Adam Smith tells the story of the titanic battles of shipping tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Jonathan Freedland examines the rise of Donald Trump through the prism of the past.
Ivan Massow nominates the great jazz singer, with expert advice from Cleo Laine.
The entrepreneur Ivan Massow nominates 'the first lady of song', Ella Fitzgerald.
Mara Carlyle on Ella Fitzgerald's vocal magnificence, marking 100 years since her birth.
Finance guru Alvin Hall charts the rise of rap music entrepreneur Jay-Z.
Martin Smith, the Chairman of English National Opera proposes John D Rockefeller.
Adam Smith tells the story of John D Rockefeller, who dominated American oil for decades.
Financier and arts leader Martin Smith chooses US business tycoon, John D Rockerfeller.
Adam Smith tells the story of JP Morgan and his battle against ruinous competition.
Stephen Smith profiles Lady Gaga and her dizzying dash to global pop music dominance.
Listen to extracts from an interview with Lady Gaga.
Edward Stourton profiles Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Becky Milligan profiles America’s First Lady.
The early investor in Facebook turned outspoken critic examines big tech's missteps.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks speak to Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode.
Director Steven Spielberg returns to the show and talks to Simon and Mark about his new film Lincoln, nominated for 12 Oscars.
Mark Lawson talks to Steven Spielberg about his version of War Horse.