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

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    • Government
    • 4.2 • 13 Ratings

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

    Ariel Dorfman: Ghosts of the past

    Ariel Dorfman: Ghosts of the past

    Stephen Sackur speaks to the acclaimed novelist and playwright Ariel Dorfman. His life has been shaped by political upheaval and exile. He fled Chile after General Pinochet seized power in 1973 and his books were banned and burned. Dorfman’s work explores humankind’s capacity for sin and salvation. Do we have it in us to overcome our worst instincts?

    • 22 min
    David Baddiel, Comedian and writer

    David Baddiel, Comedian and writer

    Stephen Sackur speaks to writer and comedian David Baddiel, who has a gift for finding the funny in some of the darkest corners of the human psyche. Now he is taking on our often toxic online culture - is comedy becoming a casualty of the culture wars?

    • 22 min
    Andrew Forrest: Mega-polluter turned climate revolutionary

    Andrew Forrest: Mega-polluter turned climate revolutionary

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Andrew Forrest, an Australian billionaire mining magnate who is using a chunk of his fortune to push a green, hydrogen-based energy solution. In the run up to the Glasgow climate change summit, his conversion to decarbonisation is timely, but is it credible?

    (Photo: Andrew Forrest in the Hardtalk studio)

    • 22 min
    Henry Marsh: A doctor arguing for assisted dying

    Henry Marsh: A doctor arguing for assisted dying

    Stephen Sackur speaks to brain surgeon Henry Marsh whose book “Do No Harm” became a bestseller. Now he is confronting his own advanced cancer, and lobbying for the legislation of assisted dying for the terminally ill. Should death ever be the desired outcome for a doctor?

    • 22 min
    Philippe Sands: Is international justice working?

    Philippe Sands: Is international justice working?

    When the first Nuremberg trial of Nazi war criminals came to an end, the ground-breaking international tribunal handed down 12 death sentences. Seventy-five years on, is the world any better at delivering justice for the worst of crimes? In the years that followed, there were hopes that an evolving mechanism of international justice would deter and punish further heinous acts of mass murder and genocide. Does it remain an impossible ideal? Stephen Sackur speaks to international lawyer and author Philippe Sands.

    (Photo: Philippe Sands in the Hardtalk studio)

    • 23 min
    Adela Raz, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the US

    Adela Raz, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the US

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Adela Raz, still officially Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, though the Taliban disowns her and the Americans ignore her. In the face of a looming humanitarian catastrophe is it time for the outside world to come to terms with Afghanistan’s new rulers?

    (Photo: Adela Raz appears via videolink on Hardtalk)

    • 22 min

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