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2013040620130407 (WS)

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

20130413

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

20130427

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

20130511

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

20130518

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

20130525

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

20130601

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

20130608

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

20130615

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

20130622

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

20130706

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

20130713

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

20130720

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

20130727

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

20130803

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

20130810

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

20130831

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

20130928

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

2013113020131201 (WS)

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

2013120720131208 (WS)

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

2013121420131215 (WS)

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

2013122120131222 (WS)

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

2014011120140112 (WS)

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

2014011820140119 (WS)

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

2014020120140202 (WS)

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

2014020820140209 (WS)

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

2014021520140216 (WS)

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

2014022220140223 (WS)

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

2014032220140323 (WS)

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

2014032920140330 (WS)

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

2014040520140406 (WS)

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

2014041220140413 (WS)

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

2014050320140504 (WS)

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

2014051720140518 (WS)

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

2014061420140615 (WS)

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

2014062820140629 (WS)

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

2014070520140706 (WS)

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

2014071920140720 (WS)

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

2014081620140817 (WS)

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

2014082320140824 (WS)

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

2014090620140907 (WS)

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

2014091320140914 (WS)

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

2014092020140921 (WS)

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

20141011

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

2014101820141019 (WS)

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

20141018

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

2014110120141102 (WS)

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

20141101

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

Broadcasting D-day2014060720140608 (WS)

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.

Cigarettes And Cancer20130629

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.

Degenerate Art And The Nazis2013110920131110 (WS)

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

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)

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

Dustbowl2013111620131117 (WS)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Hurricane Mitch2013110220131103 (WS)

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

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)

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

Internment In Northern Ireland2014080920140810 (WS)

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

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)

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

Israel's Secret Nuclear Weapons20131005

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

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)

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

Lebanon Civil War2014031520140316 (WS)

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.

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.

Military Coup In Chile20130914

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

North Korea Train Station Explosion2014041920140420 (WS)

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.

Special Operations Executive20130907

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.

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.

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

Stalin's Mass Deportations2014030120140302 (WS)

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

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.

Terror In Iran20140510

Terror In Iran2014051020140511 (WS)

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.

Terror In Iran2014051020140511 (WS)

Revolutionary courts and executions in Iran, Paul Robeson, a President of Crimea and Abba

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.

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.

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)

The Death Of Che Guevara2014101120141012 (WS)

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 Grenada's Revolution20131019

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 Fall Of Addis Ababa2014053120140601 (WS)

Rebels take over Ethiopia's capital, remembering Nehru, plus casinos and space monkeys

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

The First Palestinian Intifada2014072620140727 (WS)

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.

(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 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.

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.

The Last Days Of Adolf Hitler20130504

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 Marsh Arabs20141115
The Marsh Arabs2014111520141116 (WS)

The destruction of Iraq's marshes by Saddam Hussein

The Marsh Arabs20141115

The destruction of Iraq's marshes by Saddam Hussein

The Marsh Arabs20141115

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.

The Miss World Protest2014030820140309 (WS)

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 Omagh Bombing20130817

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 Outbreak Of World War One2014080220140803 (WS)

Witnesses to the start of WW1, The Comet, Martha Stewart in jail and Christian the lion

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 River That Caught Fire2014062120140622 (WS)

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 Srebrenica Massacre2014071220140713 (WS)

Srebrenica massacre, Pakistan's Red Mosque, death of Kim il Sung, Rainbow Warrior, Neruda

, 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)

The World's First Hand Transplant2014092720140928 (WS)

A transplant which didn't end well; The Cuban 5; Senegal ferry disaster; Bokassa falls.

The World's First Hand Transplant20140927

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

The World's First Hand Transplant2014092720140928 (WS)

A transplant which didn't end well; The Cuban 5; Senegal ferry disaster; Bokassa falls.

The World's First Hand Transplant20140927

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

Thomas Sankara African Revolutionary20131012

The inspiring African leader; Jews flee Nazi Denmark; and exotic dancer Josephine Baker.

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.

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

Uprising In South Korea2014052420140525 (WS)

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

Willie Nelson's Farm Aid2014100420141005 (WS)

Benefit concert for poor US farmers, Japan launches world's fastest train, and James Dean

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.

World War One In Africa2014083020140831 (WS)

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.

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.

Zapatista Rebels In Mexico2014010420140105 (WS)

An indigenous revolt in Chiapas; the traitor Lord Haw Haw; Iran protests; and Edith Piaf.

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.