US satirist Joe Queenan presents a series on people with highly unusual occupations
Satirist Joe Queenan meet the brains behind the businesses bucking the economic downturn
Paul Bayley examines history of the flexidisc, a cheap, lo-fi way of releasing a record.
Comedy, poetry, music and audience creativity in the company of Matt Harvey and guests
A close encounter with the street chess players of Washington Square Park, New York.
Writer Nicholas Rankin explores Leonard Woolf's novel The Village in the Jungle.
Dermot Murnaghan presents a series exploring local dialects across the UK.
Paul Allen examines the use of verbatim eyewitness accounts and legal evidence in theatre.
Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
Comedy panel game all about words, hosted by Gyles Brandreth
Series of stories by Chris Paling where the music plays as important a role as the words
Mike Greenwood talks to a number of writers about their literary fascination with fishing.
A love affair and a secret daughter takes Wordsworth to Calais as John Worthen discovers.
Series exploring the marginal and forgotten coalfields of England
Nick Baker explores co-working - a new way of working and a new kind of workspace.
Irma Kurtz talks to five different agony aunts from around the world.
Forty-five minutes of news, analysis and comment, with Martha Kearney
Justin Webb asks what the future holds for the World Bank.
Super Eights: Sri Lanka v Australia.
Super Eights: England v South Africa.
Super Eights: Sri Lanka v Ireland.
Super Eights: West Indies v Bangladesh.
Joe Dunthorne's England Writers Football Team plays against the Scotland Writers Team.
Emily Maitlis asks if the UN's heritage police is a force for good or ill.
Stephen Phelps recalls one of the most secret diplomatic missions of the Second World War.
Philip Sweeney finds out about the pioneering composer of African Sanctus David Fanshawe.
A showcase for the best English language radio on the planet
Nitin Sawhney looks back over 25 years of the WOMAD festival.
Series following the movement and migration of animals across the planet
Razia Iqbal looks at writers of many nationalities who have worked for the World Service.
Shaun Ley looks at the week's big stories and previews the week to come
In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective
Ball by ball coverage of World Twenty20 international cricket
A service live from Glasgow Cathedral presented by James Naughtie with guest Colin MacKay.
Claire Bolderson asks if something that another country does well could work in the UK.
Roger Law on the entrepreneurs behind some of Britain's best designs and inventions
Michael Bird uncovers the significance of The Wreck of the Alba, painted by Alfred Wallis.
The history of the illicit activities of the Wirral peninsula's wreckers.
Dominic Byrne visits Iran to try to understand the country's national sport of wrestling.
Exploring the process of speaking and the causes of stammering.
The radio panel game of literary correctness
Four stories from the Hay Festival 2007, read by the authors
Angela Carter's friends, colleagues and admirers remember her innovative plays for radio.
Short stories by writers new to Radio 4 and based on personal experience.
Vivienne Parry takes her diagnoses of literary heroines into the early 20th century.
How an ancient stone inscription came to the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul.
Graham Easton follows volunteers on Mount Everest as they take part in medical research
Janet Ellis explores the history of the hula hoop.
The story of the Merchant Navy ships trapped in the Suez Canal during the 1967 Six Day War
Series of five comic tales by William Makepeace Thackeray, adapted by Stephen Wyatt
Britain's leading ventriloquist brings the crafty art back to radio.
News, views and features on yesterday's stories in Parliament
David Hepworth talks to fellow writers and bloggers about the decline of the music press.
What do a film star, a biologist and a journalist have in common? A mysterious finger.
News and discussion of consumer affairs
Author Adam Gopnik rides New York's longest subway train which is famous for its song.
A series of programmes on people who have had songs written for or about them.
Alan Dein explores the classic American TV series The Twilight Zone.
Peter Hennessy explores how Macmillan transformed the country's mood after the Suez crisis
Young people from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales talk about life under devolution
What happened to the trainee prison governors featured in Radio 4's The Young Governors
Young Italian professionals working in the UK reveal how their economy has cast them out.
2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year Mark Simpson talks to other previous winners.
Adjoa Andoh reflects on the career of playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry.
Dotun Adebayo looks at why many young black British people are converting to Islam.
Gary Younge examines Barack Obama's presidency
Dominic Arkwright looks at the condition of British farming in the current climate.
Kirsty Young presents tracks that listeners have chosen to take to a desert island
Robin Denselow profiles musician Youssou N'Dour as he reaches his 50th birthday.
Will Gompertz meets cultural entrepreneurs who are shaping our lives.
How the British-born singer Vince Taylor inspired David Bowie's mythical rock star.
Jarvis Cocker explores the history of fanzines