Mike Thomson explores a document pointing at American treachery prior to Pearl Harbour.
The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
Contemporary writers reflect on modern reporting through the work of Martha Gellhorn,
A fragmentary look at the writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers
Reflections on American writer Toni Morrison in her own words and those of her peers.
Author Alan Bissett on his journey from lad to feminist.
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Michael Goldfarb looks at the history of rude, violent debate that has marked US politics.
Discussing America's continuing issues with race & whether he's left Easy Rawlins behind.
Andi Oliver on Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.
Michael Berkeley's guests is writer on families Andrew Solomon.
Poet Jackie Kay tells the story of Zora Neale Hurston's literary rebirth.
The Russian-born writer whose influence is most evident in her adopted home of the USA.
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks looks at the idea of leading a good life by being selfish.
Physicist Brian Cox tells Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show changed his life.
Writer and comedy star Rhona Cameron champions Charles Bukowski.
The acclaimed chef and writer talks to John Wilson in August 2000
Newt Gingrich becomes Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
"White is catching gay life at a key moment when it's developing in very different ways"
Should Americans celebrate, or be embarrased by, Columbus Day?
The writer and critic DJ Taylor profiles Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code.
Writer and comedian David Baddiel explores the life of novelist John Updike.
Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo take a look at the work of writer and director Nora Ephron.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Wharton's novels of America's Gilded Age.
Naomi Wolf nominates Edith Wharton for Great Lives.
Publisher Kimberly Fortier chooses American writer Edith Wharton.
The crime novelist tells Anthony Clare about his childhood and commitment to writing.
Michael Palin nominates Ernest Hemingway as his Great Life.
Monty Python's Michael Palin chooses the American writer, Ernest Hemingway.