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  1. The Siege of Dien Bien Phu

    In 1954, at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam, French soldiers lost both a battle and an empire.

    First broadcast: 26 Apr 2014

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  2. Atlantic Crossing

    As air traffic control moves to text messaging Christine Finn toasts the voice in the dark

    First broadcast: 19 Apr 2014

  3. Dark Horse: An Alec Guinness Archive

    Alistair McGowan investigates the famously private man, on 100th anniversary of his birth.

    First broadcast: 12 Apr 2014

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  4. Listen without Mother

    Fi Glover peels the labels off motherhood, from sacred mother to slummy mummy.

    First broadcast: 05 Apr 2014

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  5. Portraying Real Lives

    Maxine Peake explores the challenges of playing factual characters.

    First broadcast: 29 Mar 2014

  6. Captive Media: The Story of Patty Hearst

    How the kidnapping of a newspaper heiress captivated and transformed the American media.

    First broadcast: 22 Mar 2014

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  7. The Interviewer Stole the Show

    Lynn Barber, doyenne of the print interview, traces how the interviewer has taken charge.

    First broadcast: 15 Mar 2014

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  8. The First Generation X

    Meet Generation X - the teenagers from the shocking, bestselling 1964 book, 50 years on.

    First broadcast: 01 Mar 2014

  9. The Death of the Spiv

    The poet Paul Henry traces the evasive Spiv as he slips and slides through the archives.

    First broadcast: 22 Feb 2014

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  10. Burroughs at 100

    Iggy Pop explores the life of William S Burroughs, America's most iconoclastic writer.

    First broadcast: 15 Feb 2014

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  11. John Tavener

    Sir Nicholas Kenyon reflects on the life of composer Sir John Tavener, who died in 2013.

    First broadcast: 08 Feb 2014

  12. The Haunted Apparatus

    Ian McMillan on the telephone's uncanny past and unsettling future.

    First broadcast: 01 Feb 2014

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  13. A Life Less Ordinary

    Series looking at how an ordinary life can be transformed by extraordinary events

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  14. The Long, Long Trail

    Roy Hudd explores the forgotten radio masterpiece that inspired Oh What a Lovely War.

    First broadcast: 04 Jan 2014

  15. The Three Day Week

    Michael White looks back 40 years to when Britain's 3-day week plunged us into darkness.

    First broadcast: 28 Dec 2013

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  16. When Comedy and Politics Collide

    Is satire on radio and TV now harming rather than helping our politics?

    First broadcast: 21 Dec 2013

  17. Prisoners of Conscience Revisited

    Rex Bloomstein revisits the stories of human rights appeals he made 25 years ago.

    First broadcast: 14 Dec 2013

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  18. Monkey Planet

    Will Self asks where apes end and human apes begin.

    First broadcast: 30 Nov 2013

  19. The Kennedy Book Depository

    Mark Lawson explores the literary and cultural responses to JFK's assassination.

    First broadcast: 16 Nov 2013

  20. Presenting the Past - How the Media Changes History

    Juliet Gardiner on how directors, writers and producers achieve authenticity in their work

    First broadcast: 09 Nov 2013

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  21. Gloria and Me

    Glenn Patterson traces the cultural journey of Van Morrison's song Gloria.

    First broadcast: 02 Nov 2013

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  22. Orson Welles and The War of the Worlds: Myth or Legend?

    Christopher Frayling examines the true story behind the most notorious hoax in radio.

    First broadcast: 26 Oct 2013

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  23. Not Enough Hours in the Day

    Claudia Hammond looks back at 80 years ago of time use surveys, started by the BBC.

    First broadcast: 19 Oct 2013

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  24. The World Turned Upside Down

    Peter Day argues that the internet is completely revolutionising manufacturing and trade.

    First broadcast: 12 Oct 2013

  25. Yeats and Heaney: A Terrible Beauty

    Fintan O'Toole looks back at the reputations of WB Yeats and Seamus Heaney.

    First broadcast: 05 Oct 2013

  26. A Brief History of Irony

    Satirist Joe Queenan charts the rise and fall of the nudge nudge wink wink epidemic.

    First broadcast: 28 Sep 2013

  27. How to Be, or Not to Be, a Politician

    Using ancient and modern inspiration Anne McElvoy asks how to be or not to be a politician

    First broadcast: 21 Sep 2013

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  28. 14/09/2013

    Stephen Evans on Wynford Vaughan-Thomas's 1943 dispatch during a bombing raid on Berlin.

    First broadcast: 14 Sep 2013

  29. This Train Rides Again

    A recreation of the1963 train journey made to Washington by civil rights campaigners.

    First broadcast: 24 Aug 2013

  30. Scrambled

    Our relationship with even the simplest food can get very complicated or even scrambled.

    First broadcast: 17 Aug 2013

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