Alistair Cooke reflects on why Americans seem to trust Tony Blair.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
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.
Physicist Brian Cox tells Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show changed his life.
Should Americans celebrate, or be embarrased by, Columbus Day?
Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.
Daniel Dennett talks to Jim Al-Khalili about the evolution of the human brain.
Biochemist Denis Alexander talks to Joan Bakewell about his Christian faith and science.
James Naughtie profiles the haunting artist of suffering, pain and death.
Cartoonist Ralph Steadman and translator Adam Czerniawski discuss the philosopher's life.
Tom Service finds out about the music composed by philosopher Friedrich Nietszche.
Bobby Friction champions the Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei.
Heather Couper on Galileo's idea to systematically record his telescope observations.
Galileo's lost letter questions how he challenged the Church. With Philip Ball.
Historian Justin Champion on 17th-century polymath Francis Bacon.
Bertrand Russell argues for personal morality over tribal customs to guide conduct.
Philip Ball examines the occult influences on Isaac Newton's work on invisible forces.
The great clash that occurred between Newton and Leibniz over the discovery of calculus.
Did Newton's theory of gravity really come to him after seeing an apple fall?
Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.
The life and ideas of Karl Marx who changed the world with his Communist Manifesto.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the scientist Michael Faraday.
Isaac Newton's mathematical brilliance put the laws of physics on a firm foundation.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Nietzsche's On The Genealogy of Morality.
The life and times of Christopher Hitchens told through archive and interview.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the pioneering scientist Robert Boyle.