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In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.
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Indonesia has the right kind of assets in terms of population, natural resources and strategic position to be a 21st century superpower; but there are clouds on the horizon. For five decades Jakarta has suppressed a Papuan independence movement, and in recent months tensions have flared into violence. Stephen Sackur interviews Benny Wenda, exiled leader of the West Papuan Liberation Movement. Can he take on Jakarta and win?Image: Benny Wenda (Credit: United Liberation Movement for West Papua/AFP)
Extraordinary events have become the norm in the last three months in Hong Kong. The territory has become a cockpit of political protest and sporadic violence as many thousands continue to demand democratic reform. Stephen Sackur interviews Anson Chan; she was the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong during the handover from British to Chinese rule. She is still close to the centre of the storm, as Beijing now accuses her of fomenting the protest. Is Hong Kong’s fragile status quo irretrievably broken?
Is there any clarity and coherence to the opponents of Brexit? Stephen Sackur speaks to MP Heidi Allen, who quit the Conservative party earlier this year to co-found a new pro-remain centrist party. With Prime Minister Boris Johnson apparently intent on ignoring the will of parliament and exiting the EU at the end of October, the eye of the Brexit storm is fast approaching.Image: Heidi Allen (Credit: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has positioned himself as the country’s Brexit champion, but his pledge to take Britain out of the EU on October the 31st is in trouble. Parliament has passed a law requiring him to seek a deadline extension from the EU; so either he negotiates a new exit deal in short order, or he attempts to defy the law. How is this British melodrama being viewed in Europe? Stephen Sackur interviews French MEP and former Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau. Has EU patience with British indecision run out?Image: Nathalie Loiseau (Credit: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)
British politics is in full-on meltdown mode. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost a series of key votes on Brexit, AND his parliamentary majority. He’s now seeking a general election in mid-October to let British voters decide whether Brexit should happen, come what may, at the end of next month. But will the Labour opposition agree to a snap poll? Stephen Sackur interviews former Labour cabinet minister Lord Falconer. Is Labour in any fit state to win an election amid Britain’s Brexit chaos?
The number of migrants making the sea crossing from North Africa to southern Europe has fallen dramatically in the last two years; tragically, the number of deaths hasn’t declined as fast. Humanitarian activists blame the anti-migration policies of EU member states. Stephen Sackur speaks to Carola Rackete, who defied the Italian authorities to land the rescue-ship Sea Watch 3 in Sicily with 50 migrants on board. To some, she’s a humanitarian hero; but will her actions merely encourage more people smuggling and more suffering?Image: Carola Rackete (Credit: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters)
Eighty years ago, hundreds of Jewish children were smuggled out of Nazi occupied Europe by train in a covert humanitarian mission which became known as the ‘kindertransport’. Stephen Sackur speaks to Dame Stephanie Shirley, who was one of those children. She went on to live an extraordinary life of achievement and philanthropy, blazing a trail for women in business, science and technology. What lessons can we learn from a woman determined to make the most of a life so nearly extinguished in childhood?
Our planet is haemorrhaging natural resources at an alarming rate. Biodiversity is under threat as forests are felled, wild animals illegally hunted. Stephen Sackur speaks to Lee White, newly appointed Environment Minister in the West African state of Gabon. He is on the front line of the effort to conserve and protect what remains, in a country famed for its tropical forests, its elephants and gorillas, but also notorious for systemic corruption and inequality. Can Gabon find a sustainable balance between the needs of man and nature?
The human preoccupation with sex is nothing new – but the internet has made it so much easier to explore and exploit every shade of desire. The online porn industry makes billions of dollars in profit every year, but the big winners are corporate players, not the women and men performing the sex acts. Stephen Sackur interviews Mia Khalifa; she was briefly a porn actress, garnering worldwide notoriety when she appeared in a sex video wearing the Islamic hijab. After years of threats and insecurity, she’s speaking out; what does her story tells us about the porn industry and 21st century culture?
Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed ‘deal maker extraordinaire’, is finding the Korean Peninsula tough going. For all his claims of friendship with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang seems no closer to giving up its nuclear arsenal. America's strategic partnership with South Korea is looking increasingly strained too. Stephen Sackur interviews South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. Her country is currently out of step with both the US and Japan; how vulnerable does that make South Korea?Image: Kang Kyung-wha (Credit: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
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ForexTraderNYC

courageous lady fighting for immigrants... who dares to do that in 21st ce.? only quality ppl.. such compassion to help the helpless..love her such strong determination!

Sep 5th
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ForexTraderNYC

courageous lady fighting for immigrants... who dares to do that in 21st ce.? only quality ppl.. such compassion to help the helpless..love her such strong determination!

Sep 5th
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ForexTraderNYC

wish the interview didnt end so abruptly wanted to learn more..nevertheless i was captured by her confidence n strong will n warrior attitude to face difficulties of life.. i shall look for her interviews other places. thx BBC for the introduction

Sep 5th
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Rabindra Karki

Really nice program

Jul 25th
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my.android. Mfz

this guy earned my respect. Europe has become a toothless lions. if it can't get the US to comply which all of them agreed, thry should have the guts to act on it.

Jul 24th
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Lars Wood

my.android. Mfz to some extent, I think you are right!

Jul 25th
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Ketan Ramteke

No wonder Joe Rogan's interviews are so amazing than these mainstream media houses.

Feb 11th
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thomas kagwa

The media is so smug about watergate. Where was the fourth estate during the Rwandan genocide? Is anyone calling out the UK and US governments over the war crimes in Yemen?

Nov 14th
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Geoffrey O'Connell

thomas kagwa I remember the Rwanda civil war on the news reporting from deep inside very bravely and no doubt helped bring about peace

Nov 14th
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André Graciotti

wow, that was cringy-worthy to listen to. I don't agree with most of Peterson's ideas, but this interview was agressive to say the least. I couldn't hear the man finish one single thought. shame on you BBC.

Aug 18th
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Intrograted

After listening... This is atrocious, BBC. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I used to respect the World Service. This was Cathy Newman all over again. Same tone, same accent, just a male voice. This is a disgusting way to conduct a conversation. This is no way to 'inform' the world. Fortunately, I think the world are smart enough to see through your destructive agenda. With love and hope from a true progressive. Be better. ❤

Aug 8th
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Intrograted

Before listening... Neither/nor, both/and. It depends on the observer, not Dr. Peterson, though.

Aug 7th
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Mzm Mun

Syria face bloodshed and human crisis.surely we are heading WWIII

Apr 21st
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Mzm Mun

Syria

Apr 21st
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Shruti Mehta

great show! Gets you thinking!

Mar 4th
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Kathryn Wright

Zanab Badawi is never interested in the different perspective..rather she is always interested in denigrating the progressive view and her style is oppressively archaic.. always pulling out that view by that person who is critical of progress. i have stopped listening to her because she is stuck n the 50's in attitude & comfort which is surprising for a person of color.

Dec 5th
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