Margaret MacMillan asks if war is an essential part of being human.
War and Humanity
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
with Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor talks about The Lion King. Plus the week's film reviews.
Matthew Parris invites his guests to make their unseen presence felt by talking.
Lyric, Language & Literature
Nicola Heywood Thomas explores lyric, language and literature in Wales.
Michael Bradley's Friday night round-up of the best local art and culture.
Fab 5 Freddy, Laurie Anderson, Summer reads, film trailers
Hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy on the hidden black figures of Italian Renaissance art.