2/3 Tristram Hunt explores the political philosophies of 'Young England' and 'Young Ireland'.
Ruth Smith uncovers the surprising truth about the many meanings of Judas Maccabeus.
1/3 Tristram Hunt on how 18th-century thinker Robert Malthus's ideas wrought havoc in India.
3/5 Shobana Jeyasingh on how different dance traditions inform her choreography.
1/5 Jon Boden on the influence of apocalyptic science-fiction on him as a folk singer.
Norman Lebrecht in conversation with the Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
5/5 Philosopher AC Grayling reads an essay on the life and work of Michel de Montaigne.
4/5 Montaigne biographer Sarah Bakewell on the writer's cat, scepticism and animal souls.
Philip Dodd casts an irreverent eye over the reputations LS Lowry and Thomas Kuhn.
3/5 Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate on the relationship between Montaigne and the Bard.