Interview Archive, The [world Service]


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

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

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.

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.

Garrison Keillor, Broadcaster2010010920100110 (WS)
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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.

Ronald Dworkin, Philosopher2010012320100124 (WS)
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American philosopher Ronald Dworkin on how laws should be interpreted.

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.

Seamus Heaney, Poet2010011720100118 (WS)

Poet Seamus Heaney talks about what made poetry for his generation in Northern Ireland

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.