Who would you like to speak to?

While recording some links for our new promo film I wanted to emphasise how WHYS prides itself on connecting our community with people with power and influence that you’d like to speak to….

…And it reminded me that I haven’t asked for a while who you’d like us to approach to come on the show. So if you have a big hitter in mind who you’d like us to invite, please post your suggestions below.

25 Responses to “Who would you like to speak to?”

  1. 1 Justinian
    September 3, 2009 at 14:05

    The Dalai Lhama.

  2. 2 Dennis Junior
    September 3, 2009 at 14:11

    I have one: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State for the United States….

    =Dennis Junior=

  3. 3 Sergio Joaquim Dique
    September 3, 2009 at 14:52

    Dear WHYS

    l was and am still very facinated by the question Mark Doyle has and is still asking on Africa. Why is Africa poor?

    l understand one show would never answer that question. So the one already hosted by WHYS did not by far get to the bottom of the question.

    Corruption, wars, colonialism, influence by the west, apathy and self despisal attitude by africans, racism, the list goes on and on.

    My major question is what role does the west and colonial powers have in this whole situation. Please read on.

    Mozambique has the biggest hydro electric power station in southern africa. It was built during the colonial era, by enslaved mozambicans a major part of which died in so doing. Last year it was declares OURS, by the President. Cost? Over 900 million euros. l would like the Mozambican government to answer why do we owe Portugal so much for something built on our soil, by mozambicans? Yes the portuguese invested, but they have been taking 80% of revenue since its construction. On the other hand, Mozambique has been being pardoned of its external debt. Such pardon come with heavy impositions. My question is, why and how did we even get to owe so much? Is that not why we are so miserably poor? l would have wanted the US government to come in say something. It is one of the countries that was most owed by african nations. So thats a government minister from Mozambique, and a foreigh affairs secretary from the USA.

    All the best.

  4. 4 bjay
    September 3, 2009 at 15:12

    Who would you like to speak to?


    The End of the Story:
    How capitalism killed narrative,
    and how to grow new ones
    National Healthcare: Socialism vs. Corporatism


  5. 5 bjay
    September 3, 2009 at 15:31

    Who would you like to speak to?

    The End of the Story:

    By soul below.

    Will and Ariall Durant

    Scoff D. More.
    Was the CEO of Slam Midia


  6. 6 Amos
    September 3, 2009 at 15:32


    How about Osama Bin Laden or Robert (not-so-Gabriel) Mugabe?

    Good luck.

    • September 3, 2009 at 18:17

      Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is the most despicable politician on earth.
      But why would anyone wish ti speak to the man who simply cannot behave truthfully at any given time in his ruthless rule that ruined his country.
      A country that was the bread basket of the region.
      Now it has the world’s highest inflation and the lowest mortality.
      And most children eat once a day only. Most of them go to bed at night on an empty stomach.
      Doesn’t this burn in your brain ?

  7. 8 bjay
    September 3, 2009 at 15:34

    Who would you like to speak to?

    The End of the Story:

    By soul below.

    Will and Ariall Durant

    Scott D. More.
    Was the CEO of Slam Midia


  8. 9 Sandy Coy
    September 3, 2009 at 15:39

    I would like to an update on Afghanistan and what would be constructive and welcome and what would not from the perspective of people more familiar with the inside and people and who do not have a political investment, such as:

    Sarah Chayes (The Punishment of Virtue);
    Greg Mortensen (Three Cups of Tea);
    Rory Stewart ( Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Carr Center on Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government).

  9. September 3, 2009 at 16:01

    Salaam Ros… I’d love to hear from Tony Lagouranis on WHYS, please ?! :). With my love. Yours forever, Lubna in Baghdad…

    • 11 Dennis Junior
      September 3, 2009 at 18:04


      My dear friend; I loved that suggestion and, one of the questions…Was his rationale behind the torture at Abu Ghraib…

      =Dennis Junior=

  10. 12 Anthony
    September 3, 2009 at 16:11

    Heads of:

    -N. Korea

  11. 13 anu_d
    September 3, 2009 at 16:42

    (1)Mir Hassan Mossawi….and hear from him his sudden loss of steam preventing the Iranian Revolution_v2

    (2) Abdul baset al Megrahi….and hear his version of the Lockerbie story

    (3) Jim Webb…the American sentor who secured the release of Aan Saan Sy Kyi’s intruder, making it appear as if US planted the intruder to give Burmese govt a motive to increase the captivity duration.

    (4)The American women caught illegaly inside NKorea…on what exactly they were doing on the wrong side of the border of a known hostile regime.

    (5)Hillary Clinton……on what’s wrong in being asked about her husband ( and two time US president) in a press conference.

    (6) Obama…on how he justifies making friendly visits to the iron curtained monarchhy of Saudi and non democratic Egypt

    (7) Obama..part-2..on whether he thinks Soviets and their socialist ways and American shining beacons of free market capitalism

    (6) The Powers in BBC who ultimately decide the subjects worthy to be debated.

  12. 14 Tom D Ford
    September 3, 2009 at 17:13

    Former Oregon, USA, Governor John Kitzhaber, who stared up the Archimedes Movement:

    From Wikipedia, post governership:

    “On January 13, 2006, Kitzhaber launched the Archimedes Movement, an organization seeking to maximize the health of the population by creating a sustainable system which uses the public resources spent on health care to ensure that everyone has access to a defined set of effective health services”.

    He was an emergency room doctor, well, Wikipedia covers him pretty well. He has some very good ideas about health care and I’d like to see them discussed.

  13. 15 nora
    September 3, 2009 at 17:43

    Any of the journalists who have been taken hostage.

    A BBC censor taking questions and explaining life on the other side.

    Sasha Baren-Cohen on art and life.

    A weapons dealer supplying both sides of any war.

  14. 16 Elina
    September 3, 2009 at 18:52

    Who would you like to speak to?

    – Gideon Levy, the great Israeli journalist of the Haaretz newspaper
    – the Dalai Lama

  15. 17 T
    September 3, 2009 at 21:53

    Is it against WHYS rules to nominate myself? I’m a long term expat who recently came back to the States. I could provide you an interesting perspective on the weird and wacky things that people in the States are doing. Plus, I’ll do it for free. How can you say no to a deal like that?

  16. 18 Vijay Pillai
    September 3, 2009 at 22:02

    As I have experience in talking to powerful people like President , Prime Minister,Minister of a country more than 3 decades ago, I would like to speak to President Obama to cap it all..

  17. 19 patti in cape coral
    September 3, 2009 at 23:12

    Hilary Clinton has suddenly become more interesting to me than she used to be.

  18. 20 Jim Newman
    September 3, 2009 at 23:35

    Hello again
    What Nora said intrigued me. I would also like to talk to one of those BBC censors who so unsubtely and anonymously squash the enlightened comments of others. At the moment I can only imagine them as puny weasely characters basking in their temporary power like magots in a piece of cheese.
    I think God would be another interresting person to talk to, he seems to have his finger in every the pie going.
    That’s about all really.

  19. September 4, 2009 at 00:16

    I would love to hear Skidelsky tell us what Lord Keynes would recommend under the current situation.

  20. September 4, 2009 at 00:53

    Sentence ends in a peposition.

    Should be:
    To whom do you wish to speak?

  21. 23 Deryck/Trinidad
    September 4, 2009 at 01:52

    I would like to speak to Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano the author of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.

  22. 24 scmehta
    September 4, 2009 at 08:40

    Mr. Chavez from Venezuela, Ted Kennedy’s kids, Ms. Madonna and Mat Damon.

  23. 25 Tom D Ford
    September 4, 2009 at 17:07

    @ scmehta
    September 4, 2009 at 08:40

    “Mr. Chavez from Venezuela”

    I think he might be interesting if you could get him out of his spouting propaganda speech mode and into just quietly talking about his political beliefs. For that matter, Fidel Castro, Putin, the head of Burma, the head of N Korea, any of the people who are considered to be anti-West.

    What’s their beef and what do they suggest can be reasonably done about it, without making war on the West?

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