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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