Billy Bragg explores the politics behind the work of folklorist Alan Lomax.
Ben Brantley of the New York Times describes how the city informed Arthur Miller's work.
Christopher Bigsby traces the life and work of Arthur Miller, mostly in Miller's own words
Singer and actress Pauline Black chooses a jazz legend, the singer Billie Holiday.
Billie Holiday's centenary is celebrated by four leading jazz musicians and her biographer
The actress and singer talks about how she captured the spirit of Billie Holiday on stage
Biographer Carolyn Burke and singer Barb Jungr discuss Edith Piaf's enduring appeal
Peter Bazalgette reflects on the life and legacy of the late food critic Egon Ronay.
Naomi Beckwith examines the overlooked printmaker and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett.
Broadcaster and DJ Colin Murray chooses Frank Sinatra.
How St Ives abstract artists Terry Frost and Patrick Heron formed an unlikely friendship.
Wayne Hemingway celebrates the lives of 1950s designers Robin and Lucienne Day.
Andrew McGibbon talks to Annie Ross, who was Billie Holiday's stand in at Harlem's Apollo.
Andrew McGibbon talks to saxophonist Duncan Lamont about Sinatra - and writing Mr Benn.
Helena Kennedy talks to Jeremy Hutchinson, defence lawyer in the Lady Chatterley trial.
George Galloway chooses British poet and political activist John Cornford.
Exploring Joseph Wolpe's development of a treatment for patients with phobias.
A portrait of the controversial Indian artist MF Husain.
James looks at the energetic and innovative founder of Which? and the Open University.
Brian Eno champions the life and work of social reformer Michael Young.
The former Chilean president talks about Pinochet, leading the military and human rights.
Leader of Mafia family shot dead on New York street.
Sue MacGregor's guests reflect on the rise and fall of Chilean dictator General Pinochet.
Shirley Collins and Billy Bragg on the legendary American song-hunter Alan Lomax.
Orson Welles: One Man Band by Simon Callow is available now.
Matthew Parris meets the actor Simon Callow to discuss the life of Orson Welles.
Caroline Nin listens to those drawn to sing the music of the legendary French performer.
Shirley Collins tells the story of Alan Lomax's historic 1959 trip to the southern states.
The story of T Dan Smith, Labour leader of Newcastle city council who was jailed in 1974.