In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.
Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Nicaraguan journalist
Stephen Sackur speaks to Nicaraguan journalist and former revolutionary Carlos Fernando Chamorro. He is currently in exile as President Daniel Ortega intensifies his crackdown on dissent. Why has Nicaragua slumped back into authoritarianism?
Naomi Campbell, supermodel and businesswoman
In an exclusive interview for the BBC’s 100 Women season, Zeinab Badawi speaks to supermodel Naomi Campbell.
(Photo: Naomi Campbell smiles at Zeinab Badawi)
Robin Hanbury-Tenison: An explorer protecting indigenous lands
Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the world’s great modern-day explorers, Robin Hanbury-Tenison. He has committed himself to the protection of indigenous people and their lands, but have his efforts made a difference?
Former interrogator for the CIA, James Mitchell
American psychologist James Mitchell helped devise the CIA’s enhanced interrogation programme after the 9/11 attacks. He personally interrogated some of the top terrorist suspects using the programme’s techniques, including waterboarding. His critics label him a torturer; he says he has nothing to apologise for and what he did was harsh, but legal and necessary.He speaks to Zeinab Badawi.
(Photo: James Mitchell)
Rudy Giuliani: Reflecting on 9/11
It’s 20 years since the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center were reduced to dust and ash. This week, the US is again immersed in memories of the attack and what came after. In 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Stephen Sackur spoke to the man who was mayor of New York City on that fateful day, Rudy Giuliani. His response back then earned him the title “America’s Mayor”; a decade later, HARDtalk invited him to reflect on how he and his country had been changed by the horrifying events of 9/11.
Nadia Calviño: Is Europe too fragmented to shape the 21st Century?
The covid pandemic and emerging superpower rivalries have presented the EU with troubling questions. Stephen Sackur speaks to Spain's Deputy Prime Minister and Economy minister Nadia Calviño. Is Europe too inward looking and too fragmented to shape the 21st Century?
(Photo: Nadia Calviño, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy minister of Spain. Credit: Reuters)
Sackur is a master interviewer
I’ve watched and listened to hardtalk for many years initially via BBC World and now via the podcast. The interviewers are some of the best I’ve observed and clearly do a huge amount of research on the respective subject. Sackur is the standout and for me is probably the finest interviewer I’ve observed. I hope the programme continues for many years to come.
Israeli ambassador interview
Really poor interview of the Israeli ambassador more like a cosy chat than hard talk. Typical of the treatment of much of the mainstream media of Israeli officials, always treat them with kid gloves as opposed to those supporting Palestinians
Thomas chatter ton Williams
I suppose what I hear is the narrative from the lens of man who was born from mixed race , so his lens can only see what he grew up and developed in
He struggle with one area of his identity namely his black self He is eloquent and passionate and capable of using his power of words to put forward his interpretation
However, his inability to connect with BLM history and simplify deep rooted message of race saddens me .
Yes have a personal view but to debate you also need to hear and understand the other narrative
A lost opportunity to use your position to help BLM is what I heard because he is stuck in his own self and clearly hurting from his own race identity issues
I am feeling many things about this podcast but i would love to hear others narratives about this