and if the UK could have done more to honour it.
K. Shanmugam: Will Singapore have to choose between the US and China?
Stephen Sackur speaks to K. Shanmugam, Singapore’s minister of home affairs. Economically open, socially conservative and highly politically controlled, Singapore has thrived in the era of globalisation, but could rising US/China tensions force it to take sides?
Henry Huiyao Wang: Is China exposing its vulnerabilities?
Stephen Sackur speaks to China thinktank founder and sometime government adviser Henry Huiyao Wang. From its strategic partnership with Putin’s Russia, to its draconian and economically damaging Covid policy, is Beijing making calls which expose its vulnerabilities?
João Vale de Almeida: Have UK-EU relations become toxic?
Stephen Sackur speaks to João Vale de Almeida, the EU’s Ambassador to the UK, who is at the sharp end of the bitter fight between Boris Johnson’s government and Brussels over Northern Ireland. If Britain backs out of the Brexit deal and the EU retaliates, how toxic could things get?
Semyon Bychkov: Artists speaking out against Putin
Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the world’s great conductors, Semyon Bychkov. Born in the Soviet Union, exiled from Russia, and a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, does he fear the fall out for artists when nationalism and politics take centre stage?
Olha Stefanishyna: Will Kyiv get the support it needs?
Stephen Sackur speaks to one of Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Ministers, Olha Stefanishyna. The country faces a moment of truth: Russian firepower on the frontline is beginning to tell, as the EU contemplates whether to accept Ukraine as a candidate for membership. Will Kyiv get the support it needs?
The episode about Belarus from last week is not uploaded properly, only 18 seconds have been posted.
Please upload the complete episode.
Host is deliberately, gratuitously combative
The host is tone deaf.
Timely and Critical
Excellent and hard hitting interviews with persons who involved in today’s pressing issues.
Interviews are critical, no holds barred, but always cordial and on point.