5/5 Examining the circumstances that led to the establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913.
4/5 Before the Civil War, any bank could issue its own dollar bills - good for counterfeiters.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Hindu ideas about the creation of the universe.
3/5 Graham Ingham traces the attempts in 1791 and 1816 to establish a central bank.
4/4 Historian Michael Scott ends his series with a global perspective on the year 0BC.
2/5 In 1785, the leaders of the new republic declare the dollar will be the monetary unit.
1/5 In the 17th century, the first colonists traded with native Americans using cowrie shells.
1/2 Peter Curran tells the story of the Enfield 8000, Britain's pioneering electric car.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the development of the microscope.
James Naughtie profiles one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
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