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3/5 Laura Cumming considers a famous black dress, memorably painted by John Singer Sargent. (R)
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2/5 Justin Cartwright on corporate America and the novel The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit. (R)
1/5 Tracy Chevalier on the fate of some sparkling stones in de Maupassant's The Necklace. (R)
5/5 Poet and writer Paul Farley explores why a bittern can sound like reggae.
4/5 Bird song recordist Geoff Sample explores whether birds sings symphonically.
3/5 Composer Edward Cowie shares his enthusiasm for lyre and bell birds.
2/5 Behaviour expert Professor Tim Birkhead explores how birds learn to sing.
1/5 Nature writer Richard Mabey reflects on how and why we like to sing together.
5/5 Michael Cox explains how Carr's views can be applied to current shifts in world power.
4/5 Niall Ferguson discusses the importance of asking 'what if?' questions of history.
3/5 Amanda Foreman says theorising about the historian's role doesn't get at historical truth.
2/5 Dr Elizabeth Buettner places What Is History? in the context of decolonization.
1/5 Prof Richard Evans introduces Carr the historian and set his work in context.
5/5 Jenny Uglow considers gardeners' 'xenophobia'.
4/5 Jenny Uglow explores how gardeners have always sought to dominate nature.
3/5 Historian Jenny Uglow explores at how pride and hubris flourish in our gardens.
2/5 Jenny Uglow explores the connections between gardens and snobbery.