John McCarthy explores the life of Arthur Ransome through the boats he once owned.
Sally Marlow investigates the hidden problem of addiction to over-the-counter painkillers.
Matthew Sweet re-examines Parkinson's Law. Does work expand to fill the time allocated?
Lucy Kellaway hosts an argumentative dinner party where all the debates are about food.
Vivienne Parry explores how patients are taking control of their own treatment.
Exploring the 1969 rumour that Paul McCartney had died and been replaced by an imposter.
The adventures of a film crew who travel to Antarctica to film a colony of Gentoo penguins
Kamal Ahmed asks how far the Bank of England will need to change under its new governor.
Timandra Harkness discovers links between political choices and how our brains function.
Robert Peston talks to four key individuals about the global financial meltdown
Laverne Antrobus tells the story of the Phelophepa Health Train in rural South Africa.
Jazz pianist Jamie Cullum explores the piano's place in modern life.
Steve Carver lives the life of a seasonal apple picker on a farm in Herefordshire.
Miles Warde presents an insight into the work of professional photographers.
Our relationship with plants: a major new history by Kew's science director Kathy Willis.
From banned writer to ping pong fanatic, Henry Miller rediscovered afresh in Big Sur, USA.
Presented by Tim Marlow. Musicians create a musical rendering of skylines.
Adam Fowler investigates an extraordinary scientific experiment in Siberia.
Podcasters Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann trace the origins of on-demand radio.
Shahidha Bari goes in search of the biggest poetry competition in the Middle East.
Half a million Poles have settled here in the last decade. Are they becoming British?
Nick Fraser asks what it takes to get the rich world interested in the poor world.
Financial guru Alvin Hall helps young people plan ahead for an uncertain future
Tim Harford tells an audience stories about fascinating people and ideas in economics
Paul Mason explores the image of the working class that has been created by writers
John Lloyd of the FT on the future of journalism after the phone hacking scandal.
Professor Lucas performs a 'consented' post mortem, defending its contribution to medicine
Aasmah Mir looks at how postcode profiling affects our lives
William Crawley looks at the life of former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley.
Michael Robinson investigates the continuing costs of the PPI mis-selling scandal.
Women talk about how they cope with life on the outside when men go to prison.
Steve Hewlett presents a new series about how technology is reshaping notions of privacy
Anthropologist David Graeber explores the ways debt has shaped society over 5,000 years.
Dotun Adebayo explores the rise of Prosperity Gospel in Britain's churches.
Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that amuse and beguile
As she approaches her 80th year, Penelope Simpson decides to paint her own coffin.
After Pussy Riot, Lucy Ash explores the power of the Orthodox Church in Putin's Russia.
Adrian Goldberg tries to work out what the Black Country is - and where it is.
Giles Fraser explores the personal moral response to inequality.
Katharine Whitehorn, 84, tackles the twentysomethings facing tough life choices.
Peter Day visits Washington DC to see whether the regulators will licence an HIV-Aids drug
John Waite asks why one of the world's most successful publishers has hit hard times.
Michael Morpurgo on the changing experience of learning to read over the last 70 years
Mukti Jain Campion discovers the long and surprising history of the swastika.
Writers and musicians offer guides to cities with which we think we are already familiar.
Winifred Robinson returns to the Bulger family, 20 years after the murder of their son.
Irma Kurtz travels to Monet's Giverny garden to hear how losing his sight changed his work
Danny Kruger investigates why some US conservatives want to get people out of jail.
Martin Wainwright looks at our national night time obsession - with the beauty of moths.
Roland Pease examines how an increasing number of antibiotics are failing.