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20080510

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080517

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080524

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080531

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080607

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080614

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080621

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080628

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080705

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080712

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080719

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080726

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080802

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080809

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080816

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080823

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080830

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080906

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080913

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20080927

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20081004

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20081011

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20081018

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20081025

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20081129

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20081206

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20100613

Owen Bennett Jones talks to Deputy prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Arthur Mutambara.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20100620

Carrie Gracie speaks to African telecommunications entrepreneur and philanthropist Mo I...

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20100627

The world's leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20100704

The world's leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20100711

The world's leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

02/01/200920090103

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

02/01/200920090104

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

02/05/2009 - Richard Thaler20090501

American economist Richard Thaler talks to Lyse Doucet on The Interview

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Richard Thaler is one of the founding fathers of a whole new branch of economics and, it's reckoned, one of the foremost intellects to have shaped the thinking of the Obama administration in Washington.

He explains why people's behaviour in a crisis is never rational, why we all need a gentle nudge to do the right thing now and then, and how giving the financial system a nudge could just get the world out of recession.

02/05/2009 - Richard Thaler20090502

American economist Richard Thaler talks to Lyse Doucet on The Interview

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Richard Thaler is one of the founding fathers of a whole new branch of economics and, it's reckoned, one of the foremost intellects to have shaped the thinking of the Obama administration in Washington.

He explains why people's behaviour in a crisis is never rational, why we all need a gentle nudge to do the right thing now and then, and how giving the financial system a nudge could just get the world out of recession.

02/05/2009 - Richard Thaler20090503

American economist Richard Thaler talks to Lyse Doucet on The Interview

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Richard Thaler is one of the founding fathers of a whole new branch of economics and, it's reckoned, one of the foremost intellects to have shaped the thinking of the Obama administration in Washington.

He explains why people's behaviour in a crisis is never rational, why we all need a gentle nudge to do the right thing now and then, and how giving the financial system a nudge could just get the world out of recession.

02/08/200820080801

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

02/08/200820080803

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

04/10/200820081003

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

04/10/200820081005

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

05/07/200820080704

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

05/07/200820080706

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

06/02/200920090207

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

06/02/200920090208

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

06/03/200920090307

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

06/03/200920090308

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

06/05/2009 David Kilcullen20090605

Lyse Doucet talks to counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

David Kilcullen is an expert in counterinsurgency and has worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

A former Australian army officer he joined the United States State Department in 2005 before becoming a special advisor to General David Petraeus and then Condoleeza Rice.

This week on The Interview David Kilcullen talks to Lyse Doucet about modern warfare and the need to try to understand the culture of the enemy -- to get to know the way they act and think.

06/05/2009 David Kilcullen20090606

Lyse Doucet talks to counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

David Kilcullen is an expert in counterinsurgency and has worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

A former Australian army officer he joined the United States State Department in 2005 before becoming a special advisor to General David Petraeus and then Condoleeza Rice.

This week on The Interview David Kilcullen talks to Lyse Doucet about modern warfare and the need to try to understand the culture of the enemy -- to get to know the way they act and think.

06/05/2009 David Kilcullen20090607

Lyse Doucet talks to counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

David Kilcullen is an expert in counterinsurgency and has worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

A former Australian army officer he joined the United States State Department in 2005 before becoming a special advisor to General David Petraeus and then Condoleeza Rice.

This week on The Interview David Kilcullen talks to Lyse Doucet about modern warfare and the need to try to understand the culture of the enemy -- to get to know the way they act and think.

06/09/200820080905

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

06/09/200820080907

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

06/12/200820081207

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

07/06/200820080606

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

07/06/200820080608

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

07/11/200820081108

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

07/11/200820081109

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

09/01/200920090110

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

09/01/200920090111

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

09/05/2009 Nandan Nilekani20090508

Indian software entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani talks to Carrie Gracie on The Interview.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nandan Nilekani is one of India's best-known software entrepreneurs.

As co-chairman of one of India's biggest companies, infosys he has created a global information technology giant.

This week on The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie why he is optimistic about India's future and how he is going to use technology to transform his country.

09/05/2009 Nandan Nilekani20090509

Indian software entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani talks to Carrie Gracie on The Interview.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nandan Nilekani is one of India's best-known software entrepreneurs.

As co-chairman of one of India's biggest companies, infosys he has created a global information technology giant.

This week on The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie why he is optimistic about India's future and how he is going to use technology to transform his country.

09/05/2009 Nandan Nilekani20090510

Indian software entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani talks to Carrie Gracie on The Interview.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nandan Nilekani is one of India's best-known software entrepreneurs.

As co-chairman of one of India's biggest companies, infosys he has created a global information technology giant.

This week on The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie why he is optimistic about India's future and how he is going to use technology to transform his country.

09/08/200820080808

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

09/08/200820080810

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

10/05/200820080511

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

11/04/2009 - Canon Andrew White20090410

Canon Andrew White talks to Owen Bennett-Jones on The Interview.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Canon Andrew White has the largest Christian congregation in Iraq, with some 2,000 people attending his services in Baghdad each week.

But this is a dangerous time and 93 members of his church were killed last year.

He also works in diplomacy to try to resolve hostage situations.

And on top of all this he has multiple sclerosis.

He tells Owen Bennett-Jones how he manages.

11/04/2009 - Canon Andrew White20090411

Canon Andrew White talks to Owen Bennett-Jones on The Interview.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Canon Andrew White has the largest Christian congregation in Iraq, with some 2,000 people attending his services in Baghdad each week.

But this is a dangerous time and 93 members of his church were killed last year.

He also works in diplomacy to try to resolve hostage situations.

And on top of all this he has multiple sclerosis.

He tells Owen Bennett-Jones how he manages.

11/04/2009 - Canon Andrew White20090412

Canon Andrew White talks to Owen Bennett-Jones on The Interview.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Canon Andrew White has the largest Christian congregation in Iraq, with some 2,000 people attending his services in Baghdad each week.

But this is a dangerous time and 93 members of his church were killed last year.

He also works in diplomacy to try to resolve hostage situations.

And on top of all this he has multiple sclerosis.

He tells Owen Bennett-Jones how he manages.

11/10/200820081010

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

11/10/200820081012

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

12/07/200820080711

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

12/07/200820080713

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

13/02/200920090214

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

13/02/200920090215

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

13/03/200920090314

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

13/03/200920090315

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

13/06/2009 Tracey Emin20090612

Carrie Gracie talks to controversial British artist Tracey Emin on The Interview.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tracey Emin is a British artist who has courted controversy for the way she has made her private life public.

Her work includes a tent sewn with the names of everyone she had slept with and a display of her unmade bed complete with empty alcohol bottles, cigarette butts and other remnants of her life.

Her latest show has an animation of a woman masturbating.

Carrie Gracie asks her what lies behind it all.

13/09/200820080912

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

13/09/200820080914

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

14/06/200820080613

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

14/06/200820080615

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

14/11/200820081115

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

14/11/200820081116

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

16/01/200920090117

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

16/01/200920090118

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

16/05/ 2009 Tariq Hayat Khan20090515

Owen Bennett-Jones talks to the civilian chief in Pakistan's Khyber pass, Tariq Khan.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tariq Hayat Khan has a tough job. As the chief civilian in the Khyber political agency he deals with militants on a daily basis.

His region holds the major route for supplies to Western forces in Afghanistan and is a key target for the Taleban.

In the past few months there have been suicide bombings and military strikes.

On The Interview this week he tells Owen Bennett-Jones about his job and its challenges.

16/05/ 2009 Tariq Hayat Khan20090516

Owen Bennett-Jones talks to the civilian chief in Pakistan's Khyber pass, Tariq Khan.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tariq Hayat Khan has a tough job. As the chief civilian in the Khyber political agency he deals with militants on a daily basis.

His region holds the major route for supplies to Western forces in Afghanistan and is a key target for the Taleban.

In the past few months there have been suicide bombings and military strikes.

On The Interview this week he tells Owen Bennett-Jones about his job and its challenges.

16/05/ 2009 Tariq Hayat Khan20090517

Owen Bennett-Jones talks to the civilian chief in Pakistan's Khyber pass, Tariq Khan.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tariq Hayat Khan has a tough job. As the chief civilian in the Khyber political agency he deals with militants on a daily basis.

His region holds the major route for supplies to Western forces in Afghanistan and is a key target for the Taleban.

In the past few months there have been suicide bombings and military strikes.

On The Interview this week he tells Owen Bennett-Jones about his job and its challenges.

16/08/200820080815

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

16/08/200820080817

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

17/05/200820080516

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

17/05/200820080518

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

18/04/2009 - Avraham Burg20090417

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Avraham Burg was a prominent Israeli politician until he started to doubt the path his country was on.

He took time out and started to write books.

He contends that the Jewish people need to leave their traumatic past behind and rediscover their humanitarian, universalist values.

His views have provoked a furious reaction in Israel with severe personal attacks on him. But he says it is worth it.

18/04/2009 - Avraham Burg20090418

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Avraham Burg was a prominent Israeli politician until he started to doubt the path his country was on.

He took time out and started to write books.

He contends that the Jewish people need to leave their traumatic past behind and rediscover their humanitarian, universalist values.

His views have provoked a furious reaction in Israel with severe personal attacks on him. But he says it is worth it.

18/04/2009 - Avraham Burg20090419

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Avraham Burg was a prominent Israeli politician until he started to doubt the path his country was on.

He took time out and started to write books.

He contends that the Jewish people need to leave their traumatic past behind and rediscover their humanitarian, universalist values.

His views have provoked a furious reaction in Israel with severe personal attacks on him. But he says it is worth it.

18/10/200820081017

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

18/10/200820081019

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

19/07/200820080718

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

19/07/200820080720

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

19/12/200820081220

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

19/12/200820081221

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20/02/200920090221

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20/02/200920090222

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20/06/09 Jodi Picoult20090619

Carrie Gracie talks to the best-selling American author Jodi Picoult.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20/06/09 Jodi Picoult20090620

Carrie Gracie talks to the best-selling American author Jodi Picoult.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

20/06/09 Jodi Picoult20090621

Carrie Gracie talks to the best-selling American author Jodi Picoult.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

21/06/200820080620

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

21/06/200820080622

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

21/08/09 An Iraqi interpreter20090821

This week we talk to Mohammed, an Iraqi interpreter who worked for the British Army.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mohammed is an Iraqi who worked as an interpreter for the British Army in Iraq.

After receiving a death threat he decided to leave his country and now lives in Britain.

This week on The Interview he tells Lyse Doucet why he risked his life to work for the British and how his decision changed the course of his life.

21/08/09 An Iraqi interpreter20090822

This week we talk to Mohammed, an Iraqi interpreter who worked for the British Army.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mohammed is an Iraqi who worked as an interpreter for the British Army in Iraq.

After receiving a death threat he decided to leave his country and now lives in Britain.

This week on The Interview he tells Lyse Doucet why he risked his life to work for the British and how his decision changed the course of his life.

21/08/09 An Iraqi interpreter20090823

This week we talk to Mohammed, an Iraqi interpreter who worked for the British Army.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mohammed is an Iraqi who worked as an interpreter for the British Army in Iraq.

After receiving a death threat he decided to leave his country and now lives in Britain.

This week on The Interview he tells Lyse Doucet why he risked his life to work for the British and how his decision changed the course of his life.

21/11/200820081122

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

21/11/200820081123

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

23/01/200920090124

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

23/01/200920090125

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

23/05/2009 Jeff Skoll20090522

Ebay pioneer and philanthropist Jeff Skoll talks to Owen Bennett Jones

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jeff Skoll was a pioneer of the online auction site, eBay.
In just a couple of years he went from worrying about his student debt to having hundreds of millions of dollars in stock.
He quickly put that money to use setting up a foundation to encourage social entrepreneurship and making movies with a social message.
He tells Owen Bennett-Jones what money has meant to him.

23/05/2009 Jeff Skoll20090523

Ebay pioneer and philanthropist Jeff Skoll talks to Owen Bennett Jones

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jeff Skoll was a pioneer of the online auction site, eBay.
In just a couple of years he went from worrying about his student debt to having hundreds of millions of dollars in stock.
He quickly put that money to use setting up a foundation to encourage social entrepreneurship and making movies with a social message.
He tells Owen Bennett-Jones what money has meant to him.

23/05/2009 Jeff Skoll20090524

Ebay pioneer and philanthropist Jeff Skoll talks to Owen Bennett Jones

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jeff Skoll was a pioneer of the online auction site, eBay.
In just a couple of years he went from worrying about his student debt to having hundreds of millions of dollars in stock.
He quickly put that money to use setting up a foundation to encourage social entrepreneurship and making movies with a social message.
He tells Owen Bennett-Jones what money has meant to him.

23/08/200820080822

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

23/08/200820080824

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

24/05/200820080523

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

24/05/200820080525

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

25/10/200820081024

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

25/10/200820081026

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

26/07/200820080725

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

26/07/200820080727

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

26/12/200820081227

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

26/12/200820081228

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

27/02/200920090228

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

27/02/200920090301

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

27/03/2009 - Geraint Anderson20090328

Former financial analyst Geraint Anderson lifts the lid on how the City works.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Geraint Anderson worked for twelve years as an analyst in London's financial district, the City.

He earned several million pounds before leaving his job a year ago.

He's now written a book - described as fictional but which he says is mostly true - which reveals a world of wining, dining, drugs and illicit sex.

On The Interview he tells Owen Bennett-Jones how the City works.

27/03/2009 - Geraint Anderson20090329

Former financial analyst Geraint Anderson lifts the lid on how the City works.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Geraint Anderson worked for twelve years as an analyst in London's financial district, the City.

He earned several million pounds before leaving his job a year ago.

He's now written a book - described as fictional but which he says is mostly true - which reveals a world of wining, dining, drugs and illicit sex.

On The Interview he tells Owen Bennett-Jones how the City works.

27/09/200820080926

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

27/09/200820080928

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

28/06/200820080627

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

28/06/200820080629

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

29/11/200820081130

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

30/01/200920090131

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

30/01/200920090201

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

30/05/2009 Shen Tong20090529

One of the leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests talks to Carrie Gracie

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Shen Tong was one of the young Chinese student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
In the bloody aftermath he fled to the United States and became an activist in exile.
Now at the age of 40 he runs a software company in New York and has made a handful of visits back to Beijing.
So how does he look back on those heady events, twenty years on?

30/05/2009 Shen Tong20090530

One of the leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests talks to Carrie Gracie

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Shen Tong was one of the young Chinese student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
In the bloody aftermath he fled to the United States and became an activist in exile.
Now at the age of 40 he runs a software company in New York and has made a handful of visits back to Beijing.
So how does he look back on those heady events, twenty years on?

30/05/2009 Shen Tong20090531

One of the leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests talks to Carrie Gracie

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Shen Tong was one of the young Chinese student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
In the bloody aftermath he fled to the United States and became an activist in exile.
Now at the age of 40 he runs a software company in New York and has made a handful of visits back to Beijing.
So how does he look back on those heady events, twenty years on?

30/08/200820080829

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

30/08/200820080831

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

31/05/200820080530

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

31/05/200820080601

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

31/10/200820081101

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

31/10/200820081102

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

4/04/2009 - Shahubiddin Yakub Quraishi20090403

Shahubiddin Yakub Quraishi is one of India's three election commissioners.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Shahubiddin Yakub Quraishi is one of India's three election commissioners.

A career official, he is keen to throw off the dusty image of his bureaucratic profession.

He reveals that he plays guitar and keyboards in a rock band, a pursuit he says he finds most therapeutic.

And it could be the perfect antidote to organising the hundreds of millions of voters who go to the polls this month in the world's biggest elections.

4/04/2009 - Shahubiddin Yakub Quraishi20090404

Shahubiddin Yakub Quraishi is one of India's three election commissioners.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Shahubiddin Yakub Quraishi is one of India's three election commissioners.

A career official, he is keen to throw off the dusty image of his bureaucratic profession.

He reveals that he plays guitar and keyboards in a rock band, a pursuit he says he finds most therapeutic.

And it could be the perfect antidote to organising the hundreds of millions of voters who go to the polls this month in the world's biggest elections.

4/04/2009 - Shahubiddin Yakub Quraishi20090405

Shahubiddin Yakub Quraishi is one of India's three election commissioners.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Shahubiddin Yakub Quraishi is one of India's three election commissioners.

A career official, he is keen to throw off the dusty image of his bureaucratic profession.

He reveals that he plays guitar and keyboards in a rock band, a pursuit he says he finds most therapeutic.

And it could be the perfect antidote to organising the hundreds of millions of voters who go to the polls this month in the world's biggest elections.

Abdul Salam Zaeef, Former Taliban Spokesman20100612

Former Taliban spokesman Abdul Salam Zaeef talks about Afghanistan today.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Lyse Doucet talks to a man who was once one of the Taliban's most prominent public figures. Abdul Salam Zaeef was the Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan at the time of the attacks of 11 September 2001. Back then he gave daily press conferences to the world.

He was then later taken to the American detention centre at Guantanamo Bay for about four years and now he's living in Kabul under Afghan government protection.

So what does he think of the Taliban today? Find out as he talks to Lyse Doucet in The Interview.

Abdul Salam Zaeef, Former Taliban Spokesman20100613

Former Taliban spokesman Abdul Salam Zaeef talks about Afghanistan today.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Lyse Doucet talks to a man who was once one of the Taliban's most prominent public figures. Abdul Salam Zaeef was the Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan at the time of the attacks of 11 September 2001. Back then he gave daily press conferences to the world.

He was then later taken to the American detention centre at Guantanamo Bay for about four years and now he's living in Kabul under Afghan government protection.

So what does he think of the Taliban today? Find out as he talks to Lyse Doucet in The Interview.

Abdul Salam Zaeef, Former Taliban Spokesman20100614

Former Taliban spokesman Abdul Salam Zaeef talks about Afghanistan today.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Lyse Doucet talks to a man who was once one of the Taliban's most prominent public figures. Abdul Salam Zaeef was the Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan at the time of the attacks of 11 September 2001. Back then he gave daily press conferences to the world.

He was then later taken to the American detention centre at Guantanamo Bay for about four years and now he's living in Kabul under Afghan government protection.

So what does he think of the Taliban today? Find out as he talks to Lyse Doucet in The Interview.

Abdullah Abdullah, Politician20100213

Abdullah Abdullah on the Taliban, escaping suicide bombers and his hopes for the future.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Abdullah Abdullah emerged as the main rival to President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan's presidential elections last year.

But he withdrew from a leadership run-off saying that he couldn't trust that the electoral system would be free of fraud.

Now he is sidelined in a system which has no formal role for an opposition. His hopes rest on parliamentary elections later this year.

Owen Bennett Jones asks him about talking to the Taliban, escaping suicide bombers and his hopes for the future.

This interview was recorded at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Abdullah Abdullah, Politician20100214

Abdullah Abdullah on the Taliban, escaping suicide bombers and his hopes for the future.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Abdullah Abdullah emerged as the main rival to President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan's presidential elections last year.

But he withdrew from a leadership run-off saying that he couldn't trust that the electoral system would be free of fraud.

Now he is sidelined in a system which has no formal role for an opposition. His hopes rest on parliamentary elections later this year.

Owen Bennett Jones asks him about talking to the Taliban, escaping suicide bombers and his hopes for the future.

This interview was recorded at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Abdullah Abdullah, Politician20100215

Abdullah Abdullah on the Taliban, escaping suicide bombers and his hopes for the future.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Abdullah Abdullah emerged as the main rival to President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan's presidential elections last year.

But he withdrew from a leadership run-off saying that he couldn't trust that the electoral system would be free of fraud.

Now he is sidelined in a system which has no formal role for an opposition. His hopes rest on parliamentary elections later this year.

Owen Bennett Jones asks him about talking to the Taliban, escaping suicide bombers and his hopes for the future.

This interview was recorded at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Amanda Galsworthy, Interpreter20100724

President Sarkozy's official interpreter Amanda Galsworthy on the secrets of her trade

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

President Sarkozy's official interpreter Amanda Galsworthy has sat at the top table of international politics for nearly three decades, but her name has hardly ever appeared in print. It is part of her job to know everything, but to tell no one. Amanda Galsworthy has been the official interpreter for three French Presidents, Francois Mitterand, Jacques Chirac and now Nicolas Sarkozy. She talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about some of the extraordinary situations she's found herself in as the President's mouthpiece.

Amanda Galsworthy, Interpreter20100725

President Sarkozy's official interpreter Amanda Galsworthy on the secrets of her trade

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

President Sarkozy's official interpreter Amanda Galsworthy has sat at the top table of international politics for nearly three decades, but her name has hardly ever appeared in print. It is part of her job to know everything, but to tell no one. Amanda Galsworthy has been the official interpreter for three French Presidents, Francois Mitterand, Jacques Chirac and now Nicolas Sarkozy. She talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about some of the extraordinary situations she's found herself in as the President's mouthpiece.

Amanda Galsworthy, Interpreter20100726

President Sarkozy's official interpreter Amanda Galsworthy on the secrets of her trade

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

President Sarkozy's official interpreter Amanda Galsworthy has sat at the top table of international politics for nearly three decades, but her name has hardly ever appeared in print. It is part of her job to know everything, but to tell no one. Amanda Galsworthy has been the official interpreter for three French Presidents, Francois Mitterand, Jacques Chirac and now Nicolas Sarkozy. She talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about some of the extraordinary situations she's found herself in as the President's mouthpiece.

Andy Hayman, Terrorism Investigator20091122

The story of uncovering a plot to bring down aircraft flying from the UK to the US

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Andy Hayman was in his office as the head of specialist operations for Britain's biggest police force back in 2005, when a colleague came in and said: "I think we have a plot to bring down seven aircraft flying from the UK to the US."

From that came Britain's biggest terrorist investigation involving round the clock surveillance, bugging of the gang's base house and decoding of emails and text messages -- ending up with the conviction of three British men earlier this year.

On The Interview Andy Hayman gives Carrie Gracie his inside view of how the terrorist threat is being handled and where the dangers lie today.

Andy Hayman, Terrorism Investigator20091123

The story of uncovering a plot to bring down aircraft flying from the UK to the US

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Andy Hayman was in his office as the head of specialist operations for Britain's biggest police force back in 2005, when a colleague came in and said: "I think we have a plot to bring down seven aircraft flying from the UK to the US."

From that came Britain's biggest terrorist investigation involving round the clock surveillance, bugging of the gang's base house and decoding of emails and text messages -- ending up with the conviction of three British men earlier this year.

On The Interview Andy Hayman gives Carrie Gracie his inside view of how the terrorist threat is being handled and where the dangers lie today.

Anthony Horowitz, Children's Writer20090807

How an unhappy childhood propelled Anthony Horowitz into writing

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Anthony Horowitz, Children's Writer20090808
Anthony Horowitz, Children's Writer20090809
Art Spiegelman, Cartoonist20110319

The man who turned his life into cartoons

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

To mark the end of The Interview, which finishes at the end of the month, here is another chance to hear Art Spiegelman who has turned his life into cartoons.

His subjects are dark: his own mental breakdown, his parents' experience of the Nazi concentration camps, and the 9/11 attacks on New York.

He talked to Lyse Doucet about his life and his art back in 2009.

Art Spiegelman, Cartoonist20110320

The man who turned his life into cartoons

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

To mark the end of The Interview, which finishes at the end of the month, here is another chance to hear Art Spiegelman who has turned his life into cartoons.

His subjects are dark: his own mental breakdown, his parents' experience of the Nazi concentration camps, and the 9/11 attacks on New York.

He talked to Lyse Doucet about his life and his art back in 2009.

Art Spiegelman, Cartoonist20110321

The man who turned his life into cartoons

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

To mark the end of The Interview, which finishes at the end of the month, here is another chance to hear Art Spiegelman who has turned his life into cartoons.

His subjects are dark: his own mental breakdown, his parents' experience of the Nazi concentration camps, and the 9/11 attacks on New York.

He talked to Lyse Doucet about his life and his art back in 2009.

Arthur Mutambara, Zimbabwe's Deputy Prime Minister20100220

Zimbabwe's deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara can't forget Robert Mugabe's legacy

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Arthur Mutambara was a student leader in the late 1980s campaigning against the abuses of President Robert Mugabe's regime. Now, as deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe, he is in a power-sharing coalition with him. He tells Owen Bennett Jones how he deals with old enmities, why the unity government is the only way forward for the country's politics, and why he admires Che Guevara.

Arthur Mutambara, Zimbabwe's Deputy Prime Minister20100221

Zimbabwe's deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara can't forget Robert Mugabe's legacy

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Arthur Mutambara was a student leader in the late 1980s campaigning against the abuses of President Robert Mugabe's regime. Now, as deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe, he is in a power-sharing coalition with him. He tells Owen Bennett Jones how he deals with old enmities, why the unity government is the only way forward for the country's politics, and why he admires Che Guevara.

Arthur Mutambara, Zimbabwe's Deputy Prime Minister20100222

Zimbabwe's deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara can't forget Robert Mugabe's legacy

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Arthur Mutambara was a student leader in the late 1980s campaigning against the abuses of President Robert Mugabe's regime. Now, as deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe, he is in a power-sharing coalition with him. He tells Owen Bennett Jones how he deals with old enmities, why the unity government is the only way forward for the country's politics, and why he admires Che Guevara.

Barbara Want on Grief20100710

Barbara Want talks about the grief she felt after the death of her husband.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

In a frank and revealing interview Barbara Want describes the torment she went through after the death of her husband from cancer.

It left her as the sole carer for their two young sons, and after three years she still feels the raw pain of the loss.

She talks to Owen Bennett Jones about grief and why she thinks many people aren't very good at dealing with it.

Barbara Want on Grief20100711

Barbara Want talks about the grief she felt after the death of her husband.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

In a frank and revealing interview Barbara Want describes the torment she went through after the death of her husband from cancer.

It left her as the sole carer for their two young sons, and after three years she still feels the raw pain of the loss.

She talks to Owen Bennett Jones about grief and why she thinks many people aren't very good at dealing with it.

Barbara Want on Grief20100712

Barbara Want talks about the grief she felt after the death of her husband.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

In a frank and revealing interview Barbara Want describes the torment she went through after the death of her husband from cancer.

It left her as the sole carer for their two young sons, and after three years she still feels the raw pain of the loss.

She talks to Owen Bennett Jones about grief and why she thinks many people aren't very good at dealing with it.

Barry Marshall, Scientist20101106

Dr Barry Marshall swallowed bacteria and won a Nobel Prize

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nobel prize-winner Dr Barry Marshall made a medical discovery which rendered obsolete a multi-billion dollar drugs market aimed at treating stomach ulcers.

To do this he was his own guinea-pig, deliberately drinking a petri-dish full of bacteria to test out his theory.

Luckily he lived to tell the tale, and discovered the cure for ulcers - however the medical establishment and drug companies didn't want to listen at first.

He tells his story to Owen Bennett-Jones.

Barry Marshall, Scientist20101107

Dr Barry Marshall swallowed bacteria and won a Nobel Prize

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nobel prize-winner Dr Barry Marshall made a medical discovery which rendered obsolete a multi-billion dollar drugs market aimed at treating stomach ulcers.

To do this he was his own guinea-pig, deliberately drinking a petri-dish full of bacteria to test out his theory.

Luckily he lived to tell the tale, and discovered the cure for ulcers - however the medical establishment and drug companies didn't want to listen at first.

He tells his story to Owen Bennett-Jones.

Barry Marshall, Scientist20101108

Dr Barry Marshall swallowed bacteria and won a Nobel Prize

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nobel prize-winner Dr Barry Marshall made a medical discovery which rendered obsolete a multi-billion dollar drugs market aimed at treating stomach ulcers.

To do this he was his own guinea-pig, deliberately drinking a petri-dish full of bacteria to test out his theory.

Luckily he lived to tell the tale, and discovered the cure for ulcers - however the medical establishment and drug companies didn't want to listen at first.

He tells his story to Owen Bennett-Jones.

Bassam Abu Sharif, Former Senior Adviser to the Late Yasser Arafat20090710

Owen Bennett-Jones talks to Bassam Abu Sharif once described as the Face of Terror.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Bassam Abu Sharif, joined a radical Palestinian group in the 1960s and was labelled the 'face of terror' by Time Magazine.

He survived an assassination attempt, and as an advisor to Yasser Arafat worked towards a two state solution.

On The Interview he tells Owen Bennett-Jones about his life at the heart of the PLO, and why his people still don't have an independent homeland.

Bassam Abu Sharif, Former Senior Adviser to the Late Yasser Arafat20090711

Owen Bennett-Jones talks to Bassam Abu Sharif once described as the Face of Terror.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Bassam Abu Sharif, joined a radical Palestinian group in the 1960s and was labelled the 'face of terror' by Time Magazine.

He survived an assassination attempt, and as an advisor to Yasser Arafat worked towards a two state solution.

On The Interview he tells Owen Bennett-Jones about his life at the heart of the PLO, and why his people still don't have an independent homeland.

Bassam Abu Sharif, Former Senior Adviser to the Late Yasser Arafat20090712

Owen Bennett-Jones talks to Bassam Abu Sharif once described as the Face of Terror.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Bassam Abu Sharif, joined a radical Palestinian group in the 1960s and was labelled the 'face of terror' by Time Magazine.

He survived an assassination attempt, and as an advisor to Yasser Arafat worked towards a two state solution.

On The Interview he tells Owen Bennett-Jones about his life at the heart of the PLO, and why his people still don't have an independent homeland.

Bernard Kouchner, France's Foreign Minister20091023

How does an activist turned politician reconcile his beliefs with the realities of office?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Bernard Kouchner was a doctor and an activist when he helped set up Medecins Sans Frontieres back in the 1970s, aiming to deliver medical aid across borders, wherever it was needed.
Since then he has taken his human rights activism to bring change at the United Nations and the highest levels of French governnment.
He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about how he reconciles his beliefs with the political realities of office -- dealing with events in Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and Guinea for example.
And he explains why wanted to pay his respects to former leaders Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan and Omar Bongo of Gabon.

Bernard Kouchner, France's Foreign Minister20091024

How does an activist turned politician reconcile his beliefs with the realities of office?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Bernard Kouchner was a doctor and an activist when he helped set up Medecins Sans Frontieres back in the 1970s, aiming to deliver medical aid across borders, wherever it was needed.
Since then he has taken his human rights activism to bring change at the United Nations and the highest levels of French governnment.
He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about how he reconciles his beliefs with the political realities of office -- dealing with events in Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and Guinea for example.
And he explains why wanted to pay his respects to former leaders Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan and Omar Bongo of Gabon.

Bernard Kouchner, France's Foreign Minister20091025

How does an activist turned politician reconcile his beliefs with the realities of office?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Bernard Kouchner was a doctor and an activist when he helped set up Medecins Sans Frontieres back in the 1970s, aiming to deliver medical aid across borders, wherever it was needed.
Since then he has taken his human rights activism to bring change at the United Nations and the highest levels of French governnment.
He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about how he reconciles his beliefs with the political realities of office -- dealing with events in Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and Guinea for example.
And he explains why wanted to pay his respects to former leaders Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan and Omar Bongo of Gabon.

Bernard Kouchner, France's Foreign Minister20091026

How does an activist turned politician reconcile his beliefs with the realities of office?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Bernard Kouchner was a doctor and an activist when he helped set up Medecins Sans Frontieres back in the 1970s, aiming to deliver medical aid across borders, wherever it was needed.
Since then he has taken his human rights activism to bring change at the United Nations and the highest levels of French governnment.
He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about how he reconciles his beliefs with the political realities of office -- dealing with events in Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and Guinea for example.
And he explains why wanted to pay his respects to former leaders Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan and Omar Bongo of Gabon.

Best of 2010 with Owen Bennett Jones20101225

Owen Bennett Jones looks back at some of the best of his guests on the programme in 2010

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Owen Bennett Jones looks back at some of the best of his guests on the programme in 2010.

There's politics, religion, and ....hairdressing as Owen gets to grips with the former British prime minister Tony Blair, the American Pastor Terry Jones who threatened to burn the Koran, and the world famous crimper Vidal Sassoon.

And you can find out which politician terrified Owen when he was a young reporter.

Best of 2010 with Owen Bennett Jones20101226

Owen Bennett Jones looks back at some of the best of his guests on the programme in 2010

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Owen Bennett Jones looks back at some of the best of his guests on the programme in 2010.

There's politics, religion, and ....hairdressing as Owen gets to grips with the former British prime minister Tony Blair, the American Pastor Terry Jones who threatened to burn the Koran, and the world famous crimper Vidal Sassoon.

And you can find out which politician terrified Owen when he was a young reporter.

Best of 2010 with Owen Bennett Jones20101227

Owen Bennett Jones looks back at some of the best of his guests on the programme in 2010

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Owen Bennett Jones looks back at some of the best of his guests on the programme in 2010.

There's politics, religion, and ....hairdressing as Owen gets to grips with the former British prime minister Tony Blair, the American Pastor Terry Jones who threatened to burn the Koran, and the world famous crimper Vidal Sassoon.

And you can find out which politician terrified Owen when he was a young reporter.

Best of The Interview 2009 with Carrie Gracie20091226

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on The Interview in 2009

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on the programme in 2009.
There's drama, danger ... and fossils, as we hear from the police chief who foiled a major bomb plot, the billionaire who wants to encourage good leaders and the politician who was caught paying for sex with a prostitute -- oh and the paleontologist who found a 47-million-year-old arboreal quadruped.

Best of The Interview 2009 with Carrie Gracie20091227

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on The Interview in 2009

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on the programme in 2009.
There's drama, danger ... and fossils, as we hear from the police chief who foiled a major bomb plot, the billionaire who wants to encourage good leaders and the politician who was caught paying for sex with a prostitute -- oh and the paleontologist who found a 47-million-year-old arboreal quadruped.

Best of The Interview 2009 with Carrie Gracie20091228

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on The Interview in 2009

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on the programme in 2009.
There's drama, danger ... and fossils, as we hear from the police chief who foiled a major bomb plot, the billionaire who wants to encourage good leaders and the politician who was caught paying for sex with a prostitute -- oh and the paleontologist who found a 47-million-year-old arboreal quadruped.

Best of The Interview 2009 with Owen Bennett-Jones20100103

Best of The Interview in 2009 with Owen Bennett-Jones.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Owen Bennett-Jones looks back at some of the highlights of The Interview over the past year.

In 2009 Owen had the chance to quiz politicians such as the French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, to hear tales of bravery and courage from Iraq and Pakistan and to find out what makes tennis star Serena Williams angry.

Best Of The Interview 2009 With Owen Bennett-jones2010010320100104 (WS)

Owen Bennett-Jones looks back at some of the highlights of The Interview over the past year.

In 2009 Owen had the chance to quiz politicians such as the French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, to hear tales of bravery and courage from Iraq and Pakistan and to find out what makes tennis star Serena Williams angry.

Best of The Interview in 2009 with Owen Bennett-Jones.

Best of The Interview 2009 with Owen Bennett-Jones20100104

Best of The Interview in 2009 with Owen Bennett-Jones.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Owen Bennett-Jones looks back at some of the highlights of The Interview over the past year.

In 2009 Owen had the chance to quiz politicians such as the French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, to hear tales of bravery and courage from Iraq and Pakistan and to find out what makes tennis star Serena Williams angry.

Best of The Interview 2010 with Carrie Gracie20110101

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on The Interview in 2010

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on The Interview in 2010.

She hears about autism from Temple Grandin, changing the world from twitter founder Evan Williams, and painting from Paula Rego. And she takes a trip through Tokyo's red light district with crime reporter Jake Adelstein.

Best of The Interview 2010 with Carrie Gracie20110102

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on The Interview in 2010

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on The Interview in 2010.

She hears about autism from Temple Grandin, changing the world from twitter founder Evan Williams, and painting from Paula Rego. And she takes a trip through Tokyo's red light district with crime reporter Jake Adelstein.

Best of The Interview 2010 with Carrie Gracie20110103

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on The Interview in 2010

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Carrie Gracie looks back at some of the best of her guests on The Interview in 2010.

She hears about autism from Temple Grandin, changing the world from twitter founder Evan Williams, and painting from Paula Rego. And she takes a trip through Tokyo's red light district with crime reporter Jake Adelstein.

Bill Gates, Philanthropist2010013120100201 (WS)

Entrepreneur turned philanthropist Bill Gates on his fight against poverty and disease

Bill Gates is one of the few people who can claim to have changed the way the world works. Back when he was a teenager he had a vision of cheap computers on every desk in every home. Microsoft made him the richest man in the world. But his main work now is with his charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on tackling malaria, AIDS, poverty and disease. Drawing on his past achievements, he remains a fervent advocate of the power of technology to improve the world. And still a computer geek at heart, he tells Tom Hagler why he prefers Twitter to Facebook.

Bill Gates, Philanthropist20100131

Entrepreneur turned philanthropist Bill Gates on his fight against poverty and disease

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Bill Gates is one of the few people who can claim to have changed the way the world works. Back when he was a teenager he had a vision of cheap computers on every desk in every home. Microsoft made him the richest man in the world. But his main work now is with his charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on tackling malaria, AIDS, poverty and disease. Drawing on his past achievements, he remains a fervent advocate of the power of technology to improve the world. And still a computer geek at heart, he tells Tom Hagler why he prefers Twitter to Facebook.

Bill Gates, Philanthropist20100201

Entrepreneur turned philanthropist Bill Gates on his fight against poverty and disease

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Bill Gates is one of the few people who can claim to have changed the way the world works. Back when he was a teenager he had a vision of cheap computers on every desk in every home. Microsoft made him the richest man in the world. But his main work now is with his charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on tackling malaria, AIDS, poverty and disease. Drawing on his past achievements, he remains a fervent advocate of the power of technology to improve the world. And still a computer geek at heart, he tells Tom Hagler why he prefers Twitter to Facebook.

Carlos Ghosn, Head Of Renault Nissan20100206

Carlos Ghosn, the head of Renault Nissan, thinks the future of cars is electric

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Carlos Ghosn, the head of Renault Nissan, wants zero emission vehicles. He forecasts that by 2020, ten per cent of car sales will be electric. On The Interview he tells Owen Bennett Jones his plans for the future. Yet all this comes at a time when many car makers have just been bailed out by governments around the world in the midst of the economic crisis, so did they deserve the help?

This interview was recorded at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Carlos Ghosn, Head Of Renault Nissan20100207
Carlos Ghosn, Head Of Renault Nissan20100208
Charlie Denson, Nike Executive20100522

Nike executive Charlie Denson says wearing trainers can be inspirational.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nike is the biggest sports clothing and footwear supplier in the world and Charlie Denson has been with the company for three decades.

He's now president of the Nike brand. So what's the secret of his company's success and how do you keep your edge when you are number one in the market? Carrie Gracie asks him how he stays in touch with the latest trends on The Interview.

Charlie Denson, Nike Executive20100523

Nike executive Charlie Denson says wearing trainers can be inspirational.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nike is the biggest sports clothing and footwear supplier in the world and Charlie Denson has been with the company for three decades.

He's now president of the Nike brand. So what's the secret of his company's success and how do you keep your edge when you are number one in the market? Carrie Gracie asks him how he stays in touch with the latest trends on The Interview.

Charlie Denson, Nike Executive20100524

Nike executive Charlie Denson says wearing trainers can be inspirational.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nike is the biggest sports clothing and footwear supplier in the world and Charlie Denson has been with the company for three decades.

He's now president of the Nike brand. So what's the secret of his company's success and how do you keep your edge when you are number one in the market? Carrie Gracie asks him how he stays in touch with the latest trends on The Interview.

Charlie Wilson, American Congressman20110312

On whisky, women and winning the Cold War

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

As an American Congressman he managed to funnel billions of dollars to the Afghans fighting against the Soviet Union in the biggest secret war in history.

His story - including some of the wilder antics of his private life fuelled by whisky and women - was made into a Hollywood movie starring Tom Hanks.

Charlie Wilson talked to Owen Bennett Jones back in 2006.

Charlie Wilson, American Congressman20110313

On whisky, women and winning the Cold War

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

As an American Congressman he managed to funnel billions of dollars to the Afghans fighting against the Soviet Union in the biggest secret war in history.

His story - including some of the wilder antics of his private life fuelled by whisky and women - was made into a Hollywood movie starring Tom Hanks.

Charlie Wilson talked to Owen Bennett Jones back in 2006.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian Writer20091220

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about her generation.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

The author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria and says it was only when she went to America to study at the age of 19 that she became aware of the labels black and African.

She talks to Carrie Gracie about how she has tackled the problems caused by race, gender politics and her country's colonial history, and how she thinks her generation can turn Nigeria around.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian Writer20091221

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about her generation.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

The author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria and says it was only when she went to America to study at the age of 19 that she became aware of the labels black and African.

She talks to Carrie Gracie about how she has tackled the problems caused by race, gender politics and her country's colonial history, and how she thinks her generation can turn Nigeria around.

Cliff Bleszinski, Games Designer20101030

Cliff Bleszinski designed the highly successful Gears of War video games

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Cliff Bleszinski knew he wanted to be a video games designer from the age of six.

Now he's one of the most successful in the world as the creator of the Gears of War series.

He talks to Carrie Gracie on The Interview about why video games are so compelling and why he's confident the violence he puts in them isn't over the top.

He also discusses whether the video games industry will ever challenge Hollywood's hegenomy and how we'll be playing games in the future.

Cliff Bleszinski, Games Designer20101031

Cliff Bleszinski designed the highly successful Gears of War video games

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Cliff Bleszinski knew he wanted to be a video games designer from the age of six.

Now he's one of the most successful in the world as the creator of the Gears of War series.

He talks to Carrie Gracie on The Interview about why video games are so compelling and why he's confident the violence he puts in them isn't over the top.

He also discusses whether the video games industry will ever challenge Hollywood's hegenomy and how we'll be playing games in the future.

Cliff Bleszinski, Games Designer20101101

Cliff Bleszinski designed the highly successful Gears of War video games

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Cliff Bleszinski knew he wanted to be a video games designer from the age of six.

Now he's one of the most successful in the world as the creator of the Gears of War series.

He talks to Carrie Gracie on The Interview about why video games are so compelling and why he's confident the violence he puts in them isn't over the top.

He also discusses whether the video games industry will ever challenge Hollywood's hegenomy and how we'll be playing games in the future.

Daniel Fried, Ambassador20090918

Daniel Fried on the difficulties encountered in closing down Guantanamo Bay

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Daniel Fried is one of the team charged by President Obama with closing down the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He is responsible for persuading third countries to accept and resettle those detainees the United States has cleared for release. In his first interview since he was appointed, Ambassador Fried tells Jon Manel of the difficulties he has encountered and his determination to meet the deadline set by President Obama -- that Guantanamo would be closed by the end of his first year in office.

Daniel Fried, Ambassador20090919

Daniel Fried on the difficulties encountered in closing down Guantanamo Bay

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Daniel Fried is one of the team charged by President Obama with closing down the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He is responsible for persuading third countries to accept and resettle those detainees the United States has cleared for release. In his first interview since he was appointed, Ambassador Fried tells Jon Manel of the difficulties he has encountered and his determination to meet the deadline set by President Obama -- that Guantanamo would be closed by the end of his first year in office.

Daniel Fried, Ambassador20090920

Daniel Fried on the difficulties encountered in closing down Guantanamo Bay

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Daniel Fried is one of the team charged by President Obama with closing down the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He is responsible for persuading third countries to accept and resettle those detainees the United States has cleared for release. In his first interview since he was appointed, Ambassador Fried tells Jon Manel of the difficulties he has encountered and his determination to meet the deadline set by President Obama -- that Guantanamo would be closed by the end of his first year in office.

David Eagleman, Neuroscientist20091206

American neuroscientist, David Eagleman, talks about science, religion and afterlife.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

David Eagleman in an American neuroscientist who lives a double life.

By day he studies the human brain and by night he writes fiction - his first bestseller is about what happens to us when we die.

This week on The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie how science helps him to understand questions about life and death, and why he describes himself as a "possibilian".

David Eagleman, Neuroscientist20091207

American neuroscientist, David Eagleman, talks about science, religion and afterlife.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

David Eagleman in an American neuroscientist who lives a double life.

By day he studies the human brain and by night he writes fiction - his first bestseller is about what happens to us when we die.

This week on The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie how science helps him to understand questions about life and death, and why he describes himself as a "possibilian".

David Kessler, Former Head of the America's Food and Drug Administration20100619

Dr David Kessler, former head of the America's Food and Drug Administration, on obesity.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Latest figures show that more than one in three American adults are obese.

Former head of America's Food and Drug Administration, David Kessler is concerned about what we are eating today.

He tells Carrie Gracie that many of us have a compulsion to overeat because he says processed food has hijacked our brains.

Food full of fats, sugars and salts is harming our health and making us obese and Dr Kessler says we have to stop eating them.

David Kessler, Former Head of the America's Food and Drug Administration20100620

Dr David Kessler, former head of the America's Food and Drug Administration, on obesity.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Latest figures show that more than one in three American adults are obese.

Former head of America's Food and Drug Administration, David Kessler is concerned about what we are eating today.

He tells Carrie Gracie that many of us have a compulsion to overeat because he says processed food has hijacked our brains.

Food full of fats, sugars and salts is harming our health and making us obese and Dr Kessler says we have to stop eating them.

David Kessler, Former Head of the America's Food and Drug Administration20100621

Dr David Kessler, former head of the America's Food and Drug Administration, on obesity.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Latest figures show that more than one in three American adults are obese.

Former head of America's Food and Drug Administration, David Kessler is concerned about what we are eating today.

He tells Carrie Gracie that many of us have a compulsion to overeat because he says processed food has hijacked our brains.

Food full of fats, sugars and salts is harming our health and making us obese and Dr Kessler says we have to stop eating them.

Diana Athill, British Writer20110305

Diana Athill shares her thoughts of old age and dying

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Diana Athill, British Writer20110306

Diana Athill shares her thoughts of old age and dying

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Diana Athill, British Writer20110307

Diana Athill shares her thoughts of old age and dying

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Dr Devi Shetty, Surgeon and Philanthropist20110115

The heart surgeon who believes specialist healthcare should be available to rich and poor

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Devi Shetty is a top Indian heart surgeon with a big idea. He believes specialist healthcare should be available to the very poor of India just as much as the rich.

Ten years ago Dr Shetty founded a hospital in Bangalore in Southern India which charges people according to what they can afford.

The rich go for the very best surgery. The poor go there because they can.

Carrie Gracie asks him whether his model can really overturn healthcare provision.

Dr Devi Shetty, Surgeon and Philanthropist20110116

The heart surgeon who believes specialist healthcare should be available to rich and poor

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Devi Shetty is a top Indian heart surgeon with a big idea. He believes specialist healthcare should be available to the very poor of India just as much as the rich.

Ten years ago Dr Shetty founded a hospital in Bangalore in Southern India which charges people according to what they can afford.

The rich go for the very best surgery. The poor go there because they can.

Carrie Gracie asks him whether his model can really overturn healthcare provision.

Dr Devi Shetty, Surgeon and Philanthropist20110117

The heart surgeon who believes specialist healthcare should be available to rich and poor

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Devi Shetty is a top Indian heart surgeon with a big idea. He believes specialist healthcare should be available to the very poor of India just as much as the rich.

Ten years ago Dr Shetty founded a hospital in Bangalore in Southern India which charges people according to what they can afford.

The rich go for the very best surgery. The poor go there because they can.

Carrie Gracie asks him whether his model can really overturn healthcare provision.

Dr Heidi Kastner, Forensic Psychiatrist20090814

Assessing the mental state of Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned his daughter for 24 years

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Dr Heidi Kastner is the forensic psychiatrist who had to assess the mental state of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian convicted earlier this year of imprisoning and raping his daughter over a 24 year period.

This week on The Interview Dr Kastner tells Carrie Gracie about the challenges of her job - the curiosity which took her into the field and the occasional sense of helplessness that her job inflicts on her.

Dr Heidi Kastner, Forensic Psychiatrist20090815

Assessing the mental state of Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned his daughter for 24 years

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Dr Heidi Kastner is the forensic psychiatrist who had to assess the mental state of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian convicted earlier this year of imprisoning and raping his daughter over a 24 year period.

This week on The Interview Dr Kastner tells Carrie Gracie about the challenges of her job - the curiosity which took her into the field and the occasional sense of helplessness that her job inflicts on her.

Dr Heidi Kastner, Forensic Psychiatrist20090816

Assessing the mental state of Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned his daughter for 24 years

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Dr Heidi Kastner is the forensic psychiatrist who had to assess the mental state of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian convicted earlier this year of imprisoning and raping his daughter over a 24 year period.

This week on The Interview Dr Kastner tells Carrie Gracie about the challenges of her job - the curiosity which took her into the field and the occasional sense of helplessness that her job inflicts on her.

Edward de Bono, Philospher20090828

Challenging the orthodoxy of thinking established by the Greek philosophers

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Edward de Bono has championed a new way of thinking for more than forty years. He has set out to challenge the logical, truth-seeking process established by the Greek philosophers 2,400 years ago and cemented in Western culture in the Middle Ages by the church.

That way of thinking is fine, but is not sufficient to meet the problems posed by the modern world. To solve the great challenges of today -- global warming, the credit crunch -- better, more creative thinking is needed, claims Dr de Bono. And he has spent much of his life proselytising his vision. Such concepts as lateral thinking and the six hats are part of his new way of thinking that he says will equip all sections of society to live better lives and solve more complex problems.

In this week's edition of The Interview, Edward de Bono tells Lyse Doucet how he became aware of the failings of conventional thought, how he has championed his new way to business leaders, politicians and children, and why he still wants to realise his dream of establishing a Palace of Thinking to encourage a revolution.

Some have accused him of arrogance, some say he is just plain wrong, but Dr de Bono is always charming and entertaining as he seeks to convince the unenlightened.

Edward de Bono, Philospher20090829

Challenging the orthodoxy of thinking established by the Greek philosophers

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Edward de Bono has championed a new way of thinking for more than forty years. He has set out to challenge the logical, truth-seeking process established by the Greek philosophers 2,400 years ago and cemented in Western culture in the Middle Ages by the church.

That way of thinking is fine, but is not sufficient to meet the problems posed by the modern world. To solve the great challenges of today -- global warming, the credit crunch -- better, more creative thinking is needed, claims Dr de Bono. And he has spent much of his life proselytising his vision. Such concepts as lateral thinking and the six hats are part of his new way of thinking that he says will equip all sections of society to live better lives and solve more complex problems.

In this week's edition of The Interview, Edward de Bono tells Lyse Doucet how he became aware of the failings of conventional thought, how he has championed his new way to business leaders, politicians and children, and why he still wants to realise his dream of establishing a Palace of Thinking to encourage a revolution.

Some have accused him of arrogance, some say he is just plain wrong, but Dr de Bono is always charming and entertaining as he seeks to convince the unenlightened.

Edward de Bono, Philospher20090830

Challenging the orthodoxy of thinking established by the Greek philosophers

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Edward de Bono has championed a new way of thinking for more than forty years. He has set out to challenge the logical, truth-seeking process established by the Greek philosophers 2,400 years ago and cemented in Western culture in the Middle Ages by the church.

That way of thinking is fine, but is not sufficient to meet the problems posed by the modern world. To solve the great challenges of today -- global warming, the credit crunch -- better, more creative thinking is needed, claims Dr de Bono. And he has spent much of his life proselytising his vision. Such concepts as lateral thinking and the six hats are part of his new way of thinking that he says will equip all sections of society to live better lives and solve more complex problems.

In this week's edition of The Interview, Edward de Bono tells Lyse Doucet how he became aware of the failings of conventional thought, how he has championed his new way to business leaders, politicians and children, and why he still wants to realise his dream of establishing a Palace of Thinking to encourage a revolution.

Some have accused him of arrogance, some say he is just plain wrong, but Dr de Bono is always charming and entertaining as he seeks to convince the unenlightened.

Eliot Spitzer, Former Governor of New York20091114

Leading investigations into the US's financial giants before resigning over a sex scandal

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Eliot Spitzer was the toast of New York. As the city's Attorney General he exposed financial fraud at the highest levels and went on to be elected Governor and was even tipped as a future president.

But then he had a dramatic fall from grace. He was identified as having paid for sex with prostitutes, resigned, and was forced to stand by and watch as the financial crash exposed exactly the problems he made a target years before.

Eliot Spitzer, Former Governor of New York20091115

Leading investigations into the US's financial giants before resigning over a sex scandal

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Eliot Spitzer was the toast of New York. As the city's Attorney General he exposed financial fraud at the highest levels and went on to be elected Governor and was even tipped as a future president.

But then he had a dramatic fall from grace. He was identified as having paid for sex with prostitutes, resigned, and was forced to stand by and watch as the financial crash exposed exactly the problems he made a target years before.

Eliot Spitzer, Former Governor of New York20091116

Leading investigations into the US's financial giants before resigning over a sex scandal

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Eliot Spitzer was the toast of New York. As the city's Attorney General he exposed financial fraud at the highest levels and went on to be elected Governor and was even tipped as a future president.

But then he had a dramatic fall from grace. He was identified as having paid for sex with prostitutes, resigned, and was forced to stand by and watch as the financial crash exposed exactly the problems he made a target years before.

Evan Williams, Twitter Co-founder20100313

Twitter boss Evan Williams on how the internet is changing the world.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Evan Williams is behind the internet service Twitter. It invites people to share their thoughts in 140 characters or less.

Luckily on The Interview Carrie Gracie has a little longer to find out Evan's plans for the free exchange of information.

She asks him about how he went from a farm in Nebraska to being a big player in Silicon Valley, how he thinks Twitter can be a force for good and whether he will sell at any price?

Evan Williams, Twitter Co-founder20100314

Twitter boss Evan Williams on how the internet is changing the world.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Evan Williams is behind the internet service Twitter. It invites people to share their thoughts in 140 characters or less.

Luckily on The Interview Carrie Gracie has a little longer to find out Evan's plans for the free exchange of information.

She asks him about how he went from a farm in Nebraska to being a big player in Silicon Valley, how he thinks Twitter can be a force for good and whether he will sell at any price?

Evan Williams, Twitter Co-founder20100315

Twitter boss Evan Williams on how the internet is changing the world.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Evan Williams is behind the internet service Twitter. It invites people to share their thoughts in 140 characters or less.

Luckily on The Interview Carrie Gracie has a little longer to find out Evan's plans for the free exchange of information.

She asks him about how he went from a farm in Nebraska to being a big player in Silicon Valley, how he thinks Twitter can be a force for good and whether he will sell at any price?

Garrison Keillor, Broadcaster2010010920100110 (WS)
20100111 (WS)

This week American broadcaster Garrison Keillor tells Carrie Gracie his favourite story.

Garrison Keillor is the American storyteller who has spun his yarns of the mythical MidWestern town, Lake Wobegone for more than thirty years on his weekly radio show.

His tales of small town America are both comic and insightful and in this week's edition of The Interview, he shares with Carrie Gracie the secrets of his trade and tells her his favourite story.

Garrison Keillor, Broadcaster20100109

This week American broadcaster Garrison Keillor tells Carrie Gracie his favourite story.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Garrison Keillor is the American storyteller who has spun his yarns of the mythical MidWestern town, Lake Wobegone for more than thirty years on his weekly radio show.

His tales of small town America are both comic and insightful and in this week's edition of The Interview, he shares with Carrie Gracie the secrets of his trade and tells her his favourite story.

Garrison Keillor, Broadcaster20100110

This week American broadcaster Garrison Keillor tells Carrie Gracie his favourite story.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Garrison Keillor is the American storyteller who has spun his yarns of the mythical MidWestern town, Lake Wobegone for more than thirty years on his weekly radio show.

His tales of small town America are both comic and insightful and in this week's edition of The Interview, he shares with Carrie Gracie the secrets of his trade and tells her his favourite story.

Garrison Keillor, Broadcaster20100111

This week American broadcaster Garrison Keillor tells Carrie Gracie his favourite story.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Garrison Keillor is the American storyteller who has spun his yarns of the mythical MidWestern town, Lake Wobegone for more than thirty years on his weekly radio show.

His tales of small town America are both comic and insightful and in this week's edition of The Interview, he shares with Carrie Gracie the secrets of his trade and tells her his favourite story.

Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury Cartoonist20101127

Garry Trudeau - 40 years 14,000 Doonesbury cartoon strips.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Owen Bennett-Jones talks to Garry Trudeau, one of the world's most successful cartoonists. He's been drawing the Doonesbury strip for 40 years - chronicling American life in all its forms - from social trends to high politics. To do this he employs a cast of over 70 characters and has numerous story lines running simultaneously. He's covered everything from the Vietnam war, Watergate, the Reagan years right up to the conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. He tells Owen what it's like to produce more than 14,000 cartoon strips over four decades, and how he keeps coming up with new story lines.

Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury Cartoonist20101128

Garry Trudeau - 40 years 14,000 Doonesbury cartoon strips.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Owen Bennett-Jones talks to Garry Trudeau, one of the world's most successful cartoonists. He's been drawing the Doonesbury strip for 40 years - chronicling American life in all its forms - from social trends to high politics. To do this he employs a cast of over 70 characters and has numerous story lines running simultaneously. He's covered everything from the Vietnam war, Watergate, the Reagan years right up to the conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. He tells Owen what it's like to produce more than 14,000 cartoon strips over four decades, and how he keeps coming up with new story lines.

Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury Cartoonist20101129

Garry Trudeau - 40 years 14,000 Doonesbury cartoon strips.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Owen Bennett-Jones talks to Garry Trudeau, one of the world's most successful cartoonists. He's been drawing the Doonesbury strip for 40 years - chronicling American life in all its forms - from social trends to high politics. To do this he employs a cast of over 70 characters and has numerous story lines running simultaneously. He's covered everything from the Vietnam war, Watergate, the Reagan years right up to the conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. He tells Owen what it's like to produce more than 14,000 cartoon strips over four decades, and how he keeps coming up with new story lines.

General Dan McNeill, United States Army20090724

Highest ranking US officer to serve in Afghanistan, General McNeill talks about the war

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

General Dan McNeill, United States Army20090725

Highest ranking US officer to serve in Afghanistan, General McNeill talks about the war

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

General Dan McNeill, United States Army20090726

Highest ranking US officer to serve in Afghanistan, General McNeill talks about the war

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

General David Petraeus20100828

General Petraeus, the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, talks to John Simpson.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

US Army General David Petraeus, who has recently taken command of Nato forces in Afghanistan, talks to John Simpson, the BBC's World Affairs Editor. General Petraeus is currently the top US commander in Afghanistan. Before that he was in charge of all coalition forces in Iraq where he prioritised the winning of hearts and minds.

He's widely credited for turning round the situation in Iraq; his political bosses hope he can do the same in Afghanistan. In The Interview, he talks about the surge in Afghanistan, his time in Iraq and whether Nato can defeat the Taliban.

(Image: General David Petraeus, Credit: Getty Images)

General David Petraeus20100829

General Petraeus, the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, talks to John Simpson.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

US Army General David Petraeus, who has recently taken command of Nato forces in Afghanistan, talks to John Simpson, the BBC's World Affairs Editor. General Petraeus is currently the top US commander in Afghanistan. Before that he was in charge of all coalition forces in Iraq where he prioritised the winning of hearts and minds.

He's widely credited for turning round the situation in Iraq; his political bosses hope he can do the same in Afghanistan. In The Interview, he talks about the surge in Afghanistan, his time in Iraq and whether Nato can defeat the Taliban.

(Image: General David Petraeus, Credit: Getty Images)

General David Petraeus20100830

General Petraeus, the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, talks to John Simpson.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

US Army General David Petraeus, who has recently taken command of Nato forces in Afghanistan, talks to John Simpson, the BBC's World Affairs Editor. General Petraeus is currently the top US commander in Afghanistan. Before that he was in charge of all coalition forces in Iraq where he prioritised the winning of hearts and minds.

He's widely credited for turning round the situation in Iraq; his political bosses hope he can do the same in Afghanistan. In The Interview, he talks about the surge in Afghanistan, his time in Iraq and whether Nato can defeat the Taliban.

(Image: General David Petraeus, Credit: Getty Images)

General Sir Richard Dannatt20100918

The British army chief who talked politics -- General Sir Richard Dannatt

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

General Sir Richard Dannatt was in charge of the British army for three years from 2006 to 2009 -- when his soldiers faced particularly fierce fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. He went public with criticisms of the then government's policy. So how does he reflect on working for political masters and Britain's military choices?

General Sir Richard Dannatt20100919

The British army chief who talked politics -- General Sir Richard Dannatt

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

General Sir Richard Dannatt was in charge of the British army for three years from 2006 to 2009 -- when his soldiers faced particularly fierce fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. He went public with criticisms of the then government's policy. So how does he reflect on working for political masters and Britain's military choices?

General Sir Richard Dannatt20100920

The British army chief who talked politics -- General Sir Richard Dannatt

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

General Sir Richard Dannatt was in charge of the British army for three years from 2006 to 2009 -- when his soldiers faced particularly fierce fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. He went public with criticisms of the then government's policy. So how does he reflect on working for political masters and Britain's military choices?

Gerry Conlon, Wrongly Imprisoned20110226

Gerry Conlon on the horror of being wrongfully imprisoned

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Gerry Conlon spent 15 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

He was one of the so-called Guildford Four, jailed in 1975 for an IRA pub bombing which killed five people and injured more than 60. Other members of his family were also wrongfully imprisoned for terrorist offences, including his father - who was to die in prison.

In 2005 the then British prime minister Tony Blair apologised to Gerry Conlon and the others in his case and he was awarded compensation. But on The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie that he still can't move on and his life has been ruined.

Gerry Conlon, Wrongly Imprisoned20110227

Gerry Conlon on the horror of being wrongfully imprisoned

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Gerry Conlon spent 15 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

He was one of the so-called Guildford Four, jailed in 1975 for an IRA pub bombing which killed five people and injured more than 60. Other members of his family were also wrongfully imprisoned for terrorist offences, including his father - who was to die in prison.

In 2005 the then British prime minister Tony Blair apologised to Gerry Conlon and the others in his case and he was awarded compensation. But on The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie that he still can't move on and his life has been ruined.

Gerry Conlon, Wrongly Imprisoned20110228

Gerry Conlon on the horror of being wrongfully imprisoned

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Gerry Conlon spent 15 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

He was one of the so-called Guildford Four, jailed in 1975 for an IRA pub bombing which killed five people and injured more than 60. Other members of his family were also wrongfully imprisoned for terrorist offences, including his father - who was to die in prison.

In 2005 the then British prime minister Tony Blair apologised to Gerry Conlon and the others in his case and he was awarded compensation. But on The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie that he still can't move on and his life has been ruined.

Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian20100717

American hero Greg Mortenson has built over 140 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Greg Mortenson has spent nearly twenty years building schools for girls in some of the most remote parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's been a risky business - during that time he's received two fatwas, been under CIA investigation and was kidnapped by the Taliban, but so far Greg has managed to build over 140 schools. He talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about what motivates him, and the logistical and financial difficulties he's had to overcome to provide girls with education in some of the most forgotten places on earth.

Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian20100718

American hero Greg Mortenson has built over 140 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Greg Mortenson has spent nearly twenty years building schools for girls in some of the most remote parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's been a risky business - during that time he's received two fatwas, been under CIA investigation and was kidnapped by the Taliban, but so far Greg has managed to build over 140 schools. He talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about what motivates him, and the logistical and financial difficulties he's had to overcome to provide girls with education in some of the most forgotten places on earth.

Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian20100719

American hero Greg Mortenson has built over 140 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Greg Mortenson has spent nearly twenty years building schools for girls in some of the most remote parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's been a risky business - during that time he's received two fatwas, been under CIA investigation and was kidnapped by the Taliban, but so far Greg has managed to build over 140 schools. He talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about what motivates him, and the logistical and financial difficulties he's had to overcome to provide girls with education in some of the most forgotten places on earth.

Gurbaksh Chahal, Internet Entrepreneur20101120

Gurbaksh Chahal - internet entrepreneur and multi-millionaire

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Gurbaksh Chahal is an internet entrepreneur who sold his first company for 40 million dollars at the age of 18.

His family arrived in California from India when he was four years old, and Gurbaksh was brought up as a devout Sikh. This meant when he made the decision to cut his hair and stop wearing the traditional turban as a teenager it was very traumatic for his parents.

Gurbaksh is now 28, and is working on his third start-up company. He talks to Mike Williams about his life, his motivation and what religion, business and wealth all mean to him.

Gurbaksh Chahal, Internet Entrepreneur20101121

Gurbaksh Chahal - internet entrepreneur and multi-millionaire

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Gurbaksh Chahal is an internet entrepreneur who sold his first company for 40 million dollars at the age of 18.

His family arrived in California from India when he was four years old, and Gurbaksh was brought up as a devout Sikh. This meant when he made the decision to cut his hair and stop wearing the traditional turban as a teenager it was very traumatic for his parents.

Gurbaksh is now 28, and is working on his third start-up company. He talks to Mike Williams about his life, his motivation and what religion, business and wealth all mean to him.

Gurbaksh Chahal, Internet Entrepreneur20101122

Gurbaksh Chahal - internet entrepreneur and multi-millionaire

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Gurbaksh Chahal is an internet entrepreneur who sold his first company for 40 million dollars at the age of 18.

His family arrived in California from India when he was four years old, and Gurbaksh was brought up as a devout Sikh. This meant when he made the decision to cut his hair and stop wearing the traditional turban as a teenager it was very traumatic for his parents.

Gurbaksh is now 28, and is working on his third start-up company. He talks to Mike Williams about his life, his motivation and what religion, business and wealth all mean to him.

Henry and Patrick Cockburn, Living with Schizophrenia20110205

An inside view of living with schizophrenia

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Henry Cockburn describes his experiences of schizophrenia as he emerges from six years of living in mental hospitals. While his father Patrick Cockburn, an award-winning foreign correspondent, talks about his battle to find a future for his son who was diagnosed with this cruel mental illness at the age of 20.

They talk to Carrie Gracie on The Interview.

Henry and Patrick Cockburn, Living with Schizophrenia20110206

An inside view of living with schizophrenia

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Henry Cockburn describes his experiences of schizophrenia as he emerges from six years of living in mental hospitals. While his father Patrick Cockburn, an award-winning foreign correspondent, talks about his battle to find a future for his son who was diagnosed with this cruel mental illness at the age of 20.

They talk to Carrie Gracie on The Interview.

Henry and Patrick Cockburn, Living with Schizophrenia20110207

An inside view of living with schizophrenia

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Henry Cockburn describes his experiences of schizophrenia as he emerges from six years of living in mental hospitals. While his father Patrick Cockburn, an award-winning foreign correspondent, talks about his battle to find a future for his son who was diagnosed with this cruel mental illness at the age of 20.

They talk to Carrie Gracie on The Interview.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, New York Mosque Leader20101211

New York mosque leader Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says he was scared by August protests

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has led a mosque in New York for 25 years and worked to bring faiths together. But he admits he was scared by the fierce reaction back in August to his plans for an Islamic Centre, two blocks from Ground Zero.

Four months on he has drawn lessons from the affair and is ready to launch a new inter-faith initiative. Carrie Gracie asks him whether he can ever really succeed.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, New York Mosque Leader20101212

New York mosque leader Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says he was scared by August protests

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has led a mosque in New York for 25 years and worked to bring faiths together. But he admits he was scared by the fierce reaction back in August to his plans for an Islamic Centre, two blocks from Ground Zero.

Four months on he has drawn lessons from the affair and is ready to launch a new inter-faith initiative. Carrie Gracie asks him whether he can ever really succeed.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, New York Mosque Leader20101213

New York mosque leader Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says he was scared by August protests

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has led a mosque in New York for 25 years and worked to bring faiths together. But he admits he was scared by the fierce reaction back in August to his plans for an Islamic Centre, two blocks from Ground Zero.

Four months on he has drawn lessons from the affair and is ready to launch a new inter-faith initiative. Carrie Gracie asks him whether he can ever really succeed.

Jacqui Smith, British Politician20090626

British Politician Jacqui Smith talks scandal and sexism with Carrie Gracie.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jacqui Smith, British Politician20090627

British Politician Jacqui Smith talks scandal and sexism with Carrie Gracie.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jacqui Smith, British Politician20090628

British Politician Jacqui Smith talks scandal and sexism with Carrie Gracie.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jake Adelstein, Investigative Journalist20100925

Jake Adelstein, who was a crime reporter on Tokyo's biggest-selling newspaper.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

For 12 years, Jake Adelstein worked as a crime reporter on Japan's biggest-selling newspaper. His patch was Tokyo's seedy red light district, and amongst other stories, he investigated the big bosses of Japan's crime gangs, the Yakuza. This got him into trouble, he received death threats and he and his family fled Japan and now live in exile in the United States. He talks to Carrie Gracie about his life then, and the regrets he still has from that time.

Jake Adelstein, Investigative Journalist20100926

Jake Adelstein, who was a crime reporter on Tokyo's biggest-selling newspaper.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

For 12 years, Jake Adelstein worked as a crime reporter on Japan's biggest-selling newspaper. His patch was Tokyo's seedy red light district, and amongst other stories, he investigated the big bosses of Japan's crime gangs, the Yakuza. This got him into trouble, he received death threats and he and his family fled Japan and now live in exile in the United States. He talks to Carrie Gracie about his life then, and the regrets he still has from that time.

Jake Adelstein, Investigative Journalist20100927

Jake Adelstein, who was a crime reporter on Tokyo's biggest-selling newspaper.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

For 12 years, Jake Adelstein worked as a crime reporter on Japan's biggest-selling newspaper. His patch was Tokyo's seedy red light district, and amongst other stories, he investigated the big bosses of Japan's crime gangs, the Yakuza. This got him into trouble, he received death threats and he and his family fled Japan and now live in exile in the United States. He talks to Carrie Gracie about his life then, and the regrets he still has from that time.

Jeff Sarwer, Former Child Chess Prodigy20101218

Child chess prodigy and adult poker player Jeff Sarwer.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jeff Sarwer was a child chess champion, playing and winning competitions all over North America along with his sister. He never went to school, nor lived in a house, but often slept in the car with his father as they travelled the country. His father taught him discipline, motivation and independence, but it all came at a cost. Jeff and his sister suffered an abusive childhood, and finally went on the run to escape the authorities who wanted the children to go to foster parents. Jeff looks back on his childhood with Mike Williams, and his current success as a professional poker player. That's on The Interview after the news.

Jeff Sarwer, Former Child Chess Prodigy20101219

Child chess prodigy and adult poker player Jeff Sarwer.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jeff Sarwer was a child chess champion, playing and winning competitions all over North America along with his sister. He never went to school, nor lived in a house, but often slept in the car with his father as they travelled the country. His father taught him discipline, motivation and independence, but it all came at a cost. Jeff and his sister suffered an abusive childhood, and finally went on the run to escape the authorities who wanted the children to go to foster parents. Jeff looks back on his childhood with Mike Williams, and his current success as a professional poker player. That's on The Interview after the news.

Jeff Sarwer, Former Child Chess Prodigy20101220

Child chess prodigy and adult poker player Jeff Sarwer.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jeff Sarwer was a child chess champion, playing and winning competitions all over North America along with his sister. He never went to school, nor lived in a house, but often slept in the car with his father as they travelled the country. His father taught him discipline, motivation and independence, but it all came at a cost. Jeff and his sister suffered an abusive childhood, and finally went on the run to escape the authorities who wanted the children to go to foster parents. Jeff looks back on his childhood with Mike Williams, and his current success as a professional poker player. That's on The Interview after the news.

Jeff Zucker, Head of NBC Universal20100227

NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker is one of the most powerful men in America's TV industry

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jeff Zucker says the TV was always on in his home when he was growing up. He went to work in television sports and news and now, as head of NBC Universal, he manages one of America's oldest TV networks, NBC, along with a host of cable channels. It's the cable channels which make the most money but it's NBC which gets all the press coverage -- most recently for a row over a slight change to a treasured programme, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. So what do we want from television? And how do we want to watch it? Owen Bennett Jones gets the picture from Jeff Zucker.

Jeff Zucker, Head of NBC Universal20100228

NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker is one of the most powerful men in America's TV industry

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jeff Zucker says the TV was always on in his home when he was growing up. He went to work in television sports and news and now, as head of NBC Universal, he manages one of America's oldest TV networks, NBC, along with a host of cable channels. It's the cable channels which make the most money but it's NBC which gets all the press coverage -- most recently for a row over a slight change to a treasured programme, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. So what do we want from television? And how do we want to watch it? Owen Bennett Jones gets the picture from Jeff Zucker.

Jeff Zucker, Head of NBC Universal20100301

NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker is one of the most powerful men in America's TV industry

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Jeff Zucker says the TV was always on in his home when he was growing up. He went to work in television sports and news and now, as head of NBC Universal, he manages one of America's oldest TV networks, NBC, along with a host of cable channels. It's the cable channels which make the most money but it's NBC which gets all the press coverage -- most recently for a row over a slight change to a treasured programme, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. So what do we want from television? And how do we want to watch it? Owen Bennett Jones gets the picture from Jeff Zucker.

Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson's Brother20100626

A year after Michael Jackson's death, his brother Jermaine talks about his loss.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michael Jackson died a year ago and there was a huge reaction from people around the world who remembered him as the "king of pop".

On The Interview this week Jermaine Jackson talks about how much he misses his younger brother and how he protected him.

Jermaine criticises the American media and public for not showing Michael more respect when he was alive. Now, he says, it is the responsibility of himself and all the family to safeguard Michael's legacy.

Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson's Brother20100627

A year after Michael Jackson's death, his brother Jermaine talks about his loss.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michael Jackson died a year ago and there was a huge reaction from people around the world who remembered him as the "king of pop".

On The Interview this week Jermaine Jackson talks about how much he misses his younger brother and how he protected him.

Jermaine criticises the American media and public for not showing Michael more respect when he was alive. Now, he says, it is the responsibility of himself and all the family to safeguard Michael's legacy.

Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson's Brother20100628

A year after Michael Jackson's death, his brother Jermaine talks about his loss.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michael Jackson died a year ago and there was a huge reaction from people around the world who remembered him as the "king of pop".

On The Interview this week Jermaine Jackson talks about how much he misses his younger brother and how he protected him.

Jermaine criticises the American media and public for not showing Michael more respect when he was alive. Now, he says, it is the responsibility of himself and all the family to safeguard Michael's legacy.

John Podesta, Former White House Chief of Staff20091009

Ultimate Washington insider, John Podesta, gives his take on President Obama's progress

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

John Podesta was President Clinton's last chief of staff at the White House.

Now from the vantage point of heading the Democrat's favourite think tank, he is an informal advisor to President Barack Obama who is playing high stakes in trying to get his healthcare plans through. What's his inside view of the President's progress?

John Podesta, Former White House Chief of Staff20091010

Ultimate Washington insider, John Podesta, gives his take on President Obama's progress

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

John Podesta was President Clinton's last chief of staff at the White House.

Now from the vantage point of heading the Democrat's favourite think tank, he is an informal advisor to President Barack Obama who is playing high stakes in trying to get his healthcare plans through. What's his inside view of the President's progress?

John Podesta, Former White House Chief of Staff20091011

Ultimate Washington insider, John Podesta, gives his take on President Obama's progress

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

John Podesta was President Clinton's last chief of staff at the White House.

Now from the vantage point of heading the Democrat's favourite think tank, he is an informal advisor to President Barack Obama who is playing high stakes in trying to get his healthcare plans through. What's his inside view of the President's progress?

Joi Ito, Investor20100731

Investor Joi Ito has big ideas for how the internet connects us all

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Joi Ito is an investor in early stage internet projects, and he has backed some big successes including Twitter and Flickr.

He thinks that about one in ten of these start-ups returns a decent amount, but the big ones - the Googles and the Yahoos - come once every five years.

The trick he says, is to be in position when they arrive and his formula for doing so is a curious mix of networking, Buddhist philosophy and serendipity.

Joi Ito, Investor20100801

Investor Joi Ito has big ideas for how the internet connects us all

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Joi Ito is an investor in early stage internet projects, and he has backed some big successes including Twitter and Flickr.

He thinks that about one in ten of these start-ups returns a decent amount, but the big ones - the Googles and the Yahoos - come once every five years.

The trick he says, is to be in position when they arrive and his formula for doing so is a curious mix of networking, Buddhist philosophy and serendipity.

Joi Ito, Investor20100802

Investor Joi Ito has big ideas for how the internet connects us all

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Joi Ito is an investor in early stage internet projects, and he has backed some big successes including Twitter and Flickr.

He thinks that about one in ten of these start-ups returns a decent amount, but the big ones - the Googles and the Yahoos - come once every five years.

The trick he says, is to be in position when they arrive and his formula for doing so is a curious mix of networking, Buddhist philosophy and serendipity.

Jorn Hurum, Palaeontologist20090717

Palaeontologist Jorn Hurum talks about finding Ida, the 47 million year old fossil.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Palaeontologist Jorn Hurum, led the research into the 47 million year-old primate fossil, Ida.

Dr Hurum tells Carrie Gracie about of the world of fossil trading and the bar room deals that brought the primate out of a private collection and to world attention.

He discusses the controversies over his research and the claims made for it.

Jorn Hurum, Palaeontologist20090718

Palaeontologist Jorn Hurum talks about finding Ida, the 47 million year old fossil.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Palaeontologist Jorn Hurum, led the research into the 47 million year-old primate fossil, Ida.

Dr Hurum tells Carrie Gracie about of the world of fossil trading and the bar room deals that brought the primate out of a private collection and to world attention.

He discusses the controversies over his research and the claims made for it.

Jorn Hurum, Palaeontologist20090719

Palaeontologist Jorn Hurum talks about finding Ida, the 47 million year old fossil.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Palaeontologist Jorn Hurum, led the research into the 47 million year-old primate fossil, Ida.

Dr Hurum tells Carrie Gracie about of the world of fossil trading and the bar room deals that brought the primate out of a private collection and to world attention.

He discusses the controversies over his research and the claims made for it.

Kai Eide, Former UN Special Representative to Afghanistan20100320

Kai Eide gives his thoughts on how the UN has done in Afghanistan.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Kai Eide was the UN's Special Representative to Afghanistan until earlier this month.

On The Interview with Lyse Doucet he talks about his two years in Kabul, the ongoing talks he had with prominent Taliban leaders over political and humanitarian issues.

He's also strongly critical of Pakistan for its recent arrest of Taliban leaders which shut down these channels of communication. Kai Eide says it is a setback to finding a lasting solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Kai Eide, Former UN Special Representative to Afghanistan20100321

Kai Eide gives his thoughts on how the UN has done in Afghanistan.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Kai Eide was the UN's Special Representative to Afghanistan until earlier this month.

On The Interview with Lyse Doucet he talks about his two years in Kabul, the ongoing talks he had with prominent Taliban leaders over political and humanitarian issues.

He's also strongly critical of Pakistan for its recent arrest of Taliban leaders which shut down these channels of communication. Kai Eide says it is a setback to finding a lasting solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Kai Eide, Former UN Special Representative to Afghanistan20100322

Kai Eide gives his thoughts on how the UN has done in Afghanistan.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Kai Eide was the UN's Special Representative to Afghanistan until earlier this month.

On The Interview with Lyse Doucet he talks about his two years in Kabul, the ongoing talks he had with prominent Taliban leaders over political and humanitarian issues.

He's also strongly critical of Pakistan for its recent arrest of Taliban leaders which shut down these channels of communication. Kai Eide says it is a setback to finding a lasting solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Kate and Gerry McCann on Their Daughter Madeleine20100501

Kate and Gerry McCann on how they have coped since their daughter Madeleine disappeared

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Madeleine McCann disappeared nearly three years ago while on a family holiday in Portugal. She was just three at the time. Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann have led a very public campaign to try to get her back while caring for their two other children who are now aged five.
On The Interview they tell Mike Williams how they have coped with life since Madeleine disappeared...

Kate and Gerry McCann on Their Daughter Madeleine20100502

Kate and Gerry McCann on how they have coped since their daughter Madeleine disappeared

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Madeleine McCann disappeared nearly three years ago while on a family holiday in Portugal. She was just three at the time. Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann have led a very public campaign to try to get her back while caring for their two other children who are now aged five.
On The Interview they tell Mike Williams how they have coped with life since Madeleine disappeared...

Kate and Gerry McCann on Their Daughter Madeleine20100503

Kate and Gerry McCann on how they have coped since their daughter Madeleine disappeared

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Madeleine McCann disappeared nearly three years ago while on a family holiday in Portugal. She was just three at the time. Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann have led a very public campaign to try to get her back while caring for their two other children who are now aged five.
On The Interview they tell Mike Williams how they have coped with life since Madeleine disappeared...

Khaled al-Berry, Former Militant20100403

Khaled al-Berry describes his time as a member of a violent Islamist group

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Khaled al-Berry was just fourteen when he joined the violent Egyptian Islamist group Jamaa al-Islamiya. He says they offered him friendship and protection and in return he supported their belief that violence was the only way to establish an Islamic state. Now aged 37 and living in London, he regrets his association with the group, but feels his experience has lessons for others. Carrie Gracie talks to him

Khaled al-Berry, Former Militant20100404

Khaled al-Berry describes his time as a member of a violent Islamist group

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Khaled al-Berry was just fourteen when he joined the violent Egyptian Islamist group Jamaa al-Islamiya. He says they offered him friendship and protection and in return he supported their belief that violence was the only way to establish an Islamic state. Now aged 37 and living in London, he regrets his association with the group, but feels his experience has lessons for others. Carrie Gracie talks to him

Khaled al-Berry, Former Militant20100405

Khaled al-Berry describes his time as a member of a violent Islamist group

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Khaled al-Berry was just fourteen when he joined the violent Egyptian Islamist group Jamaa al-Islamiya. He says they offered him friendship and protection and in return he supported their belief that violence was the only way to establish an Islamic state. Now aged 37 and living in London, he regrets his association with the group, but feels his experience has lessons for others. Carrie Gracie talks to him

Khandro Rinpoche, Buddhist Nun20090904

Buddhist nun Khandro Rinpoche considers her religion and her reincarnation.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Khandro Rinpoche is a Buddhist teacher who is also a woman and the reincarnation of a renowned master. In this week's edition of the Interview she talks to Carrie Gracie about the particular stresses she has had to deal with as a result of that identification of her as a reincarnation, and how that identification has propelled her into a life of scholarship and contemplation.

She also considers the nature of Buddhism and debates whether the religion has become over-formalised in recent years, and whether she has herself reached a state of enlightenment. Finally she muses on the eighteen or more kinds of hell that may await us in the next life, or even in this current one, and tells Carrie why she is not afraid of the life that is to come.

Khandro Rinpoche, Buddhist Nun20090905

Buddhist nun Khandro Rinpoche considers her religion and her reincarnation.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Khandro Rinpoche is a Buddhist teacher who is also a woman and the reincarnation of a renowned master. In this week's edition of the Interview she talks to Carrie Gracie about the particular stresses she has had to deal with as a result of that identification of her as a reincarnation, and how that identification has propelled her into a life of scholarship and contemplation.

She also considers the nature of Buddhism and debates whether the religion has become over-formalised in recent years, and whether she has herself reached a state of enlightenment. Finally she muses on the eighteen or more kinds of hell that may await us in the next life, or even in this current one, and tells Carrie why she is not afraid of the life that is to come.

Khandro Rinpoche, Buddhist Nun20090906

Buddhist nun Khandro Rinpoche considers her religion and her reincarnation.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Khandro Rinpoche is a Buddhist teacher who is also a woman and the reincarnation of a renowned master. In this week's edition of the Interview she talks to Carrie Gracie about the particular stresses she has had to deal with as a result of that identification of her as a reincarnation, and how that identification has propelled her into a life of scholarship and contemplation.

She also considers the nature of Buddhism and debates whether the religion has become over-formalised in recent years, and whether she has herself reached a state of enlightenment. Finally she muses on the eighteen or more kinds of hell that may await us in the next life, or even in this current one, and tells Carrie why she is not afraid of the life that is to come.

Lang Lang20080919

The Interview speaks to one of the world's most famous pianists, Lang Lang.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Lang Lang has wanted to be the number one piano player in the world since being a young child.

Encouraged by his parents, in particular his father, he has emerged from a poor background in northern China to become one of the world's most famous pianists.

Now aged 26, he tells Carrie Gracie what’s next for his ambitions.

Lang Lang20080920

The Interview speaks to one of the world's most famous pianists, Lang Lang.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Lang Lang has wanted to be the number one piano player in the world since being a young child.

Encouraged by his parents, in particular his father, he has emerged from a poor background in northern China to become one of the world's most famous pianists.

Now aged 26, he tells Carrie Gracie what’s next for his ambitions.

Lang Lang20080921

The Interview speaks to one of the world's most famous pianists, Lang Lang.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Lang Lang has wanted to be the number one piano player in the world since being a young child.

Encouraged by his parents, in particular his father, he has emerged from a poor background in northern China to become one of the world's most famous pianists.

Now aged 26, he tells Carrie Gracie what’s next for his ambitions.

Marcus Trescothick, Cricketer20091002

Giving up playing for England after suffering debilitating depression while on tour

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Marcus Trescothick is one of England's top cricketers and has again enjoyed a successful summer for his county side. But not for his country.

Trescothick gave up playing for the national side three years ago after suffering debilitating depression while touring abroad.

He tells Owen Bennett-Jones of his struggles with the disease, and why cricketers in particular appear susceptible to it.

Marcus Trescothick, Cricketer20091003

Giving up playing for England after suffering debilitating depression while on tour

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Marcus Trescothick is one of England's top cricketers and has again enjoyed a successful summer for his county side. But not for his country.

Trescothick gave up playing for the national side three years ago after suffering debilitating depression while touring abroad.

He tells Owen Bennett-Jones of his struggles with the disease, and why cricketers in particular appear susceptible to it.

Marcus Trescothick, Cricketer20091004

Giving up playing for England after suffering debilitating depression while on tour

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Marcus Trescothick is one of England's top cricketers and has again enjoyed a successful summer for his county side. But not for his country.

Trescothick gave up playing for the national side three years ago after suffering debilitating depression while touring abroad.

He tells Owen Bennett-Jones of his struggles with the disease, and why cricketers in particular appear susceptible to it.

Mark and Nicky Webster on Their Battle to Win Back Their Children20090911

British adoption laws mean that they are unable to be reunited with their children

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mark and Nicky tell Carrie Gracie about their battle to get back their children, three of whom were taken into care and then adopted following medical evidence that the fractures on the leg of one of them could have been due to abuse.

The medical evidence has since been questioned but the British adoption laws mean that they are unable to be reunited with their children.

Mark and Nicky Webster on Their Battle to Win Back Their Children20090912

British adoption laws mean that they are unable to be reunited with their children

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mark and Nicky tell Carrie Gracie about their battle to get back their children, three of whom were taken into care and then adopted following medical evidence that the fractures on the leg of one of them could have been due to abuse.

The medical evidence has since been questioned but the British adoption laws mean that they are unable to be reunited with their children.

Mark and Nicky Webster on Their Battle to Win Back Their Children20090913

British adoption laws mean that they are unable to be reunited with their children

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mark and Nicky tell Carrie Gracie about their battle to get back their children, three of whom were taken into care and then adopted following medical evidence that the fractures on the leg of one of them could have been due to abuse.

The medical evidence has since been questioned but the British adoption laws mean that they are unable to be reunited with their children.

Michael Lewis, Financial Journalist20100508

Michael Lewis on the few outsiders who bet against the sub-prime mortgage business and won

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michael Lewis was a bond trader in New York and London in the 1980s and wrote Liar's Poker about the giant egos that ruled Wall Street. Now he's revisited the banking world in the wake of the 2008 financial crash and has written a book about the few outsiders who saw what was to come and bet against the sub-prime mortgage business. Michael Lewis tells Carrie Gracie that this time he's optimistic that the financial world will be reformed.

Michael Lewis, Financial Journalist20100509

Michael Lewis on the few outsiders who bet against the sub-prime mortgage business and won

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michael Lewis was a bond trader in New York and London in the 1980s and wrote Liar's Poker about the giant egos that ruled Wall Street. Now he's revisited the banking world in the wake of the 2008 financial crash and has written a book about the few outsiders who saw what was to come and bet against the sub-prime mortgage business. Michael Lewis tells Carrie Gracie that this time he's optimistic that the financial world will be reformed.

Michael Lewis, Financial Journalist20100510

Michael Lewis on the few outsiders who bet against the sub-prime mortgage business and won

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michael Lewis was a bond trader in New York and London in the 1980s and wrote Liar's Poker about the giant egos that ruled Wall Street. Now he's revisited the banking world in the wake of the 2008 financial crash and has written a book about the few outsiders who saw what was to come and bet against the sub-prime mortgage business. Michael Lewis tells Carrie Gracie that this time he's optimistic that the financial world will be reformed.

Michelle Bachelet, Former President Of Chile And Head Of Un Women20101023

From running Chile to empowering the world's women

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michelle Bachelet is used to carving her way as a woman.

First as a victim of the Pinochet military regime in Chile, then as a doctor, a government minister and ultimately the President of her country.

Now she says she wants to bring all that experience to bear as the head of the new United Nations body, UN Women.

Her goal is to accelerate the efforts of gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide.

She talks to Pascale Harter on The Interview.

Picture: Michelle Bachelet, Credit: Getty Images

Michelle Bachelet, Former President Of Chile And Head Of Un Women20101024
Michelle Bachelet, Former President Of Chile And Head Of Un Women20101025
Mo Ibrahim, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist20091016

Businessman Mo Ibrahim talks about the transformation of Africa through mobile phones

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mo Ibrahim is the African telecommunications entrepreneur and philanthropist who established the world's richest prize, for good governance in Africa.

This week on The Interview Mo tells Carrie Gracie how the mobile phone has transformed the continent and why big internet companies like Microsoft and Google are being short-sighted about investment in Africa.

He also tells Carrie that lentils, for him, still taste better than caviar.

Mo Ibrahim, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist20091017

Businessman Mo Ibrahim talks about the transformation of Africa through mobile phones

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mo Ibrahim is the African telecommunications entrepreneur and philanthropist who established the world's richest prize, for good governance in Africa.

This week on The Interview Mo tells Carrie Gracie how the mobile phone has transformed the continent and why big internet companies like Microsoft and Google are being short-sighted about investment in Africa.

He also tells Carrie that lentils, for him, still taste better than caviar.

Mo Ibrahim, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist20091018

Businessman Mo Ibrahim talks about the transformation of Africa through mobile phones

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mo Ibrahim is the African telecommunications entrepreneur and philanthropist who established the world's richest prize, for good governance in Africa.

This week on The Interview Mo tells Carrie Gracie how the mobile phone has transformed the continent and why big internet companies like Microsoft and Google are being short-sighted about investment in Africa.

He also tells Carrie that lentils, for him, still taste better than caviar.

Mohsen Kadivar, Iranian Cleric20090925

Iranian cleric Mohsen Kadivar talks about the role of the clergy in Iran's politics.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mohsen Kadivar is a dissident Iranian cleric who believes the Islamic Republic of Iran is neither Islamic nor a republic.

He is strongly opposed to Ayatollah Khamenei, whose post of Supreme Leader he believes should be abolished.

This week on The Interview the former political prisoner tells Lyse Doucet that he wants to reduce the role of the clergy in state affairs.

Mohsen Kadivar, Iranian Cleric20090926

Iranian cleric Mohsen Kadivar talks about the role of the clergy in Iran's politics.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mohsen Kadivar is a dissident Iranian cleric who believes the Islamic Republic of Iran is neither Islamic nor a republic.

He is strongly opposed to Ayatollah Khamenei, whose post of Supreme Leader he believes should be abolished.

This week on The Interview the former political prisoner tells Lyse Doucet that he wants to reduce the role of the clergy in state affairs.

Mohsen Kadivar, Iranian Cleric20090927

Iranian cleric Mohsen Kadivar talks about the role of the clergy in Iran's politics.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Mohsen Kadivar is a dissident Iranian cleric who believes the Islamic Republic of Iran is neither Islamic nor a republic.

He is strongly opposed to Ayatollah Khamenei, whose post of Supreme Leader he believes should be abolished.

This week on The Interview the former political prisoner tells Lyse Doucet that he wants to reduce the role of the clergy in state affairs.

Nando Parrado, Plane Crash Survivor20110326

How did he survive in the Andes for two months after a plane crash?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Survival, in its purest form, is the story of Nando Parrado.

In this last edition of The Interview, there's another chance to hear him telling Carrie Gracie his extraordinary tale.

He lived through a plane crash in the Andes mountains and, with several others, survived for two months by eating some of the passengers who had been killed. Then he climbed out of the mountains to find help.

His story has been made into a book and a Hollywood movie. And it is a story which changed his life.

Nando Parrado, Plane Crash Survivor20110327

How did he survive in the Andes for two months after a plane crash?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Survival, in its purest form, is the story of Nando Parrado.

In this last edition of The Interview, there's another chance to hear him telling Carrie Gracie his extraordinary tale.

He lived through a plane crash in the Andes mountains and, with several others, survived for two months by eating some of the passengers who had been killed. Then he climbed out of the mountains to find help.

His story has been made into a book and a Hollywood movie. And it is a story which changed his life.

Nando Parrado, Plane Crash Survivor20110328

How did he survive in the Andes for two months after a plane crash?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Survival, in its purest form, is the story of Nando Parrado.

In this last edition of The Interview, there's another chance to hear him telling Carrie Gracie his extraordinary tale.

He lived through a plane crash in the Andes mountains and, with several others, survived for two months by eating some of the passengers who had been killed. Then he climbed out of the mountains to find help.

His story has been made into a book and a Hollywood movie. And it is a story which changed his life.

Natasha Walter, Feminist20100821

Sexism is back according to British feminist Natasha Walter

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

British feminist Natasha Walter thinks sexism is back in a new more pernicious form and is threatening women's visions of sexual equality.

Whipped up by internet porn and a resurgent sex industry she says it's having an impact on how young girls and boys see themselves.

She tells Carrie Gracie how she deals with that for her own children and whether she manages to find equality in her own married life.

Natasha Walter, Feminist20100822

Sexism is back according to British feminist Natasha Walter

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

British feminist Natasha Walter thinks sexism is back in a new more pernicious form and is threatening women's visions of sexual equality.

Whipped up by internet porn and a resurgent sex industry she says it's having an impact on how young girls and boys see themselves.

She tells Carrie Gracie how she deals with that for her own children and whether she manages to find equality in her own married life.

Natasha Walter, Feminist20100823

Sexism is back according to British feminist Natasha Walter

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

British feminist Natasha Walter thinks sexism is back in a new more pernicious form and is threatening women's visions of sexual equality.

Whipped up by internet porn and a resurgent sex industry she says it's having an impact on how young girls and boys see themselves.

She tells Carrie Gracie how she deals with that for her own children and whether she manages to find equality in her own married life.

Nathan Wolfe, Scientist20100605

Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe thinks we can prevent future pandemics

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nathan Wolfe is a scientist who thinks there is a lot of the world still to be discovered and viruses, he says, are a good example of that. His idea is that by trying to collect and identify viruses from around the globe, scientists will be able to prevent future pandemics and his work has taken him to the remote jungles of Central Africa and South East Asia. He talks to Owen Bennett Jones...

Nathan Wolfe, Scientist20100606

Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe thinks we can prevent future pandemics

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nathan Wolfe is a scientist who thinks there is a lot of the world still to be discovered and viruses, he says, are a good example of that. His idea is that by trying to collect and identify viruses from around the globe, scientists will be able to prevent future pandemics and his work has taken him to the remote jungles of Central Africa and South East Asia. He talks to Owen Bennett Jones...

Nathan Wolfe, Scientist20100607

Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe thinks we can prevent future pandemics

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nathan Wolfe is a scientist who thinks there is a lot of the world still to be discovered and viruses, he says, are a good example of that. His idea is that by trying to collect and identify viruses from around the globe, scientists will be able to prevent future pandemics and his work has taken him to the remote jungles of Central Africa and South East Asia. He talks to Owen Bennett Jones...

Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem20100327

Jerusalem's mayor Nir Barkat wants his city to be undivided and under Jewish sovereignty.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nir Barkat is an internet entrepreneur who became Mayor of Jerusalem a year ago and thinks he can bring his business skills to bear on the challenges facing the city.

He says he wants Jerusalem to reach its potential with more tourism and more facilities for its growing population.

But he also wants to make it the undivided capital of the Jewish people under Jewish sovereignty.

Owen Bennett Jones talks to him.

Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem20100328

Jerusalem's mayor Nir Barkat wants his city to be undivided and under Jewish sovereignty.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nir Barkat is an internet entrepreneur who became Mayor of Jerusalem a year ago and thinks he can bring his business skills to bear on the challenges facing the city.

He says he wants Jerusalem to reach its potential with more tourism and more facilities for its growing population.

But he also wants to make it the undivided capital of the Jewish people under Jewish sovereignty.

Owen Bennett Jones talks to him.

Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem20100329

Jerusalem's mayor Nir Barkat wants his city to be undivided and under Jewish sovereignty.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Nir Barkat is an internet entrepreneur who became Mayor of Jerusalem a year ago and thinks he can bring his business skills to bear on the challenges facing the city.

He says he wants Jerusalem to reach its potential with more tourism and more facilities for its growing population.

But he also wants to make it the undivided capital of the Jewish people under Jewish sovereignty.

Owen Bennett Jones talks to him.

Oscar Pistorius, Athlete20091212

Oscar Pistorius -the bladerunner- talks about dancing, driving and running in 2012.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Oscar Pistorius needed to have both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old but he's grown up into a world class runner.

He runs on carbon fibre blades earning him the nickname "Bladerunner".

This week on The Interview he talks to Owen Bennett Jones about his dream to compete with able-bodied athletes in the 2012 Olympics and why he has a fear of ballet.

Oscar Pistorius, Athlete20091213

Oscar Pistorius -the bladerunner- talks about dancing, driving and running in 2012.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Oscar Pistorius needed to have both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old but he's grown up into a world class runner.

He runs on carbon fibre blades earning him the nickname "Bladerunner".

This week on The Interview he talks to Owen Bennett Jones about his dream to compete with able-bodied athletes in the 2012 Olympics and why he has a fear of ballet.

Oscar Pistorius, Athlete20091214

Oscar Pistorius -the bladerunner- talks about dancing, driving and running in 2012.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Oscar Pistorius needed to have both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old but he's grown up into a world class runner.

He runs on carbon fibre blades earning him the nickname "Bladerunner".

This week on The Interview he talks to Owen Bennett Jones about his dream to compete with able-bodied athletes in the 2012 Olympics and why he has a fear of ballet.

Paola Antonelli, Curator20100911

Design guru Paola Antonelli wants us to appreciate objects around us

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

What happened when design naif Owen Bennett Jones met design guru Paola Antonelli at a hotel in Switzerland? Well she didn't like the folksy Swiss-style table lamps for starters. As design curator for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Paola knows a thing or two about good design and she thinks more of us should pay attention to it and to designers themselves, who she says can bring fresh ideas to everything from health policy to biochemistry. But did she convince Owen?

Paola Antonelli, Curator20100912

Design guru Paola Antonelli wants us to appreciate objects around us

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

What happened when design naif Owen Bennett Jones met design guru Paola Antonelli at a hotel in Switzerland? Well she didn't like the folksy Swiss-style table lamps for starters. As design curator for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Paola knows a thing or two about good design and she thinks more of us should pay attention to it and to designers themselves, who she says can bring fresh ideas to everything from health policy to biochemistry. But did she convince Owen?

Paola Antonelli, Curator20100913

Design guru Paola Antonelli wants us to appreciate objects around us

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

What happened when design naif Owen Bennett Jones met design guru Paola Antonelli at a hotel in Switzerland? Well she didn't like the folksy Swiss-style table lamps for starters. As design curator for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Paola knows a thing or two about good design and she thinks more of us should pay attention to it and to designers themselves, who she says can bring fresh ideas to everything from health policy to biochemistry. But did she convince Owen?

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda20091107

Paul Kagame led Rwanda out of genocide, but he still faces international criticism. Why?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Paul Kagame is the man who has led Rwanda out of the genocide that took place fifteen years ago.

His priority has been to rebuild Rwanda and put the terrible ethnic divisions firmly in the past.

His country is now described as bright and promising with a growing economy and a determined workforce.

Yet President Kagame faces repeated international criticism for a lack of democracy and freedom of expression inside Rwanda, and his country's actions in Congo.

So which view of Rwanda is right?

President Paul Kagame talks to Owen Bennett Jones about the task he faces.

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda20091108

Paul Kagame led Rwanda out of genocide, but he still faces international criticism. Why?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Paul Kagame is the man who has led Rwanda out of the genocide that took place fifteen years ago.

His priority has been to rebuild Rwanda and put the terrible ethnic divisions firmly in the past.

His country is now described as bright and promising with a growing economy and a determined workforce.

Yet President Kagame faces repeated international criticism for a lack of democracy and freedom of expression inside Rwanda, and his country's actions in Congo.

So which view of Rwanda is right?

President Paul Kagame talks to Owen Bennett Jones about the task he faces.

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda20091109

Paul Kagame led Rwanda out of genocide, but he still faces international criticism. Why?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Paul Kagame is the man who has led Rwanda out of the genocide that took place fifteen years ago.

His priority has been to rebuild Rwanda and put the terrible ethnic divisions firmly in the past.

His country is now described as bright and promising with a growing economy and a determined workforce.

Yet President Kagame faces repeated international criticism for a lack of democracy and freedom of expression inside Rwanda, and his country's actions in Congo.

So which view of Rwanda is right?

President Paul Kagame talks to Owen Bennett Jones about the task he faces.

Paula Rego, Artist20101009

Artist Paula Rego is as famous as a footballer in her native Portugal.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Paula Rego is an artist, with an eye for what she calls the beautiful grotesque -- women, violence, sexuality and stories. She says it's these stories, the folk tales of her native Portugal, which have informed her imagination since she was a child. Paula Rego is as famous as a footballer in Portugal, there is a museum dedicated to her work and her pictures sell for millions of dollars on the international art market.

Paula Rego, Artist20101010

Artist Paula Rego is as famous as a footballer in her native Portugal.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Paula Rego is an artist, with an eye for what she calls the beautiful grotesque -- women, violence, sexuality and stories. She says it's these stories, the folk tales of her native Portugal, which have informed her imagination since she was a child. Paula Rego is as famous as a footballer in Portugal, there is a museum dedicated to her work and her pictures sell for millions of dollars on the international art market.

Paula Rego, Artist20101011

Artist Paula Rego is as famous as a footballer in her native Portugal.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Paula Rego is an artist, with an eye for what she calls the beautiful grotesque -- women, violence, sexuality and stories. She says it's these stories, the folk tales of her native Portugal, which have informed her imagination since she was a child. Paula Rego is as famous as a footballer in Portugal, there is a museum dedicated to her work and her pictures sell for millions of dollars on the international art market.

Peter Carey, Australian Writer20101016

Writer Peter Carey says reading is essential for democracy

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Award-winning Australian novelist Peter Carey talks to Mike Williams about his life and work, and the differences between his native Australia, and adopted home of New York.

His latest book is set in America, where Carey says democracy is in peril because children no longer read and are bombarded by popular culture.

Listen to Peter Carey discussing writing, politics and his personal history in conversation with Mike Williams on The Interview.

Peter Carey, Australian Writer20101017

Writer Peter Carey says reading is essential for democracy

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Award-winning Australian novelist Peter Carey talks to Mike Williams about his life and work, and the differences between his native Australia, and adopted home of New York.

His latest book is set in America, where Carey says democracy is in peril because children no longer read and are bombarded by popular culture.

Listen to Peter Carey discussing writing, politics and his personal history in conversation with Mike Williams on The Interview.

Peter Carey, Australian Writer20101018

Writer Peter Carey says reading is essential for democracy

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Award-winning Australian novelist Peter Carey talks to Mike Williams about his life and work, and the differences between his native Australia, and adopted home of New York.

His latest book is set in America, where Carey says democracy is in peril because children no longer read and are bombarded by popular culture.

Listen to Peter Carey discussing writing, politics and his personal history in conversation with Mike Williams on The Interview.

Peter Thiel, PayPal Co-founder20101204

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel on free thinking

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Peter Thiel is an internet entrepreneur and a libertarian. He wants to encourage free thinking and he thinks his business ventures demonstrate big ideas -- PayPal, which he co-founded, created a way to make payments online. Facebook, which he took a big stake in, connected people around the world. Now he tells Mike Williams that his venture capital fund and philanthropy are aimed at encouraging the kind of technological innovation that the West needs to survive.

Peter Thiel, PayPal Co-founder20101205

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel on free thinking

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Peter Thiel is an internet entrepreneur and a libertarian. He wants to encourage free thinking and he thinks his business ventures demonstrate big ideas -- PayPal, which he co-founded, created a way to make payments online. Facebook, which he took a big stake in, connected people around the world. Now he tells Mike Williams that his venture capital fund and philanthropy are aimed at encouraging the kind of technological innovation that the West needs to survive.

Peter Thiel, PayPal Co-founder20101206

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel on free thinking

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Peter Thiel is an internet entrepreneur and a libertarian. He wants to encourage free thinking and he thinks his business ventures demonstrate big ideas -- PayPal, which he co-founded, created a way to make payments online. Facebook, which he took a big stake in, connected people around the world. Now he tells Mike Williams that his venture capital fund and philanthropy are aimed at encouraging the kind of technological innovation that the West needs to survive.

Rafael Correa Delgado, President of Ecuador20091101

The President of Ecuador talks about the failure of US policy in South America.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

President Rafael Correa Delgado is a Western-educated economist who says he is fighting for social justice.

He became president of Ecuador in 2007 on a populist message of speaking out for the poor and boosting development, while integrating more with the region -- in particular with the group of left-wing countries that have now emerged in Latin America.

He also wants to put environment at the centre of policy.

So can he make a difference?

Rafael Correa Delgado, President of Ecuador20091102

The President of Ecuador talks about the failure of US policy in South America.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

President Rafael Correa Delgado is a Western-educated economist who says he is fighting for social justice.

He became president of Ecuador in 2007 on a populist message of speaking out for the poor and boosting development, while integrating more with the region -- in particular with the group of left-wing countries that have now emerged in Latin America.

He also wants to put environment at the centre of policy.

So can he make a difference?

Ray Kurzweil, Scientist20100417

Ray Kurzweil thinks human ingenuity will eventually find a way to overcome death.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Ray Kurzweil, Scientist20100418

Ray Kurzweil thinks human ingenuity will eventually find a way to overcome death.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Ray Kurzweil, Scientist20100419

Ray Kurzweil thinks human ingenuity will eventually find a way to overcome death.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Reverend Ian Paisley20100703

Has the Reverend Ian Paisley mellowed?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Reverend Ian Paisley has been one of the key figures of politics in Northern Ireland over the past 40 years.

A Protestant who supports the link between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, he founded his own church and his own political party.

Now aged 84 he talks to Owen Bennett Jones about his opposition to the Pope, his forthright views, and why he finally felt happy to share power with his arch enemies.

Reverend Ian Paisley20100704

Has the Reverend Ian Paisley mellowed?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Reverend Ian Paisley has been one of the key figures of politics in Northern Ireland over the past 40 years.

A Protestant who supports the link between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, he founded his own church and his own political party.

Now aged 84 he talks to Owen Bennett Jones about his opposition to the Pope, his forthright views, and why he finally felt happy to share power with his arch enemies.

Reverend Ian Paisley20100705

Has the Reverend Ian Paisley mellowed?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Reverend Ian Paisley has been one of the key figures of politics in Northern Ireland over the past 40 years.

A Protestant who supports the link between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, he founded his own church and his own political party.

Now aged 84 he talks to Owen Bennett Jones about his opposition to the Pope, his forthright views, and why he finally felt happy to share power with his arch enemies.

Ric O'Barry, Campaigner20100807

The renowned dolphin campaigner and star of his year's Oscar winning documentary The Cove

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Once Ric O'Barry was the world's leading dolphin trainer, at the head of the 1960s trend to make these animals perform for humans.

Then he was struck by the cruelty involved in training them and took on a different quest.

Forty years on, he is a renowned campaigner against dolphin captivity and hunting, and the star of this year's Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. He talks to Mike Williams.

Ric O'Barry, Campaigner20100808

The renowned dolphin campaigner and star of his year's Oscar winning documentary The Cove

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Once Ric O'Barry was the world's leading dolphin trainer, at the head of the 1960s trend to make these animals perform for humans.

Then he was struck by the cruelty involved in training them and took on a different quest.

Forty years on, he is a renowned campaigner against dolphin captivity and hunting, and the star of this year's Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. He talks to Mike Williams.

Ric O'Barry, Campaigner20100809

The renowned dolphin campaigner and star of his year's Oscar winning documentary The Cove

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Once Ric O'Barry was the world's leading dolphin trainer, at the head of the 1960s trend to make these animals perform for humans.

Then he was struck by the cruelty involved in training them and took on a different quest.

Forty years on, he is a renowned campaigner against dolphin captivity and hunting, and the star of this year's Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. He talks to Mike Williams.

Robert Harris, British Writer20100515

Robert Harris says the fall of the Roman republic has a chilling ring for America today

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Robert Harris finds it as easy to write about the politics of ancient Rome as to analyse what went wrong with new Labour in modern Britain. The reason, he says, is that human beings have changed little over two thousand years. The way the Romans wielded power is much the same as the politicians who operate today.

Robert Harris, British Writer20100516

Robert Harris says the fall of the Roman republic has a chilling ring for America today

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Robert Harris finds it as easy to write about the politics of ancient Rome as to analyse what went wrong with new Labour in modern Britain. The reason, he says, is that human beings have changed little over two thousand years. The way the Romans wielded power is much the same as the politicians who operate today.

Robert Harris, British Writer20100517

Robert Harris says the fall of the Roman republic has a chilling ring for America today

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Robert Harris finds it as easy to write about the politics of ancient Rome as to analyse what went wrong with new Labour in modern Britain. The reason, he says, is that human beings have changed little over two thousand years. The way the Romans wielded power is much the same as the politicians who operate today.

Ronald Dworkin, Philosopher20100123

American philosopher Ronald Dworkin on how laws should be interpreted.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Professor Ronald Dworkin is one of the world's leading philosophers of law. On The Interview with Owen Bennett Jones, he brings his liberal principles to bear on issues ranging from gay marriage to whether George W Bush should be prosecuted for his role in the war on terror. And he shares his theory that collecting reptiles can get you into Harvard University.

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Professor Ronald Dworkin is one of the world's leading philosophers of law. On The Interview with Owen Bennett Jones, he brings his liberal principles to bear on issues ranging from gay marriage to whether George W Bush should be prosecuted for his role in the war on terror. And he shares his theory that collecting reptiles can get you into Harvard University.

American philosopher Ronald Dworkin on how laws should be interpreted.

Ronald Dworkin, Philosopher20100124

American philosopher Ronald Dworkin on how laws should be interpreted.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Professor Ronald Dworkin is one of the world's leading philosophers of law. On The Interview with Owen Bennett Jones, he brings his liberal principles to bear on issues ranging from gay marriage to whether George W Bush should be prosecuted for his role in the war on terror. And he shares his theory that collecting reptiles can get you into Harvard University.

Ronald Dworkin, Philosopher20100125

American philosopher Ronald Dworkin on how laws should be interpreted.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Professor Ronald Dworkin is one of the world's leading philosophers of law. On The Interview with Owen Bennett Jones, he brings his liberal principles to bear on issues ranging from gay marriage to whether George W Bush should be prosecuted for his role in the war on terror. And he shares his theory that collecting reptiles can get you into Harvard University.

Sayed Kashua, Israeli Arab Writer20090731

Israeli Arab author Sayed Kashua talks about his controversial TV show, Arab Labor.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Arab Labor is a popular and controversial prime-time Israeli television comedy show.

This week on The Interview we talk to its creator, Sayed Kashua.

Sayed discusses issues of language, identity and politics.

He tells Owen Bennett-Jones what it is like to being an Israeli Arab and why his own Arab community is finding it hard to laugh at his jokes.

Sayed Kashua, Israeli Arab Writer20090801

Israeli Arab author Sayed Kashua talks about his controversial TV show, Arab Labor.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Arab Labor is a popular and controversial prime-time Israeli television comedy show.

This week on The Interview we talk to its creator, Sayed Kashua.

Sayed discusses issues of language, identity and politics.

He tells Owen Bennett-Jones what it is like to being an Israeli Arab and why his own Arab community is finding it hard to laugh at his jokes.

Sayed Kashua, Israeli Arab Writer20090802

Israeli Arab author Sayed Kashua talks about his controversial TV show, Arab Labor.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Arab Labor is a popular and controversial prime-time Israeli television comedy show.

This week on The Interview we talk to its creator, Sayed Kashua.

Sayed discusses issues of language, identity and politics.

He tells Owen Bennett-Jones what it is like to being an Israeli Arab and why his own Arab community is finding it hard to laugh at his jokes.

Seamus Heaney, Poet20100117

Poet Seamus Heaney talks about what made poetry for his generation in Northern Ireland

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Seamus Heaney grew up as part of the Catholic minority in Northern Ireland but was always cautious about taking sides in his poetry. Now aged 70, he tells Lawrence Pollard how difficult it was to negotiate a path. He describes how ideas for poems can come to him at any moment and how he always returns in his thoughts to the farmhouse of his childhood called Mossbawn.

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Seamus Heaney grew up as part of the Catholic minority in Northern Ireland but was always cautious about taking sides in his poetry. Now aged 70, he tells Lawrence Pollard how difficult it was to negotiate a path. He describes how ideas for poems can come to him at any moment and how he always returns in his thoughts to the farmhouse of his childhood called Mossbawn.

Poet Seamus Heaney talks about what made poetry for his generation in Northern Ireland

Seamus Heaney, Poet20100118

Poet Seamus Heaney talks about what made poetry for his generation in Northern Ireland

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Seamus Heaney grew up as part of the Catholic minority in Northern Ireland but was always cautious about taking sides in his poetry. Now aged 70, he tells Lawrence Pollard how difficult it was to negotiate a path. He describes how ideas for poems can come to him at any moment and how he always returns in his thoughts to the farmhouse of his childhood called Mossbawn.

Sebastiao Salgado, Photographer20100424

Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado on the social changes of our time.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

The Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has become well known over the past 25 years for his epic images of people living on the margins.

He trained as an economist before being captivated by photography and has concentrated on major projects focusing on workers, migration and now the environment.

He tells Carrie Gracie that he uses his pictures to tell the bigger story of the social changes of our time.

Sebastiao Salgado, Photographer20100425

Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado on the social changes of our time.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

The Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has become well known over the past 25 years for his epic images of people living on the margins.

He trained as an economist before being captivated by photography and has concentrated on major projects focusing on workers, migration and now the environment.

He tells Carrie Gracie that he uses his pictures to tell the bigger story of the social changes of our time.

Sebastiao Salgado, Photographer20100426

Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado on the social changes of our time.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

The Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has become well known over the past 25 years for his epic images of people living on the margins.

He trained as an economist before being captivated by photography and has concentrated on major projects focusing on workers, migration and now the environment.

He tells Carrie Gracie that he uses his pictures to tell the bigger story of the social changes of our time.

Serena Williams, Tennis Player20091129

Serena tells Owen Bennett-Jones about dudes, dead balls and playing too much tennis.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

On The Interview this week, Serena Williams, one of the best women's tennis players of all time. Her powerful game has led her to the top of the ratings.

But she is equally famous for her off-court story -- her older sister Venus is also at the top of the tennis world and their father Richard has supervised their paths to success.

Owen Bennett Jones asks her how she feels about her family and her sport.

Serena Williams, Tennis Player20091130

Serena tells Owen Bennett-Jones about dudes, dead balls and playing too much tennis.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

On The Interview this week, Serena Williams, one of the best women's tennis players of all time. Her powerful game has led her to the top of the ratings.

But she is equally famous for her off-court story -- her older sister Venus is also at the top of the tennis world and their father Richard has supervised their paths to success.

Owen Bennett Jones asks her how she feels about her family and her sport.

Shai Agassi, Entrepreneur20110219

Can he keep private transport running in a world without oil?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Shai Agassi was a high-flying software executive until he felt a calling to do something more worthwhile with his life.

So he set himself a challenge - how to keep private transport running in a world without oil.

But can his pioneering electric car scheme succeed and what is motivating him to do it?

He speaks to Mike Williams on The Interview.

Shai Agassi, Entrepreneur20110220

Can he keep private transport running in a world without oil?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Shai Agassi was a high-flying software executive until he felt a calling to do something more worthwhile with his life.

So he set himself a challenge - how to keep private transport running in a world without oil.

But can his pioneering electric car scheme succeed and what is motivating him to do it?

He speaks to Mike Williams on The Interview.

Shai Agassi, Entrepreneur20110221

Can he keep private transport running in a world without oil?

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Shai Agassi was a high-flying software executive until he felt a calling to do something more worthwhile with his life.

So he set himself a challenge - how to keep private transport running in a world without oil.

But can his pioneering electric car scheme succeed and what is motivating him to do it?

He speaks to Mike Williams on The Interview.

Sir Michael Caine, Actor20110108

Michael Caine on acting, stardom, wealth and happiness

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michael Caine made it to the top of Hollywood from very humble origins - his father worked in a fish market and his mother was a cleaner.

He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about acting, stardom, wealth and happiness - and reveals how he has given up the "bling".

At the age of 73, Sir Michael says he no longer needs to impress people.

Sir Michael Caine, Actor20110109

Michael Caine on acting, stardom, wealth and happiness

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michael Caine made it to the top of Hollywood from very humble origins - his father worked in a fish market and his mother was a cleaner.

He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about acting, stardom, wealth and happiness - and reveals how he has given up the "bling".

At the age of 73, Sir Michael says he no longer needs to impress people.

Sir Michael Caine, Actor20110110

Michael Caine on acting, stardom, wealth and happiness

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Michael Caine made it to the top of Hollywood from very humble origins - his father worked in a fish market and his mother was a cleaner.

He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about acting, stardom, wealth and happiness - and reveals how he has given up the "bling".

At the age of 73, Sir Michael says he no longer needs to impress people.

Sophie Andrews, Chair of The Samaritans20100307

Samaritans' chair Sophie Andrews survived several suicide attempts

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Sophie Andrews has had a long journey to her current position as chair of the British counselling charity The Samaritans -- a charity which she turned to during her darkest moments. She tells Carrie Gracie how she dealt with the terrible abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her adoptive father and her attempts to end her life, and how we should all take time to listen to people in need.

Sophie Andrews, Chair of The Samaritans20100308

Samaritans' chair Sophie Andrews survived several suicide attempts

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Sophie Andrews has had a long journey to her current position as chair of the British counselling charity The Samaritans -- a charity which she turned to during her darkest moments. She tells Carrie Gracie how she dealt with the terrible abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her adoptive father and her attempts to end her life, and how we should all take time to listen to people in need.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual Leader20100814

The Indian spiritual guru talks about the meaning of life

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is one of India's best-known spiritual leaders, a man famous for his breathing exercises.

He has been called the world's most globalised guru - drawing vast audiences wherever he travels - to hear his message and learn his breathing techniques.

He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about his childhood, his interest in science, his spiritual roots and, of course, the meaning of life.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual Leader20100815

The Indian spiritual guru talks about the meaning of life

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is one of India's best-known spiritual leaders, a man famous for his breathing exercises.

He has been called the world's most globalised guru - drawing vast audiences wherever he travels - to hear his message and learn his breathing techniques.

He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about his childhood, his interest in science, his spiritual roots and, of course, the meaning of life.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual Leader20100816

The Indian spiritual guru talks about the meaning of life

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is one of India's best-known spiritual leaders, a man famous for his breathing exercises.

He has been called the world's most globalised guru - drawing vast audiences wherever he travels - to hear his message and learn his breathing techniques.

He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about his childhood, his interest in science, his spiritual roots and, of course, the meaning of life.

Stephanie Klee, Sex-worker20100529

German sex-worker Stephanie Klee says prostitution should be a job like any other.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Stephanie Klee has been a sex-worker for the last thirty years. She runs a brothel, and founded a union for prostitutes in Germany. She has worked to make prostitution a job like any other, with equal rights for all those involved in the industry. She says she's only encountered a violent client once, and wishes she'd told her parents about her profession before they died. She talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about her life, and the challenges she faces.

Stephanie Klee, Sex-worker20100530

German sex-worker Stephanie Klee says prostitution should be a job like any other.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Stephanie Klee has been a sex-worker for the last thirty years. She runs a brothel, and founded a union for prostitutes in Germany. She has worked to make prostitution a job like any other, with equal rights for all those involved in the industry. She says she's only encountered a violent client once, and wishes she'd told her parents about her profession before they died. She talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about her life, and the challenges she faces.

Stephanie Klee, Sex-worker20100531

German sex-worker Stephanie Klee says prostitution should be a job like any other.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Stephanie Klee has been a sex-worker for the last thirty years. She runs a brothel, and founded a union for prostitutes in Germany. She has worked to make prostitution a job like any other, with equal rights for all those involved in the industry. She says she's only encountered a violent client once, and wishes she'd told her parents about her profession before they died. She talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about her life, and the challenges she faces.

Stephen Green, Chairman of HSBC20090703

Top banker, Stephen Green, chairman of HSBC, talks about God and money with Carrie Gracie

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Stephen Green is the chairman of one of the world's largest banks -- HSBC. He is also an ordained priest in the Anglican church.

So he is used to squaring the world of money with more spiritual life goals.

On The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie about his new book - Good Value - which expresses the personal qualities he thinks can guide us through this current financial crisis and onwards into a shared, globalised future.

Stephen Green, Chairman of HSBC20090704

Top banker, Stephen Green, chairman of HSBC, talks about God and money with Carrie Gracie

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Stephen Green is the chairman of one of the world's largest banks -- HSBC. He is also an ordained priest in the Anglican church.

So he is used to squaring the world of money with more spiritual life goals.

On The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie about his new book - Good Value - which expresses the personal qualities he thinks can guide us through this current financial crisis and onwards into a shared, globalised future.

Stephen Green, Chairman of HSBC20090705

Top banker, Stephen Green, chairman of HSBC, talks about God and money with Carrie Gracie

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Stephen Green is the chairman of one of the world's largest banks -- HSBC. He is also an ordained priest in the Anglican church.

So he is used to squaring the world of money with more spiritual life goals.

On The Interview he tells Carrie Gracie about his new book - Good Value - which expresses the personal qualities he thinks can guide us through this current financial crisis and onwards into a shared, globalised future.

Temple Grandin, Animal Behaviour Scientist20100410

Animal behaviour expert Temple Grandin talks about her emotions as an autistic woman

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Temple Grandin is an animal behaviour scientist who says her brain works like Google . She is autistic and feels her condition helps her to understand animal behaviour. She says thinking in pictures helps her to design better cattle handling equipment. Temple also explains to Carrie Gracie how her emotions work as an autistic woman, and how she'd much rather think about livestock or computers.

Temple Grandin, Animal Behaviour Scientist20100411

Animal behaviour expert Temple Grandin talks about her emotions as an autistic woman

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Temple Grandin is an animal behaviour scientist who says her brain works like Google . She is autistic and feels her condition helps her to understand animal behaviour. She says thinking in pictures helps her to design better cattle handling equipment. Temple also explains to Carrie Gracie how her emotions work as an autistic woman, and how she'd much rather think about livestock or computers.

Temple Grandin, Animal Behaviour Scientist20100412

Animal behaviour expert Temple Grandin talks about her emotions as an autistic woman

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Temple Grandin is an animal behaviour scientist who says her brain works like Google . She is autistic and feels her condition helps her to understand animal behaviour. She says thinking in pictures helps her to design better cattle handling equipment. Temple also explains to Carrie Gracie how her emotions work as an autistic woman, and how she'd much rather think about livestock or computers.

Terry Jones, Pastor20101002

Christian Pastor Terry Jones who threatened to burn the Koran

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

When the Christian Pastor Terry Jones captured world headlines by threatening to burn copies of the Koran recently, there was a sudden fear that the actions of a lone churchman from Florida could spark a violent reaction from Muslims around the world and endanger the lives of Americans.

Owen Bennett Jones asks him what he thought he was doing.

Terry Jones, Pastor20101003

Christian Pastor Terry Jones who threatened to burn the Koran

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

When the Christian Pastor Terry Jones captured world headlines by threatening to burn copies of the Koran recently, there was a sudden fear that the actions of a lone churchman from Florida could spark a violent reaction from Muslims around the world and endanger the lives of Americans.

Owen Bennett Jones asks him what he thought he was doing.

Terry Jones, Pastor20101004

Christian Pastor Terry Jones who threatened to burn the Koran

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

When the Christian Pastor Terry Jones captured world headlines by threatening to burn copies of the Koran recently, there was a sudden fear that the actions of a lone churchman from Florida could spark a violent reaction from Muslims around the world and endanger the lives of Americans.

Owen Bennett Jones asks him what he thought he was doing.

The Interview with Binyam Mohamed20090321

This week on the Interview Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed talks to Jon Manel.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Binyam Mohamed is just getting used to freedom after nearly seven years in detention -- four of them at the Guantanamo Bay.

During that time he was also held in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Morocco where he says he was tortured.

Born in Ethiopia, Binyam sought asylum in the UK and in 2001 he became a Muslim and travelled from Britain to Afghanistan.

He says he was there to visit a good Islamic country. The Americans say he was there as a terrorist.

This week on The Interview Binyam Mohammed tells his story to Jon Manel.

The Interview with Binyam Mohamed20090322

This week on the Interview Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed talks to Jon Manel.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Binyam Mohamed is just getting used to freedom after nearly seven years in detention -- four of them at the Guantanamo Bay.

During that time he was also held in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Morocco where he says he was tortured.

Born in Ethiopia, Binyam sought asylum in the UK and in 2001 he became a Muslim and travelled from Britain to Afghanistan.

He says he was there to visit a good Islamic country. The Americans say he was there as a terrorist.

This week on The Interview Binyam Mohammed tells his story to Jon Manel.

The Interview with Tracey Emin20090613

Carrie Gracie talks to the British artist Tracey Emin.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tracey Emin is a British artist who has courted controversy for the way she has made her private life public.

Her work has included a tent sewn with the names of everyone she had slept with and a display of her unmade bed complete with empty alcohol bottles, cigarette butts and other remnants of her life.

Her latest show includes an animation of a woman masturbating.

Carrie Gracie asks her what lies behind it all.

The Interview with Tracey Emin20090614

Carrie Gracie talks to the British artist Tracey Emin.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tracey Emin is a British artist who has courted controversy for the way she has made her private life public.

Her work has included a tent sewn with the names of everyone she had slept with and a display of her unmade bed complete with empty alcohol bottles, cigarette butts and other remnants of her life.

Her latest show includes an animation of a woman masturbating.

Carrie Gracie asks her what lies behind it all.

Tne Interview with C.K Prahalad20090424

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tne Interview with C.K Prahalad20090425

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tne Interview with C.K Prahalad20090426

Interesting, prominent people interviewed at length by the BBC.

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister20100904

Tony Blair on the decision that defined his political career - the invasion of Iraq

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tony Blair was Britain's Prime Minister for ten years.

During the three years since he left office he's been writing his memoirs and in them he reveals the human side of being a leader. It's his version of how he re-shaped his party and won three successive elections.

On The Interview he tells Owen Bennett Jones what mattered to him in the decisions he took, and in particular on the decision which was to define his political career - the invasion of Iraq.

Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister20100905

Tony Blair on the decision that defined his political career - the invasion of Iraq

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tony Blair was Britain's Prime Minister for ten years.

During the three years since he left office he's been writing his memoirs and in them he reveals the human side of being a leader. It's his version of how he re-shaped his party and won three successive elections.

On The Interview he tells Owen Bennett Jones what mattered to him in the decisions he took, and in particular on the decision which was to define his political career - the invasion of Iraq.

Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister20100906

Tony Blair on the decision that defined his political career - the invasion of Iraq

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Tony Blair was Britain's Prime Minister for ten years.

During the three years since he left office he's been writing his memoirs and in them he reveals the human side of being a leader. It's his version of how he re-shaped his party and won three successive elections.

On The Interview he tells Owen Bennett Jones what mattered to him in the decisions he took, and in particular on the decision which was to define his political career - the invasion of Iraq.

Ursula Le Guin - Science Fiction Author20110129

Ursula Le Guin gives a lesson in science fiction

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Ursula Le Guin - Science Fiction Author20110130

Ursula Le Guin gives a lesson in science fiction

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Ursula Le Guin - Science Fiction Author20110131

Ursula Le Guin gives a lesson in science fiction

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Vidal Sassoon, Celebrity Hairdresser20101113

Vidal Sassoon - celebrity hairdresser and zionist

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

One of the most high-profile hairdressers in the world, Vidal Sassoon is famous for having created the geometric bob which defined the look of the 1960s.

Less well known is his opposition to fascism as a young man, and his past as a member of the Israeli Defence Force fighting in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Now aged 82, Vidal Sassoon talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about his remarkable life.

Vidal Sassoon, Celebrity Hairdresser20101114

Vidal Sassoon - celebrity hairdresser and zionist

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

One of the most high-profile hairdressers in the world, Vidal Sassoon is famous for having created the geometric bob which defined the look of the 1960s.

Less well known is his opposition to fascism as a young man, and his past as a member of the Israeli Defence Force fighting in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Now aged 82, Vidal Sassoon talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about his remarkable life.

Vidal Sassoon, Celebrity Hairdresser20101115

Vidal Sassoon - celebrity hairdresser and zionist

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

One of the most high-profile hairdressers in the world, Vidal Sassoon is famous for having created the geometric bob which defined the look of the 1960s.

Less well known is his opposition to fascism as a young man, and his past as a member of the Israeli Defence Force fighting in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Now aged 82, Vidal Sassoon talks to Owen Bennett-Jones about his remarkable life.

Wilbert Rideau, Journalist and Former Prisoner20110212

Wilbert Rideau spent 44 years in prison in the US after killing a woman

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Wilbert Rideau spent 44 years in prison in America after robbing a bank, kidnapping the three employees and killing one of them.

During his time in prison he gradually came to terms with what he had done and started working on the prison newspaper becoming an acclaimed journalist.

He was released after a retrial in 2005.

So what does his experience say about America's views of punishment and redemption?

He talks to Carrie Gracie on The Interview.

Wilbert Rideau, Journalist and Former Prisoner20110213

Wilbert Rideau spent 44 years in prison in the US after killing a woman

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Wilbert Rideau spent 44 years in prison in America after robbing a bank, kidnapping the three employees and killing one of them.

During his time in prison he gradually came to terms with what he had done and started working on the prison newspaper becoming an acclaimed journalist.

He was released after a retrial in 2005.

So what does his experience say about America's views of punishment and redemption?

He talks to Carrie Gracie on The Interview.

Wilbert Rideau, Journalist and Former Prisoner20110214

Wilbert Rideau spent 44 years in prison in the US after killing a woman

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

Wilbert Rideau spent 44 years in prison in America after robbing a bank, kidnapping the three employees and killing one of them.

During his time in prison he gradually came to terms with what he had done and started working on the prison newspaper becoming an acclaimed journalist.

He was released after a retrial in 2005.

So what does his experience say about America's views of punishment and redemption?

He talks to Carrie Gracie on The Interview.

William Bratton, Police Chief20110122

The police chief who cut crime in New York and Los Angeles

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

"Policing was slow to recognise that you needed to deal not only with the serious crime but you needed to weed the garden. It's easier to control social behaviour than it is when these people have become confirmed criminals."

When William Bratton was police chief in New York and Los Angeles he oversaw a hefty fall in crime.

His big idea was to crack down on minor crimes such as fare evasion, gangs on corners, drinking alchohol in public and graffiti, in the belief that then other crime would decrease as well.

He tells Owen Bennett Jones how it worked.

William Bratton, Police Chief20110123

The police chief who cut crime in New York and Los Angeles

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

"Policing was slow to recognise that you needed to deal not only with the serious crime but you needed to weed the garden. It's easier to control social behaviour than it is when these people have become confirmed criminals."

When William Bratton was police chief in New York and Los Angeles he oversaw a hefty fall in crime.

His big idea was to crack down on minor crimes such as fare evasion, gangs on corners, drinking alchohol in public and graffiti, in the belief that then other crime would decrease as well.

He tells Owen Bennett Jones how it worked.

William Bratton, Police Chief20110124

The police chief who cut crime in New York and Los Angeles

The world\u2019s leading thinkers, politicians and cultural figures interviewed by the BBC

"Policing was slow to recognise that you needed to deal not only with the serious crime but you needed to weed the garden. It's easier to control social behaviour than it is when these people have become confirmed criminals."

When William Bratton was police chief in New York and Los Angeles he oversaw a hefty fall in crime.

His big idea was to crack down on minor crimes such as fare evasion, gangs on corners, drinking alchohol in public and graffiti, in the belief that then other crime would decrease as well.

He tells Owen Bennett Jones how it worked.