Ian McMillan goes in search of one of Britain's strangest linguistic features.
William Crawley tells the story of Northern Ireland's so-called 'Gay Cake' row.
Paul Morley on the 7-inch single's grand relative - the 12-inch - and its peak in the 80s.
Hardeep Singh Kohli chooses a word and sees where it leads him
Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations
Michael Portillo challenges the notion of calm before the storm of the Great War
Francine Stock explores how World War I changed art, words and society.
Historian Margaret MacMillan chronicles the road to war in 1914.
Astronomer Paul Murdin asks if Jupiter's moon, Europa, might sustain biological life.
As the Mayan prophecy of doom approaches, enjoy this light-hearted guide to the apocalypse
Peter Conrad dissects the popular culture of his era, as Roland Barthes did 60 years ago.
Inside the digital news outlets that are reinventing journalism for the social media age.
John Henshaw explores the unrelenting success of one of the longest running comedy series.
Jessica Lack explores public art in the UK through a city's attempt to commission new work
Howard Stableford investigates whether advances in 3D printing can benefit nature.
Matthew Bannister recalls Johnny Cash's historic 1968 concert at Folsom Prison, California
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Brian Sibley tells the story behind Ian Fleming's book, half a century after publication.
Jenny Hammerton, a DJ of 78s, explores why the old discs are still alive and kicking.
Winifred Robinson follows misbehaving children and the work being done to help them.
Zareer Masani on the new love for, and controversy over, Western classical music in India.
Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations
Emily Buchanan explores the dilemmas of sponsoring children in developing countries.
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
Patients and doctors in a Lake District village fight to save their GP surgery.
Tim Brooke-Taylor views Chaplin's legacy in the theatre of his grandson James Thierree.
The stories of three women in a touching exploration of what it means to be childless.
A story of remarkable bravery from the Rwandan genocide of twenty years ago.
Books worth reading.
Jane Garvey's world of knitting - full of rebels, musicians, jailbirds and reality TV.
How to recognise birds of the British countryside from their appearance, calls and songs
Brett Westwood and Phil Gates present a guide to some of Britain's common garden wildlife
Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss offer a guide to Britain's upland birds
Andrew Dilnot investigates the patterns and trends that have transformed Britain
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.
Dr Geoff Bunn journeys through 5,000 years of human understanding of the brain
Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells humanity's history through objects
The British Museum's Neil MacGregor tells A History of the World in 100 Objects.
The story of the portrait of a private soldier's sweetheart, painted for him in Auschwitz.
Life of Gormenghast author Mervyn Peake, on the centenary of his birth, by his children.
The first reunion in 70 years of writer Shirley Hughes and her 1940s dancing partner.
Helena Kennedy talks to eminent lawyers and judges who stand out from the legal crowd.
Novelist Julie Myerson pays a very personal tribute to Daphne du Maurier.
BBC producer Tony Grant recalls the late broadcasting icon Alistair Cooke.
Series about scientific specialists
Courtney Pine explores John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, fifty years after its release.
Lifelong fan Danny Wallace celebrates the Beano comic in its 75th anniversary year.
Composer Emily Levy on a poignant legacy - the mix-tapes made by her late brother Gus.
Baroness Helena Kennedy designs a Magna Carta for the 21st century.
Mary Anne Hobbs explores the fusion of fine art and tattoos.
If only one in ten cells in the body is human, then what are we? Paul Evans investigates.
A tapestry of stories about the place of the sewing needle in our lives.
Series of three stories set in and around Rye in East Sussex
A weekly reflection on a topical issue
Programme following portrait artist Fiona Graham-Mackay as she paints poet Andrew Motion.
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh recalls his role in a daring rescue during WWII.
Rats under the floorboards, paint on the floor. What makes an artist's studio?
How the monarchy recovered after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Why is the Church of Scotland funding a luxury boutique hotel in the Holy Land?
The stories of British Ukrainians, whose family histories mirror that of their homeland.
Stuart Maconie looks at the career of the durable maverick pop duo Sparks.
Jackie Clune dated women for 12 years until she married a man. She explores this subject.
eden ahbez is known for just one song, but it was a song that became world famous.
John Waite follows those student protesters most likely to be affected by funding changes.
How the iconic Yorkshire pit village of Grimethorpe has adjusted to life after coal.
As Liverpool's Everyman Theatre prepares to reopen, hear from those who worked there.
The alien mountains, canyons and craters, inspiring scientists and writers to explore Mars
Giles Dilnot finds out if new Bristol mayor George Ferguson is making a difference.
Wildlife cameraman John Aitchison on human experience and the beauty of nature
The story of the MV Ilala, a 60-year-old boat still in use in Malawi and Mozambique.
Battle of Britain fighter pilots recall the summer of 1940. Presented by Misha Glenny.
David Almond argues that more European children's books should be translated into English.
On the 80th birthday of Alcoholics Anonymous, AL Kennedy tells its story and how it works.
Michele Roberts on the drink that fuelled bohemia, absinthe, and its influence on art.
Femi Martin finds fulfilment as a writer and performer as a result of a chronic illness.
Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess.
An act of worship and music
Tim Robbins, star of The Shawshank Redemption, leads acting classes in LA's Norco Prison.
Linda Colley examines the forces that have united and divided Britain over many centuries
Following the diagnosis of a family member, comedian Rory Bremner explores ADHD.
David Lomax reports on the story of the Kamchatka crabs brought to the Arctic by Stalin.
Matthew Syed explores the puzzling but powerful phenomenon of home advantage in sport.
Lesley Curwen investigates the ways councils negotiate affordable housing with developers.
Lyse Doucet visits Kabul to hear about the lives of Afghan women as the troops depart.
A former British commander in Afghanistan examines what has been achieved by the campaign.
Hugh Levinson asks whether science and technology can end under-development in Africa
Bola Masuro follows four African students as they begin courses at British universities.
Some of the world's most beautiful women discuss the ageing process.
Hugh Sykes finds out how life in Iraq has changed over the past decade
The writer Kevin Crossley-Holland meets fellow East Anglians affected by coastal erosion.
Linda Colley reflects on the future wider repercussions of the Scottish referendum result.
Radio dramas which delight and surprise
Short stories or abridged books, often from new writers
Richard Dawkins decodes the discoveries and mysteries of the human genome sequence
Matthew Taylor presents a different kind of discussion programme.
AL Kennedy explores something uniquely intimate and comforting that begins in childhood.
Mark Rickards meets the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.