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.
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
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
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.
Robert Elms celebrates London, the city he loves, with a journey on the number 36 bus.
In another of his quirky assignments for Radio 4, Steve Carver works as a 'trade-plater'.
Jumping on freight trains in America - danger, thrills and desperation in the USA today.
Two decades after his death, why does Sun Ra continue to inspire an obsessive following?
An old antidepressant has unexpected anticancer properties, but no-one is developing it.
Poet Michael Symmons Roberts explores the remarkable life of Anthony Trollope.
Author Glenn Patterson explores what Belfast's murals say about the city's past and future
Documentary looking at the concept of growing plants in space and even on spacecraft.
Allan Little charts the re-emergence of Turkey as a powerful global force
Yasmeen Khan reports on the Turkish community in the United Kingdom.
Edi Stark explores different aspects of being a twin
Fionola Meredith goes in search of medieval scholar, author and poet Helen Waddell.
Mark Lawson and his guests discuss the powerful influence of James Joyce's Ulysses.
Jonathan Glancey looks at the great building projects of Britain that never made it
Roger Harrabin investigates whether the arguments over climate change can ever be won
An evocation of the musical film of Jacques Demy, director of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.
Kit Hesketh Harvey visits the Nailympics to understand the growing mania for manicures.
Mari Griffith examines the motivation behind the attack on the Rokeby Venus 100 years ago.
Could high-rise farming be the solution to feeding our cities or is it a utopian fantasy?
Ellie Gibson presents a documentary about computer games and indie games designers.
Amanda Vickery presents dramatised extracts from 18th-century Old Bailey court cases
Could infection by parasites be at the root of human behaviour and even mental illness?
As Scotland awaits a referendum on Independence, what has Quebec's experience been?
After a cancer diagnosis, musician Nile Rodgers walks the streets of New York.
Northern Ireland writer Nick Laird returns home to consider the culture of marching.
Uncovering the life and work of a pioneering and under-appreciated British painter.
Irish novelist Patrick McCabe explores the Irish influences on Bram Stoker's Dracula.
I am a genius. Gertrude Stein. A genius. A genius. I. Gertrude Stein. Am I a genius?
Louise Welsh updates the 1930s trail blazed round Scotland by Orkney poet Edwin Muir