Might explorations of gender in great art of the past illuminate current gender issues? Read more
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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?
Literary Pursuits - Golding's Lord of The Flies
Golding's classic novel was saved from being rejected by Faber by the luckiest of chances.
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.
Everybody likes music, don't they?
Stories and reflections from people who have a complicated relationship with music.
Judy Punches Up
Punch and Judy - unexpected feminist icons?
Al-Andalus: the Legacy
Andrew Hussey journeys through Spain in search of the legacy of Al-Andalus.
Moral Machinery: The Invention of Mental Healthcare
How one individual led a revolution in care for the mentally ill.
Plot 5779: Unearthing Elizabeth Siddall
Actor Lily Cole plays Elizabeth Siddall who climbs out of her grave to tell her own story.
The Hidden Reservoir
Carlo Gebler on the role of the arts in healing and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
Liz Turner of Newport talks to Wynne about Baby Singalong, which visits nursing homes.
News, views, issues and culture from across the north west of Northern Ireland.
Billy Connolly and Laura Fraser
Grant talks to Scottish actor Laura Fraser about comedy horror film Tales from the Lodge.
David Attenborough's camerman; Bridget Riley exhibition, Forward Poetry Winner
David Attenborough's new wildlife series, Bridget Riley exhibition, Forward Poetry Winner
A down-to-earth look at all that's arty in Cumbria.