Sean Street explores Sable Island, an Atlantic sand dune which is crucial to the world.
Winifred Robinson explores whether more people should get the sack.
Dr Mukulika Banerjee learns about the processes involved in an Indian general election.
Families with a talented child talk about the sacrifices they make for them
Huw Williams celebrates the 50th anniversary of the folk song The Bells of Rhymney.
The sad life of Jim Thorpe, the American Indian who was the star of the 1912 Olympics.
Ayisha Yahya reports on the growing demand for cosmetic surgery in Africa.
Sitcom by Laurence Howarth about a man who has reluctantly drifted into the arms trade
Comic tales by WW Jacobs about sailors home from the sea
Short stories by Hector Hugh Munro, better known by his pen name Saki
Gerry Northam reports from Radio Salaam Shalom, a Muslim-Jewish online radio station.
Salman Rushdie celebrates the seventieth anniversary of the classic film The Wizard of Oz.
Allan Beswick visits the last working inland salt mine left in Britain.
Justin Webb finds out about type 1 diabetes, following the diagnosis on his son Sam.
Mark Radcliffe charts the history of the immediately recognisable Mellotron.
Illuminating the lives of immigrants from across the terrain of a collapsed Soviet Empire
Alan Dein unwraps the oral history of Santa Claus
Comedy by Sarah Millican, who plays Sarah, life counsellor and modern-day agony aunt
Comedy written by and starring Sarah Millican, Best Newcomer in the if.comedy awards.
The UK's first 'Sarah Party', inspired by two US women who wanted to celebrate the name.
Radio 4 drama
Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.
Following the British Saturday night and the bright Sunday morning that unerringly follows
Full coverage and analysis of the day's news, plus the sports headlines
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
The remarkable story of a community coming together to save a Shropshire farm.
Examining the world of nature and the challenges of wildlife conservation
Comedy by Christopher William Hill about an American ad man, forced to relocate to London
Kwame Kwei-Armah investigates the changing role of the community leader.
Ten years after its unveiling, has Maggi Hambling's sculpture Scallop weathered the storm?
The class of 88 from one Northumberland school remember their entry into the world of work
Robin Ince explores the legacy of Schrodinger's Cat - the paradox of quantum physics.
Alan Dein tells the remarkable story of Austrian 'concrete poet' Ernst Jandl.
Hedge fund manager Hugh Hendry argues in praise of Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter.
Chris Bowlby examines the role of scientific adviser to the government
Dr Adam Rutherford investigates topical science stories
Series of debates looking at controversies within science
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
Allan Urry investigates what happens when writs meet scientific debate.
Can science master the Stradivarius? Professor Trevor Cox investigates.
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.
Debbie Wiseman guides listeners through the world of the film composer.
Iain McWhirter on why the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition has so few fans in Scotland.
Why the Scottish government has set up an international development policy with Malawi.
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?
Stories showcasing the best new writing from Scotland
George Poles's comedy, adapted from the Upmanship books by Stephen Potter.
Novelist James Maw paints an unofficial portrait of Francis Bacon.
Reece Shearsmith meets the female screen stars of horror.
Writer Ian Sansom explores his own and others' enduring obsession with notebooks.
Comedy series written by and starring Andy Parsons
John Inverdale asks whether the scrum in rugby should be abolished for safety reasons.
Critic Mark Kermode examines the history of and controversy surrounding the 1979 film Scum
Tom Mangold investigates the growing ruthlessness of piracy in the Indian ocean.
Simon Armitage takes us to sea to explore one of the oldest poems in the English language.
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
Steve Kingstone looks back at the aftermath of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
Three families talk about the challenges and joys of bringing up their own grandchildren.
Series examining the role of state secrecy in Britain
Jonathan Glancey investigates Paris's secret underground maze of tunnels.
Singer Monica Vasconcelos explores the musical and political story of bossa nova.
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
Gyles Brandreth persuades politicians to talk about their true selves
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
Sally Magnusson provides an extraordinary insight into the scientific applications of pee.
Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful
Matt McGrath looks at usage of the performance-enhancing drug EPO among athletes.
Francis Pryor reports on a vast archaeological project challenging existing theories.
Roger Law embarks on a journey to understand controversial artist Caravaggio
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.
Comedy set in an Essex job centre, written by Steven Burge
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service for a selection of programmes.
A selection of BBC World Service news, business and science programmes