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4.4 out of 5 stars from 865 ratings
  • another useless organization with smokescreen n self serving usurping millions in donations while pretending to work for humanitarian crises. GREAT journalist questioning n horrible guest evading questions n spking like a robot n scripted answers.

    3 months ago
  • Great Show

    Thank you for your program and specially for your Interview with Ariel Dorfman. He is a fascinating writer, a human rights advocate and his life is just amazing. Mr. Dorfman was very inspiring in despite of his life experiences and his dystopian stories of his books. Since I come from Latin America and my father had similar experiences from those years. I am interested to read more of his books since many of his recurrent themes are still very relevant today.

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    United States4 months ago
  • BBC HARDtalk with Stephen Sackur, Zeinab Badawi, Sarah Montague

    It’s always a rich and rewarding experience to listen to interviews in HARDtalk, bringing honestly the debates and expert opinions and talks on a range of topics from political to science, literature, law, religion etc. by asking tough questions with an attempt to unearth the truth, reality of facts_ all to explore and exploit what’s happening the world around and to present to the the listeners with greatest satisfaction while holding the charm to listen to the interviews and creating an entici... more

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    Rhodes J
    India5 months ago
  • What an indifferent and unsympathetic host. I like the way Arseniy answered his provocative questions. a more

    5 months ago
  • pls put at least one photo of your guest in each podcast

    hanie khakpoor
    6 months ago

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