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Retail Difficulties: Gamages in 1930
Jonathan considers what shops today can learn from the bleak festive season of 1930.
Comparing celebrity chefs with social agendas and Victorian chef Alexis Soyer.
The Creation of the Bank of England
Jonathan Freedland explores the creation of the Bank of England in 1694.
New Brighton Tower Football Club
Jonathan Freedland tells the story of the short-lived Victorian club New Brighton Tower.
Murder in Liverpool: Rhys Jones/Michael Burns
The parallels between the murder of Rhys Jones in 2007 and another Liverpool child in 1883
House of Lords Reform
Jonathan is joined by Billy Bragg to consider House of Lords reform now and in the 1600s.
Jonathan and his guests ask how governments can best help the unemployed.
Cardinal Richelieu and Lord Mandelson
Jonathan Freedland and guests discuss the careers of Lord Mandelson and Cardinal Richelieu
Jonathan Freedland examines the policing of demonstrations.
Railways in Recession
Jonathan Freedland examines the railways at a time of recession.
The long view of national debt, from Waterloo to today's financial crisis.
The Commemoration of the Fallen.
Examining the changing culture and politics behind the commemoration of the fallen.
British brands, American takeovers: Boots and Cadbury
Jonathan Freedland takes the Long View of Kraft's takeover of Cadbury.
Jonathan Freedland compares the present spending review with the 'Geddes Axe' of 1921-22.
Military Leaks on Afghanistan
Jonathan Freedland looks at the history of leaks from the military establishment.
US Mid-term Elections
Jonathan Freedland is in Washington DC to compare the mid-term elections of 2010 and 1982.
Jonathan Freedland takes the long view of policy reversals in politics.
WikiLeaks and State Secrets
Jonathan Freedland looks at attitudes towards state secrets and freedom of information.
Jonathan Freedland takes the long view of royal weddings.
Super Injunctions and William Hone
Jonathan Freedland takes the Long View of super injunctions.
HMS Challenger and the Space Shuttle
Jonathan Freedland takes the long view of the end of the space shuttle.
Is the Euro the New Gold Standard?
Comparing Greece and the Euro with Britain's departure from the gold standard in 1931.
BBC Salford and the Manchester Guardian
Jonathan Freedland looks at the north-south divide in terms of national media coverage.
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Jonathan Freedland compares Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee with that of Queen Victoria.
The Stephen Lawrence Case
Jonathan Freedland takes the long view of the Stephen Lawrence case.
Crossrail/Brunel's Thames Tunnel
Jonathan Freedland takes the Long View of the fate of great British building projects.
Sovereign Debt and Default
Jonathan Freedland compares Greek debt to the sovereign default of Edward III in 1340.
Jonathan Freedland and his guests take the long view of liberal intervention.
Bob Diamond and a LIBOR scandal from the 14th century
Jonathan Freedland takes the long view of Libor with a 14th-century financial scandal.
The London Olympics in 1908 and 2012
Jonathan Freedland compares the 2012 Olympics with the London games of 1908.
King John and the Leveson Inquiry
Jonathan Freedland on the Leveson Inquiry and parallels with the 1215 King John Inquiry.
Jonathan Freedland looks at graduate employment today and in the 16th century.
Airport Expansion and 19th Century Ports
Jonathan Freedland compares airport expansion now with the Victorian battle of the ports.
Appointing the Archbishop
Jonathan Freedland explores the politics of appointing the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dutch Elm Disease and Ash Dieback
Jonathan Freedland explores tree disease by charting Dutch Elm Disease from the 1920s.
NHS Failings at Stafford
Jonathan Freedland takes the long view of the Francis Report into NHS failings at Stafford
In the wake of the Turkish protests, Jonathan Freedland considers the Nika Riots of AD532.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind and others discuss international surveillance.
Shale gas and UK energy resources
Jonathan Freedland on shale gas, and the new Yorkshire coal finds of the 19th century.
Jonathan Freedland on tax avoidance today and in the 8th century. With Margaret Hodge MP.
Jonathan Freedland compares the rise of electronic cigarettes with snuff in the 1600s.
The Working Poor
Jonathan Freedland takes the long view of the working poor.
The Big Flood of 1953
Jonathan Freedland and his team goes on location to investigate the floods of 1953.
The Politics of History Textbooks
Jonathan Freedland takes the long view of writing history books for children.
Jonathan Freedland compares Nigel Farage with the 18th-century politician John Wilkes.
Jonathan Freedland on attitudes to young people who volunteer to fight in foreign wars.
Jonathan Freedland looks at the boom in coffee shops now and in the 17th century.
Documenting the Self: Victorian Diaries and 21st-Century Social Media
Jonathan Freedland looks at the current fashion for recording our lives on social media.
Obesity in the 1930s and now
Jonathan Freedland compares current debates about obesity with concerns in the 1930s.
The Aliens Act of 1905
Jonathan Freedland examines immigration legislation in the light of the 1905 Aliens Act.
The 1929 General Election and the Art of Political Persuasion
Jonathan Freedland focuses on political campaigning in the light of the 1929 election.
The Living Wage
Jonathan Freedland examines today's 'living wage' in the light of a treatise from 1894.
The Long View of Popularising Exploration
History series in which stories from the past shed light on the present.
Vietnamese refugees in 1979
Jonathan Freedland compares Britain's responses to refugees from Vietnam and Syria.
Today's crisis in dairy farming and the wheat crisis of the 1930s
Jonathan Freedland compares the current milk crisis with the 1930s wheat crisis.
John Thurloe, Cromwell's postmaster, and the interception of mail
Today's debates about online privacy have 17th-century precedents. With Jonathan Freedland
Slave Labour and Consumer Power
Jonathan Freedland examines current debates about ethical shopping and production.
Online Dating and the Lonely Hearts Ad
Jonathan Freedland takes the Long View of online dating through a social network from 1898
Donald Trump and the Politics of Celebrity
Jonathan Freedland examines the rise of Donald Trump through the prism of the past.
Military Drones and the 'Robo-planes' of the 1940s
Jonathan Freedland examines contemporary military drones and Nazi V1 and V2 weapons.
Celebrity Football Managers
Jonathan Freedland takes the Long View of celebrity football managers.
Military drones today and the Nazi V1 and V2 weapons. With Jonathan Freedland
Jonathan Freedland focuses on Hillary Clinton and pioneering political women from history.
The EU Referendum and the English Reformation
Jonathan Freedland examines the result of the EU referendum through the prism of the past.
Donald Trump's border wall and the 1840s Great Hedge of India
Jonathan Freedland on Donald Trump's border wall and the 1840s Great Hedge of India.
The Long View of Targeted Fake News
Jonathan Freedland on targeted fake news and the murder myth of a boy in Medieval Norwich.
Brexit and an Elizabethan Age of Trade
Jonathan Freedland hears how Elizabeth I and Theresa May look beyond Europe for trade.
Grass-roots politics with the Conservative Primrose League in the 1880s and Momentum today
Grenfell Tower and Watson Street fire tragedies
Jonathan Freedland takes the Long View of landmark fire tragedies.
Cyber-attacks and the Great Siege of Dover Castle
Jonathan Freedland compares cyber-attacks today with the Siege of Dover Castle in 1216.
Jonathan Freedland takes the long, unshaven view of the recent fashion for beard-wearing.
Weakened Prime Ministers
Jonathan Freedland compares Theresa May's weakened premiership with Lord Rosebery in 1894.
Russian meddling in the American democratic process
Jonathan Freedland compares attempts to interfere in elections.
The rise of Uber and the plight of London's watermen
Jonathan Freedland compares the plight of black cab drivers with that of 18thC watermen.
Catalonia and Cornwall
Jonathan Freedland looks at past events which shed light on present-day controversies.
Jonathan Freedland compares the Catalonia crisis with a moment in Cornish history.
The Long View marks a year to go with a Brexit special edition.
Trump and Hamilton on American Trade
Jonathan Freedland on Donald Trump's trade plans and Alexander Hamilton's financial plan.
Facebook revelations and the Reformation
The Facebook Cambridge Analytica data and the Catholic church in pre-Reformation Europe.
Driverless Cars and the Railways of 1830
Jonathan Freedland compares safety on the railways in the 1830s to driverless cars today.
Jonathan Freedland and guests take the Long View on the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
Prime Ministers and Divided Parties
Jonathan Freedland compares Theresa May's woes now with those of Arthur Balfour in 1903-06
The Long View of would-be reforming leaders
Jonathan Freedland compares a Saudi prince with a medieval pope.
Gambling and New Technologies
Jonathan Freedland asks how new technologies transformed gambling in the 1840s and today.
Elon Musk's Hyperloop and Brunel's Atmospheric Traction Rail
Jonathan Freedland compares inventions by inventors Elon Musk and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Brexit and European Diplomacy
Jonathan Freedland compares Brexit with tensions between Offa and Charlemagne in the 790s.
Gender in women's sport
Jonathan Freedland takes the long view of the gender debate in women's sport.
Julian Assange and Robert Ferguson
Jonathan Freedland compares Julian Assange to a pamphleteer and fugitive of the 1680s.
Women in Intelligence and Cybersecurity
Jonathan Freedland looks at women's roles in intelligence now and during WWII.
By Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and host of Revisionist History.
Roy meets Susanne Gronnow, who has stories to share of Wrexham's historic Erddig Hall.
An Ethiopian war hero
Ethiopia sent soldiers to fight alongside the United Nations during the Korean War
The repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'
Until 2011 LGBT service people in the US armed forces had to keep their sexuality secret
Free breakfast with the Black Panthers
The revolutionary Black Panther Party provided free breakfasts for local schoolchildren.