Four voices consider the legacy of Malcolm X in post-Ferguson America.
Middle-aged men in Lycra flock to Mallorca each year for its perfect cycling conditions.
Malmesbury in Wiltshire aims to establish itself as the country's 'Philosophy Town'.
John Humphrys visits the Greek home of travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.
Rob Walker investigates the mystery of a man found dead on a west London street.
James Naughtie thinks now is a timely moment for a reappraisal of Sir Walter Scott.
Peter Day explores the wayward genius of Irish writer Flann O'Brien on his centenary.
Actor David Morrissey celebrates Roger Hill, an unsung hero of the British arts scene.
Jeanette Winterson presents a personal exploration of Manchester.
Fergal Keane takes a journey through the private notebooks and letters of Nelson Mandela.
Exploring the Manhattan grid as city matrix, psychic space and a bold political ideal.
Dr Kat Arney meets a new generation of virtual cartographers, making maps to save lives.
Marc Riley unearths archive music interviews that share something in common.
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy finds his favourite forms in some highly unlikely places.
Peter Riddell explores the background to the many extraordinary moments of her premiership
Simon Armitage travels to the edge of the page in his exploration of marginalia.
An exclusive insight into world of the brilliant and original choreographer Mark Morris.
Comedian Mark Steel visits towns across the UK and creates a show for a local audience
Philip Sweeney on music, crime and culture in Marseille, 2013 European City of Culture.
A century ago the last passenger pigeon died. What drove billions of birds to extinction?
Roland Buerk reports on the crisis in Japan's declining traditional kimono industry.
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John Wilson talks with musicians about a career-defining album
Gareth Mitchell sits in for Quentin Cooper finding out what's new in the world of science.
Magician Jolyon Jenkins investigates the links between numbers and illusion.
Writer Rachel Trezise looks at the effects of class B drug MCAT on the South Wales Valleys
Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller explores the selfie phenomenon
John Lloyd celebrates 30 years of The Meaning of Liff with Matt Lucas and Helen Fielding.
Uuganaa Ramsay searches for the true meaning of the word Mongol.
Steve Hewlett presents a topical programme about the fast-changing media world
Are we are turning normal human behaviour into medical conditions?
The American essayist presents a series of audience readings.
Britain's Muslim-Jewish couples share their remarkable stories with Zubeida Malik.
Nina Myskow talks to Rufus and Martha Wainwright about their confessional songs.
High-profile figures, in conversation with John Wilson, replay their own sound archive
Mark Coles goes in search of the vilified.
Hitler's Mein Kampf comes out of German copyright this year. What happens next?
Mel Giedroyc takes a British family back 2,000 years to live in a Danish Iron Age village.
Art historian Dr Janina Ramirez is on a mission to decode Durer's Melencolia 1.
Lifelong fan Danny Wallace celebrates the Beano comic in its 75th anniversary year.
How a leading German modern artist's greatest work was rediscovered in a barn in Cumbria.
Emily Booth tells the story of heavy metal, the loudest and darkest form of rock.
Gordon Corera looks inside Britain's Secret Intelligence Service
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Lively and diverse conversation with weekly guests
Sarah Taylor follows a new intake of student midwives at King's College, London.
Series exploring the development of the science of psychology during the 20th century
Claudia Hammond slays common myths about the brain and its workings.
How a Buddhist meditation technique became a cure-all for the ills of modern life.
Jolyon Jenkins asks why UK children are hooked on the computer game Minecraft.
The story of the musical aesthetic and the ubiquitous technique of minimalism.
Economist Jim O'Neill examines the MINT countries - Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey
Tom Mangold investigates a tale of dirty tricks and industrial espionage.
Jo Fidgen and readers take a fresh look at books that contain misogynistic sentiments
Composer Emily Levy on a poignant legacy - the mix-tapes made by her late brother Gus.
Nick Robinson reflects on the reporting of the MPs' expenses scandal and its repercussions
Gaylene Gould meets modern musicians who are adapting traditional West African music.
Baroness Helena Kennedy designs a Magna Carta for the 21st century.
How Vladimir Putin's experience as KGB agent in Germany shaped his career and behaviour.
Well-known figures discuss moments of scientific genius
The latest news from the world of personal finance
Phone-in programme with discussion and advice on personal finance
Does true love have to be monogamous? We hear three very modern love stories.
Historian Christopher Clark tells the story of the crisis that led to the First World War.
Henning Wehn explores the story of one of Monty Python's most bizarre adventures.
Live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
Tim Harford explains the numbers and statistics used in everyday life
Following 12 months in the life of the seaside town of Morecambe
Mary Anne Hobbs explores the fusion of fine art and tattoos.
Security Correspondent Gordon Corera reveals the story behind Israel's secret service.
Radio 4 has been granted access to track work with some of the UK most troubled families.
Quentin Cooper tells the story of a British scientist hailed as a god in Japan.
Five short autobiographies in two languages
Alvin Hall on Motown's eight Black Forum spoken word records with the people behind them.
Rosie Millard charts the progress of people across the UK as they look for a new home.
Overthrowing centuries of musical tradition - and prejudice: the Japanese Bach revolution.
Margaret Thatcher's influence on fiction - three Booker Prize winners give their view.
Rebecca Morelle examines how children could be born with DNA from three people.
Programmes exploring music and music-related subjects
Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice
Horatio Clare tells the story of the unconventional anthropologist Colin Turnbull.
Isy Suttie embarks on a mission to compose the ultimate on hold music.
Under a full moon and the Northern Lights, Richard Coles hears the Ice Music of Norway.
Ian McMillan celebrates his local brass band and the community it represents.
Portraits of people who relocated to other lands, influenced by music
Is the world ready for Scottee's personal brand of fat activism? You be the judge.
Wolfgang Stoecker is on a mission to explore the meaning of dust.
Andrea Sella returns to the Italian landscape of his childhood to see how it has changed.
Oona King discovers her family's role in the fight for equality for African Americans.
A true story of brain injury, recovery and discovery.
Jane Godber explores the UCAS personal statement - how close to the truth is it?
Dr Shahidha Bari looks at the history of the sari.
Isis Thompson talks to others who share their name with the radical Islamist State group.
Izzat Majeed could have retired quietly, but he formed a Pakistani jazz ensemble instead.
Sarah Montague presents a series looking at how technology has changed education
John Aiziewood investigates the phenomenon known as 'prog rock'.
Midge Ure goes in search of the real Freddie Mercury.