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  • ABEL and POWERS - A SPY for a SPY: Oliver Powers, father of the downed U-2 pilot, first conceives the idea that his son could be exchanged for Rudolf Abel. In other words: Exchange a spy for a spy.

  • A CHANGE IN LEADERS: Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin are allies in the plan to defeat Hitler.

  • A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER: On October 22, 1962, JFK tells the American people about the Cuban missile crisis.

  • A DIFFERENT VERSION: To resolve the missile crisis, America removes obsolete missiles in Turkey but replaces them with missiles on nuclear submarines.

  • A DIVIDED CITY: Berlin is caught in the conflict that erupts and the Russians erect the Berlin Wall to divide the city.

  • AMERICA'S FIRST WARNING: Experts view U-2 photographs and notice a Russian truck convoy in Cuba.

  • AN AMERICAN DEATH: Cuba's air force shoots down an American U-2 plane, killing the pilot.

  • ANGUISH FOR THE GIRLS: Nicholas' daughters survive the first hail of bullets because the gems sewn into their clothing provide some protection from the bullets.

  • A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: K-19 suffers a potential nuclear meltdown from cracks in the primary cooling tube.

  • ARCHITECTS BLINDED: Legend says when Ivan sees St. Basil he is overwhelmed with its beauty and orders the architect be blinded so the cathedral can never be outdone.

  • ARE THESE ROMANOV BONES?: DNA and skeletal evidence prove that human remains which are found belong to the Romanov family and their staff.

  • ARRESTED: Dostoevsky gets into serious trouble when he reads, then copies, a censored work; he goes to prison for this alleged crime.

  • ARREST of RUDOLF ABEL: When his main contact in America defects in Paris, Rudolf Abel is "found out." The FBI tracks him down, to his Brooklyn neighborhood, and arrests him at a Manhattan hotel.

  • ART AT THE TIME OF IVAN IV: Learn about some of the icons, frescoes, and paintings created between the 13th and 16th century

  • Art from Carrara Marble Quarries: Even during Roman times, sculptors prized the white marble from Carrara's quarries.

  • A SECRET DEAL: President Kennedy's response to the Soviet Union, to resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis, has two versions. One is public, the other is private.

  • A TEEN HERO NAMED JEAN-BAPTISTE JUPILLE: When word about Pasteur's vaccine spreads, a teenaged hero who saved the lives of six young shepherds needs the vaccine. He arrives from Arbois, Pasteur's childhood home.

  • AVOIDING NUCLEAR MELTDOWN: If cracks are not repaired to contain the coolant, the K-19 could explode due to a meltdown.

  • Awesome Easter Eggs - Faberge Eggs: In 1885, the Russian Tsar decided to give his wife a surprise Easter present. Inside the beautiful Easter egg were even more surprises. It led to an Imperial-family tradition which lasted until the Bo...

  • BATTLE PLANS: Adlai Stevenson brings the missile crisis to the UN looking for support, but the Soviet Union refuses to respond.

  • BEGGAR IN THE PALACE: Prince Ivan is an orphan who experiences neglect and abuse even though he rules Russia when he is older.

  • Beginnings of Revolution in Russia: At the beginning of 1917, the Russian city ofSt.

  • BERLIN FALLS: The fall of Berlin provokes the end of the war, but there are still troubles ahead for the city.

  • Bitter Harvest - Story of the Holodomor: When Stalin industrializes the USSR, he does so by breaking the spirit of people and depriving them of food and shelter.

  • Borodino Battle and Battlefield: Borodino, a small village about 70 miles west of Moscow, was the site of a bloody battle during the Napoleonic Wars. It took place on September 7, 1812 and was made even more famous in Tolstoy's "War ...

  • Bridge of Spies: Mark Rylance wins an Oscar for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in "Bridge of Spies." Protecting his real identity, this spy uses the name of a deceased friend to let the Soviet government know he had bee...

  • Brothers Karamazov - Ivan Confronts His Devil: This clip, from a 1968 Soviet-era adaptation of Brothers Karamazov (by Fydor Dostoevsky), depicts the scene (from the novel) in which Ivan Karamazov (who disputes the existence of God) confronts his d...

  • BULGARIAN LABOR CAMPS: Bulgaria, a communist country, is home to the Belene labor camp.

  • Catherine the Great: Before she was a Russian ruler, Catherine the Great was the daughter of a minor German prince. Then Empress Elizabeth picked Sophie to marry her heir, thereby changing Sophie's name and her life.

  • Children's Fountain - Story Behind the Iconic Image: The children, featured in this fountain, are dancing the Khorovod. The Khorovod is a type of common circle dance which Russian children loved to do before WWII.

  • CLOSE TO THE EDGE: Two superpowers - the US and the USSR - send back-and-forth letters, each demanding that the other remove missiles from nearby countries.

  • Cold War: Cuban Missile Crisis, Part 2: The Bay of Pigs fueled Castro's worry of an American invasion and his desire for missiles from the Soviet Union.

  • Cuban Missile Crisis: On October 14, 1962, the pilot of an American U-2 flies a spy mission over Cuba and makes a history-changing discovery.

  • DEATH BY POISON: Anastasia, Ivan's wife, who has a calming influence on him dies of lead poisoning.

  • Death of a Tsar: Romanov Execution: Meeting a tragic end Nicholas, whose family reigns for more than 300 years, is the last Tsar of Russia.

  • DEATH SENTENCE: Russia's Tsar orders a firing-squad charade to show Dostoevsky and his colleagues what happens to lawbreakers.

  • DECISIONS and CONSEQUENCES: The decision makers divide Germany into East and West as residents struggle to survive.

  • Demons - Novel by Dostoevsky: Known as Dostoevsky's most-violent novel, "Demons" is based on a real-life murder which took place in 1869.

  • Disaster at the River - Napoleon Leaves Russia: When Napoleon and his men reach the Berezina River, they find the bridge destroyed and the river thawed. To escape a trap, they must build a 100-meter bridge with hand tools.

  • DONOVAN, ABEL and POWERS after the BRIDGE OF SPIES: What became of James Donovan, Rudolf Abel and Francis Gary Powers after their encounter on the Bridge of Spies?

  • Dostoevsky: Fyodor Dostoevsky has only one month to produce a novel or he will have to give the publisher rights to produce his work for the next 10 years.

  • DOSTOEVSKY in LOVE: After prison, Dostoevsky has failed love relationships and becomes addicted to gambling.

  • DO THE WORK!!: From young to old work was the way to success, according to Soviet Dictators.

  • Downton Abbey - The Dowager and the Russians: Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, knows a Russian aristocrat who fled Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution. What's the history behind this story line?

  • EIGHTY YEARS LATER: Eighty years later, on the anniversary of their brutal execution, the Russian people lay the Romanov family to rest in St. Petersburg.

  • Emil Goldfus / Rudolf Abel - An Artist in Brooklyn: Living as an artist among other artists in Brooklyn, Emil Goldfus / Willy Fisher / Rudolf Abel became particularly close to Burton Silverman.

  • ENTER RASPUTIN: Nicholas' coronation feast causes the death of about 2,000 people and his reign causes Russia many military losses.

  • EX COMM and The Crisis: President Kennedy's Executive Committee (Ex Comm) is a group of senior advisors who meet with JFK throughout the missile crisis.

  • EXECUTION IN SIBERIA: As Russia is in full-scale revolution, the entire Romanov family is executed.

  • Exploring Space: Images from NASA: It's World Space Week. See how Hubble, the orbiting space telescope, has changed our view of the Cosmos. It all started with Galileo who, improving an original design, uses his version of the telesco...

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