A fragmentary look at the writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Michael Berkeley's guests is writer on families Andrew Solomon.
The Russian-born writer whose influence is most evident in her adopted home of the USA.
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks looks at the idea of leading a good life by being selfish.
Physicist Brian Cox tells Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show changed his life.
The acclaimed chef and writer talks to John Wilson in August 2000
"White is catching gay life at a key moment when it's developing in very different ways"
Should Americans celebrate, or be embarrased by, Columbus Day?
Naomi Wolf nominates Edith Wharton for Great Lives.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Wharton's novels of America's Gilded Age.
Publisher Kimberly Fortier chooses American writer Edith Wharton.
The crime novelist tells Anthony Clare about his childhood and commitment to writing.
Moby-Dick was made in England. Paul Farley tells a story of fast fish and loose fish.
Libyan writer Hisham Matar talks to James Naughtie about his novel In the Country of Men.
The acclaimed American author recalls his time as a US fighter pilot during the Korean War
How 3 months in rural Devon influenced one of the greatest chroniclers of urban New York.
Vishva Samani explores author JD Salinger's enduring relationship with Hindu philosophy.
The award-winning American author Joseph Heller discusses his work.
Novelist Joyce Carol Oates on dealing with her first few months as a widow.
How an unlikely friendship led to Harlem poet Langston Hughes' epic 1964 BBC radio series.
Matthew Parris hears why the black activist and poet has been chosen as a great life.
A conversation between contemporary figures and archive recordings of James Baldwin.
Journalist Eve Pollard explores Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron with Matthew Parris.
The life of controversial American writer, and ping pong fanatic, Henry Miller.
George Steiner discusses his personal music choices with Michael Berkeley.
Mickey Rooney portrays professional clown Jack Thum.
Robert McCrum talks to author Richard Ford about the US and Donald Trump.
Josie Long presents radio adventures inspired by Kurt Vonnegut.
Stephen Fry nominates his hero, PG Wodehouse, who just simply cheers him up.