Natural history series presented by Richard Mabey
Jonathan Freedland reassesses Machiavelli and finds the inspiration for modern republics.
Ken Arnold explores how three European countries variously tell the history of madness.
Gyles Brandreth discovers what it takes to become a national treasure.
Series exploring ordinary people's links with the past
Steve Richards presents a three-part series examining the news
Narrative history series exploring over 2,000 years of western medicine
Tarek Osman traces characters and ideas that have shaped the modern Arab world
Paul Morley charts a history of popular music through recording studios
The blog of the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai voiced by British girls her age.
Malmesbury in Wiltshire aims to establish itself as the country's 'Philosophy Town'.
Rob Walker investigates the mystery of a man found dead on a west London street.
James Naughtie thinks now is a timely moment for a reappraisal of Sir Walter Scott.
Peter Day explores the wayward genius of Irish writer Flann O'Brien on his centenary.
Fergal Keane takes a journey through the private notebooks and letters of Nelson Mandela.
Dr Kat Arney meets a new generation of virtual cartographers, making maps to save lives.
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy finds his favourite forms in some highly unlikely places.
Peter Riddell explores the background to the many extraordinary moments of her premiership
Stand-up, sketches and songs from comic Mark Watson
Philip Sweeney on music, crime and culture in Marseille, 2013 European City of Culture.
Martin Wainwright reassesses the old cliche that 'it's grim up North'
Roland Buerk reports on the crisis in Japan's declining traditional kimono industry.
John Wilson talks with musicians about a career-defining album
Gareth Mitchell sits in for Quentin Cooper finding out what's new in the world of science.
Magician Jolyon Jenkins investigates the links between numbers and illusion.
John Lloyd celebrates 30 years of The Meaning of Liff with Matt Lucas and Helen Fielding.
Steve Hewlett presents a topical programme about the fast-changing media world
Are we are turning normal human behaviour into medical conditions?
Britain's Muslim-Jewish couples share their remarkable stories with Zubeida Malik.
High-profile figures, in conversation with John Wilson, replay their own sound archive
Mark Coles goes in search of the vilified.
Mel Giedroyc takes a British family back 2,000 years to live in a Danish Iron Age village.
Lifelong fan Danny Wallace celebrates the Beano comic in its 75th anniversary year.
How a leading German modern artist's greatest work was rediscovered in a barn in Cumbria.
Emily Booth tells the story of heavy metal, the loudest and darkest form of rock.
Gordon Corera looks inside Britain's Secret Intelligence Service
National and international news
Lively and diverse conversation with weekly guests
Series exploring the development of the science of psychology during the 20th century
Claudia Hammond slays common myths about the brain and its workings.
Economist Jim O'Neill examines the MINT countries - Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey
Tom Mangold investigates a tale of dirty tricks and industrial espionage.
Nick Robinson reflects on the reporting of the MPs' expenses scandal and its repercussions
Gaylene Gould meets modern musicians who are adapting traditional West African music.
Well-known figures discuss moments of scientific genius
The latest news from the world of personal finance
Phone-in programme with discussion and advice on personal finance
Does true love have to be monogamous? We hear three very modern love stories.
Henning Wehn explores the story of one of Monty Python's most bizarre adventures.
Live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
Tim Harford explains the numbers and statistics used in everyday life
Following 12 months in the life of the seaside town of Morecambe
Mary Anne Hobbs explores the fusion of fine art and tattoos.
Security Correspondent Gordon Corera reveals the story behind Israel's secret service.
Radio 4 has been granted access to track work with some of the UK most troubled families.
Five short autobiographies in two languages
Overthrowing centuries of musical tradition - and prejudice: the Japanese Bach revolution.
Short stories by Morven Crumlish, inspired by the work of artist Phoebe Anna Traquair
Programmes exploring music and music-related subjects
Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice
Under a full moon and the Northern Lights, Richard Coles hears the Ice Music of Norway.
Portraits of people who relocated to other lands, influenced by music
Wolfgang Stoecker is on a mission to explore the meaning of dust.
Sarah Montague presents a series looking at how technology has changed education
Midge Ure goes in search of the real Freddie Mercury.
Who cut down Glastonbury's 'holy thorn' tree? And why did it matter to so many people?
Sue Broom investigates why 26 dolphins were stranded and died in Falmouth Harbour in 2008.
Frances Fyfield explores the manuscript of Dickens's last and unfinished novel.