Gordon Farquhar assesses the form of Comte Jacques Rogge.
A look at the influence of the visits of Duke Ellington before and after World War II.
Charles Hazlewood explores pieces by Strauss and Respighi inspired by music from the past.
Norman Lebrecht explores the life and work of French icon, chanteuse and composer Barbara.
As part of U2's new album 'Innocence & Experience', Bono wrote 'Iris' about his mother.
The world-famous shoe designer with the Oscar-nominated actress Dame Kristin Scott Thomas
Profiles of politicians Colin Powell and "Mickey" Leland (1944-1989)
The possible entrance of Colin Powell and Ross Perot in to the race for the presidency.
presented by Mark Lawson
Kate Mosse celebrates the magical voice of Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Labelled 'the rebel who forgot to rebel', who is Dominic Grieve? Mark Coles finds out.
Jonathan Freedland examines the rise of Donald Trump through the prism of the past.
A profile of jazz musician Duke Ellington (1899-1974).
In September 1963, the jazz legend gave a concert in the Afghan capital.
How broad is the public appeal of Colin Powell, and could he be a presidential candidate?
Gorbachev's banning of a Yeltsin rally in Moscow worries Alistair Cooke.
James considers one of modern Britain's most influential dramatists, Harold Pinter.
Matthew Parris introduces the life of writer Harold Pinter, chosen by Diane Abbott MP.
Russian-American pianist Vladimir Horowitz emerged from retirement at Carnegie Hall.
Joan Bakewell talks to Kirsty Young about her affair and long friendship with Pinter
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Jorge Luis Borges.
Sir Ken Branagh says Martin Scorsese version of his Macbeth stage adaptation is likely.
Mark Coles tells the story of one of the world's most enigmatic business leaders.
Peter White visits Argentina to hear about the work of blind fabulist Jorge Luis Borges.
Blind Argentinian writer Borges is championed by Marcus de Sautoy.
The remarkable story of the Mangeshkar sisters - revered by Bollywood fans the world over.
John Cooper Clarke nominates Salvador Dali for great life status, melting clocks and all.
Comedienne Jenny Eclair chooses one of the first acting superstars, Sarah Bernhardt.