How did RL adapt to the political shifts of the 1970s, the rise of “détente” and the emergence of human rights as a key narrative affecting the relationship between Communist governments, the West, and the populations of the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc? This episode delves into the ways in which RL covered the world of dissidents, freedom of speech trials and underground literature in the Soviet Union, as well as telling you everything you’ve always wanted to know about the Helsinki Final Act of 1975, but were afraid to ask.

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