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
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Revealing the Gulag
The Russian writer who exposed the grim, nightmarish world of Soviet forced labour camps
Cambodia's ancient Khmer Empire
Builders and sculptors of Southeast Asia's awe-inspiring monuments.
My Living World
Hannah Stitfall and guest discuss a selection from the Living World archive
Executioners, Egypt and The Family Home
Susan Morrison finds out about The Family Home and goes on the trail of two executioners.
Alan Stennett with farming community news, issues and prices.
Flowers, Adders and Arabian Horses
A call to buy local flowers, adders in the garden and Arabian horses in Llandeilo.
Vision Care for Homeless People
Poet John Hegley makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Vision Care for Homeless People