Adam Smith unearths the roots of Nathanael West's Hollywood novel The Day of the Locust. (R)
1/5 Kelley Wilder discusses how the 1896 x-ray photograph of a hand changed medicine. (R)
Patrick Wright investigates why German writer Uwe Johnson chose to live in Sheerness. (R)
2/5 Omar Nasim discusses the very first pictures of a nebula, taken by Henry Draper in 1880. (R)
Matthew Sweet introduces music for films associated with cinematographer Douglas Slocombe.
3/5 Jeanne Haffner discusses how aerial photography changed the spaces we live in. (R)
Author Philip Ball asks why music is such a universal human trait. (R)
Stephen Johnson connects Mahler's beliefs about death to Viennese funeral customs.
4/5 Elizabeth Edwards on W Jerome Harrison's photo of the Broom cottages in Warwickshire. (R)