On The Brink

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01Turn Our Backs20121005

Fifty years ago, the world stood on the brink of nuclear war as the US and Soviet leadership engaged in a 13-day military stand-off over missiles in Cuba.

In A L Kennedy's story, the first in a series looking at the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of ordinary people, a young woman struggles to make plans for a future that might not exist.

Writer: A L Kennedy is an acclaimed novelist, short story-writer, and stand-up comedian. Her latest novel is 'The Blue Book'.

Reader: Morven Christie

Producer: Justine Willett

02Four-minute Warning20121012

Fifty years ago, the world stood on the brink of nuclear war, as the US and Soviet leadership engaged in a military stand-off over missiles in Cuba.

In Marina Lewycka's story, the second in a series looking at the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of ordinary people, a teenage girl wonders how to make the most of her last four minutes, should the warning come...

Reader: Sian Thomas

Writer: Marina Lewycka's novel, 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian', was long-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel is 'Various Pets Dead and Alive'.

Producer: Justine Willett.

03 LASTA Cold War20121019

First years ago, the world stood on the brink of nuclear war as the US and Soviets engaged in a military stand-off over missiles in Cuba.

In Douglas Kennedy's story, the last in a series looking at the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of ordinary people, a young boy in Manhattan watches his parents' marriage fall apart as nuclear war looms.

Writer: Douglas Kennedy is the author of ten novels, including 'Leaving the World' and 'The Moment'. In 2007, he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Reader: Nathan Osgood

Producer: Justine Willett