551 Episodes Refresh
Jun 11, 2021
Ben Rhodes: President Biden's foreign policy challengesJune 11, 2021
Stephen Sackur speaks to former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, Ben Rhodes. He's written a new book - After the Fall - reflecting on his time in the White House, the legacy of President Trump and the foreign policy challenges facing President Biden. With the rise of authoritarian, nationalist trends around the world, is the US in any position to lead a much touted global alliance of democracies?
Jun 07, 2021
Writer Michael Rosen on surviving Covid-19June 07, 2021
The author and educator Michael Rosen has released a personal memoir on his near-death experience after recovering from Covid-19. His memoir explores his experience of contracting Covid as dark, sad and uplifting, but how did he find the poetic in a pandemic?
Jun 03, 2021
Tom Kerridge: Has the pandemic changed the way we eat?June 03, 2021
How long will it take the hospitality business to recover from the pandemic, and is there a new recognition of the link between our food and our health? Stephen Sackur speaks to British chef Tom Kerridge.
Jun 01, 2021
John Nkengasong: Can Africa meet its vaccination targets?June 01, 2021
Africa appears to have been relatively spared in the pandemic so far, but plans to have at least 30% of the continent's populations vaccinated by the end of 2021 seem far away. Hardtalk speaks to John Nkengasong, the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
May 31, 2021
Doug Gurr – Advocating for planet EarthMay 31, 2021
Stephen Sackur speaks to the new director of London’s world-renowned Natural History Museum, Doug Gurr. They still love their ancient fossils here, but the real focus now is on the fragile future of our planet. Has this become a museum on a mission?
May 27, 2021
Fawad Chaudhry - Pakistan’s Information MinisterMay 27, 2021
Who holds the reins of power in Pakistan? Prime Minister Imran Khan leads a government elected in 2018; if Pakistan is a genuine democracy then that’s where power resides. But many government critics say the military dictates much that happens inside the country, particularly when it comes to silencing opposition to the covert power of the so-called deep state. Stephen Sackur speaks to Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. What happened to Imran Khan’s pledge to deliver clean,...
May 26, 2021
Tito Mboweni: How much has Covid damaged South Africa?May 26, 2021
South Africa is wrestling with a continued health and economic crisis courtesy of Covid-19, but the country’s ruling ANC party is also distracted by internal divisions over corruption. Stephen Sackur speaks to Tito Mboweni, South Africa’s finance minister .
May 24, 2021
Lt-General (Rtd) Ben Hodges – Is America's power waning?May 24, 2021
Stephen Sackur speaks to retired US general Ben Hodges, former Commander of the US Army in Europe. The 20th century was in many ways shaped by America’s unrivalled power; two decades into the new century and its clear the story arc is shifting. China is projecting its power across the globe, Russia is out to reassert its regional supremacy and the limits of American power have been exposed from Iraq to Afghanistan. Is the US in danger of losing the race to define the 21st century?
May 21, 2021
Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s Ambassador to the EUMay 21, 2021
Russia’s relations with the West have been poor for some time but now they have reached a new level of hostility. Since the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, new sanctions have been imposed by both the US and EU. The Ukraine conflict, allegations of cyber attack and covert operations – the list of unresolved issues is growing. Stephen Sackur speaks to Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s Ambassador to the EU. Is confrontation with the West, President Putin’s strategic...
May 19, 2021
Husam Zomlot: Palestine's balance of powerMay 19, 2021
The latest round of conflict between Israel and militant groups in Gaza has left the Palestinian Authority looking sidelined and powerless. Is this a permanent shift in the Palestinian power dynamic? Stephen Sackur speaks to Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK.