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Interview with Laurence Rees

Award-winning historian and producer Laurence Rees, creator of the BBC documentary series and book Auschwitz: The Nazis and the “Final Solution”, is no stranger to the war’s moral quandaries. But his latest dual-media project—a book, World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis, and the West, and a series of the same name now airing on PBS—places the 1940 Soviet massacre of Poles at Katyn into chilling contexts: how Stalin played Roosevelt and Churchill, how they tried to play him, and what happened to the Poles and their country.
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North Vietnam’s Master Plan

Three years before the U.S. Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, the North Vietnamese Politburo made the decision to conquer the South.
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Benjamin Franklin: Revolutionary Spymaster

On the eve of the colonials' leap into revolution, Benjamin Franklin was the target of a dangerous initiative by a French secret agent to determine the Americans' intentions and capabilities. Franklin's wisdom -- and wile -- proved pivotal in boosting French confidence in supporting the insurgents.
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Tokyo Rose: They Called Her a Traitor

American GIs talked of a Japanese radio broadcaster they knew as Tokyo Rose, and the U.S. government said the sultry voice belonged to an American citizen named Iva Toguri d'Aquino. But did it?
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Nuremberg Trial

Unprecedented in history, the Nuremberg Trial brought high-ranking Nazis to justice. This is the story of how the trial took shape in postwar Germany.
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Japanese War Crime Trials

The International Military Tribunal for the Far East meted out justice to Japanese war criminals at locations throughout Asia.
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Edward R. Murrow: Inventing Broadcast Journalism

In spite of his youth and inexperience in journalism, Edward R. Murrow assembled a team of radio reporters in Europe that brought World War II into the parlors of America and set the gold standard for all broadcast news to this day.