1/5 Bethany Bell evokes the elegance and dark tensions of 1914 Vienna - and their echoes now.
Paul Farley visits the Somme, a river whose sleepy character belies its violent history.
Lucy Parham on how literature inspired Schumann to write some of his great piano cycles.
Anne McElvoy considers how Germans see their country's cultural role.
10/20 Professor Peter Adamson discusses the great Muslim philosopher Al-Farabi.
8/20 Professor James Montgomery discusses the life and work of Arab philosopher Al-Kindi.
7/20 Jim Al-Khalili explores the legacy of mathematician and astronomer Al-Khwarizmi.
6/20 Narguess Farzad of SOAS discusses Persian poetesses Rabia Balkhi and Mahsati Ganjavi.
5/20 Julia Bray explores the figure of Harun al-Rashi from the Thousand and One Night tales.
4/20 Jonathan Bloom explains how Islamic scholars and thinkers became early adopters of paper.