How do flowers get their shape? Bridget Kendall explores nature's mysteries.
Plant and flower shapes
The vanishing world of our ancestors
Our ancestors can teach us a thing or two. Bridget Kendall and guests discuss.
The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi
Chocolate? Furniture? Clothes? Bridget Kendall and guests discuss novel uses for fungi.
What can silence mean? Bridget Kendall and guests contemplate a lack of noise.
Peering into Space
Cutting-edge space science from the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.
Bridget Kendall and her guests discuss fragility, in humans and in ecosystems.
Bridget Kendall and her guests shine a light on crystals, both scientific and artistic.
Dust and Ash
Good or bad? Useful or just an annoyance? Bridget Kendall and guests discuss dust and ash.
How different are our second attempts at something compared to the first time?
Tracking and Surveillance
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the shadowy world of tracking and surveillance.
The Forum in Beijing: Digital China
Does the explosion of social media in China empower the individual or the state?
Marvel at the frozen world of the polar ice caps with Bridget Kendall and guests.
Do our hands mark us out as human? Bridget Kendall and guests discuss.
Transforming waste into valuable products, with Bridget Kendall and guests.
Bridget Kendall asks why there are such lucrative markets in fake art and fake medicines.
Bridget invites listeners to zoom out into space, to gain new perspectives on reality.
Hair, Fur and Cilia
Bridget Kendall and her guests explore the slender filaments that are essential to life.
Outcasts: The Forum at Risor Festival, Norway
What is it like to be on the edge of Europe? And do modern societies create new outcasts?
When being alone is a blessing, and when it is a blight.
Democracy and the Arts in South Africa
What role can art play in the political discourse of post-apartheid South Africa?
Time to Rethink What Is 'Normal'?
Where is the dividing line between normal behaviour and a mental health problem?
The curious properties of bubbles in the oceans, in our bodies and in art.
The advantages and disadvantages of speaking more than one language.
Challenges of Nanoscience
Transforming biosciences with particles just a few billionths of a metre across.
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss alien plants and animals, alien beings and alien dreams
Spatial processing in the brain, bird migration and natural navigational clues for all.
How a spark of inspiration is transformed into a line on canvas or a line of verse.
Bridget Kendall and guests explore how cells, molecules and robots achieve complexity.
Adventures in 2D: Graphene and Beyond
What is the future of graphene and other two-dimensional materials?
The joys and perils of porcelain, kaolin and volcanic soils.
Should we bring the woolly mammoth back to life, and should ancient languages be revived?
Shape-shifting in everyday objects, our brains and plastic waste.
The marvellous ability to create almost anything we want in our minds.
What shells can tell us about our past, present and future.
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss subversion and inversion in a topsy-turvy world.
Is deja vu a brain glitch or misplaced 'real' memory? Bridget Kendall and guests discuss.
Worlds in Miniature
Bridget Kendall and guests explore why tiny things appeal to us.
Design and Beauty
How important is beauty in design? Bridget Kendall and guests discuss.
Core: A Journey to the Centre of the Things
A journey to the very centre of the earth, the universe and ourselves.
Bridget Kendall travels to Canada to find out how weather affects a nation's character.
The Power of Wind
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the impact of the wind on Earth, in space and in art.
The Hidden Power of Noise
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss why we should pay more attention to background noise.
Machine Translation: The End of the Human Translator?
Will new technology mean the end of the human translator?
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the technology and art of wheeled transport.
Living at the Edge: Life in Extreme Environments
Extreme life and synthetic biology in the sea, on land and in space.
What lies behind our desire to improve and perfect nature?
Grass Roots: The Impact and Influence of 'People's' Movements
Bridget Kendall and guests explores how 'people's' movements are changing.
The Element of Surprise
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the unexpected in art, science and everyday life.
How can we save or 'reawaken' dying languages?
Balloons and How They Changed the World
The extraordinary impact of balloons on human society.
The New Curators: Who Decides What's Culturally Important?
How the idea of curation has radically changed.
Fire: How Climate Change Is Altering Our Attitudes to Wildfires
Bridget Kendall and guests explore ideas about how wildfires should be dealt with.
Mata Hari: Dancer, Lover, Spy
What is the truth behind the legendary WWI spy-seductress?
Amelia Earhart - Trailblazer in the Skies
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the trailblazing life of the aviator Amelia Earhart.
The Bittersweet Tale of Cocoa
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the origins of chocolate.
Indian Princely States
Rajan Datar explores a lost world of culture and romance.
Marie Curie - A Pioneering Life
The extraordinary life of the Polish scientist who changed the course of physics.
The Magic of Bronze
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the history and importance of bronze.
Machiavelli - Master of Power
The life and reputation of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince.
Up Close with the Tango
The dance that seduced the world
The One Thousand and One Nights
Rajan Datar and guests explore the power of storytelling.
Picasso: Artist of Reinvention
How an artist changed our way of seeing.
Making Scents: The Story of Perfume
Bridget Kendall and guests explore how fine fragrance became what it is today.
Nikola Tesla's Electric Dreams
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the life and inventions of engineer Nikola Tesla.
Stanislavsky: Founder of Modern Acting
Bridget Kendall presents the ideas discussion show.
From Straw Poll to Opinion Poll
Exploring the past, present and future of opinion polling
Cotton: Yarn with a Twist
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the chequered history of the original global fabric.
Magellan: First Man Round the Globe?
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss Ferdinand Magellan's efforts to sail round the world.
Boudica - Warrior Queen
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss Boudica's rebellion against the Romans in Britain.
Material World: Making the Modern Factory
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the development of the factory and its global rise.
Yves Saint Laurent: Fashion Revolutionary
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the impact of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
Machu Picchu: The Secrets of a Forgotten City
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the enigma of the Inca mountain retreat.
Sankara: Africa's Revolutionary President
The life and legacy of Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary first president of Burkina Faso.
Christina of Sweden: Queen of Surprises
The rebellious monarch who scandalised 17th-century Europe.
The Tales of Timbuktu
Bridget Kendall and guests explore how a remote desert town in Mali became world famous
The Little Prince: Lessons from an Aviator’s Life
The life and works of Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Who Was the Real Cleopatra?
Bridget Kendall and guests unpick fact from fiction in the life of the last Queen of Egypt
Cambodia's ancient Khmer Empire
Builders and sculptors of Southeast Asia's awe-inspiring monuments.
Sweet Charity, Machines Like Me, Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic, Loro
The Risk Makers
Erring is easy in the prophecy business. Why risk is too important to be left to experts!
Waitress star Katharine McPhee
Katharine McPhee talks about starring in Waitress on Broadway and now London's West End
Life as a Nepalese 'living goddess'
Rashmila Shakya on life after growing up in a temple where she was worshipped as a goddess
Branwen Jeffreys on how the fallout from a fiscal illusion will impact universities.