The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
A tribute to politician and diplomat Averell Harriman who served five presidents.
Michael Grandage reads his choice for Cultural Exchange, the poem Dear Bryan Wynter.
Rana Mitter on the life of one of China's most important feminist authors.
Edward Goater listens to Peter Pears
Hollywood producer Hal B. Wallis on James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy
Nick Robinson looks at how Harold Macmillan handled the top job in British politics.
Andrew McGibbon talks to Margaret Wood who worked for the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe
James Cagney reveals how the characters of his youth influenced his acting
James Cagney refuses to accept his status as a screen idol.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Jorge Luis Borges.
Peter White visits Argentina to hear about the work of blind fabulist Jorge Luis Borges.
Lucy Porter, the comedian and writer, champions Cary Grant as her Great Life
Blind Argentinian writer Borges is championed by Marcus de Sautoy.
Michael Grandage talks to Mark Lawson about the poem Dear Bryan Wynter by WS Graham.
The Musical My Fair Lady is celebrated through the manuscripts on which it was created.
Maintaining freedom of speech while curbing obscenity.
Laura Barton tells the true story behind By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept.
The love affair between Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir lasted for 50 years.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas, work and life of Simone de Beauvoir.
Actress Diana Quick selects philosopher Simone de Beauvoir for Great Lives.
Clarke Peters explores the art of the musical theatre lyricist.
At the 2009 London Jazz Festival, Alyn Shipton explores pieces written for Benny Goodman.
Poet Paul Henry celebrates the life of William Sydney Graham – and visits a close friend.
WS Graham introduces a selection of his own poems, and reads “Dear Bryan Wynter” in full.
Frances Stonor Saunders on Trump's disco years and mentorship to McCarthy's henchman.
Remembering the king of the stunt men, Yakima Canutt.