Professor Matthew Flinders challenges political cynicism
John Tusa chronicles the making of modern Iran
Andrew Rawnsley chairs a live discussion about the top stories of the moment
Personal reflections on the challenges facing Europe after events in France and elsewhere.
Leading German figures write about the country they know and the way it is perceived
Five writers consider the momentous events that are reshaping the Arab world
Five writers reflect on the recent momentous events in the Middle East and North Africa.
Jeanette Winterson presents a personal exploration of Manchester.
Fergal Keane takes a journey through the private notebooks and letters of Nelson Mandela.
Peter Riddell explores the background to the many extraordinary moments of her premiership
Nick Robinson reflects on the reporting of the MPs' expenses scandal and its repercussions
Steve Richards looks back on Nick Clegg's rollercoaster ride in power
Marie-Louise Muir revisits youth orchestras set up during the troubles in Northern Ireland
Helynt yr wythnos wleidyddol. A look at the week's political ups and downs
Kwame Anthony Appiah investigates president-elect Obama's academic career.
Matthew Parris marks the passing of the valedictory despatch from British ambassadors
Robert Peston talks to four key individuals about the global financial meltdown
John Pienaar shares political observations, with news and interviews from Westminster
Stephen Nolan and John Pienaar introduce coverage of Question Time
Historian Peter Hennessy asks senior politicians to reflect on their lives and times.
What does the Ukrainian revolution mean for Britain, Russia and the world?
Dr Mukulika Banerjee learns about the processes involved in an Indian general election.
Ehsan Masood explores whether science is becoming politicised on controversial issues.
Former government chief scientist, Lord May, looks at the role of politics in science.
MPs have their monthly opportunity to question the Scottish Secretary
Series examining the role of state secrecy in Britain
Will Self embarks on a 50-kilometre walking tour of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Reem Kelani explores the role of music in the Egyptian revolution of early 2011.
Eamonn O'Neill explores the world of contemporary espionage in Scotland.
Newspaper columnist Steve Richards goes on stage with 'pro-politics comedy'.
What really happens in intergovernmental summits? Jonathan Powell investigates.
Penny Marshall asks if new super-sized polyclinics will mean the end of the family GP.
Jeremy Bowen hears first-hand accounts of the revolution which started in Tunisia
Zaiba Malik on the Asian youth movements in the 1970s who fought for justice and equality.
Steve Richards tells the inside story of Gordon Brown's time as prime minister
Stephen Evans tells the story of daring East German defector Ernst Degner.
Should Britain stay in the European Union? Former diplomat Sir Stephen Wall puts the case.
Amanda Foreman examines the formative years of British politics.
The story behind an alleged plot to blackmail the future prime minister Edward Heath.
David Goldblatt unravels the story of Brazil through its abiding passion for football
Danny Shaw tells the story of Sir Ian Blair's tenure as Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Peter Hennessy asks public figures how further devolution might change the UK constitution
Chris Mason brings together listeners' contributions on election issues that concern them.
The songs inspired by the Luddites and their uprisings - which began 200 years ago.
Navdip Dhariwal investigates the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in Britain.
Andrew Neil offers a portrait of Margaret Thatcher via the voices of those she governed.
As the world watches the pandas in Edinburgh zoo, Philip Dodd investigates their allure.
Jonathan Freedland addresses the knotty problem of MPs' pay and conditions.
Nick Robinson explores the history of Britain's prime ministers
Political philosopher Michael Sandel examines the thinking behind a current controversy
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