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

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    • 4.5 • 250 Ratings

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

    Evgeny Popov: Russia's mobilisation

    Evgeny Popov: Russia's mobilisation

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Russian MP, Putin loyalist and influential state media commentator Evgeny Popov. Amid military reverses, mass mobilisation, and signs of internal dissent in Russia, is Putin’s Ukraine strategy doomed to fail?

    • 23 min
    Reverend Richard Coles: Living with grief

    Reverend Richard Coles: Living with grief

    For most of us, death and grief remain a private affair. An irreversible, life-altering shock when we lose someone close, for which there is no guide or preparation. Stephen Sackur interviews Reverend Richard Coles, a broadcaster and Church of England vicar, whose frank account of his own grief has struck a chord with many. Why did the death of his husband nearly break him?

    • 23 min
    Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze: Can Putin’s threats undermine support for Ukraine?

    Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze: Can Putin’s threats undermine support for Ukraine?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to the Ukrainian MP, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, who currently chairs the Ukrainian parliament’s EU Integration Committee. Kyiv’s battlefield gains have prompted Vladimir Putin to announce a partial mobilisation and ramp up his nuclear threats. What does this mean for Ukraine and for the support it relies on in the west?

    • 24 min
    Maria Pevchikh: Where does Russia's anti-Putin movement go from here?

    Maria Pevchikh: Where does Russia's anti-Putin movement go from here?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Maria Pevchikh, investigations chief for Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, which is now outlawed in Russia. With Vladimir Putin putting a tighter squeeze on Russian civil society and criticism of the war risking years in prison, where does Russia’s anti-Putin movement go from here?

    • 24 min
    Vadym Prystaiko: Can Ukraine count on its allies?

    Vadym Prystaiko: Can Ukraine count on its allies?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine's former foreign minister, who now serves as the country's ambassador to the UK. With the war in Russia becoming protracted and attritional, and with Putin putting an energy squeeze on Europe, can Kyiv count on the staying power of its allies?

    • 23 min
    Enrico Letta: Is Italy set to choose a far-right government?

    Enrico Letta: Is Italy set to choose a far-right government?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Enrico Letta, leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party. With a momentous General Election looming, can Italians be persuaded against embracing a coalition of the far right?

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
250 Ratings

250 Ratings

Utah climber ,

Love the show!

Love listening to your show. Your interview with Christopher Ruddy he was the best one I’ve listened to yet.

Palunargar ,

Great Show

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.

cineaste74 ,

Stephen Takes ‘Em To Task

No holds barred! A+!!

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