The life and legacy of the political strategist Kautilya, known as the Indian Machiavelli.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Lancashire cotton famine during the American Civil War
The life and legacy of Panini, master of the Sanskrit language and original nerd.
Tim van Eyken reveals how musicians are rediscovering 'tune books'.
Sunil Khilnani tells the story of Mahavira Jain, the inspiration behind the Jain faith.
A portrait of the Buddha and how he has been interpreted over the millennia.
Rob Walker reports on an attempt to free hostages from the US embassy in Iran in 1980.
What happened when the great 19th-century poet met the American Civil War?
Jolyon Jenkins tells a little known espionage story of the Cold War.
Dan Snow presents the story of World War I through the voices of those who were there.
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