Sue Broom cracks the code of the cryptic names that are given to genes by scientists.
Dramas, documentaries and interviews marking the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre
Michael Portillo investigates nature's tyrants
Carmen Pryce investigates the inner world of the young child.
If only one in ten cells in the body is human, then what are we? Paul Evans investigates.
Natural history programme offering a unique insight into the natural world
Olivia O'Leary follows historian Theodore Zeldin in the quest to reform conversation.
James Naughtie profiles 60 public figures nominated to mark the diamond jubilee
Andrew Luck-Baker meets today's telescope builders and astronomers
Martin Wolf, of the Financial Times, examines the global financial situation
Could a strange dog from remote New Guinea have been man's first best friend?
Navdip Dhariwal investigates the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in Britain.
Series of stories by some of Ireland's most exciting and talented writers
Mike Wooldridge reports on the quiet economic inroads into Africa being made by India.
Roger Law visits Yi Wu in China, fast becoming the biggest market place in the world.
Scientist and arts lover Dr Mark Lythgoe looks at the divide between the disciplines
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4
The news headlines, including a look at the newspapers
The latest national and international news and weather reports from BBC Radio 4
The latest news from BBC Radio 4
Jon Manel uncovers new evidence of methods used by some newspapers to get their stories.
The latest national and international news headlines
News, weather and Shipping Forecast updates
Topical panel quiz show, taking its questions from the week's news stories
A look back at the stories that hit the headlines in the past year
Can we predict the next deadly pandemic? Alok Jha investigates.
Lesley Curwen investigates cultural failings in the NHS
Steve Richards looks back on Nick Clegg's rollercoaster ride in power
Mark Doyle asks if Nigeria will become a full democracy or be torn apart by violence.
Jackie Ashley investigates the standard of hospital care at nights and at weekends.
Sarah Moore meets bird rescuer Jean Hains, who helps young Manx Shearwaters.
Poet Paul Farley flies over London in a police helicopter and reflects on the city below.
Tim van Eyken investigates songs of seduction and ghosts - the night visiting songs.
The remarkable story of the Mangeshkar sisters - revered by Bollywood fans the world over.
Edward Stourton explores the impact of the famous river on the people of Egypt
Did the number zero come out of religious culture in ancient India? Alex Bellos explores.
Peter White talks to disabled people who have achieved outstanding success in their field
Ian McMillan fights the cause of 'sodcasters', perpetrators of tinny mobile phone music.
Ian Marchant takes a trip along the line dividing the North of England from the South
As Derry-Londonderry becomes the UK City of Culture, William Crawley considers identity.
The life of Johnny Morris, told by his friend and former co-presenter Terry Nutkins.
The story of how Botswana has become Africa's leading exponent of crime investigation.
Comedy series that follows a community psychiatric nurse on her rounds
Navid Akhtar examines the legacy of the influential Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.