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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.

    The AIDS memorial quilt - a patchwork of loss

    The AIDS memorial quilt - a patchwork of loss

    How an LGBTQ+ activist decided to commemorate friends who had died of AIDS with a quilt, plus sequencing the 1918 flu virus, five years of war in Yemen, the story of a child abandoned in Hong Kong, and an attack on South Korea.

    (Photo: A section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Getty Images)

    • 50 min
    The launch of the Hubble Space Telescope

    The launch of the Hubble Space Telescope

    In 1990, NASA launched the historic mission which put into orbit the Hubble Space Telescope. The orbiting observatory has revolutionized astronomy and allowed us to peer deeper than ever before into the Universe. We hear from astronaut, Kathryn Sullivan. Plus, China's cure for malaria, the "Red Scare" in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s, and a pioneering sexual harassment case at the US Supreme Court.

    PHOTO: The Hubble Space Telescope (NASA)

    • 50 min
    The 1918 'Spanish' flu pandemic

    The 1918 'Spanish' flu pandemic

    A special edition looking at how the world has battled deadly viruses over the past 100 years, We have eyewitness accounts of the 1918 flu, and the recent struggle against SARS, we hear how a vaccine saved millions from Polio, and the moment the world discovered the killer viruses known as Marburg Fever and Ebola in the 1960s and 70s.

    (Photo: An American policeman wearing a mask to protect himself from the outbreak of Spanish flu. Credit:Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

    • 50 min
    The history of the Volkswagen Beetle

    The history of the Volkswagen Beetle

    How the British army helped rebuild the German car industry after WW2, plus the fight to ban leaded petrol, psychiatry as punishment in the USSR, striking South Asian women in 1970s Britain and 'Womenomics' in Japan.

    Picture: Major Ivan Hirst (right) driving the 1000th Beetle off the production line at Wolfsburg in March 1946 (Credit: Volkswagen AG)

    • 50 min
    Freeing American prisoners from Iran

    Freeing American prisoners from Iran

    How a former prisoner in Iran fought to free her friends, a 200-year-old Antarctic mystery, eradicating small pox, the first mobile phone and rebel nuns in the US.

    PHOTO: Sarah Shourd in 2010 (Getty Images)

    • 50 min
    Saving Antarctica

    Saving Antarctica

    In October 1991, an international protocol to protect the world’s last wilderness, Antarctica, from commercial exploitation was agreed at a summit in Madrid. Louise Hidalgo talks to one of the environmentalists who led a successful campaign to protect the ice continent. Also, how meditation changes the brain, the Iraqi "supergun affair", and political art in Nigeria.

    Picture: Blue icebergs in Antarctica (Credit: Getty Images)

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