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How the Cold War Shaped Western Democracy with Simon Reid-Henry

25th August, 2019

Simon Reid-Henry attacks the traditional historiography of the Cold War, placing a much greater emphasis on the importance of the 1970s in shaping the rest of the Cold War and ...

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Leonardo Da Vinci and the Leicester Codex with Martin Kemp

22nd August, 2019

Martin Kemp, an emeritus professor at the University of Oxford, is one of the foremost experts on Leonardo Da Vinci. He has recently worked on a translation and collation of ...

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The Economics of World War Two with Duncan Weldon

21st August, 2019

Duncan Weldon's new Radio 4 Series looks at the economics of the Second World War, and crucial they were in determining the outcome of the war. He joins Dan to talk ...

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The Peterloo Massacre with Robert Poole

18th August, 2019

The Peterloo Massacre was a critical moment in the reform movement at the start of the 19th century. Thousands of people gathered at St Peter's Fields near Manchester to protest ...

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Argentina's Missing Black Communities with Celestina Olulode

15th August, 2019

Celestina Olulode is a BBC reporter, who has spent a long time in Argentina researching why Argentina has a low black population compared to counterparts in South America such as ...

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The Last Wolf and the Missing Lynx with Ross Barnett

13th August, 2019

Dan talks to Ross Barnett, a scientist who has studied the extinction of megafauna across Britain and the world. They discuss the killing of the last wolf in Britain, whether ...

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Chernobyl with Julie McDowall

11th August, 2019

The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident near the town of Pripyat in 1986. Dan talks to Julie McDowall, an expert in all things nuclear, about the initial reaction to the ...

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Klaus Fuchs, the Greatest Nuclear Spy with Frank Close

9th August, 2019

Dan talks to Frank Close about Klaus Fuchs, who leaked nuclear secrets to the Soviets. He informed the Soviets that the Allies had a bomb, and in doing so, may ...

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Brexit and the Reformation with Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch

7th August, 2019

Dan talks to one of the foremost experts on the Reformation and discusses whether Iain Duncan Smith was right to draw parallels between Brexit and the 16th century split with ...

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Terry Deary on Horrible Histories

4th August, 2019

Terry Deary, the creator of the Horrible Histories franchise, talks to Dan about communicating history effectively to young people, as well as the way the study of history has changed ...

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