Hardeep Singh Kohli chooses a word and sees where it leads him
Charting how the war transformed the arts.
Peter Conrad dissects the popular culture of his era, as Roland Barthes did 60 years ago.
Jenny Hammerton, a DJ of 78s, explores why the old discs are still alive and kicking.
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
Tim Brooke-Taylor views Chaplin's legacy in the theatre of his grandson James Thierree.
Programme inviting guests to discuss their favourite books
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.
Novelist Julie Myerson pays a very personal tribute to Daphne du Maurier.
BBC producer Tony Grant recalls the late broadcasting icon Alistair Cooke.
Lifelong fan Danny Wallace celebrates the Beano comic in its 75th anniversary year.
Some of the world's most beautiful women discuss the ageing process.
Sathnam Sanghera asks if being tone-deaf is a medical matter or simply a lack of training.
Franny Armstrong looks at the explosive impact of Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring.
Gabrielle Drake looks at regional theatre through the story of Manchester's Royal Exchange
William Stafford wrote a poem every day. Katrina Porteous explores his life and his work.
Rapping out dreamtime stories: a new outlet for Australian Aboriginal youth.
Amid rehearsals for his 75th play, an analysis of Alan Ayckbourn's talent as a director.
Stephen Evans traces the 800-year history of the boys' choir of St Thomas' Church, Leipzig
Film programme featuring interviews with on and off screen stars
Tim Marlow explores Britain's response to Europe's most lavish art movement
Jarvis Cocker uncovers an album made by Sir John Betjeman in 1974.
Susan George recalls the visits to Britain of Hollywood legend Bette Davis.
Laurie Taylor looks back at 50 years of cultural studies
Exploring the underground music generated by the 60's Black Power and Black Arts movement
Paul Bennun explores the world of music composed for video games.
An exploration of the spiritual side of the music of Bob Dylan as the singer turns 70.
Led by James Naughtie, readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best known novels
Literary series which ran from 1978-1993, in which writers discuss their work and ideas.
Two writers reflect on life either side of the border between England and Scotland
Winifred Robinson tracks researchers on one of the world's largest child health studies.
Thousands of Bradford babies are being followed in the biggest health survey of its kind.
Winifred Robinson follows health research into the lives of thousands of Bradford babies.
Matthew Taylor explores the coming 'Brain Culture'
Allan Little analyses some of the factors that have given Cuba such a prominent image.
Series exploring the stories behind programmes which have become part of TV history
Sarah Hall explores the popular sci-fi motif of an all-women society surviving without men
Soprano Catherine Bott asks why St Cecilia still inspires composers and musicians.
Artist Andrew Shoben explores a controversial idea to 'rotate or retire' public artworks.
Bill Paterson marks the 70th anniversary of the Classics Illustrated comic book series.
How Western classical music underpinned the golden age of the Hollywood film score.
Cerys Matthews celebrates one of her musical heroines, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.
David Schneider looks back at the history of British Jewish comedy.
Dancer, writer and broadcaster Deborah Bull presents a social history of dance in the UK
Kate Mosse celebrates the magical voice of Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Why do writers find happiness such a difficult emotion to capture on the page?
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.
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