1/5 Tom Reiss's new book reveals that Alexandre Dumas' father inspired his son's novels.
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service.
Farmers will have to change what they grow after Britain's soaking autumn takes hold.
The chancellor springs a surprise in naming the next Bank of England Governor.
Jonathan Freedland explores tree disease by charting Dutch Elm Disease from the 1920s.
4/4 Alvin travels to Washington DC to reflect on a letter about the war in Vietnam.
2/5 An opulent lifestyle is surrendered when the young gallant enlists in the French Army.
What now for the welfare state, 70 years after the Beveridge report?
2/5 German politician Marina Schuster writes of her beliefs about the country she serves.
Helen Castor and guests explore listener's links with the past.
Christina Patterson explores why nursing sometimes goes wrong and what can put it right.
Frances O'Grady and Ruth Richardson discuss favourite paperbacks with Harriett Gilbert.
A new Great Expectations; Bryan Ferry; the creators of TV shows Peep Show and Fresh Meat.
Simon Cox delves into the sometimes strange world of the hacker activist, or 'hacktivist'.
Blindness for beginners - banking and money issues faced by newly blind people.
Polygraph testing for sex offenders, birdsong and wellbeing, body image and disfigurement.
2/6 Katy Brand joins Brian and Robin to discuss some unusual avenues of scientific research.
MPs grill Lord Patten over the size of the payoff given to the former Director General.
Wednesday 28 November 2012