Barbara Plett examines how the Syria conflict could shape the future of the Middle East.
The high price of gold has led to Asians being targeted for their wedding jewellery.
Cerys Matthews drives the A470, the highway running through the heart of Wales
Matthew Hill investigates the drug Champix and its possible links to psychiatric illness.
Joe Dunthorne's England Writers Football Team plays against the Scotland Writers Team.
Philip Sweeney finds out about the pioneering composer of African Sanctus David Fanshawe.
Shaun Ley looks at the week's big stories and previews the week to come
In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective
Young Italian professionals working in the UK reveal how their economy has cast them out.
Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Phil Manzanera and Cliff Richard on Hank Marvin.
David Aaronovitch investigates 'declinism' - the idea that human society is in decline.
Series examining overlooked but noteworthy historical events, with Michael Portillo
New research on how society works
Angela Saini explores shared space - an idea set to bring peace and harmony to our streets
Phill Jupitus celebrates the phenomenon that was 2-Tone music.
Christopher Lee's history series telling the story of the growth of Britain's Empire.
The correspondence between James VI of Scotland and Elizabeth I.
Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme; including Thought for the Day
Kavita Puri presents the stories of the pioneering migrants from the Indian subcontinent
Janet Ellis celebrates that most unpredictable of mythological beings, the genie.
Prof Ali Ansari presents a world history as seen through Persian eyes
Edi Stark finds out about a little-know eye condition affecting thousands of UK people.
A portrait of pre Chinese Tibet through the voices of the British who worked there.
Mukul Devichand explores the rising Asian giants, China and India
Comedian Tim Key spins his own surreal tale of one of Russia's greatest short stories.
Poet and comedian Tim Key sleuths out what makes a great literary opening line.
Gerry Anderson considers Titanic's complex relationship with the city of her birth.
Phil Hammond explores the consequences of human error in the medical profession.
Chris Ledgard meets therapists bringing Jung back to Russia after the underground years.
News, views and features on today's stories in Parliament
The Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King, delivers the second Today Programme Lecture
Stephanie Calman talks to women with an intellectual mismatch in their relationships.
The personal stories and painful decisions we face when getting rid of our old books.
Robert Elms celebrates London, the city he loves, with a journey on the number 36 bus.
John Wilson meets leading figures and takes them back to the places they left behind
Series exploring the practice of researching family history
In another of his quirky assignments for Radio 4, Steve Carver works as a 'trade-plater'.
Jumping on freight trains in America - danger, thrills and desperation in the USA today.
Travel programme consisting of tips and advice for travellers submitted by the public
An old antidepressant has unexpected anticancer properties, but no-one is developing it.
Peter Curran visits members of the many and varied disciplines of science
The alien mountains, canyons and craters, inspiring scientists and writers to explore Mars
Poet Michael Symmons Roberts explores the remarkable life of Anthony Trollope.
Series following a new approach tried as an alternative to custody for child offenders
Author Glenn Patterson explores what Belfast's murals say about the city's past and future
Jazz composer Julian Joseph goes in search of black classical musicians from the past.
Dr Geoff Bunn features comic book heroes and science in his history of the lie detector.
Dominic Arkwright charts the life of Thomas Middleton, the bad boy of Renaissance drama.
Documentary looking at the concept of growing plants in space and even on spacecraft.
Mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing, and his role in the invention of the computer.
Allan Little charts the re-emergence of Turkey as a powerful global force
Yasmeen Khan reports on the Turkish community in the United Kingdom.
Nick Barraclough explores what makes a great lead guitar player.
British birds through their songs and calls. 265 programmes of 90 seconds, over a year
Pink Floyd members explore the tragic mental breakdown of former front man Syd Barrett.
Edi Stark explores different aspects of being a twin
Identical twin sisters talk about their different choices to follow Islam and Christianity
What makes people early or late risers?
Martha Kearney and guests reveal the truth behind previously secret government files
Fionola Meredith goes in search of medieval scholar, author and poet Helen Waddell.
Mark Lawson and his guests discuss the powerful influence of James Joyce's Ulysses.
Jonathan Glancey looks at the great building projects of Britain that never made it
Roger Harrabin investigates whether the arguments over climate change can ever be won
An evocation of the musical film of Jacques Demy, director of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.
Horatio Clare joins the Paris River Police, the Brigade Fluviale, on patrol on the Seine
Vivienne Parry on why it takes 17 years for medical discoveries to come into wide use.
Series exploring and analysing the legal issues of the day
As Britain's last glass eye maker retires, Jolyon Jenkins explores the world of false eyes
Alistair McGowan tells the story of the love letters that composer Erik Satie never sent.
Screenwriter Jeremy Dyson praises the supernatural stories of Robert Aickman.
Kit Hesketh Harvey visits the Nailympics to understand the growing mania for manicures.
Melvyn Bragg explores the idea and evolution of culture
Five people from different spheres of life reflect on what failure has taught them
Could high-rise farming be the solution to feeding our cities or is it a utopian fantasy?
Giles Dilnot finds out if new Bristol mayor George Ferguson is making a difference.
David Baddiel explores the mercurial life of entertainer Vic Oliver.
Wildlife cameraman John Aitchison on human experience and the beauty of nature
Ellie Gibson presents a documentary about computer games and indie games designers.
Richard Coles on the various ways that the voice of God is depicted, and what this reveals
Amanda Vickery presents dramatised extracts from 18th-century Old Bailey court cases
Melvyn Bragg explores the lives of ordinary British people across the last 1,000 years.
Could infection by parasites be at the root of human behaviour and even mental illness?
The story of the MV Ilala, a 60-year-old boat still in use in Malawi and Mozambique.
As Scotland awaits a referendum on Independence, what has Quebec's experience been?
After a cancer diagnosis, musician Nile Rodgers walks the streets of New York.
Eric Robson asks why the bestselling author Hugh Walpole has been forgotten.
Uncovering the life and work of a pioneering and under-appreciated British painter.
Testimony from the women who sailed across the Atlantic to join their servicemen husbands.
Roz Kidman Cox looks at the continuing conflict over the pursuit of whales
Winifred Robinson investigates what more could be done to prevent infections in hospitals
Irish novelist Patrick McCabe explores the Irish influences on Bram Stoker's Dracula.
I am a genius. Gertrude Stein. A genius. A genius. I. Gertrude Stein. Am I a genius?
The Australian government's deal with an indigenous community to take their nuclear waste.