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The 'Awakenings' medical experiment
In the 1960s a new drug briefly woke up patients who'd been catatonic for decades.
The killing of Amadou Diallo
When New York police shot a young immigrant 41 times, thousands took to the streets
The attack on India's parliament
In December 2001 armed men attacked India's parliamentary compound in broad daylight
Black GIs during World War Two
How soldiers who had been relegated to support roles were asked to volunteer for combat
Women and the Sabarimala temple
How Indian women fought for the right to be allowed into a Hindu holy site
The Romanian revolution
In December 1989 a wave of protests finally deposed communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu
Bee crisis: Colony Collapse Disorder
Why the mysterious loss of honey bees in the US triggered a global panic.
The creation of Abuja
Why Nigeria built a brand new capital city from scratch.
Pioneering work in the 60s into combination chemotherapy to try to find a cure for cancer
The invasion of Afghanistan
On 24 December 1979 Soviet troops started pouring into Afghanistan
The secret history of Monopoly
The true story of one of the world's most popular board games, Monopoly.
Cirque du Soleil
The ground-breaking circus was formed by a group of street performers in Quebec in 1984.
Vietnam war: Surviving the 'Christmas bombing' campaign
In December 1972 the US military launched its heaviest bombardment of Hanoi.
The male stripper troupe was founded in Los Angeles in 1979
Negotiating an end to El Salvador's civil war
The UN's top negotiator Alvaro de Soto recalls his part in bringing peace to El Salvador
The book that predicted an end to civilisation
The Limits to Growth was published in 1972 and suggested global decline from 2020
Desmond's: A sitcom that changed Britain
Desmond's was the most successful black sitcom in British TV history
East Germany's punks
How the communist secret police, the Stasi, tried to crush a youth subculture.
German atrocities in Poland during WW2
The memories of a survivor of Nazi atrocities in the final months of the war in Europe
The exodus of Kashmiri Hindus
In January 1990 over 100 000 Hindus fled the Kashmir valley
The murder of environmentalist Chico Mendes
The killing of the man who'd become a powerful symbol of the fight to save the Amazon
The Computers for Schools revolution
In 2009, Uruguay became the first country to give every schoolchild a laptop computer.
The battle for Fallujah
A US Marine's account of the massive operation against Iraqi insurgents in 2004
Britain's National Trust
How some of the great stately homes of Britain were saved from demolition and decay
Storming the Stasi HQ
After the fall of the Berlin Wall East German citizens stormed the secret police HQ
The woman who negotiated peace with a rebel group
The female negotiator who agreed a deal with Muslim rebels in the Philippines.
The story of George Stinney Jr
How a 14-year-old boy became the youngest person executed in the USA in the 20th century
The killing of Osama Bin Laden
The US tracked down the al-Qaeda leader to a city in northern Pakistan in 2011
The mystery of the disappearing frogs
How scientists discovered that a deadly fungus was killing off amphibians.
How the dodo died out
A flightless bird, the dodo was extinct just decades after being discovered by Europeans
Silent Spring: A book that changed the world
Silent Spring examined the effect of pesticides on the environment