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The Pine Tree
The magical story of the tree that sits at the heart of Christmas Day.
Keats Goes North
Fiona Stafford follows John Keats’s epic 1818 walk, which inspired his greatest poetry.
Afterwords: Martha Gellhorn
Contemporary writers reflect on modern reporting through the work of Martha Gellhorn,
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.
How theatre challenged the East German government - but was swept aside as communism fell.
The unknown tale of cold war communist Poland's unlikely love affair with electronic music
A Racist Music
Challenging the legacy of composer and racist ideologue John Powell (1882-1963).
Rewiring Raymond Scott
Ken Hollings assesses the legacy of the American electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.
New Generation Thinkers: Glitter and Villainy
Glitter and Villainy: Camp performance and dressing to kill.
Painter Caroline Walker explores the life of Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi.
The Emergency - Creative freedom in wartime Dublin
Regan Hutchins tells the story of bohemian Dublin in World War II.
The Lonely Death of Stanley Bate
Simon Heffer explores the tragic life of Stanley Bate, enigma of English music.
Shades of Black: The Art and Genius of Archibald Motley Jr
How the artist Archibald Motley Jr captured the politics of skin tone in Jazz Age Chicago.
In search of Arabic classical music
Kate Molleson travels to Cairo to discover a lost aural music tradition.
The East Speaks Back
Jerry Brotton celebrates the world of Ottoman traveller Evliya Celebi.
Queen of Technicolor
Maureen O'Hara's journey from the Dublin suburbs to star of Hollywood's golden age.
New Generation Thinkers: The Air that I Breathe
New Generation Thinker Alun Withey reflects on our desire for clean air.
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.
The story behind the writing of Victor Hugo's book is one of adultery, intrigue and exile.
Truman Capote: In Cold Blood
How a murder in Kansas prompted Truman Capote to write In Cold Blood.
New Generation Thinkers: The Endless Demise of the High Street
Dr Jade Halbert ponders the veracity of the long-running warnings of high street demise.
Wordsworth - Poet of the People
On Wordsworth's 250th, Jenny Uglow sets the poet in contrast to the economist Adam Smith.
New Generation Thinkers: Short Feature
New Generation Thinkers test their theories in the real world.
New Generation Thinkers: The Crankiness of CW Daniel
Dr Elsa Richardson explores the impact and legacy of radical publisher CW Daniel.
Musician Paul Purgas investigates the lost history of India’s electronic avant-garde.
Writing Across Distance
Writing Across Distance. New Sunday Feature from BBC Radio 3.
Afterwords: Toni Morrison
Reflections on American writer Toni Morrison in her own words and those of her peers.
Silent Witness - John Cage, Zen and Japan
How American experimental composer John Cage came to write his infamous silent 4’33”.
The Kershaw Tapes - Andy's Kitchen and On the Road in Africa
Andy Kershaw introduces rare recordings from his personal archive.
The Kershaw Tapes - Andy's Kitchen and On the Road in the Americas
New Generation Thinkers: Sloe Time
Nature's barbed wire - and giver of a fruit that creates a delicious warming tipple.
Cave Life For Beginners
Down down, deeper and down - Ben Cottam overnights in a cave in search of inspiration.
New Generation Thinkers: Short Feature - COVID and the Black Death; the imperfect fit
Dr Seb Falk challenges the repeated pandemic comparison of Covid-19 with the Black Death.
Tate Modern - Exploding the Canon
For Director Frances Morris, there is an urgency to make Tate Modern fit for the future.
Curves and Concrete
How did a maverick Scottish architect revolutionise the design of UK skateparks?
The Silence of My Pain
Hannah French explores an often hidden disability for many musicians: chronic pain.
Our Birmingham Fathers
Three people meet to share experiences of grieving for their musician fathers.
The Myth and Mystery of Anja Thauer
Uncovering the tragic story of a lost cellist, once known as Germany’s Jacqueline du Pré.