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HARDtalk: Steve Shirley

this morning (monday 2nd), 12.30-12.55am (repeated 2.30am 4.30am and 12.30am), on bbc news tv (and repeated 4.06am and 8.06pm on bbc world service radio

dame stephanie shirley – IT entrepreneur and philanthropist (interviewed by stephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)

“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?”

[** I have no idea why the BBC, and Stephen Sackur, are saying this]


HARDtalk: Ghazi Hamad

this morning (wednesday 22nd), 4.30-4.55am (repeated 12.30am), on bbc news tv (and repeated 9.06pm on bbc world service radio

ghazi hamad – hamas spokesman (interviewed by stephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)

“Could change be afoot? Hamas’s internal grip on Gaza is threatened by rising economic discontent. The Trump administration will soon unveil a peace plan built on economic incentives for the Palestinian people. The movement’s rhetoric is unbending, but do the Palestinian people long for new ideas?”


HARDtalk: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

yesterday morning (wednesday 13th), 4.30-4.55am (repeated 9.30am and 3.30pm), on bbc world news tv (forced off bbc news tv by brexit) (and repeated from 3.06pm yesterday on bbc world service radio)

ayelet gundar-goshen – israeli author (interviewed by stephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)

Stephen Sackur speaks to Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, a prize-winning Israeli novelist who brings a trained psychologist’s eye to compelling stories set in her home country. Hers is a world of moral ambiguity where truth, memory, right and wrong aren’t necessarily what they seem. Does her work tell us something important about the Israeli psyche?”


HARDtalk: Pinchas Goldschmidt

tomorrow morning (friday 11th), 12.30-12.55am (repeated 4.30am), on bbc news tv (and repeated 3.06am and 8.06pm on bbc world service radio)
pinchas goldschmidt – president, conference of european rabbis (interviewed by stephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series) (includes discussion of shechitah, circumcision, jeremy corbyn, and viktor orban)

“There is plenty of disturbing data pointing to a significant rise in overt anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States. What are the reasons and how should the Jewish community respond? How much reassurance and protection is being offered to Jews whose past has so often been written in blood?
Is rising anti-Semitism a symptom of a liberal democratic order that is starting to crumble?”


HARDtalk: Len McCluskey

BBC bias: Combative interview programme HARDtalk fails to question Labour’s biggest donor about his union’s attitude to anti-semitism in the Labour Party.
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this afternoon (wednesday 9th), 3.06-3.30pm, on bbc world service radio
len mccluskey – general secretary, unite union, uk (interviewed by stephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)

“Could Brexit break the left apart? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Len McCluskey, leader of Britain’s biggest trade union and biggest donor to the Labour party.”


HARDtalk: Naftali Bennett

tomorrow morning (monday 26th), 4.30-5.00am (repeated from 12.30am, and from 12.30am on friday 23rd), on bbc news tv (and repeated 3.06am and 3.06pm tomorrow, on bbc world service radio)
naftali bennett – israeli education minister and leader of jewish home (interviewed by stephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)

“Israel’s seemingly indestructible Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dodged another political bullet. After the recent flare up of violence in Gaza, his defence minister quit and another key cabinet hawk – Naftali Bennett, said he would go too if he wasn’t given the defence portfolio.
The prime minister called his bluff, and Mr Bennett has decided to stay put after all.
What’s behind the chaos in Israeli politics? Are the right wing factions putting their own interests before those of the nation?


HARDtalk: Danny Danon

this morning (wednesday 5th), 4.30-5.00am (repeated 12.30am tomorrow), on bbc news tv (and repeated 8.06am and 8.06pm today, on bbc world service radio)
danny danon – israel’s ambassador to the un (interviewed by stephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)

”In the turbulent recent history of the Middle East, has there ever been a time when Israel has seemed more powerful – militarily, diplomatically and economically? Israel has the fulsome support of the Trump Administration and also has common strategic interests with Saudi Arabia and Arab nations pre-occupied with perceived threats from Iran. Is Israel making wise choices from its position of strength?


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