North Korea Train Station Explosion

An explosion at a train station in North Korea killed around 170 people and destroyed thousands of homes in April 2004. In a rare moment of openness, authorities in Pyongyang asked the United Nations for help. Hear from a Western aid worker who travelled to Ryongchon to assess the damage.

Also on the programme: the 1940s legal challenge to the segregation of Mexican Americans in the US; Easter for Christians in 1980s Moscow; the push by Polish union Solidarity for legal recognition; plus the unfolding drama of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Photo: North Koreans clear rubble after the Ryongchon train explosion. Credit: Gerald Bourke/World Food Programme/Getty Images

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Sun 20 Apr 2014 01:06 GMT

Cuban History Collection

Fidel Castro and Nikita Khrushchev, Credit: OFF/AFP/Getty Images

Stories from Cuba's recent history and its difficult relationship with the US

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