A look at how controversial decisions are reached behind closed doors in Whitehall
John Simpson returns to Kurdistan, 25 years after a devastating chemical weapons attack.
Did the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison mean to die at the Epsom Derby of 1913?
Radicalism and adolescence in Tessa Hadley's story, read by Harriet Walter.
Geoff Watts finds out how deep brain stimulation is treating Parkinson's and depression.
Pallab Ghosh investigates the potential effects of anti-sleep drugs on society.
Edward Stourton tries to make sense of the past decade
Stephen Evans tells the story of daring East German defector Ernst Degner.
Michael Portillo examines the development of democracy over 2,500 years
Matthew Hill asks what is happening to Britain's public services.
John McCarthy explores the fascinating life of British author Derek Tangye.
Marie-Louise Muir joins a play as it travels from Londonderry to the Bosnian city Mostar.
Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island
Architectural writer Shumi Bose presents a series that examines where design meets life
Mukti Jain Campion explores the surreal world of experience designer Nelly Ben Hayoun.
Jolyon Jenkins investigates why healthy people go online pretending to be terminally ill.
Aleks Krotoski explores living in a digital world
Sue Perkins hosts a panel show in which guests are posed moral and ethical choices
How the Natural History Museum packed its collections off to country houses during WWII.
Peter White presents a history of disability in the 18th and 19th centuries
Jonathan Bate explores how Elizabethan culture has shaped our image of England.
Kate Mosse celebrates the magical voice of Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Emma Barnett asks what rights we have to our online life and if deleting is desirable.
James Reason explores how patient safety can be improved by doctors admitting mistakes
As Doctor Who returns, Jon Culshaw looks at the man who changed it forever: Douglas Adams.
Historical investigation programme, taking a document as a starting point
Why do writers find happiness such a difficult emotion to capture on the page?
Could an independent Scotland align itself with the Nordic Pact? Allan Little investigates
Geoff Watts explores the value of public engagement in research
Tucker the sniffer dog takes a boat trip to save the whales.
Martin Reeve follows the fortunes of street theatre in Britain over the last 40 years.
Five Radio 4 presenters return to a place that had special significance for them in 1986
Danny Dorling uses the Domesday Reloaded data to explore how Britain has changed.
Alan Dein takes nocturnal excursions via Facebook and Skype, discovering real-life dramas
Uncompromising, live phone-in show hosted by DJ Gary Bellamy.
Trevor Cox goes behind the scenes at a multi-million pound science funding event.
Benjamin Zephaniah reassesses dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson's 1978 debut album.
How the pilotless drone aircraft is controversially transforming air warfare.
A six-part series exploring the influence of war and conflict on music.
Has the drug Ecstasy bred a generation of depressed and forgetful forty-somethings?
6Music DJ Shaun Keaveny meets the scientists investigating why songs get stuck in our head
Gary Younge tells the story of Ebony, the magazine that redefined African-American life.
Schoolchildren in Fife are learning Latin for the first time. Natalie Haynes investigates.
Shaimaa Khalil travels across Egypt, hearing the voices of her fellow countrymen.
Einstein said the most joy in his life came from his violin. Brian Foster investigates.
Dr Justin Champion examines the life and times of Elizabeth I's more unusual subjects.
Cleveland Watkiss and Dame Cleo marvel at Ella Fitzgerald's Mac the Knife and give it a go
U2's singer Bono reads his own poem, Elvis, and weaves it into an atmospheric sound-scape.
Professor David Livingstone argues for a revision of how we view the climate
Geoff Watts asks why the source of new medical drugs is drying up.
Ruth Padel presents a four-part series exploring Elgar's Enigma Variations
Top business people discuss the effect that their traumatic childhood had on them.
Dr Mark Lythgoe investigates the science of erasing memories.
Henning Wehn investigates 'Ostrock' - the East German rock and pop music scene.
Essex born and bred, writer Ian Sansom goes back to the county that made him who he is.
Connie St Louis investigates ethnic marketing in the pharmaceutical industry.
Should Britain stay in the European Union? Former diplomat Sir Stephen Wall puts the case.
Series exploring spectacular years in the history of science
Allan Little looks at the changing dynamic of the European Union, as power heads east.
Allan Little looks at key moments and issues that brought the EU to the current crisis
Lucy Ash profiles five controversial characters from different corners of the continent
Chris Bowlby looks at how the far right is influencing mainstream European politics
Former federal chairman Alan Greenspan in conversation with Evan Davis.
Travel magazine, featuring travellers' tales, experiences and anecdotes
Adam Rutherford presents a three-part series on extinction
Travelling with the extreme commuters; a modern phenomenon.
Original investigations into social injustice, public policy, inefficiency and fraud
John Andrew returns to Paris where he lost his heart to 60s icon Francoise Hardy.
Nick Ross investigates the health impact of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
The life and changing times of Woman's Weekly as it celebrates its centenary.
Tim Brooke-Taylor views Chaplin's legacy in the theatre of his grandson James Thierree.
Can Harry Potter fans change the world? Jolyon Jenkins looks at the growth of fan activism
The latest news about food, farming and the countryside
Series investigating the deaths of various creatures
The story of the Catholic priest behind the most important scientific theory of our time.
Two Falklands veterans with mixed feelings about having sons in the military.
Are rooks and crows as intelligent as apes? Joanna Pinnock investigates.
Across Britain, cremation ashes remain uncollected. Amanda Mitchinson investigates why.
Radio 4's forum for comments, queries, criticisms and congratulations
David Loyn investigates why US food aid policy isn't working, and how it could be reformed
David Grant revisits a unique era in British music when jazz funk exploded onto the scene.
Radio 4 explores the story of Nigerian musican and political revolutionary, Fela Kuti.
David Stafford celebrates the Fender Stratocaster with the help of some key players.
David Goldblatt tells the turbulent story of FIFA, international football's governing body
Anthony Howard looks back at key episodes that have marked the Queen's reign.
Kat Arney investigates why little girls are addicted to the colour pink, and if it matters
Award-winning current affairs documentary series
The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights
Quentin Cooper looks at the weaknesses in GPS and the future of navigation.
Claudia Hammond asks how much we can trust fingerprint evidence.
Dr Mark Porter on whether adult health is determined by the first thousand days of life
The extraordinary story of how classic Irish folk songs were saved from extinction.
Michael Robinson examines what went wrong with Britain's banks
Spain's current economic crisis is seeing the return of flamenco as a form of protest.
Michael Bird explores the tiny beautiful flower fields of west Cornwall and the Scillies.
Series examining the emergence of a new space race