Andrew Hussey goes beyond the cliches to discover the true face of 21st-century France
Paul Jackson explores the inner workings of the Californian TV industry
Ziauddin Sardar investigates philosophical and practical links between science and Islam.
Shaun Ley examines what Labour needs to do to revitalise itself in opposition.
The creator of the New York antifolk scene takes us into the sonic landscape of his mind
Felicity Finch finds out about a controversial women-only hotel in Saudi Arabia.
Rhona Cameron celebrates the bi-centenary of the earliest known women's golf competition.
The surprising and touching story of how Richard Strauss' marriage inspired his music.
Series of comedy sketches by Emily Watson Howes set in a ladies' public toilet
Two men attempt to discover more about the woman who bankrolled their secondary education.
Ian Peacock celebrates the pineapple.
Ian Peacock picks up his spoon and delves into the history of 'The King of Fruits'.
Lady Gaga banned, but Cannibal Corpse approved. Islam and pop contradictions in Jakarta.
Cerys Matthews investigates why so few women play the blues.
An evocative sound portrait of Britain's largest lake, Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland.
Poet Paul Farley celebrates the work of John Clare through his landmark poem.
Jackie Kay remembers the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel in 1917.
Puzzle programme exploring the lines connecting people and places across the centuries
Programme presenting puzzles with links between local history and the countryside.
Programme presenting puzzles involving links between local history and the countryside.
Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins and others reveal the history of the Welsh national anthem.
The amazing story of Finland's Nokia Millionaires, shareholders in the mobile phone giant.
Alex Bellos visits Japan to discover why Asian cultures seem so much better at maths.
Why are scientists and designers are deliberately planning for failure?
Comic poet John Hegley visits the annual sea shanty festival in the Polish city of Krakow.
Hermione Cockburn on the writer LTC Rolt, who helped us to value our industrial landscape.
Mark Stephen reports on a remarkable development on Glasgow's river Clyde.
Julian Clary investigates how stand-up comedy has become a very British export.
Michael Bird on the painter Peter Lanyon, who was soaring to fame when his glider crashed.
The British Library's vast newspaper archive is becoming available online as never before.
John Antrobus presents a tribute to the co-creator and writer of The Goon Show.
Aleks Krotoski embarks on a happenstantial journey in search of a happy accident.
Jenny Cuffe reports on the UK's first family, drug and alcohol court.
How can science can stop an upsurge in the slaughter of African elephants for their ivory?
The first reunion in 70 years of writer Shirley Hughes and her 1940s dancing partner.
Andrew Luck-Baker ventures into Australia's Daintree rainforest canopy
Alan Yentob investigates a 2,600-year-old community in Iraq, now almost disappeared.
Jonathan Charles profiles Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
Five stories celebrating the centenary of Daphne du Maurier's birth
Julian Fellowes meets an original member of a theatre group supported by Thomas Hardy.
Broadcaster Ian McMillan pays tribute to television's longest-running sitcom.
A celebration of the pub landlord and landlady
Mark Stephen explores the effects of changes in the Post Office network
We go inside refuges for men who experience domestic violence from their female partners.
Radio 4's weekly obituary programme
Jessica Hynes hears stories of 'latch-key kids' through the generations.
Pete Paphides tells the story of the M1's 1960s music meeting place - Blue Boar services.
Three stories by Louise Stern, written in Mexico in 2013
Claire Bolderson asks if Latinos are the key to a reborn USA.
Michael Rosen uncovers humour in oppressive and totalitarian societies.
Robert Elms recalls how The Face magazine changed the visual landscape of Britain.
Laura Barton shares her fascination with the cultural phenomenon of tomboys.
Perrier Award winning comedian Laura Solon's sketch and character comedy series
Comedians Laurence Howarth and Gus Brown host a sketch show about the human condition.
Comic sketches starring Laurence Howarth and Gus Brown
How each age 'invents' the countryside to chime with the preoccupations of the day
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explores the history of our homes from the 1920s to the present
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen tells the story of dandyism and male peacockery through the ages
Laurie Taylor considers the future of money. Will cash disappear in favour of plastic?
Long-running legal magazine programme, featuring reports and discussion
Clive Anderson looks at the legal system of the indigenous Australian Aboriginals
Celebrating the poet, publisher and City Lights Bookstore co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Geoff Dyer explores DH Lawrence's life-changing experiences in New Mexico in the 1920s.
Improvised sketch show with a live studio audience, with Josie Lawrence and Jim Sweeney
Emma Jane Kirby examines a changing relationship between French politicians and the press.
Andrew Rawnsley chairs a live discussion about the top stories of the moment
Geoff Watts explores the world of science and the people, passions and policies behind it
Jude Kelly marks 350 years of women on stage.
The League of Gentlemen reunite for an evening in one of Britain's most haunted houses.
Three stories that mark the 2012 leap year
The definitive guide to learning, with practical advice, features and listeners' views
Presenter Esther Armah goes on a journey to find out about the Deaf Community.
Gwyneth Lewis, the first Welsh Poet Laureate, goes in search of the Welsh language Chaucer
Travel writer Nick Thorpe reflects on our cultural and personal attitudes to risk.
Anne Perkins explores how Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain used radio and newsreel
Roisin McAuley speaks to older women who have finally left their husbands.
Sarfraz Manzoor talks to people who have decided to leave Islam and become ex-Muslims.
20 years on John McCarthy returns to Lebanon, in search of signs of the Arab spring.
The tragic story of the African migrants who fled fighting in Libya on an inflatable boat.
Author Erica Wagner explores the legacy of the abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Navid Akhtar examines the career of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire composer AR Rahman.
The story of the 2009 swine flu epidemic from the point of view of the virus itself.
Wonga, money and morality - how will Newcastle United fans wear an online lender?
Why did the steely Russian revolutionary reputedly visit the first English garden city?
Alexei Sayle finds out why so many people pay homage to John Lennon at his childhood home.
Sarfraz Manzoor explores John Lennon's love for Cape Wrath in the Scottish Highlands.
Jann Wenner's seminal 1970 New York interview with John Lennon for Rolling Stone magazine.
Lenny Henry pursues his new-found enthusiasm for the works of William Shakespeare
Following Lenny Henry as he prepares to take on the role of Othello.