James Landale examines why Margaret Thatcher was ousted from power 25 years ago.
Paul Morley on the 7-inch single's grand relative - the 12-inch - and its peak in the 80s.
Hardeep Singh Kohli chooses a word and sees where it leads him
Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations
The story of how two of the greatest albums of all time were released on the same day.
Michael Portillo challenges the notion of calm before the storm of the Great War
Historian Margaret MacMillan chronicles the road to war in 1914.
Fintan O'Toole looks at letters written at the time of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
Astronomer Paul Murdin asks if Jupiter's moon, Europa, might sustain biological life.
As the Mayan prophecy of doom approaches, enjoy this light-hearted guide to the apocalypse
Series looking at the impact of the hashtags that got millions talking.
The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
Peter Conrad dissects the popular culture of his era, as Roland Barthes did 60 years ago.
Inside the digital news outlets that are reinventing journalism for the social media age.
John Henshaw explores the unrelenting success of one of the longest running comedy series.
Jessica Lack explores public art in the UK through a city's attempt to commission new work
Howard Stableford investigates whether advances in 3D printing can benefit nature.
Quiz show hosted by Steve Punt from UK universities
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Brian Sibley tells the story behind Ian Fleming's book, half a century after publication.
Jenny Hammerton, a DJ of 78s, explores why the old discs are still alive and kicking.
Series of short stories written by new writers to radio, introduced by Lynne Truss