Misha Glenny presents a history of Italy, from 1494 to the end of the First World War
Misha Glenny presents a history of Spain
iPM is the news programme that starts with its listeners
John Tusa chronicles the making of modern Iran
Iraqi interpreters were offered a new life in the UK for their help. What did they get?
Ruth McDonald investigates the crisis in the Irish Catholic church.
Surgery is a craft and historically has not been subject to scientific scrutiny until now.
Ehsan Masood explores the status of science in the modern Islamic world
A rare visit to Palmerston, the South Pacific island, where all are descended from one man
Haunting sound portrait of Orford Ness in Suffolk, Europe's largest vegetated shingle spit
Sheppey, landscape of cars, caravans and morose marshland - the place they call The Island
Punchdrunk, YouMeBumBumTrain, and other immersive theatre companies under the microscope.
Stories about the lives of everyday people
Edward Stourton presents the story of the biggest mass POW breakout in history
Are close ties to industry distorting priorities of scientific research in universities?
Exploring the legacy of musician and broadcaster Jack Jackson.
James Aldred encounters one of the world's most powerful birds of prey, the harpy eagle.
Professional tree climber James Aldred climbs one of Britain's tallest trees.
What does the response to last year's tsunami and meltdown tell us about modern Japan?
Comedian Jason Cook guides listeners through life's tricky situations
Chandy Nath visits India to explore the extraordinary Jatropha plant.
Scientists analyse a small jawbone found in Kent's Cavern in Torquay over 80 years ago.
Finance guru Alvin Hall charts the rise of rap music entrepreneur Jay-Z.
One-man performances by Martin Jarvis from the Cheltenham Literature Festival
Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading talks to leading guitarists about their music
Sarfraz Manzoor explores Johnny Cash's interest in Scotland after tracing his Fife roots.
Jonathan Edwards presents a series exploring how science shapes and explains our world
Following the travels of the winners of the annual BBC/RGS's dream journey competition
Immigrants to Britain share their stories with Mike Berlin
Steve Jones asks if people can be 'born bad"'- as was said of the infamous Jukes family.
Panel game in which players must speak for one minute on any subject asked of them
Vivienne Parry presents the science behind some of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
A long-running arts review magazine programme which ran from 1973 to 1998.
Former chancellor Ken Clarke profiles great jazz musicians of the 20th century
Comedy about the mania of having a to-do list, co-written by and starring Kerry Godliman
Ivan Hewett explores how different musical keys seem to have distinct characteristics
Paul Mason chairs a debate between followers of two contrasting liberal economists.
Stephen Evans examines how soldiers are taught to kill and asks what it does to them.
The enduring appeal of the King James Bible, 400 years after its original publication.
Jay Rayner presents a food panel show
Mike Wooldridge presents some personal memories of Nelson Mandela.
Marc Riley traces the career of 70s electronic band Kraftwerk.
Andrew Hussey goes beyond the cliches to discover the true face of 21st-century France
Ziauddin Sardar investigates philosophical and practical links between science and Islam.
Rhona Cameron celebrates the bi-centenary of the earliest known women's golf competition.
The surprising and touching story of how Richard Strauss' marriage inspired his music.
Lady Gaga banned, but Cannibal Corpse approved. Islam and pop contradictions in Jakarta.
Alex Bellos visits Japan to discover why Asian cultures seem so much better at maths.
Why are scientists and designers are deliberately planning for failure?
Aleks Krotoski embarks on a happenstantial journey in search of a happy accident.
How can science can stop an upsurge in the slaughter of African elephants for their ivory?
The first reunion in 70 years of writer Shirley Hughes and her 1940s dancing partner.
Radio 4's weekly obituary programme
Pete Paphides tells the story of the M1's 1960s music meeting place - Blue Boar services.
Claire Bolderson asks if Latinos are the key to a reborn USA.
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen tells the story of dandyism and male peacockery through the ages
Long-running legal magazine programme, featuring reports and discussion
Geoff Dyer explores DH Lawrence's life-changing experiences in New Mexico in the 1920s.
Andrew Rawnsley chairs a live discussion about the top stories of the moment
Geoff Watts explores the world of science and the people, passions and policies behind it
Sarfraz Manzoor talks to people who have decided to leave Islam and become ex-Muslims.
20 years on John McCarthy returns to Lebanon, in search of signs of the Arab spring.
Why did the steely Russian revolutionary reputedly visit the first English garden city?
Jann Wenner's seminal 1970 New York interview with John Lennon for Rolling Stone magazine.
Six people reflect on the story of Jesus' ministry and Passion from their own perspectives
Art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston, explores the mysterious world of art attribution.
Alistair Cooke’s weekly talks on American life, history and politics from 1946 – 2004.
Paddy O'Connell asks his guests if they would retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.
BBC producer Tony Grant recalls the late broadcasting icon Alistair Cooke.
Leading German figures write about the country they know and the way it is perceived
Five writers consider the momentous events that are reshaping the Arab world
Five writers reflect on the recent momentous events in the Middle East and North Africa.
A story of Austrian siblings told in their wartime letters to and from the Russian front.
Master gemstone cutters reveal how they let the light out of stones, and what this means.
How France played a pivotal role in the explosion of 70s punk.
Jonathan Glancey argues that amid closures, the public library is also being reinvented.
Jim Al-Khalili discusses the scientific life with fellow scientists
Series about scientific specialists
Trevor Cox explores how our voice and our hearing develop and change through our lives.
A journey through the UK defence economy telling the story of a bullet from factory to war
What happens when you switch on a light? Toby Jones discovers it is a question without end
Mark Doyle investigates the new threat from Africa's Islamist militants.
Anna Pavord explores the life and legacy of the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus.
Professional listeners reveal how there is far more to listening than hearing
Capturing the nation in conversation, curated and archived by the British Library.
Pianist Lucy Parham explores the composer's web of romantic relationships.
Documentary series telling original stories about real lives in Britain today
Robert Macfarlane undertakes an immersive poetic pilgrimage to the Cairngorms.
Charles Moore reflects on the process of writing Lady Thatcher's authorised biography.
Natural history programme
Why were tens of thousands of people lobotomised in the 1940s and 50s in the UK and US?
Historian and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank goes off the beaten track in London
Robert and Isabelle Tombs present the story of the battle between two cities
Author Howard Sounes reveals the true story behind the noted Bob Dylan song.
Every year more people try to swim the English Channel. Jolyon Jenkins joins the dreamers.
Edward Stourton retraces the route of Mao's Long March, to mark its 80th anniversary