Dana Gioia, Poet Laureate of California, reads and listens in every county in the state.
A conversation between contemporary figures and archive recordings of James Baldwin.
Colm Toibin profiles the brilliance and the madness of American poet Robert Lowell.
Susan Marling travels to Massachusetts to assess the legacy of Henry David Thoreau.
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough journeys to northern Norway in search of the supernatural.
Lopa Kothari considers the threats posed to Pakistan's rich tradition of Sufi music.
Writer Jeet Thayil retraces beat poet Allen Ginsberg's travels round India in the 1960s.
Adam Smith traces the birth and afterlife of Hemingway's explosive short story The Killers
Allan Little explores the history of the post-war arts festivals of Europe.
James Rhodes goes in hunt of his boyhood hero: Candian pianist Glenn Gould.
Exploring the grid as the great hidden idea behind modernism, art, music and urban design.
How St Ives abstract artists Terry Frost and Patrick Heron formed an unlikely friendship.
Tracing Graham Greene, George Orwell, AL Lloyd and Laurie Lee's WWII propaganda careers.
Mahan Esfahani discovers the past and present of African American classical music.
Catherine Fletcher measures the impact of Monteverdi's real and fictional female figures.
Chris Bowlby explores how the Reformation shaped German culture and what it means today.
The Rev Lucy Winkett takes a musical tour of the Reformation.
To mark Tony Harrison's 80th birthday, Paul Farley presents a profile of this unique poet.
Jon Gower uncovers the work of the pioneering naturalist RM Lockley.
Sally Marlow investigates why many jazz musicians turned to heroin in the post-war period.
Ken Hollings reassesses the life and career of the 1960s media theorist Marshall McLuhan.
Flora Willson traces the roots of global opera broadcasting to old New York.
Kevin LeGendre presents a portrait of musician and spiritual leader Alice Coltrane.
Samira Ahmed explores how Victorian art critic John Ruskin revolutionised girls' education
Soweto Kinch discovers the remarkable story behind the apartheid-era musical King Kong.
Kwame Kwei-Armah explores how Black Mountain College launched many American artists.
Sara Mohr-Pietsch investigates the artistic community of New Mexico.
The story of how three trips South America in the 1950s changed Pierre Boulez's life.
Shirli Gilbert reveals the complex history of music composed in the Nazi camps and ghettos
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough explores how different cultures have viewed the apocalypse.