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Great interview on the Israel conflict n Gaza. This is one of my favorite podcasts. It always interesting subjects and relevant topics. Thank you for your program and specially for your Interview with Ariel Dorfman. He is a fascinating writer, a human rights advocate and his life is just amazing....Read full review »
Palunargar via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/24
The host tends to cut off interviewees in the middle of their responses. Instead of letting them speak and listening to their perspectives, he imposes his own opinions. He often displays a condescending manner, especially when he disagrees with them. It's important to understand others, even...Read full review »
ariedsoren via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/17/24
I really enjoy how hard talk gets down to the important questions. It feels like most news now is so biased and doesn’t ask hard questions. It brings me a lot of joy to hear some one finally asking hard questions
DD63184 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
Why must the interviewer be so confrontational and pompous? It’s completely Murdoch style. Tedious and disrespectful of your interviewee. I won’t listen again. A shame, lots of good interviewees in there.
Lulu ledoux via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/17/24
I like your podcast and interviews generally, sometimes they are hard to listen to, but the interview with Bassem Youssef was delightful.
Niw81 via Apple Podcasts · France · 02/16/24
The host gets to the point and is quick to point out inconsistencies with his guests. A very informative podcast.
snowscheer via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/07/24
Terrific pod great enthusiasm and top quality interview as always from the host 💯👍
Crimebrook via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/28/23
Stephen Sackur conducts thorough, fair, probing, and revealing interviews with a very diverse set of guests. The level of research into each show is unparalleled. A true jewel in the BBC crown.
ccm&co via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/02/23
Thank you ever so much for your service to the public. As a German I am very enthusiastic about the way you pick your „guests“ brains and the way you do not let them get away with their prepared lines that they get away with everywhere else. Especially the non native speakers sometimes show their...Read full review »
alaskahunter via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 05/29/23
As a long time fan of the BBC and many of its media productions over the years, I found myself surprised and extremely disappointed in listening to Sarah Montague’s interview with Penpa Tsering of the Central Tibetan Administration. Far from being the balanced and perceptive inquiry that I have...Read full review »
Peter Newman1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/11/23
I listened to one show, an interview with Richard Thaler. Won’t listen again. Thaler was great but the interviewer just seemed intent on arguing and goading his interviewee so that even when they were agreeing with each other the interviewer seemed outraged.
wmlewis via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/27/23
For the past year the quality and content of this podcast has significantly declined. It’s like every interview in the past year is about Ukraine. Although it is important there are other important issues going on around the world. More diversity of topics and less Ukraine will be nice!
African_pride via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/27/23
Terrible interview with Rothman about Israel’s judicial reforms today where Sackur was clearly at loss a to counter Rothman on the same intellectual level. The British arrogance… A discussion about democracy as the crux argument used by both sides in this problem would have been very interesting....Read full review »
epoqueepique via Apple Podcasts · France · 03/10/23
Stephen Sackur should be allowed to give some of the delusional interviewees, like former Russian political advisers, a good slapping whilst conducting the interview.
DaveFromOz_777 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/04/23
Excellent interviewer who isn’t phased by his subjects.
richardkuala via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/03/23
Steven Sackur does an amazing job with his guests on Hard Talk. I can only imagine the amount of research which goes into his shows. Thank you for this great program!
mnchgdutrkchkr(j via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/15/23
I understand you can’t deal with everyone with the same severity but I was expecting hard talk to be hard all round. Steven is, in some cases, pushy and overbearing using a no holds barred method of interrogating those he interviews. Fair enough, it’s hard talk, right!? Not for the left wingers....Read full review »
sigffh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/15/22
Fauci ate your lunch, then apologized, then respectfully described why your lunch was better in his belly than yours. I’ve been an avid fan of “hard talk” for years. This interview makes me think the series, “hard talk”, may need a new, more dynamic host. An old man asking pre-selected questions...Read full review »
Liberal Austin Hawk via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/14/22
Stephen has the capability to have you travel through this podcast and listen to the men and women at the tip of the spear of every corner of the globe. And I enjoy the trip every time.
ngugimbugua via Apple Podcasts · Kenya · 04/28/22
It’s always a rich and rewarding experience to listen to interviews in HARDtalk, bringing honestly the debates and expert opinions and talks on a range of topics from political to science, literature, law, religion etc. by asking tough questions with an attempt to unearth the truth, reality of...Read full review »
Rhodes J via Apple Podcasts · India · 03/25/22
All the hardtalks podcast covering russian conflict are showing western Bias, I wish Stephen would get somebody from Moscow to put their side, that would put him responsible journalism!!
pilot-without-runway via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 03/17/22
Second year in a row, love this program and it helps me to improved my English
ozii23 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/13/22
I love each and every interview. No exceptions! Keep it up! Cheers!
SosoLantos via Apple Podcasts · Brazil · 12/13/21
No holds barred! A+!!
cineaste74 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/04/21
My #1 favorite podcast since years! Thank you for your great work!!!
madikazashka via Apple Podcasts · Switzerland · 11/25/21
My favourite is the Daryl Davis one.
tiger!!!!!!!!!! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/27/21
Really poor interview of the Israeli ambassador more like a cosy chat than hard talk. Typical of the treatment of much of the mainstream media of Israeli officials, always treat them with kid gloves as opposed to those supporting Palestinians
Rippedoff135 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/28/21
The host is tone deaf.
walker7am via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/19/21
Wish we were all as articulate as Stephen Sackur. Or wait! Then we wouldn’t have Hard Talk.
TrueBlueLou via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/27/21
Great interview with Michael Rosen
mr. apples1 via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 06/18/21
Always intriguing .love Steve.. he has solid research to back up.
dhananjsy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/02/21
I gave this a go, but the constant interruptions of the guests was so off-putting. Really good idea for a podcast, really disappointing delivery.
sluggerty via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/20/21
This Pod is one of the best to put on during 20 minute-or-so car rides. It’s thought provoking, high quality, and Stephen always asks the ideal questions/rebuts. If more people listened to this program we’d have a more intelligent, measured and thoughtful public domain. The biggest guests, the...Read full review »
Ejfjfhf via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/02/21
The episode about Belarus from last week is not uploaded properly, only 18 seconds have been posted. Please upload the complete episode. Thank you
ايراندوست via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/07/21
I’ve watched and listened to hardtalk for many years initially via BBC World and now via the podcast. The interviewers are some of the best I’ve observed and clearly do a huge amount of research on the respective subject. Sackur is the standout and for me is probably the finest interviewer I’ve...Read full review »
GLBarnett via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/31/21
Generally the topics are interesting and relevant. Fabulous guests who make the podcast interesting. I applaud most of the guests who venture into these interviews fully knowing the extent of hard-left bias and constant interruptions. The show should be renamed “hard-left” instead of “hard-talk”....Read full review »
Simon C72 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/20/20
Love listening to your show. Your interview with Christopher Ruddy he was the best one I’ve listened to yet.
Utah climber via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/16/20
Mr Sackur, thank you for picking Mr Kingston apart. Excellent hard talk.
OckerDeb via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 11/27/20
Dear Stephen I was shocked today to hear you saying that spain had one of the less effective approach against covid when today England has the highest death toll in europe! 51 000 . By the way i am french not spanish.
yvesdoha via Apple Podcasts · France · 11/16/20
I love hardtalk. But I do find that Stephen interrupts his guests a lot. I also appreciate that some of them just rattle on far too much and ignore the premise of the question. So I think the video / COVID format of the show has certainly made it more combative in nature. Just another victim of...Read full review »
smiphi via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 11/16/20
Its always a charm to watch Hardtalk..
da_maulik via Apple Podcasts · India · 10/20/20
I suppose what I hear is the narrative from the lens of man who was born from mixed race , so his lens can only see what he grew up and developed in He struggle with one area of his identity namely his black self He is eloquent and passionate and capable of using his power of words to put...Read full review »
lovealways# via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/24/20
The interviewer is so patently based it’s excruciating to listen to him “interview “ his guests.
kristi history via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/01/20
Have loved this show since it first launched with Tim Sebastian, but Sackur has just taken the show to another level. Superb journalist. Superb show.
Low on credit via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/18/20
the name of this show should be Hard to talk. why would you invite a guess if you don’t allow them to talk. Better run a monologue show. Audience would probably enjoy more.
yi_jerry via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/24/20
Subjects and material generally interesting. That said, it’s irritating to keep pushing the predictable BBC socialist agenda. What happened to common courtesy at the BBC ? When asking a question, let them answer. It’s really annoying listening to two people talking over each other.
Husky58 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/23/20
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