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The Confidential Briefing



This episode of The Far Becomes Near is a cassette tape, handed to you, a member of the British diplomatic core, as you board a chartered jumbo jet for the emirate of Sharjah, UAE. Set in 1978, the scenario imagines you settling down in your seat, heeding the permission to smoke announcement, and donning the headphones of your Sony Walkman, by which method you are prepped for the International Telecommunications Expo in Abu Dhabi to which you are destined. The confidential briefing, of declassified documents and expert testimonies brings you up to speed on political aspects of radio history in the United Arab Emirates, ahead of your 'diplomatic' work at the Expo.



 

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