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.
Slavoj Zizek, Camille Paglia, Flemming Rose
Philip Dodd and guests explore the value of causing offence.
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
9 to 5 the musical, Bryony Kimmings, Representation of sex in the arts
Has a desire to appeal to younger audiences changed how sex is represented in culture?
A down-to-earth look at all that's arty in Cumbria.
Desi and Homeless
Late night discussion with Mobeen on the issues around homelessness.
The ‘Russian Queen of Horror’ takes us through the process of creating her next book
Music By Numbers: Drake
Clara Amfo uses numbers to explore Drake's musical career to date.