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Stephen Sackur is in Stratford-upon-Avon, interviewing Gregory Doran, artistic director emeritus of the Royal Shakespeare Company. More than 400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s words and stories live on, transcending languages and borders. Why do we continue to make much ado about Shakespeare?
Zeinab Badawi is at the Firstsite gallery in Colchester to speak to acclaimed contemporary British artists the Singh Twins. Their work combines Eastern and Western traditions with sharp political comment. What inspires their artistic vision?
In an interview recorded in 2021, Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the past century's most influential environmentalists, James Lovelock. He introduced us to the Gaia hypothesis – the idea that our planet and all the life on it are part of one dynamic, self-regulating system. At the age of 101, Lovelock still had big thoughts about the future of life on Earth. Have we humans sown the seeds of our own destruction? Audio for this episode updated on Monday 1st August 2022.
Stephen Sackur speaks to South Africa’s controversial populist politician Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters. Allegations of political corruption, power cuts and mass unemployment are pushing South Africa to the brink of chaos. Could one of Africa’s richest nations be consumed by insurrectionist violence?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, and an influential advocate of the global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Has that green transition been hampered or hastened by the Ukraine war and Europe’s deepening energy crisis?
Stephen Sackur interviews the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow. There are signs of deepening worker discontent around the world; inflation is outstripping wages, and global corporations stand accused of putting profits before people, while many governments see organised labour as a threat. Have workers lost their faith in collective action?
Sarah Montague speaks to Afrobeats musician Omah Lay. With its roots in the social activist Afrobeat music pioneered by Fela Kuti, is there a universal message in the music of this young Nigerian singer-songwriter? (Photo: Omah Lay talks to Sarah Montague)
The conflict in Ethiopia between the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front and government forces is one of many challenges to the country’s stability. Now, there is a glimmer of hope, with both sides saying they are willing to start efforts to end the war. Zeinab Badawi speaks to Meaza Ashenafi, the Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia. What are the prospects for peace and justice in a conflict that has killed tens of thousands?
Twenty-five years ago, almost one and a half million Christians lived in Iraq. Now there are around a quarter of a million, and after years of war and communal violence many of them have been displaced from their ancestral homes. Can anything be done to reverse this trend toward extinction? Stephen Sackur speaks to Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, home to the largest remaining Christian community. In a country and a region where Christianity has deep roots, does it have a future?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Nury Turkel, a prominent Uyghur activist in exile and chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. He is a key leader in the effort to pressure China to end the repression of the Uyghurs. But is his campaign doomed to fail? (Photo: Nury Turkel in the Hardtalk studio)
The fractures in American society are widening, over guns, abortion, education and more. But the deepest, most traumatic fracture is surely over race. The US is post-slavery, post-segregation, but definitely not post-racism. Stephen Sackur speaks to Ibram X. Kendi, an influential writer and academic, who argues the only way to not be racist is to be actively anti-racist - a message he says children must hear. But does his approach risk intensifying America’s internal conflict?
Steve Thompson is a World Cup-winning England rugby player whose brain has been irreparably damaged by years of collisions. His wife Steph helps him deal with a life blighted by early-onset dementia. What happens when the game just isn’t worth it?
When the UK handed Hong Kong back to China 25 years ago, the last words of the departing British Governor to the people of the territory were: “Now Hong Kong people are to run Hong Kong. That is the promise. And that is the unshakeable destiny.” Sarah Montague speaks to Lord Patten, the man who made that pledge, to ask if that promise has been broken - and if the UK could have done more to honour it.
Stephen Sackur speaks to K. Shanmugam, Singapore’s minister of home affairs. Economically open, socially conservative and highly politically controlled, Singapore has thrived in the era of globalisation, but could rising US/China tensions force it to take sides?
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?
Comments (73)

ForexTraderNYC

hahaha U are a LIAR N FORTUNE TELLER! hilarious..he needs to bckup valid rational for supporting russia not just say support as payback..if your friends oppress some1 would u still side with opressor friend? if so u are supporting him then u are equally guilty as oppressor for not spking out against oppression.

Jul 29th
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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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