The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
Bob Harris nominates Alan Freed, the first ever rock 'n' roll DJ.
How does modern-day America compare with the fall of Rome as described by Gibbon?
Bob Dole resigns from the Senate to run for president.
Biographer Kate Buford explains Burt Lancaster's unconventional and successful career
Journalist Valerie Grove chooses Charles M Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon strip.
Times journalist Valerie Grove nominates the 'Peanuts' cartoonist Charles M Schulz.
Alistair Cooke commemorates the life of Charles Schultz, the creator of Charlie Brown.
Should Americans celebrate, or be embarrased by, Columbus Day?
Should we remember Henry Kissinger as America's wise strategist or its ruthless operator?
A look at the daily tasks and problems faced by New York's mayor Ed Koch.
A profile of General Matthew Ridgeway 1895-1993.
A tribute to Jackie Robinson (1919 – 1972) the first black Major League baseball player.
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.
Peace-loving veteran's wish is granted with East German funeral.
Kurt Vonnegut on Kurt Vonnegut, with a little help from Josie Long
Snow storms threaten to swamp NY Mayor Koch.
Norman Mailer speaking in the last major broadcast interview of his life.
Mickey Rooney portrays professional clown Jack Thum.
Dancer and actor Lionel Blair chooses his friend, Sammy Davis Jr.
Josie Long presents radio adventures inspired by Kurt Vonnegut.
Badly-timed statement from US defence secretary upsets Labour Party conference.
Laurie Anderson profiles one of the most original writers and thinkers of the 20th century