Atul Gawande calls for a new approach to the 'great unfixables' - ageing and death.
Dr Atul Gawande: The Future of Medicine
The Problem of Hubris
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
'I Feel Fat'
Boston-based Therapist Nina Manolson takes the Girls through some practical exercises
The psychology of motivation and procrastination
Does willpower work? And why being a chronic procrastinator is bad for your health
A breath of fresh air for a Thursday evening.
Music and conversation for your Thursday night, with a focus on health and wellbeing.
A spiritual awareness from space
Can seeing Earth from space make the world a better place?