When is it morally justifiable for an elected government to be thrown out in a coup?
Boris Yeltsin wins the 1996 Russian presidential election.
The Roman Way looks at archaeological discoveries at Vindolanda, near Hadrian's Wall.
Jonathan Sumption explains how democracy can accommodate opposing opinions and interests
Was a Roman emperor an autocrat or man of the people? How much power did he have?
How did Romans, rich and poor, spend their days?
Education, the chattering classes and the novel in Roman society.
Professor Ali Mazrui explores the conflicts between African and Western cultures.
Adam Bradley joins Michael from Los Angeles and talks about the poetry of pop
Susie Dent explores Americanisms in British English – should we love not loathe them?
Author Giridharadas asks if now is the moment to rethink everything.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the scientific study of life, originated by Aristotle.
Adrian Moore explores the idea of infinity through history
Could artificial intelligence reinvent capitalism?
Zareer Masani considers the relationship between voting and other democratic rights.
Patrick Wright focuses on Barbara Castle, the Red Queen.
Sarah Dunant looks through history to understand apparently irrational behaviour.
Does America need to compare itself to other democratic countries?
Is capitalism broken, and if so, what should replace it?
Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah asks us to give up the idea of western civilisation.
Economic historian Deirdre McCloskey on why poverty matters more than inequality.
Melvyn Bragg examines the origins of the most cherished form of government in the world.
Michael Blastland looks at current events through the lens of psychology.
David Runciman explores democracy: is it still fit for purpose in today's UK?
Professor Giddens examines one of the most powerful ideas of the 20th century.
Engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories.
In a new series, Michael Portillo weighs up the costs and benefits of global capitalism.
Nick Robinson examines if we actually want as much democracy as we have.
Michael Portillo investigates the past and future of the fragile ideal that is democracy.
Nick Robinson asks if vested interests dominate our democracy.