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    Jean-Noël Barrot: A snap election in France

    Jean-Noël Barrot: A snap election in France

    Stephen Sackur is in Paris to speak to the French Minister Delegate for Europe, Jean-Noël Barrot. President Emmanuel Macron has just taken the gamble of his political life, calling a snap parliamentary election in an effort to outsmart the extremes of right and left. If it backfires, what will it mean for France and Europe?

    • 22 min
    Eyal Weizman: The politics of architecture

    Eyal Weizman: The politics of architecture

    Mishal Husain speaks to the architect Eyal Weizman. He works in what he calls ‘forensic architecture’, where details of buildings and physical spaces – and their destruction – are used to highlight abuses and persecution. Is he right to see architecture as political – a way in which human beings can oppress as well as create?

    • 22 min
    Mickey Bergman: What difference do hostage negotiators make?

    Mickey Bergman: What difference do hostage negotiators make?

    Sarah Montague speaks to hostage negotiator Mickey Bergman, who has spent much of the last two decades working behind the scenes to help negotiate the release of Americans kidnapped or detained abroad – either by criminals, political actors or governments. What difference do such “fringe diplomats” make? Are they a help or a hindrance?

    • 22 min
    R. Derek Black: Renouncing white nationalism

    R. Derek Black: Renouncing white nationalism

    Mishal Husain speaks to R. Derek Black, who was brought up in a family steeped in America’s white nationalist ideology, with a father who was a Ku Klux Klan leader. Then came exposure to a different world, and Derek’s journey to anti-racism. How did it come about, and what can we all learn from it?

    • 23 min
    Mohammad Shtayyeh: Will the Palestinian Authority work with Hamas?

    Mohammad Shtayyeh: Will the Palestinian Authority work with Hamas?

    Mishal Husain speaks to the former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Mohammed Shtayyeh. How does he see the Palestinian people’s future? Can he, and should he, work with Hamas?

    • 22 min
    Stephen J Shaw: Are falling birth rates a crisis for humanity?

    Stephen J Shaw: Are falling birth rates a crisis for humanity?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to the data scientist Stephen J Shaw, who argues that humanity faces a looming demographic crisis, with falling birth rates having dire economic and social consequences. But in an age of economic turbulence and ecological concern, do we really want to be promoting the idea that humans need to have more babies?

    • 22 min

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