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Event 15

Jon Sopel talks to Guto Harri

A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump's White House

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Welcome to the White House, five months out from an election that will define America's recovery.

At the heart of Washington, there is a circus. It's raucous, noisy and full of clowns. Reporting on it is a daily cacophony. Four major stories can blow up and blow out before breakfast, and political weather systems are moving at warp speed. The one thing absent from the weather forecast is the tranquil eye of the storm. That we never see.

In A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump's White House, BBC North America Editor, Jon Sopel, takes you inside Trump’s West Wing and explores the impact this presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions. Each chapter starts inside a famous Washington room, uncovering its history and its new resonance in the Trump era.

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Event 23

Afua Hirsch

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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What is the future of journalism in our newly wrangled world? Hirsch is Wallis Annenberg Chair at The University of Southern California. She is the author of Brit(ish) and Equal to Everything, and hosts the About The British Empire podcast on audible. She writes for the Guardian, and broadcasts internationally. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Event 42

Kapka Kassabova, Caroline Muscat, Zsofia Bán and Sophie Hughes

Europa 28

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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We celebrate four of the contributors to the Hay Festival Europa 28 project, part of the Rijeka European Capital of Culture 2020. With so many flare-ups of nationalism and isolationism in recent years, there is a sense that Europe needs to be fixed, or, at the very least, profoundly reconfigured; whether it is to address the grievances of those feeling disenfranchised from it, or to improve social cohesion, or even continue to exist as a democratic transnational entity.

Bringing together 28 acclaimed women writers, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs from across Europe, this powerful and timely anthology looks at an ever-changing Europe from a variety of different perspectives and offers hope and insight into how we might begin to rebuild.

Kassabova is Bulgarian by birth and lives in Scotland. She is the author of Street Without a Name, Border and To The Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace. Muscat is one of Malta’s leading investigative journalists. She contributed to and co-edited the book, Invicta: The Life and Work of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Bán is a Hungarian writer, critic and scholar. Her recent works include the novel, Night School: A Reader for Grownups, and The Summer of Our Discontent. Chaired by Hughes, a leading literary translator and the editor of the Europa 28 anthology.

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Event 44

Leïla Slimani, Lisa Dwan, Hilary Cottam and Sophie Hughes

Europa 28 – A Sense of Renewal

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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We celebrate three more contributors to the Hay Festival Europa 28 project, part of the Rijeka European Capital of Culture 2020.

Moroccan-born Slimani won the Prix Goncourt for her novel Lullaby, and is the author of Adèle and Sex and Lies. Dwan is an Irish actor whose Beckett performances have toured the world. She has recently collaborated with Colm Toibín and Margaret Atwood. Cottam is a social activist and the author of Radical Help: How We Can Remake the Relationships Between Us & Revolutionise the Welfare State. They talk to Sophie Hughes.

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Event 50

Simon Schama

Return of the tribes. Nationalism in the Age of Global Disaster

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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The historian explores the isolations and protections of our current situation in a time of Coronavirus, and reflects on the clear and present dangers to society and the world.

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Event 62

Lydia Cacho

Imagine the World in the time of the Coronavirus 3: Gender Balance

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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The Mexican journalist and activist Lydia Cacho has spent decades fighting for women rights through her journalistic work with gender perspective, created a shelter for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in Cancun and has written several books. Cacho is currently living in exile because her personal security has been threatened in her home country. She will speak about investigative journalism that highlights injustice and inequality for women.

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Event 68

Frank Gardner and Mauricio Diazgranados talk to Rosie Boycott

The Kew Platform: Our World

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Deforestation has skyrocketed in Colombia since the peace deal of 2016. In the BBC Our World documentary Colombia: Saving Eden, Frank Gardner joins a team of scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as they go on a mission into virgin tropical rainforest. They hope to discover and save rare plant species before they are destroyed and vanish forever. This conversation develops the story set out in the film - available here - exploring issues of deforestation, peace-building post conflict, poverty, development and conservation both in Colombia and the wider world. BBC Security Correspondent and thriller writer, Frank Gardner is the presenter of the documentary, Diazgranados is the research leader from the Royal Botanic Gardens features in the film.

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