Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Sam Cooke, aka the King of Soul.
Hardeep Singh Kohli chooses a word and sees where it leads him
Michael Portillo challenges the notion of calm before the storm of the Great War
Charting how the war transformed the arts.
Historian Margaret MacMillan chronicles the road to war in 1914.
Astronomer Paul Murdin asks if Jupiter's moon, Europa, might sustain biological life.
As the Mayan prophecy of doom approaches, enjoy this light-hearted guide to the apocalypse
Peter Conrad dissects the popular culture of his era, as Roland Barthes did 60 years ago.
Inside the digital news outlets that are reinventing journalism for the social media age.
Stuart Grundy presents a series looking back on events and music from 1955 to 1979.
Brian Sibley tells the story behind Ian Fleming's book, half a century after publication.
Jenny Hammerton, a DJ of 78s, explores why the old discs are still alive and kicking.
Winifred Robinson follows misbehaving children and the work being done to help them.
Zareer Masani on the new love for, and controversy over, Western classical music in India.
Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations
Greg Proops looks back at the life of Bob Hope, whose career spanned the 20th century.
Emily Buchanan explores the dilemmas of sponsoring children in developing countries.
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
Tim Brooke-Taylor views Chaplin's legacy in the theatre of his grandson James Thierree.
The stories of three women in a touching exploration of what it means to be childless.
A story of remarkable bravery from the Rwandan genocide of twenty years ago.
Brett Westwood and Phil Gates present a guide to some of Britain's common garden wildlife
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.
Dr Geoff Bunn journeys through 5,000 years of human understanding of the brain
The story of the portrait of a private soldier's sweetheart, painted for him in Auschwitz.
Life of Gormenghast author Mervyn Peake, on the centenary of his birth, by his children.
The first reunion in 70 years of writer Shirley Hughes and her 1940s dancing partner.
Helena Kennedy talks to eminent lawyers and judges who stand out from the legal crowd.
Lifelong fan Danny Wallace celebrates the Beano comic in its 75th anniversary year.
Composer Emily Levy on a poignant legacy - the mix-tapes made by her late brother Gus.
Mary Anne Hobbs explores the fusion of fine art and tattoos.
If only one in ten cells in the body is human, then what are we? Paul Evans investigates.
A tapestry of stories about the place of the sewing needle in our lives.
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh recalls his role in a daring rescue during WWII.
Rats under the floorboards, paint on the floor. What makes an artist's studio?
How the monarchy recovered after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Why is the Church of Scotland funding a luxury boutique hotel in the Holy Land?
Stuart Maconie looks at the career of the durable maverick pop duo Sparks.
Jackie Clune dated women for 12 years until she married a man. She explores this subject.
John Waite follows those student protesters most likely to be affected by funding changes.
How the iconic Yorkshire pit village of Grimethorpe has adjusted to life after coal.
As Liverpool's Everyman Theatre prepares to reopen, hear from those who worked there.
The alien mountains, canyons and craters, inspiring scientists and writers to explore Mars
Giles Dilnot finds out if new Bristol mayor George Ferguson is making a difference.
The story of Owen Davis, who fought alongside a local police force in Afghanistan.
Michele Roberts on the drink that fuelled bohemia, absinthe, and its influence on art.
Linda Colley examines the forces that have united and divided Britain over many centuries
Following the diagnosis of a family member, comedian Rory Bremner explores ADHD.
Matthew Syed explores the puzzling but powerful phenomenon of home advantage in sport.
Lyse Doucet visits Kabul to hear about the lives of Afghan women as the troops depart.