At the end of the 1980s, the Soviet army is being universally modernised, observed closely by western military intelligence in East Germany. Weapons-scouts in the field are constantly on duty, as are agents in high command or in intelligence service stations, for instance in the autumn of 1983, as NATO is practising new procedures of nuclear release. Moscow is concerned the exercise could be the beginning of a nuclear first strike. It takes a double agent to clear up this dangerous misunderstanding.
Did the first outbreaks occur in China or in the Caspian Sea? Experts still argue. But how did the plague actually spread? After many controversies, it seems that the rat flea was the major carrier of this disease.
Restaurant critic Giles Coren and writer and comedian Sue Perkins experience the food culture of years gone by. Once again they'll adopt the etiquette, social habits and mores of each era in their own highly individual way. In this episode, Giles and Sue go back to the 1950s, an era started on rations and ended by Prime Minister Harold MacMillan remarking that "we'd never had it so good".
The Behind the News team provide a wrap of the Logie Awards, Donald Trump becoming the first US president to step into North Korea, teacher strikes in South Australia and a look at what is happening in the world of sport.
Australian inventors have boldly re-imagined communication across the spectrum of technologies: Graeme Clark's extraordinary bionic ear delivered deaf patients the sound of speech; John O'Sullivan and his CSIRO team created the world's first high-speed wi-fi that dramatically changed the communication landscape worldwide; Henry Sutton's visionary Telephane was designed in Ballarat decades before the television; and post-master James Raymond established the world's first pre-paid postage system in Sydney in 1838 with his delightfully simple pre-paid envelope.
The Fourth of July marks America's Declaration of Independence in 1776. But the American Revolutionary War started in April the year prior. Share this quiz with students to test their knowledge of the events leading up to Independence Day.
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