Jonathan Freedland compares the rise of electronic cigarettes with snuff in the 1600s.
Grace Dent tells the story of Neil and his quest for the chair that could change his life.
The writer Kevin Crossley-Holland meets fellow East Anglians affected by coastal erosion.
Invented for the printing industry, air conditioning now influences where and how we live.
Whilst under a heat induced house arrest, Alistair Cooke marvels at air conditioning.
Louise Labuschagne shows two English farmers how and why she uses bugs and pesticides.
Benjamin Zephaniah uncovers the passion, mind games and intrigue of competitive dominoes.
Are e-cigarettes a health hazard or the best aid we have for smokers trying to quit?
Steph McGovern on how the industry shaped one of the UK's main silk centres - Macclesfield
Steph discovers how silk's global spread has driven industrial and technological change.
Sheila Dillon discovers why fermentation is the catalyst for a delicious revolution.
Sir David Cannadine explores the changing image of Neville Chamberlain's umbrella.
The Gutenberg press changed the world - but it could not have done so without paper.
Tom Heap investigates potential oil leaks from sunken vessels around our coastline.
The plough kick-started civilisation - and ultimately made our modern economy possible.
As she approaches her 80th year, Penelope Simpson decides to paint her own coffin.
Composer Llywelyn ap Myrddin travels to Russia to uncover the powerful music of bells.
David Cannadine explores Sir Alec Douglas-Home's matchbox economics.
Dan Saladino has a practical fermentation masterclass with writer and teacher Sandor Katz.
Alexandra Harris discusses the history of fireworks at the 2011 Free Thinking Festival.
Ben Schott examines the graphic and gastronomic tricks of the menu.
Peter Conrad explores the rise of the electronic cigarette.
Katy Brand investigates the toothbrush from its humble start, as a stick, to the present.
Recent deaths in the USA have been linked to e-cigarette use, leading to calls for a ban.
Writer Andy Hamilton leads a wild journey foraging for plants to make incredible drinks.