1844 and 1887 - Victoria meets Tom Thumb and Buffalo Bill.
Greg Proops looks back at the life of Bob Hope, whose career spanned the 20th century.
A recollection the work of Pierre Charles L'Enfant in shaping Washington DC.
Michael Goldfarb looks at the history of rude, violent debate that has marked US politics.
Alistair Cooke pays tribute to the placid, talented, baseball player Joe DiMaggio.
The conclusion of the Anita Hill vs Judge Clarence Thomas sexual harassment case.
The biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr.
Bill Gates appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a monopoly investigation.
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
Ken Barnes explores how a beloved singer became king of radio.
The actress and singer talks about how she captured the spirit of Billie Holiday on stage
Echoes of Williams's troubled childhood find their way into his first Broadway success.
Theatre director, actress and writer Yvonne Brewster nominates poet Claude McKay.
Newt Gingrich becomes Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
The biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr
Monty Python's Michael Palin chooses the American writer, Ernest Hemingway.
Mark Kermode reviews Fahrenheit 11/9.
Geraldine Ferraro is Democrats' choice for vice-president nomination.
How, in 1976, Bing Crosby chose to celebrate 50 years in showbiz with a special concert.
Broadcaster and DJ Colin Murray chooses Frank Sinatra.
General John Kelly, from a working class Boston neighbourhood to the White House.
Republicans have a majority in both houses of the Senate for the first time in 40 years.
Alistair Cooke reveals America's objections and misconceptions of honours.
Profiles of entertainers Groucho Marx (1898-1977) and Bing Crosby (1903-1977).
Hollywood producer Hal B. Wallis on James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy
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.
James Cagney reveals how the characters of his youth influenced his acting
James Cagney refuses to accept his status as a screen idol.