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A Brief History of Cunning
American satirist Joe Queenan explores cunning.
In the Wake of Wakefield
Adam Rutherford explores the 20-year legacy of a paper linking the MMR vaccine and autism.
The Bald Truth
Ian Marchant investigates hair loss and why so many men (and some women) care so much.
Don't Panic! It's The Douglas Adams Papers
John Lloyd uncovers the private papers of the late Douglas Adams.
The Advance Guard of the Avant-garde
DJ Taylor tells the story of an influential group of experimental 1960s British writers.
Disinformation: A User's Guide
Phil Tinline mines the long history of disinformation to identify techniques in use today.
The King and Kennedy Assassinations: If the Dead Could Speak
In 1968, Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy were murdered. Michael Goldfarb reports.
Per Ardua Ad Astra: RAF Voices
From top brass to gunners, pilots and ground crew, the voices of a much-respected service.
The Ultimate Trip: Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey
Christopher Frayling explores Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science fiction masterpiece.
50 Years On: Rivers of Blood
Amol Rajan reflects on Enoch Powell's 1968 Rivers of Blood speech and hears it in full.
The Long Shadow of Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf is 30 - local journalist Jane Martinson meets those living in its shadow.
Britain and Biafra 50 Years On
Afua Hirsch explores the Nigerian-Biafran War, its famine, and their legacy in Britain.
Listen to Britain
The 1942 film Listen to Britain summed up our nation in sounds. How does it sound today?
Matthew Sweet looks at how commuting has changed the world.
The American Art Tapes
A unique insight into the vibrant art scene of mid-1960s America
The Fight of the Century
The story of the fight that gripped the world in 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.
Harold Evans at 90
Newspaper man Harold Evans reveals his lifelong pursuit of the truth.
UK Confidential: The Birth of the NHS
Martha Kearney looks at the arguments over creating the NHS in wartime government papers.
A Hack's Progress
Jonathan Freedland tells the story of journalism as depicted in fiction.
Could the PM Have a Brummie Accent?
Chris Mason examines how politicians' accents - and attitudes towards them - have changed.
Matthew Sweet on what links learning and pleasure, education and entertainment.
The Story of EH Gombrich
Leonie Gombrich and Rob Newman reveal the man who taught the world how to see art.
Pop Star Philosophy
Comedian Steve Punt exhumes the philosophical outpourings of pop stars through the ages.
Working Class Heroes
What do the working class heroes of 1960s cinema say about class in the Britain of 2018?
The Ballads of Emmett Till
Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. His death still haunts America.
The Dream of World Government
David Miliband looks at the ideas behind world government
Lehmans - A Backwards Collapse
Tracing the roots of the financial crisis in reverse.
A Question of Character
Toby Young explores the history of the idea that 'character' can be taught.
The Cod Wars Revisited
Julia Langdon tells the story of the 'cod wars' between Britain and Iceland.
Gordon Brown tells the inside story of the bank bailout.
Any Questions? is 70
Jonathan Dimbleby and special guests on 70 years of the famous political debate programme
Witnessing the Worst
Lyse Doucet reflects on how women reporters have covered war and atrocities.
The Good Old Days: The Politics of Nostalgia
David Aaronovitch examines how politicians have exploited our love affair with the past.
Jenn White tells the story of Barack Obama's rise to power.
How We Remember Them
Dan Snow looks back at how the First World War has been commemorated over the past century
The Black Footballer’s Dilemma
Former footballer Clark Carlisle tells story of British black players in the game.
Joni Mitchell Taught Me How to Feel
Ann Powers explores Joni Mitchell’s impact on her fans and on songwriting.
Elvis Presley Comeback Special
Paul Morley tells a parallel story of Elvis and America
The first mission to take human beings beyond the earth's orbit
How Santa Claus Stole Christmas
Christopher Frayling explores how Hollywood helped to create the modern global Christmas.
Where Politicians Come From
Elinor Goodman asks if there has ever been a golden era of public-spirited politicians.
Chemists' Dirty Secret
The weapons of war born in the laboratory.
Gareth Gwynn’s Alternative Archive
Gareth Gwynn presents the first Archive on 4 that looks sideways rather than backwards.
Powers of Persuasion: How Britain Learned to Sell
Wayne Hemingway charts 100 years of British advertising examining how we learned to sell.
American Civility: Year Zero
Michael Goldfarb looks at the history of rude, violent debate that has marked US politics.
PE - a History of Violence
Was there a time when physical education did more harm than good?
Author Jake Arnott traces the history of corruption in the Metropolitan police.
The Risk Makers
Erring is easy in the prophecy business. Why risk is too important to be left to experts!
Walking the Wild Mind
Suzanne Vega explores Lou Reed's complexities with New Yorkers who knew him well.
I'm Only Joking
Ed Byrne traces the history of offensive comedy while exploring the idea of censorship.
Sarah Smith asks whether the mistakes of the Poll Tax are about to be repeated.
Flat 113 at Grenfell Tower
What went wrong in flat 113 at Grenfell Tower? Katie Razzall pieces together the evidence
Charles Parker: Radio Pioneer
Sean Street celebrates the centenary of one of the most innovative radio producers.
Remembering Christopher Hitchens
The life and times of Christopher Hitchens told through archive and interview.
1979: Democracy's Nightmares
Phil Tinline traces the political fears and hopes swirling in Britain in 1978 and 1979.
The New Philosophers and the Death of the Interview
The story of how web-based polemicists bypassed old media and conquered the internet.
The University of the Air
Gordon Brown charts fifty years of the Open University.
A Saga of Trying (and Failing) to Save the Planet
Professor Alice Roberts delves into the archives to find out how to save planet earth.
How to Win a Tory Leadership Election
Michael Crick looks back at success and failure in Tory leadership contests in the past
Speaking Truth to Power
Mark D'Arcy examines how MPs' select committees are increasingly challenging the powerful.
The Age of Emulsion: with Laurence Llewelyn Bowen
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explores the social history of DIY home improvements.
The Death of the Eccentric
Will Self goes in search of an endangered species - the eccentric.
God Bless the Prince of Wales
The explosive story of Prince Charles' investiture - a pivotal moment in British politics.
Voice in the Machine
How did our machines first find their voices and why have they now started to listen back?
James Burke: Our Man on the Moon
James Burke revisits his coverage of the moon landings in 1969 in front of a live audience
The Upside of Anxiety
Andrew Hussey examines the damage done by anxiety and also the benefits it might offer.
The British Black Panthers
The untold story of when Black Power came to Britain and forever left its mark.
Beckett's Last Tapes
Robert McCrum explores Samuel Beckett’s literary career through rare recordings.
Losing My Voice
Jan Ravens explores the fate of impressionists when their signature character retires.
Beating Hitler with Humour
Timur Vermes on how the BBC used humour in its battle with Hitler during the World War II.
The First Political Youthquake
How did radical changes 50 years ago recast young people's engagement with UK politics?
Going to the Gay Bar
Travis Alabanza investigates the impact of the closure of LGBTQ+ venues in the UK.
Panorama Broke My School
How a 1977 TV documentary about one London school helped change education policy.
Please Leave a Message after the Tone
Are we hanging up on the voicemail? Olly Mann charts its rise, fall and strange afterlife.
Judy Garland: The Final Rainbow
The spectacular story of Judy Garland's last concerts in London.
Our Anniversary Obsession
From book publishers to Radio 4 commissioners, why are we so interested in anniversaries?