Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah asks us to give up the idea of western civilisation.
Kwame Anthony Appiah: Mistaken Identities
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
Sam Fender and Fawlty Towers dinner show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Janice Forsyth tunes into the best of Scottish arts, entertainment and music.
An intimate portrait of Steph Phillips from black feminist punk band Big Joanie.
Ifeoma Fafunwa joins Janice from our studio in Lagos, Nigeria to discuss her project HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE.
Ifeoma Fafunwa joins Janice from Lagos to discuss HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE.
Les Dennis and Michael Simkins
Actors Michael Simkins and Les Dennis join Sue MacGregor to discuss some favourite reads.
Macy Gray, Morris Dance Protest at Parliament, Libraries - Threatened and Reprieved
Macy Gray talks, performs work from her latest album, Ruby, and sings her huge hit, I Try.