AL Kennedy explores something uniquely intimate and comforting that begins in childhood.
Ian McMillan discovers how Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant became a Thanksgiving anthem.
Midge Ure explains how technical innovation has always stimulated musical creativity.
Classical soprano Catherine Bott explores the world of the backing singer.
When are mentally ill patients really free to make decisions about their treatment?
Sathnam Sanghera asks if being tone-deaf is a medical matter or simply a lack of training.
Can we use the Amazon for the wealth of resources it contains, but still keep it alive?
Rajini Vaidyanathan explores the current bitter controversy over voting rights in the US.
Series charting the history of America, written and presented by David Reynolds
Robert Peston lifts the lid on the multi-million pound football management industry
A portrait of Dorothy Hodgkin, the only female British scientist to win a Nobel Prize.
The writer Tom Dyckhoff looks at the life and work of Richard Buckminster Fuller.
Psychotherapist and author Susie Orbach investigates the mind of the child sex abuser.
Former soldiers turn to Shakespeare to fight stress and take Henry V to the London stage.
Franny Armstrong looks at the explosive impact of Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring.
Comedian Andrew Maxwell sets out to show that the feast has its origins in these islands.
Mountaineer Andy Cave joins the team working on the Thirlmere Aqueduct.
Lenny Henry unveils the mysterious contents of Andy Warhol's Time Capsules.
Gabrielle Drake looks at regional theatre through the story of Manchester's Royal Exchange
Tom Dyckhoff explores the way we design and build for animals.
Miles Warde explores the life of American photographer Ansel Adams on tape.
Prof Steve Jones takes a sceptical look at the new science of evolutionary psychology
A look back at programmes and recordings from the BBC archives
Samira Ahmed explores the life and work of writer Arnold Bennett.
Arthur Smith pieces together an unreliable portrait of Arthur Cravan, the Dada James Dean.
Horatio Clare explores the landscapes - real and imagined - of horror writer Arthur Machen
Are ash trees coping with the spread of ash dieback in Britain? Adam Hart investigates.
Monthly documentaries throwing a spotlight on British Asian issues
William Stafford wrote a poem every day. Katrina Porteous explores his life and his work.
Bobby Friction goes back to Delhi 30 years after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
The world's stories as told from the point of view of those most affected by them
Rajini Vaidyanathan explores the future of the death penalty in the United States.
Lenny Henry profiles Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American playwright August Wilson.
Rapping out dreamtime stories: a new outlet for Australian Aboriginal youth.
Amid rehearsals for his 75th play, an analysis of Alan Ayckbourn's talent as a director.
Stephen Evans traces the 800-year history of the boys' choir of St Thomas' Church, Leipzig
Tim Marlow explores Britain's response to Europe's most lavish art movement
Felicity Finch joins conservationist Tim Dixon in search of the very rare Barbestelle bats
Nick Robinson presents a series on the relationship between broadcasters and politicians
Music, culture and life.
Radio 2's Folk Singer of the Year 2014 goes back to her roots, Edale in Derbyshire.
Guy Schalom hunts out the spirit of the new Egypt in the musical roots of the bellydance.
Ben Goldacre explores the idea of evidence-based policy.
Jarvis Cocker uncovers an album made by Sir John Betjeman in 1974.
Bob Geldof, Ronnie Wood and others remember rock 'n' roll music promoter Bill Graham.
Innovative and thought-provoking features on a wide variety of subjects
An exciting and revelatory soundscape following life between the tides on a sandy coast.
Sheila Chandra explores the history of Asian music in Britain.
Mark Stephen charts a job swap between gamekeepers from the Kalahari and the Angus Glens
Laurie Taylor looks back at 50 years of cultural studies