Will Self reflects on the epidemic of sleeplessness.
Macbeth and the Insomnia Epidemic
A Folder Called 'Hope'
Zia Haider Rahman on the abysmal race record of some of Britain's foremost institutions.
The Assault on Reason
Zia Haider Rahman argues that reason itself is under assault in this 'post-truth' world.
The Novelist's Complicity
Zia Haider Rahman reflects on the demise of the literary novel.
In Praise of the Feuilleton
Howard Jacobson on the art of the feuilleton and the joy of the ordinary.
Howard Jacobson muses on the 'frozen wastes of Emojiland'.
The Last Bohemia
Howard Jacobson on why we need to preserve Bohemia.
Howard Jacobson ponders why misanthropy is out of fashion.
Daring to Marvel
Howard Jacobson on self-censoring and the language of appreciation.
The Heart in Drama
AL Kennedy on why Hollywood has never been a nice place.
Too Much Winning
AL Kennedy argues that our 'winner-takes-all' mentality is suffocating democracy.
AL Kennedy argues why it's empowering to reflect on our mortality.
The Trolley Problem
AL Kennedy on how a thought experiment of the 1960s today risks being turned on its head.
The Dangers of a Higher Education
John Gray argues that throughout history intellectuals have often made the worst decisions
Teffi: Silver Shoes and the Dream of Revolution
John Gray on why the work of Russian writer Teffi has become so relevant today.
Tom Shakespeare tells us why he detests the phrase 'going forward'.
The True Mark of Civilisation?
Kamila Shamsie explores the meaning of the word 'civilisation'.
The Rise and Rise of Up Lit
Kamila Shamsie on the limitations of the publishing trend 'Up Lit'.
John Gray argues that the idea that empire has had its day is a delusion of our age.
China and the Retreat of Liberal Values
John Gray argues that the future of the west depends on the continuing success of China.
The Mental Illness Metaphor
Tom Shakespeare on why we misuse the language of mental illness.
The Museum of Deportation
Stella Tillyard tells the story of a small Italian museum - the Museum of Deportation.
A Normal Need
Tom Shakespeare asks why disabled sexuality is still so often taboo.
A Problem with Words
Stella Tillyard describes her struggle with dyslexia for the first time.
The Brightening of History
Amit Chaudhuri on why restoration should not involve a fetishization of the new.
Ireland's Abortion Referendum - A Personal View
Sarah Dunant reflects on Ireland's upcoming abortion referendum.
Summer in the Movies
Amit Chaudhuri reflects on why he believes modern movies lack "enchantment".
Bobby Kennedy's Assassination - 50 years on
Alistair Cooke's incredible first-hand account of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.
Sarah Dunant asks if robots can solve the crisis in care for the elderly.
A New Anti-Semitism
Will Self on a new wave of anti-Semitism in Britain.
Will Self on consciousness, humanity and artificial intelligence.
Will Self on why we should stop 'looking down on the inferior inhabitants of the past'.
Cliches and Commonplaces
Adam Gopnik sets out to determine the difference between cliche and universal truth.
The Conundrum of Inheritance Tax
Sarah Dunant on her uneasy conundrum over inheritance tax.
Brexit and Illiberal Europe
John Gray argues that staying in the European Union will not protect liberal values.
Michael Morpurgo on a new initiative to help refugee children.
Michael Morpurgo argues it's time to think again over Brexit.
The Road to Peace
Michael Morpurgo discusses the importance of never taking peace for granted.
Bin the Bucket List
Tom Shakespeare on why he rejects the idea of a bucket list.
Books do furnish a room
Tom Shakespeare is downsizing. But what to do with his books?
Parity of Esteem
Will Self tells the story of what happened to a friend in a psychiatric hospital.
Adam Gopnik on why the prefixes we use speak volumes.
Serena and the Umpire
Adam Gopnik examines the issues raised by the row between Serena Williams and an umpire.
Murder is not the point
Val McDermid argues that crime fiction is not really about murder at all.
Fixing violence in London - Glasgow-style
Val McDermid on Sadiq Khan's plans to tackle knife crime.
The Joy of Deferred Gratification
Val McDermid on why mass tourism is destroying the very thing we crave when we travel.
Not a good time to be a man
Howard Jacobson reflects on maleness in the aftermath of the Brett Kavanaugh story.
In Praise of Mooching
Howard Jacobson on the end of mooching as a way of life.
Cities of the Dead
Stella Tillyard reflects on how we bury and remember our dead.
Clothes and the Man
Howard Jacobson on the politics of clothes.
Michael Morpurgo ponders our future connection with the First World War.
Going into Storage
Howard Jacobson's very tricky dilemma... which of his possessions can he throw away?
Stella Tillyard on why history no longer seems an adequate guide to our present.
The witch-hunt culture
Roger Scruton argues that political correctness is the ultimate source of our conflicts.
What did you do during the environmental collapse, daddy?
Will Self ponders what we should say to our children about global warming.
Will Self on why personal finance is an utterly alien concept.
On Not Being Oneself
Howard Jacobson on the Cult of Self.
Howard Jacobson on the joys of city parks.
The Online Password
Tom Shakespeare on the near impossible task of remembering online passwords.
Have we reached Peak Stuff?
Stella Tillyard ponders whether we are freeing ourselves from the grip of 'things'.
Brexit and the English Revolution
Linda Colley asks if - eventually - Brexit could be the modernizing force the UK needs.
The trouble with referendums
Val McDermid argues that referendums have had a devastating effect on our political system
The Sea Is Back
Stella Tillyard argues that the sea - long forgotten - is beginning to reassert itself.
The Organ Recital
Will Self asks why our relationship with our bodies has become such a distant one.
Humour that's worth its name
AL Kennedy on how the British sense of humour is standing up to our political woes.
Cookery shows...and hungry people
AL Kennedy on TV's tendency to focus on disappearing parts of our national life.
Calling a spade a spade
Tom Shakespeare on why we are in urgent need of a bit of plain speaking.
A Sense of Chaos
AL Kennedy on why we can’t afford to despair.
So Many Kinds of Britons: Who Knew?
Zia Haider Rahman on why Brexit has made him feel closer to Britain.
Where there's muck there's art
Sarah Dunant on the thorny relationship between culture and the money that supports it.
Brexit: Failure to compromise
John Gray reflects on where British politics goes from here.
On Holding Forth
Rebecca Stott on her pet hate – being talked AT!
Automation...and a packet of frozen peas
AL Kennedy reflects on why automation needs to be governed by human needs and strengths.
After the Fire
Joanna Robertson reflects from Paris on the days after the Notre Dame fire.
Get Mad, Then Get Over It!
Sarah Dunant proposes a National Anger Day – a catharsis to help us all be less… angry!
What Would Darwin Do?
Rebecca Stott imagines a conversation with Darwin about our environmental concerns
Rebecca Stott imagines a conversation with Darwin about our environmental concerns.
Val McDermid ponders how we can fix homelessness.
Democracy is not in crisis
David Goodhart on why he believes democracy - far from being in crisis - is thriving.
Dangerous places, libraries
Val McDermid on why public libraries must be kept open.
Simply a Writer
Monica Ali explores the challenges faced by writers of colour.
Monica Ali on the UK's use of immigration detention centres and indefinite detention.
A Knight in Shining Armour?
Linda Colley discusses the cult of charismatic leaders and why they never properly deliver
Great music and great guests, plus our daily workout for your brain "The 2:45pm Teaser".
Music producer Mark Ronson tells Janice about his new album Late Night Feelings
Is Boris Johnson untouchable?
The battle to be Prime Minister - and a mind game involving a black Boris Johnson.
Local news and weather, What's On?, Fish Report and Job Spot.
Elma & Lewys spill the tea!
Ex Islander Elma and influencer Lewys discuss a dramatic recoupling with Raj & Pilar