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Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.
Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.
Scientific principles, theory and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
Nine key facts about the infamous Roman emperor.
13 amazing facts about bird migration.
Helen Nianias reflects on the popularity of Hokusai's Great Wave.
Download the best of Radio 3's Free Thinking programme.
Prof Maria Wyke explores Nero's motivation for having his mother killed.
Students at the University of Glasgow ask questions of Melvyn’s guests.
Matthew Treherne tells Melvyn Bragg about the ideas of purgatory in Dante's Divine Comedy
Kate Spence and Richard Parkinson explain the Ancient Egyptian idea of judgement.