Travel competition winner Jane Labous meets the people of Mali who make a living from mud.
Allan Little examines how apartheid was forged and then dismantled in South Africa.
Jarvis Cocker goes on a journey through an Icelandic night that never falls.
Why are Tories and the left obsessed with the 'Swedish model'? Jo Fidgen investigates.
As China changes leadership, Mukul Devichand probes Beijing's hidden battle of ideas.
Isabel Hilton reports from China on the current boom in museum building.
Maria Margaronis explores the divided history of Cyprus, as a new settlement awaits.
Andrew Dilnot charts the history of the British state through its numbers.
Elif Shafak visits an Istanbul bookshop to see if modern Turkey is present on its shelves.
John Tusa chronicles the making of modern Iran.
Roger begins his tour of Chinese museums in Shanghai, with a visit to an opera museum.
The oil crisis of the 1950s led to the overthrow of a democratically elected government.
Roger continues his journey through Shanghai, visiting a bank museum and a tobacco museum.
The fall of the Shah led to the creation of the world's first Islamic republic.
How do young Germans imagine a future after Angela Merkel?
Anne McElvoy considers how Germans see their country's cultural role.
BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson reflects on recent events in Iran.
Prof Colley examines the island nature of the United Kingdom.
Sound recordist Chris Watson captures the dramatic sounds of Iceland's dynamic landscape.
Kamin Mohammadi says life under an authoritarian regime is lived more creatively.
The notoriety of Kuwait, Riyadh and Baghdad due to the Gulf War and beyond.
From Nepal to Kenya via Stonehenge, Miles Warde discovers the power of roads.
Linda Colley begins her examination of the forces that unite and divide Britain.
Thabiso Mohare looks at the literary and spoken word scenes in South Africa.
Prof Colley posits some possibilities about UK development following the independence vote
Danish author Dorthe Nors gives her view of the British from across the North Sea.
Linda Colley wades into the choppy waters of Britain's relationship with the sea.