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Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the scientific study of life, originated by Aristotle.
Adrian Moore discovers how Aristotle tried to make infinity acceptable to the Greeks.
Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto chooses the philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Alan Dein explores Karl Marx's journey from corpse to bronze monolith.
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens.
Neil MacGregor tells the story of a Chinese bronze bell from the age of Confucius.
Spence reflects on China's most enduring thinker, Confucius.
Melvyn Bragg and guests examine the chinese philosophy of Confucianism.
The smiling philosopher who is perhaps the most famous Chinese person in history.
Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.
David Attenborough recalls moments of personal happiness.
James Naughtie considers the celebrated broadcaster and naturalist.
An exclusive Radio 4 interview with David Attenborough about his life in wildlife sound.
David Attenborough recalls collecting music from around the world, and listens once again.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the Scottish philosopher David Hume.
Allan Little profiles the philosopher David Hume, born in 1711.
The achievements and legacy of the 19th century literary giant Charles Dickens.
Susan Marling celebrates Richard Attenborough’s legacy a year on from his death.
The early successes of Charles Dickens. Claire Tomalin's book about the great novelist.
Charles Dickens is well-received in America. Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography.
A theatrical performance changes the course of Dickens's life.
Adulation and farewells for Britain's great novelist. Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus.
Mark Kermode reviews Fahrenheit 11/9.
Nigel Warburton explores the life and work of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.
Comedian Frankie Boyle talks to comic book writer Grant Morrison.