Professor David Hendy follows the writer Thomas Carlyle's grumpy attempts at soundproofing
Life in the City
How recording technology made it possible to catch the fugitive moment.
Soldiers in WW1 experienced a sonic onslaught. Prof Hendy considers life under bombardment
Radio seemed like magic to begin with, then the Nazis exploited its darker powers.
Music While You Shop, Music While You Work
David Hendy considers how music has been used to soothe, cheer, and inspire us.
An Ever Noisier World
Prof Hendy travels to Accra, a city so loud that visitors describe it as a visceral shock.
The Search for Silence
Silence has become an ever more desirable state. But when we have it, is it what we want?
A celebration of the first moon landing and the Welsh people who played vital roles.
The Moon mission that almost ended in tragedy after an explosion on board the spaceship.
Frederick Douglass (Summer Repeat)
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Frederick Douglass, born to slavery
Christian Carlisle takes an in depth look at the rich musical heritage of the region.
The Beagle 2 mission to Mars
A failed attempt to search for signs of life on Mars