How Western classical music underpinned the golden age of the Hollywood film score.
Tarik O'Regan offers a portrait of New York, siren city for composers from the Old World.
Jolyon Jenkins finds out about the state-school boys who won scholarships to Eton.
Trevor Cox asks whether compression can detract from our enjoyment of recorded music.
Hannah Fry reveals the UK's lead role in developing computer technologies we rely on today
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?
Why are orchids so popular? Jim Endersby offers a new scientific history of their allure.
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.
Philip Hoare attends the necropsy of a porpoise and thinks about going inside a whale.
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?'.
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
Elinor Goodman investigates how government ministers take decisions in the 21st century.
Dr Janina Ramirez presents a series that examines three masterworks in minute detail
John Simpson returns to Kurdistan, 25 years after a devastating chemical weapons attack.
Did the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison mean to die at the Epsom Derby of 1913?
Radicalism and adolescence in Tessa Hadley's story, read by Harriet Walter.
Geoff Watts finds out how deep brain stimulation is treating Parkinson's and depression.
Edward Stourton tries to make sense of the past decade
Michael Portillo examines the development of democracy over 2,500 years
Jolyon Jenkins investigates why healthy people go online pretending to be terminally ill.
Did Douglas Adams predict the future in the year 2000? Mitch Benn finds out.
For Stalin, privacy was key. So how would he feel about his secrets being revealed?
How the Natural History Museum packed its collections off to country houses during WWII.
Peter White presents a history of disability in the 18th and 19th centuries
Nikki Fox investigates the treatment of disabled people in British prisons.
Julie Fernandez considers whether to have children at risk of inheriting her disability.
Emma Barnett asks what rights we have to our online life and if deleting is desirable.