How the French Revolution shocked Edmund Burke into defending British traditions.
Open Country explores the importance of the Kent landscape to Charles Dickens.
Anne McElvoy revisits the innovative ideas of the Scottish philosopher Adam Smith.
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
The writer Tom Dyckhoff looks at the life and work of Richard Buckminster Fuller.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the scientific study of life, originated by Aristotle.
Adrian Moore explores the idea of infinity through history
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 12th century Islamic philosopher, Averroes.
The philosopher heads back to her Winchester birthplace, home to her single mother of five
Baroness Mary Warnock curates the festival of her wildest dreams.
Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto chooses the philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Benjamin Franklin.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
A classic experiment in operant conditioning conducted by the famous behaviourist.
The former shipyard worker who became one of the UK's most popular stand-up comedians.
Mark Coles explores how comedian Billy Connolly has tackled adversity with humour.
TV producer John Lloyd discusses the life of American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller
Physicist Brian Cox tells Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show changed his life.
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens.
Join Greg Jenner for a fun homeschool history lesson on the life of 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.
St Ives - where Virginia Woolf scrambled over the cliffs, inspired by the waves.
Daniel Dennett talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the evolution of the human brain.
David Attenborough recalls moments of personal happiness.
James Naughtie considers the celebrated broadcaster and naturalist.