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Stephen Sackur speaks to China thinktank founder and sometime government adviser Henry Huiyao Wang. From its strategic partnership with Putin’s Russia, to its draconian and economically damaging Covid policy, is Beijing making calls which expose its vulnerabilities?
Stephen Sackur speaks to João Vale de Almeida, the EU’s Ambassador to the UK, who is at the sharp end of the bitter fight between Boris Johnson’s government and Brussels over Northern Ireland. If Britain backs out of the Brexit deal and the EU retaliates, how toxic could things get?
Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the world’s great conductors, Semyon Bychkov. Born in the Soviet Union, exiled from Russia, and a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, does he fear the fall out for artists when nationalism and politics take centre stage?
Stephen Sackur speaks to one of Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Ministers, Olha Stefanishyna. The country faces a moment of truth: Russian firepower on the frontline is beginning to tell, as the EU contemplates whether to accept Ukraine as a candidate for membership. Will Kyiv get the support it needs?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Nicu Popescu, Moldova’s foreign minister and deputy Prime Minister. Poor, beset with corruption and strategically vulnerable, Moldova has reasons to fear that Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine could end on its soil. How does Moldova best protect itself?
Stephen Sackur speaks to the head of the European Space Agency, Josef Aschbacher. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine put an end to space cooperation with Moscow, leaving key projects in disarray. Has it also left Europe looking like an also-ran in the space race?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia. More than 100 days into its invasion of Ukraine, Russia is locked in attrition, costly fighting in the Donbas, enduring economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation. Is Putin’s plan failing?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Fawzia Koofi, one of Afghanistan’s most prominent women politicians, who has been in exile since the Taliban returned to power last year. Faced with economic collapse and political repression, can Afghans see any glimmer of light in the darkness? (Photo: Fawzia Koofi in the Hardtalk studio)
Zeinab Badawi is in Nairobi to talk to one of Kenya’s most ground-breaking cultural figures Dr Njoki Ngumi. She abandoned a promising career in medicine to help set up an arts collective and believes that creative endeavours can help transform societies. One of the collective’s films exploring homosexuality was banned in Kenya where gay sex is a crime. So how far is Njoki Ngumi shifting opinions? (Photo: Dr Njoki Ngumi)
Stephen Sackur speaks to the world-renowned Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer. He’s one of the most innovative, idiosyncratic maestros in the world of classical music. In the current climate, how easy is it to find the magic in music-making?
Stephen Sackur speaks to internationally renowned Harvard historian Serhii Plokhy, who specialises in the complex histories of Ukraine, Russia and the Soviet Union. Vladimir Putin has tried to weaponise history to undermine Ukrainian identity and nationhood - how does this historian fight back?
Stephen Sackur is in Washington DC to speak to America’s first transgender state lawmaker, Danica Roem. She overcame long odds to win a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Now she’s a powerful voice in the US culture wars. From trans rights to abortion, are progressives or conservatives in the ascendant?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle Pou. He’s a conservative advocate of free market economics and tougher crackdowns on crime. Why is Uruguay going right when so much of Latin America is currently trending to the left?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He claims the West’s military alliance has been steadfast in support of Ukraine since Russian President Putin’s invasion. But in Kyiv, there is increasing frustration. Is Nato being undermined by internal divisions?
Stephen Sackur speaks to the President of Colombia, Iván Duque. His term is coming to an end with the country’s biggest problems unresolved: mass poverty, inequality and alarming levels of violence. Does the Duque Presidency signal the conclusive failure of Colombia’s ruling elite?
Stephen Sackur speaks to evangelist Franklin Graham, who has followed in his father Billy’s footsteps and become one of the biggest Christian preachers in America. In the intensifying culture war over abortion and LGBTQ rights in the US, have the evangelists and the Republicans joined forces?
Stephen Sackur speaks to lawyer Stella Moris, wife of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and mother of two of his children. The British government is about to decide whether to extradite him to the United States to face espionage charges. With his fate on the line, why is Assange such a polarising figure?
Zeinab Badawi speaks to Inger Ashing, CEO of the charity Save the Children International. What is her organisation doing in Ukraine, and is the war with Russia taking the focus off other global hotspots, leaving millions of children in peril?
Stephen Sackur is in Washington to speak to the Ukrainian born Republican Congresswoman Victoria Spartz. She is an ardent advocate of US support for Kyiv in the war with Russia. Does her party and in particular Donald Trump, share her commitment to defeating Putin? (Photo: Victoria Spartz, Republican Congresswoman)
Stephen Sackur is in Washington DC to speak to the Chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, senior Democrat Senator Mark Warner. America is sending weapons and money to Ukraine to confront Vladimir Putin. But with economic troubles and political polarisation at home, is the US well equipped for a new era of conflict? (Photo: Democrat Senator Mark Warner)
Comments (72)

abiola shadrack

mtchewwwww

Jun 17th
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ForexTraderNYC

another useless organization with smokescreen n self serving usurping millions in donations while pretending to work for humanitarian crises. GREAT journalist questioning n horrible guest evading questions n spking like a robot n scripted answers.

May 16th
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Maria

What an indifferent and unsympathetic host. I like the way Arseniy answered his provocative questions. a As for Ukrainian it was especially painful to listen to this host's questions.

Mar 11th
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hanie khakpoor

pls put at least one photo of your guest in each podcast

Feb 11th
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ForexTraderNYC

very impressive informative guest, bold n very upto date with info. she delivered data with so clarity, with such good flow ( love intelligent women) i can read intelligent people, its scary i know..would love it if she starts a podcast.

Feb 3rd
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ForexTraderNYC

wow mohammad dominated the debate..sounded more like EASY TALK..truth cant be refuted..he is spitting historical undeniable facts n stephen ouch getting K.O crushed him! never seen Stephen knocked out this bad.

Jan 25th
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ForexTraderNYC

very articulate brave man. A warrior fighting for whats right despite that threats he stood up for what's right. I am inspired.

Nov 12th
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km

How the F does this interviewer NOT UNDERSTAND!!!!? A bit dense??? YES. Holy $hit yes. Good job Roger Hallam 👌

Oct 22nd
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ForexTraderNYC

this bbc journalist is giving Cathy Newman vibe of gotcha! lose the aggression n lets stay objective? my advice.

Sep 29th
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ForexTraderNYC

1st time stephen not grilling sum1. It was nice actually, Maggi is so genuine n living in the moment ..she goes what u mean what's next..haha bless her heart. I imagine, a true artist doesn't plan things. They just express their art on canvas instinctly n in end one could open it up for interpretation.

Aug 31st
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ForexTraderNYC

18th minute things got interesting n loud. Had Steven been in same room, he'd get a proper beating with a stick! haha...Steven was in rush get out at the end, smart move.

Aug 3rd
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ForexTraderNYC

brutal exchange of dialogue, Hungary won I think. EU is in the wrong trying to blackmail a nations' culture n values for $..you can't buy souls.

Aug 3rd
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ForexTraderNYC

so new Zealand PM is smart, trying to avoid reparations by apologizing alone n moving on, kiwi always ahead of times...smart PM

Aug 3rd
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ForexTraderNYC

haha Never thought I'd hear mike holding at this show, great crickter, great accent! music to the ears all of it.

Jul 19th
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ForexTraderNYC

respectable lady, smart politician

Jul 15th
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abiola shadrack

this Zainab Ahmed is absolutely delusional at best and at worst, demented. with all the rubbish and excuses she keeps giving. finance minister of a failed state.

Jul 9th
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abiola shadrack

this Minister is only deceiving herself and the delusional cabinet

Jul 9th
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Doha Hashish

look Stephen, First, the Arab world doesn't want such normalizations with Israel, as for why it happened? it is simply because we have weak leadership and we call them traitors if you don't know, second, the debate now and ever should be about the legality of Israel to be in Palestin! Palestin is for Palestinians and not jews! Third, All Arabs are united now against Israel and I hope it would be the end of the occupation, so no use of talking about Fath and other fragments in Palestin as there will always be disagreements, the beneficial thing to do is to call for giving Palestinians their home back and stopping bias by the international community against Palestinians!

May 20th
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Doha Hashish

Hamas is using children as human shields?! Ohhhh! You are using the ever lasting advice of Nazis "Lie big" How on earth could a mum allow her children to be used in such way??!

May 15th
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Doha Hashish

lier again!!! Hamas is in complete harmony with all the political groups in Palestin!

May 15th
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