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.
As part of the BBC's India season, Michael Berkeley's guest is writer Amitav Ghosh.
James Naughtie talks to the Indian writer Amitav Ghosh.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Allan Little analyses some of the factors that have given Cuba such a prominent image.
Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.
For Stalin, privacy was key. So how would he feel about his secrets being revealed?
A portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian nationalist movement.
Bertrand Russell argues for personal morality over tribal customs to guide conduct.
Bridget Kendall hears from witnesses to Khrushchev's thaw following the death of Stalin.
Melvyn Bragg investigates what drove the Soviet leader Lenin, and enabled his successes.
Why did the steely Russian revolutionary reputedly visit the first English garden city?
Benjamin Ramm explores one of the strangest chapters in China's history - mango mania.
The Communist leader who changed his country forever.
The life and ideas of Karl Marx who changed the world with his Communist Manifesto.
Nazir Afzal chooses Mahatma Gandhi as his great life.
The overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, remembered by Jeremy Bowen.
Pol Pot regime toppled by Vietnamese.
Chinese leader Mao Zedong died on 9 September 1976. Sidney Rittenberg knew him well.
Bertrand Russell examines the effects of increasing state control.
In the inaugural Reith lecture, Bertrand Russell examines the impulses in human nature.
Michael Maloney reads an extract from Florian Illies's 1913.
Bertrand Russell considers the role of human nature in the development of society.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Mao's uprising against his own party from 1966-76
Alistair Cooke examines tyrants who commit mass murder and compares Stalin with Hitler.
Alan Dein explores Karl Marx's journey from corpse to bronze monolith.
Bertrand Russell argues for the importance of individual initiative in a community.