President Clinton's use of line-item vetos on projects he deemed wasteful.
American dependency on red tape and the 'death' of common sense.
Neil MacGregor is with the great rulers of the world over 2000 years ago.
Naomi Alderman tells the story of Paul Ehrlich's 'magic bullet' and the cure for syphilis.
Carter uses 'pork barrel' patronage to bolster popularity.
Alistair Cooke examines how congressmen secure re-appointments during an election year.
Is there a conflict of interest when public servants take private sector jobs?
Neil MacGregor with one of the past's most recognisable objects; the Rosetta Stone
The USA is an invention. So how do you build the most powerful country in the world?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the deciphering of hieroglyphs, secret for 1,500 years.