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    • 4.4 • 290 Ratings

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

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    Jim Skea: Are humans bungling our chance to avert disaster?

    Jim Skea: Are humans bungling our chance to avert disaster?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Professor Jim Skea, chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is a key player collating the latest climate science and right now the situation looks grim; global emissions are still rising, so are temperatures and targets seem likely to be missed. Are humans bungling our chance to avert disaster?

    • 22 min
    Gillian Slovo: Has her writing exorcised demons?

    Gillian Slovo: Has her writing exorcised demons?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Gillian Slovo whose acclaimed fiction, plays and memoirs reflect an extraordinary backstory. The daughter of South African parents whose struggle against apartheid brought prison and exile and in her mother’s case, assassination. Has her writing exorcised demons?
    (Photo: Gillian Slovo in the Hardtalk studio)

    • 23 min
    Alexander Stubb: Has Nato membership left Finland stronger?

    Alexander Stubb: Has Nato membership left Finland stronger?

    Stephen Sackur is in Helsinki to speak to the President of Finland Alexander Stubb. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted Finland to take the strategically significant step of joining Nato. But is it wise for Finland to pick sides in the deepening conflict between Russia and the west?

    • 22 min
    Sir Ron Dennis: The need for speed

    Sir Ron Dennis: The need for speed

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Sir Ron Dennis, founder of the McLaren Group and one of the most successful team leaders ever in Formula 1 racing. He was known as a technical innovator and perfectionist focused on marginal gains in every aspect of race car design. Sir Ron and his McLaren team won a host of F1 constructors' and drivers' world championships with some of greats of motor racing: Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton. What fuelled his drive to win?

    • 22 min
    Bill Blair: Canada's defence strategy

    Bill Blair: Canada's defence strategy

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Canada’s defence minister Bill Blair. When it comes to military spending, Canada lies well short of Nato’s target. But with fears of Russian aggression on the rise, not least in the Arctic region, are Canadians changing their attitude to defence strategy?

    • 22 min
    Gabrielius Landsbergis: Does Europe back Lithuania?

    Gabrielius Landsbergis: Does Europe back Lithuania?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Lithuania’s foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis. He wants the West to ramp up support for Ukraine to defeat Putin; he’s infuriated China with his stand on Taiwan. He calls it values-based foreign policy, but is Europe backing him?

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
290 Ratings

290 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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