Can a shaman cure writer's block? Playwright David Greig tries to find out.
People talk frankly about the challenging experience of sitting with a dying parent.
Eight years after she met him in Mississippi, Chloe Hadjimatheou searches for Tobias.
David Bramwell sets out to prove that anyone can be a good public speaker.
Step inside the voice booth to find out what is the value of talking at all.
Oona King reveals how West Indian Asquith Xavier fought a colour bar at Euston station.
Nina Plapp takes her cello Cuthbert to Rajasthan in search of the roots of gypsy music.
Andrew Ross Sorkin traces the reputation of UK and USA bankers through history.
Cinema's great love story - UK director Michael Powell and US editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
Ian Peddie studies new Texan laws allowing concealed handguns into classrooms.
Historian Dan Cruickshank asks if new garden cities are the answer to our housing crisis.
The Singer sewing machine has whirred its way through history as Maria Margaronis unravels
The rise and fall of the Black Panther Party and its legacy for American black insurgency.
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen explores the exponential rise in tattooing across the UK.
The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
Doon Mackichan asks if we need a moratorium on glossy TV dramas with female victims.
Stephen Barber calls on politicians to resist the urge to act and instead do nothing.
Clare Jenkins explores the emotional challenges faced clearing out her parents' home.
Olivia Laing presents an imaginative portrait of the musician Arthur Russell.
Alexei Sayle on the cultural impact of the Dada movement, 100 years since it was founded.
What is wrong with being black and curvy? Bridgitte Tetteh investigates.
Charlotte Higgins explores the work of the UN's peacekeeping agency.
Toby Jones celebrates the mercurial world of the villain.
Leprechauns, sprites, imps and elves - Ian Sansom is searching for the diminutive other.
Tulip Mazumdar finds young people in Japan rejecting intimacy and a population in decline.
Mark Hodkinson revisits the sitcom Love Thy Neighbour, 40 years after it was last shown
Garden designer James Wong asks if British gardening is stuck in the past.
Clarke Peters follows the croon and practitioners of the art including Rudy Vallee.
Sir David Attenborough examines new evidence on a controversial theory of human origins.
Five Muslim mums come together to discuss the hate messages their children are exposed to.
Abdul-Rehman Malik explores the longstanding relationship between Islam and coffee.
Aside from the physical landscape, what does graffiti and street art actually change?
Anjana Ahuja believes we should take control of our online identity before it is too late.
Alice Roberts goes in search of the man who taught us how to control our own dreams.
Alan Dein takes a breakneck tour through the history of the public information film.
The artist asks why collections from Oceania, the Americas and Africa are hidden from view
The courageous journey of refugee Yusra Mardini, from war-torn Syria to the Rio Olympics.
Former Lehman Brothers banker Henry Dodds explores our relationship with money.
The changing accents on the UK's longest rail journey, the 0820 from Aberdeen to Penzance.
How do Sunni-Shia couples handle the deepening gulf between their two sects of Islam?
An immersive river journey through the city of Sheffield and its industrial past.
An apple, a car, even a super yacht... Why are so many things called Jazz?
Jane Garvey reflects on women and cars with presenter Suzi Perry and driver Susie Wolff.
Kevin Fong boldly goes in search of Star Trek's 50-year-old vision of the future.
Simon Read explores the psychological impact on people who fall victim to fraudsters.
Viv Groskop explores Gustave Courbet's notorious and explicit painting.
Financial guru Alvin Hall returns to his Florida hometown.
Psychotherapist Philippa Perry investigates when and why children lie.
Stephen Smith takes a wry look at the mid-life crisis.
Seventy years ago, an article about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima rocked the world.
David Wilson talks to former bank robber Noel 'Razor' Smith about his life in crime.
Vivienne Parry asks if the NHS can deliver the benefits of genomic medicine for all.
Maya Amin-Smith explores the legacy of the Grunwick dispute, four decades after it began.
Marie-Louise Muir explores the tradition of keening for the dead in Ireland.
Film-maker and writer Jane Darke puts out to sea with the Cornish poet Charles Causley.
What did the Birmingham Six case alter - could such miscarriages of justice happen today?
Animal wisdom, mothers and sons. What do killer whales tell us about the human menopause?
Nihal Arthanayake presents a portrait of contemporary Britain in an epoch of terror.
Mark Vernon explores the phenomenon of the Sunday Assembly.
A look at the support provided for victims of stalking and ways to stop stalkers.
Sound expert Julian Treasure explores how open plan design affects us.
Marie-Louise Muir explores 25 years of Signature Theatre company with founder Jim Houghton
Film-maker Isis Thompson considers the impact of the 2011 riots five years on.
Can a long-lost design classic be rediscovered at the bottom of the Thames?
Joss Ackland narrates a search through BBC archives for unheard gems from JRR Tolkien.
Simon Callow explores one of the earliest forms of human interaction.
Giles Dilnot uncovers what the most mysterious figures in parliament really do.
An archive of the most powerful people, shaping the monumental events of modern history.
Michael Rosen visits the house of the late poet, Adrian Mitchell.
Profane rubbish or bold rebellion? How did Viz become an acclaimed, best-selling magazine?
Hugh Muir charts the movement of ethnic minorities from cities to the English countryside.
Aditya Chakrabortty reports on the fate of India's all-night classical music concert.
Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe tells the story of one of the greatest movies never made.
Mary Beard tells the intriguing story of the history of exams.
Julia Langdon uncovers how women spooks have been recruited over the years.
Roald Dahl tells his own story in his own words with the help of his granddaughter Sophie.
Mary Ann Sieghart is not rude, she just cannot identify people by their faces.
Anna Nguyen journeys to Vietnam rediscover the war-torn country her parents fled in 1975.
The extraordinary hostage rescue story that changed the Middle East.
Maria Margaronis explores worlds of hope and chaos for refugees and islanders in Greece.
David Hockney embarks on an ambitious new portrait series from his Californian studio.
Jane Garvey examines the topic of menstruation and asks if attitudes are finally changing.
Critic and broadcaster Gillian Reynolds celebrates 50 years' professional radio listening.
The story of how easy credit changed British society forever.
Mukti Jain Campion explores the surprising origins of modern yoga practice.
Sarfraz Manzoor tells the story of Pakistani writer Sa'adat Manto and assesses his legacy.
Elis James's polemical appraisal of football's role in constructing modern Welsh identity
Michael Symmons Roberts examines the myth that the 1996 bomb heralded Manchester's rebirth
The story of Jimmy Scott, one of the 20th Century's most overlooked vocalists.
Two-part documentary looking at the second most remote community in the world.
A musical portrait of how the jazz trumpeter Miles Davis became a painter in later life.
Mark Hodkinson looks at the impact of punk rock in Yorkshire.
Winifred Robinson reports on the lives of thousands of families being tracked in Bradford.
A night out in the Latino suburbs with the mariachis of Boyle Heights, East LA.
Bafta award-winning film-maker Molly Dineen examines the concept of truth in documentary.
Lucy Cooke explores our seeming obsession with all things cute.
Alistair McGowan uncovers the sensational, creative life of the Irish composer John Field.
Jarvis Cocker celebrates the life and work of literary wunderkind Carson McCullers.
A timely retracing of the passionate Subtopia campaign against postwar town planning.
The story of how two of the greatest albums of all time were released on the same day.
Is small the next big? Leo Johnson explores the radical vision of EF Schumacher.
Dane Hurst takes a dance floor to South Africa for use by underprivileged children.
Peter McGraith hears personal accounts of same-sex marriage in post equality Britain.
David Tennant explores the autobiographical back story to Osborne's revolutionary play.
Dr Shahidha Bari looks at the history of the sari.
Insiders discuss the decisions that have transformed the record industry.
Google dominates internet searching. Rory Cellan-Jones asks if it is too powerful.
Robert McCrum journeys across Obama's America in search of Shakespeare and what he means to Americans today.
Oliver Burkeman explores the frequent human experience of feeling like a fraud.
Fergal Keane explores the cultural landscape of the 1916 Easter Rising.
A meditation on loss, with real and imagined stories bound by sound and silence.
Why do so many university students fail to finish their degrees?
Comedian Rich Hall investigates the true meaning of American southern hospitality.
How the portrayal of the working class and poor in film and TV has changed over 70 years.
Harriet Sergeant investigates whether empty commercial buildings could house the homeless.
Radio 4 announcer Kathy Clugston is anosmic. She cannot smell - and wants to know why.
How a reclusive maths prodigy terrorised America - and how the media amplified his cause.
Ian McMillan presents the story of a baffling game with three sides and only three rules.
Can psychedelic drugs overcome their notoriety to become accepted for routine medical use?
A major investigation reveals how the world's most notorious regimes get around sanctions.
Notorious Soviet spy Kim Philby as he's never been heard before.
Mary-Ann Ochota visits Bangladesh and India to ask why 2.3bn people lack adequate toilets.
Documentaries about dance, dancers and dancing.
Philip Hensher explores the art of the gloriously eccentric Molesworth books.
Comedian and musician Richard Morton recalls the heyday of the classic TV theme.
Succeeding against the odds. What does it take to turn your life around?
Could we, and should we, eradicate mosquitoes? Professor Adam Hart investigates.
Songwriter Amy Wadge investigates the history and potential of the harmonica.
How should Britain manage its returning foreign fighters?
Kenneth Steven explores Edwin Muir's poetic search for the lost Eden of his childhood.
Clarke Peters explores the art of the lyricist to mark My Fair Lady's 60th anniversary.
Kate Mossman tells the story of the long-overlooked female music writers of the 1960s.
A two-part Seriously following Tim Robbins's acting classes in LA's Norco prison.
Two-part celebration of the development and impact of the record-playing turntable.
Neil Innes looks at the collision of art, humour, music and anarchy in Bonzo Dog.
Ex-convicts tell intimate stories of how they renounced lives of crime.
Grey-haired professor Mary Beard investigates why fewer people are now glad to be grey.
Michael Rosen tells the little-known story of how the poem She Walks in Beauty was set to Jewish music.
Will the sale of harvested rhino horn help to stop poaching?
Mike Thomson reports on an extraordinary series of diaries on life inside 'Islamic State'.
Five years after Japan's tsunami, some survivors report seeing the ghosts of the dead.
Michael Palin tells the story of a group of refugees welcomed in by a small Somerset town.
Gareth Gwynn uncovers the fantastical world of a Welsh cultural lodestone Iolo Morganwg.
Meteorologist Peter Gibbs returns to Antarctica, where he spent two years in the 1980s.
American satirist Joe Queenan explores the importance of not doing what one is told.
Deborah Coughlin examines the value of art to communities and cities.
Lauren Laverne celebrates Kenneth Grahame's classic tale The Wind in the Willows.
Simon Schama offers some context for the destruction of antiquities in Syria and Iraq.
Joseph Harker asks why Britain's classical music scene remains so resolutely white.
Naomi Alderman presents a history of interactive fiction.
The colourful career of British composer and transgender pioneer Angela Morley.
20 years after Trainspotting's release, the real-life addicts who inspired the actors.
How 3 months in rural Devon influenced one of the greatest chroniclers of urban New York.
Natalie Haynes finds out why adultery remains such a regular subject in popular culture.
Benjamin Ramm explores one of the strangest chapters in China's history - mango mania.
A blind musical prodigy learns echolocation from Daniel Kish.
A collection of documentaries on films, film-making and film-makers.
Comedian Tim Key spins his own surreal tale of one of Russia's greatest short stories.
Matthew Cobb explores the excitement and concerns about the new genome editing technology.
Moby-Dick was made in England. Paul Farley tells a story of fast fish and loose fish.
Journalist Lynne Truss prepares to cringe as she investigates embarrassment.
David Aaronovitch asks why Mao's Little Red Book captured the imagination of the west.
A mysterious note sends a visitor to Belfast on a labyrinthine journey through the city.
Zareer Masani returns to Mumbai to measure India's changing attitudes to homosexuality.
Adam Hart reveals how humanity is altering the evolutionary paths of other creatures.
David Bowie's extraordinary life and career told in his own words.
Geoff Ryman explores stories about women and men in future worlds. Plus original story No Point Talking.
Gavin Esler tells the story of Hermann Goering's brother, who claimed he saved people from Nazi persecution.
The story of how ethnic fear has been used from the republic through to Donald Trump.
Why are orchids so popular? Jim Endersby offers a new scientific history of their allure.
Michael Symmons Roberts the book behind one of our most influential ideas: Utopia.
Composer Adam Gorb goes on a journey to listen to the lost music of concentration camps.
Seriously podcast presenter Femi Martin's autobiographical documentary.
The late Bruce Lacey reflects on his life in this 2014 documentary.
How do government ministers take decisions in the 21st Century?
Samira Ahmed meets British Asian women who, like her, were inspired by David Bowie.
What has happened to traditional French values since the Charlie Hebdo killings?
Professor Andrew Hussey asks why we should let the toad of work squat on our lives.
A family of Syrian migrants risks everything in a remarkable journey to Germany.
Before she died, Jonathan Freedland's sister's left a unique audio legacy - her own Desert Island Discs.
Hashi Mohamed follows the trail of of unaccompanied child migrants arriving in Europe.
Self-confessed greedy pig Jay Rayner gets serious about porkers
Miranda Sawyer explores the magic of the school nativity play.
Restaurateur Henry Dimbleby unravels the deep-seated attachment of the British to eating meat.
Sharmini Selvarajah meets interfaith families facing the 'December dilemma'.
A centenary celebration of the life and work of Frank Sinatra.
Caroline Nin listens to those drawn to sing the music of the legendary French performer.
Mukti Jain Campion discovers how Indians are embracing the online shopping revolution.
Sukhdev Sandhu tells the story of a book of hippy philosophy that defined the 1960s.
Why has the white collar worker has become a central figure in TV series and comic books in Japan?
The extraordinary story of the day an epic Holocaust documentary was premiered in Israel.
Archive on 4 uncovers the forgotten history of Britons in space.
How has Chinese ownership changed a Scottish castle after it spent generations in the same family?
Stephen Evans goes deep into the Milky Way to look at the phenomenon of StarCraft.
How the American record industry responded to the assassination of President Kennedy.
Internet security is vital, but increasingly fragile. Edward Lucas explores online trust.
Jim Al-Khalili investigates whether there is a link between age and scientific creativity.
Clare Jenkins presents a personal insight into the world of premature babies.
US Air Force veteran and poet Lynn Hill opens up the alien soul of 21st Century warfare.
Jim Al-Khalili and fellow physicists explain why they think equations are beautiful.
A collection of documentaries on modern and contemporary classical music.
Lucy Kellaway explores UK office culture in a three-part series.
Mat Fraser meets the former showgirls getting back on stage in their 70s and 80s.
Siouxsie Sioux celebrates Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on its 150th anniversary.
Anna McNamee explores atomic science as poetic inspiration.
What can animals tell us about the origins of our numerical abilities?
Glenda Jackson travels to Paris for documentary about influential French writer Emile Zola.
Neil Kinnock assesses the poetry of a fellow Welshman, Idris Davies.
How did an 18th Century British Army bugle call become a sacred anthem of remembrance?
Maddy Prior and daughter Rose Kemp swap musical genres - folk rock and doom drone.
The work of Imam Alyas Karmani, counselling those Muslims who have troubled sex lives.
The story of Pete Atkin and Clive James, one of the most enduring songwriting relationships in history.
Lewis Carroll's roots in the north east of England are uncovered by Simon Farnaby.
Seven magnificent documentaries chosen and introduced by the legendary radio maker.
Nomia Iqbal learns how youth radio has played a part in Myanmar's shift from military rule
Michael Symmons Roberts on the life and legacy of visionary philanthropist Thomas Horsfall.
Clap those hands, stamp those feet! Chris Stewart goes on the trail of flamenco in Granada.
A two-part look at the complex man at the heart of the Black Arts movement in 1960s America.
Actor Jack Shepherd goes backstage to unearth the strange tales of haunted theatres.
Horatio Clare meets the German student duellists for whom a scar is a badge of honour.
The story of abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass's time in Scotland.
Jolyon Jenkins reports on Spiral Tribe, the 90s free party sound system, still raving.
Julian Joseph recounts how jazz diplomacy was used during the Cold War.
Christopher Bigsby traces the life and work of Arthur Miller, mostly in Miller's own words.
Ben Hammersley investigates fictional universes, from Harry Potter to Game of Thrones.
Sophie Thompson and Phyllida Law celebrate 50 years of The Magic Roundabout.
Comedian Hugh Dennis travels to Gallipoli to discover how his great uncle died in World War I.
Andy Kershaw re-examines the Bob Dylan album that changed popular music and his life.
Stephen Smith embarks on a journey to rediscover the lost joys of getting lost.
The son of a US soul singer father and Sheffield mother seeks his American roots.
Folk singer Eliza Carthy finds a new song to sing from Manchester's 19th Century broadside ballads.
Performer Byron Vincent tries to overcome his paralysing fear of social situations.
A reluctant bearer snaps at the cultural significance of gap teeth.
The daughter of a former Chernobyl engineer returns to her father's workplace.
Residents discuss Van Morrison's return to the east Belfast neighbourhood of his youth for gigs commemorating his 70th birthday.
Nichi Hodgson asks whether there's scope for an ethical code for producing porn.
The 6 Music DJ discusses private pressings with DIY musicians from the 1970s and 1980s.
Dotun Adebayo explores his teenage obsession with James Dean.
Writer Neil Gaiman examines the Orpheus myth in literature.
Lauren Laverne looks into a cultural phenomenon - the selfie.
An aspiring pop star meets Jacques Attali, a polymath who in 1976 predicted today's music industry crisis.
Lainy Malkani uncovers her family's roots on the sugar plantations of British Guiana.
Former MI5 boss Stella Rimington investigates the startling case of a woman hanged during WW1.
Alan Bennett and musicians young and old consider the orchestral heritage of Yorkshire.
A reflection in sound on the life of Virginia Fiennes, first wife of explorer Sir Ranulph.
A look at the violence and tribalism present at music gigs in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Gordon Brown tells the story of James Keir Hardie, Labour's first leader.
The story of two New York churches that survived 9/11 and are now healing the community.
Photographer Eamonn McCabe curates his own photo exhibition on the radio.
Have computers helped us amass too much information for us to understand?
Gerald Scarfe explores the activity of the Walt Disney Studio during World War Two.
Harry Shearer takes stock in his hometown of New Orleans, a decade after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Two decades after his death, why does Sun Ra continue to inspire an obsessive following?
Leala Padmanabhan investigates problem drinking among older people in the UK, starting with the story of her own father.
1000s of cassettes were found in Osama Bin Laden's abandoned Kabul compound in 2002. What was on them?
Five decades after The Beatles played Shea Stadium, Kate Mossman traces a history of stadium rock.
What does your body mass index really tell you about how healthy you are?
The story of Lord Byron's abandoned daughter, whose tragic life haunted her father's imagination.
Stuart Maconie asks, what's so special about friendships between men from the north of England?
The real Japan and the Japan depicted in Western media are two different places. How have they influenced each other?
Seth Lakeman investigates the history and influence of the Newport Folk Festival.
The story of a mysterious find on Morecambe beach by one man and his dog.
Fearless, fanatical and female. Bridget Kendall investigates women who turn to terror.
Think it's just simple playground game? Think again.
From false memories to brain trauma - a collection of programmes about what goes on inside the head.
Does working the night shift reduce your lifespan? Sarah Montague investigates.
A collection of programmes about weird instruments and unearthly rhythms.
A quiet celebration of the rich and various virtues of silence.
Five women who worked as WW2 codebreakers in their youth tell their incredible stories.
Fascinating facts in 15 minutes.
Comedian Stewart Lee introduces his private passion - free improvised music.
Award-winning author Philip Hoare attends a porpoise necropsy and thinks about going inside a whale.
Unexpected stories from across the globe.
Series following 30 East End kids who helped London secure the Olympics.
Susan Calman finds out why our feline overlords rule cyberspace.
A collection of programmes detailing the facts behind the funny.
Speed drummers and guitar shredders: the world of the virtuoso.
Young females are dating wealthy older men via websites. Who is being exploited?
Weird words and marginalia from fisher poets and hepcats.
Are you ready for Scottee's personal brand of fat activism?
Moving stories from magical musicians.
Ten years of Antony Gormley's epic installation on Crosby beach.