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Oct 20, 2020
Jack Kingston: can Trump win?October 20, 2020
In a few days time Americans will give their verdict on President Donald Trump. Do they want four more years of Trump in the White House, or will they opt for the other septuagenarian Joe Biden - wholly different in style and worldview? Stephen Sackur speaks to the former Republican Congressman and loyal Trump campaigner Jack Kingston. The polls consistently say Trump is in big trouble. Is there good reason to think they are wrong?
Oct 16, 2020
Jim O'Neill: Is this a time for governments to be bold?October 16, 2020
In every crisis there is opportunity. It is a mantra beloved by business schools and political strategists, but should it offer us comfort as Covid-19 continues to ravage the global economy? Stephen Sackur speaks to Jim O’Neill, former chief economist at Goldman Sachs, erstwhile advisor to the British Government and champion of big measures to revive growth. Is this really the time to be bold?
Oct 14, 2020
Rob Schenck: Can Trump still count on the religious right?October 14, 2020
We cannot know the contents of Donald Trump’s soul, but its fair to say his personal behaviour doesn't point to deeply held Christian belief. And yet the evangelical Christian right is a key pillar of his support base. Could that change in November’s election? Stephen Sackur speaks to Rob Schenck, an influential evangelical pastor and long-time anti-abortion activist who broke with fellow social conservatives over gun control. Can Donald Trump still count on the loyalty of the religious...
Oct 12, 2020
Volodymyr Zelensky: How is Ukraine's president faring?October 12, 2020
When Ukrainians overwhelmingly voted to make a comedian president, Europeans wondered what the punchline would be. In an exclusive interview, Stephen Sackur speaks to Volodymyr Zelensky, the comic actor who played a president on TV before getting the job in real life. He has had 18 months to make good on his promise to end corruption and find a pathway to peace with Russia. How is he doing?
Oct 09, 2020
Narendra Taneja: How well has India handled the coronavirus crisis?October 09, 2020
Stephen Sackur speaks to the national spokesman for India's ruling BJP Narendra Taneja. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dominance of Indian politics is unquestioned but his ability to deliver competent government in a crisis is less certain. India now has the second highest official number of Covid infections in the world, and the real figure is thought to be up to ten times higher. Is Mr Modi’s populist strong man act about to come unstuck?
Oct 06, 2020
Joe Henrich: Is Western society 'weird'?October 06, 2020
The debate between nature and nurture is as old as the hills - is genetics or cultural conditioning the key to understanding human evolution? We speak to Joseph Henrich, a Harvard professor whose fascination with human evolution and anthropology has brought him to a radical conclusion. He says Western societies preoccupied with the individual not the collective are weird, and the cultural power of the West has skewed our view of what is normal. How much do we humans really have in common?
Oct 04, 2020
James Rebanks: How to sustainable feed a growing worldOctober 04, 2020
In a special edition of the programme, HARDtalk is in northwest England, to the area known as the Lake District. The landscape is beautiful but is not wild. The fields have been shaped by generations of shepherds and stockmen. Stephen Sackur speaks to James Rebanks whose farm has been in his family's hands for at least 600 years. He has become a nationally renowned advocate for a better kind of farming that is more sustainable and environmentally responsible. But are his ideas compatible with...
Oct 02, 2020
Leroy Logan: How easy is it to root out discrimination dressed in a police uniform?October 02, 2020
The sense of systemic racial injustice in policing that has fuelled the Black Lives Matter movement is shared far beyond the shores of the United States. In Britain it is two decades since a top level inquiry into London's police force found it to be institutionally racist - how much has really changed? Stephen Sackur speaks to Leroy Logan was one of London's top black policemen until his retirement seven years ago. How easy is it to root out discrimination dressed in a police uniform?
Sep 30, 2020
Paolo Gentiloni: Can Europe's economy recover?September 30, 2020
The economic fallout of Covid-19 has been tough, and with new waves of the virus appearing, restrictions on economic activity are being reimposed in many countries. Zeinab Badawi speaks to Paolo Gentiloni, the European Commissioner for the Economy. How confident is he that the world's second-largest economy can make a recovery?
Sep 28, 2020
Yusef Salaam: How to reform the US criminal justice systemSeptember 28, 2020
Yusef Salaam was just 16 when he and four other black and Latino teenagers were wrongly convicted of the rape and assault of a woman jogging in New York’s Central Park. Even before their trial the then property tycoon Donald Trump took out newspaper ads calling for the death penalty. The five served out their sentences before being exonerated when another man admitted to the crime. Yusef Salaam says their case is the story of the criminal system of injustice in America. But as anti-racism...