Dr Mukulika Banerjee learns about the processes involved in an Indian general election.
Mark Radcliffe charts the history of the immediately recognisable Mellotron.
Illuminating the lives of immigrants from across the terrain of a collapsed Soviet Empire
Radio 4 drama
Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.
Sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events, with Tom Sutcliffe and guests
Jonathon Porritt explores our agricultural biodiversity and how to preserve it
Examining the world of nature and the challenges of wildlife conservation
Dr Adam Rutherford investigates topical science stories
Stephen Webster examines the way scientists work and asks why we should believe them
Prof Robert Winston looks at music with a scientist's eye
Ehsan Masood explores whether science is becoming politicised on controversial issues.
Dr Ben Goldacre explores what happens when science takes the long view.
Former government chief scientist, Lord May, looks at the role of politics in science.
Adam Rutherford talks to the scientific advisors behind some well-known films and TV shows
Ehsan Masood examines how science could help prevent future banking crises.
Amundsen may have beaten Scott to the South Pole but Science was the real winner.
Why is the Church of Scotland funding a luxury boutique hotel in the Holy Land?
Stephanie Flanders sets out on the search for growth in Britain's economy
As more of us work in open plan spaces, Claudia Hammond goes in search of the ideal office
Series examining the role of state secrecy in Britain
Jonathan Glancey investigates Paris's secret underground maze of tunnels.
Rory Cellan-Jones traces its roots
Rev Richard Coles returns to his childhood musical hero, with some unexpected twists.
Hermione Cockburn uncovers the historical role of dams and reservoirs in Britain
Secret Mueum looks at the explicit erotic, sexual and pornographic art of Pompeii.
Ian Marchant explores whether trees really do have miraculous powers.
Vivienne Parry meets the scientists whose work remains unknown to the general public
Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful
How the oldest people on the planet are helping scientists to unlock the secrets of ageing
Behind the scenes of the security operation at the Olympic Games.
A selection of BBC World Service news, business and science programmes
A history of science in Britain from the Restoration to the present day
Chris Ledgard asks if gender testing will mean a level playing field for female athletes.
Adam Rutherford explores the deep history of sex
Neil MacGregor uncovers the stories twenty objects tell us about Shakespeare's world.
Series exploring the complex interface between a growing human population and wildlife
DJ Annie Nightingale looks at how Northern Soul music has become popular in Japan.
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping
Gyles Brandreth investigates the mystery of the missing teddy bears, the first ever made.
A showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries from the UK and abroad
Peter Curran on Northern Ireland's burgeoning film industry.
Lee Mack marks the centenary of Sid James with a fascinating look at his lesser-known work
Steph McGovern presents a two-part series on the global history of silk
Robert Sandall investigates the impact and legacy of punk.
Simon Singh takes a quirky look at some of the most important numbers in mathematics.
John Simpson reports from Afghanistan and asks how things have gone wrong.
Documentary looking at an unusual aspect of medical training.
Robert McCrum explores the literary mores of our age
Christine Finn explores photographer Fay Godwin's portraits of leading literary figures.
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4
In a series mixing science with art, myth and poetry, Paul Farley explores sleep
Paul Mason visits Manila to assess the benefits of life in the world's poorest slums.
Materials scientist Mark Miodownik asks whether we could live without cash.
Kate Williams explores the history and development of the modern winning smile.
Comedy by Harry Venning and Neil Brand about a team of inept surveillance operatives
Amber Marks explores the science of olfactory detection.
The exorcism business is booming - Jolyon Jenkins asks if and why demonism is on the rise.
How the power of the news media is used as a global government tool for influence
Astronomer Lucie Green looks at the dangers a solar superstorm could pose to us on Earth.
Ethical and religious discussion that examines some of the larger questions of life
Stephen Evans talks to producer Rick Rubin about his work with the legendary Johnny Cash.
Richard Langham Smith on the songs Debussy wrote for his muse Madame Vasnier.
Reem Kelani explores the role of music in the Egyptian revolution of early 2011.
Bluegrass in the Cotswolds at the Sore Fingers Summer School.
Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact
Science broadcaster Professor Trevor Cox explores the science of aural architecture.
Paul Gambaccini meets sound engineers James Lock and Geoff Emerick.
Sean Street investigates the sound of fear, the noises and music that scare us, and why.
Tim Marlow explores the kinds of sounds and music that influence an artist's art and work.
Trevor Cox investigates the science of sound research
Roger Law, co-creator of Spitting Image, discovers South Africa's satirical puppets.
Matthew Parris presents memorable despatches sent home by British diplomats down the ages
Mark D'Arcy examines the controversial approach of the Commons Speaker John Bercow.
An oil bonanza could be on the cards for Ireland, but who will benefit?
Miranda Sawyer looks at one of music's most distinctive artists Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Michael Scott explores global events that coincided with famous dates in British history
Chemist Andrea Sella investigates things that go flash in the dark.
Clare Balding charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport
Ayisha Yahya investigates the cause of the falling water levels in Lake Victoria.
Barry Johnston explores the early career of the legendary commentator Brian Johnston.
Series exploring how stage works have been adapted for the cinema
Tom Robinson explores Jimi Hendrix and the guitarist's political beliefs and outlook.
Ray Brown recalls occasions when big stars played small venues.
Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday
Chris Bowlby tells the story of the attempt to rescue East Germany's Stasi secret files.
At a time of change and turmoil in the Middle East, what is happening inside Israel?
Claudia Hammond tells the story of mental health care in the UK from the 1950s to today
Can computer games help to solve the problems of the world? Alex Butterworth investigates.
What now for the welfare state, 70 years after the Beveridge report?
Sound recordist Chris Watson captures 24 hours in the life of Newcastle Central Station.
Lucy Mangan explores our obsession with pens, paper and the paraphernalia of office life.
Stephanie Flanders presents a series on the economics of our times
Paul Jackson and a team of scriptwriters assess the legacy of Steptoe and Son, 50 years on
Newspaper columnist Steve Richards goes on stage with 'pro-politics comedy'.
The complex history of the Notting Hill Carnival, with writer and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah