Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy, faces up to five years in prison after sheltering an uninvited American national at her lakeside home where she was under house arrest.Lakhdar Brahimi, a member of Nelson Mandela's group of senior statesmen, joins the show to discuss her plight.On Monday, North Korea conducted a second underground nuclear test and Pyongyang announced that it is abandoning the treaty that ended the Korean war more than 50 years ago.How serious are North Korea's threats? Sir David talks to Jim Hoare, the former British Charge d'Affairs in Pyongyang.
At the beginning of this year democracy returned to Bangladesh and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina returned to power.But the problems facing Bangladesh are enormous. Sir David talks to Dipu Moni, Bangladesh's new foreign minister. This week, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, reached out to Barack Obama, saying that if he is re-elected in two weeks time he would like to meet with the US president.But will Ahmadinejad win a second term in office? To discuss Iran's upcoming elections Sir David is joined by Iranian journalist Nazenin Ansari.
He is known worldwide as an upper-class English action hero. Now he is using that celebrity as a Unicef goodwill ambassador. Roger Moore joins Sir David to talk about his career and his charity work.
Sir David is joined by a man who has been described as ''one of the gurus of modern physics''. He is the physicist, television presenter and bestselling author, Professor Michio Kaku.In his latest book, Physics of the Impossible, he reveals how things that we have always believed to be impossible - like time travel, invisibility and extra-terrestrial life - may actually lie within the known laws of physics.
With the world's attention fixed on the unfolding credit crisis, you would be forgiven for thinking that many governments do not have the luxury of focusing on human rights. But that would be a mistake according to Amnesty International, whose annual report was published this week. The two are entwined, they argue.What they call a human rights time bomb underlies this whole economic crisis.To explain what they mean by this, Sir David is joined by Irene Khan, the general-secretary of Amnesty International.