300 episodes

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

HARDtalk BBC

    • Government
    • 4.1, 115 Ratings

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

    Raoul Nehme: Can Lebanon be saved from collapse?

    Raoul Nehme: Can Lebanon be saved from collapse?

    After the unimaginable horror of the mega blast which devastated Beirut the people of Lebanon are now forced to live with a zombie government - dead in all but name, not yet replaced. Stephen Sackur speaks to Raoul Nehme, still Lebanon's Minister of Economy and Trade until a new government can be formed. The outgoing Prime Minister blamed the catastrophic situation on deep rooted corruption. Is Lebanon a country beyond rescue?

    • 22 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

inquisitivelass ,

Formal, polite and persistent

I’ve being listening to these interviews for a few years now and in the case of Peter Sankur, find him to be extremely well prepared and tenacious but unlike some other presenters never rude or pushing his personal views forward. Long may the program continue.

T25man ,

Starless pod review

Unable to give no stars. Don’t presume that one star means theres some good element to a bias podcast. Only asks the hard questions when it’s a policy the BBC opposes. The bias rips out of the presenter. This pod is for people that want their bias reinforced. Good job representing only half the licence fee payers.

ريشل xx ,

Good but could be better

While it is highly commendable that the bbc world service is providing a platform for the guests so far included, I am disappointed that the champion interviewer is yet another representative of the elite status quo of uk journalist stock. I find his approach to pander to the status quo of conventional media agendas frustrating and his approach toward his interviewees entitled and somewhat callous. The pointed refusal to acknowledge the truth in criticisms of western world powers’ actions is also annoying. Please increase the pool of interviewers you use!

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