Tom Shakespeare on why he rejects the idea of a bucket list.
Bin the 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
How safe is 5G?
As 5G mobile technology rolls out, some are concerned about potential health risks
Sexuality and Stereotypes
How true is my sexuality to the stereotype?
Rupert Everett reads Derek Jarman's vivid memoir of his life and his garden in Dungeness.
01: The Legalisation Debate
Comedian Jacob Hawley begins his exploration of the UK drugs scene.
Sarah Brett with late night discussion on the issues and stories that matter to you.