On the box


Actively Radical TV — Sydney community television's progressive current affairs producers tackle the hard issues from the activist's point of view. CTS Sydney (UHF 31), every Sunday, 9-11pm. Ph 9565 5522.

Access News — Melbourne community TV, Channel 31, has excellent coverage of industrial, environmental and community actions throughout Victoria. Access News broadcasts every Monday at 8pm. Ph 9633 6976.

Secrets of War: Hidden in Plain Sight — In Vietnam, the world's most powerful army struggled to confront an elusive adversary — a guerilla force that would strike then vanish. ABC-TV, Saturday, November 13, 10.25pm.

Smiles — The hypocrisy of Thai politics and the history of recent struggles for democracy. Melbourne community TV UHF 31, Monday, November 15, 8pm.

Red Chapters: The Murder of Sergei Kirov — Leningrad Communist Party secretary Sergei Kirov was assassinated in 1934. Stalin manipulated events to claim that Kirov's death proved the existence of a plot to bring down the Soviet government, despite evidence that the murder was a crime of passion. Kirov's death was the excuse Stalin used to begin the purge that killed hundreds of thousands of revolutionaries. SBS, Tuesday, November 16, 7.30pm.

History's Turning Points: The Battle for Vietnam — US marines landed in Vietnam in 1965 for what US President Lyndon Johnson thought would be a quick and limited war. The US had not bargained for the tremendous opposition of the Vietnamese people. SBS, Wednesday, November 17, 7.30pm.

David Suzuki's Nature of Things: The Green Zone — Examines the importance of riparian zones, the green zones bordering rivers and creeks. SBS, Wednesday, November 17, 8.30pm.

The Human Journey — First of a three-part series charting the course of human evolution. Episode one deals with humans' origins in Africa. ABC-TV, Thursday, November 18, 9.30pm.