527 Episodes Refresh
Apr 09, 2021
Amrullah Saleh: Is the Afghan peace process running out of road?April 09, 2021
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...
Apr 06, 2021
Ken Rogoff: Does Bidenomics make sense?April 06, 2021
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?
Apr 05, 2021
Barbara Amiel: What do the super-rich owe the rest of the world?April 05, 2021
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.
Apr 02, 2021
Sir Vartan Melkonian: From Beirut street child to the Royal Philharmonic OrchestraApril 02, 2021
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. Stephen Sackur hears his remarkable story.
Mar 30, 2021
Erika Lust: Can porn be feminist?March 30, 2021
Porn is one of the biggest drivers of internet traffic and a generator of vast amounts of money, but also an industry in a state of flux. The biggest online porn platforms have been accused of profiting from criminality and abuse. Stephen Sackur interviews Erika Lust - pornographer, feminist and entrepreneur. Is there such a thing as ethical porn?
Mar 29, 2021
Marina Abramović: A remarkable career pushed to the limitsMarch 29, 2021
Much of the art we love is presented via a medium - be it a canvas, a recording or celluloid. Stephen Sackur interviews Marina Abramović, an artist whose primary resource is her own body. In the course of a remarkable career, the world's most famous and garlanded performance artist has pushed herself to the very limits of physical endurance and stirred intense reaction from audiences confronting her eye to eye. Her art and life are one; so what do they tell us?
Mar 26, 2021
Jean-Claude Juncker: Is covid an unprecedented test of EU cohesion?March 26, 2021
The Covid 19 pandemic has presented the European Union with an unprecedented test of its cohesion and competence. Right now the scorecard looks decidedly mixed with many member states facing a third wave of infection while the vaccination roll out lags far behind that in post Brexit Britain. Stephen Sackur speaks to the former president of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker. He once bemoaned a loss of collective EU libido but is the problem getting worse?
Mar 24, 2021
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee - Is the concept of ‘one country, two systems’ dead?March 24, 2021
It seems the Biden Administration is putting greater emphasis on human rights issues in its already fraught relationship with China. Will that prompt Beijing to think twice about the crackdown on pro-democracy activism in Hong Kong? Stephen Sackur interviews Regina Ip, Chair of the New People’s Party, member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and one of Beijing’s most loyal backers in the territory. Is the concept of ‘one country, two systems’ dead?
Mar 22, 2021
Baroness Minouche Shafik: What do we owe each other?March 22, 2021
The idea of a social contract between the individual and the state is a staple of political philosophy. But what happens when that contract is threatened by forces beyond the control of any government, like a climate crisis or, right now, a global pandemic? Stephen Sackur speaks to Baroness Minouche Shafik, director of the London School of Economics and former top official at the World Bank. Is humanity capable of collective action to meet global challenges?
Mar 19, 2021
Stephen King: Are you afraid of the dark?March 19, 2021
Millions of readers all over the world are drawn to fiction that explores our fears. Horror sells and no-one does it better or more prolifically than Stephen King. He’s written more than 60 books, sold close to 400 million copies - he is the master manipulator of dark places and the paranormal. If you're not a reader you may have seen the Shining, Carrie, Stand by Me - all films based on his stories. He's been writing for half a century – how has our appetite for fear evolved?