The hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie.
Adrian Owen tells Jim Al-Khalili about his search for awareness in brain-injured patients.
Author Colin Dexter nominates scholar and poet AE Housman. With Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
Alain de Botton discusses his first novel in twenty years - The Course of Love.
The acclaimed writer and the influential musician in the tag talk show.
The impressionist and the spin doctor in the tag-team talk show.
An intimate portrait of the songwriter, singer and frontman of XTC, Andy Partridge.
Author Iris Murdoch has a complex reputation thanks to her husband's memoirs.
Arthur C Clarke talks to Nigel Acheson at his home in Sri Lanka, in his seventieth year.
Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke talks about his admiration for Stapledon
Sir Terry Pratchett on his 50th book.
The philosopher heads back to her Winchester birthplace, home to her single mother of five
Baroness Mary Warnock curates the festival of her wildest dreams.
The veteran comic and sharp comedian meet in the tag talk show.
Ben Elton reveals the personal story behind his new book Two Brothers.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
George Orwell has been dead for 70 years. What can his ideas tell us about life in 2020?
One feisty funny man grills another in the tag talk show.
interview by Mark Lawson
James Naughtie talks to China Mieville about The City and the City