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The Human Copying Machine
Tiffany Watt-Smith explores the interest of Victorian scientists in our urge to imitate.
Scold the Front Page
Tom Charlton on what 17th-century ideas about censorship share with the Leveson report.
Is Marriage an Identity Crisis?
Sophie Coulombeau explores the history of women changing their surnames when marrying.
Disraeli the Romantic
Daisy Hay considers the way Benjamin Disraeli used his private life for political ends.
Beards and Whiskers
Alun Withey explains what shaving tells us about medical advances and military strategy.
Alasdair Cochrane of Sheffield University argues that animals should have greater rights.
Speech Before Words
Will Abberley explores the evolution of language and what we learn from science fiction.
A Theatre of Their Own
Naomi Paxton on the movement for a women's theatre from the 1890s to the start of WWI.
Shakespeare and India
Preti Taneja explores the politics of language and its impact on Indian literature.
The Spin Doctors of 19th-Century America
Joanna Cohen compares 19th-century attitudes to American politicians with those of today.
Antarctica: Testing Ground for the Human Species
Rana Mitter considers the lure of Antarctica for our imaginations and for explorers.
Knowing Your Characters: David Greig and Siobhan Redmond in Conversation
Siobhan Redmond and David Greig discuss drama and how much one has to know about a play.
Happy Talk: Beatrix Campbell, Vincent Deary and Paul Dolan
Rana Mitter and a panel consider 'how much self-knowledge do we need to be happy?'.
The Cost of Free Information
Rana Mitter hosts a debate asking if the internet can make knowledge open to all.
Fear or Wonder: Everything Under the Moon
Have science fiction and space travel changed people's relationship with the world?
The globetrotting poetry series presented by poet Imtiaz Dharker.
The Echo Chamber - Michael Donaghy
Poet Daljit Nagra chooses the very best from the BBC's Poetry archive.
Downton Abbey: Hugh Bonneville goes behind the scenery
The 'Lord Grantham' actor re-visits some of the special filming locations in the series.
Conversations with stars of stage and screen, plus music from musicals and the movies.
The best of BBC Radio this week with Anna Foster.