A look at the influence of the visits of Duke Ellington before and after World War II.
Nick Clarke joins Alistair Cooke to listen to some broadcasting gems from his career.
Alistair Cooke pays tribute to the placid, talented, baseball player Joe DiMaggio.
Paul Morley on the unknown Anthony Burgess - his northern roots and his work as a composer
Joan meets influential folk guitarist Bert Jansch.
Writer and comedian David Baddiel explores the life of novelist John Updike.
David Schneider talks to journalist and writer Jenny Diski about how to face up to death.
Peter White discusses the controversial England cricket captain Douglas Jardine.
A profile of jazz musician Duke Ellington (1899-1974).
In September 1963, the jazz legend gave a concert in the Afghan capital.
Cult legend Andy Kaufman chosen by Iain Lee as his great life.
Entertainer Bernie Clifton explores the impact of Austrian Tenor Richard Tauber.
An exploration of the life of Fidel Castro's most precious aide until her death in 1980.
Chris Bowlby profiles Jeremy Heywood who is to become the new Cabinet Secretary.
It is 50 years since the great American recording star Sophie Tucker died in New York.
In Angela Carter's story a circus tiger shapes the destiny of the notorious Lizzie Borden.
Clive Anderson's guests pay tribute to the late Lord Bingham.
Martin Scorsese's film about George Harrison.
David Nixon and BBC NOW join Charles Hazlewood to explore Russian Ballet.
Norman Lebrecht talks to French film, theatre and opera director Patrice Chereau.
Peter Shaffer chooses a Monet painting as his luxury item on Desert Island Discs
President Alfonsin, Argentina's first democractically elected leader.
James Naughtie presents a tribute to Alistair Cooke, who would have been 100 this week.
Irma Kurtz travels to Monet's Giverny garden to hear how losing his sight changed his work
Stephen Johnson and the Royal String Quartet explore Shostakovich's 8th String Quartet.
Stephen Johnson on how the music of Shostakovich helped him survive clinical depression.
Stephen Johnson joins Christian Poltera to explore Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto.
Stephen Johnson on the intricacies of Shostakovich's two trios for piano and strings.
Stephen Johnson explores the music and ideas behind Shostakovich's 9th Symphony.