Paul Farley presents a profile of a unique poet, playwright and director, Tony Harrison.
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Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution: A Square Dance in Heaven
The Rev Lucy Winkett takes a musical tour of the Reformation.
Chris Bowlby explores how the Reformation shaped German culture and what it means today.
Monteverdi 450: Monteverdi's Women
Catherine Fletcher measures the impact of Monteverdi's real and fictional female figures.
The Dvorak Statement
Mahan Esfahani discovers the past and present of African-American classical music.
The Bloomsbury Lighthouse
Tracing Graham Greene, George Orwell, AL Lloyd and Laurie Lee's WWII propaganda careers.
Adam Smith traces the birth and afterlife of Hemingway's explosive short story The Killers
How St Ives abstract artists Terry Frost and Patrick Heron formed an unlikely friendship.
Exploring the grid as the great hidden idea behind modernism, art, music and urban design.
Geeking Glenn Gould
James Rhodes goes in hunt of his boyhood hero, Candian pianist Glenn Gould.
From the Ashes
Allan Little explores the history of the post-war arts festivals of Europe.
Ginsberg in India
Writer Jeet Thayil retraces beat poet Allen Ginsberg's travels round India in the 1960s.
Music in Peril
Lopa Kothari considers the threats posed to Pakistan's rich tradition of Sufi music.
The Supernatural North
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough journeys to northern Norway in search of the supernatural.
The Battle for Henry David Thoreau
Susan Marling travels to Massachusetts to assess the legacy of Henry David Thoreau.
A Life In Study: Robert Lowell
Colm Toibin profiles the brilliance and the madness of American poet Robert Lowell.
Nobody Knows My Name: Notes on James Baldwin
A conversation between contemporary figures and archive recordings of James Baldwin.
Every County in the State of California
A radio road movie with Dana Gioia, Poet Laureate of California.
John Tusa's Opera Journey
John Tusa revisits the three provincial German towns where he first discovered opera.
A Flapper's Guide to the Opera
Alexandra Wilson takes a flapper's journey back to 1920s' operatic London.
Louisa Egbunike and Sean Williams
Two New Generation Thinkers present features on Afrofuturism and German Lieder.
Emigranti - 1917 Revisited
How do Russia's latest cultural emigres feel about leaving their homeland?
A Column For Infinity
Patrick McGuinness discusses Brancusi's war memorial, the Endless Column in Romania.
Ian Sansom attempts to resurrect the spirit of poet Vladimir Mayakovsky.
New Generation Thinkers: Edmund Richardson and Sarah Jackson
In search of the Tomb of Alexander the Great, and The Voice and the Machine.
Laura Ingalls' America
Samira Ahmed on how the Little House on the Prairie author is regarded in modern America.
Illuminating the Stage
With flickering candles dispelling the darkness, Fiona Shaw illuminates stage light.
A practical guide to immortality, life extension and survival in the far North.
Select, Copy, Paste
How has technology changed the way we come up with ideas?
As technology has improved how has it enabled artists to create new kinds of work?
The Forty Days of Musa Dagh
The 40 Days of Musa Dagh was both prophecy and epic paean to survival.
Alex La Guma - The Black Dickens
Lindsay Johns argues that novelist Alex La Guma is an overlooked literary colossus.
Robert Worby on how post-war West German radio and modern music won the cultural cold war.
Patrick Kavanagh: the Inexhaustible Adventure of a Gravelled Yard
50 years after Kavanagh's death Theo Dorgan finds out why the Irish poet is so loved today
A Portrait of Val Wilmer
How has Val Wilmer become a world figure in the documentation of Black music and culture?
Concerto: The One and the Many
Simon Russell Beale explores the dynamics between soloist and orchestra in the concerto.
Blind, Black and Blue
Gary O'Donoghue asks why so many early blues musicians in America's Deep South were blind.
A Symphony of Psalms
Cerys Matthews explores the influence of the 150 Psalms on musicians and composers.
Too Many Artists?
From painting in a Paris garret to bouncing on trampolines - what is an artist today?
Exit Burbage - the man who created Hamlet
Without Richard Burbage, there would be no Shakespeare. Yet he's virtually unknown - why?
An alternative look at modern Japan's uneasy relationship with ghosts and ghost stories.
Japan's Never-Ending War
Rana Mitter visits Tokyo to explore how Japan remembers World War Two today through movies
Oh Dr Kinsey, Look What You've Done to Me!
Matthew Sweet looks at the impact of the Kinsey Report, first published seventy years ago.
The Other Iran
Mahan Esfahani visits Azerbaijan to explore the effect of a border on two musical cultures
Under the Water
Maritime archaeologists race against time and the tide at a submerged Mesolithic site.
The Summer Forest
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough on the cultural and ecological glories of the summer forest.
Binary and Beyond
Binary and Beyond 1/2
Might explorations of gender in great art of the past help illuminate today's issues?
Might explorations of gender in great art of the past illuminate current gender issues?
Tony Harrison's Prague Spring
How one of Britain's best-known poets experienced the drama of the 1960s Prague Spring.
Philip French and the Critical Ear
Laurence Scott on radio producer and esteemed film critic Philip French.
Bernstein 100: The Bernstein Files
Journalist Jonathan Coffey re-opens the secret FBI files on Leonard Bernstein
Ken Campbell as Never Heard Before
A parrot, a Dr Who, a detectorist, and a national treasure help a seeker resurrect Ken.
The Nature of Creativity
As nature disappears, are we losing what has inspired our creativity for generations?
A Portrait of Parry
Simon Heffer argues for a new understanding of Sir Hubert Parry
Forests of the imagination
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough searches the Autumn forest, looking for stories.
Author Carlo Gebler on the role of prison arts in punishment and rehabilitation
New Generation Thinkers. 1 of 2
Two Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers with stories from medieval and Victorian Britain.
New Generation Thinkers 2/2
Two NGAs ask: is it wrong to have children? Do terrorists have a problem with Shakespeare?
The Ruhleben Legacy
Revealing how life in a German internment camp shaped the course of classical music.
The travels of the first Englishman in India, and the hunt for a lost poetic masterpiece.
Harlem on Fire
Afua Hirsch goes on the search of a long-lost masterpiece from the Harlem Renaissance.
Tales from the Caspian Sea
Professor Bettany Hughes investigates the rich cultural history of the Caspian Sea.
Dr Bettany Hughes illuminates the neglected culture of the Caspian Sea and its hinterland.
The Pine Tree
The magical story of the tree that sits at the heart of Christmas Day.
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
Sarah Dillon reveals a tale of money and passion behind Dickens's Great Expectations.
Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea
Sarah Dillon explores the arduous composition of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea.
Jane Austen's Persuasion
Sarah Dillon discovers how Jane Austen's last completed novel, Persuasion, was written.
James Joyce's Dubliners
Sarah Dillon recounts James Joyce's epic struggle to publish his first book, Dubliners.
Literary Pursuits: EM Forster's Maurice
Exploring the long journey to publication of EM Forster's gay love story, Maurice.
Literary Pursuits - RL Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde
Sarah Dillon finds out the story behind the writing of RL Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde.
Literary Pursuits - Les Miserables
The story behind the writing of Victor Hugo's book is one of adultery, intrigue and exile.
Keats Goes North
Fiona Stafford follows poet John Keats’ epic 1818 walk, which inspired his greatest works.
Afterwords: Martha Gellhorn
Through the work of Martha Gellhorn, contemporary writers reflect on modern reporting.
Afterwords: Susan Sontag
A fragmentary look at the writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers
The Victorian Queens of Ancient Egypt
Samira Ahmed on the women who brought ancient Egypt to Britain’s industrial north.
A History of The Tongue
A succulent and mouthwatering portrait of one of the body's least talked about organs.
A History of the Tongue
My Trouble with Classical Music
David Baddiel is on a quest to like classical music.
Into the Eerie
Will Abberley explores the recent interest in the eerie within English culture.
An exploration of the rich and surprising history of jazz in Japan.
Gabriel Prokofiev - My Family and Russia
The shifting relationship between Russian music and the state across three generations.
The Deluxe Edition
Sean Williams takes a first-class journey through the enduring contradictions of luxury.
Harmony of the Spheres
Going in search of the music at the centre of our cosmos: the Harmony of the Spheres.
The Actors' Guide to the Emotions
Shahidha Bari traces the changing portrayal of emotions on the stage.
John Ashbery - Portrait in a Convex Mirror
Colm Toibin presents an intimate portrait of American poet John Ashbery, who died in 2017.
Sally Marlow uncovers the creative legacy of residents at the Institute for Advanced Study
Haus Work: Women of the Bauhaus
Olivia Horsfall Turner tells the story of the women of the radical Bauhaus school.
Wild swimming enthusiast Alice Roberts examines the legacy of Waterlog by Roger Deakin.
Alexander Korda - Producer, Director, Exile, Spy
Matthew Sweet unearths movie mogul Alexander Korda's wartime role as a British agent.
Robinson Crusoe Road-Trip
Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe marks its 300th anniversary but does it have a future?
Cristiani and Her Cello
Dr Kate Kennedy explores the life and journeys of pioneer cellist Lise Cristiani.
The Art of Rowing with Mary Wollstonecraft
Making waves - how did travelling as a single mother inspire Mary Wollstonecraft?
A Unicorn Quest
Short feature about unicorns from Hetta Howes one of the 2019 BBC New Generation Thinkers.
Cold War in Full Swing - Louis Armstrong in the GDR
Kevin Le Gendre discovers how Louis Armstrong came to play jazz in communist East Germany.
A' comharrachadh leth cheud bliadhna bhon shiubhail Apollo 11 chun na gealaich
A' comharrachadh leth cheud bliadhna bhon shiubhail Apollo 11 chun na gealaich.
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Nicky Campbell takes your calls on the day's big story.
Breaking news, and hard-hitting talk about the big stories of the day.
Do protests ever work? Or do they just frustrate you?