Professor Ali Mazrui explores the conflicts between African and Western cultures.
Susie Dent explores Americanisms in British English – should we love not loathe them?
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.
Patrick Wright focuses on Barbara Castle, the Red Queen.
Sarah Dunant looks through history to understand apparently irrational behaviour.
Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah asks us to give up the idea of western civilisation.
Simon Zagorski-Thomas thinks we fail to value the study of pop music.
Jules Evans explores what ancient philosophy can tell modern society about well-being.
Michael Rosen on the Americanisation of English, with Lynne Murphy and Matthew Engel.
Artist Mark Cazalet talks to Joan Bakewell about the beliefs that underpin his work.
Melvyn Bragg talks to Joan Bakewell about his life and beliefs.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the return of classical pagan thought in the Renaissance.
Former US President Jimmy Carter talks to Joan Bakewell about his beliefs.
Late-night conversation. Jane Garvey asks what role sex plays in our lives.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Renaissance Astrology.
Melvyn Bragg explores Renaissance Mathematics, when maths moved from an art to a science.
Lord Harries of Pentregarth talks to Joan Bakewell about his faith.
Joan Bakewell is in conversation with comic actress and writer Sally Phillips.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the iconic Greek philosopher, Socrates.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Continental and Analytic philosophical traditions.
Melvyn Bragg investigates how our preoccupations about how to live have altered over time.
Robert Beckford discusses the use of Christianity by the far right in Europe.
Reverend Edward Norman explores the Imperialism of Political Religion.
Reverend Dr Edward Norman considers the importance of spirituality within Christianity.
Melvyn Bragg explores the veracity of modern claims about the culture of the Renaissance.