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History as told by the people who were there.

Witness History BBC World Service

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    • 4.6 • 11 Ratings

History as told by the people who were there.

    The power of Jomo Kenyatta

    The power of Jomo Kenyatta

    In the 1970s, Sharad Rao was Kenya’s assistant director of public prosecutions, working closely with Kenyan leader Jomo Kenyatta who was seen as ruthless and unpredictable.

    Rao took the unusual step of defying Kenyatta’s orders by refusing to jail students after they rioted about chapatis in 1972.

    Rao also tells Alex Collins how he witnessed Kenyatta chasing a British diplomat with a stick.

    (Photo: Jomo Kenyatta. Credit: BBC)

    • 10 min
    Festival of Light

    Festival of Light

    In September 1971, Christians from all over the UK held the Nationwide Festival of Light to protest against what they saw, as increasingly liberal attitudes to sex and the change in traditional family values.

    Katie Edwards hears from three people who attended the event - organiser Peter Hill, Christian activist Celia Bowring and LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell who protested against the event.

    A Made in Manchester production for BBC World Service.

    (Photo: Nationwide Festival of Light. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 9 min
    Iran-Iraq War begins

    Iran-Iraq War begins

    The Iran-Iraq war began on 22 September 1980. It lasted for eight years and became one of the bloodiest wars in recent history.

    Pooneh Ghoddoosi was just a child when it started - a teenager when it ended. She told her story to Alan Johnston in 2010.

    (Photo: Iranian artillery, tanks, arms and munitions. Credit: AFP via Getty Images)

    • 10 min
    The first Pope to visit Africa

    The first Pope to visit Africa

    In the 1960s, popes rarely left the Vatican City. So it was a major event when Pope Paul VI accepted an invitation to visit Uganda in 1969.

    Hugh Costello talks to Mobina Jaffer, whose Ismaili Muslim family played an enthusiastic role in welcoming the Pope to the family’s hotel.

    A Whistledown production for BBC World Service.

    (Photo: Pope Paul VI meets President of Uganda Apollo Milton Obote. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 9 min
    Ancient fossils give new insight

    Ancient fossils give new insight

    In 1967, a major breakthrough was made in our understanding of the evolution of the world. A student discovered fossils at Mistaken Point in Newfoundland, Canada.

    The fossils give us a record of the oldest multi-cellular organisms to inhabit the earth.

    Catherine Harvey has been speaking to Dr Shiva Balak Misra about his ground-breaking find.

    A Made in Manchester production for BBC World Service.

    (Photo: Image of Newfoundland's shores. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 9 min
    The child evacuees of World War Two

    The child evacuees of World War Two

    The 1 September 1939 was Kitty Baxter’s ninth birthday, it was also the day her life and millions of other people’s changed with the beginning of World War Two.

    Kitty was among the hundreds of thousands of children taken out of UK cities and into the countryside, away from the risk of German bombs.

    She’s been speaking to Laura Jones.

    (Photo: child evacuees leaving a London train station. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Sagonda ,

Radar and World War 11

I so enjoyed this podcast which gave me a glimpse into the valuable work done by women during the war. I picked this up from Facebook when Jo Michie was paying tribute to her 96 year old mother,Margaret, who played her part in the war-effort and gives an outstanding trip down memory lane in this podcast. Thank you for this 9 minutes of great pleasure! ( Angela de Villiers..South Africa)

JuRight ,

Excellent!

The BBC at its best.

xxxDebra-Leexxx ,

Great podcast

Diverse topics but really interesting

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