Niall Ferguson argues that institutions determine the success or failure of nations.
Niall Ferguson: The Rule of Law and Its Enemies: 2012
The Human Hive
The Darwinian Economy
Niall Ferguson reflects on the causes and lessons of the global financial crisis.
The Landscape of the Law
Niall Ferguson asks if different systems of law are key to economic success.
Civil and Uncivil Societies
Niall Ferguson asks what constitutes a vibrant and independent civil society.
Grayson Perry: Playing to the Gallery: 2013
Democracy Has Bad Taste
Grayson Perry analyses the complex process of judging quality in contemporary art.
Beating the Bounds
Grayson Perry questions the often-heard assertion that anything can be art.
Nice Rebellion, Welcome In!
Grayson Perry asks if revolution is a defining idea in art, or has it met its end?
I Found Myself in the Art World
Grayson Perry discusses the painful yet rewarding process of becoming an artist.
Dr Atul Gawande: The Future of Medicine
Why Do Doctors Fail?
Surgeon and writer Dr Atul Gawande explores the nature of fallibility in medicine.
The Century of the System
Atul Gawande calls for a radical rethink of medical systems to transform healthcare.
The Problem of Hubris
Atul Gawande calls for a new approach to the 'great unfixables' - ageing and death.
The Idea of Wellbeing
Atul Gawande calls for a new focus on systems to ensure doctors work more effectively.
Professor Stephen Hawking: Black Holes
Do black holes have no hair?
Professor Stephen Hawking delivers the first of his BBC Reith Lectures on black holes.
Black holes ain't as black as they are painted
Professor Stephen Hawking delivers the second of his BBC Reith Lectures on black holes.
Kwame Anthony Appiah: Mistaken Identities
Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah says we overestimate scripture in our view of faith.
Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah argues against a mythical and romantic view of nationhood
Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah argues for a world free of racial fixations.
Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah asks us to give up the idea of western civilisation.
The Day Is for the Living
Art can bring the dead back to life argues novelist Hilary Mantel.
The Iron Maiden
How do we construct our pictures of the past asks Hilary Mantel.
Silence Grips the Town
The story of how historical obsession killed a Polish writer, told by Hilary Mantel.
Can These Bones Live?
Hilary Mantel on how historical fiction can make the past come to life.
Hilary Mantel on how fiction changes when adapted for stage or screen.
Michael Sandel on Bertrand Russell
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
Anand Menon on Robert Birley
Brian Cox on Robert Oppenheimer
Grayson Perry on Nikolaus Pevsner
Angela Stent on George Kennan
War and Humanity
Margaret MacMillan asks if war is an essential part of being human.
Fearing and Loving: Making Sense of the Warrior
Margaret MacMillan explores our complex relationship with the people who go to war.
Civilians and War
Margaret MacMillan examines the role of civilians as supporters and victims of conflict.
Managing the Unmanageable
Margaret MacMillan assesses attempts to constrain and justify conflict.
War's Fatal Attraction
Margaret MacMillan examines how we remember and represent war in art.
2019: Jonathan Sumption
1/5. Law's Expanding Empire
Jonathan Sumption argues that the law is taking over the space once occupied by politics
2/5. In Praise of Politics
Jonathan Sumption explains how democracy can accommodate opposing opinions and interests
3/5. Human Rights and Wrongs
Jonathan Sumption argues that courts have usurped power via human rights law
4/5. Rights and the Ideal Constitution
Jonathan Sumption assess the pros and cons of written and unwritten constitutions
5/5. Shifting the Foundations
Jonathan Sumption argues against Britain adopting a written constitution
Dealing with Grief
How can we deal with the pain of losing someone?
Sarah Brett with reaction to today's televised Tory leadership debate.
People with at least four decades between them, share and compare their life experiences.
In the 60s, cinemas opened their doors to the latest music sensations. With Andrew Collins
Nick Knight meets David Chipperfield
The photographer Nick Knight meets the architect David Chipperfield.