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K.+Shanmugam%3A+Will+Singapore+have+to+choose+between+the+US+and+China%3F
access_time17 hours ago
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?
Henry+Huiyao+Wang%3A+Is+China+exposing+its+vulnerabilities%3F
access_time5 days ago
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?
Jo%C3%A3o+Vale+de+Almeida%3A+Have+UK-EU+relations+become+toxic%3F
access_time8 days ago
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?
Semyon+Bychkov%3A+Artists+speaking+out+against+Putin
access_time10 days ago
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?
Olha+Stefanishyna%2C+Ukraine%E2%80%99s+Deputy+Prime+Minister+for+European+and+Euro-Atlantic+Integration
access_time13 days ago
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?
Nicu+Popescu%2C+Moldova%E2%80%99s+Foreign+Minister+and+Deputy+Prime+Minister
access_time15 days ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Moldova’s Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Nicu Popescu. 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?
Josef+Aschbacher%3A+Is+Europe+losing+the+space+race%3F
access_time16 days ago
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?
Vassily+Nebenzia%3A+Is+Putin%27s+plan+failing%3F
access_time20 days ago
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?
Fawzia+Koofi%3A+Do+Afghans+still+have+hope%3F
access_time22 days ago
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?
Dr+Njoki+Ngumi+%E2%80%93+Artist+and+filmmaker
access_time24 days ago
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?
Iv%C3%A1n+Fischer%2C+Conductor+and+Composer
access_time27 days ago
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?
Serhii+Plokhy%3A+How+Putin+weaponises+history
access_time28 days ago
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?
Danica+Roem%3A+America%27s+culture+wars
access_time1 month ago
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?
Luis+Lacalle+Pou%3A+Why+is+Uruguay+moving+to+the+right%3F
access_time1 month ago
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?
Jens+Stoltenberg%3A+Is+Nato+being+undermined+by+internal+divisions%3F
access_time1 month ago
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?
President+of+Colombia+Iv%C3%A1n+Duque
access_time1 month ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to the President of Colombia Iván Duque. His term is coming to an end with Colombia’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?
Franklin+Graham%3A+An+era+of+moral+decline%3F
access_time1 month ago
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?
Stella+Moris%3A+Will+Julian+Assange+be+extradited+to+the+US%3F
access_time1 month ago
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?
Inger+Ashing+CEO%2C+Save+the+Children+International
access_time1 month ago
Zeinab Badawi speaks to the CEO of the charity Save the Children International Inger Ashing. 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?
Victoria+Spartz%3A+Does+her+party++share+her+commitment+to+defeating+Putin%3F
access_time2 months ago
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)
Victoria+Spartz+-+US+Congresswoman+for+Indiana+%28Republican%29
access_time2 months ago
Stephen Sackur is in Washington to speak to the Ukrainian born Republican Congresswoman Victoria Spartz. She is an ardent advocate of US support for Kiev in the war with Russia. Does her party and in particular Donald Trump, share her commitment to defeating Putin?
Senator+Mark+Warner%3A+Are+we+facing+a+new+Cold+War%3F
access_time2 months ago
In a special edition of the programme, 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?
Jim+Green%2C+Former+Chief+Scientist+at+Nasa
access_time2 months ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Jim Green who has just retired as chief scientist of Nasa. He was involved with extraordinary missions to Mars, Jupiter and Mercury but he also saw Nasa funding slashed and ever more reliance on cooperation with billionaire privateers. Has Nasa lost its way?
Zolt%C3%A1n+Kov%C3%A1cs%2C+Secretary+of+State+for+International+Communication+and+Relations%2C+Hungary
access_time2 months ago
Hungary is at odds with fellow NATO and EU members thanks to its close ties to Russia and suspicion of Ukraine’s president Zelensky. Stephen Sackur speaks to Zoltán Kovács, Hungary’s Secretary of State for International Communication. Whose side is Hungary’s prime minister Victor Oban really on?
Bill+Browder%3A+Sanctioning+Russia
access_time2 months ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Bill Browder, the American investor who made a fortune in post-Soviet Russia before falling foul of Vladimir Putin. Browder has long campaigned for Russia’s economic isolation - his lobbying has been instrumental in the US passing the Magnitsky Act in 2012, which imposed targeted sanctions on Russian individuals directly connected to rights abuses. Thanks to the invasion of Ukraine, Russia is now facing further Western sanctions. But Putin’s war machine hasn't yet ground to a halt and he shows no sign of reversing course. Has Russia’s economic resilience been underestimated?
Eduard+Heger%2C+Prime+Minister+of+Slovakia
access_time2 months ago
Stephen Sackur is in Bratislava for an exclusive interview with Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger. Slovakia is hosting tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees and is shipping arms to Ukraine yet it still relies on Russian gas. The country faces tough choices. What will they do?
Frances+O%27Grady%3A+How+can+workers+defend+their+interests%3F
access_time2 months ago
As rising inflation eats into wages, and machine learning and the gig economy transform the world of work, how do workers defend their interests? Stephen Sackur speaks to Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the UK’s Trades Union Congress.
Slava+Vakarchuk%3A+A+rock+star+on+the+frontline
access_time2 months ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Slava Vakarchuk, a Ukrainian rock star who has exchanged stadium gigs for a military uniform and morale-boosting visits to the frontline. As Ukraine fights for its survival in the face of Russia’s aggression, what role can this cultural icon play?
Mikhail+Khodorkovsky%3A+Making+an+enemy+of+Putin
access_time2 months ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to the the former Russian oligarch turned Putin foe, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He was once the boss of energy company Yukos and Russia’s richest oligarch. After falling out with President Putin, he spent 10 years in prison. Now he wants tougher western sanctions on Moscow and more arms for Ukraine in the war with Russia. If Putin faces defeat in Ukraine, how will he respond?
Kylie+Moore-Gilbert%3A+804+days+in+an+Iranian+jail
access_time2 months ago
Iran’s rocky relations with the West have cost a host of individuals their freedom. The Islamic republic has imprisoned citizens from the US, Britain and a number of other countries for spying. The charges may be trumped up, but Tehran’s determination to use western prisoners for political purposes is very real. Stephen Sackur speaks to Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was released from an Iranian jail in 2020 after 804 days behind bars.
Omid+Djalili+%E2%80%93+Comedian+and+writer
access_time2 months ago
Comedy challenges taste and convention and it can rouse strong reactions as we saw at this year’s Oscars when a joke earned comedian Chris Rock a slap in the face from the actor Will Smith. Stephen Sackur speaks to the comedian Omid Djalili who has spent more than 25 years finding laughs in sometimes unlikely places. He was born in London to Iranian parents and has thrived as a cross-culture comedic chameleon. But is it possible to be funny without being mean?
Dr+Njoki+Ngumi%3A+Can+art+change+Kenya%3F
access_time3 months ago
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?
Sergei+Guriev%2C+Economist
access_time3 months ago
What will it take to end the war Vladimir Putin has initiated in Ukraine? In military terms Russia now seems intent on a grim campaign of attrition in the east and south - a strategy which is already taking a terrible human toll. Could economic isolation inflict enough pain to force the Kremlin to reconsider? Stephen Sackur speaks to the exiled Russian economist Sergei Guriev. Is Moscow outmanoeuvring the west when it comes to sanctions?
Tsai+Ming-yen%2C+Taipei%E2%80%99s+Representative+to+the+EU
access_time3 months ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to a top diplomat from Taiwan, Taipei’s Representative to the EU Tsai Ming-yen. While the West says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine must fail, China holds back. Could Putin’s strategy be a template for Beijing to follow in territory it still claims as its own, namely Taiwan?
Nikita+Mazepin%3A+Sanctions+on+Russia+%27are+cancel+culture%27
access_time3 months ago
Stephen Sackur interviews former Russian F1 driver Nikita Mazepin, who was fired from his F1 team after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. He and his billionaire oligarch father now face EU and UK sanctions. What kind of impact will sporting isolation have on Russia?
Dmytro+Kuleba%3A+Is+diplomacy+at+a+dead+end%3F
access_time3 months ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba. Horrifying evidence of atrocities has emerged from towns around Kyiv recently vacated by Russian troops. Ukraine calls it Putin’s genocide, Moscow says it’s fake. As the war turns ever darker, is diplomacy at a dead end?
Claude+Joseph%3A+Can+Haiti+be+saved%3F
access_time3 months ago
Haiti is one of the world’s most broken nations, and internal fractures are tearing the country apart. Last summer, the president was assassinated, and the perpetrators still haven’t been brought to justice. Elections have been shelved, and Haitians live in grinding poverty amid gang violence and international indifference. Stephen Sackur speaks to Claude Joseph, Haiti’s former foreign minister and briefly acting PM. Can Haiti be saved?
Maria+Butina%3A+What+is+Russia+achieving+in+Ukraine%3F
access_time3 months ago
Stephen Sackur speaks to Maria Butina, a pro-Putin member of Russia’s state Duma. Where does Vladimir Putin’s self-styled 'special military operation' in Ukraine go from here? He expected Kyiv to fall quickly; it didn’t. Ukraine’s determination to resist hasn’t crumbled, despite the terrible human cost. Russian losses mount, and its economy is hurting. In the invasion’s second month, what do Russians think it is achieving?
Mairead+McGuinness%3A+How+far+will+the+EU+go+to+support+Kyiv%3F
access_time3 months ago
Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine united the EU in shock and outrage. But four weeks into the war, with Ukrainian cities besieged and civilians suffering unimaginable horrors, cracks are already evident in the European response. Stephen Sackur speaks to the EU Commissioner for Financial Services, Mairead McGuinness. How far should sanctions go? Solidarity with Ukraine is one thing, but is the EU prepared to endure real pain to support Kyiv?
Former+Russian+MP+on+fighting+Putin
access_time3 months ago
Gabriel Gatehouse speaks to Ilya Ponomarev, a former member of the Russian parliament who is fighting in Ukraine – against Russia. A man who has long said he wants to bring down Vladimir Putin, but was once on the Russian government payroll. Ilya Ponomarev has had his feet in many camps: among the Russian elites; inside the popular opposition, and now with Ukraine’s defence forces. So, what will the repercussions be of this war be, in Ukraine and in Russia?
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