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02/12/2016 Gmt20161202

James Harding and guests dig a little deeper into some of the big stories of the week.

02/12/2016 Gmt20161202

James Harding and guests dig a little deeper into some of the big stories of the week.

11/11/2016 Gmt20161111
11/11/2016 GMT20161111

11/11/2016 GMT20161111

James Harding and guests dig a little deeper into some of the big stories of the week.

18/11/2016 Gmt20161118
18/11/2016 Gmt20161118

James Harding and guests dig a little deeper into some of the big stories of the week.

African Governance and Immigration to the USA20161104

African Governance and Immigration to the USA20161104

A conversation with Mo Ibrahim, the entrepreneur and philanthropist, on African governance; the BBC’s Neal Razzell explains Mexican immigration to the USA throughout the decades; and author Howard Jacobson with the BBC’s Kevin Connolly on anti-Semitism in Europe.

(Photo: Mo Ibrahim. Credit: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)

African Governance And Immigration To The Usa20161104

A conversation with Mo Ibrahim, the entrepreneur and philanthropist, on African governance; the BBC’s Neal Razzell explains Mexican immigration to the USA throughout the decades; and author Howard Jacobson with the BBC’s Kevin Connolly on anti-Semitism in Europe.

(Photo: Mo Ibrahim. Credit: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)

Air Pollution and Free Trade Negotiations20161028

Air Pollution And Free Trade Negotiations20161028

Pascal Lamy, the former director of WTO, on trade deals. Plus, Professor Dan Carder, who is credited with discovering the VW emissions scandal, talks about air pollution. We report on violence in Central America and and speak to the former Mexican Foreign Minister, Jorge Castañeda, about what needs to be done at a regional level to tackle it. And, a discussion on the looming battle between Silicon Valley and Capitol Hill.

(Photo: Leipzig air pollution)

Air Pollution and Free Trade Negotiations20161028

Pascal Lamy, the former director of WTO, on trade deals. Plus, Professor Dan Carder, who is credited with discovering the VW emissions scandal, talks about air pollution. We report on violence in Central America and and speak to the former Mexican Foreign Minister, Jorge Castañeda, about what needs to be done at a regional level to tackle it. And, a discussion on the looming battle between Silicon Valley and Capitol Hill.

(Photo: Leipzig air pollution)

Henry Kissinger and David Petraeus20161111

Henry Kissinger and David Petraeus20161111

Interviews with both Dr Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under presidents Nixon and Ford, and former CIA Director, General David Petraeus, on what Trump’s presidential victory means for US security and international relations.

Henry Kissinger And David Petraeus20161111

Interviews with both Dr Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under presidents Nixon and Ford, and former CIA Director, General David Petraeus, on what Trump’s presidential victory means for US security and international relations.

How Do You Fight an Ideology?20151211

How Do You Fight an Ideology?20151211

We speak to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair about tackling the threat from Islamic State. Could western intervention just make matters worst? Also, as a US university abandons the Confederate flag, we ask what we should do with relics of a past that we would rather forget.

And, an arms race seems to be gaining traction around parental leave in the private sector, with several high-profile companies announcing more generous policies this year. Is this part of a wider societal trend towards a better work-life balance?

(Photo: A Kurdish fighter walks by a wall bearing a drawing of the flag of so-called Islamic State in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, Nineveh Province. Credit: Getty Images)

How Do You Fight An Ideology?20151211

We speak to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair about tackling the threat from Islamic State. Could western intervention just make matters worst? Also, as a US university abandons the Confederate flag, we ask what we should do with relics of a past that we would rather forget.

And, an arms race seems to be gaining traction around parental leave in the private sector, with several high-profile companies announcing more generous policies this year. Is this part of a wider societal trend towards a better work-life balance?

(Photo: A Kurdish fighter walks by a wall bearing a drawing of the flag of so-called Islamic State in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, Nineveh Province. Credit: Getty Images)

Putting The Current European Migration Crisis Into Global Perspective20151113

Are central banks heading down separate paths on monetary policy and what does that mean for emerging economies? BBC News' James Harding and The Economist's Zanny Minton Beddoes are joined by the former chief executive of Deutsche Bank, Anshu Jain.

And, is free speech on university campuses under threat? We talk to professor Geoffrey Stone of Chicago University who is worried that it is. Also, we revisit the story of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Did the social media campaign to free them achieve anything?

Are central banks heading down separate paths on monetary policy and what does that mean for emerging economies? BBC News' James Harding and The Economist's Zanny Minton Beddoes are joined by the former chief executive of Deutsche Bank, Anshu Jain.

And, is free speech on university campuses under threat? We talk to professor Geoffrey Stone of Chicago University who is worried that it is. Also, we revisit the story of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Did the social media campaign to free them achieve anything?

Should the West bring Vladimir Putin in From the Cold?20151127

Should the West bring Vladimir Putin in From the Cold?20151127

Given the common threat of Islamic State, should the West reassess its relations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin? We explore what is behind the dramatic drop in infant mortality. And, why Hollywood continues to stereotype African men.

Photo credit: Getty

Should The West Bring Vladimir Putin In From The Cold?20151127

Given the common threat of Islamic State, should the West reassess its relations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin? We explore what is behind the dramatic drop in infant mortality. And, why Hollywood continues to stereotype African men.

Photo credit: Getty

Star Wars, Religious Violence, And How To Make A New Emoji20151218

The new Star Wars film was released this week to almost universal acclaim. Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney, tells us about storytelling and what makes a blockbuster a hit.

Karen Armstrong, a leading writer on religion and violence, discusses whether religion really is the motivating force for those who claim to kill in the name of God.

Also, we hear about one woman's efforts to get a dumpling emoji.

Image credit: Getty Images

Star Wars, Religious Violence, And How To Make A New Emoji20151218

The new Star Wars film was released this week to almost universal acclaim. Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney, tells us about storytelling and what makes a blockbuster a hit.

Karen Armstrong, a leading writer on religion and violence, discusses whether religion really is the motivating force for those who claim to kill in the name of God.

Also, we hear about one woman's efforts to get a dumpling emoji.

Image credit: Getty Images

The rise of populism on both sides of the Atlantic20151204

The rise of populism on both sides of the Atlantic20151204

With the success of populism in Europe, could Donald Trump really be the next president of the United States?

We discuss whether museums have a future in a world where almost everything can be seen with the click of a mouse.

Also, we revisit the deadly crush at this year's Hajj, asking what this tragedy tells us about the authority of the House of Saud.

Photo credit: Reuters/Getty

The Rise Of Populism On Both Sides Of The Atlantic20151204

With the success of populism in Europe, could Donald Trump really be the next president of the United States?

We discuss whether museums have a future in a world where almost everything can be seen with the click of a mouse.

Also, we revisit the deadly crush at this year's Hajj, asking what this tragedy tells us about the authority of the House of Saud.

Photo credit: Reuters/Getty

What challenge does Islamic State pose to Europe's liberal values?20151120

What challenge does Islamic State pose to Europe's liberal values?20151120

What challenge does so-called Islamic State pose to Europe's liberal values?

We revisit the case of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who was investigating President Cristina Kirchner but was found dead from a gunshot wound the day before he was due to present his report.

Also, after ten years as Germany's chancellor, has the world's most powerful woman overreached? We speak to a close follower of Angela Merkel.

What Challenge Does Islamic State Pose To Europe's Liberal Values?20151120

What challenge does so-called Islamic State pose to Europe's liberal values?

We revisit the case of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who was investigating President Cristina Kirchner but was found dead from a gunshot wound the day before he was due to present his report.

Also, after ten years as Germany's chancellor, has the world's most powerful woman overreached? We speak to a close follower of Angela Merkel.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Fight for Human Rights20161125

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Fight for Human Rights20161125

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on what he sees as the dangers to the current human rights consensus; Yoichi Funabashi, the former Editor-in-Chief of Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper, on US-Japanese relations after the end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal; plus foreign correspondent Mike Thomson’s report on Egypt six years post Arab Spring and the thoughts of the Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein On Fight For Human Rights20161125

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on what he sees as the dangers to the current human rights consensus; Yoichi Funabashi, the former Editor-in-Chief of Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper, on US-Japanese relations after the end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal; plus foreign correspondent Mike Thomson’s report on Egypt six years post Arab Spring and the thoughts of the Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif.