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History lessonsHistory Lessons
A classical approach to modern problems - what could the Romans do for us? From tax to democracy, the Greeks and the Romans had very different ideas about how to run a country.
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Political doublespeak
Aristotle and an Aardvark give their advice on separating truth from spin in British politics.
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Red Ken and Boris Blue
Following the election for the Mayor of London, we looked back at Ken Livingstone's political career and wondered whether comparisons could be drawn between Boris and the last Conservative London leader Horace Cutler.

1978 vs 2008
Are we facing a summer of discontent? Strikes by different groups of workers, most of them in the public sector. Comparisons are being made with the winter of discontent thirty years ago.
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Political Cartoons
Sir David Low is considered the greatest political cartoonist of the 20th Century. A new exhibition of previously unseen work opens at the Political Cartoon Gallery in London.
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The Dalai LamaThe Dalai Lama
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is in the UK this week. In an interview with the programme, the Dalai Lama insisted his people did not want to break away entirely from China.
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Israel at 60
The 60th anniversary of  Israel's declaration of independence on 14 May 1948.

Palestinians commemorate al-Nakba, the term used to refer to the formation of the state of Israel.

Mike Thomson in the Congo
Our correspondent Mike Thomson reported from the Eastern Congo one year ago and returns to the region to find out whether the recent peace deal has improved life for the thousands made homeless by the conflict.
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Iconic pictures
Has video replaced photography in shaping our perception of war?
See a gallery of photography from the Iraq War
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Science and Nature

Kissing bugScelidosaurus
One of the most complete dinosaur skeletons to be discovered in Britain is to go on display in Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery.
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Kissing Bugs
The Zoological Society of London are pioneering the use of blood sucking bugs to collect blood samples from animals kept at their London and Whipsnade zoos.
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Add an Adder
A sighting of an adder is considered a rare and wonderful event by some but an unwelcome shock by others. Now, as the weather warms up Britain's adder population is on the move.
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A Beautiful Experiment
Our science correspondent Tom Feilden asked Bristol physicist Dr Len Fisher to recreate one of the top 10 science experiments - Robert Millikan’s experiment to measure the charge of a single electron.
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Bad news for butterflies
Britain's butterflies desperately need good weather to recover from last year's wet summer.
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Arts and Culture

Suffragette Emily Davison throws herself in front of the horse of King George VTelling Tales
Historian Robert Lacey, author of Great Tales From English History has been judging a competition run in 5000 secondary schools in conjunction with the Historical Association.
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The Forgotten Portrait
A never-before-exhibited portrait of Elizabeth I as a teenager has been discovered at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, in the private collection of the Duke of Buccleuch.
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The Ramayana
For the first time the British Library is displaying some illustrated manuscripts of the Ramayana, one of India's most enduring and significant stories.
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The Art of Diplomacy
On taking up a new post, ambassadors are invited to the vaults of the government's art collection to select suitably diplomatic works.
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Comic Turn
A new colour weekly comic aimed at children is being launched. The DFC will have one - currently secret -storyline by Philip Pullman, author of the children's trilogy, His Dark Materials.
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The age of steam21st Century Steam Trains
Forty years after the end of steam on British Rail, a group of steam enthusiasts have managed to build a new locomotive - from scratch.
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The spies who stayed out in the cold
The image of spies have long been a source of fascination. But modern spying is largely a matter of deskwork using modern technology. Are the days of  lone agents operating behind enemy lines over?
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Nettle Soup
To draw attention to the wonder of the nettle - both in the garden and the kitchen - Blyth Valley Borough Council are holding Be Nice to Nettles Week. And Sophie Grigson's best recipe for nettle soup. 
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Austerity Olympics
Rationing, army housing and a budget of £760,000 at the 1948 London Olympics.
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The forgotten war
On the 200th anniversary of the start of the Peninsular War, should we be celebrating one of the British army's greatest campaigns?  Listen to the discussion and find out more.

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