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Sue Broom cracks the code of the cryptic names that are given to genes by scientists.
Catherine Bott tells the story of Nancy Storace, an English star who worked with Mozart.
Historian Andrew Roberts dispels some myths about Napoleon Bonaparte.
Natalie Haynes attempts to find the algorithm to determine the perfect joke.
Dramas, documentaries and interviews marking the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre
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Carmen Pryce investigates the inner world of the young child.
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Scientists select and discuss precedessors who inspired their work and lives.
If only one in ten cells in the body is human, then what are we? Paul Evans investigates.
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Matthew Hill explores the science behind the psychiatric disorder paedophilia.
Natural history series telling the stories of Britain's non-native invasive species.
The story of Allegra, Byron's illegitimate daughter, who haunted her father's imagination.
A tapestry of stories about the place of the sewing needle in our lives.
Radio 4 announcer Kathy Clugston is anosmic. She cannot smell - and wants to know why.
Internet security is vital, but increasingly fragile. Edward Lucas explores online trust.
Julia Hobsbawm explores the past, present and future of networking.
Olivia O'Leary follows historian Theodore Zeldin in the quest to reform conversation.
Tim Samuels explores the sharing economy, as espoused by chancellor George Osbourne
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.
A family of Syrian migrants risks everything in a remarkable journey to Germany.
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 marketplace in the world.
Scientist and arts lover Dr Mark Lythgoe looks at the divide between the disciplines
Why is there such an increasing demand for Danish sperm donors? Kate Brian investigates.
Martha Kearney follows the experiences and explores the hopes of new MPs at Westminster.
Michael Robinson explores the dramatic changes happening in the workplace.
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Jon Manel uncovers new evidence of methods used by some newspapers to get their stories.
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Topical panel quiz show, taking its questions from the week's news stories
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Can we predict the next deadly pandemic? Alok Jha investigates.
A night out in the Latino suburbs with the mariachis of Boyle Heights, East LA.
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.
Sarah Montague investigates the risks involved in working the nightshift.
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.
Stuart Maconie gets to grips with the nature of male friendships in the north of England.
The life of Johnny Morris, told by his friend and former co-presenter Terry Nutkins.
Marie-Louise Muir revisits youth orchestras set up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland
The story of how Botswana has become Africa's leading exponent of crime investigation.
What can animals tell us about the origins of our numerical abilities?
Navid Akhtar examines the legacy of the influential Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.