The hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie.
Cambodian dictator Pol Pot is compared to Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro.
Mike Thomson reveals the truth behind an alleged British plot to kill Lenin.
Andrew Hussey celebrates the life and work of French writer and philosopher Albert Camus.
The brash young leader of Greece's far left-wing bloc mobilising the anti-bailout vote.
Author Iris Murdoch has a complex reputation thanks to her husband's memoirs.
The row that exploded between Eddington and Chandrasekhar over the death of stars.
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.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
A classic experiment in operant conditioning conducted by the famous behaviourist.
Allan Little analyses some of the factors that have given Cuba such a prominent image.
The life ad work of the Algerian-French writer and philosopher, Albert Camus.
Ken talks to Soweto Kinch about saxophonist Charlie Parker, one of the founders of bebop.
Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.
Daniel Dennett talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the evolution of the human brain.
Irish comic Dave Allen is chosen by actor and comedian Adil Ray. Matthew Parris presents.
Derren Brown gets inside the mind of musical wizard and fellow sceptic Tim Minchin.
Did Douglas Adams predict the future in the year 2000? Mitch Benn finds out.
For Stalin, privacy was key. So how would he feel about his secrets being revealed?