Greg Proops looks back at the life of Bob Hope, whose career spanned the 20th century.
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
Miles Davis chosen by Adrian Utley of Portishead.
Reflections on American writer Toni Morrison in her own words and those of her peers.
Actor Alison Steadman in conversation with her heroes – brought back to life.
How abstract votes will affect the nomination of Democratic presidential candidate.
Andi Oliver on Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.
How two women, Myrtle and Darina Allen, revolutionised food in Ireland with their cooking.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
Fiona Reynolds, former director of the National Trust, chooses writer Beatrix Potter.
Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, nominates Beatrix Potter.
On Christmas Day 1989, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven's Choral Symphony.
Acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop remembers her mentor, the great Leonard Bernstein.
A musical portrait of how the jazz trumpeter Miles Davis became a painter in later life.
The life, beliefs and legacy of Cardinal Newman, being beatified during the Papal visit.
Physicist Brian Cox tells Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show changed his life.
In 1800, 12-year-old Victor emerged from the woods, naked and behaving like an animal.
Cerys Matthews unlocks her uncle's rare recordings of Dylan Thomas's friends and family.
Ken talks to Soweto Kinch about saxophonist Charlie Parker, one of the founders of bebop.
Ken Clarke and Soweto Kinch discuss the relationship between two jazz pioneers.
Charlie Parker - Bird - proposed by Ken Clarke
Cherie Blair picks Rose Heilbron, her role model, as her great life.
Bookseller Tim Waterstone and biographer Ben Pimlott discuss the former prime minister.
Clement Attlee's lack of charisma did not prevent him transforming post war Britain.
Charles Hazlewood and Debbie Wiseman with the BBC CO on composing for the cinema.
Lenny Henry stars in a musical fantasy about TS Eliot's 1964 dinner with Groucho Marx.
Philip Ball goes back to the 17th century to tell the story of Descartes' 'daughter'.
Dr Geoff Bunn on Descartes' contribution to our understanding of the brain
Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo take a look at the work of writer and director Nora Ephron.
Doris Day is the choice of Dolly Alderton, author, podcaster and columnist.