Cleo Laine revisits the 1940s golden age of the all-girl swing band in the UK and America.
Brains behaving badly: how talented people are fooled into failing. With Matthew Syed.
Alan Dein explores how people recorded their own voices on gramophone records.
David Baddiel asks what kind of insect Gregor Samsa becomes in Kafka's The Metamorphosis.
How Britain's other secret service, MI9, ensured daring escapes of WWII prisoners.
The dawning of the age of Black Aquarius, the second great wave of pop occultism in the UK
Barry Cryer hears how recordings are restored so that music hall stars can be heard again.
Clive Anderson searches for a golden age of respect for the football referee.
Pete McCarthy examines the work of Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri.
Philosopher AC Grayling explores what his former tutor had to say on life's big question.
Grace Dent presents a field guide to failure. Featuring Jon Ronson and Stephen Pile.
Paul Farley cooks a pot of scouse as he explores the complex flavours of the Scouse accent
The creator of Adrian Mole is remembered by friends and family and through her own words.
American satirist Joe Queenan presents spats, tantrums and explosions from the archive.
Jo Fidgen explores how the women's vote has changed British politics and society.
Fifty years after The Sound of Music, Mark Kermode hears from the team who made it happen.
Will Self visits an out-of-town mall of the mind.
Jonathan Powell explores the secret language of politicians.
Steve Richards on the political fears and shocks of 1974, and their lessons for today.
Billy Bragg explores the politics behind the work of folklorist Alan Lomax.
Nicholas Witchell remembers the grandeur and impact of Winston Churchill's state funeral.
Writer Bidisha explores how complaining has become such an important part of British life.
Ann Trenneman asks whether the filibuster has reached the end of its time.
Christopher Frayling explores the untold story behind the creation of Prokofiev's classic.
Diane Roberts examines the impact and legacy of the film classic, 75 years on.
Stephen Tuck asks why Malcolm X was so passionate about speaking at an Oxford Union Debate
Jarvis Cocker remembers the long-running BBC radio programme Singing Together.
Brian Eno, Grayson Perry and others reflect on the state of the art school.
Ruby Tandoh shows how young women are finding a powerful new voice via the internet.
How Militant Tendency dominated Liverpool politics in the 1980s, and its ongoing legacy.