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.
Sue MacGregor interviews broadcaster and foreign correspondent Alistair Cooke.
BBC correspondents forecast the leading news stories for the year ahead
Heather Couper presents a narrative history of astronomy
Programme looking at man's effect on the environment and how the environment reacts
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.
Ian Peacock unravels the myth, science and psychology behind creativity.
Quirky sound composition inspired by the songs of crickets.
Series focusing on foreign affairs issues
On the ground reporting from around the world
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.
David Schneider looks back at the history of British Jewish comedy.
Maria Margaronis explores the divided history of Cyprus, as a new settlement awaits.
Lina Sinjab presents a personal account of how the Syrian war has changed her home city.
Playwright Michael Symmons Robert explores the dystopic imagination.
Did Darwin change your mind? Hear the story and have your say with our latest radio play.
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.
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
Leading scientists address letters to Charles Darwin
BBC Radio 4 pays tribute to scientist Professor Stephen Hawking
Rod Liddle examines our differing responses to related animal species
Dancer, writer and broadcaster Deborah Bull presents a social history of dance in the UK
A look at how controversial decisions are reached behind closed doors in Whitehall
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
Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island
Jolyon Jenkins investigates why healthy people go online pretending to be terminally ill.
Aleks Krotoski explores living in a digital world
Marie-Louise Muir meets Ireland's artists at the former home of Sir Tyrone Guthrie.
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
Discovery explores today's most significant scientific discoveries.
Jonathan Bate explores how Elizabethan culture has shaped our image of England.
Kate Mosse celebrates the magical voice of Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Emma Barnett asks what rights we have to our online life and if deleting is desirable.
James Reason explores how patient safety can be improved by doctors admitting mistakes
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