Short stories by the American writer that warm the soul and intrigue the listener
Documentary investigating the life and work of film director Lindsay Anderson.
Erica Wagner explores America's relationship with its national anthem, an ode to its flag.
Irish comedienne Deirdre O'Kane in conversation with Jackie Clune and Rowland Rivron.
What should be in a Hippocratic Oath for scientists?
Across the world, parents, inspired by Barack Obama, have given his name to their children
Kwame Anthony Appiah investigates president-elect Obama's academic career.
Owen Bennett Jones has a sideways look at confusions and contradictions of the Middle East
Simon Armitage explores the creative possibilities opened up by Oblique Strategies cards.
Mark Whitaker looks at the debate over what an occupying force is allowed to do.
Gabrielle Walker explores why we know so little about the planet's oceans
Historian Tristram Hunt MP considers the legacy of Octavia Hill, 100 years after her death
Sketch show that looks at the pains and irritations of modern life.
What do Greek tragedy and soap opera have in common? Comedian Natalie Haynes investigates.
Series featuring new writing and stimulating discussion
Michael Rosen celebrates the work of 1920s songwriting duo RP Weston and Bert Lee.
Martin Sorrell explores the work of French First World War poet Guillaume Apollinaire.
Lloyd Robson explores a lesser-known side of the late Hollywood idol Robert Mitchum.
John F Jungclaussen explores Munich's Oktoberfest as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.
Devilishly funny sitcom set in the infernal kingdom of Hell. With Andy Hamilton
Historical photographs are rare in China, but now the pictured past is being reclaimed.
Roger Bolton tells the story of the Codex Sinaiticus, the world's oldest bible.
For Israelis and Palestinians everything is politicised, even the olive harvest.
Mark Whitaker tells the story of arts contests at the Olympic Games.
How Handel became, through his oratorios, a favourite of the working and middle classes.
Michael Rosen explores what being inferior actually means
Marcus Brigstocke is forced to reassess his prejudices about the character of politicians
Linguist Mark Turin tracks down some of the world's endangered languages.
Jenny Cuffe examines the role of local magistrates and the proposed court closures.
Writer Clare Allan on the controversial diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.
Short stories looking at the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of ordinary people
Kirsty Lang and Lucy Ash present cultural snapshots off the beaten track in France
Stephen K Amos presents comedy and stories from the heart of the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe.
Self-confessed map addict Mike Parker explores modern cartography
Ray Furlong meets Paul Higgs, a police officer who liaises with Cornwall's migrant workers
Mark Gatiss explores the hugely popular Doctor Who novelisations of the 1970s and 80s.
Greg Proops celebrates Jack Kerouac's novel with a jazz-infused drive through America.
Series of four stories to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's On The Road
By Christopher William Hill. Gentle comedy set on a remote Scilly island in 1937
Exploring the lives of successful people who have weathered storms in their careers
Ian Marchant talks to people affected by the increase in teenagers using London's buses.
How honeybees and their keepers travel vast distances pollinating America's crops.
Martin Palmer traverses England to explore the mysteries surrounding the Knights Templar.
Martin Ellis presents a history of the bicycle
Getting to the heart of country life with a look at individual farming endeavours
TH White's tale of King Arthur, adapted by Brian Sibley.
The story of one of the great folk singers and writers of our time, Lal Waterson.
Series of three stories inspired by a very modern small-ads phenomenon
Story of the families of British soldiers recording bedtime stories for their children.
The all-new sketch show where no sketch features more than one voice
Mukti Jain Campion examines the world's most ambitious national identity scheme.
Traffic police, tourists and farmers talk about life in Cornwall on one busy summer's day.
One day in winter, December 21, the shortest day of the year.
Radio 4 meets some of the millions of travellers making their way home for Christmas.
Dancers, designers, police and parade-goers experience the Leeds West Indian Carnival.
Brazil: How architect Oscar Niemeyer brought his extraordinary building designs to life.
One million books given away for free - how did it affect those involved?
Katie Derham delves into the fascinating world of musical life during the Second World War
Kate Adie dissects the plot of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, with readings and discussion.
Interview series. Broadcasters talk to the people whose stories interest them most
The Story of the MOBO Awards: Kanya King tells the story of her original vision.
Penny Marshall examines the effects of the rapid expansion of online porn on UK society.
Simon Cox talks to those charged with turning round poor-performing organisations.
Series of audio interventions by artists, to mark the launch of the Open arts initiative
Mariella Frostrup with the best in new fiction and non-fiction.
Countryside magazine featuring the people and wildlife that shape the landscape of Britain
A tour of the British countryside.
Stand-up comedian Tom Wrigglesworth recounts his tale of taking on the jobsworths.
A collection of open-hearted tales from a mic-less open mic night at The Catweazle Club.
Alison Clarkson follows eight people on a fish and chip shop course in Leeds.
David Shukman travels to Jordan to find out if science can bring peace in the Middle East.
Paul Bennun finds out how Free and Open Source software is making its impact felt.
Razia Iqbal examines the tradition of banks as patrons of art.
A sound celebration of historical events
Series showcasing first-time and emerging writers
Michael White uncovers the life of the soprano singer Jennifer Vyvyan.
The writer Tom Dyckhoff looks at the life and work of Richard Buckminster Fuller.
Agatha Christie's murder mystery is dramatised by Joy Wilkinson
Paul Jackson celebrates the prolific writing partnership of Frank Muir and Denis Norden.
Former Loaded editor James Brown examines Hugh Hefner and his Playboy magazine.
Short stories by well-known authors
Writer and journalist Alkarim Jivani asks why we value originality.
Exploring newly uncovered archaeological evidence concerning mankind's origins
An exclusive interview with Al Pacino about his passion for Oscar Wilde.
Ricky Ross examines the life and work of the photographer and film-maker Oscar Marzaroli.
Andrew Collins explores how the award for Best Song reflects a changing film landscape.
The story of James MacPherson's 'discovery' of the ancient poems of Ossian in the 1760s.
How history and landscape have shaped political allegiances in remote parts of Britain
Brian Perkins shaved off his beard after 30 years. But how did he maintain his good looks?
Ben Schott investigates Oulipo, the French experimental literary group.