Anne McElvoy revisits the innovative ideas of the Scottish philosopher Adam Smith.
Sarah Montague and Anand Menon revisit Robert Birley's Reith lectures Britain in Europe.
Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke talks about his admiration for Stapledon
As the Olympics come to London, Mayor Boris Johnson finds himself on the global stage.
Novelist Amit Chaudhuri offers a different vision of a city he has loved all his life.
Michael Berkeley's guest is critic and scholar Sir Christopher Ricks.
Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.
Mark Coles profiles the first woman to lead the Metropolitan Police.
Is a free market the best foundation for a fair, dynamic society?
Nick Robinson looks at how Edward Heath handled the top job in politics.
The story of Frederick 'Clegg' Kelly, Olympic rowing champion and First World War hero.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss 'the only influential poet of the Victorian age'.
James Naughtie on the novelist who was a master of moral guilt and cold war intrigue.
War reporter Tim Butcher chooses an exploration into the strange world of Graham Greene.
Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis introduces her personal musical choices.
Nick Robinson looks at how Harold Macmillan handled the top job in British politics.
Nick Robinson looks at how Asquith handled the top job in politics.
In a typically playful turn, Lionel Blue presents his own obituary.
Christopher Clark explores how British decision-makers reacted in the July Crisis of 1914.
Clive Anderson's guests pay tribute to the late Lord Bingham.
Lord Patten talks to Joan Bakewell about his Catholic faith.
Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Lord Patten.
Programme following a year in the life of Rory Stewart - an MP with an unusual profile.
Historian and broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis nominates the author Nevil Shute.
Adam Hart-Davis selects 'On the Beach' and 'A Town Like Alice' novelist Nevil Shute.
Sir Nicholas Macpherson, treasury supremo and key figure in the Scots independence debate.
The financier, dubbed 'superwoman', talks about coping with family illness.
George Steiner discusses his personal music choices with Michael Berkeley.
The life and times of Christopher Hitchens told through archive and interview.
Should we bring the woolly mammoth back to life, and should ancient languages be revived?