History Hour, The [world Service]

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2018101320181014 (WS)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

2018101320181014 (WS)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

01/04/2017 Gmt20170403

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

01/10/2016 Gmt2016100120161002 (WS)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

02/09/201720170904

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Princess Diana's brother remembers the passionate speech he gave at her funeral, and one of the doctors who treated her at the scene of her fatal car crash remembers her death.

Plus, how George Orwell wrote Animal Farm, the development of a revolutionary new 3D medical scanning technique, and the birth of the online auction site eBay.

Picture: Earl Spencer and Prince William at Princess Diana's funeral. Credit: Getty/AFP

03/06/201720170605

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How private citizens in Canada sponsored Vietnamese boat-people. Plus the first ever charity rock concert for Chernobyl, the actor who stared in a Hitchcock murder movie, America's first ever female rabbi and Mr Sanitation brings clean toilets in India.

Photo: A Vietnamese boat crowded with refugees runs aground on the Malaysian coast. 1979 (BBC)

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04/11/201720171105

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The German monk who began a religious uprising; the book that made us think of humans as animals; how the murder of a Brazilian journalist by the secret police became a symbol of Brazil's military brutality; plus the Lebanese architectural dream that was overtaken by war and the fight that ended sex censorship online.

Photo: A portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder on display at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, Germany (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

05/08/201720170807

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

During World War Two, Croatian fascists tortured and killed tens of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Roma people in the Jasenovac concentration camp. We hear from a survivor. Also, the fate of Falun Gong in China, from a point of view of a practitioner. Plus, the failure of Camp David negotiations, the French doctor who pioneered water births, and the life and death of the legendary Eva Peron.

Photo: A Serb survivor of WW2 persecutions, Melenko Cekic, talking to the BBC in 2017; copyright: BBC.

06/05/201720170508
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07/10/201720171009

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Why the brutal killing of a young gay man in Wyoming prompted change, how white people came to terms with their past after segregation in deep south America, living alongside Israeli soldiers in Gaza, plus modern treasures uncovered in Iran and rediscovered Tudor treasures raised from the English seabed.

(Photo: Matthew Shepard with his parents, Judy and Dennis, on holiday at Yellowstone National Park. Courtesy of the Matthew Shepard Foundation)

08/07/201720170710

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In July 1947 a US rancher found some debris in the New Mexico desert - did it come from an alien spacecraft? Witness hears from the son of one of the US servicemen who investigated the incident, and from Dr David Clarke, expert on UFO history at Sheffield Hallam University.

Plus the first Tamil suicide bombing; a hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure discovered in an English field; a sex scandal in the USSR during perestroika; and the first non-stop journey around the world in a hot air balloon.

PHOTO: Major Jesse Marcel at Fort Worth, Texas with balloon debris from the Roswell incident - copyright Alamy

08/10/2016 Gmt2016100820161009 (WS)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

09/09/201720170911

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The search for a spirit world after WW1 that led people to believe that photographs of fairies were real. Plus Jamaica's worst train crash, France's last execution by guillotine, the man who saved the Proms and life in a giant greenhouse in Arizona - Biosphere 2.

Photo: Frances Griffiths and the "Cottingley Fairies" in a photograph made in 1917 by her cousin Elsie Wright with paper cut-outs and hatpins. Credit: Alamy

10/03/201820180311
10/06/201720170612
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100 Women History Hour2016121020161211 (WS)

A special edition of the programme remembering women that history has overlooked.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

100 Women History Hour20161211

A special edition of the programme remembering women that history has overlooked.

A special edition of the programme remembering some of the women that history has overlooked. From women warriors to women scientists. From rural women, to factory workers we bring you the stories of women who made a contribution to history - and who deserve to be remembered.

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12/08/201720170814

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Ronald Reagan's joke about bombing Russia in the 1980s, the murder of a Palestinian cartoonist in London, communal violence in India a year before partition, the man who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage patch, and Florence Nightingale, in her own words and those of people who knew her.

Photo: American president Ronald Reagan in the 1980s at his desk in the White House, Washington DC. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

12/11/2016 Gmt20161113
13/05/201720170515
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14/10/201720171016

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In October 1967 the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara was captured and killed in Bolivia - we hear from the CIA operative who was one of the last people to speak to him. Plus, the plan to rescue Italy's art from the Nazis; remembering a hero of Catalan nationalism; the policeman and friend who testified against OJ Simpson, and Madonna - the early years.

(Photo: Felix Rodriguez (left) with the captured Che Guevara, shortly before his execution on 9 October 1967. Courtesy of Felix Rodriguez)

15/07/201720170717

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A watershed moment for Canada's indigenous people as Mohawks take on the developers, the birth of UKIP in Britain, memories of the poet Irina Ratushinskaya who died earlier this month - plus dance music with ballet star Nureyev's defection and illegal raving in England's countryside.

(PHOTO: A Mohawk activist confronts a soldier. Credit: IATV NEWS)

16/09/201720170918

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The run on a British bank which signalled the coming global financial crisis, a schoolboy arrested in East Germany for writing a letter, a doctor remembers the Sabra Shatila massacre in Beirut, and a Nigerian archaeological treasure trove.

Photo: Northern Rock customers queuing outside the Kingston branch, in order to take their money out on September 17th 2007. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

17/06/201720170619

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Phlyllis Schalfly, the woman who defeated a law to guarantee gender equality in the US; plus, the first performance of the Beatles hit "All You Need Is Love", a forgotten WW2 disaster, Berber rights in Algeria, and the volcanic eruption on the island of Montserrat.

PHOTO: American political activist Phyllis Schlafly smiles from behind a pair of podium mounted microphones, 1982. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

17/12/2016 Gmt20161218
19/08/201720170821

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

On this week's programme, how campaigners took on Nike in the 1990s, plus the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the newspaper which defied Argentine's military dictatorship. We also find out more about nudism in East Germany and the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.

PHOTO: Nike worker Cicih Sukaesih telling her story in America in 1996 (courtesy of Jeff Ballinger)

19/11/2016 Gmt20161120
20/05/2017 Gmt20170522
21/10/201720171023

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How Jewish veterans fought fascism in post war Britain; plus investigating the death of Mozambique's president Samora Machel, we hear from a survivor of the Moscow theatre siege, inside the Cuba Missile Crisis and the mystery of Booker prize winner JG Farrell.
Photo:British Fascist Sir Oswald Mosley speaking at a rally, Hertford Road, Dalston, London, May 1st 1948. (Getty Images)

22/07/201720170724

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Spooking fighters during the Vietnam War, building the Mont Blanc Tunnel, designing a Nintendo legend, the murder of Gianni Versace and archive voices from the 'Bonus Army' a protest movement of WW1 veterans which shook the US government in 1932.

Photo:Viet Cong guerrillas on patrol during the Vietnam War, 2nd March 1966: (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

22/10/2016 Gmt2016102220161023 (WS)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

23/09/201720170925
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26/08/201720170828

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In BBC archive recordings, veterans tell the story of how medical care dealt with the horrors of WW1. Plus when Germany put Nazis on trial, race riots in London's Notting Hill in 1958, and in East Germany in 1992. And the inventors of Botox.

Photo: Australian wounded on the Menin Road on the Western Front, 1917 (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

27/05/201720170529
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28/01/2017 Gmt20170129
28/10/201720171029

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews escaped the Nazis by using false papers; what happened when abortion became illegal overnight in 1960s Romania; the murder of campaigning Nigerian journalist Dele Giwa; the creation of British satire magazine Private Eye; and the love affair between writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Photo: False Hungarian ID document (BBC)

29/07/201720170731

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Comedian and broadcaster Pete Price speaks about being subjected to horrific aversion therapy to "cure" him of his homosexuality in 1960s Britain. Plus the 99-year-old former aide to the Chinese nationalist leader, Chiang Kai Shek, a radical new approach to housing in the former USSR, the perils of deep sea commercial diving in the North Sea and how the Welsh fought for recognition of their language.

Photo: Pete Price (private collection)

30/09/201720171002

Walking the Great Wall of China; the death of Pope John Paul 1 after just a month in the job; turning against a colonial power - how Guinea gained independence from France; the life and times of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, and the British Land Girls of World War Two.

(Picture: Yaohui Dong, Wu Deyu and Zhang Yuanhua on the Great Wall of China. Courtesy of Yaohui Dong)

A Failed Royal Kidnapping2014032220140323 (WS)

The bodyguard shot saving Princess Anne; discovery of AZT; Uganda cult murder and much more

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The bodyguard shot saving Princess Anne; discovery of AZT; Uganda cult murder and much more

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Afghanistan's First Coup2015080120150802 (WS)

The Afghan coup of 1973, TV's first interracial kiss and scouts in the Warsaw Uprising

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Afghan coup of 1973, TV's first interracial kiss and scouts in the Warsaw Uprising

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Africa United20130525

Fifty years of the African Union, the murder of Aldo Moro, plus surviving a nuclear attack

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Albert Speer - Hitler's Architect2018082520180826 (WS)

Interviewing a senior Nazi; the Soviet fight against alcohol; German hostage drama.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Hitler's architect and minister of war, Albert Speer, was one of the few top Nazis to live on into old age. In the late 1970s, following his release from Spandau prison, he gave an interview to the British journalist, Roger George Clark. Plus, the Soviet Union's campaign against alcoholism, the hostage drama that gripped West Germany, and a woman's voice from pre-colonial Nigeria.

Picture: Albert Speer standing at the gate of his house near Heidelberg in December 1979. (Credit: Roger George Clark)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

American Communists2017010720170108 (WS)

, gun-toting children in Albania and death and forgiveness in Ecuador.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The early American Communists, a North Vietnamese tunneler who helped outsmart the Americans and win the war in Vietnam, plus the pyramid scheme failure in Albania which left gun-toting children on the streets. Also how five American missionaries paid the ultimate price after seeking out a remote tribe in Ecuador but left a lasting legacy, and the petition signed in Czechoslovakia which helped bring about the end of communism.

Photograph: Ella and Bert Wolfe (courtesy of the Hoover Institution Archives

Archbishop Romero Of San Salvador2015052320150524 (WS)

The murder of an outspoken Salvadoran Archbishop, a coup in Fiji and the Elephant Man

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The murder of an outspoken Salvadoran Archbishop, a coup in Fiji and the Elephant Man

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Ayn Rand2017032520170326 (WS)

An influential "objectivist" philosopher, and a political assassination in Colombia.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Ayn Rand20170327

An influential "objectivist" philosopher, a political assassination in Colombia, the deportation of Estonians to Siberia, the killing of King Faisal and the courageous submariners of World War 1. Photo: Ayn Rand in New York in 1962. Credit: AP.

Bob Marley Survives Assassination Attempt2016120320161204 (WS)

The shooting of Bob Marley, the resistance of the Mirabal Sisters, Colombia's Lost City

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Bob Marley Survives Assassination Attempt20161204

The shooting of Bob Marley, the resistance of the Mirabal Sisters, Colombia's Lost City

The shooting of Bob Marley in 1976, the resistance of the Mirabal Sisters, how Ralph Nader made Americans safer, discovering Colombia's ancient Lost City and when Le Corbusier built Chandigarh - India's 1950s modernist marvel.

Photo: Bob Marley, 1970s (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Boris Yeltsin's Surprise Resignation2018010620180107 (WS)

Mrs Yeltsin, on the day Boris shocked the world plus the Mafia's grip on America exposed.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Mrs Yeltsin, on the day her husband shocked the world, half a century since the Mafia's grip on America was exposed, the 1999 protests in Iran - the biggest since the revolution - a student tells us how a photograph led to his death sentence and the Brazilian woman hijacker who took her kids along for the ride.

Boris Yeltsin's Surprise Resignation20180107

Mrs Yeltsin, on the day Boris shocked the world plus the Mafia's grip on America exposed.

Mrs Yeltsin, on the day her husband shocked the world, half a century since the Mafia's grip on America was exposed, the 1999 protests in Iran - the biggest since the revolution - a student tells us how a photograph led to his death sentence and the Brazilian woman hijacker who took her kids along for the ride.

Brazil Special2014061420140615 (WS)

As the football World Cup kicks off in Brazil, we explore the country's rich history

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

As the football World Cup kicks off in Brazil, we explore the country's rich history

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Britain's First Woman Mp2014120620141207 (WS)

The remarkable Lady Astor, Hong Kong's 1967 riots, Lebanon's civil war and US free speech

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The remarkable Lady Astor, Hong Kong's 1967 riots, Lebanon's civil war and US free speech

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Britain's Landslide 1945 Election2015072520150726 (WS)

In July 1945 Labour won a surprise victory, defeating war-time leader Winston Churchill.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In July 1945 Labour won a surprise victory, defeating war-time leader Winston Churchill.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

British Withdrawal From South Yemen2017120920171210 (WS)

Aden's independence from Britain, discovering whalesong and building Mount Rushmore statues

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

British Withdrawal From South Yemen20171210

Aden's independence from Britain, discovering whalesong and building Mount Rushmore statues

Broadcasting D-day2014060720140608 (WS)

The allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France, Tiananmen Square and a Nepali royal massacre

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France, Tiananmen Square and a Nepali royal massacre

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France, Tiananmen Square and a Nepali royal massacre

(Photo: American soldiers approaching Utah beach on June 6th 1944. Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Brown V The Board Of Education2017052020170521 (WS)

Racial segregation ends in US schools; Iran's 2009 election protest; and Weight Watchers

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The 1954 US Supreme Court ruling that led to the end of racial segregation in US schools, the Iranian woman protestor whose death on film shocked the world; the start of the worldwide dieting franchise, Weight Watchers and who was Alexander Hamilton?

(Photo African American student Linda Brown, Cheryl Brown Henderson's eldest sister (front, C) sitting in her segregated classroom.Credit: GettyArchive)

Bugging The Us Embassy In Moscow2016102220161023 (WS)

Spying on America's embassy in the USSR, the Mau Mau rebellion and the Aberfan disaster.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week: The row over hi-tech spying in America's new diplomatic building in the USSR, the day tragedy struck a village in Wales when a landslide crushed a school, the Mau Mau rebellion, America's first radio priest and the great French conceptualist artist Marcel Duchamp.

(Photo: A US Marine stands guard inside the high fence surrounding the American Embassy construction site in Moscow, May 1983. Credit: Dave Martin/AP Photo)

Spying on America's embassy in the USSR, the Mau Mau rebellion and the Aberfan disaster.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week: The row over hi-tech spying in America's new diplomatic building in the USSR, the day tragedy struck a village in Wales when a landslide crushed a school, the Mau Mau rebellion, America's first radio priest and the great French conceptualist artist Marcel Duchamp.

(Photo: A US Marine stands guard inside the high fence surrounding the American Embassy construction site in Moscow, May 1983. Credit: Dave Martin/AP Photo)

Burmese Protests20130810

The 1988 Burma uprising; the Nagasaki bomb; and a US model breaks the colour barrier.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In August 1988 huge protests demanding an end to military rule in Burma were met with violence. Thousands of people were killed. Also in the programme, the bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War, a hostage crisis in Malaysia and the American fashion model who broke the colour barrier in the 1970s.

PHOTO: Tommaso Villani/AFP/Getty Images

Carlos The Jackal2014081620140817 (WS)

Capturing Carlos, an attempt to kill Franco plus The Supremes and the Wizard of Oz

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Castro Takes Havana2016010920160110 (WS)

Cuban revolutionaries victorious, US nuclear accident in 60s Spain, Mao's Little Red Book

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Cuban revolutionaries victorious, US nuclear accident in 60s Spain, Mao's Little Red Book

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Cuban revolutionaries victorious, US nuclear accident in 60s Spain, Mao's Little Red Book

Cuban revolutionaries victorious in 1959, US nuclear accident in 1960s Spain, plus the origin of the Open University, the couple behind the Eames chair and Mao's Little Red Book

Photo: Fidel Castro speaks to the crowds in Cuba after Batista was forced to flee, Jan 1959. Credit: Keystone/Getty Images

Charlie Chaplin Returns To America From Exile2017042220170423 (WS)

Charlie Chaplin, images of the furthest galaxies and the world's first black festival.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Charlie Chaplin's son on his father's political views and his rocky relationship with his one-time adopted home, America. Plus the Hubble telescope produces the first clear pictures of the furthest galaxies; shaking off colonialism with the world's first festival for black artists; Japan launches a new way of learning the violin and tragedy in Latin America when American missionaries flying over Peru were mistaken for drug-runners.

(Photo: Charlie Chaplin as the Tramp in the 1925 film, The Gold Rush. Credit: Getty Images)

Charlie Chaplin Returns To America From Exile20170424

Charlie Chaplin's son on his father's political views and his rocky relationship with his one-time adopted home, America. Plus the Hubble telescope produces the first clear pictures of the furthest galaxies; shaking off colonialism with the world's first festival for black artists; Japan launches a new way of learning the violin and tragedy in Latin America when American missionaries flying over Peru were mistaken for drug-runners.

(Photo: Charlie Chaplin as the Tramp in the 1925 film, The Gold Rush. Credit: Getty Images)

Charlie Chaplin, images of the furthest galaxies and the world's first black festival.

Chile Votes Against Pinochet2016101520161016 (WS)

In Oct 1988 Chileans voted to end the rule of General Augusto Pinochet in a referendum.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week: Chile's referendum to end General Augusto Pinochet's brutal rule, a Russian dissident poet tells us how she resisted the KGB, the Spanish flu which killed millions after World War One, the last days of Lebanon's bitter civil war and the free flights for Hoovers ad campaign that fell flat.

(Photo: Celebrations after Chile's referendum result in Oct 1988 - Getty Images)

In Oct 1988 Chileans voted to end the rule of General Augusto Pinochet in a referendum.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week: Chile's referendum to end General Augusto Pinochet's brutal rule, a Russian dissident poet tells us how she resisted the KGB, the Spanish flu which killed millions after World War One, the last days of Lebanon's bitter civil war and the free flights for Hoovers ad campaign that fell flat.

(Photo: Celebrations after Chile's referendum result in Oct 1988 - Getty Images)

This week: Chile's referendum to end General Augusto Pinochet's brutal rule, a Russian dissident poet tells us how she resisted the KGB, the Spanish flu which killed millions after World War One, the last days of Lebanon's bitter civil war and the free flights for Hoovers ad campaign that fell flat.

(Photo: Celebrations after Chile's referendum result in Oct 1988 - Getty Images)

In Oct 1988 Chileans voted to end the rule of General Augusto Pinochet in a referendum.

China's Barefoot Doctors2018030320180304 (WS)

The revolutionary Chinese healthcare scheme and the ground-breaking US TV show M*A*S*H.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How China's barefoot doctor scheme revolutionised rural healthcare; plus M*A*S*H, the ground-breaking American TV show that taught a generation about war; the assassination of the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme; the German and Russian soldiers who fought on the Eastern Front in the First World War; and the Angel of the North, a huge steel sculpture that has become an icon for the north-east of England.

Picture: Gordon Liu

The revolutionary Chinese healthcare scheme and the ground-breaking US TV show M*A*S*H.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

China's Barefoot Doctors20180304

How China's barefoot doctor scheme revolutionised rural healthcare; plus M*A*S*H, the ground-breaking American TV show that taught a generation about war; the assassination of the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme; the German and Russian soldiers who fought on the Eastern Front in the First World War; and the Angel of the North, a huge steel sculpture that has become an icon for the north-east of England.

Picture: Gordon Liu

China-vietnam Border War 19792016031920160320 (WS)

Former communist allies China and Vietnam fought a short but bloody war in 1979.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Former communist allies China and Vietnam fought a short but bloody war in 1979, part of a wider regional power struggle. Also this week; the man who proved the Turin Shroud was a fake, the emotional trauma of caring for someone dying of CJD and the hellish lives of the men who tunnelled under no-man's land in World War One.

Photo: Chinese prisoners of war held by Vietnamese conscripts in the 1979 border war. (Credit: Getty Images)

Former communist allies China and Vietnam fought a short but bloody war in 1979.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Former communist allies China and Vietnam fought a short but bloody war in 1979, part of a wider regional power struggle. Also this week; the man who proved the Turin Shroud was a fake, the emotional trauma of caring for someone dying of CJD and the hellish lives of the men who tunnelled under no-man's land in World War One.

Photo: Chinese prisoners of war held by Vietnamese conscripts in the 1979 border war. (Credit: Getty Images)

Former communist allies China and Vietnam fought a short but bloody war in 1979.

Former communist allies China and Vietnam fought a short but bloody war in 1979, part of a wider regional power struggle. Also this week; the man who proved the Turin Shroud was a fake, the emotional trauma of caring for someone dying of CJD and the hellish lives of the men who tunnelled under no-man's land in World War One.

Photo: Chinese prisoners of war held by Vietnamese conscripts in the 1979 border war. (Credit: Getty Images)

Cigarettes And Cancer20130629

The link between smoking and cancer, JFK in Ireland and pacifist Britten's War Requiem

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

It is nearly 60 years since the groundbreaking research linking smoking and cancer. Plus, JFK visits his ancestral home of Ireland, pacifist Britten's War Requiem and the birth of the ultrasound scanner.

(Image: Black and white photo of two men and a woman smoking. Credit: Hulton Archives/Getty Images)

The link between smoking and cancer, JFK in Ireland and pacifist Britten's War Requiem

The link between smoking and cancer plus JFK goes home and pacifist Britten's War Requiem.

Nearly 60 years since the link between smoking and cancer plus JFK visits his ancestral home of Ireland, pacifist Britten's War Requiem and the birth of the ultrasound scanner.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Communist Yugoslavia Breaks With The Ussr2015062720150628 (WS)

Marshal Tito shuns Stalin, the downing of Air India Flight 182 and saving the whale.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In June 1948 Marshal Tito shocked the world by shunning his former Soviet ally, Stalin; plus the downing of Air India Flight 182 in 1985; the first direct action by environmental activists forty years ago; Britain’s first black woman MP and the life of writer and pilot, James Salter.

Photo Dragica Srzentic.

Condemned As A Spy In The Ussr2016030520160306 (WS)

Surviving terror in the USSR, birth control in 1920s Britain and the siege of Sarajevo

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The story of Flora Leipman, a British Jew, who spent decades in a Soviet labour camp on false spying charges. Plus, birth control in 1920s Britain, the siege of Sarajevo, the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas and the invention of the first ever instant camera.

(Photo: Flora Leipman in a BBC documentary, 1987)

Surviving terror in the USSR, birth control in 1920s Britain and the siege of Sarajevo

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The story of Flora Leipman, a British Jew, who spent decades in a Soviet labour camp on false spying charges. Plus, birth control in 1920s Britain, the siege of Sarajevo, the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas and the invention of the first ever instant camera.

(Photo: Flora Leipman in a BBC documentary, 1987)

The story of Flora Leipman, a British Jew, who spent decades in a Soviet labour camp on false spying charges. Plus, birth control in 1920s Britain, the siege of Sarajevo, the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas and the invention of the first ever instant camera.

(Photo: Flora Leipman in a BBC documentary, 1987)

Surviving terror in the USSR, birth control in 1920s Britain and the siege of Sarajevo

Conflict Over A Tree In The Dmz2016082020160821 (WS)

Death in Korea's no-man's land, the birth of the national parks and Studio Ghibli.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Death in Korea's no-man's land, the birth of the national parks and Studio Ghibli.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Death in Korea's no-man's land, the birth of the national parks and Studio Ghibli.

American deaths in no-man's land between North and South Korea; the birth of the national parks, plus battling over bibles in US schools, the murder of Garcia Lorca and Japanese animation with Studio Ghibli.

Photo credit: Getty Images

Crime Protests In Argentina2014040520140406 (WS)

The murder that galvanised Argentina; India's independence movement; BBC spaghetti hoax

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 2004, the death of a 23-year-old student called Alex Blumberg sparked a wave of protests in Argentina. The demonstrations were led by his father and demanded a tough government response to rising crime.

Also in this week's programme, the independence movement in 1940s India; how Edward VIII coped with life after abdication; and the day the BBC pretended spaghetti grew on trees.

Picture: Posters of Alex Blumberg, Credit: AFP

The murder that galvanised Argentina; India's independence movement; BBC spaghetti hoax

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 2004, the death of a 23-year-old student called Alex Blumberg sparked a wave of protests in Argentina. The demonstrations were led by his father and demanded a tough government response to rising crime.

Also in this week's programme, the independence movement in 1940s India; how Edward VIII coped with life after abdication; and the day the BBC pretended spaghetti grew on trees.

Picture: Posters of Alex Blumberg, Credit: AFP

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Crisis In Lesotho2014092020140921 (WS)

South Africa invades Lesotho, 'Black September' in the Middle East, Mexico earthquake

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

South Africa invades Lesotho, 'Black September' in the Middle East, Mexico earthquake

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Cuba Special2014122020141221 (WS)

The USA is to normalise relations with Cuba - we look back at their troubled relationship

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The USA is to normalise relations with Cuba - we look back at their troubled relationship over the last half century. Hear from Cubans and Americans who lived through key moments, from the Bay of Pigs Invasion, to the Cuban Missile Crisis. With analysis from Julia Sweig.

(Photo: An advert on the Miami waterfront after Fidel Castro came to power. Credit: Graf/Getty Images)

The USA is to normalise relations with Cuba - we look back at their troubled relationship

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The USA is to normalise relations with Cuba - we look back at their troubled relationship over the last half century. Hear from Cubans and Americans who lived through key moments, from the Bay of Pigs Invasion, to the Cuban Missile Crisis. With analysis from Julia Sweig.

(Photo: An advert on the Miami waterfront after Fidel Castro came to power. Credit: Graf/Getty Images)

Deaf Rights Protest2018031020180311 (WS)

A protest for deaf rights; a new alphabet for Azerbaijan, Marie Stopes and Wonder Woman

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Deaf Rights Protest20180311

A protest for deaf rights; a new alphabet for Azerbaijan, Marie Stopes and Wonder Woman

Death Of An Anarchist2016122420161225 (WS)

The controversial death of Giuseppe Pinelli, Samuel Beckett and flying to the moon

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The controversial death in police custody of Italian anarchist, Giuseppe Pinelli, the Irish playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett how Greece and Turkey almost came to war over a tiny rocky island in the Aegean sea, also the experimental film-maker Derek Jarman and how on Christmas day in 1968 Apollo 8 became the first spacecraft to leave the Earth's orbit and travel to the moon.

Photo:Giuseppe 'Pino' Pinelli, with his wife Licia and his daughters Silvia and Claudia. Credit: The Pinelli Family.

Death Of An Anarchist20161225

The controversial death of Giuseppe Pinelli, Samuel Beckett and flying to the moon

The controversial death in police custody of Italian anarchist, Giuseppe Pinelli, the Irish playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett how Greece and Turkey almost came to war over a tiny rocky island in the Aegean sea, also the experimental film-maker Derek Jarman and how on Christmas day in 1968 Apollo 8 became the first spacecraft to leave the Earth's orbit and travel to the moon.

Photo:Giuseppe 'Pino' Pinelli, with his wife Licia and his daughters Silvia and Claudia. Credit: The Pinelli Family.

Degenerate Art And The Nazis2013110920131110 (WS)

Hitler's hatred of modern art, the death of Dylan Thomas, and marching in the Sahara.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In the week that news broke of the discovery of massive trove of art looted by the Nazis in Munich, we look back at the Degenerate Art exhibition, set up by the Nazis to ridicule contemporary art. Plus, half a million Moroccans march into the desert, the first multi-racial school in southern Africa, thousands evacuated after a chemical crash in Canada, and the death of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Picture: Two men prepare to hang German Expressionist painter Max Beckmann's triptych 'Temptation' at the 20th Century German Art Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, London. The exhibition includes work by all the German artists pilloried by Adolf Hitler in the 'Degenerate Art' exhibition in Munich of 1937. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Hitler's hatred of modern art, the death of Dylan Thomas, and marching in the Sahara.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In the week that news broke of the discovery of massive trove of art looted by the Nazis in Munich, we look back at the Degenerate Art exhibition, set up by the Nazis to ridicule contemporary art. Plus, half a million Moroccans march into the desert, the first multi-racial school in southern Africa, thousands evacuated after a chemical crash in Canada, and the death of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Picture: Two men prepare to hang German Expressionist painter Max Beckmann's triptych 'Temptation' at the 20th Century German Art Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, London. The exhibition includes work by all the German artists pilloried by Adolf Hitler in the 'Degenerate Art' exhibition in Munich of 1937. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

In the week that news broke of the discovery of massive trove of art looted by the Nazis in Munich, we look back at the Degenerate Art exhibition, set up by the Nazis to ridicule contemporary art. Plus, half a million Moroccans march into the desert, the first multi-racial school in southern Africa, thousands evacuated after a chemical crash in Canada, and the death of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Picture: Two men prepare to hang German Expressionist painter Max Beckmann's triptych 'Temptation' at the 20th Century German Art Exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries, London. The exhibition includes work by all the German artists pilloried by Adolf Hitler in the 'Degenerate Art' exhibition in Munich of 1937. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Hitler's hatred of modern art, the death of Dylan Thomas, and marching in the Sahara.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Deng Xiaoping And The Making Of Modern China2014022220140223 (WS)

The Chinese leader recalled by his translator, plus protests in Albania and graffiti art.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Chinese leader recalled by his translator, plus protests in Albania and graffiti art.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Denmark's 2nd Eu Referendum2016070920160710 (WS)

A re-run vote in Denmark, conflict in Slovenia, Cuba's army elite on trial and Ron Kovic.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A re-run vote in Denmark, the start of the Balkans conflict in Slovenia, Cuba's army elite put on trial; plus London Bridge is sold off to the Americans and the Vietnam vet turned peace activist, Ron Kovic.

(Photo: Riot police in Copenhagen after Denmark voted Yes to ratify the Maastricht Treaty in May 1993. Photo credit: AFP)

A re-run vote in Denmark, the start of the Balkans conflict in Slovenia, Cuba's army elite put on trial; plus London Bridge is sold off to the Americans and the Vietnam vet turned peace activist, Ron Kovic.

(Photo: Riot police in Copenhagen after Denmark voted Yes to ratify the Maastricht Treaty in May 1993. Photo credit: AFP)

Denmark's Inuit Experiment2015061320150614 (WS)

Inuit children sent for re-education in 1951, the Six Day War, and a refugee boat tragedy

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Inuit children who were sent from Greenland to Denmark to be re-educated as 'little Danes' in 1951; plus the Six Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbours; the death of the charismatic academic Walter Rodney; a refugee boat tragedy in 1988; and the Women's Institute at 100.

(Photo: Helene Thiesen as a child, courtesy of H. Thiesen)

Inuit children sent for re-education in 1951, the Six Day War, and a refugee boat tragedy

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Inuit children who were sent from Greenland to Denmark to be re-educated as 'little Danes' in 1951; plus the Six Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbours; the death of the charismatic academic Walter Rodney; a refugee boat tragedy in 1988; and the Women's Institute at 100.

(Photo: Helene Thiesen as a child, courtesy of H. Thiesen)

Dickey Chapelle - War Reporter2016110520161106 (WS)

The pioneering American woman journalist; life in Mao's China; and Harry Houdini.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

On this week's programme, how pioneering American woman war reporter, Dickey Chapelle, was killed in Vietnam; plus two very different perspectives on Mao's China, Mexican writer Octavio Paz and the escape which made Harry Houdini's name.

PHOTO: Dickey Chapelle during a US Marines operation in 1958 (Credit: US Marine Corps / Associated Press)

Dickey Chapelle - War Reporter20161106

The pioneering American woman journalist; life in Mao's China; and Harry Houdini.

On this week's programme, how pioneering American woman war reporter, Dickey Chapelle, was killed in Vietnam; plus two very different perspectives on Mao's China, Mexican writer Octavio Paz and the escape which made Harry Houdini's name.

PHOTO: Dickey Chapelle during a US Marines operation in 1958 (Credit: US Marine Corps / Associated Press)

Dustbowl2013111620131117 (WS)

How dust storms changed America in the 1930s, Armistice Day and a deadly boxing match.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How dust storms changed America in the 1930s, Armistice Day and a deadly boxing match.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How dust storms changed America in the 1930s, French doctors caught up in Yemen's civil war, a baby with the heart of a baboon, a deadly boxing match and Armistice Day 1918.

PHOTO: A dust storm in the USA. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

How dust storms changed America in the 1930s, Armistice Day and a deadly boxing match.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Earth Day2018042120180422 (WS)

The birth of the modern environmental movement.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The birth of the modern environmental movement, Germany's 1918 Spring Offensive, the discovery of the concentration camp horrors of Bergen-Belsen plus the rebuilding of the World Trade Centre site; and the last occupiers of Europe's most westerly lighthouse.

Photo credit: Robert Sabo-Pool/Getty Images

Escape From The Kgb20130720

Cold War spies and women's baseball, plus Hong Kong handover and Mandela's birthday bash

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Escaping A Nazi Train To Auschwitz2015013120150201 (WS)

The boy who escaped a Nazi death train plus America's first black presidential candidate

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The story of a boy who escaped a Nazi death train to Auschwitz, a B52 bomber loaded with nuclear bombs crashes in Greenland, one of the world's most prolific serial killers - Harold Shipman or 'Dr Death' - and America's first black presidential candidate, Shirley Chisholm.

(Photo: Simon Gronowski with his parents. Credit: Private collection)

The boy who escaped a Nazi death train plus America's first black presidential candidate

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The story of a boy who escaped a Nazi death train to Auschwitz, a B52 bomber loaded with nuclear bombs crashes in Greenland, one of the world's most prolific serial killers - Harold Shipman or 'Dr Death' - and America's first black presidential candidate, Shirley Chisholm.

(Photo: Simon Gronowski with his parents. Credit: Private collection)

Evidence Of The Big Bang2015011020150111 (WS)

An unexpected discovery to prove the Big Bang Theory, Guantanamo opens and Prague spring

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An unexpected discovery to prove the Big Bang Theory, Guantanamo opens and Prague spring

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Exposing Child Abuse In The Catholic Church2016100820161009 (WS)

The investigative journalist who lifted the lid on Irish child sex abuse.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Investigative journalist Chris Moore recalls how he helped lift the lid on horrific child sex abuse in the Irish Catholic Church. Also, the unsolved mystery of who put deadly cyanide in America's number one painkiller; the student massacre in 1976 that heralded a new era of military rule in Thailand; the founding of Mensa; and Mike Love, one of the original Beach Boys.

(Photo: An Irish churchgoer holds a cross and rosary beads 2010. AFP/Getty Images)Chris

The investigative journalist who lifted the lid on Irish child sex abuse.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Investigative journalist Chris Moore recalls how he helped lift the lid on horrific child sex abuse in the Irish Catholic Church. Also, the unsolved mystery of who put deadly cyanide in America's number one painkiller; the student massacre in 1976 that heralded a new era of military rule in Thailand; the founding of Mensa; and Mike Love, one of the original Beach Boys.

(Photo: An Irish churchgoer holds a cross and rosary beads 2010. AFP/Getty Images)Chris

First Cia Coup In Latin America2016073020160731 (WS)

America's fight against communism; giant China earthquake; riots in Liverpool; Picasso.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In this week's programme, we hear personal accounts of two fronts in America's Cold War fight against communism: Guatemala and Russia itself. Plus, the earthquake in China that killed a quarter of a million; riots in the English city of Liverpool; and remembering Picasso in his prime.

PHOTO: Army officers opposed to President Arbenz go over a map of the territory on their push to Zacapa and then to Guatemala City, July 1954. (AP Photo)

America's fight against communism; giant China earthquake; riots in Liverpool; Picasso.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In this week's programme, we hear personal accounts of two fronts in America's Cold War fight against communism: Guatemala and Russia itself. Plus, the earthquake in China that killed a quarter of a million; riots in the English city of Liverpool; and remembering Picasso in his prime.

PHOTO: Army officers opposed to President Arbenz go over a map of the territory on their push to Zacapa and then to Guatemala City, July 1954. (AP Photo)

In this week's programme, we hear personal accounts of two fronts in America's Cold War fight against communism: Guatemala and Russia itself. Plus, the earthquake in China that killed a quarter of a million; riots in the English city of Liverpool; and remembering Picasso in his prime.

PHOTO: Army officers opposed to President Arbenz go over a map of the territory on their push to Zacapa and then to Guatemala City, July 1954. (AP Photo)

America's fight against communism; giant China earthquake; riots in Liverpool; Picasso.

Flower Of Scotland2014091320140914 (WS)

Scotland's unofficial national anthem, Chairman Mao's wife, DNA fingerprinting and more

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Scotland's unofficial national anthem, Chairman Mao's wife, DNA fingerprinting and more

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Free Health Care For All2018060220180603 (WS)

The birth of Britain's NHS; the Thalidomide trial; and discovering a baby woolly mammoth

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The birth of the British health service in 1948; the battle for compensation over Thalidomide; the world's first bicycle-sharing scheme; discovering a perfectly-formed frozen baby mammoth in Siberia, and the great science-fiction writer, Isaac Asimov.

Photo: Aneurin Bevan, Minister of Health, meeting a patient at Papworth Village Hospital after the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948 (Edward G Malindine/Getty Images)

Golda Meir2015032120150322 (WS)

Israel's first woman prime minister; Escaping East Berlin; America's biggest art heist.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Israel's first woman prime minister; Escaping East Berlin; America's biggest art heist.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Grand Theft Auto2013122820131229 (WS)

The game that shocked the world; interned in Manila in WW2, the real Gorillas in the Mist

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The game that shocked the world; interned in Manila in WW2, the real Gorillas in the Mist

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The game that shocked the world; interned in Manila in WW2, the real Gorillas in the Mist

Grand Theft Auto, the game that shocked the world; a boy interned in a Japanese prison camp in World War II, plus Dian Fossey and the story of the real 'Gorillas in the Mist'; the murder of a Brazilian environmentalist and the British MP who faked his own death.

Photo: Cover Art of Grand Theft Auto

Greece - The 1967 Military Coup2014042620140427 (WS)

In April 1967 a group of colonels seized power in Athens hear from a man who opposed them

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 1967 a group of colonels seized power in Athens. Hear from a man who opposed them; plus friendship with Robert Mugabe, a Muslim pacifist in British India, Portugal's Carnation revolution and the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy - America's chief hunter of communists.

(Photo: Tanks in central Athens. Credit: AFP)

In April 1967 a group of colonels seized power in Athens hear from a man who opposed them

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 1967 a group of colonels seized power in Athens. Hear from a man who opposed them; plus friendship with Robert Mugabe, a Muslim pacifist in British India, Portugal's Carnation revolution and the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy - America's chief hunter of communists.

(Photo: Tanks in central Athens. Credit: AFP)

In April 1967 a group of colonels seized power in Athens. Hear from a man who opposed them; plus friendship with Robert Mugabe, a Muslim pacifist in British India, Portugal's Carnation revolution and the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy - America's chief hunter of communists.

(Photo: Tanks in central Athens. Credit: AFP)

In April 1967 a group of colonels seized power in Athens hear from a man who opposed them

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Helen Keller2015070420150705 (WS)

Deaf and blind Helen Keller, Red Cross visits Nazi concentration camp, Berlin Love Parade

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Deaf and blind Helen Keller, Red Cross visits Nazi concentration camp, Berlin Love Parade

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How Europe Won Over The British Left2016091020160911 (WS)

British unions turning to Europe, Italian partisans fighting fascists, Mao as a man.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

British unions turning to Europe, Italian partisans fighting fascists, Mao as a man.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

British unions turning to Europe, Italian partisans fighting fascists, what Mao was like as a man, the beginning of Star Trek and mass methanol poisoning in Estonia.

Photo: Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission, addressing the Trade Union Congress in Bournemouth. 08/09/1988 (AP)

British unions turning to Europe, Italian partisans fighting fascists, Mao as a man.

How I Survived A Fire On A Plane2018091520180916 (WS)

A lucky escape from a jet plane fire in the 1970s and the killing of Steve Biko.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A lucky escape from a jet plane fire in the 1970s, Chamberlain's talks with Hitler in 1938 plus the killing of the South African anti-apartheid campaigner, Steve Biko. Also toxic waste being shipped around the world in the 1980s and how Britain became obsessed with the idea that aliens were responsible for crop circles.

(Photo: Ricardo Trajano as a young man. Copyright: Ricardo Trajano)

How Princess Diana Changed The Perception Of Aids2017040820170409 (WS)

A handshake that changed attitudes to AIDS, America enters WW1, and Egypt's Facebook girl

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How Princess Diana Changed The Perception Of Aids20170410

The royal handshake that changed attitudes to AIDS, America enters WW1, plus Egypt's Facebook girl, Nagorno Karabakh and remembering Jane Fonda's workout

(Photo: Princess Diana with an AIDS patient at the Middlesex Hospital April 1987. Credit REX/Shutterstock)

A handshake that changed attitudes to AIDS, America enters WW1, and Egypt's Facebook girl

Hurricane Mitch2013110220131103 (WS)

Massive storms in Central America, Indira Gandhi's murder, plus Black Monday on Wall St.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week, we look back at massive storms in Central America, Indira Gandhi's assassination and Black Monday on Wall St. Plus we have items on propaganda broadcasts for Japan in WW2 and the first suicide helpline.

Photo: A young man balances on a log to get across a river swollen by the storms in Honduras. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive storms in Central America, Indira Gandhi's murder, plus Black Monday on Wall St.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week, we look back at massive storms in Central America, Indira Gandhi's assassination and Black Monday on Wall St. Plus we have items on propaganda broadcasts for Japan in WW2 and the first suicide helpline.

Photo: A young man balances on a log to get across a river swollen by the storms in Honduras. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

This week, we look back at massive storms in Central America, Indira Gandhi's assassination and Black Monday on Wall St. Plus we have items on propaganda broadcasts for Japan in WW2 and the first suicide helpline.

Photo: A young man balances on a log to get across a river swollen by the storms in Honduras. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

Massive storms in Central America, Indira Gandhi's murder, plus Black Monday on Wall St.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

International Space Station2013122120131222 (WS)

A new era in space exploration, East Timorese fighters and the kidnap of Sinatra's son.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A new era in space exploration, East Timorese fighters and the kidnap of Sinatra's son.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

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Internment In Northern Ireland2014080920140810 (WS)

Detention without trial in Northern Ireland, Mississippi Burning, and Lindow Man.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Detention without trial in Northern Ireland, Mississippi Burning, and Lindow Man.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Detention without trial in Northern Ireland, the resignation of President Nixon, plus the Mississippi burning case, the man preserved in peat for 2000 years, and the largest attempted Japanese POW breakout.

Photo: Belfast, August 1971 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Detention without trial in Northern Ireland, Mississippi Burning, and Lindow Man.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Iran Student Protests20130713

Unrest in Iran, French resistance leader Jean Moulin and rockers protest against disco

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1999, reformist students in Iran launched a wave of anti-government demonstrations. At the time, they were largely against the Islamic regime. The History Hour speaks to Ahmad Batebi, the student who became an unwitting symbol of the unrest. The programme also remembers the French resistance leader, Jean Moulin, and hears from the American rock DJ who organised a protest against disco music in 1979.

Photo: Ahmad Batebi holds up a T-shirt belonging to an injured friend, Tehran, 12 July, 1999. Credit: Reuters.

Iran's Cultural Revolution2015062020150621 (WS)

Iran's Islamic hardliners shut universities to drive out secular opposition

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Iran's Islamic hardliners shut universities to drive out secular opposition; interracial marriage in apartheid South Africa; an audacious attempt to escape from the USSR; the Cambridge Movement for African-American civil rights; and a Jewish take on the Six Day War.

(Photo: Iran's leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Credit: AP)

Iran's Islamic hardliners shut universities to drive out secular opposition

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Iran's Islamic hardliners shut universities to drive out secular opposition; interracial marriage in apartheid South Africa; an audacious attempt to escape from the USSR; the Cambridge Movement for African-American civil rights; and a Jewish take on the Six Day War.

(Photo: Iran's leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Credit: AP)

Iraq After The Invasion2014070520140706 (WS)

Iraqis remember abuse in Abu Ghraib jail, plus a US soldier on the Awakening movement.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Iraqis remember abuse in Abu Ghraib jail, plus a US soldier on the Awakening movement.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Iraqi Chemical Attacks20130921

Gas attacks on Iraqi Kurds, secret Middle East talks, plus Duke Ellington in Kabul

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Gas attacks on Iraqi Kurds, secret Middle East talks, plus Duke Ellington in Kabul

Iraqi Shia Uprising - 19912016032620160327 (WS)

At the end of the First Gulf War thousands of Iraqi Shias rose up against Saddam Hussein.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

At the end of the First Gulf War in 1991, after Iraqi troops had been driven out of Kuwait, thousands of Iraqis rose up against Saddam Hussein. Some of the rebels were returning conscripts, some were Kurds, but many were Shias who had suffered oppression at the hands of Saddam's Baathist regime. Also this week: the story of Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia; and the long struggle for the independence of Namibia.

(Photo: Iraqi Shia women in ruined Karbala, breast-feeding their children. Their homes were destroyed during clashes between the Iraqi forces and Shia rebels. Credit: Rabih Moghrabi/AFP/Getty Images)

At the end of the First Gulf War thousands of Iraqi Shias rose up against Saddam Hussein.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

At the end of the First Gulf War in 1991, after Iraqi troops had been driven out of Kuwait, thousands of Iraqis rose up against Saddam Hussein. Some of the rebels were returning conscripts, some were Kurds, but many were Shias who had suffered oppression at the hands of Saddam's Baathist regime. Also this week: the story of Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia; and the long struggle for the independence of Namibia.

(Photo: Iraqi Shia women in ruined Karbala, breast-feeding their children. Their homes were destroyed during clashes between the Iraqi forces and Shia rebels. Credit: Rabih Moghrabi/AFP/Getty Images)

At the end of the First Gulf War thousands of Iraqi Shias rose up against Saddam Hussein.

At the end of the First Gulf War in 1991, after Iraqi troops had been driven out of Kuwait, thousands of Iraqis rose up against Saddam Hussein. Some of the rebels were returning conscripts, some were Kurds, but many were Shias who had suffered oppression at the hands of Saddam's Baathist regime. Also this week: the story of Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia; and the long struggle for the independence of Namibia.

(Photo: Iraqi Shia women in ruined Karbala, breast-feeding their children. Their homes were destroyed during clashes between the Iraqi forces and Shia rebels. Credit: Rabih Moghrabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel's Secret Nuclear Weapons20131005

Israel's nuclear whistle-blower; Mao's American comrade; and Betty Ford gets sober

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The whistle-blower who revealed Israel's nuclear weapons programme; Chamberlain appeases Hitler; Mao's American comrade; Australia's asylum stand-off; and Betty Ford gets sober.

Photo: Mordechai Vanunu in detention, Israel, 1986 (AP)

Israel's nuclear whistle-blower; Mao's American comrade; and Betty Ford gets sober

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Italy's Secret "state-within-a-state"2017062420170625 (WS)

Murder and conspiracy among Italy's elite, atrocity in 1930s Ethiopia, and Body Worlds

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Murder and conspiracy among Italy's elite, an Italian atrocity in 1930s Ethiopia, Christians in the Korean War, Japan hosts the first Body Worlds, and Asian Americans struggle against racism and violence in the 1980s.
Photo: Robert Calvi, head of Banco Ambrosiano, who was convicted of fraud but released on appeal shortly before his murder (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Jailed For Speaking His Mind In China2014051720140518 (WS)

Confronting Chairman Mao, Steve Biko, escaping the Holocaust and England's mods and rockers

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Confronting Chairman Mao, Steve Biko, escaping the Holocaust and England's mods and rockers

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

James Brown's 1968 Concert2013040620130407 (WS)

Keeping the Boston streets quiet after the assassination of Martin Luther King

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How did James Brown keep the streets of Boston quiet after the assassination of Martin Luther King?

Also on the programme: survivors of an Operation Babylift plane crash; Howard Hughes the billionaire recluse; feminist legislation; the first mobile phone call and the real Peter Pan.

(Image: James Brown, Credit: AFP)

Keeping the Boston streets quiet after the assassination of Martin Luther King

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How did James Brown keep the streets of Boston quiet after the assassination of Martin Luther King?

Also on the programme: survivors of an Operation Babylift plane crash; Howard Hughes the billionaire recluse; feminist legislation; the first mobile phone call and the real Peter Pan.

(Image: James Brown, Credit: AFP)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Japanese Soldier In Hiding2016012320160124 (WS)

A Japanese soldier hid in the jungle of Guam for 27 years after WW2.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A Japanese soldier hid in the jungle of Guam for 27 years after WW2.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In January 1972 a Japanese soldier was found in the jungle of Guam. He had been hiding there for 27 years since the end of World War II.

His name was Shoichi Yokoi. (Photo: Shoichi Yokoi/Credit: Associated Press)

A Japanese soldier hid in the jungle of Guam for 27 years after WW2.

Jimmy Hoffa And The Mob20130803

The death of the union boss; a World War II shark attack; and a soap opera grips India.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1975, the notorious American union boss, Jimmy Hoffa, went missing. Hoffa has never been seen since but it is widely believed he was killed in a mafia hit. On the History Hour this week, hear from an FBI agent who investigated the murder. Plus, the sailor who survived an attack by sharks during World War II, and the Indian actress who starred in a soap opera which gripped the nation.

Photo: Jimmy Hoffa testifying at a hearing into labour rackets, 1958 (Keystone/Getty Images)

Kenya\u2019s Torture Chambers2015112120151122 (WS)

Repression on Kenyan opposition; mobs attack US embassy in Pakistan; and Erica Jong.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1986, dozens of Kenyans were detained and accused of belonging to an underground opposition movement. Also, hiding inside the US embassy in Islamabad under attack from angry mobs; plus the secret CIA funding for a leading literary magazine. And Erica Jong on Fear of Flying, plus the scandal over India's lesbian film.

(Photo: Former Kenyan detainee, Wachira Waheire)

Repression on Kenyan opposition; mobs attack US embassy in Pakistan; and Erica Jong.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1986, dozens of Kenyans were detained and accused of belonging to an underground opposition movement. Also, hiding inside the US embassy in Islamabad under attack from angry mobs; plus the secret CIA funding for a leading literary magazine. And Erica Jong on Fear of Flying, plus the scandal over India's lesbian film.

(Photo: Former Kenyan detainee, Wachira Waheire)

Kenya’s Torture Chambers2015112120151122 (WS)

Repression on Kenyan opposition; mobs attack US embassy in Pakistan; and Erica Jong.

In 1986, dozens of Kenyans were detained and accused of belonging to an underground opposition movement. Also, hiding inside the US embassy in Islamabad under attack from angry mobs; plus the secret CIA funding for a leading literary magazine. And Erica Jong on Fear of Flying, plus the scandal over India's lesbian film.

(Photo: Former Kenyan detainee, Wachira Waheire)

Korea Divided2015081520150816 (WS)

Korea split after World War Two, the penal colony Devil's Island and Harry Potter

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Korea split after World War Two, the penal colony Devil's Island and Harry Potter

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Korea split after World War Two, the penal colony Devil's Island and Harry Potter

In this programme: Korea split along the 38th parallel, child prisoners of the Japanese during World War Two, the notorious Devil's Island penal colony, the man who published Harry Potter and Sue the T-Rex skeleton.

Photo: Korea 38th parallel Credit: AFP

Korea Divided: A Bitter History2018061620180617 (WS)

Key witnesses to the turbulent history of North and South Korea.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

From the 1945 division of the peninsula, to the Korean war and the death of Kim II-sung, we have first-hand accounts from the turbulent recent history of North and South Korea. Plus, expert analysis from Dr Owen Miller of SOAS University of London.

Photo: As US infantrymen march into the Naktong River region, they pass a line of fleeing refugees during the Korean War (Getty images)

Kuwaiti Women Secure The Vote2017031120170312 (WS)

Kuwaiti women win the vote; smog in Mexico, and America's first Islamic terror incident

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Women in Kuwait win the right to vote, and the only women on the front line on the Western Front in World War One; battling smog in Mexico City in the 1980s, the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and America's first incident of Islamic terror forty years ago.

Photo: the first women candidates for parliamentary elections in Kuwait in 2006, Aisha al-Rashid (R) and Rola Dashti (C)
(Credit: Yasser al-Zayya/AFP/Getty Images)

Kuwaiti Women Secure The Vote20170312

Women in Kuwait win the right to vote, and the only women on the front line on the Western Front in World War One; battling smog in Mexico City in the 1980s, the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and America's first incident of Islamic terror forty years ago.

Photo: the first women candidates for parliamentary elections in Kuwait in 2006, Aisha al-Rashid (R) and Rola Dashti (C)

(Credit: Yasser al-Zayya/AFP/Getty Images)

Kuwaiti women win the vote; smog in Mexico, and America's first Islamic terror incident

Kwanzaa - The African-american Holiday2017123020171231 (WS)

How Black activists invented a new holiday, flying around the world and Leningrad in WW2.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How Black activists invented a new holiday, flying around the world without refuelling, what not to do if you win a fortune, and the mountaineers who risked their lives climbing the spires of Leningrad during WW2. Then there's the obligatory Christmas board game - Trivial Pursuit.

Picture: Children at the first Kwanzaa celebration - courtesy of Terri Bandele.

Kwanzaa - The African-american Holiday20171231

How Black activists invented a new holiday, flying around the world and Leningrad in WW2.

How Black activists invented a new holiday, flying around the world without refuelling, what not to do if you win a fortune, and the mountaineers who risked their lives climbing the spires of Leningrad during WW2. Then there's the obligatory Christmas board game - Trivial Pursuit.

Picture: Children at the first Kwanzaa celebration - courtesy of Terri Bandele.

Latinos Protest Against Vietnam2015082920150830 (WS)

A Mexican-American march descends into chaos, Hurricane Katrina and executions in Iran.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How a Mexican-American march against the Vietnam War descended into chaos in 1970, Hurricane Katrina plus mass executions in Iran, the assassination of the Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino and the Guinness Book of records, the world's best selling annual.

PHOTO: The poster for the Chicano Moratorium (Courtesy: Rosalio Munoz).

A Mexican-American march descends into chaos, Hurricane Katrina and executions in Iran.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How a Mexican-American march against the Vietnam War descended into chaos in 1970, Hurricane Katrina plus mass executions in Iran, the assassination of the Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino and the Guinness Book of records, the world's best selling annual.

PHOTO: The poster for the Chicano Moratorium (Courtesy: Rosalio Munoz).

How a Mexican-American march against the Vietnam War descended into chaos in 1970, Hurricane Katrina plus mass executions in Iran, the assassination of the Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino and the Guinness Book of records, the world's best selling annual.

PHOTO: The poster for the Chicano Moratorium (Courtesy: Rosalio Munoz).

A Mexican-American march descends into chaos, Hurricane Katrina and executions in Iran.

Lebanon Civil War2014031520140316 (WS)

A key moment in the Lebanon conflict; Taiwan massacre; suffragettes and Barbie the Doll.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

On the anniversary of a major turning point in the conflict in Lebanon, the History Hour gets a child's perspective. Plus, the massacre which scarred Taiwan's modern history; the Madrid train bombings; suffragettes; and Barbie celebrates her birthday.

Photo:Women running away from shelling in Christian East Beirut in 1989. (Credit: Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images)

A key moment in the Lebanon conflict; Taiwan massacre; suffragettes and Barbie the Doll.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

On the anniversary of a major turning point in the conflict in Lebanon, the History Hour gets a child's perspective. Plus, the massacre which scarred Taiwan's modern history; the Madrid train bombings; suffragettes; and Barbie celebrates her birthday.

Photo:Women running away from shelling in Christian East Beirut in 1989. (Credit: Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images)

On the anniversary of a major turning point in the conflict in Lebanon, the History Hour gets a child's perspective. Plus, the massacre which scarred Taiwan's modern history; the Madrid training bombings; suffragettes; and Barbie celebrates her birthday.

Photo:Women running away from shelling in Christian East Beirut in 1989. (Credit: Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Lee Harvey Oswald In The Ussr2013112320131124 (WS)

The man who shot JFK - in the USSR; the Jonestown mass suicide; the first Doctor Who.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The man who shot JFK - in the USSR; the Jonestown mass suicide; the first Doctor Who.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The man who shot JFK - in the USSR; the Jonestown mass suicide; the first Doctor Who.

The man who shot JFK - by two people who knew him in the USSR; the Jonestown mass suicide; the death of Ken Saro Wiwa; plus actress Carole Ann Ford - Doctor Who's grand-daughter.

(Photo: Lee Harvey Oswald after his arrest in Dallas, Nov 22 1963. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Living Under Gaddafi2018090820180909 (WS)

How Gaddafi changed Libya, the battle for Brick Lane in 70s London, the first MRI scanner

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Award-winning writer Hisham Matar on life in Gaddafi's Libya, plus how British Bengalis faced the far-right in 1970s east London, the last battles of WW1, the struggle to name St.Petersburg and the first MRI scanner.

Photo: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli on September 27th 1969, shortly after the bloodless coup that brought him to power AFP FILES/AFP/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Award-winning writer Hisham Matar on life in Gaddafi's Libya, plus how British Bengalis faced the far-right in 1970s east London, the last battles of WW1, the struggle to name St.Petersburg and the first MRI scanner.

Photo: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli on September 27th 1969, shortly after the bloodless coup that brought him to power AFP FILES/AFP/Getty Images)

Love And Marriage2017021820170219 (WS)

From speed-dating to gay romance, from divorce to chastity, recent changes in love.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Love And Marriage20170219

From speed-dating to gay romance, from divorce to chastity, recent changes in love.

From speed-dating to gay romance, from divorce to bigamy we look at recent changes in the way society perceives love and marriage. Plus - an expert view on how to make sure your love endures.

Photo: A heart hanging over Carnaby Street in London. Credit: BBC.

Mandela And The Rivonia Trial2013120720131208 (WS)

Nelson Mandela's trial in 1963; Vietnam's Boat People; nuns murdered in 80s El Salvador

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Nelson Mandela's trial in 1963; Vietnam's Boat People; nuns murdered in 80s El Salvador

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Martin Luther's 95 Theses2017110420171105 (WS)

The monk who began a religious revolution, the Naked Ape and internet sex and censorship.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The German monk who began a religious uprising; the book that made us think of humans as animals; how the murder of a Brazilian journalist by the secret police became a symbol of Brazil's military brutality; plus the Lebanese architectural dream that was overtaken by war and the fight that ended sex censorship online.

Photo: A portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder on display at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, Germany (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Martin Luther's 95 Theses20171105

The monk who began a religious revolution, the Naked Ape and internet sex and censorship.

The German monk who began a religious uprising; the book that made us think of humans as animals; how the murder of a Brazilian journalist by the secret police became a symbol of Brazil's military brutality; plus the Lebanese architectural dream that was overtaken by war and the fight that ended sex censorship online.

Photo: A portrait of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder on display at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, Germany (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

May 1968 Paris Riots2018051920180520 (WS)

A riot policeman's view of the violence that swept through France in May 1968

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A French riot policeman's view of the violence that swept through France in May 1968; plus the man who led a team that made safe two nuclear weapons that had crashed to ground in the US. Also, the origins of Montessori education, one of the airmen on the Dambusters' raid and actor Jane Asher remembers John Osborne's radical 1950s play, Look Back in Anger.

Photo: Protesters face police in front of the Joseph Gibert bookstore, Boulevard Saint Michel in May 1968. (Credit: Jacques Marie/AFP/Getty Images)

Medicare2016072320160724 (WS)

America's government health insurance programme, plus Chinua Achebe and Bruce Lee.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

America's government health insurance programme Medicare came into force in July 1966. Plus, Chinua Achebe's seminal African novel Things Fall Apart, the Srebrenica massacre, an anti-semitic murder trial in Imperial Russia - and the death of martial arts star Bruce Lee.

PICTURE: President Lyndon B Johnson signs the Medicare Bill with Harry S Truman in Independence, Missouri on July 30, 1965. (AP Photo)

America's government health insurance programme, plus Chinua Achebe and Bruce Lee.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

America's government health insurance programme Medicare came into force in July 1966. Plus, Chinua Achebe's seminal African novel Things Fall Apart, the Srebrenica massacre, an anti-semitic murder trial in Imperial Russia - and the death of martial arts star Bruce Lee.

PICTURE: President Lyndon B Johnson signs the Medicare Bill with Harry S Truman in Independence, Missouri on July 30, 1965. (AP Photo)

America's government health insurance programme, plus Chinua Achebe and Bruce Lee.

America's government health insurance programme Medicare came into force in July 1966. Plus, Chinua Achebe's seminal African novel Things Fall Apart, the Srebrenica massacre, an anti-semitic murder trial in Imperial Russia - and the death of martial arts star Bruce Lee.

PICTURE: President Lyndon B Johnson signs the Medicare Bill with Harry S Truman in Independence, Missouri on July 30, 1965. (AP Photo)

Medicine In World War One2017082620170827 (WS)

Dealing with the medical horrors of WW1, Germany puts Nazis on trial and Botox.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In BBC archive recordings, veterans tell the story of how medical care dealt with the horrors of WW1. Plus when Germany put Nazis on trial, race riots in London's Notting Hill in 1958, and in East Germany in 1992. And the inventors of Botox.

Photo: Australian wounded on the Menin Road on the Western Front, 1917 (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson's Thriller2015122620151227 (WS)

The release of the world's best-selling album, the death of a WW2 hero, and Beagle 2

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The 1982 release of the world's best selling album; plus the untimely death of General George S Patton; the former child star Karolyn Grimes on the film It's A Wonderful Life, the Beagle 2 mission to Mars, and Vladimir Nabokov's scandalous book, Lolita.

(Photo: Michael Jackson and assorted zombies in the video for Thriller in 1983. Credit: 01/01/1983 Publicity Handout)

The release of the world's best-selling album, the death of a WW2 hero, and Beagle 2

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The 1982 release of the world's best selling album; plus the untimely death of General George S Patton; the former child star Karolyn Grimes on the film It's A Wonderful Life, the Beagle 2 mission to Mars, and Vladimir Nabokov's scandalous book, Lolita.

(Photo: Michael Jackson and assorted zombies in the video for Thriller in 1983. Credit: 01/01/1983 Publicity Handout)

The release of the world's best-selling album, the death of a WW2 hero, and Beagle 2

The 1982 release of the world's best selling album; plus the untimely death of General George S Patton; the former child star Karolyn Grimes on the film It's A Wonderful Life, the Beagle 2 mission to Mars, and Vladimir Nabokov's scandalous book, Lolita.

(Photo: Michael Jackson and assorted zombies in the video for Thriller in 1983. Credit: 01/01/1983 Publicity Handout)

Military Coup In Chile20130914

Forty years since Pinochet's coup; the Alabama church bombing in 1963; and Project Tiger

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Forty years since Pinochet's coup; the Alabama church bombing in 1963; and Project Tiger

Missing Plane Mystery2014032920140330 (WS)

1947 missing plane mystery; "Doctor Death" Jack Kevorkian; and a Maori song hits no.1.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The British passenger plane Star Dust disappeared in 1947 in a mystery which wouldn't be solved for another 53 years. Plus, euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian's conviction after helping over 130 people to die; the discovery of the Ebola virus; the USSR's first democratic elections; and the Maori song which made history by going to number 1 in the charts.

(Photo: A British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian aircraft. Credit: BA Speedbird Heritage Centre)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Mother Teresa - The Nun Who Became A Saint2017030420170305 (WS)

Life with Mother Teresa, the birth of Nollywood and Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Life with Mother Teresa among the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, how the World Health Organisation came to realise that obesity was a global problem and Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House. Plus the immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks - a remarkable story of one woman's impact on medical research.

(PHOTO: AP Mother Teresa holds a child in 1978)

Muhammad Ali And The Draft20130427

How the boxer refused to fight in Vietnam, plus a coup in Panama and Selassie in Jamaica.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Nike And The Sweatshop Problem2017081920170820 (WS)

The ethics of fashion; the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974; and the "Bard of Bengal".

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

On this week's programme, how campaigners took on Nike in the 1990s, plus the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the newspaper which defied Argentine's military dictatorship. We also find out more about nudism in East Germany and the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.

PHOTO: Nike worker Cicih Sukaesih telling her story in America in 1996 (courtesy of Jeff Ballinger)

North Korea Train Station Explosion2014041920140420 (WS)

In a rare moment of openness, authorities in Pyongyang asked the UN for help in 2004

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An explosion at a train station in North Korea killed around 170 people and destroyed thousands of homes in April 2004. In a rare moment of openness, authorities in Pyongyang asked the United Nations for help. Hear from a Western aid worker who travelled to Ryongchon to assess the damage.

Also on the programme: the 1940s legal challenge to the segregation of Mexican Americans in the US; Easter for Christians in 1980s Moscow; the push by Polish union Solidarity for legal recognition; plus the unfolding drama of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Photo: North Koreans clear rubble after the Ryongchon train explosion. Credit: Gerald Bourke/World Food Programme/Getty Images

In a rare moment of openness, authorities in Pyongyang asked the UN for help in 2004

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An explosion at a train station in North Korea killed around 170 people and destroyed thousands of homes in April 2004. In a rare moment of openness, authorities in Pyongyang asked the United Nations for help. Hear from a Western aid worker who travelled to Ryongchon to assess the damage.

Also on the programme: the 1940s legal challenge to the segregation of Mexican Americans in the US; Easter for Christians in 1980s Moscow; the push by Polish union Solidarity for legal recognition; plus the unfolding drama of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Photo: North Koreans clear rubble after the Ryongchon train explosion. Credit: Gerald Bourke/World Food Programme/Getty Images

An explosion at a train station in North Korea killed around 170 people and destroyed thousands of homes in April 2004. In a rare moment of openness, authorities in Pyongyang asked the United Nations for help. Hear from a Western aid worker who travelled to Ryongchon to assess the damage.

Also on the programme: the 1940s legal challenge to the segregation of Mexican Americans in the US; Easter for Christians in 1980s Moscow; the push by Polish union Solidarity for legal recognition; plus the unfolding drama of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Photo: North Koreans clear rubble after the Ryongchon train explosion. Credit: Gerald Bourke/World Food Programme/Getty Images

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Operation Lifeline: Canada's Refugee Revolution2017060320170604 (WS)

Citizens sponsor refugees, a rock concert for Chernobyl and the first US female rabbi.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How private citizens in Canada sponsored Vietnamese boat-people. Plus the first ever charity rock concert for Chernobyl, the actor who stared in a Hitchcock murder movie, America's first ever female rabbi and Mr Sanitation brings clean toilets in India.

Photo: A Vietnamese boat crowded with refugees runs aground on the Malaysian coast. 1979 (BBC)

Pakistan's Women Only Police Station2016021320160214 (WS)

How Karachi got an all female police station plus Black Sabbath and WW2 women code breakers

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How Karachi got an all female police station plus Black Sabbath and WW2 women code breakers

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How Karachi got an all female police station plus Black Sabbath and WW2 women code breakers

How Karachi got an all female police station in 1994; Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi on heavy metal history plus the 2011 Syrian protests that led to war, WW2 women code breakers and Sophie Tucker, the last of the Red Hot Mamas

(Photo: Police officers Syeda Ghazala (L) Shagufta Majeed (R) in Karachi)

Princess Diana's Minefield Walk2017011420170115 (WS)

A royal visit boosts landmine campaigners, Turkey's headscarf pioneer and spying in WW1

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1997, the Princess of Wales made a high-profile visit to a landmine clearance programme in Angola. Her trip is credited with boosting the campaign for a global landmine treaty signed later that year. Also, the man who rewrote the rules on transitions of power in the USA, the first woman to wear a headscarf into the Turkish parliament and the triumph of British espionage that changed the course of World War One.

PHOTO: Princess Diana in Angola in 1997 (Credit: Alamy)

Princess Diana's Minefield Walk20170115

In 1997, the Princess of Wales made a high-profile visit to a landmine clearance programme in Angola. Her trip is credited with boosting the campaign for a global landmine treaty signed later that year. Also, the man who rewrote the rules on transitions of power in the USA, the first woman to wear a headscarf into the Turkish parliament and the triumph of British espionage that changed the course of World War One.

PHOTO: Princess Diana in Angola in 1997 (Credit: Alamy)

A royal visit boosts landmine campaigners, Turkey's headscarf pioneer and spying in WW1

Prozac2016020620160207 (WS)

The birth of the Prozac generation, saving ancient Afghan artworks, plus a Disney classic

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The birth of the Prozac generation, saving ancient Afghan artworks, plus a Disney classic

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The birth of the Prozac generation, the battle to save Afghanistan's ancient artworks and death and violence in the Spanish embassy in Guatemala. Plus we hear about an American political corruption scandal and the launch of the Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The birth of the Prozac generation, saving ancient Afghan artworks, plus a Disney classic

Psychological Warfare2017072220170723 (WS)

Spooking fighters during the Vietnam War plus the Mont Blanc Tunnel and a Nintendo legend

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Spooking fighters during the Vietnam War, building the Mont Blanc Tunnel, designing a Nintendo legend, the murder of Gianni Versace and archive voices from the 'Bonus Army' a protest movement of WW1 veterans which shook the US government in 1932.

Photo:Viet Cong guerrillas on patrol during the Vietnam War, 2nd March 1966: (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Reagan's Bombing Joke2017081220170813 (WS)

, the murder of Naji al Ali, and violence in pre-partition India

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Ronald Reagan's joke about bombing Russia in the 1980s, the murder of a Palestinian cartoonist in London, communal violence in India a year before partition, the man who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage patch, and Florence Nightingale, in her own words and those of people who knew her.

Photo: American president Ronald Reagan in the 1980s at his desk in the White House, Washington DC. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Remembering Chernobyl2016043020160501 (WS)

, Charles Darwin and the McCarthy era, plus 60s icon, the Mini

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Chernobyl, the world's worst nuclear disaster; the funeral of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution changed the world; plus, the impact of being accused during the McCarthy era in America, and two style icons of the Sixties, the Mini and Yves St Laurent.

Photo: a Swedish farmer wears protective clothing because of contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images)

, Charles Darwin and the McCarthy era, plus 60s icon, the Mini

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Chernobyl, the world's worst nuclear disaster; the funeral of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution changed the world; plus, the impact of being accused during the McCarthy era in America, and two style icons of the Sixties, the Mini and Yves St Laurent.

Photo: a Swedish farmer wears protective clothing because of contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images)

, Charles Darwin and the McCarthy era, plus 60s icon, the Mini

Chernobyl, the world's worst nuclear disaster; the funeral of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution changed the world; plus, the impact of being accused during the McCarthy era in America, and two style icons of the Sixties, the Mini and Yves St Laurent.

Photo: a Swedish farmer wears protective clothing because of contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images)

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr20130831

THAT speech, plus murder in Mexico, Aboriginals on strike in Australia and Krakatoa

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Romania's Orphan Scandal2016040920160410 (WS)

Life as a Romanian orphan in the 1980s plus the 1977 Ogaden War and Mallory on Everest

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Life as a Romanian orphan in the 1980s plus the 1977 Ogaden War and Mallory on Everest

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Life as a Romanian orphan in the 1980s; a Somali account of the Ogaden War, plus the 1979 execution of Pakistan's Zulfikar Bhutto; Mallory on Everest and a Japanese royal wedding.

Photo:Photo: BBC News

Life as a Romanian orphan in the 1980s plus the 1977 Ogaden War and Mallory on Everest

Roots - The Tv Series2017012120170122 (WS)

Slavery on US TV, peace in El Salvador, Hrant Dink's murder; and Dungeons and Dragons.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The epic mini-series about slavery in the US hit TV screens in January 1977. We hear from actor Leslie Uggams, who played the character Kizzy, recalling how "Roots" revolutionised perceptions about African-American history. Plus: when peace deal ended El Salvador's brutal civil war, the murder of prominent Turkish Armenian journalist, Hrant Dink, life in the world's largest refugee camp, and how Dungeons and Dragons came about.

(Photo: Actors LeVar Burton, Todd Bridges and Robert Reed in Roots. Credit: Alamy)

Roots - The Tv Series20170122

The epic mini-series about slavery in the US hit TV screens in January 1977. We hear from actor Leslie Uggams, who played the character Kizzy, recalling how "Roots" revolutionised perceptions about African-American history. Plus: when peace deal ended El Salvador's brutal civil war, the murder of prominent Turkish Armenian journalist, Hrant Dink, life in the world's largest refugee camp, and how Dungeons and Dragons came about.

(Photo: Actors LeVar Burton, Todd Bridges and Robert Reed in Roots. Credit: Alamy)

Slavery on US TV, peace in El Salvador, Hrant Dink's murder; and Dungeons and Dragons.

Russia's Bitter Taste Of Capitalism2018040720180408 (WS)

Chaos after Russia's 1992 market reforms; the history of Semtex; 2001 A Space Odyssey.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

On this week's programme, the chaos and hardship which hit Russia with the rapid market reforms in early 1992, weeks after the collapse of the USSR. Plus, the landmark science fiction film, 2001 A Space Odyssey; the history of Semtex and how the Unabomber was caught.

Photo: an old woman outside McDonald's in Moscow, circa 1992. Credit: Dina Newman archive.

Sanctuary Cities In The Usa2017021120170212 (WS)

US safe havens for undocumented immigrants, a killer killer whale, DNA, and a Kenyan hit.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week how American cities like San Francisco became safe havens for undocumented immigrants, the story of Tilikum and first recorded killing of a human by an orca whale, discovering DNA, the ship wreck that gave locals whiskey galore and Kenya's smash hit song - that got everyone singing in Swahili.

(Photo: Supporters of Sanctuary Cities demonstrating in San Francisco, January 2017. Credit: AP)

Searching For Argentina's Disappeared2017042920170430 (WS)

Defying Argentina's military rulers, when Syria left Lebanon and Bosnia's rape camps.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 1977 a group of women in Argentina held the first ever public demonstration to demand the release of thousands of opponents of the military regime. It was the start of a long campaign by the women, who became known as the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Also on the programme: the controversy surrounding Syria's presence in Lebanon, plus the pioneer of psychotherapy RD Laing, Bulgaria's attempts to crush Turkish language and culture, and we hear the shocking testimony of a survivor of Bosnia's notorious rape camps.

(Photo: Mirta Baravalle of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, with a black-and-white photograph of her daughter, Ana Maria)

Searching For Argentina's Disappeared20170501

Defying Argentina's military rulers, when Syria left Lebanon and Bosnia's rape camps.

Shakespeare's Jubilee2016042320160424 (WS)

Celebrating the bard 18th-century style; Haile Selassie in Jamaica; and flying Harriers.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

As England celebrates Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, we find out about the eighteenth century festivities for the bard organised by the great actor David Garrick. Plus, a Rastafarian remembers the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie's landmark visit to Jamaica and a British pilot recalls flying the Harrier jet in the Falkland Islands.

PHOTO: A portrait fo Shakespeare (Getty Images)

Celebrating the bard 18th-century style; Haile Selassie in Jamaica; and flying Harriers.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

As England celebrates Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, we find out about the eighteenth century festivities for the bard organised by the great actor David Garrick. Plus, a Rastafarian remembers the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie's landmark visit to Jamaica and a British pilot recalls flying the Harrier jet in the Falkland Islands.

PHOTO: A portrait fo Shakespeare (Getty Images)

Celebrating the bard 18th-century style; Haile Selassie in Jamaica; and flying Harriers.

As England celebrates Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, we find out about the eighteenth century festivities for the bard organised by the great actor David Garrick. Plus, a Rastafarian remembers the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie's landmark visit to Jamaica and a British pilot recalls flying the Harrier jet in the Falkland Islands.

PHOTO: A portrait fo Shakespeare (Getty Images)

Shell Shock2016102920161030 (WS)

The psychiatric cost of WW1; Hungary's 1956 uprising, Marvel Comics and London's Big Bang

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

World War One veterans describe Shell Shock and Prof. Edgar Jones of Kings College on the psychiatric cost of war; plus Hungary's 1956 uprising, how French intelligence was rocked by the abduction of activist Mehdi Ben Barka, the history of Marvel Comics and London's Big Bang.
Photo: French troops shelter during bombardment, 1918. (General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The psychiatric cost of WW1; Hungary's 1956 uprising, Marvel Comics and London's Big Bang

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

World War One veterans describe Shell Shock and Prof. Edgar Jones of Kings College on the psychiatric cost of war; plus Hungary's 1956 uprising, how French intelligence was rocked by the abduction of activist Mehdi Ben Barka, the history of Marvel Comics and London's Big Bang.
Photo: French troops shelter during bombardment, 1918. (General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

World War One veterans describe Shell Shock and Prof. Edgar Jones of Kings College on the psychiatric cost of war; plus Hungary's 1956 uprising, how French intelligence was rocked by the abduction of activist Mehdi Ben Barka, the history of Marvel Comics and London's Big Bang.

Photo: French troops shelter during bombardment, 1918. (General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The psychiatric cost of WW1; Hungary's 1956 uprising, Marvel Comics and London's Big Bang

Siege Of The Church Of The Nativity2015051620150517 (WS)

In May 2002 gunmen and civilians, were holed up in one of Christianity's most holy sites.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In May 2002 a group of Palestinian gunmen, civilians and nuns and monks, were holed up inside one of Christianity's most holy sites, plus the Andijan massacre ten years on, India's one billionth citizen, Africa's Kariba dam and Kermit the Frog turns sixty.

(Photo: An Israeli soldier during the siege, courtesy of Getty Images)

In May 2002 gunmen and civilians, were holed up in one of Christianity's most holy sites.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In May 2002 a group of Palestinian gunmen, civilians and nuns and monks, were holed up inside one of Christianity's most holy sites, plus the Andijan massacre ten years on, India's one billionth citizen, Africa's Kariba dam and Kermit the Frog turns sixty.

(Photo: An Israeli soldier during the siege, courtesy of Getty Images)

Smiling Buddha: India's First Nuclear Test2018071420180715 (WS)

India on the nuclear world stage, the Spiegel Affair and the refugee "Phantom Shipwreck."

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The scientist at the forefront of India's first successful nuclear test in 1974, plus how an undersea mission finally found the remains of nearly 300 migrants drowned off Italy in the 1990s; also, Der Spiegel journalists under threat in Germany, and remembering two great artists - Nigeria's Chinua Achebe and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Photo: A crater marks the site of the first Indian underground nuclear test conducted 18 May 1974 at Pokhran in the desert state of Rajasthan. (PUNJAB PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images)

India on the nuclear world stage, the Spiegel Affair and the refugee "Phantom Shipwreck."

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The scientist at the forefront of India's first successful nuclear test in 1974, plus how an undersea mission finally found the remains of nearly 300 migrants drowned off Italy in the 1990s; also, Der Spiegel journalists under threat in Germany, and remembering two great artists - Nigeria's Chinua Achebe and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Photo: A crater marks the site of the first Indian underground nuclear test conducted 18 May 1974 at Pokhran in the desert state of Rajasthan. (PUNJAB PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Somalia's Rural Literacy Campaign2015011720150118 (WS)

Teaching nomads in Somalia, the WWII Raoul Wallenberg mystery, and Agatha Christie dies

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Teaching nomads in Somalia, the WWII Raoul Wallenberg mystery, and Agatha Christie dies

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Space Crash2016062520160626 (WS)

A crash on the Mir space station, an African-American in the USSR, and the Bobbit case.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A crash on the Mir space station, an African-American in the USSR, and the Bobbit case.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A crash on the Mir space station, an African-American living in the USSR against his will, saving the penguins in South Africa, the biggest car bomb blast in Saudi Arabia, and America's most publicised case of genital mutilation.

Photo: Mir Space Station. Credit: Getty Images.

A crash on the Mir space station, an African-American in the USSR, and the Bobbit case.

Special Operations Executive20130907

How the British trained spies in WWII, plus Jack the Ripper and war in Eritrea.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How the British trained spies in WWII, plus Jack the Ripper and war in Eritrea.

How the British trained spies in World War II, Jack the Ripper, Eritrea's war of independence, a composer on board an ill-fated Royal Navy ship, and a journey of exodus from Laos. Listen to first hand accounts from people who lived through historic times.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Spying For The Stasi20131026

Betrayal in East Berlin, Burundi's civil war heroine and Sydney Opera House opens.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Poet turned spy in East Berlin, Burundi's civil war heroine, the US barracks bombing in Beirut, the saga of Sydney Opera House and the opening of the first BBC bureau in Moscow.

Betrayal in East Berlin, Burundi's civil war heroine and Sydney Opera House opens.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Sri Lanka Killings2015102420151025 (WS)

The horrors of civil war in Sri Lanka, the shrinking Aral sea and Iceland's women strike.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The horrors of civil war in Sri Lanka, the shrinking Aral sea and Iceland's women strike.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The horrors of civil war in Sri Lanka, the shrinking Aral sea and Iceland's women strike.

The horrors of civil war in Sri Lanka, how the West learned about the shrinking of the Aral sea, plus Iceland's women strike. Also, a communist massacre uncovered in the Vietnan and the Yiddish play which shocked the Jewish world in the early 1900s.

Stalin's Mass Deportations2014030120140302 (WS)

The forced exile of hundreds of thousands of people in the USSR, plus political comedy

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The forced exile of hundreds of thousands of people in the USSR, plus political comedy

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The forced exile of hundreds of thousands of people within the USSR, plus political comedy in the UK, the downfall of Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the impact of the tape recorder on Soviet Russia, and Hugo Chavez's first bid for power.

The forced exile of hundreds of thousands of people in the USSR, plus political comedy

Stockholm Syndrome2016082720160828 (WS)

We hear from one of the hostages in the first documented case of Stockholm Syndrome.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

We hear from one of the hostages in the first documented case of Stockholm Syndrome, during a Swedish bank robbery. Plus Britain's early campaign for AIDS awareness; an audacious military operation in the campaign for Helmand province; the Dance Theatre of Harlem; and the night salsa took New York by storm.

(Photo: The hostages photographed as the police opened the bank vault door. Kristin Enmark is in the middle. (Credit: AFP/ EGAN-Polisen)

We hear from one of the hostages in the first documented case of Stockholm Syndrome.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

We hear from one of the hostages in the first documented case of Stockholm Syndrome, during a Swedish bank robbery. Plus Britain's early campaign for AIDS awareness; an audacious military operation in the campaign for Helmand province; the Dance Theatre of Harlem; and the night salsa took New York by storm.

(Photo: The hostages photographed as the police opened the bank vault door. Kristin Enmark is in the middle. (Credit: AFP/ EGAN-Polisen)

We hear from one of the hostages in the first documented case of Stockholm Syndrome.

We hear from one of the hostages in the first documented case of Stockholm Syndrome, during a Swedish bank robbery. Plus Britain's early campaign for AIDS awareness; an audacious military operation in the campaign for Helmand province; the Dance Theatre of Harlem; and the night salsa took New York by storm.

(Photo: The hostages photographed as the police opened the bank vault door. Kristin Enmark is in the middle. (Credit: AFP/ EGAN-Polisen)

Students Set On Fire20130706

The students set on fire in Chile; the Battle of Gettysburg; and penguins in an oil spill.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1986, two students are deliberately set on fire by soldiers at a protest in Chile. Some listeners may find this account disturbing.

Also this week, the Battle of Gettysburg, Arafat returns to Gaza, Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, and thousands of penguins are rescued from an oil spill in South Africa.

Photos credit: Fondo Diario La Nación & Archivo Museo de la memoria, Chile.

Surviving Auschwitz2014090620140907 (WS)

A survivor remembers Auschwitz; publishing Dr Zhivago; Swinging London's favourite shop.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Auschwitz survivor Kitty Hart Moxon talks about her memories of the Nazi death camp. Also on the show, violent consequences as the Ahmadiya sect in Pakistan are declared non-Muslim, currency reform causes chaos in Myanmar, and the publication of Dr Zhivago. Plus a visit to Biba, Swinging London's favourite shop.

Photo: Family at the railway terminal of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, probably taken May-June 1944 (AFP/Getty Images)

A survivor remembers Auschwitz; publishing Dr Zhivago; Swinging London's favourite shop.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Auschwitz survivor Kitty Hart Moxon talks about her memories of the Nazi death camp. Also on the show, violent consequences as the Ahmadiya sect in Pakistan are declared non-Muslim, currency reform causes chaos in Myanmar, and the publication of Dr Zhivago. Plus a visit to Biba, Swinging London's favourite shop.

Photo: Family at the railway terminal of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, probably taken May-June 1944 (AFP/Getty Images)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Surviving Pearl Harbor2015120520151206 (WS)

Witness recalls Japan's raid, Nigeria's War Against Indiscipline, First heart transplant

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Witness recalls Japan's raid, Nigeria's War Against Indiscipline, First heart transplant

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Witness recalls Japan's raid, Nigeria's War Against Indiscipline, First heart transplant

An eyewitness account of the Japanese attack, Nigeria's "War Against Indiscipline", surgeon recalls world's first heart transplant, Cubans fighting in 1980s Angola, and a secret mustard gas disaster in Bari in WW2.

(Photo: The USS Arizona sinking at Pearl Harbor. Credit: Getty Images)

Surviving Ravensbruck2015112820151129 (WS)

Recalling a women-only concentration camp, a mystery US hijack and tough times in Cuba.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week, we hear the remarkable memories of a former member of the Dutch resistance who survived the Nazi's women-only concentration camp at Ravensbruck. Plus, a mysterious plane hijack in Cuba, making ends meet during the "Special Period" in Cuba and how English nightclubs became a battleground in the fight against racism.

PHOTO: Women at Ravensbruck concentration camp (Credit: Das Bundesarchiv)

Recalling a women-only concentration camp, a mystery US hijack and tough times in Cuba.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week, we hear the remarkable memories of a former member of the Dutch resistance who survived the Nazi's women-only concentration camp at Ravensbruck. Plus, a mysterious plane hijack in Cuba, making ends meet during the "Special Period" in Cuba and how English nightclubs became a battleground in the fight against racism.

PHOTO: Women at Ravensbruck concentration camp (Credit: Das Bundesarchiv)

This week, we hear the remarkable memories of a former member of the Dutch resistance who survived the Nazi's women-only concentration camp at Ravensbruck. Plus, a mysterious plane hijack in Cuba, making ends meet during the "Special Period" in Cuba and how English nightclubs became a battleground in the fight against racism.

PHOTO: Women at Ravensbruck concentration camp (Credit: Das Bundesarchiv)

Recalling a women-only concentration camp, a mystery US hijack and tough times in Cuba.

Surviving The "auschwitz Of The Balkans"2017080520170806 (WS)

Persecution of Serbs during WW2; the fate Falun Gong in China; Camp David negotiations.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

During World War Two, Croatian fascists tortured and killed tens of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Roma people in the Jasenovac concentration camp. We hear from a survivor. Also, the fate of Falun Gong in China, from a point of view of a practitioner. Plus, the failure of Camp David negotiations, the French doctor who pioneered water births, and the life and death of the legendary Eva Peron.

Photo: A Serb survivor of WW2 persecutions, Melenko Cekic, talking to the BBC in 2017; copyright: BBC.

Surviving The "death Railway"2018090120180902 (WS)

A former prisoner of the Japanese in WW2; Hitler's girl guides and the Lake Nyos disaster

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Tamil Doctors And The Sri Lankan Civil War2015071120150712 (WS)

The violent end of Sri Lanka's civil war; a KGB spy escapes; Gabriel Garcia Marquez

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The violent end of Sri Lanka's civil war; a KGB spy escapes; Gabriel Garcia Marquez

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Tanzania's Ujamaa2016060420160605 (WS)

Socialism in Tanzania, assassination in the Caribbean, the Concordski crash and Date Rape

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Socialism in Tanzania, assassination in the Caribbean, the Concordski crash and Date Rape

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Socialism in Tanzania, the man who assassinated the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, the crash of the Soviet supersonic jet Concordski, 20 years to build a road and Date Rape

(Photo: Tanzanian women cultivating the soil. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Socialism in Tanzania, assassination in the Caribbean, the Concordski crash and Date Rape

Terror In Iran2014051020140511 (WS)

Revolutionary courts and executions in Iran, Paul Robeson, a President of Crimea and Abba

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Revolutionary courts and executions in Iran, the great African-American singer Paul Robeson, an elected President in Crimea, early CGI filmmakin, and the day that Abba won Eurovision.

Photo: Habib Elghanian, Jewish Iranian businessman, executed in May 1979 in Iran. Image courtesy of the Elghanian family.

Revolutionary courts and executions in Iran, Paul Robeson, a President of Crimea and Abba

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Revolutionary courts and executions in Iran, the great African-American singer Paul Robeson, an elected President in Crimea, early CGI filmmakin, and the day that Abba won Eurovision.

Photo: Habib Elghanian, Jewish Iranian businessman, executed in May 1979 in Iran. Image courtesy of the Elghanian family.

Revolutionary courts and executions in Iran, the great African-American singer Paul Robeson, an elected President in Crimea, early CGI filmmakin, and the day that Abba won Eurovision.

Photo: Habib Elghanian, Jewish Iranian businessman, executed in May 1979 in Iran. Image courtesy of the Elghanian family.

Revolutionary courts and executions in Iran, Paul Robeson, a President of Crimea and Abba

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The \u2018death Of A Princess\u2019 Film2015041120150412 (WS)

The TV film which caused a diplomatic crisis, Idi Amin\u2019s downfall and riots in the USA

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The story of one of the most controversial British television films ever made, the downfall of brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, race riots in the USA, a state of emergency in India; plus famously eccentric concert pianist Glenn Gould gives his last live performance.

(Photo: Jeddah skyline. BBC copyright)

The TV film which caused a diplomatic crisis, Idi Amin\u2019s downfall and riots in the USA

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The story of one of the most controversial British television films ever made, the downfall of brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, race riots in the USA, a state of emergency in India; plus famously eccentric concert pianist Glenn Gould gives his last live performance.

(Photo: Jeddah skyline. BBC copyright)

The 1943 Bengal Famine2015040420150405 (WS)

Millions die of famine in British-ruled India, US Marshall Plan and Ireland bans smoking

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Millions die of famine in British-ruled India, US Marshall Plan and Ireland bans smoking

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The 1948 French Miners' Strike2016112620161127 (WS)

How coal miners in post-war France went from being seen as heroes, to pariahs.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week, the French Miners' strike of 1948, 50 years since the launch of the Cabaret musical, the Silk Letters Movement of British India, the plane-spotters jailed for spying and how to save baby elephants!

(Photo: French President Francois Hollande welcomes former striker Norbert Gilmez during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. September 2016. Credit:Reuters.)

The 1948 French Miners' Strike20161127

This week, the French Miners' strike of 1948, 50 years since the launch of the Cabaret musical, the Silk Letters Movement of British India, the plane-spotters jailed for spying and how to save baby elephants!

(Photo: French President Francois Hollande welcomes former striker Norbert Gilmez during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris. September 2016. Credit:Reuters.)

How coal miners in post-war France went from being seen as heroes, to pariahs.

The 1960 Coup Against Haile Selassie2015121920151220 (WS)

How Ethiopia's Emperor was almost overthrown in a bloody coup

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In December 1960, while the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, was out of the country, his Imperial Bodyguard took over the capital Addis Ababa and proclaimed his son the new emperor. We speak to Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the grand nephew of Haile Selassie, about the coup. Dr Asfa-Wossen is the author of King of Kings, a new history of Haile Selassie's rule. Photo: Emperor Haile Selassie in the Royal Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, circa 1960. (Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

How Ethiopia's Emperor was almost overthrown in a bloody coup

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In December 1960, while the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, was out of the country, his Imperial Bodyguard took over the capital Addis Ababa and proclaimed his son the new emperor. We speak to Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the grand nephew of Haile Selassie, about the coup. Dr Asfa-Wossen is the author of King of Kings, a new history of Haile Selassie's rule. Photo: Emperor Haile Selassie in the Royal Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, circa 1960. (Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In December 1960, while the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, was out of the country, his Imperial Bodyguard took over the capital Addis Ababa and proclaimed his son the new emperor. We speak to Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the grand nephew of Haile Selassie, about the coup. Dr Asfa-Wossen is the author of King of Kings, a new history of Haile Selassie's rule. Photo: Emperor Haile Selassie in the Royal Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, circa 1960. (Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

How Ethiopia's Emperor was almost overthrown in a bloody coup

The 1968 Belgrade Student Revolt2018060920180610 (WS)

The 1968 student protest in Communist Yugoslavia and the running craze 'from couch to 5k'

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The 1968 student revolt in Communist Yugoslavia, an assassination attempt that sparked Lebanon's war, Adolf Eichmann's execution, plus the sudden death of Nigeria's strong man in less than clear circumstances and 'from couch to 5k' that inspired a global running craze.

(Photo: Sonja Licht with her fellow protester and later her husband, Milan Nikolic, at the site of the protests. Credit: Licht-Nikolic family archive)

The 43 Group: Battling British Fascists2017102120171022 (WS)

Veterans fight fascism in 1940s Britain; The death of Samora Machel, Moscow theatre siege

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How Jewish veterans fought fascism in post war Britain; plus investigating the death of Mozambique's president Samora Machel, we hear from a survivor of the Moscow theatre siege, inside the Cuba Missile Crisis and the mystery of Booker prize winner JG Farrell.
Photo:British Fascist Sir Oswald Mosley speaking at a rally, Hertford Road, Dalston, London, May 1st 1948. (Getty Images)

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy2017012820170129 (WS)

Indigenous rights in Australia, the invention of the microwave, and Desert Island Discs.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

On 26 January 1972 four Aboriginal men began a protest outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. They erected a beach umbrella on the grass and called it an 'embassy'.

Plus, the murder of five lawyers in Madrid in 1977, which became a turning point in Spain's return to democracy; the invention of the microwave oven; Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and 75 years of the BBC's longest-running programme, Desert Island Discs.

The Amman Bombings2015111420151115 (WS)

Suicide bombings in Amman; a massacre in East Timor; and the fall of the Taliban

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Suicide bombings in Amman; a massacre in East Timor; and the fall of the Taliban

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Suicide bombings in Amman; a massacre in East Timor; and the fall of the Taliban

Suicide bombings in Amman; a massacre in East Timor that was a turning point on the road to independence; the fall of the Taliban; anti-Sikh riots in India; and the BBC's first wildlife broadcaster

The Amritsar Massacre Of 19192016041620160417 (WS)

In April 1919, the British Indian Army fired on an unarmed crowd - killing hundreds.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 1919, the British Indian Army fired on an unarmed crowd - killing hundreds and fueling calls for independence, plus the declaration of the Spanish Republic in 1931, and the high street coffee revolution which all started in Seattle with Starbucks 45 years ago.

(Photo: A young visitor looks at a painting depicting the Amritsar Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, 2010. Credit: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

In April 1919, the British Indian Army fired on an unarmed crowd - killing hundreds.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 1919, the British Indian Army fired on an unarmed crowd - killing hundreds and fueling calls for independence, plus the declaration of the Spanish Republic in 1931, and the high street coffee revolution which all started in Seattle with Starbucks 45 years ago.

(Photo: A young visitor looks at a painting depicting the Amritsar Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, 2010. Credit: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

In April 1919, the British Indian Army fired on an unarmed crowd - killing hundreds.

In April 1919, the British Indian Army fired on an unarmed crowd - killing hundreds and fueling calls for independence, plus the declaration of the Spanish Republic in 1931, and the high street coffee revolution which all started in Seattle with Starbucks 45 years ago.

(Photo: A young visitor looks at a painting depicting the Amritsar Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, 2010. Credit: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

The Arnhem Parachute Drop2018092220180923 (WS)

Operation Market Garden, Brazil's nuclear accident, the Battle of Algiers and Cuban spies

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Operation Market Garden - the failed attempt to end the war against Hitler; plus, a deadly nuclear accident in Brazil, the film of the Battle of Algiers, the last regular steam train to run in Britain and one of the Cuban Five jailed in America for spying for Fidel Castro.

(Photo: Allied planes and parachutists over Arnhem, Getty Images)

The Ascent Of Everest20130601

The first men on Everest's summit; Riotous ballet; The New Deal, the Queen's coronation

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Assassination Of Anwar Sadat2015101020151011 (WS)

The murder of Egypt\u2019s president, a devastating earthquake in Pakistan and Barbary pirates

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

President Anwar Sadat’s widow remembers the day he was assassinated. Plus the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, the boy kidnapped by pirates and enslaved for 23 years, Britain’s Moors Murders and remembering Austria’s wine scandal.

(Photo: President Anwar Sadat (right) and his then deputy, Hosni Mubarak, at the military parade where moments later Sadat was gunned down by four army officers. (Credit: AFP)

The murder of Egypt\u2019s president, a devastating earthquake in Pakistan and Barbary pirates

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

President Anwar Sadat’s widow remembers the day he was assassinated. Plus the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, the boy kidnapped by pirates and enslaved for 23 years, Britain’s Moors Murders and remembering Austria’s wine scandal.

(Photo: President Anwar Sadat (right) and his then deputy, Hosni Mubarak, at the military parade where moments later Sadat was gunned down by four army officers. (Credit: AFP)

The murder of Egypt’s president, a devastating earthquake in Pakistan and Barbary pirates

President Anwar Sadat’s widow remembers the day he was assassinated. Plus the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, the boy kidnapped by pirates and enslaved for 23 years, Britain’s Moors Murders and remembering Austria’s wine scandal.

(Photo: President Anwar Sadat (right) and his then deputy, Hosni Mubarak, at the military parade where moments later Sadat was gunned down by four army officers. (Credit: AFP)

The Assassination Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand2014062820140629 (WS)

The murder that sparked WW1, a hijacking in 1950s Burma, early computer dating

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The murder that sparked WW1, a hijacking in 1950s Burma, early computer dating

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Assassination Of Benigno Aquino20130824

Murder in the Philippines; the crushing of the Prague Spring; and human shields in Iraq.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Murder on the runway in the Philippines; solving the mystery of Legionnaires' disease; the crushing of the Prague Spring; the little boy held as a human shield in Iraq; and the Painted Faces overthrow the government in Brazil.

Photo: Benigno Aquino on the plane home (courtesy of K. Kashiwahara)

Murder in the Philippines; the crushing of the Prague Spring; and human shields in Iraq.

The Assassination Of Leon Trotsky2015082220150823 (WS)

The murder of a Russian revolutionary, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and mass poisoning in Oregon

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The murder of a Russian revolutionary, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, plus a bizarre mass poisoning in Oregon, the Dieppe Raid, and why the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh was arrested for spying.
(Photo: Esteban Volkov with his grandparents, Leon Trotsky and Natalia Sedova. Credit: Trotsky Museum, Mexico City)

The murder of a Russian revolutionary, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and mass poisoning in Oregon

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The murder of a Russian revolutionary, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, plus a bizarre mass poisoning in Oregon, the Dieppe Raid, and why the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh was arrested for spying.
(Photo: Esteban Volkov with his grandparents, Leon Trotsky and Natalia Sedova. Credit: Trotsky Museum, Mexico City)

The murder of a Russian revolutionary, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, plus a bizarre mass poisoning in Oregon, the Dieppe Raid, and why the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh was arrested for spying.

(Photo: Esteban Volkov with his grandparents, Leon Trotsky and Natalia Sedova. Credit: Trotsky Museum, Mexico City)

The murder of a Russian revolutionary, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and mass poisoning in Oregon

The Attack On Fela Kuti2015092620150927 (WS)

Fela vs Nigeria's military, an old Ska superstar, the father of Hip Hop and Jacques Brel.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

One of Fela's former wives on the day the military stormed his compound, the lovely story of an old Ska superstar, we hear from the father of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc, plus how the Plastic People of the Universe symbolised resistance to Czech communism, and why legendary crooner Jacques Brel quit the stage.

(Photo: Fela Kuti in 1986. Credit: Associated Press)

Fela vs Nigeria's military, an old Ska superstar, the father of Hip Hop and Jacques Brel.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

One of Fela's former wives on the day the military stormed his compound, the lovely story of an old Ska superstar, we hear from the father of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc, plus how the Plastic People of the Universe symbolised resistance to Czech communism, and why legendary crooner Jacques Brel quit the stage.

(Photo: Fela Kuti in 1986. Credit: Associated Press)

One of Fela's former wives on the day the military stormed his compound, the lovely story of an old Ska superstar, we hear from the father of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc, plus how the Plastic People of the Universe symbolised resistance to Czech communism, and why legendary crooner Jacques Brel quit the stage.

(Photo: Fela Kuti in 1986. Credit: Associated Press)

Fela vs Nigeria's military, an old Ska superstar, the father of Hip Hop and Jacques Brel.

The Attack On The Osirak Nuclear Reactor2016061120160612 (WS)

Israel's attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, plus Ritalin, da Vinci and US Civil Rights.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Israel's attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, plus the history of the drug Ritalin, a restorer recalls her 20 years of work on da Vinci's Last Supper and the story of Mildred and Richard Loving - the mixed-race couple who turned into US civil rights pioneers.

Photograph: journalists are shown a destroyed nuclear reactor at Iraq's main nuclear research centre just south of Baghdad.(Credit: Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel's attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, plus Ritalin, da Vinci and US Civil Rights.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Israel's attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, plus the history of the drug Ritalin, a restorer recalls her 20 years of work on da Vinci's Last Supper and the story of Mildred and Richard Loving - the mixed-race couple who turned into US civil rights pioneers.

Photograph: journalists are shown a destroyed nuclear reactor at Iraq's main nuclear research centre just south of Baghdad.(Credit: Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel's attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, plus the history of the drug Ritalin, a restorer recalls her 20 years of work on da Vinci's Last Supper and the story of Mildred and Richard Loving - the mixed-race couple who turned into US civil rights pioneers.

Photograph: journalists are shown a destroyed nuclear reactor at Iraq's main nuclear research centre just south of Baghdad.(Credit: Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel's attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, plus Ritalin, da Vinci and US Civil Rights.

The Auschwitz Cellist2015090520150906 (WS)

A cellist survives thanks to her music, Russia's first DJ, the heyday of Somali music

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A cellist survives thanks to her music, Russia's first DJ, the heyday of Somali music

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A cellist survives thanks to her music, Russia's first DJ, the heyday of Somali music

The Battle For Iwo Jima2015022820150301 (WS)

The fight for the Pacific island in WW2; the looting of Benin's bronzes; and a CIA mole.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The fight for the Pacific island in WW2; the looting of Benin's bronzes; and a CIA mole.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Battle Of The Airwaves In Latin America2018031720180318
20180318 (WS)

Why the BBC started broadcasting to South America, plus the My Lai massacre.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Why the BBC started broadcasting to South America, plus the My Lai massacre.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Battle Of The Bulge2014122720141228 (WS)

Hitler's last gamble, the 1914 Christmas truce, a pirate DJ at sea, and peace in Nepal

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Hitler's last major attack on the Western allies of the Second World War; the Christmas truce in the trenches of 1914; the life of a pirate DJ; a peace deal in Nepal, and the environmental campaigner who spent two years up a tree.

Photo: American tanks in Belgium in January 1945, Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Hitler's last gamble, the 1914 Christmas truce, a pirate DJ at sea, and peace in Nepal

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Hitler's last major attack on the Western allies of the Second World War; the Christmas truce in the trenches of 1914; the life of a pirate DJ; a peace deal in Nepal, and the environmental campaigner who spent two years up a tree.

Photo: American tanks in Belgium in January 1945, Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

The Battle Of The Somme2016070220160703 (WS)

Veterans recall horrific WW1 battle, forced sterilisation in Peru, London's Great Plague

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Veterans recall horrific WW1 battle, forced sterilisation in Peru, London's Great Plague

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Veterans recall horrific WW1 battle, forced sterilisation in Peru, London's Great Plague

First-hand accounts from the BBC archive of the horrific WW1 battle, plus forced sterilisation in Peru, London's Great Plague of 1665, Ukraine's wartime ultra-nationalists and the US river that caught fire.

Photo: British soldiers advance during the Battle of the Somme, September 1916 (PA)

The Battle Of Tora Bora2015121220151213 (WS)

The hunt for Bin Laden, a KKK trial, the siege of Kut, and the Velvet Underground.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The hunt for Bin Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan; a Ku Klux Klan trial in 1965; the siege of Kut in World War 1; an unexpected alliance in 1980s Britain with Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners; and seminal alternative rock band the Velvet Underground's first gig.

(Photo: Afghan fighters look out over a smoking valley after a US B-52 aircraft bombed a front line position in the mountains of Tora Bora in north-eastern Afghanistan. Credit: Associated Press)

The hunt for Bin Laden, a KKK trial, the siege of Kut, and the Velvet Underground.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The hunt for Bin Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan; a Ku Klux Klan trial in 1965; the siege of Kut in World War 1; an unexpected alliance in 1980s Britain with Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners; and seminal alternative rock band the Velvet Underground's first gig.

(Photo: Afghan fighters look out over a smoking valley after a US B-52 aircraft bombed a front line position in the mountains of Tora Bora in north-eastern Afghanistan. Credit: Associated Press)

The hunt for Bin Laden, a KKK trial, the siege of Kut, and the Velvet Underground.

The hunt for Bin Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan; a Ku Klux Klan trial in 1965; the siege of Kut in World War 1; an unexpected alliance in 1980s Britain with Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners; and seminal alternative rock band the Velvet Underground's first gig.

(Photo: Afghan fighters look out over a smoking valley after a US B-52 aircraft bombed a front line position in the mountains of Tora Bora in north-eastern Afghanistan. Credit: Associated Press)

The Battle Of Verdun2016022020160221 (WS)

The battle that traumatised France, forbidden Tibet in the 1940s and fashion's New Look

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The World War One battle that traumatised France; the Austrian mountaineer who wrote Seven Years in Tibet; how Christian Dior revolutionised fashion with the 'New Look'. Plus, how Foot-and-Mouth disease broke the hearts of British farmers and the botched assassination which humiliated the Israeli Secret Service.

(Photo: French Troops under fire at Verdun. Credit: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The battle that traumatised France, forbidden Tibet in the 1940s and fashion's New Look

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The World War One battle that traumatised France; the Austrian mountaineer who wrote Seven Years in Tibet; how Christian Dior revolutionised fashion with the 'New Look'. Plus, how Foot-and-Mouth disease broke the hearts of British farmers and the botched assassination which humiliated the Israeli Secret Service.

(Photo: French Troops under fire at Verdun. Credit: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The World War One battle that traumatised France; the Austrian mountaineer who wrote Seven Years in Tibet; how Christian Dior revolutionised fashion with the 'New Look'. Plus, how Foot-and-Mouth disease broke the hearts of British farmers and the botched assassination which humiliated the Israeli Secret Service.

(Photo: French Troops under fire at Verdun. Credit: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

The battle that traumatised France, forbidden Tibet in the 1940s and fashion's New Look

The Betrayal Of The Kurds2014082320140824 (WS)

Iraqi Kurds abandoned by Iran, the WW2 liberation of Paris, and the Partition of India

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Kurds of Northern Iraq have long been caught in conflicts between their neighbours - we go back to 1975, when they were abandoned by Iran and the US after a deal was struck with Saddam Hussein.

Also on the show, we go back to the liberation of Paris in World War Two - and a military plane crash in the north of England on the same day which killed more than 30 primary schoolchildren.

Plus the Partition of India and rebellious Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera.

Picture: the veteran Kurdish leader Mullah Mustafa Barzani and Saddam Hussein celebrating an agreement signed in 1970, which quickly collapsed into war, Credit: Central Press/Getty Images

Iraqi Kurds abandoned by Iran, the WW2 liberation of Paris, and the Partition of India

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Kurds of Northern Iraq have long been caught in conflicts between their neighbours - we go back to 1975, when they were abandoned by Iran and the US after a deal was struck with Saddam Hussein.

Also on the show, we go back to the liberation of Paris in World War Two - and a military plane crash in the north of England on the same day which killed more than 30 primary schoolchildren.

Plus the Partition of India and rebellious Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera.

Picture: the veteran Kurdish leader Mullah Mustafa Barzani and Saddam Hussein celebrating an agreement signed in 1970, which quickly collapsed into war, Credit: Central Press/Getty Images

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Biggest Rock Concert Ever2015010320150104 (WS)

Rod Stewart remembers Rio, Portugal's Casa Pia scandal, plus the first Big Brother.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Rod Stewart remembers Rio, Portugal's Casa Pia scandal, plus the first Big Brother.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Bloods And Crips Truce2015041820150419 (WS)

In April 1992, two Los Angeles gangs signed a cease-fire.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 1992, two Los Angeles gangs signed a cease-fire.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Bombing Of Cambodia20130511

The secret US bombing campaign of Cambodia, the Arctic Convoys of WW2 and Pavarotti

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Bombing Of Hiroshima2015080820150809 (WS)

Atomic bombs dropped on Japan, a plot to kill Iranian writers, plus the first bionic ear

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Atomic bombs dropped on Japan, a plot to kill Iranian writers, plus the first bionic ear

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Boy In The Bubble2018022420180225 (WS)

How a young boy lived with a rare genetic disorder plus "Ghana Must Go" and Infinite Jest

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How a young boy lived with a rare genetic disorder; plus "Ghana Must Go" - when 1 million Africans were expelled from Nigeria, battling the last major smallpox epidemic in India, reporting the Jimmy Swaggart scandal and the story behind the acclaimed novel "Infinite Jest"
(Photo: David Vetter and his mother Carol-Ann Demaret Credit: Carol-Ann Demaret)

The Boy In The Bubble20180225

How a young boy lived with a rare genetic disorder; plus "Ghana Must Go" - when 1 million Africans were expelled from Nigeria, battling the last major smallpox epidemic in India, reporting the Jimmy Swaggart scandal and the story behind the acclaimed novel "Infinite Jest"
(Photo: David Vetter and his mother Carol-Ann Demaret Credit: Carol-Ann Demaret)

How a young boy lived with a rare genetic disorder plus "Ghana Must Go" and Infinite Jest

The Break-up Of The Soviet Union2016123120170101 (WS)

Key players in the fall of the USSR recall the momentous events of December 1991

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

December 1991 saw the end of 70 years of communist rule and the collapse of the Soviet Union. We hear from two of the key signatories of the dissolution treaty, a witness to the ensuing crisis in one of the newly independent states, and from an American nuclear expert who helped clean-up the former USSR. Also, the performance artist protesting about the growing divide between rich and poor, and the first editor of Vogue magazine in Russia.

Photo: The leaders of Ukraine and Belorussia, alongside Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, at the ceremony formally dissolving the USSR in December 1991, Credit: AP

The Break-up Of The Soviet Union20170101

Key players in the fall of the USSR recall the momentous events of December 1991

December 1991 saw the end of 70 years of communist rule and the collapse of the Soviet Union. We hear from two of the key signatories of the dissolution treaty, a witness to the ensuing crisis in one of the newly independent states, and from an American nuclear expert who helped clean-up the former USSR. Also, the performance artist protesting about the growing divide between rich and poor, and the first editor of Vogue magazine in Russia.

Photo: The leaders of Ukraine and Belorussia, alongside Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, at the ceremony formally dissolving the USSR in December 1991, Credit: AP

The Capture Of The Uss Pueblo2018012720180128 (WS)

When North Korea and the US came close to war; plus Salvador Dali, the origins of Lego

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Capture Of The Uss Pueblo20180128

When North Korea and the US came close to war; plus Salvador Dali, the origins of Lego

The Caracazo Protests2016022720160228 (WS)

Deadly protests in Venezuela in 1989; exodus to Liberia; the Foxcatcher murder.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Government austerity measures spark violent protests in Venezuela in 1989; the end of the Angolan civil war after the death of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi; exodus to Liberia from the American South; the overthrow of Filipino President Marcos; and murder in the world of Olympic wrestling, with the true story behind the Hollywood movie Foxcatcher.

(Photo: Venezuelan police in the street controlling crowds. Jose Cohen/AP Photo)

Deadly protests in Venezuela in 1989; exodus to Liberia; the Foxcatcher murder.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Government austerity measures spark violent protests in Venezuela in 1989; the end of the Angolan civil war after the death of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi; exodus to Liberia from the American South; the overthrow of Filipino President Marcos; and murder in the world of Olympic wrestling, with the true story behind the Hollywood movie Foxcatcher.

(Photo: Venezuelan police in the street controlling crowds. Jose Cohen/AP Photo)

Government austerity measures spark violent protests in Venezuela in 1989; the end of the Angolan civil war after the death of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi; exodus to Liberia from the American South; the overthrow of Filipino President Marcos; and murder in the world of Olympic wrestling, with the true story behind the Hollywood movie Foxcatcher.

(Photo: Venezuelan police in the street controlling crowds. Jose Cohen/AP Photo)

Deadly protests in Venezuela in 1989; exodus to Liberia; the Foxcatcher murder.

The Challenger Disaster2016013020160131 (WS)

The launch of space shuttle Challenger goes horribly wrong, Sharia in Nigeria, and Batman.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The launch of space shuttle Challenger goes horribly wrong, Sharia in Nigeria, and Batman.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The launch of space shuttle Challenger goes horribly wrong, Sharia in Nigeria, and Batman.

The launch of space shuttle Challenger goes horribly wrong, Rupert Murdoch goes to war with his print unions, Australia's 18th century penal colonies, Sharia law in Nigeria, and Batman comes to TV.

Photo: Christa McAuliffe (left) and Barbara Morgan. Credit: Nasa

The Collapse Of Northern Rock2017091620170917 (WS)

The run on a British bank, a schoolboy arrested in East Germany, and Nigerian treasures.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The run on a British bank which signalled the coming global financial crisis, a schoolboy arrested in East Germany for writing a letter, a doctor remembers the Sabra Shatila massacre in Beirut, and a Nigerian archaeological treasure trove.

Photo: Northern Rock customers queuing outside the Kingston branch, in order to take their money out on September 17th 2007. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The Conflict Is Over2015020720150208 (WS)

Secret peace talks in Northern Ireland, McDonald's opens in Moscow, and Bertrand Russell

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Creation Of The Cervical Cancer Vaccine2018092920180930 (WS)

, and the bridge between Denmark and Sweden.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Creation of the Cervical Cancer Vaccine2018092920180930 (WS)

The creation of the cervical cancer vaccine, and the bridge between Denmark and Sweden.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Dambusters20130518

70 years ago British bombers hit hydroelectric dams in Germany, plus a coup in Ethiopia.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Death Of Che Guevara2014101120141012 (WS)

The CIA man who tracked down Che; the devastating Boer War, plus Thatcher and Hong Kong

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The CIA man who tracked down Che; the devastating Boer War, plus Thatcher and Hong Kong

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The CIA man who tracked down Che; the devastating Boer War, plus Thatcher and Hong Kong

The CIA man who tracked down Che in Bolivia; archive of Boer War veterans, plus Thatcher and Hong Kong in the 80s; the birth of climate change and the Norweigan commandos who sabotaged the Nazi nuclear programme.

The Death Of Che Guevara2017101420171015 (WS)

The final hours of the revolutionary hero, Italy's looted art and Madonna's early years.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In October 1967 the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara was captured and killed in Bolivia - we hear from the CIA operative who was one of the last people to speak to him. Plus, the plan to rescue Italy's art from the Nazis; remembering a hero of Catalan nationalism; the policeman and friend who testified against OJ Simpson, and Madonna - the early years.

(Photo: Felix Rodriguez (left) with the captured Che Guevara, shortly before his execution on 9 October 1967. Courtesy of Felix Rodriguez)

The Death Of Grenada's Revolution20131019

The day Maurice Bishop was killed, escaping a Nazi death camp, and an ANC hero walks free

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The day Maurice Bishop was killed, escaping a Nazi death camp, and an ANC hero walks free

On October 19th 1983, Grenada's charismatic left-wing prime minister, Maurice BIshop, was killed. Plus a revolt in a Nazi death camp, the ANC leader Walter Sisulu walks free, and the nine black teenagers falsely accused of rape in 1930s America

Photo: Maurice Bishop in 1983 (BBC Pictures)

The Death Of Margaret Thatcher20130413

In the week that Britain's former prime minister died, some very personal memories.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Death Of Princess Diana2017090220170903 (WS)

Princess Diana's brother remembers the passionate speech he gave at her funeral.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Princess Diana's brother remembers the passionate speech he gave at her funeral, and one of the doctors who treated her at the scene of her fatal car crash remembers her death.

Plus, how George Orwell wrote Animal Farm, the development of a revolutionary new 3D medical scanning technique, and the birth of the online auction site eBay.

Picture: Earl Spencer and Prince William at Princess Diana's funeral. Credit: Getty/AFP

The Death Of Rock Hudson2015100320151004 (WS)

A Hollywood star dies of Aids, plus Buena Vista Social Club, Danish cartoons and Karaoke.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Angie Dickinson remembers her friend, the Hollywood superstar who became the most high profile celebrity to acknowledge he was suffering from Aids; plus one of the founding members of Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club, the Danish cartoon controversy, remembering Kabul's musicians' quarter and the birth of Karaoke.

Photo: Rock Hudson at the BBC.

A Hollywood star dies of Aids, plus Buena Vista Social Club, Danish cartoons and Karaoke.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Angie Dickinson remembers her friend, the Hollywood superstar who became the most high profile celebrity to acknowledge he was suffering from Aids; plus one of the founding members of Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club, the Danish cartoon controversy, remembering Kabul's musicians' quarter and the birth of Karaoke.

Photo: Rock Hudson at the BBC.

Angie Dickinson remembers her friend, the Hollywood superstar who became the most high profile celebrity to acknowledge he was suffering from Aids; plus one of the founding members of Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club, the Danish cartoon controversy, remembering Kabul's musicians' quarter and the birth of Karaoke.

Photo: Rock Hudson at the BBC.

A Hollywood star dies of Aids, plus Buena Vista Social Club, Danish cartoons and Karaoke.

The Death Of Virginia Woolf2016040220160403 (WS)

It is 75 years since the great English author took her own life.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

It is 75 years since the great English author took her own life. Plus, an assassination attempt against US President Ronald Reagan, prohibition in Pakistan, and the sudden resignation of a British Prime Minister - Harold Wilson.

Photo: Virginia Woolf at the age of 20. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

It is 75 years since the great English author took her own life.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

It is 75 years since the great English author took her own life. Plus, an assassination attempt against US President Ronald Reagan, prohibition in Pakistan, and the sudden resignation of a British Prime Minister - Harold Wilson.

Photo: Virginia Woolf at the age of 20. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

It is 75 years since the great English author took her own life.

It is 75 years since the great English author took her own life. Plus, an assassination attempt against US President Ronald Reagan, prohibition in Pakistan, and the sudden resignation of a British Prime Minister - Harold Wilson.

Photo: Virginia Woolf at the age of 20. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

The Destruction Of The Bridge At Mostar2014112920141130 (WS)

The Bridge at Mostar, Australia's rabbit plague, India's Eton and Kraftwerk

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Bridge at Mostar, Australia's rabbit plague, India's Eton and Kraftwerk

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Dili Massacre2016111920161120 (WS)

Horror in East Timor, book-burning in Britain and the birth of the James Bond theme tune.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

It is 25 years since Indonesian troops attacked protestors in the East Timorese capital, plus the impact of The Satanic Verses on British society, smuggling endangered birds out of the jungles of South America, a palace burns in Madagascar and the inspiration behind James Bond's theme tune.

(Photo: East Timorese activists preparing for the protest that ended in tragedy. Copyright: Max Stahl)

The Dili Massacre20161120

It is 25 years since Indonesian troops attacked protestors in the East Timorese capital, plus the impact of The Satanic Verses on British society, smuggling endangered birds out of the jungles of South America, a palace burns in Madagascar and the inspiration behind James Bond's theme tune.

(Photo: East Timorese activists preparing for the protest that ended in tragedy. Copyright: Max Stahl)

Horror in East Timor, book-burning in Britain and the birth of the James Bond theme tune.

The 'disappeared' Of Lebanon2017111820171119 (WS)

Women searching for their missing loved-ones in Lebanon, plus diamonds and naked dancing.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The women searching for their loved-ones who went missing during the Lebanese civil war, plus the man who first discovered diamonds in Botswana, a pioneer of the Indian restaurant business in the UK, an exploding whale, and naked dancing in post-war London.

Photo: West Beirut under shellfire in 1982.(Credit:Domnique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

The 'disappeared' Of Lebanon20171119

Women searching for their missing loved-ones in Lebanon, plus diamonds and naked dancing.

The women searching for their loved-ones who went missing during the Lebanese civil war, plus the man who first discovered diamonds in Botswana, a pioneer of the Indian restaurant business in the UK, an exploding whale, and naked dancing in post-war London.

Photo: West Beirut under shellfire in 1982.(Credit:Domnique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

The Donner Party2016010220160103 (WS)

A gruesome tale of the American West, Vietnamese refugees and a murder in Tsarist Russia.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1846, a group of pioneers were trying to reach California by wagon when they were trapped by snow over the winter - and some were driven to cannibalism to survive. Their gruesome story has become a legend of the American West. Plus, fleeing Vietnam by boat, remembering the drama of the Millenium Bug, recalling Rasputin's murder in Tsarist Russia and we hear from the daughter of Soviet hero, Alexei Stakhanov.

PHOTO: The slopes of Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada range, near Lone Pine, California, USA. 20/04/2008.

A gruesome tale of the American West, Vietnamese refugees and a murder in Tsarist Russia.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1846, a group of pioneers were trying to reach California by wagon when they were trapped by snow over the winter - and some were driven to cannibalism to survive. Their gruesome story has become a legend of the American West. Plus, fleeing Vietnam by boat, remembering the drama of the Millenium Bug, recalling Rasputin's murder in Tsarist Russia and we hear from the daughter of Soviet hero, Alexei Stakhanov.

PHOTO: The slopes of Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada range, near Lone Pine, California, USA. 20/04/2008.

In 1846, a group of pioneers were trying to reach California by wagon when they were trapped by snow over the winter - and some were driven to cannibalism to survive. Their gruesome story has become a legend of the American West. Plus, fleeing Vietnam by boat, remembering the drama of the Millenium Bug, recalling Rasputin's murder in Tsarist Russia and we hear from the daughter of Soviet hero, Alexei Stakhanov.

PHOTO: The slopes of Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada range, near Lone Pine, California, USA. 20/04/2008.

A gruesome tale of the American West, Vietnamese refugees and a murder in Tsarist Russia.

The Eichmann Tapes2015060620150607 (WS)

The Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was interviewed while in hiding in Argentina.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was interviewed while he was in hiding in Argentina; plus building the Golden Gate bridge; mourning Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini; how an arson attack on Jaffna library led to civil war; and Britain's last referendum on Europe.

(Photo: Adolf Eichmann stands in a protective glass booth flanked by Israeli police during his trial in 1961 in Jerusalem. Credit: Central Press/Getty Images)

The Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was interviewed while in hiding in Argentina.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was interviewed while he was in hiding in Argentina; plus building the Golden Gate bridge; mourning Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini; how an arson attack on Jaffna library led to civil war; and Britain's last referendum on Europe.

(Photo: Adolf Eichmann stands in a protective glass booth flanked by Israeli police during his trial in 1961 in Jerusalem. Credit: Central Press/Getty Images)

The End Of Apartheid2017020420170205 (WS)

Former South African police minister talks apartheid, Black Hawk Down and a polar record

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Former South African police minister on ending apartheid, eyewitness to Black Hawk Down, landmark sexual harassment case in India, the last South American war and a record breaking solo trek across the Antarctic
Picture: Anti-apartheid protestors demonstrate in Cape Town on the same day that President de Klerk announced the lifting of the ban on the ANC and the release of all political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela (Credit: RASHID LOMBARD/AFP/Getty Images)

The End Of The Korean War20130727

Sixty years since the Korean war ended, plus life with Joseph Kony and the start of AA

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Ethiopia Famine2014102520141026 (WS)

The TV report that alerted the world to starvation in Ethiopia in 1984

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The TV report that alerted the world to starvation in Ethiopia in 1984

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Ex-president And The Gun Lobby2018063020180701 (WS)

The power of the NRA; murdered Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin; Swedish submarine drama

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week, how former US President George Bush Senior took on the all-powerful National Rifle Association; the murder of the campaigning Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin; and how a Soviet submarine got stuck on a Swedish rock during the Cold War. Plus, the Cockney pilot who became known as the "King of Lampedusa" during World War Two.

(Photo: President George Bush Senior. Credit: Bachrach/Getty Images)

The power of the NRA; murdered Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin; Swedish submarine drama

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

This week, how former US President George Bush Senior took on the all-powerful National Rifle Association; the murder of the campaigning Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin; and how a Soviet submarine got stuck on a Swedish rock during the Cold War. Plus, the Cockney pilot who became known as the "King of Lampedusa" during World War Two.

(Photo: President George Bush Senior. Credit: Bachrach/Getty Images)

The Fairy Photos2017090920170910 (WS)

Searching for a spirit world after WW1, plus Jamaica's worst train crash, and Biosphere 2

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The search for a spirit world after WW1 that led people to believe that photographs of fairies were real. Plus Jamaica's worst train crash, France's last execution by guillotine, the man who saved the Proms and life in a giant greenhouse in Arizona - Biosphere 2.

Photo: Frances Griffiths and the "Cottingley Fairies" in a photograph made in 1917 by her cousin Elsie Wright with paper cut-outs and hatpins. Credit: Alamy

The Fake Ids That Saved Jewish Lives2017102820171029 (WS)

Escaping the Nazis in WW2 Hungary, Romania's abortion ban, and a literary love affair.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews escaped the Nazis by using false papers; what happened when abortion became illegal overnight in 1960s Romania; the murder of campaigning Nigerian journalist Dele Giwa; the creation of British satire magazine Private Eye; and the love affair between writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Photo: False Hungarian ID document (BBC)

The Fake Ids That Saved Jewish Lives20171029

Escaping the Nazis in WW2 Hungary, Romania's abortion ban, and a literary love affair.

How tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews escaped the Nazis by using false papers; what happened when abortion became illegal overnight in 1960s Romania; the murder of campaigning Nigerian journalist Dele Giwa; the creation of British satire magazine Private Eye; and the love affair between writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Photo: False Hungarian ID document (BBC)

The Fall Of Addis Ababa2014053120140601 (WS)

Rebels take over Ethiopia's capital, remembering Nehru, plus casinos and space monkeys

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Rebels take over Ethiopia's capital, remembering Nehru, plus casinos and space monkeys

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Rebels take over Ethiopia's capital, remembering Nehru, UK's first women's refuge, plus card counting in Vegas casinos and the first space monkeys

Photo: EPRDF rebels in Addis Ababa May 1991

Rebels take over Ethiopia's capital, remembering Nehru, plus casinos and space monkeys

The Fall Of Idi Amin2014041220140413 (WS)

Ugandan dictator Idi Amin ousted; Rwandan genocide; the discovery of the polio vaccine.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 1979 the brutal Ugandan ruler, Idi Amin, was ousted by invading Tanzanian forces.

Also in this week's show, 20 years since the Rwandan genocide, Soviet troops attack protesters in Tbilisi, black American singer Marian Anderson performs at the Lincolm Memorial, and the discovery of a vaccine against polio.

Ugandan dictator Idi Amin ousted; Rwandan genocide; the discovery of the polio vaccine.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In April 1979 the brutal Ugandan ruler, Idi Amin, was ousted by invading Tanzanian forces.

Also in this week's show, 20 years since the Rwandan genocide, Soviet troops attack protesters in Tbilisi, black American singer Marian Anderson performs at the Lincolm Memorial, and the discovery of a vaccine against polio.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Fall Of Nikita Khrushchev2014101820141019 (WS)

The Soviet leader is forced out, London dock strike, and a controversial feminist play

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Soviet leader is forced out, London dock strike, and a controversial feminist play

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Fall Of The Berlin Wall2014110820141109 (WS)

, Jane Goodall's study of chimpanzees, and Sigmund Freud.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

It is 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall - the History Hour hears from two of the first people to cross from East Berlin. Also on the show, Jane Goodall's study of chimpanzees, the disappearance of Lord Lucan, and 115 years since Sigmund Freud published his Interpretation of Dreams. Plus Chris Burden, the Californian who got shot in the arm in the name of performance art.

Photo: copyright Siegbert Schefke

, Jane Goodall's study of chimpanzees, and Sigmund Freud.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

It is 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall - the History Hour hears from two of the first people to cross from East Berlin. Also on the show, Jane Goodall's study of chimpanzees, the disappearance of Lord Lucan, and 115 years since Sigmund Freud published his Interpretation of Dreams. Plus Chris Burden, the Californian who got shot in the arm in the name of performance art.

Photo: copyright Siegbert Schefke

, Jane Goodall's study of chimpanzees, and Sigmund Freud.

It is 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall - the History Hour hears from two of the first people to cross from East Berlin. Also on the show, Jane Goodall's study of chimpanzees, the disappearance of Lord Lucan, and 115 years since Sigmund Freud published his Interpretation of Dreams. Plus Chris Burden, the Californian who got shot in the arm in the name of performance art.

Photo: copyright Siegbert Schefke

The First Alzheimer's Patient2016011620160117 (WS)

The discovery of Alzheimer\u2019s disease, Nigeria\u2019s first coup and forbidden art in Russia

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The tragic case that led to the discovery of Alzheimer's disease, Nigeria’s first coup, a mother's account of a mass shooting in Pennsylvania, the story of the Freedom Tower in Tehran; plus, a forbidden art collection in the Soviet Union.

Photo: Auguste Deter photographed in the psychiatric hospital in Frankfurt where Dr Alzheimer worked, c.1901

The discovery of Alzheimer\u2019s disease, Nigeria\u2019s first coup and forbidden art in Russia

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The tragic case that led to the discovery of Alzheimer's disease, Nigeria’s first coup, a mother's account of a mass shooting in Pennsylvania, the story of the Freedom Tower in Tehran; plus, a forbidden art collection in the Soviet Union.

Photo: Auguste Deter photographed in the psychiatric hospital in Frankfurt where Dr Alzheimer worked, c.1901

The tragic case that led to the discovery of Alzheimer's disease, Nigeria’s first coup, a mother's account of a mass shooting in Pennsylvania, the story of the Freedom Tower in Tehran; plus, a forbidden art collection in the Soviet Union.

Photo: Auguste Deter photographed in the psychiatric hospital in Frankfurt where Dr Alzheimer worked, c.1901

The discovery of Alzheimer’s disease, Nigeria’s first coup and forbidden art in Russia

The First Battle Of Fallujah2014011820140119 (WS)

US assault on Fallujah; WW2's Battle of Monte Cassino; and Jimi Hendrix's girlfriend

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

US assault on Fallujah; WW2's Battle of Monte Cassino; and Jimi Hendrix's girlfriend

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The First Legal 'physician-assisted Suicide'2016092420160925 (WS)

In 1996 an Australian doctor legally helped a terminally ill man to die.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1996 an Australian doctor legally helped a terminally ill man to end his life, using a lethal injection attached to a computer, also, the Congresswoman who didn't vote for "the War on Terror", the changing law on domestic violence in Brazil, the curious case of 18th century woman who claimed to be giving birth to rabbits and a gold rush in Australia.

(Photo: Dr Nitschke with his computer and automated syringe. Copyright: Philip Nitschke)

In 1996 an Australian doctor legally helped a terminally ill man to die.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1996 an Australian doctor legally helped a terminally ill man to end his life, using a lethal injection attached to a computer, also, the Congresswoman who didn't vote for "the War on Terror", the changing law on domestic violence in Brazil, the curious case of 18th century woman who claimed to be giving birth to rabbits and a gold rush in Australia.

(Photo: Dr Nitschke with his computer and automated syringe. Copyright: Philip Nitschke)

In 1996 an Australian doctor legally helped a terminally ill man to end his life, using a lethal injection attached to a computer, also, the Congresswoman who didn't vote for "the War on Terror", the changing law on domestic violence in Brazil, the curious case of 18th century woman who claimed to be giving birth to rabbits and a gold rush in Australia.

(Photo: Dr Nitschke with his computer and automated syringe. Copyright: Philip Nitschke)

In 1996 an Australian doctor legally helped a terminally ill man to die.

The First Palestinian Intifada2014072620140727 (WS)

The first intifada, plus the Jewish centre bombed in Argentina and Prince's Purple Rain

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The first Palestinian intifada, plus first-hand accounts of the bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina, life in India under British rule, the killing by Basque separatist group ETA which sparked the largest demonstrations in Spanish history, plus 30 years on from the release of the film Purple Rain by musician Prince - we hear from his drummer Bobby Z.

(Photo: a Palestinian demonstrator throws a rock during violent protests against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in December 1987. Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

The first intifada, plus the Jewish centre bombed in Argentina and Prince's Purple Rain

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The first Palestinian intifada, plus first-hand accounts of the bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina, life in India under British rule, the killing by Basque separatist group ETA which sparked the largest demonstrations in Spanish history, plus 30 years on from the release of the film Purple Rain by musician Prince - we hear from his drummer Bobby Z.

(Photo: a Palestinian demonstrator throws a rock during violent protests against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in December 1987. Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

, plus first-hand accounts of the bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina, life in India under British rule, the killing by Basque separatist group ETA which sparked the largest demonstrations in Spanish history, plus 30 years on from the release of the film Purple Rain by musician Prince - we hear from his drummer Bobby Z.

(Photo: a Palestinian demonstrator throws a rock during violent protests against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in December 1987. Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

The first intifada, plus the Jewish centre bombed in Argentina and Prince's Purple Rain

The first Palestinian intifada, plus first-hand accounts of the bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina, life in India under British rule, the killing by Basque separatist group ETA which sparked the largest demonstrations in Spanish history, plus 30 years on from the release of the film Purple Rain by musician Prince - we hear from his drummer Bobby Z.

The First Panda In America2013113020131201 (WS)

How a socialite brought a panda to New York; plus Conakry invaded, WW2 Allies and bikes

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How a socialite brought a baby panda to New York in the 1930s. The invasion of Guinea Conakry. Plus memories of the Tehran conference during WW2: Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill all in the same room together, and a road safety revolution in Holland.

Photo: Quentin Young, Ruth Harkness and the panda. Courtesy of Jolly Young

How a socialite brought a panda to New York; plus Conakry invaded, WW2 Allies and bikes

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How a socialite brought a baby panda to New York in the 1930s. The invasion of Guinea Conakry. Plus memories of the Tehran conference during WW2: Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill all in the same room together, and a road safety revolution in Holland.

Photo: Quentin Young, Ruth Harkness and the panda. Courtesy of Jolly Young

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The First Russian Revolution Of 19172017031820170319 (WS)

The Russian Revolution, AIDS and 'Patient Zero' plus escaping the Nazis as a child.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

100 years since the Russian Revolution, Imperial Russia in colour, AIDS and the mystery of 'Patient Zero', when Indian sex workers marched for employment rights and the British Lord who fled the Nazis in Czechoslovakia as a six year old on the Kindertransport.

Photo: 12th March 1917: Barricades across a street in St Petersburg, as a red flag floats above the cannons, during the Russian Revolution. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The First Russian Revolution Of 191720170319

The Russian Revolution, AIDS and 'Patient Zero' plus escaping the Nazis as a child.

100 years since the Russian Revolution, Imperial Russia in colour, AIDS and the mystery of 'Patient Zero', when Indian sex workers marched for employment rights and the British Lord who fled the Nazis in Czechoslovakia as a six year old on the Kindertransport.

Photo: 12th March 1917: Barricades across a street in St Petersburg, as a red flag floats above the cannons, during the Russian Revolution. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The First Woman In Space20130622

Russia puts a woman in orbit, America executes spy couple and the Rocky Horror Show opens.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Flavr Savr Tomato - The World's First Genetically Engineered Food2017040120170402 (WS)

The GM food debate, an anthrax outbreak in the Soviet Union, and the Teletubbies turn 20.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1994 the world's first genetically-engineered food went on sale in the US. It was a tomato, called the 'Flavr Savr' which stayed fresh for up to 30 days. Plus, a mysterious anthrax outbreak in the Soviet Union; the murder of a Catholic archbishop in El Salvador; and the Teletubbies turn 20.

Photo: Roger Salquist, former Chairman and CEO of Calgene (courtesy of Roger Salquist)

The Georgian-abkhaz War2014020820140209 (WS)

Conflict in the south Caucasus, Beatlemania, plus breaking codes with Colossus.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Conflict in the south Caucasus, Beatlemania, plus breaking codes with Colossus.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The German American Bund2017022520170226 (WS)

Nazis in 1930s America; Slobodan Milosevic on trial; attacks on Denmark's Little Mermaid.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In the 1930s, a group of German-American Nazi sympathisers known as the German American Bund held rallies and summer camps across the US. Also, the lawyers who helped Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic defend himself against war crimes charges and how vandals attacked Denmark's famous Little Mermaid Statue.

The German Invasion Of Czechoslovakia2015030720150308 (WS)

The Nazis invade Czechoslovakia, being Stalin's interpreter and the real Von Trapp family

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, the perils of being Stalin's interpreter, Britain's first commercial surrogate mother, and on the 50th anniversary of the release of the film, The Sound of Music, the story of the real Von Trapp family.

(Photo: German troops on a motorcycle enter Prague on 15 March 1939. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Nazis invade Czechoslovakia, being Stalin's interpreter and the real Von Trapp family

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, the perils of being Stalin's interpreter, Britain's first commercial surrogate mother, and on the 50th anniversary of the release of the film, The Sound of Music, the story of the real Von Trapp family.

(Photo: German troops on a motorcycle enter Prague on 15 March 1939. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Good Friday Agreement2018033120180401 (WS)

Peace in Northern Ireland; a cross-community Bosnian choir and a pioneering woman banker.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1998, the political parties in Northern Ireland reached a peace agreement that ended decades of war. We hear from Paul Murphy, the junior minister for Northern Ireland at the time. Plus, a cross-community choir in Bosnia and women pioneers from the worlds of finance and oceanography.

PHOTO: Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern (L) and British Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) pose with the mediator

Peace in Northern Ireland; a cross-community Bosnian choir and a pioneering woman banker.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In 1998, the political parties in Northern Ireland reached a peace agreement that ended decades of war. We hear from Paul Murphy, the junior minister for Northern Ireland at the time. Plus, a cross-community choir in Bosnia and women pioneers from the worlds of finance and oceanography.

PHOTO: Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern (L) and British Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) pose with the mediator

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Great Depression: One Man's Story2015103120151101 (WS)

Growing up in the Great Depression, Cuba's best ballerina and a Jewish enclave in USSR.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A story of growing up hungry in the Great Depression, Cuba's most famous ballerina, the special Jewish enclave in Soviet Siberia plus the birth of the UN, and the British man whose father and step-father both spied for Moscow.

Photo: unemployed men queue for work at a dockyard during the Great Depression (Credit:Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A story of growing up hungry in the Great Depression, Cuba's most famous ballerina, the special Jewish enclave in Soviet Siberia plus the birth of the UN, and the British man whose father and step-father both spied for Moscow.

Photo: unemployed men queue for work at a dockyard during the Great Depression (Credit:Fox Photos/Getty Images)

The Hate Crime That Changed American Law2017100720171008 (WS)

Why the brutal killing of a young gay man in Wyoming prompted change.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Why the brutal killing of a young gay man in Wyoming prompted change, how white people came to terms with their past after segregation in deep south America, living alongside Israeli soldiers in Gaza, plus modern treasures uncovered in Iran and rediscovered Tudor treasures raised from the English seabed.

(Photo: Matthew Shepard with his parents, Judy and Dennis, on holiday at Yellowstone National Park. Courtesy of the Matthew Shepard Foundation)

The Heysel Stadium Disaster2015053020150531 (WS)

One of Europe's worst stadium disasters; housing segregation in the US; Italy in WW1

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

One of Europe's worst stadium disasters plus the Californian woman who ended segregation in the US housing market; Protect and Survive, the British government's booklet on how to survive a nuclear war; the Welsh pioneers in Patagonia and a soldiers account of the brutal Italian campaign fought in the Alps during World War One.

(*Some listeners might find some parts of this programme disturbing*)

Photo: Liverpool supporters before the European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus at the Heysel Stadium, Brussels. (Credit: David Cannon/Allsport)

One of Europe's worst stadium disasters; housing segregation in the US; Italy in WW1

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

One of Europe's worst stadium disasters plus the Californian woman who ended segregation in the US housing market; Protect and Survive, the British government's booklet on how to survive a nuclear war; the Welsh pioneers in Patagonia and a soldiers account of the brutal Italian campaign fought in the Alps during World War One.

(*Some listeners might find some parts of this programme disturbing*)

Photo: Liverpool supporters before the European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus at the Heysel Stadium, Brussels. (Credit: David Cannon/Allsport)

The History Hour20170626

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Murder and conspiracy among Italy's elite, an Italian atrocity in 1930s Ethiopia, Christians in the Korean War, Japan hosts the first Body Worlds, and Asian Americans struggle against racism and violence in the 1980s.
Photo: Robert Calvi, head of Banco Ambrosiano, who was convicted of fraud but released on appeal shortly before his murder (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The History Hour20170703

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In a tourism special we look at the original low-cost transatlantic airline, based in Iceland, the 1960s Hippie trail. Also the journey that led to the best selling Lonely Planet travel guides, political tensions caused by a luxury resort on the Red Sea and how Disney came to Europe.

(Photo: An Icelandic Airlines advertisement from May 1973, in New York's Fifth Avenue (US National Archives)

The History Of Modern Tourism2017070120170702 (WS)

The Icelandic firm that broke the mould in air travel, the Hippie trail and Euro Disney.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In a tourism special we look at the original low-cost transatlantic airline, based in Iceland, the 1960s Hippie trail. Also the journey that led to the best selling Lonely Planet travel guides, political tensions caused by a luxury resort on the Red Sea and how Disney came to Europe.

(Photo: An Icelandic Airlines advertisement from May 1973, in New York's Fifth Avenue (US National Archives)

The History Of The Black Box2015032820150329 (WS)

Australian David Warren invented flight recorders which give clues to why planes crash.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The man who invented in-flight recorders, John and Yoko in bed in Amsterdam, the Beeching report on Britain's railways, 20 years since the Latino popstar Selena died, and a pioneer in Tuberculosis research, Denny Mitchison, remembers.

Photo: The in-flight recorder from the Germanwings crash. Credit: Reuters.

Australian David Warren invented flight recorders which give clues to why planes crash.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The man who invented in-flight recorders, John and Yoko in bed in Amsterdam, the Beeching report on Britain's railways, 20 years since the Latino popstar Selena died, and a pioneer in Tuberculosis research, Denny Mitchison, remembers.

Photo: The in-flight recorder from the Germanwings crash. Credit: Reuters.

The Hunt For Brca22014121320141214 (WS)

The search for a key 'cancer gene', Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and the Kyoto conference

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The search for a key 'cancer gene', Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and the Kyoto conference

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Imaginary War Heroes2016051420160515 (WS)

During World War Two, Soviet propaganda promoted a heroic feat that never happened.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

During World War Two, Soviet propaganda promoted a heroic feat that never happened. It was the story of a small ill-equipped unit who destroyed over a dozen German tanks, delaying the German advance on Moscow. But it's unlikely that they destroyed a single tank, despite being widely promoted as heroes, during and after the war. Dina Newman tells the story.

Photo: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev walks near World War Two veterans at a wreath-laying ceremony in Dubosekovo on May 7, 2010 during a visit to a memorial to the 28 Panfilov heroes. Credit: Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images.

During World War Two, Soviet propaganda promoted a heroic feat that never happened.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

During World War Two, Soviet propaganda promoted a heroic feat that never happened. It was the story of a small ill-equipped unit who destroyed over a dozen German tanks, delaying the German advance on Moscow. But it's unlikely that they destroyed a single tank, despite being widely promoted as heroes, during and after the war. Dina Newman tells the story.

Photo: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev walks near World War Two veterans at a wreath-laying ceremony in Dubosekovo on May 7, 2010 during a visit to a memorial to the 28 Panfilov heroes. Credit: Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images.

During World War Two, Soviet propaganda promoted a heroic feat that never happened.

During World War Two, Soviet propaganda promoted a heroic feat that never happened. It was the story of a small ill-equipped unit who destroyed over a dozen German tanks, delaying the German advance on Moscow. But it's unlikely that they destroyed a single tank, despite being widely promoted as heroes, during and after the war. Dina Newman tells the story.

Photo: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev walks near World War Two veterans at a wreath-laying ceremony in Dubosekovo on May 7, 2010 during a visit to a memorial to the 28 Panfilov heroes. Credit: Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images.

The Impeachment Of Bill Clinton2014011120140112 (WS)

Sex and the American presidency; Mother Teresa; and the story behind 12 Years A Slave.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Sex and the American presidency; Mother Teresa; and the story behind 12 Years A Slave.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Invention Of Liposuction2017050620170507 (WS)

The start of the cosmetic surgery industry; the Tajik Civil War; and Magnum photo agency

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In the 1970s, Italian cosmetic surgeons Arpad and Giorgio Fischer developed the modern technique of liposuction, which involves sucking out fat from under the skin. The global cosmetic surgery industry is now booming and liposuction is one of the most popular procedures. Also in the programme, the little-known civil war in Tajikistan after the breakup of the Soviet Union, how French troops mutinied toward the end of World War One and the start of the legendary Magnum photo agency.

Photo: A doctor performs a liposuction at a hospital in Shanghai, China (Credit: AFP /LIU Jin)

The Invention Of The Tank20160917

The first tanks during WW1; Peru's Shining Path movement; America's 2001 anthrax attacks.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The first tanks during WW1; the arrest of Abimael Guzman, leader of Peru's Shining Path movement; the discovery of the Lascaux cave paintings; the destruction of the ancient city of Smyrna; anthrax attacks in America after 9/11.

PICTURE: A British tank in France during World War I. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The first tanks during WW1; the arrest of Abimael Guzman, leader of Peru's Shining Path movement; the discovery of the Lascaux cave paintings; the destruction of the ancient city of Smyrna; anthrax attacks in America after 9/11.

PICTURE: A British tank in France during World War I. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Iran Hostage Rescue Mission2015042520150426 (WS)

Operation Eagle Claw, the death of Einstein and the musical Carousel.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Operation Eagle Claw, the death of Einstein and the musical Carousel.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Khmer Rouge Enter Phnom Penh2013042020130422 (WS)

A survivor of the return to Year Zero in Cambodia, plus a WWI flyer, and 70 years of LSD.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A survivor of the return to Year Zero in Cambodia, plus a WWI flyer, and 70 years of LSD.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A survivor of the return to Year Zero in Cambodia, plus a WWI flyer, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a state funeral in London and 70 years of LSD. Presented by Max Pearson.

Photo: Pol Pot leading Khmer Rouge fighters. AP Photo/Kyodo.

A survivor of the return to Year Zero in Cambodia, plus a WWI flyer, and 70 years of LSD.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Killing Of Poet Roque Dalton2017052720170528 (WS)

Murder of a radical writer; how Irish pubs saved the economy; Taiwan pop in culture war.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The murder of a radical Salvadoran writer in May 1975, at the hands of his own comrades. Plus how Irish pubs saved the economy, Taiwanese pop in a culture war with China, Romanian Roma survivors of the Holocaust, and Pakistan's first nuclear test.

Photo: Roque Dalton receiving the Casa de las Américas prize for poetry in 1969.

The Killing Of The Russian Tsar2018072120180722 (WS)

The murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, four daughters and young son in 1918.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The murder of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, four daughters and young son in 1918, plus how the Soviet Union struggled to feed its people in the 1950s; also the IRA attacks on mounted troops in London's Hyde Park in 1982, the Zionist bombing of the British headquarters in Jerusalem in 1946 and the first steps towards a nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

(Photo: Nicholas II, Tsar and his family. From left to right - Olga, Maria,Tsar Nicholas II,Tsarina Alexandra, Anastasia, Tsarevitch Alexei and Tatiana. Credit: Press Association

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The King Of Highlife2015091220150913 (WS)

West Africa's Highlife; the original TV boy band, and Egypt mourns Umm Kulthoum

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

West Africa's Highlife; the original TV boy band, and Egypt mourns Umm Kulthoum

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

West Africa's Highlife; the original TV boy band, and Egypt mourns Umm Kulthoum

The new style of dance band, Highlife music, that defined an era in West Africa; the original TV boy band; Noel Coward with the mob in Las Vegas, Nusrut Fateh Ali Khan, and how Egypt mourned Umm Kulthoum.

Photo: E.T Mensah and the Tempos band c.1955 Copyright: John Collins

The Kinsey Report Into Female Sexuality20130928

Dr Kinsey's 1953 sex report; plus Chinese re-education and the Siege of Vukovar.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Last Days Of Adolf Hitler20130504

We hear from someone who was with him at the end, plus US Civil Rights, and Germany 1968

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

We hear from someone who was with him at the end, plus US Civil Rights, and Germany 1968

We hear from someone who was with him at the end in the underground bunker in Berlin, plus the role of children in the US Civil Rights movement, a pair of very unusual art collectors and student uprisings in Germany in 1968.

Photo: Getty Images

The Last King Of Bulgaria2018051220180513 (WS)

From child king to prime minister, the story of Bulgaria's King Simeon II.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

From child king in the Second World War to post-communist prime minister, the story of Bulgaria's King Simeon II; the first ever surgery performed on a foetus in the womb, an American family selling secrets to the Soviets in the 1980s, plus the 1963 attempt to form a United States of Africa, and the earliest diagnosis of autism.

Photo: King Simeon II 1943 (credit: Bulgarian Royal Family)

The Launch Of The Moral Majority2016061820160619 (WS)

The launch of the 'Moral Majority' in the USA, Mount Pinatubo and TV in Bhutan.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The launch of the 'Moral Majority' in the USA, Mount Pinatubo and TV in Bhutan.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The launch of the 'Moral Majority' in the USA, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, the fall of Paris to the Germans in 1940 and TV arrives in Bhutan - but not until 1999!

(Photo: Ronald Reagan with Richard Viguerie in Atlanta, Georgia, 1975, courtesy of ConservativeHQ.com)

The launch of the 'Moral Majority' in the USA, Mount Pinatubo and TV in Bhutan.

The Leningrad Symphony2015091920150920 (WS)

The concert in besieged Leningrad, Iranian revolutionary musicians, plus Miriam Makeba.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The concert by starving musicians in besieged Leningrad, Iranian musicians who battled the Shah, plus Miriam Makeba, Willie Nelson on Farm Aid, and the first ever Glastonbury Festival.

(Photo: Official Soviet picture of Dmitri Shostakovich working on his famous Seventh ("Leningrad") Symphony. AFP/Getty Images)

The concert in besieged Leningrad, Iranian revolutionary musicians, plus Miriam Makeba.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The concert by starving musicians in besieged Leningrad, Iranian musicians who battled the Shah, plus Miriam Makeba, Willie Nelson on Farm Aid, and the first ever Glastonbury Festival.

(Photo: Official Soviet picture of Dmitri Shostakovich working on his famous Seventh ("Leningrad") Symphony. AFP/Getty Images)

The concert in besieged Leningrad, Iranian revolutionary musicians, plus Miriam Makeba.

The concert by starving musicians in besieged Leningrad, Iranian musicians who battled the Shah, plus Miriam Makeba, Willie Nelson on Farm Aid, and the first ever Glastonbury Festival.

(Photo: Official Soviet picture of Dmitri Shostakovich working on his famous Seventh ("Leningrad") Symphony. AFP/Getty Images)

The Manhattan Project2015071820150719 (WS)

First Atom bomb, poison gas in 1915, survivng sharks in WW2 and Uruguay's hero Ghiggia

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

First Atom bomb, poison gas in 1915, survivng sharks in WW2 and Uruguay's hero Ghiggia

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Marsh Arabs2014111520141116 (WS)

The destruction of Iraq's marshes by Saddam Hussein

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The destruction of Iraq's marshes by Saddam Hussein

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The destruction of Iraq's marshes by Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein's terrible revenge on Iraq's Marsh Arabs. And, we hear of the Soviet spies operating in British suburbia, the diamond find that changed Botswana's fortunes and the white minority's Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1960s Rhodesia.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there. Saddam Hussein's terrible revenge on Iraq's Marsh Arabs, we'll hear of Soviet spies operating in British suburbia, the diamond find that changed Botswana's fortunes and the White minority's Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1960's Rhodesia.

The Mayak Nuclear Disaster2016100120161002 (WS)

A nuclear disaster, America's worst prison riot, World War Two internment and apartheid

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

One of the world's worst nuclear disasters, the most notorious prison riot in America, Second World War internment in Australia, resistance in apartheid South Africa, and one of Britain's most celebrated artists, Stanley Spencer, through the eyes of his daughters.

Photo: The Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant in 2010. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

A nuclear disaster, America's worst prison riot, World War Two internment and apartheid

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

One of the world's worst nuclear disasters, the most notorious prison riot in America, Second World War internment in Australia, resistance in apartheid South Africa, and one of Britain's most celebrated artists, Stanley Spencer, through the eyes of his daughters.

Photo: The Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant in 2010. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

One of the world's worst nuclear disasters, the most notorious prison riot in America, Second World War internment in Australia, resistance in apartheid South Africa, and one of Britain's most celebrated artists, Stanley Spencer, through the eyes of his daughters.

Photo: The Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant in 2010. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

A nuclear disaster, America's worst prison riot, World War Two internment and apartheid

The Mexican American War2016090320160904 (WS)

We hear about the lowest point in US-Mexican relations, plus the last case of Smallpox.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The American war against Mexico in the 19th century, the demise of an Islamic kingdom in Central Asia, the last ever case of Smallpox, 30 years of the Burning Man festival in the desert and the moment when Sweden switched from driving on the left to the right.

(Photo: General Scott's entrance into Mexico City. Hand coloured lithograph. Credit: Adolphe Jean-Baptiste Bayot)

We hear about the lowest point in US-Mexican relations, plus the last case of Smallpox.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The American war against Mexico in the 19th century, the demise of an Islamic kingdom in Central Asia, the last ever case of Smallpox, 30 years of the Burning Man festival in the desert and the moment when Sweden switched from driving on the left to the right.

(Photo: General Scott's entrance into Mexico City. Hand coloured lithograph. Credit: Adolphe Jean-Baptiste Bayot)

We hear about the lowest point in US-Mexican relations, plus the last case of Smallpox.

The American war against Mexico in the 19th century, the demise of an Islamic kingdom in Central Asia, the last ever case of Smallpox, 30 years of the Burning Man festival in the desert and the moment when Sweden switched from driving on the left to the right.

(Photo: General Scott's entrance into Mexico City. Hand coloured lithograph. Credit: Adolphe Jean-Baptiste Bayot)

The Miss World Protest2014030820140309 (WS)

Feminist protesters storm the stage at the Miss World beauty pageant in 1970.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Feminist protesters storm the stage at the Miss World beauty pageant in 1970. Also, Ghanaian WW2 veterans shot by British police in 1948, the Soviet probe sent to Halley's Comet in 1986, the British miners' strike, and the rise of Transcendental Meditation in the West.

Photo: Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Feminist protesters storm the stage at the Miss World beauty pageant in 1970.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Feminist protesters storm the stage at the Miss World beauty pageant in 1970. Also, Ghanaian WW2 veterans shot by British police in 1948, the Soviet probe sent to Halley's Comet in 1986, the British miners' strike, and the rise of Transcendental Meditation in the West.

Photo: Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Feminist protesters storm the stage at the Miss World beauty pageant in 1970.

Feminist protesters storm the stage at the Miss World beauty pageant in 1970. Also, Ghanaian WW2 veterans shot by British police in 1948, the Soviet probe sent to Halley's Comet in 1986, the British miners' strike, and the rise of Transcendental Meditation in the West.

Photo: Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Munich Air Disaster2018021020180211 (WS)

The plane crash that killed eight of Manchester United's "Busby Babes" in 1958.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The plane crash that killed eight of Manchester United's top players, the courage of the British Suffragettes, uncovering South Africa's nuclear secrets, plus tracking down Nazis in South America and the attack on a South Korean airliner ahead of the Seoul Olympics.

(Photo: Plane wreckage at Munich airport - AFP/Getty Images)

The Munich Air Disaster20180211

The plane crash that killed eight of Manchester United's "Busby Babes" in 1958.

The plane crash that killed eight of Manchester United's top players, the courage of the British Suffragettes, uncovering South Africa's nuclear secrets, plus tracking down Nazis in South America and the attack on a South Korean airliner ahead of the Seoul Olympics.

(Photo: Plane wreckage at Munich airport - AFP/Getty Images)

The Murder Of Daniel Pearl2015022120150222 (WS)

The killing of the US journalist in Pakistan, Martha Gellhorn, and the Bee Gees.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The killing of the US journalist in Pakistan, Martha Gellhorn, and the Bee Gees.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Mysterious Death Of An Mp In Kenya2015031420150315 (WS)

JM Kariuki's murder in Kenya plus Jackie Kennedy's secret romance with Aristotle Onassis

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

40 years ago a Kenyan MP Josiah Mwangi Kariuki disappeared in mysterious circumstances. His widow has been speaking to Witness about how she finally confirmed that he'd been killed. Also Jackie Kennedy's secret romance with Aristotle Onassis and the haunting story of how Serb forces hunted down a Kosovan independence leader.

(Photo: Kenyan politician JM Kariuki. Credit: Alamy)

The Nairobi Embassy Bombing2016081320160814 (WS)

A Kenyan hero who survived al Qaeda attack, Man on Wire, the Krays and digging up Masada

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A Kenyan hero who survived al Qaeda attack, Man on Wire, the Krays and digging up Masada

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A Kenyan hero who survived al Qaeda's first major attack, plus Man on Wire above New York, 1960s London gangsters The Krays , digging up Israel's history at Masada and post-war forced deportations to the USSR

Photo: Rescue workers at the scene of the Nairobi embassy bombing (AFP/Getty Images)

A Kenyan hero who survived al Qaeda attack, Man on Wire, the Krays and digging up Masada

The Nazi Black Book2018101320181014 (WS)

The Nazi arrest list for Britain, wartime Austria, and anti-traveller riots in Sweden

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Nestle Boycott2016071620160717 (WS)

1970s consumer pressure on big business, plus child refugees from 80 years ago.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In the 1970s consumer pressure forced big business to change the way it marketed powdered baby milk in developing countries. Plus, we hear from a child refugee who escaped the Spanish Civil War 80 years ago, a survivor of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, and stories and songs from an uprising in Central Asia a century ago.

Photo: Mother and baby feeding in Kenya 1975. Credit BBC Panorama.

1970s consumer pressure on big business, plus child refugees from 80 years ago.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In the 1970s consumer pressure forced big business to change the way it marketed powdered baby milk in developing countries. Plus, we hear from a child refugee who escaped the Spanish Civil War 80 years ago, a survivor of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, and stories and songs from an uprising in Central Asia a century ago.

Photo: Mother and baby feeding in Kenya 1975. Credit BBC Panorama.

In the 1970s consumer pressure forced big business to change the way it marketed powdered baby milk in developing countries. Plus, we hear from a child refugee who escaped the Spanish Civil War 80 years ago, a survivor of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, and stories and songs from an uprising in Central Asia a century ago.

Photo: Mother and baby feeding in Kenya 1975. Credit BBC Panorama.

1970s consumer pressure on big business, plus child refugees from 80 years ago.

The Nuremberg Trials2014112220141123 (WS)

The last Nazi prosecutor, priests murdered in El Salvador, Mitterand's secret daughter

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The last Nazi trial prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz, priests murdered in El Salvador, Mitterand's secret daughter, Saddam Hussein's defence lawyer and Quentin Crisp - an Englishman in New York.

(Photo: Chief prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz presents evidence during the Einsatzgruppen (death squads) trial. Ferencz is flanked by German lawyers for two of the defendants. Credit: US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Benjamin Ferencz)

The last Nazi prosecutor, priests murdered in El Salvador, Mitterand's secret daughter

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The last Nazi trial prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz, priests murdered in El Salvador, Mitterand's secret daughter, Saddam Hussein's defence lawyer and Quentin Crisp - an Englishman in New York.

(Photo: Chief prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz presents evidence during the Einsatzgruppen (death squads) trial. Ferencz is flanked by German lawyers for two of the defendants. Credit: US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Benjamin Ferencz)

The October Crisis In Canada2015101720151018 (WS)

Quebec separatists in 1970, Nurse Cavell executed in WW1, Russians in Shanghai

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Quebec separatists in 1970, Nurse Cavell executed in WW1, Russians in Shanghai

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Quebec separatists in 1970, Nurse Cavell executed in WW1, Russians in Shanghai

(Photo: A soldier guarding a street corner in Montreal in October 1970. Credit: Associated Press)

The Oka Crisis2017071520170716 (WS)

A watershed moment for Canada's indigenous people, the birth of UKIP and Rave.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A watershed moment for Canada's indigenous people as Mohawks take on the developers, the birth of UKIP in Britain, memories of the poet Irina Ratushinskaya who died earlier this month - plus dance music with ballet star Nureyev's defection and illegal raving in England's countryside.

(PHOTO: A Mohawk activist confronts a soldier. Credit: IATV NEWS)

A watershed moment for Canada's indigenous people, the birth of UKIP and Rave.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A watershed moment for Canada's indigenous people as Mohawks take on the developers, the birth of UKIP in Britain, memories of the poet Irina Ratushinskaya who died earlier this month - plus dance music with ballet star Nureyev's defection and illegal raving in England's countryside.

(PHOTO: A Mohawk activist confronts a soldier. Credit: IATV NEWS)

The Oklahoma Bomber20130608

Inside the mind of Timothy McVeigh, plus Stalin's gulag, and a royal massacre in Nepal.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Omagh Bombing20130817

Worst single attack in N. Ireland conflict; scientists flee Nazi Germany; Stanley Kubrick

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Worst single attack in N. Ireland conflict; scientists flee Nazi Germany; Stanley Kubrick

In this week's episode: The deadliest single attack in the Northern Ireland conflict; scientists flee Nazi Germany; conflict in Congo, plus potato beetles as Cold War weapons and working with Stanley Kubrick.

Photo: Omagh town centre after the bombing. AP

The Original Revolutionary Feminist2016031220160313 (WS)

Feminism in the 20th century, poisoning in the Balkans, and a miscarriage of justice

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Feminism in the 20th century, poisoning in the Balkans, and a miscarriage of justice

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Russia's revolutionary feminist, British women after the First World War, poisoning in the Balkans, a miscarriage of justice in Britain, and the world's worst aviation disaster

Feminism in the 20th century, poisoning in the Balkans, and a miscarriage of justice

The Oslo Peace Talks2018042820180429 (WS)

Secret attempt at Mid-East peace, remembering Pablo Picasso, the death of the Red Baron.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The story behind the secret Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Oslo in 1993, the woman who swam from the USA to the Soviet Union, plus remembering Pablo Picasso, how art transformed notorious Scottish prisoners, and one of the most famous figures of World War One, the Red Baron.
Photo: Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton and Yasser Arafat at the signing ceremony for the Oslo Accord, September 13,1993. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The Outbreak Of World War One2014080220140803 (WS)

Witnesses to the start of WW1, The Comet, Martha Stewart in jail and Christian the lion

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Witnesses to the start of WW1, the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, plus meeting Martha Stewart in jail, The Comet - the world's first jet airliner and Christian, the pet lion.

The Pentagon Papers20130615

The 1971 leak of Vietnam war secrets; Nigeria's president who never was; and much more

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Pitcairn Sex Abuse Trial2016111220161113 (WS)

Alleged sex abuse on a remote island, a controversial Kurdish song, men versus computers

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Pitcairn Sex Abuse Trial20161113

Alleged sex abuse on a remote island, a controversial Kurdish song, men versus computers

A mass child sex abuse trial on a remote island in the Pacific that shocked the world, a controversial Kurdish song, the birth of Rolling Stone magazine, men versus computers, and street fighting in San Salvador in the 1980s

Photo: Adamstown, seen in this June 2003 photo of Pitcairn Island (AP)

The Plot To Kill Hitler2014071920140720 (WS)

The son of the man who tried to kill Hitler, Chappaquiddick and remembering Frida Kahlo.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The son of the man who tried to kill Hitler, Chappaquiddick and remembering Frida Kahlo.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Poisoning Of Litvinenko2017120220171203 (WS)

The murder of a former Russian spy, El Salvador's Civil War, and an oil spill in Spain.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In November 2006, the world was shocked by the murder in London of former Russian intelligence officer, Alexander Litvinenko. We hear from his widow Marina about his life and agonising death, and get an analysis of the case from Luke Harding, author of "A Very Expensive Poison". Also in the programme, an astonishing assassination plot during El Salvador's Civil War, a huge oil spill in Spain, and the purpose-built city in Siberia which was home to the Soviet Union's best scientists.

(PHOTO: Alexander Litvinenko in a London hospital a couple of days before his death in November 2006. Credit Getty Images.)

The Poisoning Of Litvinenko20171203

The murder of a former Russian spy, El Salvador's Civil War, and an oil spill in Spain.

In November 2006, the world was shocked by the murder in London of former Russian intelligence officer, Alexander Litvinenko. We hear from his widow Marina about his life and agonising death, and get an analysis of the case from Luke Harding, author of "A Very Expensive Poison". Also in the programme, an astonishing assassination plot during El Salvador's Civil War, a huge oil spill in Spain, and the purpose-built city in Siberia which was home to the Soviet Union's best scientists.

(PHOTO: Alexander Litvinenko in a London hospital a couple of days before his death in November 2006. Credit Getty Images.)

The Port Arthur Massacre2014050320140504 (WS)

Killings that changed Australia; China's Long March, and the death of Mussolini

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Killings that changed Australia; China's Long March, and the death of Mussolini

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The River That Caught Fire2014062120140622 (WS)

The US river that burst into flames, Russia's Mata Hari and the OJ Simpson car chase.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The US river that burst into flames, Russia's Mata Hari and the OJ Simpson car chase.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The US river that burst into flames, Russia's Mata Hari, Hungary's revolutionary martyr - plus the detective at the heart of the OJ Simpson car chase.

(Photo: Cuyahoga River. Credit: BBC)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Roswell Incident2017070820170709 (WS)

In July 1947 a US rancher found debris which some believe came from an alien spacecraft.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In July 1947 a US rancher found some debris in the New Mexico desert - did it come from an alien spacecraft? Witness hears from the son of one of the US servicemen who investigated the incident, and from Dr David Clarke, expert on UFO history at Sheffield Hallam University.

Plus the first Tamil suicide bombing; a hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure discovered in an English field; a sex scandal in the USSR during perestroika; and the first non-stop journey around the world in a hot air balloon.

PHOTO: Major Jesse Marcel at Fort Worth, Texas with balloon debris from the Roswell incident - copyright Alamy

In July 1947 a US rancher found debris which some believe came from an alien spacecraft.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In July 1947 a US rancher found some debris in the New Mexico desert - did it come from an alien spacecraft? Witness hears from the son of one of the US servicemen who investigated the incident, and from Dr David Clarke, expert on UFO history at Sheffield Hallam University.

Plus the first Tamil suicide bombing; a hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure discovered in an English field; a sex scandal in the USSR during perestroika; and the first non-stop journey around the world in a hot air balloon.

PHOTO: Major Jesse Marcel at Fort Worth, Texas with balloon debris from the Roswell incident - copyright Alamy

The Russian Revolution2015110720151108 (WS)

Bolsheviks take power in Russia, the battle of El Alamein, and Britain\u2019s last executioner

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Russian revolution as remembered by Alexander Kerensky, leader of the government overthrown by the Bolsheviks; the Jarrow Crusade during the Great Depression; the Green March in the Sahara desert; WW2’s battle of El Alamein; and Britain’s last executioner.

Photo: Demonstrators gather in front of the Winter Palace in Petrograd, formerly St Petersburg, during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Bolsheviks take power in Russia, the battle of El Alamein, and Britain\u2019s last executioner

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Russian revolution as remembered by Alexander Kerensky, leader of the government overthrown by the Bolsheviks; the Jarrow Crusade during the Great Depression; the Green March in the Sahara desert; WW2’s battle of El Alamein; and Britain’s last executioner.

Photo: Demonstrators gather in front of the Winter Palace in Petrograd, formerly St Petersburg, during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

as remembered by Alexander Kerensky, leader of the government overthrown by the Bolsheviks; the Jarrow Crusade during the Great Depression; the Green March in the Sahara desert; WW2’s battle of El Alamein; and Britain’s last executioner.

Photo: Demonstrators gather in front of the Winter Palace in Petrograd, formerly St Petersburg, during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Bolsheviks take power in Russia, the battle of El Alamein, and Britain’s last executioner

The Russian Revolution: The Bolsheviks Take Control2017111120171112 (WS)

Voices from the Russian Revolution; the first dog in space; and the songbird of Lebanon

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Eye-witness accounts from the Russian Revolution of October 1917; the first dog in space; Sabah, one of the biggest 20th-century stars of the Middle East; the last journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden; and horror and heartbreak: memories of the First World War.

Picture: Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin addressing crowds in the capital Petrograd during the Russian Revolution of 1917. (Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Russian Revolution: The Bolsheviks Take Control20171112

Voices from the Russian Revolution; the first dog in space; and the songbird of Lebanon

Eye-witness accounts from the Russian Revolution of October 1917; the first dog in space; Sabah, one of the biggest 20th-century stars of the Middle East; the last journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden; and horror and heartbreak: memories of the First World War.

Picture: Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin addressing crowds in the capital Petrograd during the Russian Revolution of 1917. (Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu2016052120160522 (WS)

French forces surrender in Vietnam; the filming of Citizen Kane; the 1968 Paris riots.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

French forces surrender in Vietnam after the battle of Dien Bien Phu, signalling the end of French colonialism in Indochina. Plus, Marcus Garvey's black nationalism; the filming of Citizen Kane; Maori rights; and the 1968 riots in Paris.

(Photo: a French military Red Cross helicopter preparing to land, while French soldiers try to defend their positions in Dien Bien Phu against the Viet Minh, 23 March 1954. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

French forces surrender in Vietnam; the filming of Citizen Kane; the 1968 Paris riots.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

French forces surrender in Vietnam after the battle of Dien Bien Phu, signalling the end of French colonialism in Indochina. Plus, Marcus Garvey's black nationalism; the filming of Citizen Kane; Maori rights; and the 1968 riots in Paris.

(Photo: a French military Red Cross helicopter preparing to land, while French soldiers try to defend their positions in Dien Bien Phu against the Viet Minh, 23 March 1954. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

French forces surrender in Vietnam; the filming of Citizen Kane; the 1968 Paris riots.

French forces surrender in Vietnam after the battle of Dien Bien Phu, signalling the end of French colonialism in Indochina. Plus, Marcus Garvey's black nationalism; the filming of Citizen Kane; Maori rights; and the 1968 riots in Paris.

(Photo: a French military Red Cross helicopter preparing to land, while French soldiers try to defend their positions in Dien Bien Phu against the Viet Minh, 23 March 1954. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Siege Of Mecca2017112520171126 (WS)

The 1979 battle for the holiest site in Islam; Vietnam's deadly coup; prosecuting Manson

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The secret battle for the holiest site in Islam in 1979; the coup that changed the Vietnam war, plus an East German musical icon, prosecuting Charles Manson and Toy Story's digital revolution.
Photo: Fighting at the Grand Mosque in Mecca after militants seized control of the shrine, November 1979 (AFP/Getty Images)

The Siege Of Mecca20171126

The 1979 battle for the holiest site in Islam; Vietnam's deadly coup; prosecuting Manson

The secret battle for the holiest site in Islam in 1979; the coup that changed the Vietnam war, plus an East German musical icon, prosecuting Charles Manson and Toy Story's digital revolution.
Photo: Fighting at the Grand Mosque in Mecca after militants seized control of the shrine, November 1979 (AFP/Getty Images)

The Six Day War 19672017061020170611 (WS)

Soldiers from both sides on the battle for Jerusalem; plus Robert Kennedy's assassination

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Skull Valley Sheep Kill2018032420180325 (WS)

Thousands of sheep die next to a US chemical weapons testing ground.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Thousands of sheep die next to a US chemical weapons testing ground in 1968, plus Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, also Elvis in the army and the assassination of a presidential candidate in Mexico.

Photo: Two farmers checking the corpses of dead sheep on a farm ranch, possibly connected to a chemical and biological warfare testing at Dugway Proving Ground, March 1968; credit: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

The Sophiatown Removals2015021420150215 (WS)

How the South African government destroyed a mixed-race suburb, plus Dresden and Minamata

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How the South African government destroyed a mixed-race suburb, plus Dresden and Minamata

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Srebrenica Massacre2014071220140713 (WS)

Srebrenica massacre, Pakistan's Red Mosque, death of Kim il Sung, Rainbow Warrior, Neruda

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Srebrenica massacre, as remembered by a man who lost three members of his family, the siege of Pakistan's Red Mosque and the death of North Korean dictator Kim il Sung, 20 years on. Also this week, French agents bomb the Greenpeace campaign ship - the Rainbow Warrior, and the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

(Photo: Bosnian women cry at the grave of a relative in the Potocari memorial cemetery near Srebrenica. Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

Srebrenica massacre, Pakistan's Red Mosque, death of Kim il Sung, Rainbow Warrior, Neruda

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Srebrenica massacre, as remembered by a man who lost three members of his family, the siege of Pakistan's Red Mosque and the death of North Korean dictator Kim il Sung, 20 years on. Also this week, French agents bomb the Greenpeace campaign ship - the Rainbow Warrior, and the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

(Photo: Bosnian women cry at the grave of a relative in the Potocari memorial cemetery near Srebrenica. Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

, as remembered by a man who lost three members of his family, the siege of Pakistan's Red Mosque and the death of North Korean dictator Kim il Sung, 20 years on. Also this week, French agents bomb the Greenpeace campaign ship - the Rainbow Warrior, and the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

(Photo: Bosnian women cry at the grave of a relative in the Potocari memorial cemetery near Srebrenica. Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

Srebrenica massacre, Pakistan's Red Mosque, death of Kim il Sung, Rainbow Warrior, Neruda

The Street Battle That Rocked Brazil2018100620181007 (WS)

The fighting in Sao Paulo in 1968 that drove Brazil deeper into military dictatorship.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Street Battle That Rocked Brazil2018100620181007 (WS)

The fighting in Sao Paulo in 1968 that drove Brazil deeper into military dictatorship.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Struggle Against Apartheid2013121420131215 (WS)

Key moments in the ANC's campaign to overturn South Africa's racist Apartheid policies

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Key moments in the ANC's campaign to overturn South Africa's racist Apartheid policies

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Takeover Of Russia's Ntv2017041520170416 (WS)

A setback for media freedom in Russia; Ethiopia's Red Terror; and WW2's Katyn massacre.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

NTV was Russia's only nationwide independent TV station until it was taken over in April 2001. We hear from the head of the station at the time. Plus, Ethiopia's Red Terror; the Katyn massacre during WW2; a breakthrough for disability rights in the US with the 504 sit-in; and Sikh bus drivers in the UK win the right to wear turbans to work.

Photo: Life size puppets of Russian political leaders including President Putin, on the set of NTV's popular satirical television show "Puppets"; June 29, 2000. Credit: Oleg Nikishin/Newsmakers/Getty

The Takeover Of Russia's Ntv20170417

NTV was Russia's only nationwide independent TV station until it was taken over in April 2001. We hear from the head of the station at the time. Plus, Ethiopia's Red Terror; the Katyn massacre during WW2; a breakthrough for disability rights in the US with the 504 sit-in; and Sikh bus drivers in the UK win the right to wear turbans to work.

Photo: Life size puppets of Russian political leaders including President Putin, on the set of NTV's popular satirical television show "Puppets"; June 29, 2000. Credit: Oleg Nikishin/Newsmakers/Getty

A setback for media freedom in Russia; Ethiopia's Red Terror; and WW2's Katyn massacre.

The Tet Offensive2018020320180204 (WS)

A turning point in the Vietnam War; the birth of gospel music; Ireland's Bloody Sunday.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In January 1968, North Vietnamese troops and Viet Cong guerrillas launched a huge surprise attack on towns, cities and military bases across South Vietnam. The events of the Tet offensive had a profound impact on American public opinion and marked a turning point in the war.

Plus the roots of the Rohingya crisis, the birth of gospel music, Ireland's Bloody Sunday, and the end of corporal punishment in Britain.

Photo: Julian Pettifer reporting under fire near the Presidential Palace in Saigon, 31st January 1968 (BBC)

The Tet Offensive20180204

A turning point in the Vietnam War; the birth of gospel music; Ireland's Bloody Sunday.

In January 1968, North Vietnamese troops and Viet Cong guerrillas launched a huge surprise attack on towns, cities and military bases across South Vietnam. The events of the Tet offensive had a profound impact on American public opinion and marked a turning point in the war.

Plus the roots of the Rohingya crisis, the birth of gospel music, Ireland's Bloody Sunday, and the end of corporal punishment in Britain.

Photo: Julian Pettifer reporting under fire near the Presidential Palace in Saigon, 31st January 1968 (BBC)

The Thalidomide Trial2016052820160529 (WS)

German drugs company goes on trial; Hands Across America; the execution of Anne Boleyn.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Executives of the German company that made the drug Thalodomide go on trial. Plus, Chechen rebels negotiate peace with President Yeltsin; the Israeli airlift of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews; Hands Across America, the day millions of Americans formed a human chain to try to end poverty; and the execution of the Queen of England, Anne Boleyn.

Photograph: A Thalidomide child undergoes rehabilitation, 1963 (Credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

German drugs company goes on trial; Hands Across America; the execution of Anne Boleyn.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Executives of the German company that made the drug Thalodomide go on trial. Plus, Chechen rebels negotiate peace with President Yeltsin; the Israeli airlift of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews; Hands Across America, the day millions of Americans formed a human chain to try to end poverty; and the execution of the Queen of England, Anne Boleyn.

Photograph: A Thalidomide child undergoes rehabilitation, 1963 (Credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

German drugs company goes on trial; Hands Across America; the execution of Anne Boleyn.

Executives of the German company that made the drug Thalodomide go on trial. Plus, Chechen rebels negotiate peace with President Yeltsin; the Israeli airlift of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews; Hands Across America, the day millions of Americans formed a human chain to try to end poverty; and the execution of the Queen of England, Anne Boleyn.

Photograph: A Thalidomide child undergoes rehabilitation, 1963 (Credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

The Trial Of Maurice Papon2017051320170514 (WS)

The French minister tried for Nazi collusion, the USSR's 007 and US wine beats French.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The French minister tried for colluding with the Nazis, the USSR's version of James Bond, the beginning of China's economic boom, plus the first time Americans were told they were too fat - but that their wine was better than France's.

PHOTO: Maurice Papon in October 1997, shortly after his trial for war crimes opened. (Credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trial Of Maurice Papon20170515

The French minister tried for Nazi collusion, the USSR's 007 and US wine beats French.

The University Of Texas Shooting2016080620160807 (WS)

The first campus killings in the US; an arts festival in Lebanon; meeting JD Salinger

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

On 1 August 1966, student Charles Whitman shot dead 14 people and injured another 32 in America's first mass shooting at a university. Plus, the oldest arts festival in the Middle East; how President Reagan smashed the power of the trade unions; and meeting JD Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye".

PHOTO: Associated Press.

The first campus killings in the US; an arts festival in Lebanon; meeting JD Salinger

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

On 1 August 1966, student Charles Whitman shot dead 14 people and injured another 32 in America's first mass shooting at a university. Plus, the oldest arts festival in the Middle East; how President Reagan smashed the power of the trade unions; and meeting JD Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye".

PHOTO: Associated Press.

The first campus killings in the US; an arts festival in Lebanon; meeting JD Salinger

On 1 August 1966, student Charles Whitman shot dead 14 people and injured another 32 in America's first mass shooting at a university. Plus, the oldest arts festival in the Middle East; how President Reagan smashed the power of the trade unions; and meeting JD Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye".

PHOTO: Associated Press.

The Unsung Hero Of Heart Surgery2017121620171217 (WS)

The African-American lab technician who pioneered surgery that saved millions of babies.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The African-American lab technician, Vivien Thomas, who pioneered surgery that saved millions of babies, Otis Redding remembered 50 years on from his tragic death, the killer smog of the 1950's London, the man brave enough to hypnotise Uday Hussein and the Australian Prime Minister - lost at sea.

(Photo: Vivien Thomas, US Surgical Technician, 1940)
(Audio: Courtesy of US National Library of Medicine)

The Unsung Hero Of Heart Surgery20171217

The African-American lab technician who pioneered surgery that saved millions of babies.

The African-American lab technician, Vivien Thomas, who pioneered surgery that saved millions of babies, Otis Redding remembered 50 years on from his tragic death, the killer smog of the 1950's London, the man brave enough to hypnotise Uday Hussein and the Australian Prime Minister - lost at sea.

(Photo: Vivien Thomas, US Surgical Technician, 1940)
(Audio: Courtesy of US National Library of Medicine)

The Us Evacuation Of Saigon2015050220150503 (WS)

In the last days of April 1975 thousands of people were airlifted out of Vietnam

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Memories of the helicopter flights out of the US embassy 40 years ago as the communists won the Vietnam War. Plus, the man who removed his own appendix, the end of Charles de Gaulle's political career and some era-defining jumping up and down - Jane Fonda's first workout video.

(Photo: Civilians being herded onto a US Marine helicopter. Credit: AP)

In the last days of April 1975 thousands of people were airlifted out of Vietnam

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Memories of the helicopter flights out of the US embassy 40 years ago as the communists won the Vietnam War. Plus, the man who removed his own appendix, the end of Charles de Gaulle's political career and some era-defining jumping up and down - Jane Fonda's first workout video.

(Photo: Civilians being herded onto a US Marine helicopter. Credit: AP)

The War That Led To Peace2014110120141102 (WS)

The Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973, the oil shock which followed it and a jewel heist.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973, the oil shock which followed it, the assassination of Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, the Afghan translator putting his life in danger for British troops and one of the most audacious jewel heists ever.

Photo: Israeli troops cross the Suez canal during the October war, Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973, the oil shock which followed it and a jewel heist.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973, the oil shock which followed it, the assassination of Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, the Afghan translator putting his life in danger for British troops and one of the most audacious jewel heists ever.

Photo: Israeli troops cross the Suez canal during the October war, Credit: AFP/Getty Images

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The Whitewashing Of Zimbabwe's Ancient History2018072820180729 (WS)

How the true history of the Great Zimbabwe ruins was uncovered after independence.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The true history of the Great Zimbabwe ruins uncovered after independence, why Churchill lost the post-war election also the first women at the US military academy West Point and the crack down on leftist supporters in the south before the Korean war.

(Photo; The iconic tower in the Great Enclosure of the Great Zimbabwe National Monument. It's one of the most important archaeological sites in Africa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Credit; Getty Creative.)

The Woman Who Stopped Equal Rights In America2017061720170618 (WS)

In June 1982 Phyllis Schlafly defeated a law to guarantee gender equality in the US.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Phlyllis Schalfly, the woman who defeated a law to guarantee gender equality in the US; plus, the first performance of the Beatles hit "All You Need Is Love", a forgotten WW2 disaster, Berber rights in Algeria, and the volcanic eruption on the island of Montserrat.

PHOTO: American political activist Phyllis Schlafly smiles from behind a pair of podium mounted microphones, 1982. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The World's First Hand Transplant2014092720140928 (WS)

A transplant which didn't end well; The Cuban 5; Senegal ferry disaster; Bokassa falls.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A transplant which didn't end well; The Cuban 5; Senegal ferry disaster; Bokassa falls.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The ground breaking transplant which didn't end well; Cuban spies in the US, Africa's worst maritime disaster; the fall of Bokassa and Friends at 20

A transplant which didn't end well; The Cuban 5; Senegal ferry disaster; Bokassa falls.

The Zimbabwe Massacres2018041420180415 (WS)

Robert Mugabe sent troops to put down opposition supporters in western Zimbabwe in 1983.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In this week's episode, Robert Mugabe's brutal crack down on the opposition in the 1980s, a mass expulsion of Soviet spies from Britain in the 1970's and the working class film revolution of the 1960's. Plus the first frozen embryo and the death of a German student leader that sparked huge demonstrations.

(Photo: Robert Mugabe. Getty Images)

Thomas Sankara African Revolutionary20131012

The inspiring African leader; Jews flee Nazi Denmark; and exotic dancer Josephine Baker.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The life and death of the inspiring West African leader; tunnelling under the Berlin Wall; and how exotic dancer Josephine Baker wowed 1920s Paris. Plus, the flight of Denmark's Jews during World War II and Witness remembers the campaigning Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

The inspiring African leader; Jews flee Nazi Denmark; and exotic dancer Josephine Baker.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

To Kill A Mockingbird2017122320171224 (WS)

One of the most successful American films ever; BR Ambedkar; and the invention of WiFi.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

One of the most successful American films of all time was released on Christmas Day 1962. Based on the best-selling book by author Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird starred Gregory Peck as a lawyer who stood against prejudice in the Deep South of the USA. Louise Hidalgo has been speaking to Gregory Peck's son Carey Peck.

Plus, the life of Indian independence leader BR Ambedkar; a short-lived period of peace in Somalia under the Islamic Courts Union; the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution in China; and the invention of WiFi.

Picture: Gregory Peck with Harper Lee in 1962 (Getty Images)

To Kill A Mockingbird20171224

One of the most successful American films ever; BR Ambedkar; and the invention of WiFi.

One of the most successful American films of all time was released on Christmas Day 1962. Based on the best-selling book by author Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird starred Gregory Peck as a lawyer who stood against prejudice in the Deep South of the USA. Louise Hidalgo has been speaking to Gregory Peck's son Carey Peck.

Plus, the life of Indian independence leader BR Ambedkar; a short-lived period of peace in Somalia under the Islamic Courts Union; the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution in China; and the invention of WiFi.

Picture: Gregory Peck with Harper Lee in 1962 (Getty Images)

Truth And Reconciliation In South Africa2018012020180121 (WS)

The post-Apartheid reckoning in South Africa; adoption in Guatemala; Women in World War I

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

After Apartheid was abolished in the 1990s, South Africa set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to try to confront the legacy of its brutal past. We speak to Justice Sisi Khampepe, who served on the Commission. Plus, the inspiring story of the disabled Irish author, Christoper Nolan; an inside account of two of America's most famous presidential speeches; and the role of British women in World War I.

(PHOTO: Pretoria South Africa: President Nelson Mandela (L) with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, acknowledges applause after he received a five volumes of Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report from Archbishop Tutu. Credit: Getty Images.)

Truth And Reconciliation In South Africa20180121

The post-Apartheid reckoning in South Africa; adoption in Guatemala; Women in World War I

After Apartheid was abolished in the 1990s, South Africa set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to try to confront the legacy of its brutal past. We speak to Justice Sisi Khampepe, who served on the Commission. Plus, the inspiring story of the disabled Irish author, Christoper Nolan; an inside account of two of America's most famous presidential speeches; and the role of British women in World War I.

(PHOTO: Pretoria South Africa: President Nelson Mandela (L) with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, acknowledges applause after he received a five volumes of Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report from Archbishop Tutu. Credit: Getty Images.)

U2 Spy Plane2016050720160508 (WS)

A secret spy plane shot down over the USSR, Salem Witches, Hitler's A-bomb and Hemingway.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

In May 1960 an American U2 spy-plane was shot down over Soviet territory. Its pilot, Gary Powers, was lucky to escape alive. Hear from his son. Also, the Salem witch trials in 17th century America, plus HItler's A-bomb, the devastating attacks on Belfast during World War Two and a unique insight into the life of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba.

(Photo: Pilot Gary Powers appearing before a US Senate Armed Forces Committee in Washington, after his release from the Soviet Union. Credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

In May 1960 an American U2 spy-plane was shot down over Soviet territory. Its pilot, Gary Powers, was lucky to escape alive. Hear from his son. Also, the Salem witch trials in 17th century America, plus HItler's A-bomb, the devastating attacks on Belfast during World War Two and a unique insight into the life of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba.

(Photo: Pilot Gary Powers appearing before a US Senate Armed Forces Committee in Washington, after his release from the Soviet Union. Credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

Uprising In South Korea2014052420140525 (WS)

The uprising in South Korea, Rajiv Ghandi assasination, and the Pope and the Jews

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The uprising in South Korea, Rajiv Ghandi assasination, and the Pope and the Jews

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The uprising in South Korea, Rajiv Ghandi assasination, and the Pope and the Jews

The uprising in South Korea, the assasination of Rajiv Ghandi, the first Papal visit to a synagogue, saving Russian soldiers in Chechnya, and student riots in Indonesia.

Photo: A South Korean soldier wields a baton while stopping a student. Credit: AP

Us Drone War2015012420150125 (WS)

A US drone operator speaks out, Patrice Lumumba, plus football hooligans and Al Capone

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

A US drone operator speaks out, Patrice Lumumba, plus football hooligans and Al Capone

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Ve Day2015050920150510 (WS)

WW2 ends in Europe, chemical weapons tests on UK soldiers, Aden's independence struggle

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Vera Brittain: Anti-bombing Campaigner2018081820180819 (WS)

WW2 anti-bombing protestor, 20 years since Omagh and the birth of the instant noodle.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Baroness Shirley Williams recalls her mother, WW2 anti-bombing protestor; 20 years since a mass killing in Omagh, the African-American photographer whose coverage of Martin Luther King's funeral won him a Pullitzer Prize, plus when TV finally came to South Africa and the birth of the instant noodle.

Photo: Vera Brittain at Euston Station, London, in 1956. Credit: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Walking The Great Wall Of China2017093020171001 (WS)

The Great Wall of China; the death of a Pope; and anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Walking the Great Wall of China; the death of Pope John Paul 1 after just a month in the job; turning against a colonial power - how Guinea gained independence from France; the life and times of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, and the British Land Girls of World War Two.

(Picture: Yaohui Dong, Wu Deyu and Zhang Yuanhua on the Great Wall of China. Courtesy of Yaohui Dong)

When Animals Make History2017092320170924 (WS)

From a guide dog on 9/11 to Australia's rabbit plague - five stories from animal history.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

When Belgium Banned Coca Cola2018102020181021 (WS)

A strange illness strikes Belgian teenagers, Brazil's Amazon war, and the 1973 oil crisis

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

When Buckingham Palace Opened Its Doors2018081120180812 (WS)

Buckingham Palace lets in the public, fake news from East Germany, uprising in Burma.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Buckingham Palace lets in the public for the first time in 1993; East German farmers fight potato beetles supposedly dropped by the USA; Burma erupts in a violent uprising in 1988; Yitzhak Rabin becomes the first Israeli leader to visit Jordan officially; two villages, in Armenia and in Azerbaijan, swap homes to avoid ethnic violence.

Photo: Buckingham Palace. Credit: BBC.

When France Said 'non' To Britain Joining Europe2018011320180114 (WS)

When France said 'Non' to Britain, the first iPhone, and the record for staying awake

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

When France stopped Britain joining Europe in the 1960s, the boy who set a record for continuously staying awake, the launch of the first iPhone, hands reaching out in friendship between Britain and Germany after the Second World War, and a notorious massacre during Algeria's bitter internal conflict of the 1990s.

Photo: Charles de Gaulle, President of France, at a press conference on 14th January 1963 at which he said Britain was not ready to join the European Economic Community, now the EU (Credit: Central Press/Getty Images)

When France Said 'non' To Britain Joining Europe20180114

When France said 'Non' to Britain, the first iPhone, and the record for staying awake

When France stopped Britain joining Europe in the 1960s, the boy who set a record for continuously staying awake, the launch of the first iPhone, hands reaching out in friendship between Britain and Germany after the Second World War, and a notorious massacre during Algeria's bitter internal conflict of the 1990s.

Photo: Charles de Gaulle, President of France, at a press conference on 14th January 1963 at which he said Britain was not ready to join the European Economic Community, now the EU (Credit: Central Press/Getty Images)

When Homosexuality Was A Crime2017072920170730 (WS)

The horrific use of aversion therapy for gay men; plus Chiang Kai Shek's former aide.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Comedian and broadcaster Pete Price speaks about being subjected to horrific aversion therapy to "cure" him of his homosexuality in 1960s Britain. Plus the 99-year-old former aide to the Chinese nationalist leader, Chiang Kai Shek, a radical new approach to housing in the former USSR, the perils of deep sea commercial diving in the North Sea and how the Welsh fought for recognition of their language.

Photo: Pete Price (private collection)

When Margaret Thatcher Came To Power2018050520180506 (WS)

Britain's first female PM, prisoners on the high seas, and the story of Takeshi's Castle

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Working for Britain's first female PM, the rare story of prisoners on the high seas in WW2, plus the Children's Crusade for civil right in 60s Alabama, the origin of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the story behind the Japanese TV hit, Takeshi's Castle.
Photo: British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, with husband Denis on May 4th 1979. (Credit: John Minihan/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

When Russia's Richest Man Was Jailed2018102720181028 (WS)
20181030 (WS)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky on his arrest in Russia, Nigerian oil and Desmond Tutu.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

When The Us Shot Down An Iranian Airliner2018070720180708 (WS)

The tragic story of Flight 655, a Russian art controversy, plus Madeleine Albright

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How a US warship downed a passenger jet killing 290 people, plus the story behind The Toilet, the controversial 1990s Russian 'masterpiece', Madeleine Albright on Kosovo, the history of adventure playgrounds. and the hunt for Deep Throat.

Photo: The USS Vincennes fires a surface to air missile towards Iran Air flight 655 on 3 July 1988 (Rudy Pahoyo)

The tragic story of Flight 655, a Russian art controversy, plus Madeleine Albright

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How a US warship downed a passenger jet killing 290 people, plus the story behind The Toilet, the controversial 1990s Russian 'masterpiece', Madeleine Albright on Kosovo, the history of adventure playgrounds. and the hunt for Deep Throat.

Photo: The USS Vincennes fires a surface to air missile towards Iran Air flight 655 on 3 July 1988 (Rudy Pahoyo)

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Willie Nelson's Farm Aid2014100420141005 (WS)

Benefit concert for poor US farmers, Japan launches world's fastest train, and James Dean

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Benefit concert for poor US farmers, Japan launches world's fastest train, and James Dean

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Benefit concert for poor US farmers, world's first same-sex civil union, the fall of Kabul plus Japan launches world's fastest train, and the death of James Dean.

Benefit concert for poor US farmers, Japan launches world's fastest train, and James Dean

Wittenoom: An Australian Tragedy2018062320180624 (WS)

Asbestos-related deaths in Australia and when doctors first described child abuse.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Women And The Iranian Revolution2014021520140216 (WS)

How the 1979 Islamic Revolution changed Iranian women's lives, plus Solzhenitsyn's widow.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

How the 1979 Islamic Revolution changed Iranian women's lives, plus Solzhenitsyn's widow.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Women's Rights In Iran2018021720180218 (WS)

Iran's first minister for Women's Affairs, headscarf revolutionaries and battling for Hue

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

We hear from Mahnaz Afkhami, Iran's first ever minister for Women's Affairs, appointed in 1975. Plus, the so-called "headscarf revolutionaries" who fought for improvements in Britain's notoriously dangerous fishing industry, a member of the Viet Cong recalls one of the biggest battles of the Vietnam War, finding the lost notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, and the 1970s lesbian separatist movement in America.

Photo: Mahnaz Afkhami at the UN in 1975. (Mahnaz Afkhami)

Women's Rights In Iran20180218

We hear from Mahnaz Afkhami, Iran's first ever minister for Women's Affairs, appointed in 1975. Plus, the so-called "headscarf revolutionaries" who fought for improvements in Britain's notoriously dangerous fishing industry, a member of the Viet Cong recalls one of the biggest battles of the Vietnam War, finding the lost notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, and the 1970s lesbian separatist movement in America.

Photo: Mahnaz Afkhami at the UN in 1975. (Mahnaz Afkhami)

Iran's first minister for Women's Affairs, headscarf revolutionaries and battling for Hue

World War One In Africa2014083020140831 (WS)

WWI African veterans, the suicide of a Brazilian President, escape of deadly smallpox

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

WWI African veterans, the suicide of a Brazilian President, escape of deadly smallpox

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

WWI African veterans, the suicide of a Brazilian President, escape of deadly smallpox

World War One in Africa, the Merry Pranksters' LSD road trip, the first battery operated heart, the last case of smallpox and the suicide of the President who created the modern Brazil.

World's First Nuclear-powered Submarine2014012520140126 (WS)

USS Nautilus launched; serial killer Ted Bundy killed; voluntary starvation for science.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

USS Nautilus launched; serial killer Ted Bundy killed; voluntary starvation for science.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

USS Nautilus launched; serial killer Ted Bundy killed; voluntary starvation for science.

The USS Nautilus launched; serial killer Ted Bundy executed by electric chair; the Siege of Leningrad ends; the birth of Nigeria; and the conscientious objectors who volunteered for starvation in the name of science.

PHOTO: Courtesy of the US Navy

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Ww1: Britain's Conscientious Objectors2018080420180805 (WS)

First World War conscientious objectors, Iran bends the nuclear rules, and dancing bears

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The treatment of Britain's First World War conscientious objectors, Iran bends the nuclear rules, the CIA's first coup in Latin America, what happened to Eastern Europe's dancing bears, and the culling in Wales of a sacred bull.

Photo: A crowd of conscientious objectors to military service during World War I at a special prison camp (Hulton Archive)

Ww2, Holocaust And Rome2014020120140202 (WS)

The fate of Rome's Jews, plus the Cairo Fire, and the last American diplomat in Cuba

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The fate of Rome's Jews, plus the Cairo Fire, and the last American diplomat in Cuba

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

Yoyes, Eta's Female Icon2016121720161218 (WS)

The death of a Basque fighter, resisting the Nazis in Lithuania, and a Hindu milk miracle

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The life and untimely death of a Basque separatist fighter, resisting the Nazis in Lithuania, a medical breakthrough that prevented babies from dying in their cots, the grand old lady of Brazilian TV soaps, and the Hindu milk miracle.

Photograph: Maria Dolores Gonzalez Katarain, known as Yoyes, who was the first woman to join the leadership of the separatist group, ETA

Yoyes, Eta's Female Icon20161218

The life and untimely death of a Basque separatist fighter, resisting the Nazis in Lithuania, a medical breakthrough that prevented babies from dying in their cots, the grand old lady of Brazilian TV soaps, and the Hindu milk miracle.

Photograph: Maria Dolores Gonzalez Katarain, known as Yoyes, who was the first woman to join the leadership of the separatist group, ETA

The death of a Basque fighter, resisting the Nazis in Lithuania, and a Hindu milk miracle

Zapatista Rebels In Mexico2014010420140105 (WS)

An indigenous revolt in Chiapas; the traitor Lord Haw Haw; Iran protests; and Edith Piaf.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

An indigenous revolt in Chiapas; the traitor Lord Haw Haw; Iran protests; and Edith Piaf.

An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.

The indigenous revolt which shocked Mexico; the notorious British traitor Lord Haw Haw; protests against the Shah of Iran; and the French singer Edith Piaf remembered by her friends and lovers.

An indigenous revolt in Chiapas; the traitor Lord Haw Haw; Iran protests; and Edith Piaf.