300 episodes

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

HARDtalk BBC

    • Government
    • 4.6, 41 Ratings

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

    Chris Packham: 'Finding the good in the bad' of Covid-19

    Chris Packham: 'Finding the good in the bad' of Covid-19

    The Covid-19 pandemic has inflicted huge economic damage, but it has also offered the natural world a little bit of respite – room to breathe. What will come next? Will it be a return to the old ways of resource exploitation and consumption? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Chris Packham, one of the UK’s best-known naturalists and environmental campaigners. Are we humans capable of fundamentally changing our priorities?

    Photo: Chris Packham Credit: BBC

    • 22 min
    Vanessa Neumann: Did Venezuela's opposition miss their chance?

    Vanessa Neumann: Did Venezuela's opposition miss their chance?

    Eighteen months ago, Venezuela seemed to be on the brink of political upheaval. The leader of the National Assembly declared himself president, and 50 countries offered him official recognition. But the ruling party 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?

    Photo: Mary Lou McDonald Credit: PA

    • 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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

nash__ID ,

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.

Enjoy!

Daniel Nashid

Top Podcasts In Government

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by BBC