Cold War: Stories From The Big Freeze

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20160715

Bridget Kendall presents an oral history series tracing decisive moments of the early Cold War.

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Bridget Kendall presents a new oral history of the early turning points in the Cold War.

07McCarthyism20160712

07McCarthyism20160712

As part of her series tracing the crucial turning-points of the early Cold War, Bridget Kendall explores the personal impact of the McCarthyite Red Scare in the America of the 1950s.

As she finds, the Cold War fear of 'Reds' was driven not just by the spectre of Stalin's Soviet Union but by the communist revolution to America's west, across the Pacific.

As angry voices asked 'Who Lost China?', people with strong associations with China became objects of suspicion - particularly if they were left-wing intellectuals. Investigation and long years of hearings followed.

All this had huge, lasting impact on these people - and on their children. And Bridget hears too from the daughter of a civil rights activist and communist, who went 'underground' for five years, when she was a young child, before the case against him finally fell away.

With Kathryn Jackson, David Lattimore, Sian Shaw.

Producer: Phil Tinline.

08The H-Bomb20160713

08The H-Bomb20160713

In a series tracing the decisive moments in the early years of the Cold War, Bridget Kendall tells the story of the development of the hydrogen bomb.

Featuring Kenneth Ford, Sergei Khrushchev and Matashichi Oishi.

Readings by Sadao Ueda.

Producer: Martin Williams.

10The Iran Coup20160715

10The Iran Coup20160715

In a series tracing the decisive moments in the early years of the Cold War, Bridget Kendall hears from three people who witnessed the fall of Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran in 1953.

Featuring Farhad Diba, Stephen Langlie and Homa Sarshar

Producer: Martin Williams.

11Khrushchev's Thaw20160718

11Khrushchev's Thaw20160718

In a series exploring decisive moments in the early years of the Cold War, Bridget Kendall brings to life the personal recollections of those who were there when the death of Stalin in 1953 dramatically changed life in Soviet Russia and ushered in a brief political thaw in the decades long dictatorship of Soviet Communism.

Featuring Vladimir Ashkenazy, Tatiana Baeva, Sergei Khrushchev, Vladlen Loginov and Alexei Shipovalnikov.

Producer: Martin Williams.

12The Hungarian Revolution20160719

12The Hungarian Revolution20160719

In October 1956, Hungarians marched peacefully in support of reform. Within hours, the protests had become a revolution. Soviet tanks were sent in, but when they withdrew Hungarians appeared to have triumphed - until the tanks came back.

Bridget hears the stories of two students and a young journalist. All three were in the street outside the national radio station when the conflict with the secret police turned the protests into a revolution. And she hears what happened when one of them took up a gun.

With Peter Pallai, Matyas Sarkozi, Sandor Vaci

Producer: Phil Tinline.

14The Berlin Wall Crisis20160721

14The Berlin Wall Crisis20160721

As part of her series tracing the crucial turning-points of the early Cold War, Bridget Kendall tells the story of the crisis that led up to the building of the Berlin Wall.

By 1961, so many were fleeing communist East Germany that the country was in crisis. So the government built the Berlin Wall to stop them. Would-be escapees were regularly gunned down.

Bridget hears the stories of three people who successfully fled East Berlin â€" one before the Wall went up, two who pulled it off even with the Wall in place.

And she finds out why they wanted to leave East Germany in the first place.

With: Leslie Colitt, Gisela Nicholaisen, Joachim Rudolph

Producers: Phil Tinline and Sabine Schereck.