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In this topical and lively series, contemporary stories and events are explored through the examination of archive material of events that have gone before.

With the benefit of hindsight, how do the events of previous decades seem to us now?

Programme two: Whaling

No one ever saw whales quite the same way again after reading Herman Melville's classic book, Moby Dick.

Since 1851, the year that book was published, attitudes to whales and whaling have changed radically.

Many of the countries that today stand opposed to whaling, such and the UK and the USA, were big whaling nations just 50 years ago; their decision to stop hunting whales was very sudden.

Through the use of archive news material, George Arney examines how and why that shift occurred.

First broadcast 19 December 2008

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