Jane Smiley goes horse racing in California. Why is it such fertile ground for a novelist?
With a new history curriculum coming, Adam Smith explores how pupils learn about the past.
Sarfraz Manzoor meets Dolly Parton to discover her 'Imagination Library'.
Folk singer Martin Carthy examines the rise and fall of Ewan MacColl's Critics Group.
Writer and broadcaster John Kampfner looks at the global consequences of war in Iraq.
Hugh Cunningham presents a history of philanthropic giving in Britain
Dr Kevin Fong asks why the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying is under criticism.
Anne McElvoy explores the history of governing Europe across three eras
Alex Bellos looks at the science behind learning maths and if school lessons reflect this.
A personal statement is crucial for university. What should it say, asks Imogen Stubbs?
David Grossman investigates the ways that savers, investors and consumers pay for the City
Football daft Peter White follows referee Howard Webb as he works with troubled teenagers.
Ian Hargreaves explores the fading visions of legendary Fleet Street editor Hugh Cudlipp.
Matthew Taylor tells the story of the last eight years in the life of George Price.
Vicki Butler-Henderson recalls James Hunt's epic on-track battle with Niki Lauda in 1976.
Simon Townley tells the story of the theft of the skull of composer Joseph Haydn.
Dr Kevin Fong looks at the birth of modern plastic surgery during World War II.
Paul Evans navigates a sea of stories to a phantom island where fact and fiction coexist.
Rich Morton gathers comedians' tales of their all-time nightmare stand-up shows.
Entertainer Bernie Clifton explores the impact of Austrian tenor Richard Tauber.
On its 50th anniversary, global figures read Martin Luther King's 'I have a Dream' speech.
Dr Kate O'Brien explores Ibiza's subtle influence over British youth culture and nightlife
From west Africa to south Wales - a portrait of dancer and choreographer Idrissa Camara.
Dr Mark Lythgoe investigates the technology of brain scanning.
Dr Mark Lythgoe tells the untold story of medical imaging
Residents of Birmingham discuss the impact of mass migration on community life in Britain.
Alvin Hall revisits the insights and observations of Alistair Cooke's Letter from America
Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson retraces Benjamin Britten's composing walks.
Professor Matthew Flinders challenges political cynicism
Jolyon Jenkins investigates the psychology of climate change - why aren't we more worried?
Mark Vernon examines how desire for certainty has affected people's ability to doubt
Mike Phillips investigates the coming of age of black British crime fiction.
Godzilla was a response to atomic war. Japanese artists now respond to the tsunami of 2011
Sir Ken Robinson, creativity guru, is in Derry-Londonderry, the first UK City of Culture.
Adam Rutherford asks how talking, travelling and technology affect human genetic evolution
Claudia Hammond looks at the government's plan to measure the nation's happiness.
Presenter Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of the writer Edward Thomas
Matthew Oates presents a series about naturalists and their pursuits
The hunt for the truth about the most influential and enigmatic of graphic designers.
Laura Barton tracks down the legendary lost figure of British folk music, Nic Jones.
Ian Peacock sets out to achieve the seemingly impossible, to be original.
Mukul Devichand seeks to see Britain through the eyes of those who have recently arrived
Comedian and musician Rich Morton explores the laid-back world of lounge music.
Research is giving new insights into the relationship between mind and body.
Dr Mark Lythgoe attempts to find out what constitutes intuition and when we should use it.
Agnes Poirier explores the role of the body which protects the French language.
Former City analyst Geraint Anderson examines the story behind bankers' bonuses.
Claudia Hammond investigates how neursocience is heading for the classroom.
Simon Jack tells the surprising story of the US Federal Reserve.
A series of programmes focusing on the Paralympic Games.