A poetic meditation on the element uniting Nagasaki, Argyll and a mutant bounty hunter.
Nick Baker considers various different subjects as sources of comic material
The story of the 4,000 children evacuated from Bilbao in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War
Frank Swain, aged 32, is losing his hearing. But could he create a new super sense?
Jolyon Jenkins investigates whether we have lost the war on cybercrime.
Simon Cox delves into the sometimes strange world of the hacker activist, or 'hacktivist'.
The story of the many Irish women who started new lives in Britain in the 1950s and 60s.
Domestic dogs and leisure horses have never had it so good but why do we spend like we do?
Kit Hesketh-Harvey follows a Birmingham-based ladies barbershop chorus, Second City Sound
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Edward Stourton reports from Haiti on problems facing the aid industry.
Nick Davis follows a charity giving free phone calls to victims of earthquake in Haiti.
Comedian Hal Cruttenden stars as a stay-at-home father trying to reinvent himself
Three short stories by Scottish writer Neil M Gunn
Jocelyn Pook celebrates the music and meaning of the word Hallelujah through history.
Geoff Watts explores the cultural and scientific story of hallucination.
Fred Freeman profiles the life and work of the Scottish poet Hamish Henderson.
New five-part production of William Shakespeare's famous tragedy
A look behind the scenes at Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre's Hamlet, with Maxine Peake.
Evelyn Glennie explores the extraordinary story of a new percussion instrument - the Hang.
A chance encounter in the park is about to change Matt Kirwan's life.
Hannah Gadsby presents a series of comedy lectures about four masterpieces.
A series in which four leading figures reflect on the nature of happiness.
Nick Maes revisits and celebrates The Who's influential rock-opera, Tommy.
In the Solar System's outer darkness, planet Neptune has its first 'official' birthday.
Writer and comedian Stewart Lee explores the television series Children of the Stones.
Deborah Bull and tap dancer Nada Karsakov trace the genealogy of the Lancashire Clog Dance
A showcase of new ideas in comedy
Series showcasing new comedy voices
Jolyon Jenkins explores the proposed Gloucestershire Gateway services (MSA) on the M5.
Comedy telling a couple's love story through their conversations with friends and family
Hardeep Singh Kohli meets five people, each with their own story of finding serenity
Hardeep Singh Kohli travels around the UK gathering answers to his alternative census
Hardeep Singh Kohli asks whether playing is on the verge of being co-opted by marketeers.
Hardeep Singh Kohli travels the UK cooking Sunday lunch for people with remarkable stories
The strange tale of Harry Smith, who compiled an anthology of American folk music.
Glenn Mitchell celebrates the life and work of entertainer Harry Worth.
Eddie Mair chairs a debate on the progress of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Comedy drama series by Caroline and David Stafford
Ricky Ross looks at the life and work of the Scottish comedian and actor Will Fyffe.
Nick Perry adapts Derek Raymond's cult crime novel set in 1980s London
Edward Stourton celebrates great debates, with analysis by a panel of experts
Poets respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.
A doctor wants to perform the first human head transplant. Will US surgeons license him?
Comedy sketch show set in a vast call centre called Smile5
Robin Ince explores our timeless fascination with the self-help shelf.
Five experts set out their ideas for the future of public health in Britain.
Paul Robertson's remarkable story of the Indian ragas he heard from within a coma.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili explores how the sounds of our past still influence us today.
Series of three stories inspired by the unique music of Tom Waits
Nick Fraser considers the role of intellectuals in relation to world events and conflicts
The story behind an alleged plot to blackmail the future prime minister Edward Heath.
Writer Le Ly Hayslip tells how she survived the Vietnam war and its aftermath.
Clive Anderson presents a quirky, irreverent guide to the events of the election campaign
Series in which people argue a provocative thesis
The story of an octogenarian dancer teaching a 28-year-old how to waltz.
Three stories by Heidi Amsinck set in Copenhagen and its surrounds
Denmark is a mysterious place, where strange and often dark things happen.
Lyse Doucet talks to a group of former hostages of so-called Islamic State.
Sara Kestelman reads Helen Dunmore's novel of Cold War Leningrad
A comic but scientifically-accurate look at the science and history of space exploration.
Performer Byron Vincent tries to overcome his paralysing fear of social situations.
Rowan Pelling searches for a cure for the problem which blights her life, procrastination.
Wayne Hemingway celebrates the lives of 1950s designers Robin and Lucienne Day.
Susan Marling investigates the debt Ernest Hemingway owed to Cuba, his home for 21 years.
How the extravagance of the 5th Marquess of Anglesey led to bankruptcy and disgrace.
Henry Moore's daughter on the life and work of Britain's foremost 20th-century sculptor.
Janet Ellis explores the appeal of one of the oldest mythological beasts, the dragon.
John Waite tells the story of The Monkees, the successful 1960s pop group.
Discussion programme which challenges established ideas and questions received wisdom
Geoff Ryman explores stories about women and men in future worlds. What might change?
Moby-Dick was made in England. Paul Farley tells a story of fast fish and loose fish.
Professor Andrew Hussey explores whether heroin use creates a particular aesthetic style.
Musician Rainer Hersch on the life and work of astronomer and musician William Herschel.
Following the team who are working on the biggest telescope ever sent to space
Joanna Smith Rakoff explores JD Salinger's relationship with fans who wrote him letters
Short stories of mystery and intrigue from Northern Irish crime writers.
Three stories from Wales about secrets and lies
Geoff Adams-Spink looks at hate crimes against the disabled.
Jonathan Charles reports on attempts to locate graves at Treblinka's death camp.
Piortraits of unknown, intimate and surprising aspects of Henry VIII's character
Aleks Krotoski explores innovations and cultural events from the age of communication.
Nick Haslam re-evaluates the renowned underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau.
The story of the worst volcanic eruption in human history and its continuing significance.
Sean Street traces the trajectory of John Magee's poem High Flight.
Sue Armstrong investigates the effect on pathology of the 1999 Alder Hey scandal.
Sarah Butler asks, can the Bangladesh garment industry become ethical and profitable?
Sally Magnusson explores the contemporary music of the Scottish Highlands
Andy Kershaw re-examines the Bob Dylan album that changed popular music and his life.
Diana Collecott on wartime poet Hilda Doolittle with readings by Sara Kestelman.
Music journalist Jackson Allers explores Arab Spring era hip-hop as a catalyst for change.
Shelina Janmohamed explores what it means to be young, female and Muslim today.
Stephen Armstrong explores a very distinctive musical fusion of East and West.
Julian Carey visits a Welsh valley where people have been living under canvas since 1976.
Sukhdev Sandhu tells the story of a book of hippy philosophy that defined the 1960s.