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This month marks 70 years since the state of Is­rael was estab­lished. It’s an an­niver­sary marked in Is­rael:

What Might Have Been (Ra­dio 4, Saturday 12 May), which fea­tures Si­mon Schama’s per­sonal re­flec­tion on the coun­try’s con­cep­tion, birth and trou­bled life. Also on Ra­dio 4, for Present at the Cre­ation (May) Guardian colum­nist and Long View pre­sen­ter Jonathan Freed­land speaks to the two peo­ple still alive who wit­nessed the mo­ment when the Jewish Peo­ple’s Coun­cil gath­ered at the Tel Aviv Mu­seum and pro­claimed the es­tab­lish­ment of a Jewish state.

The Al­moravid Ber­ber Mus­lim dy­nasty was cen­tred on Morocco. It en­dured for lit­tle more than a cen­tury, from 1040–1147, but dur­ing that time its lead­ers con­trolled large swathes of ter­ri­tory in north Africa and Spain, and estab­lished Mar­rakesh as a ma­jor city. So why did the dy­nasty fall? It’s a ques­tion Melvyn Bragg and ex­perts will ex­plore for In Our Time (Ra­dio 4, Thursday 3 May). Lis­ten out too for an episode about the Mabino­gion, the ear­li­est prose sto­ries of the lit­er­a­ture of Bri­tain ( Thursday 10 May). Im­pe­rial Echo, mean­while, (Ra­dio 4, April) ex­plores the queen’s role in turn­ing a fail­ing em­pire into the Com­mon­wealth.

On PBS Amer­ica, the un­doubted high­light is The Viet­nam War (April), the full 18-hour ver­sion of the se­ries that re­cently aired on BBC Four. On Yes­ter­day, there’s the return of Aban­doned En­gi­neer­ing ( Tuesday 8 May), the se­ries that tells the sto­ries of once-grand struc­tures that have now been aban­doned.

Look out for the full 18-hour ver­sion of the epic se­ries The Viet­nam War FIND WEEKLY TV & RA­DIO UP­DATES AT his­to­ryex­tra. com /tv- ra­dio

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