Michael Blastland lays out the history of economic ideas
Naftali Brawer delves into the ancient texts of the Talmud
Comedian Danny Robins explores the global Swedish cultural explosion conquering the world.
Do assumptions about teenage pregnancy stand up to scrutiny? Miranda Sawyer investigates.
Sarfraz Manzoor looks at the life of a teetotaller in the UK.
Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Phil Manzanera and Cliff Richard on Hank Marvin.
Simon Preston visits a UK town and, with a local chef, creates a new signature dish
Peter Curran visits members of the many and varied disciplines of science
Series following a new approach tried as an alternative to custody for child offenders
Exploring the different attitudes and definitions of mental health and mental wellbeing
Dr Geoff Bunn features comic book heroes and science in his history of the lie detector.
Dominic Arkwright charts the life of Thomas Middleton, the bad boy of Renaissance drama.
Mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing, and his role in the invention of the computer.
Nick Barraclough explores what makes a great lead guitar player.
Pink Floyd members explore the tragic mental breakdown of former front man Syd Barrett.
Horatio Clare joins the Paris River Police, the Brigade Fluviale, on patrol on the Seine
Historian Jon Lawrence of Cambridge University asks what has happened to the working class
As Britain's last glass eye maker retires, Jolyon Jenkins explores the world of false eyes
Alistair McGowan tells the story of the love letters that composer Erik Satie never sent.
Melvyn Bragg explores the idea and evolution of culture
Ian Hislop celebrates the sharp barbs of Alexander Pope and the 18th-century satirists.
Richard Coles on the various ways that the voice of God is depicted, and what this reveals
Intimate portrait of the musician Robert Wyatt in his own words.
Eric Robson asks why the bestselling author Hugh Walpole has been forgotten.
Testimony from the women who sailed across the Atlantic to join their servicemen husbands.
Barbara Plett examines how the Syria conflict could shape the future of the Middle East.
Zarghuna Kargar hears the stories of British and Afghan women widowed by the 13-year war.
The high price of gold has led to Asians being targeted for their wedding jewellery.
Cerys Matthews drives the A470, the highway running through the heart of Wales
Matthew Hill investigates the drug Champix and its possible links to psychiatric illness.
Joe Dunthorne's England Writers Football Team plays against the Scotland Writers Team.
Philip Sweeney finds out about the pioneering composer of African Sanctus David Fanshawe.
Young Italian professionals working in the UK reveal how their economy has cast them out.
Barry Manilow looks at the lives and works of composers of the Great American Songbook
David Aaronovitch investigates 'declinism' - the idea that human society is in decline.
Series examining overlooked but noteworthy historical events, with Michael Portillo
Angela Saini explores shared space - an idea set to bring peace and harmony to our streets
Archive recordings of US public radio shows from the early 2000s.
Kavita Puri presents the stories of the pioneering migrants from the Indian subcontinent
Janet Ellis celebrates that most unpredictable of mythological beings, the genie.
Prof Ali Ansari presents a world history as seen through Persian eyes
A portrait of pre Chinese Tibet through the voices of the British who worked there.
Mukul Devichand explores the rising Asian giants, China and India
Allan Campbell visits the parish of Durinish on Skye
Comedian Tim Key spins his own surreal tale of one of Russia's greatest short stories.
Poet and comedian Tim Key sleuths out what makes a great literary opening line.
Gerry Anderson considers Titanic's complex relationship with the city of her birth.
David Davis MP gives a personal exploration of Tony Benn's life and ideas.
Stephanie Calman talks to women with an intellectual mismatch in their relationships.