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24 August 2017

Episode 306

29 minutes


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The sea conquers the land: we hear how politics around the Suez Canal has propelled Egypt to the world stage, how Vienna solved its flood problem with the help of engineering and examine the heritage of fascism along the Adriatic coast.

24 August 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Egypt: Suez Canal

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Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway and stands as a symbol of Egypt’s potential power on the world stage.

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Chapter 2

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Austria: Danube Island

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The Danube Island was an ingenious feat of engineering when it was built in the late 1980s. Not only did it solve Vienna’s flood problem – the Danube typically overflows in June – it has also became one of the city’s most-loved leisure areas.

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Italy: beach holidays

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During Benito Mussolini’s rule a series of holiday summer camps was built, both by the Italian state and businesses. Today, a tour along the Adriatic coast will take you to many of these ‘colonias’ but while some have found a new life others remain abandoned.

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