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

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

    Adrift for 76 Days

    Adrift for 76 Days

    Surviving the Atlantic alone in a liferaft, Spain's historic 1960s tourism boom, the death of the infamous Nazi Heinrich Himmler, plus fighting Australia's bushfires and we remember a groundbreaking Latino writer.
    Photo: Photo: Steve Callahan shows how he hunted fish from his life raft. © Steve Callahan

    • 50 min
    The Million Man March

    The Million Man March

    On 16th October 1995 hundreds of thousands of black American men marched on Washington D.C. in an attempt to put black issues back on the government agenda. We hear from one woman who went on the march. Plus the first women's refuge opens in Afghanistan, the son of the man behind the failed plot to kill Hitler in 1944, campaigning to protect the Borneo rain forest, and the world's fastest vaccine maker.

    (Photo:The Million Man March, Credit:TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    • 50 min
    South Korea's 1980s prison camps

    South Korea's 1980s prison camps

    The horrors of South Korea's so-called Social Purification project, the vanished Chinese sailors who left their mark on Liverpool after the Second World War and the return of a huge ancient monument to Ethiopia from Italy. Also fighting for the rights of Jewish women at the Western Wall in Jerusalem plus the origins of the holiday camp, Club Med.

    Photo: Seung-woo Choi talking to reporters. Credit BBC.

    • 50 min
    Quarantined in a TB sanatorium

    Quarantined in a TB sanatorium

    Extreme lockdown half a century ago: the TB children forced to endure years of isolation in a sanatorium; the unveiling of looted Nazi art works, the Rolling Stones in the dock, calls for democracy in 1990s Nepal, and the campaign to ban dangerous skin-lightening products in South Africa.

    Picture: boys sleep on the balcony of the Craig-y-nos TB sanatorium in Wales (Credit: private collection of the family of Mari Friend, a former patient at Craig-y-nos)

    • 49 min
    Dealing with economic crisis

    Dealing with economic crisis

    As the world begins to consider how to emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic, we look back at economic crises of the past and how countries have responded to them. Max Pearson hears about America's "New Deal" in the 1930s, South Korea's transformation in the 1950s and Chile's "miracle economy" of the 1970s. Plus, Tanzania and its African form of socialism, and economic shock therapy in Russia in the 1990s.

    PHOTO: President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1935 (Getty Images).

    • 50 min
    Sex trafficking and peacekeepers

    Sex trafficking and peacekeepers

    How whistle-blowers implicated UN peacekeepers and international police in the forced prostitution and trafficking of Eastern European women into Bosnia in the late 1990s.

    Plus, how Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross changed the way we think about death and dying when she developed her Five Stages of Grief; Beethoven's role in China's Cultural Revolution; the "friendship train" between India and Bangladesh; and the controversial teaching exercise which segregated children by whether they had blue or brown eyes.

    Picture: the United Nations Peacekeeping Force patrols the Bosnian capital Sarajevo in March 1996 (Credit: Roger Lemoyne/Liaison/Getty Images)

    • 49 min

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