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3010 - Espen Barth Eide: Why will Norway recognise a Palestinian state?
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  • 3010 - Espen Barth Eide: Why will Norway recognise a Palestinian state?

    Sarah Montague speaks to Norway’s Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide. His country, along with Ireland and Spain, says it will recognise a Palestinian state. Israel says that decision sends a message to the world that “terrorism pays”. Will the move help or hinder the path to peace in the Middle East?

    Fri, 24 May 2024
  • 3009 - Jim Skea: Are humans bungling our chance to avert disaster?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Professor Jim Skea, chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is a key player collating the latest climate science and right now the situation looks grim; global emissions are still rising, so are temperatures and targets seem likely to be missed. Are humans bungling our chance to avert disaster?

    Tue, 21 May 2024
  • 3008 - Gillian Slovo: Has her writing exorcised demons?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Gillian Slovo whose acclaimed fiction, plays and memoirs reflect an extraordinary backstory. The daughter of South African parents whose struggle against apartheid brought prison and exile and in her mother’s case, assassination. Has her writing exorcised demons?

    (Photo: Gillian Slovo in the Hardtalk studio)

    Mon, 20 May 2024
  • 3007 - Alexander Stubb: Has Nato membership left Finland stronger?

    Stephen Sackur is in Helsinki to speak to the President of Finland Alexander Stubb. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted Finland to take the strategically significant step of joining Nato. But is it wise for Finland to pick sides in the deepening conflict between Russia and the west?

    Fri, 17 May 2024
  • 3006 - Sir Ron Dennis: The need for speed

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Sir Ron Dennis, founder of the McLaren Group and one of the most successful team leaders ever in Formula 1 racing. He was known as a technical innovator and perfectionist focused on marginal gains in every aspect of race car design. Sir Ron and his McLaren team won a host of F1 constructors' and drivers' world championships with some of greats of motor racing: Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton. What fuelled his drive to win?

    Wed, 15 May 2024
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