Norman Lebrecht explores the life and work of French icon, chanteuse and composer Barbara.
An exploration of the life of Fidel Castro's most precious aide until her death in 1980.
Travel writer Ian Marchant investigates 'psychogeography'.
Humayun Ansari from the University of London tells the story of mosques in Britain.
Stephen Johnson on how the music of Shostakovich helped him survive clinical depression.
David Vaughan traces the life and work of English poet Elizabeth Weston.
Charles Nicholl recreates Leonardo da Vinci's transient masterpieces.
Hungarian-born poet George Szirtes revisits Budapest in search of Liszt's gypsy music.
Richard Coles explores the history of homosexuality through the ages
Out in the World - A Global Gay History homepage
Judith Kampfner on the best interpretation in the arts of the 9/11 attacks.
A portrait of the American city of Detroit seen through its world-class orchestra.
Adam Nicolson presents an exploration of humankind's relationship with ideas of arcadia
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John Tusa explores the cultural dimension to the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Michael Goldfarb asks how Europe's artists and writers saw the Depression of the 1930s.
Hilary Finch considers the craft, purpose and future of newspaper music critics.
Judith Mackrell asks if dance remains ultimately about the moving human body.
Juliet Gardiner profiles Barbara Hepworth, Britain's most successful female sculptor.
Owen Sheers visits a Colombian city reborn - through its own great literary heritage.
Andrew Brown explores philosopher David Hume's witty, provocative career as a historian.
Series in which Adam Smith explores the American Civil War, 150 years since its start
The American Civil War homepage
Martyn Crucefix explores the appeal of Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies.
Sukhdev Sandhu travels to Chandigarh, the city in northern India built by Le Corbusier.
Matthew Sweet explores the life, ideas and impact of psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich.
Tristram Hunt rediscovers the stories of three ideas that emerged in Britain
Great British Ideas homepage
Peter Thompson investigates the life and legacy of German dramatist Georg Buchner.
Geoff Ward considers the legacy of American novelist and writer David Foster Wallace.
The forgotten story of the young female architect of the first Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Isabel Hilton reports from China more than 100 years on from the fall of the last emperor.
Isabel Hilton reports from China on the current boom in museum building.
Professor Paul Robertson sets out in search of the real Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.