A look at the influence of the visits of Duke Ellington before and after World War II.
Patricia Cornwell discusses her life and her career as a crime writer.
Opera singer Andrea Baker explores the impact of Frederick Douglass's time in Scotland.
How abstract votes will affect the nomination of Democratic presidential candidate.
The conclusion of the Anita Hill vs Judge Clarence Thomas sexual harassment case.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Benjamin Franklin.
Why do journalists flock to Washington for the presidential election?
The parallels between the leadership of President Clinton and Felipe Gonzalez of Spain.
Newt Gingrich becomes Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
The United Nations intervention in Bosnia, and the hesitation of Bill Clinton.
President Clinton visits China, considering US - Chinese relations and Nixon's 1972 visit.
The prosperity and popularity of President Clinton.
Contrasting Clinton's high approval rating with the widespread belief that he's lying.
Did Bill Clinton use family and political influence to avoid being drafted during Vietnam?
Paula Jones' civil prosecution of Clinton for an alleged 1991 sexual assault thrown out.
Allegations that Clinton persuaded Monica Lewinsky to give false testimony examined.
Cornelia Parker talks to Kirsty Lang about Man Ray's 1920 photograph Dust Breeding.
President Theodore Roosevelt's attempt to unite America under the English language.
Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette speak to Simon Mayo.
A profile of jazz musician Duke Ellington (1899-1974).
In September 1963, the jazz legend gave a concert in the Afghan capital.
Poet and composer Edouard Mesens discusses his friendships with Man Ray.
President Clinton's trip to dissuade Boris Yeltsin from sending nuclear aid to Iran.
Mark Kermode reviews Fahrenheit 11/9.
Geraldine Ferraro is Democrats' choice for vice-president nomination.
Charles Hazlewood and the BBC Concert Orchestra explore classical foxtrots for orchestra.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Frederick Douglass, born to slavery.
A tribute to director, theatre producer and playwright George Abbott (1887-1995).
Erin Pizzey chooses American writer Gertrude Stein.
The press scrutiny of the personal life of Governor Bill Clinton in 1992.