Playwright John Godber discusses the life of German writer Bertolt Brecht.
The power couple who reunited China and nearly lost it to Japan.
Helen Mark discovers the Oxfordshire woodland that once belonged to author CS Lewis.
The life and music of George Gershwin and a post-Soviet boom in Russian immigration to NY.
Edwina Currie discusses the life of former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir.
The life of Dame Gracie Fields is championed by Hilary Devey.
Richard Sykes champions Sir Howard Florey, a forgotten man in the discovery of penicillin.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Spanish poet and playwright's work, life and death.
Anna Ford nominates singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.
CS Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles, chosen by Suzannah Lipscomb.
How Paul Robeson used the transatlantic telephone cable to sing live to British fans.
An audio portrait exploring the lives and ideas of CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley.
A celebration of the simple joys in life, and Brecht’s poem that described them.
Historian Philip Bullock explores the staging of Die Walkure at the Bolshoi in 1940.
Alistair Cooke explains how Hungarian refugee, Leo Szilard, helped stop World War II.
The dispute between Vavilov and Lysenko in 1920s Russia over food production.
Novelist Ahdaf Soueif chooses acclaimed Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum as his great life.