Tracing the sensual and radical Marlene Dietrich, from Europe to Hollywood. Read more
Tracing the sensual and radical Marlene Dietrich, from Europe to Hollywood.
Matthew Sweet and guests discuss James M Cain's classic novel and its film adaptation.
Rana Mitter reads from a new biography of Dostoevsky, 200 years after his birth.
John Gallagher's guests decode changes in Behn's loyalties from her plays and dedications.
Autism, Film and Patterns
From Rain Man to Atypical. Matthew Sweet looks at autism on screen and in everyday life.
Women and Slavery
New research into female slave owners in Britain to women on Caribbean plantations.
Witchcraft, Werewolves and Writing the Devil
New novels from Jenni Fagan and Salena Godden depict Mrs Death and the devil's daughter.
Harlots and 18th-century working women
Hallie Rubenhold, Moira Buffini and Laura Lammasniemi discuss the TV series Harlots.
James Baldwin and Race in the USA
Rana Mitter and guests re-read James Baldwin as a new US president is inaugurated.
John Rawls's A Theory of Justice
Anne McElvoy and guests re-read this 1971 work of political philosophy about inequality.
Food, the Environment and Richard Flanagan
Bush fires in novelist Richard Flanagan's new book, and Anne McElvoy looks at veganism.
Yiddish and Rotwelsch Languages, Nazi France
Michael Rosen and Martin Puchner talk to Matthew Sweet about languages, codes and secrecy.
What Makes a Good Lecture?
Ted talks, zoom and lectures :Mary Beard, Homi Bhabha and Seán Williams join Shahidha Bari
Who are the best writers past and present who give us an insight into the natural world?
Patricia Lockwood and André Aciman
Two American authors talk to Laurence Scott about their sense of time, place and self.
Class and Social Mobility
Selina Todd, David Goodhart, Timandra Harkness and Sadie Ryan talk with Matthew Sweet.
Fashion Stories in Museums
Claire Wilcox, fashion curator of the V&A, talks to Shahidha Bari and other researchers.
Darwin's The Descent of Man (1871)
Matthew Sweet and guests assess Darwin's arguments about the human species, sex and race.
Coins, going cashless and the magic money tree
In February 1971, the UK went decimal. Anne McElvoy and guests look at money old and new.
Pakistan Politics, Water Supplies
Samira Shackle, Ejaz Haider and Majed Akhter talk about Karachi, power, crime and energy.
Turkey: Adnan Menderes, populism, and history
Having survived a plane crash, the Turkish prime minister 1950-60 died in an execution.
Adoption, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Renée Vivien and Violette Leduc
Fiona Sampson, Peggy Reynolds and Anne McElvoy talk poetry and writing personal stories
Saint John Henry Newman
Kate Kennedy, Tim Stanley, Catherine Pepinster and Dafydd Mills Daniel on Newman's thought
Humans, Animals, Ecologies
Matthew Sweet talks to Joanna Bourke and Anna Tsing about the human and the non human.
Foucault: The History of Sexuality 4
Shahidha Bari reads a new English translation by Robert Hurley.
Shahidha Bari looks at research into girls in film and fiction to Malawi health projects.
Breakdown: Horatio Clare, Stevie Smith
Horatio Clare talks to Laurence Scott about mania and healing. Plus Stevie Smith.
Speech, Voice, Accents and AI
Sadie Ryan, Lynda Clark and Allison Koenecke talk about their research with Matthew Sweet.
From Life on Mars to Dangerous Space Junk
Seb Falk talks to researchers about attitudes to Mars, seeing colour and Skylab's crash.
The Vietnam-Paris Connection
Author Viet Thanh Nguyen, film critic Phuong Le and Peter Salmon join Matthew Sweet.
Edward Said's thinking
Rana Mitter reads the first biography of the Palestinian academic, pianist and negotiator
What do we learn from census stats?
John Gallagher talks to four researchers uncovering lives from past census records.
Introducing New Generation Thinkers 2021
Ten researchers look at colonial history, alphabets, punctuation, poetry, art terminology.
Syria: Hope and Poetry
An architect who lived in Homs during the war, a translator of Adonis and a media analyst.
Re-reading the major 20th century theorist of decolonisation
Matthew Sweet's guests share some secrets as they ask: Is pleasure ever simple or guilty?
Anne McElvoy and guests on attitudes to the politician, his rhetoric and foreign policies.
Writing about Faith
Stand-up Frank Skinner and novelists Jeet Thayil and Yaa Gyasi talk to Laurence Scott.
From Blackface to Beyoncé
Hanif Abdurraqib, Dawn Walton, Adjoa Osei on black performers from jazz to the Super Bowl
From a secret Iraqi cell to new revelations of Cold War exploits. Rana Mitter hosts.
The Liverpool Biennial Debate
How to reflect Liverpool's history in new artworks: Anne McElvoy hosts a discussion.
Milton: Samson Agonistes
Rana Mitter looks at the way politics, blindness and the Bible fed into this dramatic poem
Deleuze and Guattari, Capitalism and Schizophrenia
Matthew Sweet re-reads a classic of French postmodernism.
Octavia Butler's Kindred
A novel from 1979 which uses time travel to explore race, slavery and trauma.
Jacques Tati's Trafic
Matthew Sweet, Adam Scovell, Muriel Zagha and Phuong Le on the 1971 French comedy.