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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.
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?
How has English rural life changed since Ronald Blythe wrote his bestseller Akenfield?
Here's Looking at You, Parents!
Parenting comedy couple Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe share their parenting archive clips.
This week's Archive on 4 goes backwards in time to find the roots and routes of Brexit.
Desert Island Myths: Three Centuries of Robinson Crusoe
Christopher Frayling explores the creation and legacy of Defoe's controversial novel.
Build the Wall!
30 years after the Berlin Wall fell, Katy Long examines the history of border walls.
Pandora's Ballot Box
Philip Cowley explores how technology influenced elections long before the digital age.
High Crimes and Misdemeanours: US Presidential Impeachment
Michael Goldfarb looks back at how impeachment became a tool of US partisan politics.
Altamont: The Death of the Hippie Dream
Mick Jagger's personal assistant returns to the scene of the Rolling Stones' 1969 concert.
The Fight of the Century
The story of the fight that gripped the world in 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.
Murray Lachlan Young traces the rise of hyperbole and asks: Have we reached Peak Hype?
The Problem of Leisure
The history of a phantom fear: that automation will end work and leave us nothing to do.
Timandra Harkness asks if the nation is more divided now than it has been for fifty years
Sontag's Radical Will
Novelist Deborah Levy assesses the life and work of American writer Susan Sontag.
Virtues of Vulnerability with Ed Balls
Ed Balls and guests reflect on the impact of showing one’s vulnerable side.
Questioning the Political Interview
How can the political interview adapt to a changing political and media landscape?
Call Jane at 643-3844
A look back at Chicago's underground feminist abortion service.
The Science of Evil
How the Holocaust created a new field of science - social psychology
I Think I’ve Been Here Before
Repetition is everywhere. Repetition is persuasive. Has Ross Sutherland been here before?
Andrea Levy: In her own words
Andrea Levy speaks candidly about her writing life and her impending death.
Everyone's a Star
Chris Stokel-Walker assesses how YouTube has shaped and changed the society we live in.
The Decade of Distrust
Laura Kuenssberg explores the foundations of the scandals that shook faith in elites.
Call Up: The Story of National Service
Sixty years after the call-up ended, Richard Vinen looks back at National Service.
After The Fallout
The human fall out from the Pacific Nuclear tests - dramatically revisited.
Lights, Camera, Inaction: An Existential Guide to the Movies
Matthew Sweet looks at why mainstream cinema and existentialism seem so fond of each other
The End of the Thirty Year Itch
Phil Tinline explores whether we are seeing the emergence of a new political orthodoxy.
The St Paul's Riots in Bristol in 1980 remembered by those who took part.
The Hubble Legacy
Astronaut Nicole Stott celebrates the cultural legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Phoney War
The story of the BBC in the strange period of 1939-1940 and the echoes of Covid-19 today
Malcolm McLaren: Spectacular Failure
Paul Gorman assesses the exceptional achievement of Malcolm McLaren, who died 10 years ago
Four Dead in Ohio
Michael Goldfarb explores America at the time of the Kent State massacre, 50 years ago.
The Empire Strikes Back
40 years ago George Lucas risked everything on making The Empire Strikes Back. Here's how.
So Bad It's Good?
Steve Punt and guests share the joy of films, songs and books that are so bad they're good
The Wellness Phenomenon
Claudia Hammond explores the wellness phenomenon, from its start in California to today.
Anthony Blunt: A Question of Retribution?
David Cannadine on the controversy caused by the unmasking of Anthony Blunt as a spy.
Girl Power RIP
Journalist and author Ella Whelan asks if contemporary feminism is - well - dead.
Poetry For Sale?
Poet and copywriter Rishi Dastidar on the relationship between poetry and advertising.
Apollo 13: The Rescue
Houston, we've had a problem. How the mission of Apollo 13 was saved
Summer with Greta
Campaigner Greta Thunberg describes the remarkable and tumultuous past year of her life.
The Crunch Convention
A US election like no other, presented by Alistair Cooke
LOLs on LPs
David Walliams remembers the comedy albums which inspired him to write and perform.
The End of Coming Out?
Dustin Lance Black asks whether LGBTQ+ people still need to come out publicly.
Spitfire: From the Ashes
How an icon was made, piece by piece, against all odds. With historian Victoria Taylor.
Raise Your Game
Jay-Ann Lopez asks if toxic gaming culture can change.
A Broadcasting Life
Sue MacGregor looks back on five decades of broadcasting in this final goodbye to Radio 4.
The Day Brexit Hit Boiling Point
Carolyn Quinn recalls the intense and bitter Parliamentary confrontations over Brexit
The Quebec Emergency
Margaret Macmillan recalls the 1970 crisis when kidnappings threw Canada into turmoil.
A Media Divided
The end of the Fairness Doctrine and the rise of political polarisation in US broadcasting
Play for Today
Alison Steadman celebrates 50 years of BBC television's seminal drama series.
Scrolling backwards through the archive to tell the Trump story in reverse.
Our Sacred Story
Alec Ryrie argues that the Second World War is our modern sacred narrative.
Steve Fielding explores how political parties have recovered from big election defeats.
All Things Must Pass at 50
Composer Nitin Sawhney tells the story of George Harrison’s most famous album.