Author David Almond explores what the Lindisfarne Gospels mean to people in the North East
Tarek Osman explores the significance of the café and how it has shaped the Middle East.
Rex Bloomstein investigates Burma's cultural life at a time of extraordinary transition.
Writer Sarah Dunant explores the social, cultural and human histories of syphilis.
Stephen Johnson explores Wagner's heroes and how the composer became a national hero.
Jan Morris, who first reported the conquest of Everest, looks back on her adventures.
Tom Service investigates how architect Renzo Piano uses music to inspire his buildings.
Poet Kenneth Steven goes to the source of Neil Gunn's novel Highland River.
The poet Simon Armitage explores the cool and compelling heart of stainless steel.
Joyce McMillan on the past, present and future of Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, now 50.
Jon Gower explores Welsh poet RS Thomas's life and work through the prism of birdwatching.
Professor Tim Blanning explores the shifting ideas that nurtured and shaped the Baroque.
The Rev Richard Coles discusses the ideas of sin and atonement through the centuries
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Will Self rebroadcasts an imaginary archive of modernist radio.
Thomas Dixon explores the history of weeping as an aesthetic response to works of art.
Alexandra Harris presents a cultural history of the cold from the Anglo-Saxons to today.
Fiona Shaw unlocks the gaze of the women in Edouard Manet's famous impressionist painting.
Roger Parker explores Verdi's status as an Italian national figure.
Matthew Sweet uncovers the extraordinary career of Alex Comfort, author of The Joy of Sex.
Exploring unexpected literary influences on Byron, Tennessee Williams and Virginia Woolf.
Rosamund Bartlett investigates the truth and the fiction of Tolstoy's War and Peace
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Thomas Wright examines books in California, auctioned off from Oscar Wilde's own library.
Stephen Smith asks if it matters if travel writing is unreliable.
The history of Queen's University in political, cultural and intellectual life in Belfast.
Poet Gwyneth Lewis explores the modern revival of Welsh language.
Jatinder Verma reports on the cultural life of Kashmir after decades of political strife.
Jatinder Verma reports from India on how asceticism still matters in a modernising state.
Dana Gioia traces developments in Californian poetry since the Beats in the 1950s.
Michael Goldfarb explores the three-hundred-year history of the piano.
Richard Bernas explores the legacy of John Cage in music and beyond.