Erica Wagner explores America's relationship with its national anthem, an ode to its flag.
What should be in a Hippocratic Oath for scientists?
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.
Gabrielle Walker explores why we know so little about the planet's oceans
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.
Linguist Mark Turin tracks down some of the world's endangered languages.
Writer Clare Allan on the controversial diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.
Kirsty Lang and Lucy Ash present cultural snapshots off the beaten track in France
Exploring the lives of successful people who have weathered storms in their careers
How honeybees and their keepers travel vast distances pollinating America's crops.
Martin Ellis presents a history of the bicycle
Getting to the heart of country life with a look at individual farming endeavours
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.
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.
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
Interview series. Broadcasters talk to the people whose stories interest them most
Penny Marshall examines the effects of the rapid expansion of online porn on UK society.
Series of audio interventions by artists, to mark the launch of the Open arts initiative
Programme looking at new fiction and non-fiction books
Countryside magazine featuring the people and wildlife that shape the landscape of Britain
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.
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.
An exclusive interview with Al Pacino about his passion for Oscar Wilde.
Linguist Mark Turin explores the fate of the world's endangered languages
Michael Rosen investigates the story of the library
Writer and historian Charles Emmerson explores Europe's Armenian communities.
Documentary series uncovering stories from the left field. Presented by Jolyon Jenkins
Chris Mullin explores what working life is like for some outsourced workers.