Alexander McCall Smith explores the work of writers and their favourite characters.
Writer Garrett Carr reveals his unusual map of the Irish border.
Clare Jenkins tells the story of children cared for in 'scattered homes' of Sheffield.
Jim White meets some very rich young people as they consider their future.
Mike Thomson reports from Northern Iraq on the changing role of child soldiers.
Mark Mardell explores the relationship between the world's two greatest powers.
Clive Anderson visits China to find out why success at the sport has eluded the country.
Rana Mitter discovers the unexpected thinking behind China's welfare state.
Carrie Gracie presents a series exploring ten great lives from Chinese history
Sue Nelson investigates the humble source of the silicon chip.
Anna Chen exorcises the irritating Chinese musical cliches that haunted her childhood.
Alex Stevenson explores musical diplomacy, as the Parliament and Bundestag choirs sing.
William Crawley travels to Winston Churchill's grave in the Oxfordshire village of Bladon.
Bill Paterson marks the 70th anniversary of the Classics Illustrated comic book series.
Chris Vallance explores the long-term results of the hacking of climate scientists' emails
Is the middle class in decline? The divide between a rich elite and those now clinging on.
Aleks Krotoski tells the story of the languages that have been used to talk to machines.
How surfing is shaping Ireland's coastal communities, north and south of the border.
Five programmes exploring the ways in which people reveal their true selves to the world.
Inside the booming and lucrative business of multinational companies suing governments.
Debbie Wiseman tells the fascinating story of the composer of Captain Noah and Rumpole.
How Western classical music underpinned the golden age of the Hollywood film score.
Cerys Matthews celebrates one of her musical heroines, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.
Sally Marlow investigates the addictive nature of overeating and how we should treat it.
Winifred Robinson investigates changes to border controls in the wake of election results.
Can we maintain the NHS much as we know it or do we need to envisage really big changes?
Catherine Bott on software that corrects out of tune singing but is also a creative tool.
Quirky sound composition inspired by the songs of crickets.
Hardeep Singh Kohli investigates the lack of chefs threatening Britain's curry industry.
Poet Paul Farley takes a walk across the dangerous sands of Morecambe Bay.
Jake Wallis Simons explores the murky and controversial world of private investigators.
Cuba is one of the world's least connected countries, but that is about to change.
David Schneider looks back at the history of British Jewish comedy.
Ken Hollings examines the artistic device to create new meaning from existing recordings.
Maria Margaronis explores the divided history of Cyprus, as a new settlement awaits.
Paddy O'Connell meets D-Day veterans and asks 'what is remembrance?'.
Meeting the sons and daughters of famous comedians
Lina Sinjab presents a personal account of how the Syrian war has changed her home city.
Playwright Michael Symmons Robert explores the dystopic imagination.
Can you apply Darwin's theory of natural selection to music and create the perfect song?
Timandra Harkness explores the benefits and challenges from huge amounts of recorded data.
Emily Buchanan meets parents who adopted children from overseas orphanages.
An exclusive Radio 4 interview with David Attenborough about his life in wildlife sound.
David Baddiel sets out to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.
Steve Richards explores David Cameron's vision for the state and society
Allan Little profiles the great philosopher David Hume who was born 300 years ago.
Roger Bolton reassesses one of the world's great archaeological discoveries
BBC Radio 4 pays tribute to scientist Professor Stephen Hawking
Supporters of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, including Alan Bennett, tell its history.
Dancer, writer and broadcaster Deborah Bull presents a social history of dance in the UK