Colm Toibin profiles the brilliance and the madness of American poet Robert Lowell.
Poet Jackie Kay tells the story of Zora Neale Hurston's literary rebirth.
A fragmentary look at the writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers
Billy Bragg explores the politics behind the work of folklorist Alan Lomax.
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Miles Warde explores the life of American photographer Ansel Adams on tape.
Claudia Hammond revisits Langer and Rodin's 1976 Arden House study.
Lenny Henry profiles Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American playwright August Wilson.
On his substantial new publication, Collected Poems.
A classic experiment in operant conditioning conducted by the famous behaviourist.
Barbara McClintock's research into genes, and her acknowledgement as a great scientist.
Stephen Johnson explores the nuances in Barber's Violin Concerto and First Essay.
Stephanie Flanders profiles Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve.
Stephen Johnson explores three of Luciano Berio's virtuosic and experimental Sequenzas.
John Tusa talks to artist Bill Viola about his work.
Lenny Henry focuses on how Caribbean migration has been reflected on stage and screen.
Stephen Johnson explores Chen Yi's Chinese Myths Cantata.
Charles Hazlewood and Debbie Wiseman with the BBC CO on composing for the cinema.
Mark Lawson explores Czech history in the crime fiction of Josef Skvorecky.
Fiona Sampson considers the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz.
Daniel Dennett talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the evolution of the human brain.
Should we remember Henry Kissinger as America's wise strategist or its ruthless operator?
Alexei Sayle nominates Edward Said, author of Orientalism.
Alexei Sayle explains why scholar and literary critic Edward Said inspired him.
Elizabeth Bishop's House
Lavinia Greenlaw meets Bishop's cousin
John Tusa, talks to composer Elliot Carter about his work.
Stephen Johnson talks to the composer Elliott Carter in his 100th birthday year.
An interview with American composer, Elliott Carter.
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