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

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    Oliver McTernan: Is peace in the Middle East an impossible dream?

    Oliver McTernan: Is peace in the Middle East an impossible dream?

    Sarah Montague speaks to former Catholic priest Oliver McTernan who has spent more than two decades working in conflict resolution in the Middle East. He is the director of the organisation Forward Thinking and was involved in negotiations that led to the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011. While he has no formal role in the current talks over the war in Gaza, he regularly speaks to senior figures in both Hamas and the Israeli government. Given the history of this protracted conflict, does he hold any hope that it will ever be resolved?

    • 23 min
    Maria Butina: Is time on Russia's side?

    Maria Butina: Is time on Russia's side?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Maria Butina, member of the State Duma for President Putin’s United Russia party. The war in Ukraine now hinges on strength of will and staying power: the fighting is attritional, the bloodshed horrendous, and Nato has just reaffirmed its commitment to Kyiv. Two and a half years after the invasion, is time really on Russia’s side?

    • 22 min
    Laurie Bristow: The West's failure in Afghanistan

    Laurie Bristow: The West's failure in Afghanistan

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Sir Laurie Bristow, Britain’s last Ambassador to Afghanistan who led a desperate evacuation when Kabul fell to the Taliban three years ago. What are his reflections on the significance of the West’s strategic failure in Afghanistan?

    • 22 min
    Ilya Ponomarev: How significant is Russian resistance to Putin?

    Ilya Ponomarev: How significant is Russian resistance to Putin?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Ilya Ponomarev, a former Russian MP who’s now a key leader of an anti-Putin armed resistance movement active both inside and outside Russia. As Putin’s assault on Ukraine grinds on, how significant is this Russian resistance?

    • 22 min
    Asma Khan: Can cooking change the world?

    Asma Khan: Can cooking change the world?

    Stephen Sackur is in the heart of London to speak with Indian-born restaurateur and activist Asma Khan. She created the first all-female, high-end Indian restaurant in the world

    • 22 min
    Husam Zomlot: Is diplomacy dead in the Israel-Gaza conflict?

    Husam Zomlot: Is diplomacy dead in the Israel-Gaza conflict?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to the top Palestinian diplomat in London, Husam Zomlot. As Israel’s military assault on Gaza approaches the nine-month mark, with the Palestinian death toll still rising, Israeli hostages still in captivity and ceasefire hopes seemingly dashed, is diplomacy dead in the water?

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
292 Ratings

292 Ratings

Palunargar ,

Great Show

Great interview on the Israel conflict n Gaza. This is one of my favorite podcasts. It always interesting subjects and relevant topics. Thank you for your program and specially for your Interview with Ariel Dorfman. He is a fascinating writer, a human rights advocate and his life is just amazing. Mr. Dorfman was very inspiring in despite of his life experiences and his dystopian stories of his books. Since I come from Latin America and my father had similar experiences from those years. I am interested to read more of his books since many of his recurrent themes are still very relevant today.

DD63184 ,

Finally news that is not scared

I really enjoy how hard talk gets down to the important questions. It feels like most news now is so biased and doesn’t ask hard questions. It brings me a lot of joy to hear some one finally asking hard questions

ccm&co ,

Revealing and Educational Interviews

Stephen Sackur conducts thorough, fair, probing, and revealing interviews with a very diverse set of guests. The level of research into each show is unparalleled. A true jewel in the BBC crown.

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