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

    Serj Tankian: System of a Down frontman on activism and music

    Serj Tankian: System of a Down frontman on activism and music

    Serj Tankian is the frontman of world-renowned rock band System of a Down, but is also an arch advocate for his family’s homeland, Armenia. His passionate views on genocide, war and corrupt governance have won him millions of fans and numerous enemies. What matters more to him: the politics or the music?

    • 23 min
    Tsitsi Dangarembga: Are better days coming for Zimbabwe?

    Tsitsi Dangarembga: Are better days coming for Zimbabwe?

    Zeinab Badawi interviews playwright, novelist and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga, one of Zimbabwe’s most influential and acclaimed cultural figures. Arrested for her political activism, she says her art gives her a platform to call for change. Is she optimistic about her country's future? What are the prospects for better days in Zimbabwe, when every day is a struggle?

    • 23 min
    Amrullah Saleh: Is the Afghan peace process running out of road?

    Amrullah Saleh: Is the Afghan peace process running out of road?

    If Afghanistan is to find a way out of seemingly never-ending war the next few weeks will be critically important. The Biden Administration is pressing the Afghan Government and the Taliban to accept a transition plan based on a ceasefire and power-sharing. It’s a tough sell, given the taliban has intensified its military campaign in recent months. But what’s the alternative? Stephen Sackur speaks to Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. Is the Afghan peace process running out of road?

    • 23 min
    Ken Rogoff: Does Bidenomics make sense?

    Ken Rogoff: Does Bidenomics make sense?

    The Covid pandemic looks like a watershed moment in global economics. Big Government is back as the failsafe engine of economic growth, as the usual fears such as soaring debt and rising inflation have been pushed aside. Stephen Sackur interviews acclaimed US economist Ken Rogoff, once dubbed ‘the godfather of austerity’. Is he a convert to Bidenomics?

    • 22 min
    Barbara Amiel: What do the super-rich owe the rest of the world?

    Barbara Amiel: What do the super-rich owe the rest of the world?

    The proportion of wealth owned by a super-rich elite continues to grow in societies around the world. The glaring disparity between the 'have-mosts' and the 'have-nothings' has fuelled a wave of political anger. Stephen Sackur speaks to the former newspaper columnist, editor, and one-time high society hostess Barbara Amiel, whose recent memoir, wittingly or not, paints an extraordinary, even grotesque, picture of the lives of the wealthy.

    • 23 min
    Sir Vartan Melkonian: From Beirut street child to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Sir Vartan Melkonian: From Beirut street child to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Sir Vartan Melkonian began his life as an Armenian refugee in Lebanon, spending his early years in an orphanage outside Beirut, followed by living rough on the streets for many years. He is now a renowned musician, conductor and composer. Zeinab Badawi hears his remarkable story.

    • 23 min

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