Matthew Sweet visits the Marvellous Mechanical Museum at Compton Verney.
From 18th-century automata to superheroes and digital living
Philosophical tennis, Hidden beaches and Eleanor Marx
Matthew Sweet takes a walk around Eleanor Marx's old neighbourhood.
Helaine Blumenfeld, Dale Harding, Stella Tillyard
Anne McElvoy with sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld, artist Dale Harding, writer Stella Tillyard
Writer Howard Jacobson delivers a keynote lecture on why we need the novel.
Including a report from the London Design Biennale and film historian Peter Biskind.
Women Finding a Voice.
Deborah Frances-White host of podcast The Guilty Feminist, Natalie Haynes, Michele Roberts
The author of Birdsong in conversation with Anne McElvoy about his new novel, Paris Echo.
What St Augustine teaches us
Anne McEvoy and guests explore ideas of tyranny, martyrdom, sin and grace.
What Camus and Claude Levi-Strauss teach us
Rana Mitter talks to Ben Okri about Camus and debates the 'untamed mind' of Levi-Strauss.
What Nietzsche teaches us
Biographer Sue Prideaux and others discuss Nietzsche's relevance today
Matthew Sweet meets the trio behind the '70s and early '80s TV comedy show.
Slavoj Zizek, Camille Paglia, Flemming Rose
Philip Dodd and guests explore the value of causing offence.
Loss, Grief and Anger
Lisa Appignanesi on public and private loss and how to face its concomitant, anger.
Rethinking India's connections with the wider world.
Gandhi's power, portable citizenship, Mehrotra's poetry. Rana Mitter with Amit Chaudhuri.
Sarah Perry, Spookiness and Fear.
The author of The Essex Serpent talks to Matthew Sweet about re-imagining the Melmoth myth
The Frieze Debate: Museums in the 21st Century.
Michael Govan, Sabine Haag & Hartwig Fischer at the Royal Institution, London.
Drugs and Consciousness
Does LSD open the doors of perception or just mess with your head?
Greed and Landownership Past, Present, Future
Economist Paul Collier, Scottish historian Tom Devine and Colombian novelist Hector Abad
The lawyer Helena Kennedy joins Shahidha Bari to discuss how British justice fails women.
Re-writing C20th British Philosophy.
Shahidha Bari with news of the Man Booker Prize and a discussion about female philosophers
Francis Fukuyama, Olga Tokarczuk, Alev Scott, Michael Talbot.
Rana Mitter explores identity, forest landscapes and the long impact of the Ottoman empire
Enchantment, Witches and Woodlands
Marie Darrieussecq, Lisa Mullen and Dafydd Daniel on magic and dystopias.
Patrick Barlow on his play The Messiah, and Daisy Black on a new medieval mystery play.
Mike Leigh talks to Matthew Sweet as his historical epic Peterloo opens in cinemas.
The Dark and Political Messages of Kids Fiction
Michael Rosen looks at socialist fairy tales and radicalism in books for children.
Modern Japanese history - Being inspired by others & enjoying their pain
Julian Baggini, Tiffany Watt Smith and Christopher Harding with Rana Mitter.
Religious divisions, puppet shows and politics.
The exile of English Catholics 450 years ago, plus suffragette Punch and Judy.
Rethinking the Human Condition
A look at free-thinker Thomas Woolston, philosopher Isaiah Berlin, memory and neuroscience
Wilfred Owen: Poetry and Peace
Gillian Clarke, Sabrina Mahfouz and Michael Symmons Roberts respond to the war poet.
Landmark: Journey to the End of the Night
Marie Darrieussecq, Andrew Hussey, Tibor Fischer & Damian Catani on Céline's masterpiece.
Why are we silent when conflict is loud?
Peter Hitchens; Rev Lucy Winkett; Neil Bartlett: Prof Steve Brown @ Imperial War Museum.
Lost Words and Language
Shahidha Bari looks at research showcased in the Being Human Festival at UK universities.
From death cafes to bronze age burials, from C19 mourning rings to the way doctors cope.
Buses, beer and VR - a taste of university research
From ancient religion to London's Greek Cypriot community and the 29 bus route.
What kind of history should we write?
Peter Frankopan, and Maya Jasanoff, winner of the world's richest prize for history.
The Left Behind
Eric Kaufmann talks to Philip Dodd about white identity, populism and immigration
Leadership: lessons from US presidents and campaigners
Doris Kearns Goodwin on what makes a good president. Plus Georgina Harding on war.
Plagues, Urban Inequality and Restricted Books
Artist Penny Woolcock, global health researcher Thomas Bollyky and Jane Stevens Crawshaw
A long-lost classic now published and Esi Edugyan's Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel.
Mike Hodges; Dark Sweden.
The director of Get Carter talks to Matthew Sweet about writing his own crime stories.
Bessie Head. Rwanda Representation and Reality
Anne McElvoy looks at the career of Botswana's most influential writer.
Is there a great divide between the arts and science?
Sir Paul Nurse and Tristram Hunt debate with an audience at Queen Mary University London.
Are we being manipulated?
Who's pulling your strings? Matthew Sweet and guests track down today's hidden persuaders.
Writing and Frankness
Deborah Levy, Adam Phillips and Amia Srinivasan join Matthew Sweet at the British Library.
Linton Kwesi Johnson
The reggae poet and recording artist talks politics, religion and writing with Philip Dodd
A journey to the frozen ends of the Earth, plus theatrical magic from the 17th century.
Trees of Knowledge
Peter Wohlleben Emanuele Coccia Marion Sidebottom Luke Turner
What does game playing teach us?
Bobby Seagull and Irving Finkel join Shahidha Bari to look at competitiveness and games.
Landmark: Watership Down
An ecological fable about a perfect society? Matthew Sweet reads Richard Adams' classic.
Landmark: Laurel and Hardy's The Music Box
Matthew Sweet pays tribute to Hollywood's most famous comedy duo, Stan and Ollie.
Born in 1819: Ruskin, Clough and Bazalgette.
Ruskin, Bazalgette and Clough: Laurence Scott examines three of Victoria's class of 1819.
Shahidha Bari, Josh Cohen and Sam Goodman explore the value of doing nothing.
Novelist John Lanchester, historians David Frye, Kylie Murray and journalist Tim Marshall
Tourism past and present
Must-see sights for post-Napoleonic War tourists, Cold War travellers and hot spots now.
Do our heroes and heroines have to be perfect? We look at ikons, film idols & politicians.
Matthew Sweet & guests look at films making waves as the Academy announces its shortlists.
Slow Looking at Art
Ways of Seeing with Michael Craig Martin, Aura Satz, Kelly Grovier & Daniel Glaser.
How we deal with unwanted sexual advances and changing depictions on stage are debated.
Art and Refugees from Nazi Germany
Writing about the Holocaust and the shock of Modernism in 1930s Britain.
Julia Blackburn, Katie Paterson, Charlotte Runcie, the Cutty Sark.
Street Culture, Protests, Food
Philip Dodd talks to gilet jaune and novelist Edouard Louis about streets and culture.
Encylopedias and Knowledge: from Diderot to Wikipedia.
Jimmy Wales on Diderot and collecting knowledge. Tariq Goddard on Mark Fisher aka k-punk.
Self Knowledge, Global Catastrophe and Simulated Worlds.
Quassim Cassam and Simon Beard with Matthew, plus RW Fassbinder's 1970s TV sci-fi series.
The film-maker talks black power, blackface and Academy Awards with Matthew Sweet.
Africa, Babel, China
Histories of West Africa, 20th-century China, and the art of translation.
The science and art of love. Andrew McMillan, Lavinia Greenlaw, Elanor Dymott, Laura Mucha
The musicals star on politics, performing, #Me Too and her Italian American roots.
The joy of sewing, poet Fatimah Asghar, Painting in miniature
Shahidha Bari talks poetry and the web series Brown Girls, plus the history of sewing.
Images of Japan
Fumio Obata and Jocelyne Allen discuss graphic art and manga.
Jack the Ripper and women as victims
Hallie Rubenhold, Emma Jenkins, Dr Kate Lister and Ruth Ware join Matthew Sweet.
Authority in the Era of Populism
Louise Casey, Mary Kaldor, Jamie Bartlett, Heather Rabbatts, Rupert Reid and Anne McElvoy.
Skeuomorphs, Design and Modern Craft
Laurence Scott and Will Self talk about redundant features in design.
David Bailey, Don McCullin
Philip Dodd goes to David Bailey's studio and talks to Don McCullin about his Tate show.
Women, relationships and the law past and present
Novelists Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Layla AlAmmar & historians Jennifer Aston + Jessica Malay.
Is British Culture Getting Weirder? Free Thinking at the Late Junction Festival
Gazelle Twin, Julia Bardsley, Hannah Catherine Jones, Luke Turner and William Fowler.
The Council Estate in Culture
With George Shaw, Kader Attia, Dreda Say Mitchell, Katie Beswick and Matthew Sweet.
Partition, colonial power and the voices of 16th-century women
With Hew Locke, Suzannah Lipscomb, Aanchal Malhotra and Anindya Raychaudhuri.
Jhumpa Lahiri, Valeria Luiselli, George Szirtes
Two writers and a poet in conversation about language, migrants and personhood.
Authors Max Porter, Samantha Harvey & AK Benjamin discuss empathy with Chris Harding.
Childhood faces and fears
A history of orphans, fears about brainwashing and portraits on show at Compton Verney.
Ali reports from New Zealand and reviews Us, the new film by Jordan Peele.
Writers Robert McCrum and Laura Thompson join poet Martin Newell to talk about healing.
Actor Richard Mylan explores how the arts can benefit people on the autistic spectrum.
Michael Bradley's Friday night round-up of the best local art and culture.
The Power of Pinter, Javaad Alipoor, Richard Hawley's musical
The power of Pinter's plays today